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Lord John Douglas-Montague-Scott records:(National Library of Scotland p722-723)
Lord John Douglas Montagu-Douglas-Scott

Lord JDM Scott

Oil Painting Born 1809. Died 1860. ALICIA ANNE SPOTTISWOODE.

LORD JOHN SCOTT, second surviving son of Duke Charles, was born on the 13th of July 1809. His Lordship inherited the Dunchurch estate, near Rugby, in Warwickshire. For a short time in his early life he held a commission in the Grenadier Guards, but he retired long before the campaigns of the Crimea and India afforded a possibility of distinction. His Lordship was returned Member of Parliament for the county of Roxburgh in 1832, after an electoral contest in which he distinguished himself as a ready and brilliant speaker. His appearances in Parliament as a supporter of the Conservative party were marked by intellectual acuteness and pungent humour, and he gave sure promise of rising to the highest rank as a politician. But having retired from the House of Commons after a few years, and being devoid of personal ambition, he could never again be induced to seek election from any constituency, although he continued to take a lively interest in political questions, and on occasions to declare his opinions in that clever and effective manner which made him always a favourite on the platform. On the division of the Conservative party, he adhered to the late Lord Derby ; and it was as croupier at the Protectionist banquet in 1851, that he last appeared as a political speaker in the city of Edinburgh. His vigour of mind was associated with an equal physical energy. The dash which his ancestors had displayed in Border inroads in less civilised times, showed itself in the hunting-field, where his liveliness and geniality gained him the esteem and affection of every class. He was well known for his skill and achievements as an angler, and the general public was indebted to him for the interest he took in the Forth regattas -'Yachting'.

Lord John Douglas-Montagu-Scott (13 July 1809 – 3 January 1860) was a 19th-century landlord and MP for Roxburghshire. He was the third son of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch and younger brother to the 5th Duke of Buccleuch. He inherited his residence at Cawston in Warwickshire. In March 1836 he married Alicia Spottiswoode but died childless. Outside public life Lord John Scott was a keen fisherman, hunter, and yachtsman.[1] In the 1830s, he together with his brother the 5th Duke of Buccleuch and his uncle, the 10th Earl of Home were among the first to import Newfoundland dogs for use as gundogs. These dogs are considered to be the progenitors of modern Labradors. Statue of Lord John Douglas Montagu Scott(1809-60) at Dunchurch, Warwickshire, England. The statue shows the third son of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch and stands on the cross roads. It was erected by his tenants in affectionate remembrance of him after he died on 3rd January 1860. He was the first Lord of a Manor to choose to live in his location and to become part of his community. He was also a Grenadier Guards officer and MP for Roxburghshire. He died 1860 aged 50. The statue was unveiled on 2nd December 1867 and was made and designed by Joseph Durham A.B.A. from Portland stone. A tradition developed in the 1970's of clandestinely dressing the statue over the Festive period in the attire of a fashionable television or cartoon character. The first time it was a soldier complete with gas mask, since then it has taken many guises including Father Christmas, an angel, a Shepard, Harry Potter, Darth Maul from Star Wars, Bart Simpson, A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Mr Blobby, Shrek and Martin Johnson. Lord John's wife, Alicia Ann Spottiswoode from Berkshire, composed 'Annie Laurie' first published in 1835 and attributed towards 'The Bonny, Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond'. The couple resided in Cawston House and were much loved benefactors in Dunchurch although they are said to have ruled with a rod of iron. Lord John was a trustee of Rugby School and a pillar in the church in his village. In 1841 he had the seating of St. Peters entirely renewed to the open system, doing away with private box pews and asking for 'just a space where I may sit among the labouring men of the parish'. At the time of his death he had equipped a new vessel to test some of the problems of deep sea fishing. Note: Alicia Scott, née Alicia Ann Spottiswoode (24 June 1810 – 12 March 1900) was a Scottish songwriter and composer known chiefly for the tune, "Annie Laurie", to which the words of a 17th-century poet, William Douglas, were set. She was the oldest daughter of John Spottiswoode of Berwickshire and his wife Helen Wauchope of Niddrie-Mains. On 16 March 1836 she married Lord John Douglas Scott, a younger son of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch, and consequently is alternatively known by her courtesy title of Lady John Scott. Lady Scott was a champion of traditional Scots language, history and culture, her motto being 'Haud [hold] fast by the past'. "Annie Laurie" was published in 1838. Scott was born and died at Spottiswoode, Scottish Borders, in the former Berwickshire.



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Lord John Douglas-Montague-Scott records:(National Library of Scotland p722-723)
Lord John Douglas Montagu-Douglas-Scott

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