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James Duff, 5th Earl Fife (6 July 1814 – 7 August 1879) was a Scottish nobleman.

Duff was the son of Sir Alexander Duff, younger brother of James Duff, 4th Earl Fife, and Anne Stein, the daughter of James Stein of Kilbagie

He was Member of Parliament for Banffshire from 1837 to 1857; his brother, George Skene Duff, was Member of Parliament for Elgin Burghs.

He was created Baron Skene, of Skene, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, in 1857. This allowed him to sit and vote in the House of Lords.

In 1845, he resided at 30 Pall Mall, London and at Delgatie Castle.[1]

On 16 March 1846 he married Lady Agnes Georgiana Elizabeth Hay, daughter of William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll and Lady Elizabeth FitzClarence (an illegitimate daughter of William IV). They had five children.



  1. ^ Oliver and Boyd's Edinburgh Almanac and National Repository, 1845
  • Robert P. Dod, The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain for 1860, London, 1860, p. 255

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Ferguson
Member of Parliament for Banffshire
Succeeded by
Lachlan Gordon-Duff
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Duff
Lord Lieutenant of Elginshire
Succeeded by
George Skene Duff
Preceded by
The Earl Fife
Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire
Succeeded by
The Duke of Richmond
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
James Duff
Earl Fife
Succeeded by
Alexander Duff
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Skene
Succeeded by
Alexander Duff