Sir Rupert Iain Kay Moncreiffe of that Ilk: 1919-1985

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    From The Glasgow Herald, February 28, 1985:

    Moncreiffe of that Ilk dies

    Genealogist Sir Iain MONCREIFFE of that Ilk collapsed and died at his home yesterday. He was 65. Sir Iain, former private secretary to the British Ambassador in Moscow, was found dead by his wife at their home in Victoria.

    Sir Iain was the eleventh baronet in a line created in 1685. His knowledge of Scottish lore and his often eccentric behaviour made him known worldwide. His knowledge of heraldry was unrivalled, and he had a distinguished military career.

    Sir Iain was wrongly named recently as the man who had “chatted up” the Prime Minister at a reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse some years ago.He said he had met Mrs. Thatcher on that occasion, but had merely said he admired her.

    The incident about a “tipsy VIP” having made advances to the Prime Minister was described in the Commons by Mr. Nicholas Fairbairn, former Solicitor-General. On that occasion, Mr. Fairbairn declined to name the man, except to say that, after Sir Iain’s name was mentioned, it was not him.

    Sir Iain’s first marriage was to the Countess of Errol in 1946. It was dissolved in 1964, and she died in 1978. He married his present wife, Hermione, in 1966. His education was at Stowe, Heidelberg, Christ Church, Oxford, and Edinburgh University.

    He served as captain in the SCOTS GUARDS during the last war and was wounded in ITALY. For a time he was aide-de-camp to General Sir Andrew THORNE, general officer commanding in chief, Scottish Command.

    He was chairman of Debrett’s Peerage from 1977 to 1981 and president of the Association of Genealogists and Record Agents. Sir Iain was also a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard for Scotland (the Royal Company of Archers). Among his books were Blood Royal, published in 1956, and The Highland Clans in 1967.

    He claimed in 1970 to being the world’s greets snob, asserting that even the way he held his whisky glass dated from sixteenth century ancestors.

    When the Scottish football team was knocked out of the World Cup in 1974 Sir Iain said it was because fans who booed the National Anthem had brought down the wrath of God.

    Sir Iain is succeeded by his elder son, the Earl of Erroll. Both his sons and daughter were from his first marriage.

    Mr. Hugh Peskett, a friend and director of Burke’s Peerage - of which Sir Iain became president in 1983 - said yesterday arrangements had been made for his younger son, Peregrine, to take over the chieftainship of the Moncreiffe clan. He will be known as The Moncreiffe of that Ilk.

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    The undermentioned Cadets, from 162nd, 164th, 165th, 166th, and Sandhurst Officer Cadet Training Units, to be 2nd Lts. 25th May 1940:—
    S. G'ds.
    Rupert Iain Kay MONCREIFFE (132231).


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