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David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland

David Charles Robert Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland (born 8 May 1959), is a British peer and landowner.

His Grace
The Duke of Rutland
Rutland in 2015.
BornDavid Charles Robert Manners
(1959-05-08) 8 May 1959 (age 60)
TitleDuke of Rutland
Tenure 4 January 1999 – present
Other titlesMarquess of Granby
ResidenceBelvoir Castle
Haddon Hall
PredecessorCharles Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland
HeirCharles Manners, Marquess of Granby
Emma Watkins
(m. 1992)
IssueLady Violet Manners
Lady Alice Manners
Lady Eliza Manners
Charles Manners, Marquess of Granby
Lord Hugo Manners
ParentsCharles Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland
Frances Sweeny


Rutland is the elder son of the 10th Duke of Rutland by his second wife, the former Frances Sweeney. He was educated at Stanbridge Earls School. He succeeded his father in the titles on 4 January 1999.

The family also includes the duke's mother The Dowager Duchess, his younger brother, Lord Edward Manners, a half-sister, Lady Charlotte Manners, and a sister, Lady Teresa Manners.[1]

Rutland's ancestral home is Belvoir Castle in the northern part of Leicestershire. In the summer of 2005, the Duke purchased the Manners Arms Country Hotel and Restaurant in Knipton near Grantham. The Manners Arms was built for the 6th Duke of Rutland as a hunting lodge during the 1880s. The Duchess was heavily involved with the renovation work they carried out on the property. The Duke's holdings also include Haddon Hall, which is occupied by his brother Edward and Edward's family. The Sunday Times Rich List 2013 estimated his personal fortune at £125m, but he had to sell a painting to keep Belvoir Castle maintained.

The Duke is a high-profile supporter of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and has hosted fundraising events at Belvoir Castle. In 1999, he stood for UKIP when the House of Lords had to elect 92 hereditary peers. He stood in a House of Lords by-election in 2005 and again in 2015.

In July 2018 the Duke came under scrutiny for advertising positions for actors to perform unpaid at Belvoir Castle.[2] Performers' union Equity criticised the advertisement, saying it was "unacceptable" to ask actors to work unpaid; the advertisement was later removed.[3]

Marriage and childrenEdit

Rutland married Emma Watkins, daughter of a Welsh farmer from Knighton, Powys, on 6 June 1992 at Belvoir Castle. The couple have five children:[4]

The Duchess runs the commercial activities of Belvoir Castle, including shooting parties, weddings and a range of furniture.[5] In 2012, it was reported that the Duke and Duchess had separated, although both were continuing to live at separate wings of the castle with their new partners.[6][7]

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 8 May 1959 – 4 January 1999: Marquess of Granby
  • 4 January 1999 – present: His Grace The Duke of Rutland

Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms of David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland
A Coronet of a Duke
On a Chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a Peacock in its pride proper
Or two Bars Azure a Chief quarterly of the last and Gules, in the first and fourth, two Fleur-de-lis, and in the second and third, a Lion passant guardant, all Or
On either side an Unicorn Argent armed, maned, tufted and unguled Or
Pour Y Parvenir ("So as to accomplish it")


  1. ^ Paul Theroff. "Rutland"[1]. Last accessed 13 September 2007
  2. ^ "Duke of Rutland advertised for actors to work for free". BBC News. 26 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Actors asked to work without pay at Duke of Rutland's castle". BBC News Online. BBC. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ The Peerage, entry for 11th Duke of Rutland
  5. ^ Grice, Elizabeth (16 July 2012). "Emma Rutland". Daily Telegraph.
  6. ^ The Daily Mail, "The Duke of Rutland and I are separating ... but we'll live together in our castle and have new partners: Duchess's remarkable response to her husband's infidelity", published 16 September 2012
  7. ^ Sebastian Shakespeare For The Daily Mail (12 April 2017). "Duke of Rutland parties with wife, lover and five children". Daily Mail.

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