Elizabeth Sutherland, 24th Countess of Sutherland

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The Right Honourable
The Countess of Sutherland
Coronet of a British Earl.svg
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Arms of the Countess of Sutherland
Born (1921-03-30) 30 March 1921 (age 97)
Title Countess of Sutherland
Tenure 1 February 1963 – present
Other titles Lady Strathnaver
Residence Dunrobin Castle
Predecessor The 5th Duke of Sutherland
Heir apparent Alastair Sutherland,
Lord Strathnaver
Spouse(s) Charles Jansen
Parents Lord Alastair Sutherland-Leveson-Gower and Elizabeth Demarest

Elizabeth Millicent Sutherland, 24th Countess of Sutherland (born 30 March 1921) is a Scottish noblewoman.[1]

Early life

She was born Elizabeth Millicent Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, the only child of Major Lord Alastair Sutherland-Leveson-Gower (1890–1921), a son of Cromartie, Duke of Sutherland, and his wife Elizabeth Demarest (1892–1931), the former wife of John G. A. Leishman, Jr. and a daughter of Warren Gardner Demarest of New York City.

Her father died while taking part in a big game expedition in Rhodesia, contracting malaria and dying there on 28 April 1921, aged 31. Her mother then married, in 1931, Baron George Osten Driesen, but died three months later. Elizabeth then became a ward of her uncle George, Duke of Sutherland. Upon his death, she succeeded in her own right as the twenty-fourth Countess of Sutherland and Lady Strathnaver,[2] whilst the Dukedom and the other titles that could pass in the male line only were inherited by the Earl of Ellesmere. She also inherited most of her uncle's large land-holdings, including Dunrobin Castle. She subsequently dropped the double-barrels in her family name, in order to be recognised as Chief of Clan Sutherland.


The Countess married Charles Noel Janson (1917 - 2006) on 5 January 1946 and had four children:[3]

  • Alistair Charles St Clair Sutherland, Lord Strathnaver (born 7 January 1947)
  • The Hon. Martin Dearman Sutherland (born 7 January 1947)
  • Lady Annabel Elizabeth Helene Sutherland (born 16 May 1952)
  • The Hon. Matthew Peter Demarest Sutherland (8 April 1955 – 5 December 1969)



Arms of Elizabeth Sutherland, 24th Countess of Sutherland
A Coronet of an Earl
A Cat-a-Mountain sejant rampant proper
Gules three Mullets Or (as the ancient arms of Sutherland of that Ilk) on a Bordure of the second a Double Tressure flory counterflory of the first (as an Honourable Augmentation)
On the dexter side a Savage Man wreathed about the head and loins with Laurel proper, holding in his exterior hand a Club Gules resting upon his shoulder, and on the sinister side another like Savage sustaining in his sinister hand and against his shoulder, upon a Staff ensigned by the Coronet of an Earl a Bannerette Gules, charged of three Mullets Or
Sans Peur (Without fear)


External links

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower
Countess of Sutherland