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Alan Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland

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Alan Ian Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland, KG, CBE, MVO, TD (17 April 1880 – 23 August 1930) was the son of Henry Percy, 7th Duke of Northumberland, and Lady Edith Campbell.

His Grace
The Duke of Northumberland
KG, CBE, MVO, TD
Alan Ian Percy 8th Duke of Northumberland - Alexander Bassano - pre-1913.jpg
Alan Ian Percy, in a Grenadier Guards uniform, by Alexander Bassano - 1900s
Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland
In office
19 July 1918 – 23 August 1930
Personal details
Born (1880-04-17)17 April 1880
London
Died 23 August 1930(1930-08-23) (aged 50)
London
Spouse(s) Lady Helen Gordon-Lennox
Parents Henry Percy, 7th Duke of Northumberland
Lady Edith Campbell

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Military careerEdit

Percy was a second lieutenant of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion the Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment), when he was admitted as a second lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards on 24 January 1900.[1] He served with his regiment from 1901 to 1902 in South Africa during the Second Boer War, for which he received the Queen's South Africa Medal. Following the end of the war, he returned to the United Kingdom in August 1902.[2] In 1908 he was in the Sudan Campaign, taking part in the operations in Southern Kordofan and gaining the Egyptian medal. For a time he acted as Aide-de-Camp to Earl Grey. During his time as ADC in Canada, he undertook a wager to walk 111 miles from one city to another in three days - despite blizzards and heavy snowfall, he completed the challenge and won the wager. During the First World War he served with the Grenadier Guards, working with the Intelligence Department to provide eyewitness accounts of battles and the front line. His brother Lord William Percy also served during the War: wounded in 1915, he spent the remainder of the War working as a military attorney. He was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.

Other activitiesEdit

The Duke was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland. For one year before his death he served as Chancellor of the University of Durham, a role his father had also held. From 1922 until his death he financed and directed the Patriot, a radical right-wing weekly which published Nesta Webster and promulgated a mix of anti-communism and anti-semitism.[3]

Marriage and familyEdit

On 18 October 1911, Percy married Lady Helen Magdalan Gordon-Lennox (daughter of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 7th Duke of Richmond). They had six children:[4]

The 8th Duke died in 1930 and was buried in the Northumberland Vault, within Westminster Abbey.[5] He was succeeded in the dukedom and his other titles by his eldest son, Henry.

AncestryEdit

WorksEdit

Other

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "No. 27156". The London Gazette. 23 January 1900. p. 431. 
  2. ^ "The War - Return of Troops". The Times (36842). London. 9 August 1902. p. 11. 
  3. ^ Markku Ruotsila, 'The Antisemitism of the Eighth Duke of Northumberland's the Patriot, 1922-1930', Journal of Contemporary History 39:1 (2004), 71–92
  4. ^ The Peerage, entry for 8th Duke of Northumberland
  5. ^ Elizabeth, Duchess of Northumberland - Westminster Abbey

Further readingEdit

  • Ruotsila, Markku (2005). "The Catholic Apostolic Church in British Politics," Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. LVI (1), pp. 75–91.

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