Charles Schaw Cathcart (c.1721 - 1776) MP

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Birthplace: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Death: Died in Grosvenor Place, London, England
Cause of death: Consumption
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About Charles Schaw Cathcart

Lt.-Gen. Sir Charles Schaw Cathcart, 9th Lord Cathcart (21 March 1721 – 14 August 1776) was a British soldier and diplomat. He was also chief of the Clan Cathcart.

Parents: son of Charles Cathcart, 8th Lord Cathcart and Marion Shaw.


  1. On 24 July 1753 at Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, London, England to Jane Hamilton (1726-1771), daughter of Captain Lord Archibald Hamilton and Lady Jane Hamilton.

6 children of Jane Hamilton and Charles Cathcart include:

  1. Hon. Jane Cathcart+5 b. 20 May 1754, d. 5 Dec 1790
  2. General William Schaw Cathcart, 1st Earl Cathcart+6 b. 17 Sep 1755, d. 16 Jun 1843
  3. Mary Cathcart6 b. 1757, d. 1792
  4. Louisa Cathcart, Countess of Mansfield+6 b. c 1758, d. 11 Jul 1843
  5. Colonel Hon. Charles Allan Cathcart6 b. 8 Dec 1759, d. 10 Jun 1788
  6. Rev. Hon. Archibald Hamilton Cathcart+6 b. 25 Jul 1764, d. 10 Oct 1841

shot through the head and lived

[Cathcart was] ... very proud of his Fontenoy scar, and twice sat to Sir Joshua Reynolds (June 1761 and March 1773) for his portrait. It is not often a man has had a pistol-bullet through the head and lived, and he always requested Sir Joshua to arrange that the black patch on his cheek might be visible, a desire which was complied with. A portrait of him and the Duke of Cumberland at Culloden, painted by C. Philips, is also in the possession of the family, and was exhibited in the collection at South Kensington in 1867. In this picture, as in the others, the black patch is easily seen. (cite1)



  1. [S18] Matthew H.C.G., editor, Dictionary of National Biography on CD-ROM (Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, 1995), Cathcart, Charles Schaw. Hereinafter cited as Dictionary of National Biography
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Charles Cathcart, 9th Lord Cathcart's Timeline

March 21, 1721
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
May 24, 1754
Age 33
London, England
September 17, 1755
Age 34
Age 35
Age 36
Age 54
Grosvenor Place, London, England