Lord Colum Crichton-Stuart

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Lord Colum (baptised Columba) Edmund Crichton-Stuart (KM, MP) was born on 3rd April 1886 and died 18th August 1957, aged 71. Lord Colum Edmund Crichton-Stuart was the fourth child of John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of the County of Bute (d. 1900) and the Hon. Gwendolen Mary Anne Fitzalan-Howard (d. 1932). He married Elizabeth Caroline Petty-Fitzmaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne (widow of Henry William Edmund [Petty-Fitzmaurice] 6th Marquess of Lansdowne; d. 25 Mar 1964) and the only daughter of Sir Edward Stanley Hope KCB and Constance C. Leslie. Lord Colum was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford University, England. Lord Colum entered into the diplomatic service at the Foreign Office in 1911 and began his career at Whitehall. A master of seven languages he was later appointed an attacheship at the British Consulate-General in Cairo working under Lord Kitchener as 3rd secretary. He joined the Cadet Battalion at Bushey in July 1918 and gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Scots Guards (Special Reserve). Lord Colum stood for election in Cardiff East in December 1918, a seat once held by his brother Lord Ninian, losing to William Seager. Lord Colum’s position in the civil service ended in 1920 he later served as Member of Parliament for the Northwich constituency in Cheshire from 1922 to 1945. In 1945, Lord Colum bestowed Pluscarden Priory in Moray, Scotland over to the Benedictine community at Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire, for use as a daughter house. He held the office of Lord-Lieutenant of Bute between 1953 and 1957. He collapsed and died in 1957 while attending a service of Mass at St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church at Rothesay.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harry Dewhurst
Member of Parliament for Northwich
Succeeded by
Sir John Galway Foster
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Duke of Montrose
Lord Lieutenant of Buteshire
1953 – 1957
Succeeded by
Lord Robert Crichton-Stuart