George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland

George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland

George Granville Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland, PC, KT (August 29 1888–February 1 1963) was the son of Cromartie Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 4th Duke of Sutherland.

He married, firstly, Lady Eileen Gwladys Butler, daughter of Charles Butler, 7th Earl of Lanesborough, on 11 April 1912. He married, secondly, Clare Josephine O'Brian, on 1 July 1944.

He served in the Conservative governments of Andrew Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin as Under-Secretary of State for Air from 1922 to 1924, as Paymaster-General from 1925 to 1928, and as Under-Secretary of State for War from 1928 to 1929.

He was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1921, and was appointed a Knight of the Thistle in 1929, and a Privy Counsellor in 1936. He was the first Chairman of the British Film Institute, from 1933 to 1936, and remained its patron until his death. From 1958, the BFI awarded the Sutherland Trophy, named after him, to "the maker of the most original and imaginative film introduced at the National Film Theatre during the year". ["1963 London Film Festival Programme", London: BFI]

The Duke of Sutherland died in 1963, aged 74 and his titles were divided according to their patents. The Earldom of Sutherland and Barony of Strathnaver passed to his niece, only daughter of Lord Alastair Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Elizabeth Sutherland, 24th Countess of Sutherland, while the remainder of his titles passed to the heir male, a distant relative, the Earl of Ellesmere.




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