Douglas, Francis, 11th Marquess of Queensberry

BORN 17 Jan 1896, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey - DIED 27 Apr 1954, Folkestone, Kent
BIRTH NAME Douglas, Francis Archibald Kelhead, 11th Marquess of Queensberry
GRAVE LOCATION Crawley, West Sussex: Franciscan Monastery (Churchyard)

Douglas was born around the time that his grandfather, the 9th Marquess, had been tried for libel by Oscar Wilde. His father Percy Sholto Douglas, the 10th Marquess, had been Wilde's lover. His mother was Anna Maria Walters (1866-1917). He was educated at Harrow School and at the Royal Military College in Sandhurst. During the First World War he served on the Western Front, where his leg was wounded by a gunshot.

After the war he worked as a stockbroker, dealing in gold and diamonds. In 1917 he had married Irene Clarice Richards and they had a daughter, Patricia. After his father died in 1920 he succeeded him as Marquess of Queensberry. From 1922 to 1929 he was a member of the House of Lords for Scotland. He divorced Irene in 1925 and married the painter Cathleen Sabine Mann on 18 March 1926. They had two children and their son Douglas (b.1929) would become the 12th Marquess.

At Earl's Court in London he established the Queensberry All-Services Club in 1942. It provided entertainment to the working people and he served himself as a receptionist and a waiter. In 1946 he divorced Cathleen and Muriel Chunn became his third wife and last wife in 1947. He died in 1954 and Muriel lived until 1992.

Francis Douglas wrote two books about his family history, "The Sporting Queensberrys" (1942) and "Oscar Wilde and the Black Douglas" (1949, together with Percy Colson).

• Father: Douglas, Percy Sholto, 10th Marquess of Queensberry


The grave of Francis Archibald Kelhead Douglas at the Franciscan Monastery, Crawley.
Picture by Androom (16 Feb 2017)


Francis Douglas - Wikipedia

Douglas, Percy Sholto, 10th Marquess of Queensberry

Published: 31 May 2020
Last update: 25 Apr 2022