Duchess dies at the age of 81

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HER many friends and admirers in Selkirkshire will be saddened to hear of the death of Jane, Dowager Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. She was 81.

The duchess passed away peacefully with her family around her at a London hospital on Monday. She had recently suffered a stroke.

Jane McNeill, who hailed from the Western Isles, was a fashion model for the house of Norman Hartnell before marrying the 9th Duke of Buccleuch, then the Earl of Dalkeith, in 1953.

She had been widowed for more than three years, spending much of her time at the family’s Borders home at Bowhill.

A funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Melrose, at 2pm next Wednesday.

A full appreciation will appear in next week’s Wee Paper.