Alan Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland

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Alan Ian Percy, 8th Duke of Northumberland KG CBE MVO TD (April 17, 1880August 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 nationalist weekly which published Nesta Webster: this publication was anti-communist and anti-Semitic.[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:



  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


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