Born at Brechin Castle, he entered the 39th Regiment of Foot as an ensign on 24 August 1825. In 1835, he was promoted to captain in the 95th Regiment of Foot, and transferred into the 79th Regiment of Foot on 21 August 1835. He was promoted major in 1840 and lieutenant-colonel on 14 June 1842 after succeeding to command of the 79th.
He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Forfarshire in 1850, and was Member of Parliament for that shire from 1852 until 1854. He retired from the Army in 1852, but was appointed Surveyor-General of the Ordnance on 15 January 1853. During the Crimean War, while carrying out his duties at Varna, he contracted cholera, and died of the disease in a military hospital in Constantinople.
His parents lived at Barton House In Edinburgh and so he would have spent periods of leave there.
He is memorialized in Panbride Church on the east coast of Scotland.
- Scottish Highland Clans and Regiments, Victorian publication
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lauderdale Maule
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