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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Hampshire Fire and Rescue trainee graduation day 4th August 2017

Hampshire Fire and Rescue trainee graduation day. For the first time in 8 years the Hampshire Fire and Rescue service had completed a new training programme for recruits and this day was the formal graduation. Families, staff and invited guests were shown a range of displays of the work of the new Fire and Rescue cohort including putting out fires, cutting a person from a car crash scene, rescue from heights, using the high pressure lance to enter a fire zone and reducing the temperature before entry and parading.  I gave out the awards and spoke to all the students […]

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Visit to the Hamble Marine Police Unit based 2nd August 2017

The High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, Ben Rouse and I went out with the Marine Police on their boat Commander to patrol the waters off Cowes and Southampton Water. It was a very rainy day with high winds so visibility was poor but we learnt a lot about their work and the challenges they have in their specialist field. The port of Southampton is a very busy waterway with very complex management and multi-agencies overseeing it. A very interesting day out.

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Visit to the Specialist Operations Regiment near Fareham

18th July Visit to the Specialist Operations Regiment near Fareham at HMS Dryad, home of the Defence College of Policing and Guarding. An amazing day seeing the work of this regiment of the Royal Military Police with its Forensics team, Cyber-Crime and Close Protection unit. I also got to see the famous D-Day map room in Southwick Park House. I was presented with a beautiful photograph of the visit of the Regiment to Beaulieu by Col. Belinda Forsythe.

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New Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust

Visit to the opening of the New Hampshire Police and Fire Heritage Trust at the Solent Sky Museum in Southampton. An excellent addition to this local museum with brilliant displays all done by dedicated volunteers to show the historic collections of Police and Fire service artefacts, pictures and displays. http://www.solentskymuseum.org

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Visit to the Police Cadets at Applemore College

Visit to the Police Cadets at Applemore College near Hythe, Southampton to see the work of the local Police cadets and present some Duke of Edinburgh Bronze awards. Police Cadets units around Hampshire are increasing with strength and doing a lot of good work in the community and led by a great team of volunteers.

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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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