Bankrupt battle peer dies
LORD Erskine of Rerrick, who joked about leaving his testicles to the
bank which declared him bankrupt after claiming it ”had no balls”,
died yesterday aged 69.
The colourful but penniless peer had been suffering from cancer of the
prostate and died in Trinity Hospice, south London.
”We knew he was very ill and his death was imminent,” said Lady
Erskine. ”But he was very courageous. He was just an amazing man.”
She said: ”He joked about leaving his testicles to the Royal Bank of
Scotland — with whom he has an ongoing battle — because he said they
didn’t have any balls. He had a wonderful sense of humour — he’s
probably up there now laughing at this conversation.”
Iain Maxwell Erskine, rumoured to be involved with MI6, was declared
bankrupt in 1991 after a long battle to secure money left to him in
secret accounts by his father, who was general manager of one of the
banks which merged into the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The former 2nd lieutenant of the Grenadier Guards, company director
and professional photographer, lived in Cyprus until just over a year
Lady Erskine said the funeral would only be attended by herself and
his three daughters from previous marriages.
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