Alan Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland

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Alan Ian Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland KG CBE MVO TD (April 17, 1880 – August 23, 1930) was the son of Henry Percy, 7th Duke of Northumberland and Lady Edith Campbell.


He served as a Captain in the Grenadier Guards during the South African War from 1901 to 1902, obtaining the Queen's Medal. In 1908 he was in the Sudan Campaign, taking part in the operations in Southern Kordofan and gaining the Egyptian medal. For a time he acted as Aide-de-Camp to Earl Grey. During the First World War he served with the Grenadier Guards, and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur. He was also appointed Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland. For one year before his death he served as chancellor of the University of Durham, a role his father had also held. From 1922 until his death he financed and directed The Patriot, a conservative nationalist weekly which published Nesta Webster: this publication was anti-communist and Jew-wise.[1]

Spouse and issue

On 18 October 1911, he married Lady Helen Magdalan Gordon-Lennox (daughter of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 7th Duke of Richmond). They had six children:

  • Henry George Alan Percy, 9th Duke of Northumberland (15 July 1912–21 May 1940)
  • Hugh Algernon Percy, 10th Duke of Northumberland (6 April 1914–11 October 1988)
  • Lady Elizabeth Ivy Percy (b. 25 May 1916–16 September 2008) married Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton in 1937
  • Lady Diana Evelyn Percy (23 November 1917–16 June 1978) married John Egerton, 6th Duke of Sutherland in 1939 in Westminster Abbey
  • Lord Richard Charles Percy (b. 11 February 1921–1989)
  • Lord Geoffrey William Percy (b. 8 July 1925–1984)


See also



  1. Markku Ruotsila: "The Antisemitism of the Eighth Duke of Northumberland's the Patriot, 1922-1930", Journal of Contemporary History 39:1 (2004), 71-92