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Elizabeth Percy, Duchess of Northumberland (1922–2012)

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The Duchess of Northumberland
BornLady Elizabeth Diana Montagu Douglas Scott
(1922-01-20)20 January 1922
Died19 September 2012(2012-09-19) (aged 90)
Albury, Surrey, United Kingdom
BuriedNorthumberland Vault, Westminster Abbey
(m. 1946; died 1988)
ParentsWalter Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch
Mary Lascelles

Elizabeth Diana Percy, Duchess of Northumberland (née Lady Elizabeth Montagu Douglas Scott; 20 January 1922 – 19 September 2012) was a British aristocrat.

Early life

Lady Elizabeth Diana Montagu Douglas Scott was born on 20 January 1922 to Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, Earl of Dalkeith, later 8th Duke of Buccleuch, and his wife, Mary Lascelles. Her paternal aunt was Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.[1]

She grew up at Eildon Hall in the Scottish Borders. After the death of her paternal grandfather in 1935, the family resided at Drumlanrig Castle, Bowhill House and Boughton House. She was educated at home before being sent to Germany, Italy and France to study languages.[2]

Lady Elizabeth was a debutante during the 1939 season.

World War II

Lady Elizabeth served with the Civil Nursing Reserve, working at a military hospital in Dumfries.[3] She later joined the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and saw action aboard the Mauretania, before being posted to Australia.[1][4]

Marriage and issue

On 12 June 1946, she married Hugh Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland at Westminster Abbey. Guests included King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret.[5] Upon marriage, she became she became the Duchess of Northumberland.

They had seven children:

  • Lady Caroline Mary Percy (born 3 May 1947), married Pierre, Comte de Cabarrus, and had issue. They were later divorced.
  • Lady Victoria Lucy Diana Percy (born 19 April 1949), married John Aiden Cuthbert in 1975 and had issue. They were divorced before 2000, and she married, secondly, Charles Timothy Lyon Fellowes in 2000.
  • Lady Julia Helen Percy (born 12 November 1950), married Nicholas Robert Craig Harvey on 11 June 1983 and had issue.
  • Henry Alan Walter Richard Percy, 11th Duke of Northumberland (1 July 1953 – 31 October 1995).
  • Ralph George Algernon Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland (born 16 November 1956), married Isobel Jane Richard and has issue
  • Lady Louise Percy (25 May 1962 – 27 May 1962)
  • Lord James William Eustace Percy (b. 18 June 1965), married Lucy Caroline Rugge-Price in 2000 and has issue.

Later life

After her marriage, she resided at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. In 1963, The Queen asked her to entertain visiting foreign royals for the wedding of Princess Alexandra of Kent and The Hon. Angus Ogilvy at her London home, Syon House.[3] As Duchess, she was involved in a number of local charity organizations.[2]

After the death of her husband in 1988, she took on the role of Honorary Colonel of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers.[6]

She died on 19 September 2012. Her funeral took place at the Old Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Albury Park, Guildford, Surrey, on 1 October 2012. Among those present were her cousin, The Duke of Gloucester, and his wife, Birgitte.[7] A memorial service was held on 5 November 2012 at St Michael's Church, Alnwick. Her ashes were interred in the Northumberland Vault at Westminster Abbey.[8]


  1. ^ a b "The Dowager Duchess of Northumberland". The Telegraph. London. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The Dowager Duchess of Northumberland". The Times. 9 October 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Chatelaine united feuding families". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. ^ "Duchess of Northumberland dies aged 90". The Independent. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Thousands Break Cordon at Abbey Wedding". British Pathé.
  6. ^ "Happy 90th, Duchess Elizabeth". Northumberland Gazette. 19 January 2012. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
  7. ^ "British Court Circular". The British Monarchy. 1 October 2012. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland & Percy family". Retrieved 17 February 2021.
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