Thursday, August 29, 2019

The 10th Duke of Roxburghe 1954-2019

_. His Grace the 10th Duke of Roxburghe, landowner, owner of Floors Castle, Kelso, has died there from cancer, 29 August, 2019. He was 64.

Guy David Innes-Ker was born 18 November, 1954, son of the 9th Duke of Roxburghe [1913-1974], by his second wife the former Margaret Elisabeth McConnel [later Mrs Jocelyn Hambro], and he succeeded to the family honours on his father's death on the grouse moor, 26 Sept, 1974.

Guy Innes-Ker was 10th Duke of Roxburghe [Peerage of Scotland 1707], 10th Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford [Peerage of Scotland, 1707], Earl of Roxburghe and Earl of Kelso [both in the Peerage of Scotland], 5th Earl Innes [Peerage of the UK], 10th Viscount Broxmouth [Peerage of Scotland], 14th Lord Roxburghe [Peerage of Scotland], 14th Lord Ker of Cessford and Cavetoun [Peerage of Scotland], 10th Lord Cessford and Overton [Peerage of Scotland],  & Premier Baronet of Nova Scotia [cr 1625].

He was twice married, firstly, 10 Sept, 1977 [divorced 1990] to the Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor [born 8 Feb 1953], daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster [1910-79] by his wife the former Hon Viola Maud Lyttelton [d. 1987]; married secondly, 3 Sept 1992, Virginia Mary Wynn-Williams, daughter of David Wynn-Williams.

The Duke is survived by his second wife and by two sons and a daughter from the first marriage, Charles, Marquess of Bowmont & Cessford, Lord Ted Innes-Ker, and Rosanagh, Viscountess Grimston [a bridesmaid at the marriage of the Duke of York and Sarah Ferguson]. He also leaves a son from the second marriage, Lord George Innes-Ker, and a daughter, Lady Isabella Innes-Ker.

The dukedom and other honours now devolve upon his eldest son, Charles Robert George Innes-Ker, styled Marquess of Bowmont & Cessford, who was born 18 February, 1981. The Floors estate is estimated at 60,000 acres, and the family fortune is worth £100m.

The new duke was briefly married to the Hon Charlotte Susanna Aitken [born 15 Feb, 1982], daughter of the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook [born 29 Dec, 1951]. The 11th Duke has a three year-old daughter from a relationship with an Iranian fashion designer.


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