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John Crichton-Stuart, 6th Marquess of Bute

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: 10 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, England
Death: July 22, 1993 (60)
Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute and Eileen Beatrice Crichton-Stuart, Marchioness of Bute
Husband of <private> Crichton-Stuart, Marchioness of Bute (Home-Rigg)
Ex-husband of Beatrice Nicola Grace Crichton-Stuart
Father of Lady Sophia Crichton-Stuart; John Bute (John Colum Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of the County of Bute); Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart; Lady Eileen Caroline Crichton-Stuart and Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart
Brother of Lord David Ogden Crichton-Stuart; James Charles Chrichton-Stuart, Lord and Lady Caroline Moira Fiona Crichton-Stuart

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About John Crichton-Stuart, 6th Marquess of Bute

"John Crichton-Stuart, 6th Marquess of Bute, KBE (27 February 1933 – 22 July 1993) was a Scottish peer, benefactor and patron of the arts."





[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 1, page 611. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th editio

Early life[edit] John Crichton-Stuart was born in Mayfair, London on 27 February 1933, fifteen minutes before his twin brother David. As such, he was the eldest son of John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute and Lady Eileen Forbes, the younger daughter of Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard and Beatrice Mills Forbes, an American socialite who was the daughter of Ogden Mills.

.[1] He was known as Lord Cardiff before the death of his grandfather in 1947, when he become Earl of Dumfries.[2] He attended Ampleforth College and, after national service in the Scots Guards, studied history at Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

On 19 April 1955, he married, firstly, Beatrice Nicola Grace Weld-Forester, and they divorced in 1977. They had four children:

Lady Sophia Ann Crichton-Stuart (born 27 February 1956) Lady Caroline Eileen Crichton-Stuart (21 February 1957 – 1984) John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute (born 26 April 1958) Lord Anthony Crichton-Stuart (born 14 May 1961) He married, secondly, Jennifer Home-Rigg-Percy in 1978. Jennifer, Marchioness of Bute, is a Patroness of the Royal Caledonian Ball.[3]

Interests in art and business[edit] Crichton-Stuart inherited estates in Wales, England and Scotland, including six castles and a highly-esteemed collection of European paintings.[1] On his father's death in 1956, he inherited the title and estates. To settle death duties, he sold property in Cardiff to the city corporation and transferred Robert Adam houses in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh to the National Trust for Scotland. 6 Charlotte Square became the official residence of the Secretary of State for Scotland.[2]

He was Lord Lieutenant of Bute and, later, of Argyll and Bute.[2] As owner of Bute Fabrics, the largest employer on the Isle of Bute, Crichton-Stuart redirected the focus of the company towards designer fabrics and contemporary furniture.[1]

He held office in the National Trust for Scotland for twenty-five years, while its membership increased five-fold. From 1985, he was Chairman of the Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland, securing funding for the new Museum of Scotland. Despite opposition from Prince Charles, he ensured the project proceeded and saw the laying of the foundation stone in April 1993, shortly before his death

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John Crichton-Stuart, 6th Marquess of Bute's Timeline

February 27, 1933
10 Charles Street, Mayfair, London, England
February 27, 1956
Age 23
February 21, 1957
Age 23
April 26, 1958
Age 25
May 14, 1961
Age 28
Age 27
July 22, 1993
Age 60
Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute