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Q: WANTED: A Photo of the 8th Duke of Northumberland ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   4 Comments )
Subject: WANTED: A Photo of the 8th Duke of Northumberland
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: probonopublico-ga
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Posted: 19 Jan 2004 22:03 PST
Expires: 18 Feb 2004 22:03 PST
Question ID: 298270
Alan Ian Percy (1880-1930), the 8th Duke of Northumberland, succeeded
his father in 1918.

There must be a photo of him somewhere, but where?
Subject: Re: WANTED: A Photo of the 8th Duke of Northumberland
Answered By: angy-ga on 20 Jan 2004 00:45 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi !

There's no photo on the Web, yet, but I have sourced two portrait photos
 owned by the National Portrait Gallery in London. They are referenced at:

They are both photographs by Bassano, in a collection of his work that
is currently being catalogued.

The gallery adds new material to its website every two months, so
sooner or later the photos should turn up on the Web. It is possible
to purchase copies by contacting the Gallery and quoting the reference
numbers. An easy way into that part of the Gallery's site is to look
at the  elegant portrait photograph of his wife, Lady Helen Magdalen
Gordon-Lennox, taken by Cecil Beaton, which is already on line at:

(She was Mistress of the Robes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.)

Details of how to order prints can be accessed from this page.

For your interest the gallery also holds portraits of the 10th and
11th Earls, and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th Dukes (all Percy's) as
well as an early Dudley from when that family held the title. There
are also the wives of the 3rd and 6th Dukes (the latter mistakenly
attributed to the 8th Earl,  but look at the dates).

Several of the Dukes, including your man, served as Presidents of The
Royal Institution of Great Britain. See that organisation's website

It is possible that they might hold a photograph taken at some event
or conference. You can email Dr Frank James, Keeper of Collections at

Interestingly, the Robert Smith Surtees Society publishes a facsimile
of a ghost story called "The Shadow on the Moor", supposedly based on
a real ghostly hunt by the 8th Duke. Note that on the cover he is
referred to as :

"Alan Ian
 Eighth Duke of Northumberland" 

- the "Percy" , being the family name, is omitted.

There are also brief references to his stint as Honorary Colonel of
the Tyne Electrical Engineers (Royal Engineers) at:

and his marriage into another ducal Family (his wife was a sister of
the 8th Duke of Richmond, Lennox & Gordon, at:


Another genealogy link to Lady Helen, with live links to details of
other members of her family, including their children, is at:

Other small items of interest are:

He co-wrote (with Maj Gen Sir Ernest (Dunlop) Swinton (1868-1951)) :

"A year ago: eyewitness's narrative of the war from March 30th to July
18th, 1915" [published 1916]. See:


a reference to his involvement with "The Patriot" and the "hidden
hand" Jewish conspiracy theory can be found in Thomas Linehan's
article " ' A Dangerous Piece of Celluloid" - British Fascists and the
Hollywood Movie" at:

He seems to have been very much a man of his times.

Thank you for an interesting question.

Search terms (on various search engines):

Alan Ian Percy (1880-1930), the 8th Duke of Northumberland
"Alan Ian Percy" 8th Duke of Northumberland
Helen Magdalen Gordon-Lennox
probonopublico-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Angy ... You are a MARVEL!

I'd done my little best, without turning up anything like the quality
of your material.

I feel humbled.

Many thanks!


Subject: Re: WANTED: A Photo of the 8th Duke of Northumberland
From: angy-ga on 20 Jan 2004 19:09 PST
Thank you, Bryan.
Subject: Re: WANTED: A Photo of the 8th Duke of Northumberland
From: fp-ga on 29 Feb 2004 04:06 PST
Hi, Bryan

There's an article on
"The Antisemitism of the Eighth Duke of Northumberland's the Patriot, 1922-1930" 
in the current issue of the "Journal of Contemporary History":

Written by Ruotsila Markku:$KaikkiTietueet)/3BFB846AEF0B075BC2256CC2003CE7BA?OpenDocument

Subject: Re: WANTED: A Photo of the 8th Duke of Northumberland
From: fp-ga on 29 Feb 2004 04:09 PST
Sorry, ...

Copy and paste the second link. Then it should work.
Subject: Re: WANTED: A Photo of the 8th Duke of Northumberland
From: probonopublico-ga on 29 Feb 2004 04:47 PST
Hi, Again, Freddy

Many thanks for the interesting links.

It was very timely, too, because I was asking myself another question
that should be solved when I get my copy of the Journal ... We shall

Incidentally, I have now got a photo of Dukie.

Warmest regards


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