Keith Schellenberg

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Clifford Keith Wain Schellenberg (13 March 1929 – 28 October 2019) was a British businessman and Winter Olympian.[1][2] He was known for his legal disputes related to his ownership of the Scottish island of Eigg.[3][4][5] He also stood in the 1964 UK general election in Richmond (Yorks) and the October 1974 UK general election in Moray and Nairn as a Liberal candidate.[6]

Clifford Schellenberg
Personal information
Full nameClifford Keith Wain Schellenberg
Born(1929-03-13)13 March 1929
Middlesbrough, England
Died28 October 2019(2019-10-28) (aged 90)
Richmond, North Yorkshire, England

Personal lifeEdit

Schellenberg was the son of Clifford Robertshaw Schellenberg (1898–1971), of Woodlands, The Grove, Marton-in-Cleveland, Yorkshire. His distant forbears hailed from Wurttemberg. He had six children[7] and was married four times; firstly, in 1957, to Jan Hagenbach, with whom he had two daughters; secondly, in 1964, to Margaret de Hauteville Hamilton, daughter of Robert Hamilton-Udny, 11th Lord Belhaven and Stenton, by whom he had a son and two daughters;[8] thirdly, to garden designer Susan "Suki" Minette Urquhart (1944–2014), daughter of Major-General Robert Urquhart, General officer commanding the 1st Airborne Division at the Battle of Arnhem during Operation Market Garden in 1944; and was survived by his widow Jilly. Schellenberg lived at Davidstone House, near Keith, Aberdeenshire, and at Old Mayen on the River Deveron.[9] He died in Richmond, North Yorkshire in October 2019 at the age of 90.[10]

Winter Olympics and sporting endeavoursEdit

Schellenberg competed in the two-man and the four-man Bobsleigh events at the 1956 Winter Olympics.[1] He also competed in the men's singles in the luge at the 1964 Winter Olympics.[1] He also played on the Yorkshire rugby team.[11] In 1968 he competed in the London to Sydney Marathon in his vintage Bentley sadly retiring when his car toppled off the edge of the road which had subsided under the weight of the car[12].


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Clifford Schellenberg Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ Laird who deluded himself with an action for libel
  4. ^ Seeking refuge in his roots
  5. ^ Still petrol in the tank for daredevil Schellenberg
  6. ^ Yorkshire Olympian Keith Schellenberg who once owned his own remote Scottish island has died aged 91
  7. ^ "Ex-laird charged with kerb-crawling". Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  8. ^ Burke's Peerage, 107th edition, 2003, vol. 1, p. 330
  9. ^ Obituary: Suki Urquhart, garden designer
  10. ^ Eigg’s ‘Toad of Toad Hall’, Keith Schellenberg, dies aged 90
  11. ^ St Nicholas Gardens
  12. ^ "Article: The 1968 London to Sydney Marathon (Page 1)". Retrieved 9 November 2019.