Lord Stuart de Rothesay
Charles Stuart, the future Lord Stuart de Rothesay, had just left Eton College at 16 when his father sold off High Cliff mansion. Tradition has it that he vowed then that one day he would buy back the estate and, like his grandfather Lord Bute, build his own home there.
This is indeed what happened, but not before Charles had a remarkable career as a diplomat. After postings in Austria, Russia and Spain, he became British Minister in Lisbon and the Duke of Wellington’s “right-hand man” in the Peninsular War, which earned him a knighthood.