James Innes-Ker, 7th Duke of Roxburghe

James Henry Robert Innes-Ker, 7th Duke of Roxburghe (5 September 1839 – 23 October 1892), became Duke of Roxburghe on the death of his father, James Henry Robert Innes-Ker, 6th Duke of Roxburghe.

The Duke of Roxburghe
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Photograph of the 7th Duke of Roxburghe, by Camille Silvy
Lord Lieutenant of Roxburghshire
In office
Preceded byThe Duke of Buccleuch
Succeeded byThe Lord Reay
Member of Parliament for Roxburghshire
In office
Preceded bySir William Scott
Succeeded bySir George Scott-Douglas
Personal details
James Henry Robert Innes-Ker

(1839-09-05)5 September 1839
Died23 October 1892(1892-10-23) (aged 53)
Political partyLiberal
(m. after 1874)
RelationsSir Charles Dalbiac (grandfather)
ParentsJames Innes-Ker, 6th Duke of Roxburghe
Susanna Dalbiac

Early lifeEdit

He was born on 5 September 1839 to James Henry Robert Innes-Ker, 6th Duke of Roxburghe and Susanna Dalbiac, Duchess of Roxburghe, only child of Sir Charles Dalbiac. His mother was one of Queen Victoria's staff until she died in 1895.[1] His elder sister was Lady Susan Harriet Innes-Ker, who married Sir James Suttie, 6th Baronet. His younger siblings were Lady Charlotte Isabella Innes-Ker, wife of George Russell, and Lord Charles John Innes-Ker, who married Blanche Mary Williams (a daughter of Col. Thomas Peers Williams).[2]


He served as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Roxburghshire from 1870 to 1874. He also served as Lord Lieutenant of Roxburghshire from 1884 until his death in 1892.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

On 11 June 1874 he married Anne Emily Spencer-Churchill. She was the fourth daughter of the 7th Duke of Marlborough and the former Lady Frances Vane-Stewart (eldest daughter of Charles Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry). Together, James and Anne, who served as Mistress of the Robes and Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, were the parents of seven children, three boys and four girls, including:[2]

  • Lady Margaret Frances Susan Innes-Ker (1875–1930), who married James Alexander Orr-Ewing (1857–1900) in 1898.[2]
  • Henry John Innes-Ker, 8th Duke of Roxburghe (1876–1932),[3] from whose only son all current Innes-Ker males are descended.[4]
  • Lady Victoria Alexandrina Innes-Ker (1877–1970), who married Charles Hyde Villiers (1862–1947) in 1901 and had issue.[2]
  • Lady Isabel Innes-Ker (1879–1905), who married the Hon. Guy Greville Wilson (1877–1943) in 1904.[2]
  • Lord Alastair Robert Innes-Ker (1880–1936), who married London 10 October 1907 Anne Breese (1885–1959), an American heiress in 1907 and had issue.[2]
  • Lady Evelyn Anne Innes-Ker (1882–1958), who married William Fellowes Collins (1865–1948), a grandson of Lord de Ramsey, in 1907 and had issue.[2]
  • Lord Robert Edward Innes-Ker (1885–1958), who first married Charlotte Josephine Cooney (1887–1958) (otherwise known as the musical comedy actress Jose Collins) in 1920.[5] They divorced in 1935. He remarried to Eleanor Marie Woodhead (1887–1958) in 1939; there was no issue by either marriage.[2]

Lord Roxburghe died on 23 October 1892 and was succeeded by his eldest son.[2] His widow, the Dowager Duchess of Roxburghe died in London in 1923 after a lengthy illness, at the home of her daughter Lady Evelyn and her husband, Colonel William Collins.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Greg King (4 June 2007). Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year. John Wiley & Sons. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-470-04439-1.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Roxburghe, Duke of (S, 1707)". www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  3. ^ Times, Wireless to the New York (30 September 1932). "DUKE OF ROXBURGH DIES AT AGE OF 56; Stricken Suddenly After Attending Funeral of His Friend, Michael G. Herbert. | I MARRIED MAY GOELET HERE | Ceremony in 1903 One of Important Society Events of That Year | Was Wounded in War". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  4. ^ "DUKE OF ROXBURGHE MARRIES MISS GOELET; Second American Heiress to be Made a Duchess in St, Thomas's WOMEN MOB HER CARRIAGE Extraordinary Demonstration Near the Church by Faminine Sightseers Keeps Police Busy -- Reception at Mrs. Goelet's Home". The New York Times. 11 November 1903. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Lord R. Innes-Ker weds Jose Collins; Brother of Duke of Roxburghe Married to Musical Comedy Actress in London. Ceremony was a Secret. Bride, Daughter of Late Lottie Collins, Won First Success Herein "The Merry Countess." New York Times, 4 November 1920, p. 16], (citation only)([1] full article)
  6. ^ "Death of Dowager Duchess of Roxburghe". The Times. 21 June 1923. p. 8.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir William Scott
Member of Parliament for Roxburghshire
Succeeded by
Sir George Scott-Douglas
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Buccleuch
Lord Lieutenant of Roxburghshire
Succeeded by
The Lord Reay
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
James Innes-Ker
Duke of Roxburghe
Succeeded by
Henry John Innes-Ker