Walter Erskine, Earl of Mar and Kellie (1865–1955)

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Walter John Francis Erskine, 12th Earl of Mar and 14th Earl of Kellie KT JP (29 August 1865 – 3 June 1955) was a Scottish nobleman.


The eldest son of Walter Erskine, 11th Earl of Mar and Mary Anne Forbes, he was educated at Eton and served as a lieutenant in the Scots Guards from 1887-92.

He succeeded his father in 1888, and in 1892 married Lady Violet Ashley-Cooper, daughter of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 8th Earl of Shaftesbury. They had three children:

He was a Scottish Representative Peer from 1892-1950, and held office as Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire from 1898 and Lord Clerk Register and Keeper of the Signet from 1936-44. He was also Hereditary Keeper of Stirling Castle, and Honorary Colonel of the 7th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

He was appointed a Knight of the Thistle in 1911 and was Chancellor of the Order from 1932-49.[citation needed] His son, John, having predeceased him, he was succeeded by his grandson, John Erskine, Earl of Mar and Kellie (1921-1993).


Political offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Buccleuch
Lord Clerk Register
Succeeded by
Lord Elphinstone
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield
Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire
Succeeded by
James Paton Younger
Preceded by
The Duke of Roxburghe
Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
Lord Elphinstone
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Walter Erskine
Earl of Mar
Earl of Kellie

Succeeded by
John Erskine