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

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8th June Election night

8th June Election night – A late night as High Sheriff reads the declaration of results of New Forest East and New Forest West constituencies at the Applemore Health and Leisure centre, Hythe, Southampton. Good to see healthy democracy of voting is so well run by local New Forest District Council officers and staff.

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999 Show at Beaulieu

May 31st 999 Show at Beaulieu in support of the emergency services A day of celebration and support was held at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu to welcome Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Police, South Central Ambulance and many voluntary organisations to show off what they do and raise money and awareness of their work. A murder mystery was held in Palace House with members of the Royal Military Police Forensics team assisting visitors with their detective work and showing off their fingerprinting and camera technology. Retired Police dogs, police dog puppies, Special constables and even a Police horse and the […]

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Disaster training Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service with University of Portsmouth 10th May

A huge national and international 3 day exercise involving 30 organisations, over 2000 people to simulate a disaster and test and train all participants. Hampshire is a leading rescue service in International Search and Rescue and has a team on 6 hour readiness to go anywhere in the world to assist in such things as earthquakes, tsunamis or disasters. 1 2 3 4 5 6 I was fortunate to be asked to attend as an observer and be able to see first hand this very important trading exercise in Fort Widley and Fort Purbrook where scenarios were set and procedures […]

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South West Legal Support Trust fundraising walk in Southampton.

South West Legal Support Trust fundraising walk in Southampton.  I attended the start of the 100 legal professionals doing a 10km walk around Southampton to raise much needed funds for the SouthWest Legal Support Trust. It is one of 8 legal support trusts which operate across England and Wales to raise and distribute funds to charities which provide free legal advice. help and support services to vulnerable people. Sponsored by College Chambers in Southampton and assisted by the Law Society of England and Wales, the walk was a great success on a nice dry mild evening and well supported by […]

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Portsmouth Legal Service in the beautiful Portsmouth Cathedral.

Portsmouth Legal Service in the beautiful Portsmouth Cathedral. Judges and members of the legal service of all sorts came from across the county along with civic leaders, representatives of Police and church to celebrate Morning prayer together with Bishop of Portsmouth. I processed alongside the High Sheriff from the Isle of Wight, Mr Ben Rouse resplendent in his navy velvet High Sheriff Court Dress. The Hon. Mr Justice Baker read the first lesson of the story of Solomon from the first book of Kings and I the Gospel reading of the story of the Prodigal son. The Dean of Portsmouth […]

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Change over day 5th April 2017

Wednesday 5th April 2017 was change over day from High Sheriff Tom Floyd to me. Wednesday 5th April was change over day from High Sheriff Tom Floyd to me. I read and signed my ‘Declaration’ to High Court Judge Hon. Mr Justice Warby in the Winchester Law Courts to an assembly of court officers, judges and guests. It was a fantastic occasion, made very special by all concerned and we then sat in to watch the mornings on-going trial with the prosecution barrister cross examining the defendant in a manslaughter case. I wore my new High Sheriff uniform for the […]

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2017 Community Awards

HIGH SHERIFF OF HAMPSHIRE ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF COMMUNITY AWARDS The High Sheriff of Hampshire Mr Tom Floyd has announced the 21 recipients receiving commendations for good work in the community. The High Sheriff Awards are a mark of distinction and recognition given to individual volunteers and community groups based in Hampshire who are making a significant contribution to society, with a particular emphasis on safety and cohesion in the community. The Awards were presented on 15th March at a fitting ceremony held in the Great Hall in Winchester, one of the finest surviving aisled halls of the 13th century containing […]

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