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The Earl of Lauderdale

The 17th Earl of Lauderdale, who has died aged 97, was Conservative MP for Lanark in the days when Scotland returned an outright Tory majority, writes Gordon Casely. In holding the seat for eight years from 1951, the Hon Patrick Maitland made his mark from the start as a passionate believer in the Empire, strongly supporting the abortive invasion of the Suez Canal in 1956, and never ceasing in imperialistic views all his days.

As the only UK journalist to be accredited to the US forces in the Pacific, he covered the landing by US Marines at Guadalcanal, before being invited to return to London to work in political intelligence in the Foreign Office.

Patrick Francis Maitland possessed ancestry that ran back to Thomas de Matulant, an Anglo-Norman who settled in Berwickshire around 1165. By 1590, the family had prospered enough in their Lauder stronghold for Sir John Maitland to be created Lord Maitland of Thirlestane in 1590 by King James IV, with the same grateful monarch elevating Sir John’s son to an earldom.

The Earl of Lauderdale was predeceased in 2003 by his wife, Stank, daughter of Professor Milivoje Lozanitch of Belgrade – whom he met on his travels, and married in 1936. He is survived by his children: Ian, Viscount Maitland, an investment analyst; the Rev and Hon Sydney, a former town planner now an Episcopal [sic] cleric in Glasgow; Lady Olga, the journalist and former Tory MP; and Lady Lilitsa, a counsellor.

After requiem mass, he is due to be buried in the Lauderdale Aisle in St Mary’s, Haddington, on Wednesday. He is succeeded in the earldom as 18th Earl by Ian, Master of Lauderdale.

Full story at The Herald.

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