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Peter St Clair-Erskine, 7th Earl of Rosslyn

Peter St Clair-Erskine, 7th Earl of Rosslyn, CVO, QPM (born 31 March 1958), known professionally as Peter Loughborough, is a British peer and former Metropolitan Police Commander. The Earl's lands include the world-famous Rosslyn Chapel.

The Earl of Rosslyn

Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
17 December 1979
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byThe 6th Earl of Rosslyn
Personal details
Peter St Clair-Erskine

(1958-03-31) 31 March 1958 (age 61)
Political partyCrossbench
Spouse(s)Helen Watters
ChildrenJamie St Clair-Erskine, Lord Loughborough
Lady Alice St Clair-Erskine
The Hon. Harry St Clair-Erskine
Lady Lucia St Clair-Erskine
ParentsAnthony St Clair-Erskine, 6th Earl of Rosslyn
OccupationCourtier, police officer

Background and educationEdit

Lord Rosslyn was educated at Eton College and the University of Bristol.[1] He inherited his peerages in 1977 and was one of 92 hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords following the House of Lords Act 1999. He sits as a crossbencher.


Rosslyn joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1980 on the recommendation of his third cousin Lord Strathnaver,[1] a former detective and heir apparent of The 24th Countess of Sutherland. He reached the rank of chief inspector in the 1990s. In 1994 he led the undercover Operation Troodos, a successful crackdown on drug dealers in west London, including the drug supplier of the Marquess of Blandford, later Duke of Marlborough.[2] From 2003 to 2014, he was head of the Royalty and Diplomatic Protection Department (since amalgamated into Protection Command). He received the Queen's Police Medal in the 2009 New Year Honours and was reputedly the Queen's "favourite policeman".[3]

In March 2014, Lord Rosslyn was appointed as Master of the Household to The Prince of Wales, and The Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.[1]

On 29 September 2014, Lord Rosslyn was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) upon relinquishing his appointment as Head of Royalty and Specialist Protection Department.[4]


He married Helen Watters in 1982 and they have two sons and two daughters.[5]



Ribbon Description Notes
  Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
  • Commander
  • 29 September 2014
  Queen's Police Medal (QPM)
  Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002
  • UK Version of this Medal
  Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2012
  • UK Version of this Medal
  Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal


  1. ^ a b c "Charles and Camilla appoint police chief to Household". The Daily Telegraph. 1 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Old Etonian earl in charge of royal protection likely to be centre of inquiry". The Guardian. 24 June 2003.
  3. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 25.
  4. ^ "No. 61020". The London Gazette. 15 October 2014. p. 19954.
  5. ^ Dod, Charles Roger; Dod, Robert Phipps (2010). Dod's Parliamentary Companion. 178. Dod's Parliamentary Companion Ltd. p. 845. ISBN 0-905702-89-1.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p. 5337 § 53361". The Peerage.[unreliable source]

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