Alexander Montagu, 13th Duke of Manchester
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Alexander Montagu, 13th Duke of Manchester

The Duke of Manchester
13th Duke of Manchester

25 July 2002
Angus Montagu, 12th Duke of Manchester
Personal details
Alexander Charles David Drogo Montagu

(1962-12-11)11 December 1962
Marion Stoner
(m. 1984; div. 1996)

Wendy Buford
(m. 1993; div. 2007)

Laura Smith
ParentsAngus Montagu, 12th Duke of Manchester
Mary McClure

Alexander Charles David Drogo Montagu, 13th Duke of Manchester (born 11 December 1962) is an Australian-born British hereditary peer, inheriting the dukedom from his father in 2002.


The 13th Duke is the son of Angus Montagu, 12th Duke of Manchester and Australian native Mary (née McClure), a newspaper columnist.

In 1984, Montagu married Marion Stoner, an Australian model who was 20 years older. The relationship lasted two months; Stoner left after accusing Alexander of firing a speargun at her.[1][2] In 1985, Montagu was sentenced to three years' in prison after being convicted of 22 charges of fraud. In 1991, he was arrested again in Brisbane after he sold a car he had rented.[3]

After immigrating to the United States in 1986, he married Wendy Buford in 1993 and had a son, also named Alexander.[4][5] He did not obtain a divorce from his first wife until 1996, three years after his second marriage. They had a second child, a daughter, in 1999.[6][7]

Montagu and Buford separated after 15 years and divorced in 2007. He then remarried an American real estate agent named Laura Smith.[3] In 2009, the duke reportedly then revealed that his marriage to Buford 1993 marriage was invalid as he had still been married to his first wife in Australia. He stopped making child support payments and the family trust cut off funds to the children.[3][4] Buford successfully sued on behalf of their two children. In 2011, High Court Justice Christopher Floyd ruled that the two children, even though they were born when their parents were not lawfully married, were entitled to trust funds, as "[Buford] reasonably believed the marriage was valid".[5] Under the Legitimacy Act 1959, the children of void marriages should be legally considered legitimate if "at the time of the act of intercourse resulting in the birth" or at time of the wedding if either party "reasonably believed" that the marriage was indeed valid.[5]

In 2013, the duke was charged with fraud in Las Vegas for reportedly knowingly passing a $3,575 check in 2011 without "funds, property or credit" to back up the check. He pleaded no contest to the charge and received a 90-day suspended sentence and six months to repay the debt.[3] However, after failing to repay the debt and failing to appear in court, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest in June 2014.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Midgley, Dominic (22 July 2015). "The Dukes of disgrace: Bad behaviour runs in the family..." Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ a b Barlass, Tim (8 June 2014). "Bigamist Duke Alex Montagu in trouble again for no-show in Las Vegas court". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Barlass, Tim (27 January 2013). "Dastardly duke strikes again". The Sun Herald. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ a b Sherwell, Philip (24 July 2011). "The bigamist Duke and his three wives". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "Children of duke's bigamous marriage can benefit from trusts". Solicitors Journal. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ "Jackson Case: What the jury didn't hear". CNN. 31 December 2007. Retrieved 2015.
  7. ^ "Montagu, Alexander". California Birth Index. Retrieved 2015.
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Angus Montagu
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Duke of Manchester


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