Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch (1806 - 1884) MP

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Nicknames: "5th Duke Montagu-Douglas-Scott"
Birthplace: Dalkeith House, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Bowhill, Selkirk, Scotland
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About Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch

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Walter Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch, 7th Duke of Queensberry KG, PC (25 November 1806 – 16 April 1884) was a British politician and nobleman.

Personal life

Walter Montagu Douglas Scott was born on 25 November 1806 at Dalkeith House, Midlothian, Scotland. He was the fifth child of seven, and second son born to Sir Charles William Henry Montagu Scott, 4th Duke of Buccleuch & 6th Duke of Queensberry, and the Honourable Harriet Katherine Townshend, daughter of Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney of St. Leonards and Elizabeth Powys. When Walter's elder brother, George Henry, died at the age of 10 from measles, Walter became heir apparent to the Dukedoms of Buccleuch and Queensberry.

Walter was only thirteen when he succeeded his father to the Dukedoms of Buccleuch and Queensberry in 1819. Through his grandmother, the 3rd Duchess, he also inherited the great northern English lordship of Bowland at this time. However, on his grandmother's death in 1827, the 5th Duke entailed the title upon his uncle, Henry James Montagu-Scott, 2nd Baron Montagu of Boughton.

He was educated at Eton College and St John's College, Cambridge (M.A., 1827).[2] He married Lady Charlotte Anne Thynne, daughter of the Marquess of Bath, and the Honourable Isabella Elizabeth Byng, in London on Thursday 13 August 1829. The couple had three daughters and four sons, including William Henry Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, later the 6th Duke, whose christening was attended by King George IV. In 1822, King George spent some days as Sir Walter's guest at Dalkeith Palace, the first visit of a reigning Hanoverian monarch to Scotland. Twenty years later, Queen Victoria honoured him with a visit, as well.

Political career

A great Scottish land magnate, Buccleuch was a Conservative in politics, and was created a Knight of the Garter in 1835 and Privy Counsellor in 1842. He served as Lord Privy Seal (1842 to 1846), and Lord President of the Council (January to July 1846) in Peel's government, when he reluctantly supported Peel's decision to repeal the Corn Laws.

The family continued to hold a high profile in royal circles, being invited to the Coronations of William IV and Victoria, with the Duke acting as Gold Stick.

After Peel's fall, Buccleuch's political career largely came to an end. In 1878 he became Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, a post he held until his death in 1884.

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Walter Francis Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch, 7th Duke of Queensberry's Timeline

1806
November 25, 1806
Midlothian, Scotland
1829
August 13, 1829
Age 22
1831
September 9, 1831
Age 24
Montagu House, Whitehall, London, England
1832
November 5, 1832
Age 25
Dalkeith
1834
March 2, 1834
Age 27
Dalkeith
1839
October 20, 1839
Age 32
London, Middlesex, England
1844
November 20, 1844
Age 37
1846
October 10, 1846
Age 39
Dalkieth, Scotland
1851
August 6, 1851
Age 44
Dalkieth, Scotland
1884
April 16, 1884
Age 77
Bowhill, Selkirk, Scotland