- John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute
Former F1 driver
Name = "Johnny Dumfries"
Nationality = flagicon|UK British
Years = 1986
Team(s) = Lotus
Races = 16 (15 starts)
Championships = 0
Wins = 0
Podiums = 0
Points = 3
Poles = 0
Fastest laps = 0
First race =
1986 Brazilian Grand Prix
First win =
Last win =
Last race =
1986 Australian Grand Prix
Le Mans drivers
Years = 24hLM|1987 – 24hLM|1991
Teams = Kouros Racing
Silk CutJaguar/TWR ToyotaTeam Tom's Courage Compétition
Best Finish = 1st (24hLM|1988)
Class Wins = 1 (24hLM|1988)
John Colum Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute (born
26 April 1958in Rothesay, Isle of Bute), styled Earl of Dumfries before 1993 and from this courtesy title usually known as Johnny Dumfries, is a Scottish peer and a former racing driver. He does not use his title and prefers to be known solely as John Bute.cite news| url=http://www.theartnewspaper.com/article01.asp?id=624| title=Race to save Dumfries House| author=Georgina Adam | date=26 April 2007| work=The Art Newspaper| accessdate=2007-07-13] The family home is Mount Stuart Houseon the Isle of Bute.
Born into one of Scotland's oldest aristocratic families and the descendant of a British Prime Minister, Johnny Dumfries was heir to a large fortune. He turned his back on an expensive education and set about entering motor racing.cite web| url=http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/drv-dumjoh.html| title=Drivers:Johnny Dumfries| accessdate=2007-07-13]
He won the 1984
British Formula Three Championship. He raced a single season in Formula 1, 1986, competing in 16 Grands Prix for Team Lotus, which used Renaultengines. His teammate for that season was the legendary Brazilian Ayrton Senna. Dumfries scored a total of 3 championship points. [cite web| url=http://www.forix.com/8w/dumfries.html| title=Painter-cum-racer| accessdate=2007-07-13] He was replaced for F1|1987 by the Japanese driver Satoru Nakajimaas part of Lotus' deal to use Honda engines from that season onwards.
In 1988, Dumfries won the
24 hours of Le Mansdriving a Silk Cut-sponsored Jaguar XJR-9[cite web| url=http://www.skyscraperpicture.com/f1pictures/dumfries.htm| title=Johnny Dumfries| accessdate=2007-07-13] and partnered in the team by Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers.
He ranked 616th in the
Sunday Times Rich List 2008, with an estimated wealth of £125m. (26th in Scotland with £122m in 2006)
He lives with his family in London and at Mount Stuart House, 5 miles south of
Rothesayon the Isle of Bute. In 2007 Dumfries Housein Cumnock, Ayrshirewas purchased for the nation for £45 million. [cite news| work=BBC News| url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6244662.stm| title=Historic mansion sold to nation| date=27 June 2007| accessdate=2007-07-13]
Crichton-Stuart is the son of the 6th Marquess of Bute and the former Beatrice Weld-Forester, and is a descendant of King
William IV of the United Kingdom, by his mistress Dorothy Jordan. William IV was Queen Victoria's uncle, this means that the Marquess of Bute is a distant cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He attended Ampleforth College, as had his father and most male members of the Crichton-Stuart family, but did not graduate.
In 1984, he married Carolyn Waddell and they were divorced in 1993. They have three children:
The Lady Caroline Crichton-Stuart(b. September 26 1984)
The Lady Cathleen Crichton-Stuart(b. September 14 1986)
John Bryson Crichton-Stuart, The Earl of Dumfries(b. 21 December 1989)
He married Serena Solitaire Wendell in 1999 and they have one child, a daughter:
*The Lady Lola Affrica Crichton-Stuart b. 1999
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