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Duke of Queensberry
(1724-1810)

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William Douglas, fourth Duke of Queensberry’s 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.