Marquess of Stafford

George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower was born on 29 Aug 1888, known as Earl Gower until 1892 and the Marquess of Stafford from 1892 until 1913. He was the son of Cromartie, 4th Duke of Sutherland and Lady Millicent St Clair-Erskine daughter of the 4th Earl of Rosslyn. He was born at Cliveden House, Bucks, and educated at Eton. He was commisioned into the Scots Greys in 1909 but transferred to the Seaforth Highlanders in 1910. In the First World War he served in the Royal Naval Reserve. In 1913 he succeeded to the title 5th Duke of Sutherland and entered politics in the Lords. He held several government posts culminating in Lord Steward of the Household in 1936. He was the first chairman of the British Film Institute from 1933 to 1936, and the Sutherland Trophy was named after him. He married Lady Eileen Butler in 1912 but she died in 1943. He married secondly, Clare O'Brian in 1944. They had no children. He was a notorious womaniser and Barbara Cartland claimed that he might have been the father of Raine Spencer. He died at the age of 74, on 1 Feb 1963.

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