The Queen has been pleased to appoint Richard Scott, The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KBE, FRSE, DL as Lord-Lieutenant for Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale to succeed Captain The Honourable Gerald Maitland-Carew CVO who retires on 28 December 2016.
Born in 1954, The Duke of Buccleuch was brought up in the shadow of the Eildon Hills and in 1981 married a fellow borderer, Lady Elizabeth Kerr. They have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
After graduating from Oxford University he worked for a time for the BBC, developing an interest in broadcasting reflected subsequently as a Board Member of Border Television. The Duke maintains his family’s centuries-long involvement with many aspects of life in the Borders. Amongst other things he is Patron of the Abbotsford Trust and he and his wife sponsor the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, presented annually at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose.
For a number of years he was a Regimental Trustee of the KOSB’s and he is a former Honorary Colonel of the 6th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland. Awarded the KBE in 2000 for his work as the Scottish Member of the Millennium Commission. He was for 10 years President of the National Trust of Scotland. He is currently a Trustee of the Royal Collection Trust. In 2011 he was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale.