James Innes-Ker, 6th Duke of Roxburghe

James Henry Robert Innes-Ker, 6th Duke of Roxburghe, KT (12 July 1816 – 23 April 1879) was a Scottish peer.

The Duke of Roxburghe

Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire
In office
Preceded byBaron Marjoribanks
Succeeded byThe Earl of Home
Personal details
James Henry Robert Innes-Ker

(1816-07-12)12 July 1816
Died23 April 1879(1879-04-23) (aged 62)
Genoa, Italy
(m. 1836; his death 1879)
ParentsJames Innes-Ker, 5th Duke of Roxburghe
Harriet Charlewood
EducationEton College
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Early lifeEdit

Innes-Ker was the only surviving child of the 5th Duke of Roxburghe and the former Harriet Charlewood (c. 1778–1855). Before his parent's marriage in 1807, his father was widowed from his marriage to Mary Wray, eldest daughter of Sir John Wray, 12th Baronet. After his father's death in 1823, his mother remarried to Lt. Col. Walter Frederick O'Reilly CB of the Royal African Corps on 14 November 1827.[1]

His maternal grandfather was Benjamin Charlewood of Windlesham in Surrey and his paternal grandparents were Sir Henry Innes, 5th Baronet and Anne (née Grant) Innes.[1]

In 1823, at the age of seven, he inherited his father's titles. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.[2]


In 1840, he was a Knight of the Thistle. He also served as Lieutenant General of the Royal Company of Archers, a governor of the National Bank of Scotland and Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire from 1873 until his death in 1879.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

On 29 December 1836, he married Susanna Stephania Dalbiac (1814–1895), the only child of Lt. Gen. Sir James Charles Dalbiac and Susannah (née Dalton) Dalbiac.[3] Together, James and Susanna were the parents of four children:[1]

Roxburghe died in Genoa on 23 April 1879.[4] After a funeral at Floors Castle, he was interred in the aisle at Bowden.[5] He was succeeded in his titles and estates by his eldest son James.[6] The Dowager Duchess was one of Queen Victoria's staff until the former died in 1895.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Roxburghe, Duke of (S, 1707)". cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Heraldic Media Limited. Archived from the original on 19 May 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  2. ^ King, Greg (2007). Twilight of Splendor: The Court of Queen Victoria During Her Diamond Jubilee Year. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-04439-1.
  3. ^ Lodge 1846, p. 460.
  4. ^ "DEATH OF THE DUKE OF ROXBURGHE". The Pall Mall Gazette. 24 April 1879. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Funeral of The Duke of Roxburghe". The Morning Post. 6 May 1879. Retrieved 22 August 2019.
  6. ^ Lodge, Edmund (1846). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire as at Present Existing (15th ed.). Saunders and Otley.
  7. ^ King 2007, p. 79.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
David Robertson
Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire
Succeeded by
Lord Dunglass
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
James Innes-Ker
Duke of Roxburghe
Succeeded by
James Innes-Ker
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Earl Innes
Succeeded by
James Innes-Ker