Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin & Ava (1826 - 1902) MP

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Birthplace: Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Death: Died in Clandeboye, Ireland
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About Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin & Ava

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Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava KP GCB GCSI GCMG GCIE PC (21 June 1826 – 12 February 1902) was a British public servant and prominent member of Victorian society. In his youth he was a popular figure in the court of Queen Victoria, and became well known to the public after publishing a best-selling account of his travels in the North Atlantic.


He is now best known as one of the most successful diplomats of his time. His long career in public service began as a commissioner to Syria in 1860, where his skillful diplomacy maintained British interests while preventing France from instituting a client state in Lebanon. After his success in Syria, Dufferin served in the Government of the United Kingdom as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Under-Secretary of State for War. In 1872 he became the third Governor General of Canada, bolstering imperial ties in the early years of the Dominion, and in 1884 he reached the pinnacle of his diplomatic career as eighth Viceroy of India.


Following his retirement from the diplomatic service in 1896, his final years were marred by personal tragedy and a misguided attempt to secure his family's financial position. His eldest son was killed in the Second Boer War and another son badly wounded. He was chairman of a mining firm that went bankrupt after swindling people, although he was ignorant of the matter. His biographer Davenport-Hines says he was "imaginative, sympathetic, warm-hearted, and gloriously versatile." He was an effective leader in Lebanon, Canada and India, averted war with Russia, and annexed Burma. He was careless of money but charming and gay in high society in three continents.

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Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 1st Marquess of Dufferin & Ava's Timeline

1826
June 21, 1826
Florence, Tuscany, Italy
1862
October 23, 1862
Age 36
1863
1863
Age 36
1863
Age 36
1866
March 16, 1866
Age 39
Clandeboye House, Belfast, Antrim, Ireland
1869
1869
Age 42
1870
1870
Age 43
1873
1873
Age 46
1875
February 26, 1875
Age 48
1902
February 12, 1902
Age 75
Clandeboye, Ireland