George Leveson-Gower (1758-1833)

George Leveson-Gower (1758-1833)

Landowner

George Leveson-Gower, viscount Trentham, son of Granville, earl Gower, married Elizabeth, countess of Sutherland in 1785. He was created a Privy Councillor in 1790 and served as British Ambassador to Paris from 1790-2. He and his wife spent a great deal renovating Dunrobin Castle as the family seat and funding the construction of 450 miles of roads and 134 bridges in Sutherland between 1812 and 1832. However, the manner in which tenants were evicted from the land by their factor, Patrick Sellar, has proved of more enduring memory. George Leveson-Gower was created duke of Sutherland in 1833. He died five months later at Dunrobin.

Testament of George, duke of Sutherland

National Records of Scotland, SC9/36/33 pp 1-2

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