William Douglas, fourth Duke of Queensberrys main claims
to fame were his passions for gambling, horse racing and womanising.
He had his own Newmarket stables and won huge sums of money
betting on almost anything. He was also a member of the notorious
Hellfire Club, whose motto was, Do what you please; dare
to despise convention. Like the other club members, his
sexual habits were promiscuous and scandalous. He was also very
careful of his health, and his doctor, was paid on a daily basis
for keeping his master alive and healthy. Almost universally
reviled, Queensberry managed to die with a personal fortune
of over a million pounds.