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The Marquess of QueensberryWilde's Nemesis$
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Linda Stratmann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300173802

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300173802.001.0001

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Judged by his Peers

Judged by his Peers

(p.95) Chapter 8 Judged by his Peers
The Marquess of Queensberry

Linda Stratmann

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the assessment of Queensberry by his peers. Queensberry expected, somewhat naively, that at the general election he would be automatically re-elected as a Scottish representative peer. Newspapers were soon rife with rumors that he would not be re-elected to the House of Lords, which must have taken him by surprise. A movement was afoot to oust him, and Scottish peers met in London to discuss the issue, a gathering to which Queensberry was not invited. A vacancy had arisen on the retirement of Lord Sinclair, but it was decided that voting was to proceed on the basis that there were two available seats. The Earl of Glasgow, who as Lord Clerk Register was presiding, responded coldly, pointing out that it was scarcely competent or desirable to discuss the motives of the voters.

Keywords:   Queensberry, Scottish peers, Scotland, voting, voters

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