Old Photograph 8th Marquess of Lansdowne Meikleour Scotland
Old photograph of the 8th Marquess of Lansdowne in Meikleour, Perthshire, Scotland. George John Charles Mercer Nairne Petty-Fitzmaurice, 8th Marquess of Lansdowne, born 27 November 1912, died 25 August 1999, was a British peer and Conservative politician. He was the son of Lord Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice and grandson of Henry Petty-FitzMaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne. His cousins, the 7th Marquess of Lansdowne and the 7th Marquess's younger brother, were both killed in action in August 1944 and Petty-FitzMaurice thus unexpectedly inherited his titles, except for the Lordship of Nairne, which was inherited by the 7th Marquess's sister Katherine Evelyn Constance Bigham (1912–1995). After his father's death, Petty-Fitzmaurice's mother Violet became the wife of John Jacob Astor, 1st Baron Astor of Hever. He was married four times, his wives being:
Barbara Dempsey Chase, born 1918, died 1965, only child of Harold Stuart Chase, born 1890, died 1970, a real estate investor, of Santa Barbara, California, and Detroit, Michigan, America, and his wife, née Gertrude Boyer, formerly Stearns. They married on 18 March 1938; Lady Lansdowne died on 18 February 1965, from injuries sustained in a shotgun blast in the gunroom at her Scottish home, Meikleour House. The police called it an accident. They had four children:
Caroline Margaret Petty-Fitzmaurice, born 8 January 1939, died 27 September 1956; she, like her mother, died in a shooting accident. Charles Maurice Petty-Fitzmaurice, born 21 February 1941, Robert Harold Mercer Nairne, born 16 February 1947, married Jane Elizabeth Gordon, born 1950, a cousin of Granville Charles Gomer Gordon, 13th Marquess of Huntly and had issue, two sons and one daughter. He is better known as a writer who lives in Scotland on the Mercer-Nairne estates inherited from his ancestress Emily Jane de Flahaut, 8th Lady Nairne, heiress of that family as of 1874. He has two sons, both married with issue, and one daughter: Emily Jane Mercer Nairne born 1974, married Dominic Robertson, has issue, three daughters. Samuel George Mercer Nairne born 1976, married Claire Aussudre, and has issue two sons, born 2009 and 2011, and one daughter. Joseph Douglas (Joe) Mercer Nairne, born 1980, married Melissa Wakeley, and has issue, one son and one daughter. Lady Georgina Elizabeth Petty-Fitzmaurice, born 10 January 1950, married Guy Hamilton in 1974, divorced in 1980, and married Robert Eric Miller in 1981, divorced 1991. She lives in London and has two children and three grandchildren. Josiah Stirling Hamilton, born 1975, married Justine Miller and lives in Santa Barbara, California, has issue, one son and one daughter. Emma Carissa Hamilton, born 1977, married David Malina and lives in New York City, has issue, one daughter. Selina Polly Dawson Carnegie, daughter of David Eccles, 1st Viscount Eccles and former wife of Robin Andrew Duthac Carnegie, on 22 December 1969. They were divorced in 1978. By this marriage, Lord Lansdowne had one stepson, Andrew James Carnegie, born 1963. Gillian Anna Morgan, born 1936, died 1982, daughter of Alured A.E. Morgan and his first wife, the former Nancye Little-Jones. She and Lord Lansdowne married on 15 October 1978. Penelope Eve Astor, died 2006, widow of Lord Lansdowne's cousin the Hon. John Astor, former wife of David Rolt, and daughter of Commander George Francis Norton Bradford. They married on 12 July 1995.
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