Re: Aristocratic betrothals, November, 2005
> He married Anne Du Cane.
> The Scotsman
> December 31, 1999, Friday SECTION: Pg. 22
> HEADLINE: VISCOUNT STUART
> Viscount Stuart of Findhorn, landowner and land agent
> Born 20 June, 1924 Died: 19 December, 1999, aged 75
> IN A varied career, David Stuart, a member of one of Scotland's oldest
> and most historic families, combined service in the army with land
> management and an adventurous spell among some of the larger than life
> characters who were to be found in postwar Soho. His diverse tastes and
> interests were reflected in his relaxed and charming manner, and his
> wide variety of friends who encompassed the Royal Family, colleagues at
> work in the country and the likes of Francis Bacon. David Randolph
> Moray Stuart, 2nd Viscount Stuart of Findhorn, was the eldest son of
> James Stuart who in turn was the third son of the Earl of Moray. James
> Stuart had followed a political career (serving as Secretary of State
> for Scotland in the Macmillan government) and was created Viscount
> Stuart of Findhorn in 1959. Stuart attended Eton and in 1942 was
> commissioned into the King's Royal Rifle Corps. In 1947 he was demobbed
> with the rank of lieutenant and did land-agency courses at Cirencester.
> His first position was in Wales working for Sir Michael Duff. He was
> Deputy Lieutenant of Caernarvonshire from 1963-68 and was also
> extremely active in the TA, becoming a major in the Royal Welsh
> Fusiliers. For a time he acted as head of Bernard Thorpe's land agency
> department in London. It was during this period that he struck
> friendships with the colourful collection of people who inhabited the
> Soho pubs. The French Pub round the back of the Cambridge Theatre
> became the centre of artists and bon viveurs (Lucien Freud, Jeffery
> Barnard, Francis Bacon were all regulars), and Stuart revelled in their
> stories, unconventional ways and their sometimes occasional pranks.
> Their parting motto, "One for the gutter", rather summed up the group.
> Stuart always revelled in good company either in town or the country.
> He spent much of his time between the family's summer house in
> Salisbury and Darnaway Castle, outside Forres. This imposing
> castellated structure dates from 1810 but there had cleverly been
> incorporated a large 15th-century banqueting hall at the rear. In his
> later years Stuart took up permanent residence in Findhorn and in
> failing health he lived out a pleasant life close to his family's
> ancestral origins. It was highly appropriate that Stuart was able to
> contribute to a television programme tracing the life of the Queen
> Mother last year as he had been closely connected with the Royal Family
> all his life. His father, it is thought, was an early suitor of the
> young Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and then was instrumental in her
> meeting the Duke of York (later George VI). David Stuart acted as the
> new king's page from 1938-40. Stuart was married firstly to Grizel Fyfe
> in 1945. She died shortly after the birth of their son. In 1951 he
> married Marion Wilson, by whom he had a son and three daughters. That
> marriage was dissolved in 1979 and he then married Anne Du Cane. The
> eldest son (Hon Dominic Stuart) succeeds to the peerage.
Am I correct in assuming that the reason this was posted was in
response to the question about Viscount Stuart?
If so, please note that this post refers to Viscount Stuart OF
FINDHORN, a peer who has nothing to do with Viscount Stuart, the heir
to the Earl Castle Stewart.
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