Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon 5th Baronet DL (22nd July 1862-20th April 1931) [Plot 25] was a prominent Scottish landowner and sportsman, best known for the controversy surrounding his escape from the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

Educated at Eton, Sir Cosmo lived a life of comfort and privilege. He was a first-class fencer and represented Britain at the 1908 Olympic Games. Sir Cosmo and his wife were travelling on the Titanic under the assumed name of Mr and Mrs Morgan. They along with his wife’s secretary, occupied lifeboat No.1. This had 12 people in it, although the boat was designed for 40.

His wife Lucy Christiana Sutherland, Lady Duff Gordon (1863-1935) was a famous fashion designer.


This extract is found in historian John M. Clarke’s book London’s Necropolis, 2018 (2nd edn.)