House & Family History: The 4th Duke of Queensbury (known as "Old Q") was one of 18th century England's most notorious rakes (he was portrayed in William Makepeace Thackeray's novel "The Virginians" as a dissolute gambler). For many years Old Q was known as the earl of March; he became heir to the dukedom rather late in life, when his two cousins died. Their father, the 3rd Duke of Queensberry, died in 1778 and the earl of March, at the age 52, inherited the title and the Queensberry estates. The House was demolished in the 1830s; the fireplace in the Great Hall at Buxted Place was salvaged from Queensberry House.
House Replaced By: The Duke of Queensberry's (Old Q) house was built over in 1831 by Sir William Dundas.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. I, p. 207, 1854.
House Listed: Demolished
Park Listed: Destroyed
Past Seat of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSE: William Douglas, 4th Duke of Queensberry, 18th century. SEATED AT 19TH CENTURY HOUSE: Sir William Dundas, 19th century.
Current Ownership Type: Demolished
Primary Current Ownership Use: Demolished
House Open to Public: No
Historic Houses Member: No