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|Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:07 am Post subject: 20th Earl of Moray (person 25120) has died
|20th Earl of Moray is now dead (23/9/2011)
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Published on 7 Oct 2011
Born: February 13, 1928; Died: September 23, 2011.
DOUGLAS Stuart, who has died aged 83, was the 20th Earl of Moray, a member of one of the oldest families in Scotland, whose title goes back to the days of King Robert the Bruce in the early 14th century.
He was a direct descendant of Lord James Stewart, the illegitimate son of King James V of Scotland and half-brother to Mary Queen of Scots, who bestowed on him the moribund title of Earl of Moray in 1562.
The 20th earl also previously held the family courtesy title of Lord Doune and, as an earl, could use the title Lord Moray. Although he could have sat in the House of Lords until the reforms act of 1999, which slashed the number of hereditary peers allowed to sit, he never did so.
Until recently he was director and chairman of one of Scotlandís most-successful landed estates companies, Moray Estates Development Company, letting properties from cottages to castles and managing farms and forests on family land in Moray, Perthshire and Inverness-shire. He was the driving force behind the development of Dalgety Bay, on his familyís Donibristle Estate in Fife.
He and his son, John Douglas Stuart, who until now held the courtesy title Lord Doune but is now the 21st earl, were planning
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