Dudley Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth

The Right Honourable
The Lord Tweedmouth
Member of the Westminster Parliament
for Berwick-upon-Tweed
In office
1853  May 1859
Preceded by John Stapleton and Matthew Forster
Succeeded by Charles William Gordon and Ralph Anstruther Earle
In office
August 1859  1868
Preceded by Charles William Gordon and Ralph Anstruther Earle
Succeeded by John Stapleton and Viscount Bury
Personal details
Born 29 December 1820
Died 4 March 1894 (aged 73)
Nationality Scottish and British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Isabella Weir Hogg
Children Edward, Mary, Stewart, Annie, Ishbel, Coutts, Archibald
Residence 57.28587,-4.842773
Alma mater Harrow, Christ Church college, Oxford
Occupation politician: Member of Parliament; member of the Lords
Profession politics
Cabinet Liberal party
Religion Anglican

Dudley Coutts Marjoribanks, 1st Baron Tweedmouth, also known as the Laird of Guisachan and Glenaffric,[1] (29 December 1820 – 4 March 1894), was a Scottish businessman and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1853 until 1880, when he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Tweedmouth.


Marjoribanks was the son of Edward Marjoribanks of Greenlands who was a senior partner in Coutts Bank.[2] He was unable to acquire the partnership in the Bank (it passed to his elder brother Edward) but he inherited a substantial fortune from his father: partner in Coutts & Co Bank from 1796 until his death on 17 September 1868, aged 92. As to his parentage there was some controversy. Although the Lyon Office of Scotland registered his family pedigree, he was accused of being a charlatan. The disproofs were offered as a statement of contradiction concerning his descent.[3]Burnett of the Lyon's Herald wrote an article in The Genealogist upholding the Lyon Office's original assertion of genuine authenticity[4]

Dudley Coutts, as his banking second name implies, acquired considerable family wealth of his own after the purchase of Meux Brewery. He grew rich as a partner of Meux & Co brewery, and later a director of East India company. With the proceeds he built the mansion of Brook House in London's fashionable Park Lane and purchased the highland deer forest of Guisachan ("Place of the Firs") in Glen Affric, Inverness-shire, and the substantial estates of Hutton and Eddington near his family roots in Berwickshire. Marjoribanks had large kennels at Guisachan and was largely responsible for developing the then new breed of dog, known now as the golden retriever.[5][6]

Their children were:[7]

Marjoribanks was descended from James Marjoribanks, a younger son of Thomas Marjoribanks of Ratho head of the lowland Clan Marjoribanks, both of whom lived in the 16th Century in Edinburgh.[2][8]


  1. "Lairds of Glen Affric". scotland.forestry.gov.uk. Forestry Commission. Retrieved 24 May 2016. The lairds (of Guisachan and Glenaffric, including the original Clan Chisholm and, later, Lord Tweedmouth) who controlled how land was managed in Affric have had a major influence on the look and life of the place...
  2. 1 2 Marjoribanks, Roger. "Marjoribanks of Lees", The Marjoribanks Journal Number 3, page 14, June 1995. Accessed on 22 May 2010
  3. Foster, R.F, "Collectanea Generalis", part 8, p.61-72
  4. The Genealogist magazine, vol.6, p.294-303
  5. Golden Retrievers: History
  6. Lord Tweedmouth Memorial
  7. Pine, Leslie Gilbert, "The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms" London, U.K., Heraldry Today, 1972, ISBN 9780900455230
  8. Marjoribanks, Roger, Marjoribanks - A Rural Family in the Capital, The Scottish Genealogist, December 2010, Accessed 4 April 2012

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Stapleton and
Matthew Forster
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed
With: John Forster, 18531857
John Stapleton, 18571859
Succeeded by
Charles William Gordon and
Ralph Anstruther Earle
Preceded by
Charles William Gordon and
Ralph Anstruther Earle
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed
With: Charles William Gordon, 18591863
William Walter Cargill, 18631865
Alexander Mitchell, 18651868
Succeeded by
Viscount Bury and
John Stapleton
Preceded by
Viscount Bury and
John Stapleton
Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed
With: David Milne Home, 18741880
Henry Strutt, 1880
David Milne Home, 18801885
Succeeded by
Hubert Jerningham and
David Milne Home
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Tweedmouth
Succeeded by
Edward Marjoribanks
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