David Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland

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The Duke of Rutland
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Born David Charles Robert Manners
(1959-05-08) 8 May 1959 (age 58)
Title Duke of Rutland
Tenure 4 January 1999 – present
Other titles Marquess of Granby
Nationality British
Residence Belvoir Castle
Haddon Hall
Predecessor Charles Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland
Heir Charles Manners, Marquess of Granby
Spouse(s) Emma née Watkins
(m. 1992)
Issue Lady Violet Manners
Lady Alice Manners
Lady Eliza Manners
Charles Manners, Marquess of Granby
Lord Hugo Manners
Parents Charles Manners, 10th Duke of Rutland
Frances née Sweeney

David Charles Robert Manners, 11th Duke of Rutland (born 8 May 1959) is a British peer and landowner.


Rutland is the elder son of the 10th Duke of Rutland by his second wife, the former Frances Sweeney, he was educated at Stanbridge Earls School. He succeeded his father in the titles on 4 January 1999.

The family also includes the duke's mother The Dowager Duchess, his younger brother, Lord Edward Manners, a half-sister, Lady Charlotte Manners, and a sister, Lady Teresa Manners.[1]

Rutland's ancestral home is Belvoir Castle in the northern part of Leicestershire; in the summer of 2005, the Duke purchased the Manners Arms Country Hotel and Restaurant in Knipton near Grantham. The Manners Arms was built for the 6th Duke of Rutland as a hunting lodge during the 1880s, the Duchess was heavily involved with the renovation work they carried out on the property. The Duke's holdings also include Haddon Hall, which is occupied by his brother Edward and Edward's family. The Sunday Times Rich List 2013 estimated his personal fortune at £125m, but he had to sell a painting to keep Belvoir Castle maintained.

The Duke is a high-profile supporter of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and has hosted fundraising events at Belvoir Castle; in 1999, he stood for UKIP when the House of Lords had to elect 92 hereditary peers. He stood in a House of Lords by-election in 2005 and again in 2015.

Marriage and children[edit]

Rutland married Emma Watkins, daughter of a Welsh farmer from Knighton, Powys, on 6 June 1992 at Belvoir Castle. The couple have five children:[2]

  • Lady Violet Diana Louise Manners (born 18 August 1993)
  • Lady Alice Louisa Lilly Manners (born 27 April 1995)
  • Lady Eliza Charlotte Manners (born 17 July 1997)
  • Charles John Montague Manners, Marquess of Granby (born 3 July 1999)
  • Lord Hugo William James Manners (born 24 July 2003)

The Duchess runs the commercial activities of Belvoir Castle, including shooting parties, weddings and a range of furniture;[3] in 2012, it was reported that the Duke and Duchess had separated, although both were continuing to live at Belvoir Castle with their new partners.[4]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 8 May 1959 – 4 January 1999: Marquess of Granby
  • 4 January 1999 – present: His Grace The Duke of Rutland

The Duke also carries the subsidiary titles of Marquess of Granby, which was created in 1703 at the same time as the dukedom was formed out of the earlier title of Earl of Rutland (1525). Baron Manners, of Haddon in the County of Derby was created in 1679. These titles are all found in the Peerage of England. Baron Roos of Belvoir, of Belvoir in the County of Leicester was established in 1896 in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, but have a longer ancestry in the titles of Baron de Ros. The most senior subsidiary title, Marquess of Granby, is the courtesy title used by the Duke's eldest son and heir.


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Peerage of England
Preceded by
Charles Manners
Duke of Rutland
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Marlborough
The Duke of Rutland
Succeeded by
The Duke of Hamilton