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TITLE
Millicent, Duchess Of Sutherland
EXTERNAL ID
CAITHHORZ_THUFM_PH037
PLACENAME
unidentified
DATE OF IMAGE
c.1905
PERIOD
1900s
SOURCE
Caithness Horizons
ASSET ID
4157
KEYWORDS
aristocracy
Millicent, Duchess Of Sutherland

Millicent Fanny Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland (20 October 1867 - 20 August 1955) was a society hostess and social reformer. She was born in Fife, the eldest child of Robert St Clair-Erskine, 4th Earl of Rosslyn and his wife, Blanche.

On her seventeenth birthday she married Cromartie Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Marquess of Stafford (1851 - 1913), and soon became established as a successful London hostess. In 1892 her husband succeeded to the title of Duke of Sutherland, and to the extensive estates in the Scottish Highlands, Staffordshire, and Shropshire.

Her work as a social reformer included attempts to revive the home-spun woollen industry in the Highlands, helping to found a rural technical school at Golspie, and serving as president of the Scottish Home Industries Association.

Her second husband, Percy Desmond Fitzgerald, was an army officer and so at the outbreak of World War I Milicent also went to France with a Red Cross ambulance unit. She was captured in the German advance on Namur but managed to escape. She went on to run one of the British Red Cross hospitals at Calais until the end of the war.

She spent much of the rest of her life in France where she died in 1955. She was cremated in Paris and her ashes were returned to the Sutherland private cemetery at Dunrobin.


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Millicent, Duchess Of Sutherland

1900s

aristocracy

Caithness Horizons

Caithness Horizons

Millicent Fanny Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland (20 October 1867 - 20 August 1955) was a society hostess and social reformer. She was born in Fife, the eldest child of Robert St Clair-Erskine, 4th Earl of Rosslyn and his wife, Blanche.<br /> <br /> On her seventeenth birthday she married Cromartie Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Marquess of Stafford (1851 - 1913), and soon became established as a successful London hostess. In 1892 her husband succeeded to the title of Duke of Sutherland, and to the extensive estates in the Scottish Highlands, Staffordshire, and Shropshire.<br /> <br /> Her work as a social reformer included attempts to revive the home-spun woollen industry in the Highlands, helping to found a rural technical school at Golspie, and serving as president of the Scottish Home Industries Association.<br /> <br /> Her second husband, Percy Desmond Fitzgerald, was an army officer and so at the outbreak of World War I Milicent also went to France with a Red Cross ambulance unit. She was captured in the German advance on Namur but managed to escape. She went on to run one of the British Red Cross hospitals at Calais until the end of the war.<br /> <br /> She spent much of the rest of her life in France where she died in 1955. She was cremated in Paris and her ashes were returned to the Sutherland private cemetery at Dunrobin. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: joannehowdle@caithnesshorizons.co.uk">Caithness Horizons</a>