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28 October, 2010

Earl of the Hour:
Walter John Francis Montagu Douglas Scott, Earl of Dalkeith

Born in 1984 (2 August), this 26-year-old Scottish nobleman (2nd from the left in photo below) is the heir apparent to the double-dukedoms of Buccleuch and Queensberry, 10 other titles, a reknowned art collection, and holdings of 280,000 acres, including Drumlanrig Castle.  His father, the 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry (far left), is also the Chief of Clan Scott.  Few publications reference The Lord Dalkeith or provide details about his private life, but, due to his youth, he is presumed to be unmarried and childless.  As such, the presumptive succession would be his younger brother, The Lord Charles David Peter Montagu Douglas Scott, 23 (born 20 April, 1987; far right), who is also single.

Bowhill, Selkirk TD7 5ET
Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire
Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfriesshire

The Duke's Family, including His Grace, Lord Dalkeith, Lady Louisa (who has just announced her engagement 7 October, 2010 to Mr. Rupert Trotter), Her Grace, Lady Amabel, and Lord Charles.

Drumlanrig Castle


Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate -

21 October, 2010

Marquess of the Month:
Charles Robert George Innes-Ker,
Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford

Born in 1981 (18 February), this 29-year-old Scottish nobleman (3rd from the left in photo below) is the eldest son and heir apparent to the 10th Duke of Roxburghe, from whom he will inherit 10 other titles and a ₤80 million fortune, including the 60,000-acre Floors Castle estate.  In December 2009, The Duke of Roxburghe announced he is battling throat cancer.  The Lord Bowmont is often remembered for a 2003 incident, whereby he was caught travelling without having purchased a ₤1 metro ticket, causing much embarrassment.  He has since served with the Blues and Royals in Windsor and Iraq and appears to have restored his reputation.

Clarles Innes-Ker was educated at Eton College and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and dated Lord Beaverbrook’s daughter, Charlotte Aitken, 28 (born 15 February, 1982), for many years.  It is unknown whether or not he is still in this relationship.  As he has no wife or children at present, the presumptive succession would be his younger brother, The Lord Edward “Ted” Arthur Gerald Innes-Ker, 26 (born 2 February, 1984; former flatmate of Pippa Middleton), followed by his younger half-brother, The Lord George Alastair Innes-Ker, 14 (born 20 November, 1996), both of whom are single (the second for obvious reasons).

Floors Castle, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5 7RW
Tel:  01573 224288   Office:  01573 223333


16 October, 2010

Duke of the Day:
Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton,
16th Duke of Hamilton and 13th Duke of Brandon

Born in 1978 (31 March), this 32-year-old Scottish nobleman and double-duke (center in photo below) succeeded his father upon his death in June of this year, becoming in his own right a peer of Scotland and the United Kingdom and inheriting 12 other titles.  His Grace is known to be intensely private, and little is known about his personal life.  He was educated in Scotland and is known as "Alex" to family and friends.  His engagement to Sophie Ann Rutherford, 34 (born 8 December, 1976), of Northampton was announced this past March, while he was still styled as The Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale.  The wedding is to take place this year; however, until that "I do" is final, he is still a "single peer."  His presumptive heir is his younger brother, The Lord John William Douglas-Hamilton, 31, also believed to be single (born 2 October, 1979).

Lennoxlove House, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 4NZ
Tel:  01620 823720
Archerfield, by Dirleton, East Lothian EH39 5HQ
Tel:  01620 850298


10 October, 2010

Welcome to The Single Peer

Whether it was for romantic interest or just plain curiosity, have you ever tried to look up a distinguished member of the peerage?  Were you frustrated by the links to long-dead ancestors and the lack of pertinent information about the person in question?  Did you go from site to site, hunting down information about heirs and estates, pulling your hair out in the process?  If so, I am hoping this site will be for you.  I have linked the search engine to the most pertinent sites for research of this nature.  Additionally, I hope you will enjoy regular features wherein I share my research, such as Duke of the Day, Marquess of the Month, Earl of the Hour, Viscount of the Week, and Bi-Weekly Baron.  Feel free to comment, post links, and share tid-bits of your own!