Colonel Viscount Maitland


This photo of Viscount Maitland is taken from Fred Ward's historical record of the 23rd Sportsman's Battalion in 1914, at the age of 46. It shows him in service dress with the rank of full Colonel. He is also referred to in the text as Colonel Viscount Maitland, listed as the first commanding officer. The 2 stars and crown with 4 lines of braid around the cuff denote colonel while lieutenant-colonel had one star and a crown with 3 lines of braid. However the following information taken from The Peerage.com says that Viscount Maitland (as he was until 1924) 'gained the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the service of the 23rd Battalion'. The photo is definitely the same man as it is corroborated by a portrait on the BBC paintings website showing Frederick Colin, 14th Earl of Lauderdale in the green uniform of the Scottish Company of Archers. There is also a photo of him with his wife both dressed theatrically as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in the National Portrait Gallery website.

Lt.-Col. Frederick Colin Maitland, 14th Earl of Lauderdale was born on 12 April 1868. He was the son of Lt.-Col Frederick Henry Maitland, 13th Earl of Lauderdale and Charlotte Sarah Sleigh. He married Gwendoline Lucy Vaughan-Williams, daughter of Robert Vaughan-Williams and Sarah Jane Reid, on 16 April 1890 at St. Georges Hanover Square, Westminster, London, England. He died on 14 September 1931 at age 63.

He held the office of Justice of the Peace for Berwickshire. He fought in the Boer War with the Imperial Yeomanry where he was mentioned in despatches. He held the office of Representative Peer in Scotland. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of Berwickshire. He was Assistant Director of Auxiliary Forces, Army HQ Staff between 1903 and 1908. He fought in the First World War, where he was wounded. He gained the rank of Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the 23rd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 3rd Garrison Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers in 1916. He was invested as a Officer, Order of the British Empire in 1919. He gained the rank of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the Scots Guards. He gained the rank of Honorary Colonel in the service of the 11th (HAC and City of London Yeomanry) Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery, Territorial Army. He was admitted to Gentleman at Arms. He gained the rank of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the Royal Scots Guards. He was admitted to Royal Company of Archers. He gained the rank of Honorary Colonel in the service of the City of London (Rough Riders) Yeomanry. He succeeded to the title of 15th Lord Maitland of Thirlestane on 1 September 1924. He succeeded to the title of 14th Earl of Lauderdale on 1 September 1924. He succeeded to the title of 10th Baronet Maitland on 1 September 1924. He succeeded to the title of 14th Lord Thirlestane and Boltoun on 1 September 1924. He succeeded to the title of 14th Viscount Maitland on 1 September 1924. He succeeded to the title of 14th Viscount of Lauderdale on 1 September 1924.

The 23rd (Service) Battalion Royal Fusiliers (First Sportsman’s): A Record of its Services in the Great War 1914-1919
by Fred W Ward (Sidgwick & Jackson 1920)


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