Charles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond

Charles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond, 11th Duke of Lennox, 11th Duke of Aubigny, 6th Duke of Gordon DL (born 8 January 1955) is a British aristocrat and owner of Goodwood Estate in West Sussex.[1] He is the founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival.

He is President of the British Automobile Racing Club, Patron of the TT Riders Association and an honorary member of the British Racing Drivers Club, the Guild of Motoring Writers and the 500 Owners Club.

The Duke of Richmond
Lord March
The Duke in 2011
Born Charles Gordon-Lennox
8 January 1955 (age 63)
Spouse(s) Sally Clayton (divorced)
Janet Elizabeth Astor (1991–present)
Issue 5
Parents Charles Gordon-Lennox, 10th Duke of Richmond
Susan Grenville-Grey


Having had a passion for film and photography since the age of 10, the Duke left Eton College at the first possible opportunity and at 17 worked for the film director Stanley Kubrick on the film Barry Lyndon.[1]

In 2012, a major exhibition of his recent photographic work, 'Nature Translated', was staged at the Bermondsey Project Space in London. The exhibition was shown at the Marble Palace, part of the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg, in January 2014 and in Moscow as part of the Moscow Photography Biennale in April 2014. Two new exhibitions of the Duke's photographs were held in early 2015: 'Wood Land' which was held at Venus Over Manhattan Gallery in New York City, and 'Abstract and Intentional' which was held at Hamiltons Gallery in London.


The Duke moved from London to the family seat Goodwood to take over management of the estate, following the family tradition of the duke handing over management of the estate to the heir apparent when the latter turns forty.[1]

Motor sport at Goodwood was started by his grandfather, Freddie Richmond, who opened the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1948. March established the Festival of Speed at Goodwood House in 1993. He then brought motor racing back to the circuit, which had closed in 1966, with the creation of the Goodwood Revival in 1998. Both events have since become recognised [2] as some of the most unusual, exciting and creative events in the world.

The Goodwood Estate covers 12,000 acres to the north of Chichester. The Goodwood Estate Company is a diverse portfolio of businesses which includes: Goodwood Racecourse, a 4,000 acre organic farm, two eighteen hole golf courses, Goodwood Aerodrome and Flying School, and a 91 bedroom hotel. The Group employs over 550 people and attracts 800,000 visitors to the Estate each year. The headquarters of Rolls Royce Motor Cars is also on the Estate.


The Duke lives in Goodwood House with his wife, Janet (née Astor), and their four children.

He has been married twice, and has three sons and two daughters:

  • 1) Sally Clayton; one daughter
    • I) Lady Alexandra Gordon-Lennox (born 1985)
  • 2) The Honourable Janet Elizabeth Astor (born 1 December 1961), daughter of the 3rd Viscount Astor (30 November 1991 to date); one daughter and three sons
    • II) Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara (born 20 December 1994), is the Duke's heir apparent
    • III) Lord William Rupert Charles Gordon-Lennox (born 29 November 1996)
    • IV) Lady Eloise Cordelia Gordon-Lennox (born 10 March 2000)
    • V) Lord Frederick Lysander Gordon-Lennox (born 10 March 2000)

In January 2016 he and the Duchess (then Earl and Countess of March) were attacked and tied up in a major jewel robbery at Goodwood.[3]


  • 8 January 1955 – 2 November 1989: Lord Settrington
  • 2 November 1989 – 1 September 2017: Earl of March and Kinrara
  • 1 September 2017 – present: His Grace The Duke of Richmond, Lennox, and Gordon
Coat of arms of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond
Coat of arms of the duke of Richmond, Lennox and Gordon
A coronet of a Duke
1st, a Bull's Head erased Sable horned Or; 2nd, on a Chapeau Gules turned up Ermine a Lion statant guardant Or crowned with a Ducal Coronet Gules and gorged with a Collar company of four pieces Argent charged with eight Roses Gules and the last; 3rd, out of a Ducal Coronet a Stag's Head affrontée proper attired with ten Tynes Or
Quarterly: 1st and 4th grand quarters, the Royal Arms of Charles II (viz. quarterly: 1st and 4th, France and England quarterly; 2nd, Scotland; 3rd, Ireland); the whole within a Bordure company Argent charged with Roses Gules barbed and seeded proper and the last; overall an Escutcheon Gules charged with three Buckles Or (the Dukedom of Aubigny); 2nd grand quarter, Argent a Saltire engrailed Gules between four Roses of the second barbed and seeded proper (Lennox); 3rd grand quarter, quarterly, 1st, Azure three Boars' Heads couped Or (Gordon); 2nd, Or three Lions' Heads erased Gules (Badenoch); 3rd, Or three Crescents within a Double Tressure flory counter-flory Gules (Seton); 4th, Azure three Cinquefoils Argent (Fraser)
Dexter: an Unicorn Argent armed, crined and unguled Or; Sinister: an Antelope Argent, also armed, crined and unguled Or, each supporter gorged with a Collar company as the crest
Over the 1st crest, Avant Darnlie; over the 2nd crest, En La Rose Je Fleuris; and over the 3rd crest, Bydand

In popular culture

March's name appears in the video game Gran Turismo 6, when he sends players an invitation related to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.[4]


Ancestors of Charles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond
16. Charles Gordon-Lennox, 7th Duke of Richmond
8. Charles Gordon-Lennox, 8th Duke of Richmond
17. Amy Ricardo
4. Frederick Gordon-Lennox, 9th Duke of Richmond
18. Henry Brassey
9. Hilda Brassey
19. Anna Stevenson
2. Charles Gordon-Lennox, 10th Duke of Richmond
10. Thomas Hudson
5. Elizabeth Hudson
22. Charles Matheson
11. Alethea Matheson
23. Alethea Hayter
1. Charles Gordon-Lennox, 11th Duke of Richmond
12. Grenville Grenville-Grey
6. Lt. Col. (Cecil) Everard Montague Grenville-Grey
26. Gurney Hanbury
13. Ellinor Sophia Hanbury
27. Emma Rosa Johnstone
3. Susan Grenville-Grey
28. Sir Charles William Morrison, later Morrison-Bell, 1st Bt
14. Ernest Fitzroy Morrison-Bell
29. Louisa Maria Dawes
7. (Louise) Monica Morrison-Bell
30. Lt. Col. Francis Henry
15. Maud Henry


  1. ^ a b c O'Grady, Sean (30 July 2009). "Earl of March: A glorious example of the landed classes". The Independent.
  2. ^ "Alain Elkann Interviews Lord March about the Goodwood sporting Estate, including the Goodwood Revival, Glorious Goodwood and Festival of Speed". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Goodwood House raid: Ring Charles II gave to mistress among heirlooms stolen in £700k stately home break-in". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  4. ^ Gran Turismo 6, Retrieved 25 March 2016.

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Peerage of England
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Charles Gordon-Lennox
Duke of Richmond
3rd creation
Peerage of Scotland
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Charles Gordon-Lennox
Duke of Lennox
2nd creation
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Gordon-Lennox
Duke of Gordon
2nd creation
French nobility
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Charles Gordon-Lennox
Duke of Aubigny
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
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The Duke of Somerset
The Duke of Richmond
Succeeded by
The Duke of Grafton

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