Hundreds expected to attend Duke of Roxburghe memorial

Hundreds of people paid their respects at a memorial service for the Duke of Roxburghe.

Guy Innes Ket died peacefully at his family's ancestral home, Floors Castle, on 28 August after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He leaves five children – Rosie, Ted and Charles, by his first wife, Jane Dawnay, and Bella and George by his second wife, Virginia.

The Duke’s eldest son, Charles, the Marquis of Bowmont, will succeed his father as the 11th Duke of Roxburghe.

A private funeral was held at his home in the Scottish Borders earlier this month. Around nine-hundred attended the memorial celebrating the Duke's life in Melrose.

The memorial will take place at Melrose Parish Church. Credit: Google Maps

A statement was released by his family on the day of his death:

“We are all deeply saddened that the Duke has lost his battle with an illness he fought with great courage and determination.

"He was a wonderful and loving husband to Virge and devoted father to Rosie, Charlie, Ted, Bella and George and it is a desperate loss to us all. His family meant so much to him and he was always there to offer love, guidance and support.

"We know he will be missed by so many in different spheres in particular by those staff and farm tenants on the Roxburghe Estates.

“We are extremely grateful for the outstanding medical care the Duke received at the Brompton Hospital in London and at home by the Borders palliative care team led by Dr Miller and supported by the Scottish Nursing Guild.”

The Duke died in August at the age of 64. Credit: Roxburghe Estate

The service was held at Melrose Parish Church on Monday 18 November, at 12.30pm.

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