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Donald Jacob MacKay, baron

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: 's-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Death: August 1, 1921 (81)
Earlston, Scottish Borders, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Aeneas Mackay van Ophemert, 10th Lord Reay and Maria Catharina Anna Jacoba Fagel
Husband of Fanny Georgina Jane Hasler
Father of Eric Mackay, 12e Lord REAY

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About Donald James MacKay, 11th Lord Reay

VI. Donald James Mackay, 11th Lord Reay, G.C.S.I., G.C.I.E., LL.D., b. 22 Dec, 1839, Avas Governor of Bombay 1885-90, and Under-Secretary of State for India 1894-5. He m. in 1877 Fanny Georgina Jane, C.I., dau. of the late Richard Hasler of Aldingbourne, Sussex, and widow of Captain Alexr. Mitchell, M.P., of Stow

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Curriculum VITAE

  • 1881 : 11e Lord REAY -
  • : 11e baron REAY of REAY
  • : Baronet of Nova Scotia
  • 1881 : Baron REAY of Dumess
  • 1871-1877 : Lid Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal
  • 1877 : vertrek naar Londen
  • : Member House of Lords
  • : Gouvernor van Bombay
  • : Onder-minister British-Indie
  • 1888 : Ridder Grootcommandeur in de Orde van het Indische Keizerrijk
Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"Donald James Mackay, 11th Lord Reay KT, GCSI, GCIE, PC, DL, JP (22 December 1839 – 1 August 1921) (in the Netherlands: Donald Jacob, Baron Mackay, Lord of Ophemert and Zennewijnen) was a Dutch-born British administrator and Liberal politician.


Mackay was born Donald Jacob baron Mackay in The Hague, Netherlands, the son of Aeneas Mackay, 10th Lord Reay, a Dutch member of Parliament, and jonkvrouw Maria Catharina Anna Jacoba Fagel, daughter of mr. Jacob baron Fagel and jkvr. Maria Boreel, relative of the Boreel baronets.

Political career

Lord Reay succeeded his father in 1876 and was naturalised as a British citizen in 1877. He was created Baron Reay, of Durness in the County of Sutherland, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, in 1881. In 1885 he was appointed Governor of Bombay, a post he held until 1890. He was appointed a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire in 1887 and a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India in 1890. After his return to Britain he served as Under-Secretary of State for India between 1894 and 1895 in Lord Rosebery Liberal administration. He was also a British delegate at the Second Peace Conference which led to the signing of the Hague Convention 1907. Other British delegates included Ernest Satow and Eyre Crowe.

Other public appointments

Apart from his political and administrative career Lord Reay was Rector of St Andrews University from 1884 to 1886, Chairman of the London School Board (1897 – 1904), President of the Royal Asiatic Society (1893–1921) and University College, London, and first President of the British Academy from 1901 to 1907. He was also Lord Lieutenant of Roxburghshire from 1892 to 1918 and served as President of the first day of the 1882 Co-operative Congress. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1906 and made a Knight of the Thistle in 1911.

He remained in contact with the Dutch community and attended the reception and spoke with the famous Dutch writer Louis Couperus (1863-1923) on the occasion of his visit to London in June 1921, being invited by the Dutch ambassador in London, René de Marees van Swinderen (1860-1955), and which visit was mainly organised by his translator Alexander Teixeira de Mattos (1865-1921).


Lord Reay married Fanny Georgiana Jane, daughter of Richard Hasler, of Aldingbourne, Sussex, in 1877. They had no children. He died in August 1921, aged 81. On his death the barony of 1881 became extinct while he was succeeded in the Scottish title by his cousin Eric baron Mackay (1870-1921) who was succeeded only three months later by his son Sir Aeneas Alexander baron Mackay (1905-1963), 13th Lord Reay, member of the House of Lords (1955-1959)."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Donald Mackay, 11th Lord Reay', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 16 March 2013, 04:21 UTC, <,_11th_Lord_Reay&oldid=544548792> [accessed 29 April 2013]

Biographical Summary

"XI. Donald James, eleventh Lord Reay, Baron Mackay of Ophemert in the Netherlands, born 22 December 1839, and naturalised by Act of Parliament 17 May 1877, was created Baron Reay of Durness, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, 8 October 1881. He is a Baronet of Nova Scotia, a Privy Councillor, Lord-Lieutenant of Roxburghshire, a D.L. of Berwick and Selkirk, an LL.D. of the four Scottish Universities (Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen), D.Litt. of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, a G.O.I.B. and a G.C.S.I. Elected Rector of St. Andrews University 1884, Governor of Bombay 1885-90, Under-Secretary of State for India 1894-95, Chairman of London School Board 1897, and first President of the British Academy. He was a plenipotentiary delegate to the Second Peace Conference at the Hague in 1907 ; Chairman of a Committee on Agricultural Education in England, and of a Committee on Oriental Studies ; President of the Royal Asiatic Society and of the Franco-Scottish Society, and Ex-President of the Institute of International Law.

He married, 5 June 1877, Fanny Georgina Jane, C.I., daughter of the late Richard Hasler, Esq. of Aldingbourne, Sussex, and widow of Captain Alexander Mitchell, of Stow, M.P."

SOURCE: The Scots peerage, Vol. VII, page 178-179


Donald James [Mackay], 11th Lord Reay, KT GCSI GCIE PC born 22 Dec 1839

mar. 5 Jun 1877 Fanny Georgiana Jane Mitchell CI (bapt. 30 Mar 1831; widow of Capt Alexander Mitchell MP, of Stow, co. Midlothian; d. 23 Jan 1917; bur. at Caddenfoot, near Galashiels), 1st dau. of Richard Hasler, of Aldingbourne and Barkfold, co. Sussex, by his wife Julia Wyndham, half-sister of George Francis [Wyndham], 4th Earl of Egremont, and dau. of Hon William Frederick Wyndham, British Minister to Tuscany 1794-1814 (by his second wife Julia de Smorzewska, Countess de Spyterkie), 4th son of Charles [Wyndham], 2nd Earl of Egremont, by his wife Hon Alicia Maria Carpenter, sister of George [Carpenter], 1st Earl of Tyrconnell, and only dau. of George [Carpenter], 2nd Baron Carpenter

died s.p. 1 Aug 1921

created 8 Oct 1881 Baron Reay, of Durness in the County of Sutherland

suc. by cousin

on the staff of the Netherlands Legation in London; Gentleman of the Chamber to the King of the Netherlands; member of the Dutch Chamber of Representatives until 1877; naturalized a British subject 1877 by Act of Parliament; Rector of St Andrew's University 1884-86; Governor of Bombay 1885-90; CIE 1886; GCIE 1887; GCSI 1890; Lord Lieutenant of Roxburghshire 1892-1918; President of the Royal Asiatic Society 1893; Under Secretary of State for India 1894-95; President, University College London 1896; Chairman, London School Board 1897-1904; 1st President of the British Academy 1901-07; Privy Councillor 1906; Plenipotentiary Delegate, 2nd Hague Peace Conference 1907; Knight of the Thistle 1911; on his death the UK Barony of Reay became extinct

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Donald James MacKay, 11th Lord Reay's Timeline

December 22, 1839
's-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
August 1, 1921
Age 81
Earlston, Scottish Borders, UK