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Lord Kinnaird

Subscription value in 1865:

£25

Relative to inflation up to 2018:

£2500

Relative to income compared to 2018:

£20000

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Personal details and history

Full name

Kinnaird

Date of birth

14-04-1807[1]

Place of birth

Drimmie House, Longforgan, Perthshire[2]

Gender

Male

Marital status

Married

Name of spouse

Hon. Frances Anna Georgiana Ponsonby m.14-12-1837[3]

Children

Olivia Barbara, b.1839, d.06-08-1871 Victor Alexander, b.13-04-1840, d.18-10-1851; Charles Fox, b.05-06-1841, d.30-03-1860.[4].

Home address

Rossie Priory, Inchture, Perthshire
and
33 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London[5]

Age at death:

70

Place of death:

Rossie Priory, Inchture, Perthshire[6]

Date of death:

06-01-1878[7]

Buried:

Old churchyard of Rossie[8]

Affiliations, clubs, offices and related subscribers

Religious affiliation

Episcopalian[9]

Political affiliation

Whig/Liberal[10]

Clubs / societies

Commissioned by the Grand Lodge of Scotland as provincial grand master for eastern division of Perthshire, 1829[11] and grand master of Scottish Freemasons, 1830-1832;[12] president, Dundee Horticultural Society, c.1829-1830;[13] vice-president, Dundee Royal Infirmary, c.1834-1878;[14] president, Watt Institution, Dundee, c.1845-1847;[15] patron, Perth Anderson Institution, 1850-1853;[16] Anti-Corn Law League;[17] Dundee Band of Hope;[18] president of Dundee Industrial Schools Society, c.1850-1878;[19] director, Dundee Working Men's Coffee and News-rooms, c. 1853-1878;[20] president, Dundee Model Lodging House Association, c.1856-1872;[21] director, Baldovan Asylum, c.1858-1878;[22] patron, Dundee Philharmonic Society, c.1861-1865;[23] president, Perth Ornithological Society, 1858-1859;[24] convener of finance committee, Perthshire court of lieutenancy, 1858-1863;[25] president, Perthshire Poultry Association, 1860-1863;[26] chairman of county public buildings committee, Perthshire court of lieutenancy, 1862-1863.[27]

Public offices

Scottish peer, 1826; United Kingdom peer, 1831; privy councillor, 1840; master of the Buckhounds, 1839-1841; Knight of the Thistle, 1857;[28] Forfarshire justice of the peace connected with the Dundee district, c.1858-1878.[29]

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Career and worklife

Occupation

Landowner

Employment

owner

Place of work

House of Lords

Work address

Houses of Parliament, Westminster

Career to date:

George William Fox Kinnaird, 9th Lord Kinnaird of Inchture, was educated at Eton College and then served as an army officer in the Guards and the Connaught Rangers until succeeding to the Scottish peerage on the death of his father in 1826.[30] Created a United Kingdom peer as Baron Rossie in 1831.[31] Master of the Buckhounds under Lord Melbourne, 1839-1841.[32] Patron of Forfarshire and Perthshire Fire insurance Company, c.1842-1845.[33] Chairman and promoter of the Dundee and Perth Railway Company, 1845[34] and chairman of the Dundee and Perth and Aberdeen Railway Junction Company comprising the Dundee and Perth and Dundee and Newtyle railways, c.1850-1865.[35] Chairman of the Dundee board of management of the Scottish Widows Fund Life Assurance Society, c.1845-1865.[36] Drafted the Forbes MacKenzie Act, 1853, which among other licensing reforms closed public houses on Sundays[37] and also introduced the Smoke Nuisance Bill, [38] and the Mine Safety Bill.[39] He was also interested in agricultural improvement and carried out experiments in the improvement of animal feedstuffs and"Lord Kinnaird's Prize Reaper" won a prize at the Highland Show in 1858.[40] He organised evening classes in the winter months for the ploughmen in the Carse of Gowrie.[41] In the late 1850s a corn exchange and public hall was provided for local farmers on land donated by Lord Kinnaird,[42] but by 1867 it had been renamed the Kinnaird Hall in his honour as was explained in the Dundee Directory of 1874-75: "For public meetings, concerts, &c. , the town is tolerably well supplied with halls. The chief is the Kinnaird Hall, Bank Street, the erection of which was due to the efforts of Lord Kinnaird to provide the farmers with a place of business ; but, as already indicated, it was not sufficiently appreciated by them, and is now chiefly used for concerts, balls, fancy fairs, panoramas, and public meetings. It can seat comfortably from 2500 to 3000 people.”[43] Created Baron Kinnaird of Rossie in 1860 after the death of his two sons so that his brother could succeed him in the House of Lords.[44]

More information

Lord Kinnaird’s contribution to the Albert Institute is listed as a donation rather than a subscription.

