Queensberry, John Sholto Douglas, Marquess of

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Queensberry, John Sholto Douglas, Marquess of (1844–1900) English noble who sponsored the Queensberry rules – the basis of the rules for modern boxing. Drafted mainly by John G. Chambers of the British Amateur Athletic Club, the Queensberry rules became standard in 1889. In 1895, Queensberry publicly insulted Oscar Wilde because of the latter's association with his son, Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde unsuccessfully sued Queensberry for libel and was imprisoned for homosexual practices.