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Sir James Carnegie, 5th Baronet

Sir James Carnegie of Kinnaird and of Pitarrow, 5th Baronet DL (1799 – 30 January 1849)[1] was a Scottish politician and de jure 8th Earl of Southesk, 8th Baron Carnegie of Kinnaird and 8th Baron Carnegie, of Kinnaird and Leuchars.


Born at Kinnaird, Angus, he was the son of Sir David Carnegie, 4th Baronet and Agnes Murray Elliot, daughter of Andrew Elliot.[2] In 1805 at the age of six, he succeeded his father as baronet.[3] He was educated at home and at Eton College.[2] In 1818, Carnegie began his Grand Tour, first visiting France, Germany and Italy, then Spain and Holland in the following year.[2]


Carnegie entered the British House of Commons in 1830 and sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeen Burghs until the following year.[4] He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Forfarshire.[5] In 1847, he petitioned the restoration of the forfeited titles Lord Carnegie and Earl of Southesk, however after assessment by the Committee of Privileges his claim was not followed up.[2]


While again on travels through France and Italy, Carnegie met Charlotte Lysons, second daughter of Reverend Daniel Lysons.[6] They married at the house of the British Ambassador to Italy in Naples on 14 November 1825,[6] and had two daughters and three sons.[7] Carnegie died intestate at Kinnaird Castle, Brechin.[8] His oldest son James succeeded to the baronetcy and was later confirmed in his de jure titles.[7] His third son Charles represented Forfarshire in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.[9] His daughter Lady Charlotte Elliot (married name) was a published poet.[10][11][12]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Baronetage". Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Douglas, Sir Robert (1911). Sir James Balfour Paul (ed.). The Scots Peerage. vol. VIII. Edinburgh: David Douglas. pp. 88–90.
  3. ^ Burke, John (1832). A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire. vol. I (4th ed.). London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. p. 213.
  4. ^ "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Aberdeen Burghs". Retrieved 20 April 2009.
  5. ^ Sylvanus, Urban (1849). The Gentleman's Magazine. London: John Bowyer Nichols and Son. p. 316.
  6. ^ a b Lysons, Sir Daniel (1896). Early Reminiscences. London: John Murray. pp. 15–16.
  7. ^ a b Lodge, Edmund (1859). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (28th ed.). London: Hurst and Blackett. pp. 525–526.
  8. ^ "ThePeerage - Sir James Carnegie of Kinnaird, 5th Bt". Retrieved 16 January 2009.
  9. ^ Debrett, John (1870). Robert Henry Mair (ed.). Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. p. 48.
  10. ^ Anderson (1867), p. 493
  11. ^ Reilly (2000), p. 149
  12. ^ Sage, Greer, Showalter (1999), p. 219-220


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