The Duke is the only surviving child of George, 6th Duke of Wiltshire and Alexandra, Duchess of Wiltshire. He was born on 21 February 1957 at Woodenford Castle in Salisbury, Wiltshire. His family shares a French-Scottish ancestry, thus the family name. Being an only child and heir to the duchy, many things were expected of him. He was educated at Eton College in London and then studied Politics and Law at the University of Cambridge.
In 1979, he enlisted on the British Army and after training at the Military Academy of Sandhurst, he was stationed as part HM Household Calvary, in the Blues and Royals regiment as a Cornet. In 1982 he served as a Lieutenant in the Falkland War. He was given the South Atlantic Medal for his services there. He spent another ten years in the army until retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel when his father passed away in 26 March 1991, taking over the duchy and starting his political career. He holds a sit in the House of Lords and is very much active in the political field, especially between negotiations and treats between England and Scotland, holding as distinguished position at the British Government, thus making him and his wife move to London.
Marriage & Children Edit
In 4 August 1984, he married Scottish-born aristocrat and the eldest daughter of the late James David Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll, Lady Victoria Campbell at Salisbury Cathedral. Together they have two children:
- Edward Thomas McClaire, Marquess of Wardour (b. 14 May 1985), a corporate lawyer at the Bank of England.
- The Lady Eleanor Alexandra McClaire (b. 05 November 1987), a historian and researcher at Historic Royal Palaces. Became HRH Eleanor, Duchess of Sussex upon marriage to HRH Prince Henry of Wales, Duke of Sussex.