Hon Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott. High Sheriff of Hampshire 2017 – 2018

My home is in the heart of the New Forest, at Beaulieu where I have lived all my life. I was educated locally attending 6th form in Brockenhurst and Art College in Southampton before I studied Theatre Design at the Central School of Art in London.

I worked as a freelance designer for many years and then founded by own Interior design business Mary Montagu Designs, where I did numerous residential and commercial projects including interiors of many historic properties.

I married Rupert Scott in 1997 and have two children Ben 17 and Emilia 15.

I am a director and vice chairman of my families business Beaulieu Enterprises Ltd, the main trading company for the Beaulieu estate attractions, museums and Beaulieu River.

I am Chairman of the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust charity, who run the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, the main museum and visitor centre for the New Forest with a gallery, library and archive, museum collection, education service and shop.


I am Commodore of the Beaulieu River Sailing Club and sit on many local community committees.
My main interests are sailing, the New Forest, gardening and theatre.

Hon Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott

Hon Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott

Latest News

Hampshire High Sheriff Awards 14th March in Winchester

Mrs Mary Montagu-Scott has announced the 16 recipients receiving commendations for their great work in the community. The High Sheriff Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to individual volunteers, groups and public servants based in Hampshire who are making a significant contribution to society, focusing on law and order related projects, particularly those that enhance safety and cohesion in our communities. Many of these individuals and groups go beyond the ‘call of duty’ in their everyday work and deserve special recognition for their commitment. The awards were presented at a ceremony held in the Great Hall in […]

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Tour and lunch on board HMS Duncan

The High Sheriff and her husband were honoured to visit the Royal Navy Base in Portsmouth for a tour with Commodore Jeremy Rigby followed by a tour and lunch on board HMS Duncan a type 45 destroyer with Commanding Officer Eleanor Stack. We were very impressed by the professionalism and passion they all have for their important work.   We learnt a huge amount about the role of the Navy and its impact on our county and Portsmouth. How lucky we are to have them here.      

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High Sheriff Awards for those going beyond the ‘call of duty’ High Sheriff of Hampshire 2017-18 Mary Montagu-Scott has announced the launch of the High Sheriff Community Awards and is calling for public servants, voluntary groups and individuals to submit their entries for the annual awards. The awards are designed to showcase the vibrant culture that is alive in Hampshire, and hopefully inspire others to make Hampshire a better, safer county for us all to live in. The High Sheriff, Mary Montagu-Scott, said: “There are so many people in Hampshire making a huge difference in their communities and to the […]

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Winchester Law Sunday service

Winchester Law Sunday service This annual service of celebration of all those who work in Law and Order in our county was held at 11am in Winchester Cathedral. A huge gathering of High Sheriffs from around the south including, the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, Surrey, West Sussex, Gloucester, Somerset, Berkshire and Bristol attended and are seen here with the High Court Judge Hon. Mrs Justice May and Hampshire Lord Lieutenant Nigel Atkinson and Mrs Atkinson and the Undersheriff Rachel Brooks. The sermon was by Rt. Revd James Jones KBE, formally Bishop of Liverpool who talked of the importance of […]

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Admiral Lord Nelson School Portsmouth “Prison Me No Way”

Admiral Lord Nelson School Portsmouth “Prison Me No Way” I visited a charity  ‘ Prison Me No Way’ who go into schools to talk to the students about life in prison, crime prevention, safety and raise awareness of how to keep out of trouble and the consequences of prison. A hundred year ten students did the day and I sat in with them to see how they responded and what they learnt. A brilliant charity doing great work. https://www.pmnw.co.uk  

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Police Sport UK 2017 Running Championships

Police Sport UK 2017 running championships at Salterns Park, Lee-On-Solent I was invited to start the Police Sport UK 2017 running championships at Salterns Park, Lee-On-Solent. 300 Police men and women from all over the UK took part to run a 10 mile run along the seafront on an incredibly windy day. 1 2 3 Great to see so many really fit Police. Fastest runner was from the City of London Police at just under 1 hour. Awards were given in many categories in an evening event in Portsmouth attended by the Chief Constable.

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Criminal Justice Open Day

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Criminal Justice Board are holding a family open day at Winchester Law Courts. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Criminal Justice Board are holding a family open day at Winchester Law Courts.  Open 10am until 3pm on Saturday 14 October. Visit the cells and see inside a prison van Find out how to be a magistrate Watch a mock trial: do you agree with the verdict? Try on the judge’s robes and sit in the chair Have your fingerprints taken and meet the police Bouncy Castle Face painting Lots more fun for the family! Their is […]

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Sheriff Award Given to Fawley man September 6th 2017

Sheriff Reward to Tommy Wood of Foresters Road I gave a Sheriff Reward to Tommy Wood of Foresters Road, Fawley. Mr Woods was awarded this by the HM Courts and Tribunal service for his great bravery in regard to his actions in trying to protect a victim in an assault and sustained injuries as a result. The case resulted in the arrest and conviction of Callum Jarman of assault by beating, wounding with intent and assault to a constable. Mr Wood met me for presentation of the cheque at Beaulieu and was delighted to have been recognised for his bravery. […]

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