A Very British Scandal: What happened to the Duke Of Argyll?

A Very British Scandal is set to air on the BBC across the next three nights and will shine a spotlight on one of the most notorious, extraordinary, and brutal legal cases of the 20th century – the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll.

Famed for her charisma and beauty, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll (played by Claire Foy), dominated the front pages, as the split featured accusations of forgery, theft, violence, drug-taking, secret recording, bribery, and an explicit polaroid picture.

A Very British Scandal turns the scandal inside out in order to explore the social and political climate of post-war Britain, looking at attitudes towards women, and asking whether institutional misogyny was widespread at the time.

The Duke of Argyll is portrayed by Paul Bettany in the three-part series, but let’s take a closer look at who the real Duke was.

Who was Duke Of Argyll and what happened to him?

Ian Douglas Campbell, 11th and 4th Duke of Argyll, was a Scottish peer.

He is chiefly remembered for his unhappy marriage to, and scandalous 1963 divorce from, the Duchess of Argyll, Margaret Whigham.

Argyll was married four times, three of which ended in divorce.

He was first married to Janet Gladys Aitken, the daughter of a business tycoon, from 1927 to 1934. The pair welcomed a daughter, Lady Jeanne Campbell.

Argyll then married Louise Hollingsworth Morris Vanneck in 1935. They welcomed two sons, Ian Campbell, 12th Duke of Argyll, and Lord Colin Ivar Campbell. The marriage ended in 1951.

Later that year, Argyll tied the knot to Margaret Whigham, a glittering society figure. The marriage was childless and they divorced in 1963, after the Duke found polaroid photographs of her sexual activities with other men.

Argyll shared the photos in the divorce proceedings, with the hearings gaining a lot of media attention. Their divorce was granted on the grounds of adultery with a different man.

In 1963, Argyll married for the fourth and final time to Mathilda Coster Mortimer. They welcomed a daughter, Lady Elspeth Campbell, who sadly only lived five days.

Six years later, the couple moved to France, spending time in both Paris and Vézelay.

The Duke died on April 7, 1973 in a nursing home in Edinburgh. His son, Ian, succeeded him.

A Very British Scandal airs tonight at 9pm on BBC One.

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