The Marquess of Queensberry
|Comptroller of the Household|
4 January 1853 – 25 July 1856
|Prime Minister||The Earl of Aberdeen|
The Viscount Palmerston
|Preceded by||The Hon George Weld-Forester|
|Succeeded by||Viscount Castlerosse|
|Born||18 April 1818|
|Died||6 August 1858(aged 40)|
|Parents||John Douglas, 7th Marquess of Queensberry|
Archibald William Douglas, 8th Marquess of Queensberry PC (18 April 1818 – 6 August 1858), styled Viscount Drumlanrig between 1837 and 1856, was a Scottish Conservative Party politician. He notably served as Comptroller of the Household between 1853 and 1856.
Douglas was the son of John Douglas, 7th Marquess of Queensberry, by Sarah Douglas, daughter of Major James Sholto Douglas. He became known by the courtesy title Viscount Drumlanrig when his father succeeded to the marquessate of Queensberry in 1837.
Lord Drumlanrig was returned to parliament for Dumfriesshire in 1847. In early 1853 he was sworn of the Privy Council and appointed Comptroller of the Household under Lord Aberdeen, a post he held until 1856, during the last year under the premiership of Lord Palmerston. In 1856 he also succeeded his father in the marquessate. However, as this was a Scottish peerage, it did not entitle him to a seat in the House of Lords. He stood down from the House of Commons in early 1857. Apart from his political career he was also Lord-Lieutenant of Dumfriesshire from 1850 to 1858.
- Lady Gertrude Georgiana Douglas (died 1893), married Thomas Stock.
- John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry (1844–1900), the man behind the Marquess of Queensberry rules that formed the basis of modern boxing, and, much later, the downfall of author and playwright Oscar Wilde.
- Lord Francis William Bouverie Douglas (1847–1865), beaten by A. W. Moore and party by a day to first ascent of the Ober Gabelhorn, killed a week later in the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn.
- Reverend Lord Archibald Edward Douglas (1850–1938).
- Lady Florence Caroline Douglas (1855–1905) (twin), war correspondent, travel writer, and feminist.
- Lord James Edward Sholto Douglas (1855–1891) (twin), married racehorse breeder Martha Lucy Hennessy in 1888. James committed suicide in 1891 by cutting his throat with a razor in a London hotel.
Lord Queensberry died while hunting in August 1858 aged forty, officially from the explosion of his gun. However, the event was widely believed to be a suicide. The Marchioness of Queensberry died in February 1904.
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "D" (part 4)
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- "No. 21910". The London Gazette. 5 August 1856. p. 2711.
- "No. 21131". The London Gazette. 30 August 1850. p. 2345.
- "No. 22116". The London Gazette. 23 March 1858. p. 1531.
- "Lady James Douglas". Horse Racing History.