After donating to the Albert Institute Lord Kinnaird , (9th Lord Kinnaird of Inchture[45]) was vice-president of the organising committee of the British Association for the Advancement of Science which held its 37th meeting in Dundee between 4-11 September 1867, with many of the events taking place in the newly-opened Albert Institute.[46]

Lord Kinnaird also served on the following:

  • patron, Dundee Philharmonic Society and St Cecilia Society, c.1865-1870;[47]
  • honorary president of Dundee Public Baths, c.1864-1870;[48]
  • chairman of a Royal Commission on the health and safety of metalliferous mines;[49]
  • lord lieutenant of Perthshire, 1866-1878;[50]made burgess of Perth, 21 January 1868;[51]
  • president of the Literary Association of the Friends of Poland, c.1868-1878;[52]
  • patron, Mars Training Ship, River Tay, c.1871-1878;[53]
  • patron, Dundee Co-operative Rowing Club/Dundee Rowing Club, c.1871-1875;[54]
  • president, Dundee Prisoners’ Aid Society, c.1874-1878;[55] president, Dundee Horticultural Society, 1874-1878;[56]
  • trustee, Dundee Convalescent House, c.1876-1878[57] (Lord Kinnaird’s wife, Lady Kinnaird, was one of the patronesses from 1867;[58] she was also a patroness and on the committee of management from 1853 of The Home, Paton’s Lane, Dundee – an institution for the reformation of females;[59] she also acted as a patron of the Perth Female school of Industry at the Hospital, 1845-1863[60] and on the Perth Ladies Association for Female Education in India, 1848-1849.[61])

Sources

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. (1899) Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, London: Burke's Peerage. pp. 835-836.
  2. Millar, A.H., revised by Martin, John. (2004) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online: Oxford University Press.
  3. Millar, A.H., revised by Martin, John. (2004) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online: Oxford University Press.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. (1899) Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, London: Burke's Peerage. pp. 835-836.
  5. Rossie Priory Papers. Letters to Lord Kinnaird, 1863. MS100/2/Bundle631. Perth & Kinross Archive.
  6. Millar, A.H., revised by Martin, John. (2004) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online: Oxford University Press.
  7. Millar, A.H., revised by Martin, John. (2004) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online: Oxford University Press.
  8. Dundee Courier, 9 January 1878, p.3 and 12 January 1878, p.2. British Newspaper Archive. British Library website.
  9. Rossie Priory Papers. Licence to Lord Kinnaird for Rossie Priory Chapel from Bishop Alexander Forbes of Brechin, 1866. MS100/2/Bundle1093. Perth & Kinross Archive.
  10. Millar, A.H., revised by Martin, John. (2004) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online: Oxford University Press.
  11. Rossie Priory Papers. Commision to Lord Kinnaird by Grand Lodge of Scotland as provincial grand master for the eastern district of Perthshire, 1829. MS100/2/Bundle942. Perth & Kinross Archive.
  12. Millar, A.H., revised by Martin, John. (2004) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online: Oxford University Press.
  13. Directory. Dundee, 1829-30. Local Studies, Central Library.
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  17. Millar, A.H., revised by Martin, John. (2004) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online: Oxford University Press.
  18. Rossie Priory Papers. Letters to Lord Kinnaird, 1857-1863. MS100/2/Bundles530, 583, 621, 1001. Perth & Kinross Archive.
  19. Directories. Dundee, 1850-1878. Local Studies, Central Library.
  20. Directories. Dundee, 1853-1878. Local Studies, Central Library.
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  32. Millar, A.H., revised by Martin, John. (2004) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online: Oxford University Press.
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  38. Rossie Priory Papers. Letters to Lord Kinnaird, 1857-1862. MS100/2/Bundle849. Perth & Kinross Archive.
  39. Rossie Priory Papers. Letters to Lord Kinnaird, 1860. MS100/2/Bundle831. Perth & Kinross Archive.
  40. Rossie Priory Papers. Letters to Lord Kinnaird, 1860. MS100/2/Bundle760. Perth & Kinross Archive.
  41. Rossie Priory Papers. Letters to and from Lord Kinnaird, 1861-1870. MS100/2/Bundles534, 560, 657, 791, 796. Perth & Kinross Archive.
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  50. Millar, A.H., revised by Martin, John. (2004) Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online: Oxford University Press.
  51. Perth Burgh Records. Programme of conferral of honorary burgess-ship on Lord Kinnaird and Admiral Sir James Hope, 1868. B59/24/1/138. Perth & Kinross Archive.
  52. Rossie Priory Papers. Letters to Lord Kinnaird, 1862-1877. MS100/2/Bundles544, 944, 1039. Perth & Kinross Archive.
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  54. Directories. Dundee, 1871-1875. Local Studies, Central Library.
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