Two famous estates

Here’s a short blurb from the October 18 1929 edition of The Globe about two British castles that were for sale.

I was curious, so I looked up the people and the buildings mentioned in this article.

  • John Osborne (1901-1963), the 11th Duke of Leeds, was apparently a self-centred drunkard. After selling Hornby Castle, he retired to the French Riviera as a tax exile, occasionally spending time on the island of Jersey. He passed his days mostly working his way through the family fortune. (Though, to be fair, he did inherit gambling debts from his father.)
  • When the Duke of Leeds sold Hornby Castle, all but one wing was demolished in 1931.
  • John Montagu Douglas Scott (1864-1935), the 7th Duke of Buccleuch (and also the 9th Duke of Queensberry), was a member of Parliament from 1895 to 1906. His daughter, Alice, married Prince Henry, the third son of King George V.
  • I couldn’t find much on Johnstone House. This might be it.
  • Herstmonceux Castle was built in 1441, and was restored in the early decades of the 20th century. It is now owned by Queen’s University (the one in Ontario).
  • Claude Lowther (1870-1929) was a British Conservative politician. During the First World War, he raised and equipped (but did not command) three battalions of the Sussex Regiment. Known as “Lowther’s Lambs”, the battalions suffered significant casualties when serving as a diversion from an offensive on the Somme.

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