Sir Erskine "William" Gladstone of Fasque and Balfour, 7th Baronet, KG, JP, DL is a Knight of the Garter, and was formerly an officer of the Royal Navy.
Gladstone is the son of Sir Charles Gladstone, 6th Baronet, and a great-grandson of the former Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone. He was educated at Eton, and joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1943 and saw action in World War II. Upon leaving the navy, he received an Honours Degree in History at Christ Church, Oxford. He then entered the teaching profession, with positions at Shrewsbury and Eton, and he became Head Master of Lancing in 1961. He retired from the teaching profession in 1969.
At the death of his father in 1968, he became the 7th Gladstone Baronet. He was made a Knight of the Garter in 1999.
Gladstone became a Scout whilst a student at Eton. He encouraged the school Scout Group whilst Head Master at Lancing. He became Chief Scout of the United Kingdom in 1972, a position he held until 1982. During his tenure he took special interest in the development of Scouting in deprived areas, particularly the inner cities and new housing estates. In 1979 he was elected Chairman of the World Scout Committee.