Henry Ferguson Davie

General Sir Henry Robert Ferguson Davie, 1st Baronet DL (1797 – 30 November 1885), known as Henry Ferguson until 1846, of Creedy Park, Sandford, Devon, was Liberal Member of Parliament for Haddington in East Lothian, Scotland, 1847 to 1878 and an army officer.

Arms of Davie of Creedy in the parish of Sandford, Devon: Argent, a chevron sable between three mullets pierced gules. Quartered with arms of Davie of Crediton: Azure, three cinquefoils or on a chief of the last a lion passant gules[1]

The son of Robert Ferguson, Fife, he joined the British Army in 1818. He rose through the ranks as follows: Lieutenant (1819), Captain (1822), Major (1826), Lieutenant Colonel (1828), Colonel (1841), Major General (1854), Lieutenant General (1860) and General (1866).

He was appointed Colonel of the 73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of Foot on 17 February 1865. The Regiment became the second Battalion, The Black Watch in 1881, and the General served as Colonel of the Battalion until his death.

In 1823, he married Frances Juliana Davie, daughter of Sir John Davie, 9th Baronet, of Creedy, and niece and heiress of Sir Humphrey Davie, 10th and last Baronet, of Creedy. In 1846 he assumed by Royal licence the additional surname of Davie[2] and the following year the baronetcy held by his wife's family was revived when he was created a Baronet, of Creedy in the County of Devon. on 9 January 1847.

He had six children, amongst whom John (born 1830), a Grenadier Guards officer, succeeded to the Baronetcy in 1885 and Charles Robert (born 1836) was Rector of Yelverton, Norfolk.

He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Devonshire and Somerset and lived at Creedy Park in Crediton, Devon.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Debrett's Peerage, 1968, Baronets, p.232; Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.271, pedigree of Davie
  2. ^ "No. 20573". The London Gazette. 17 February 1846. p. 603.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Maitland Balfour
Member of Parliament for Haddington
1847–1878
Succeeded by
Lord William Hay
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Creedy)
1847–1885
Succeeded by
John Davie Ferguson Davie