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Henry Dundas

Also Known As: "Lord Melville"
Birthdate: (69)
Death: May 29, 1811 (69)
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Dundas, of Arniston and Anne Gordon
Husband of Lady Jane Hope and Elizabeth Rannie
Father of Montague Abercromby; Robert Saunders-Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville, KT; Elizabeth Dundas and Anne Strange
Brother of Henrietta Dundas
Half brother of Rt. Hon. Robert Dundas of Arniston

Occupation: 1st Viscount Melville
Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville

Biographical Summary

Dundas, Viscount Melville, Henry. 28/04/1742-29/05/1811. Ref: 464. Male.

  • Titles and British Honours: Rt Hon, 1st, Viscount Melville and Baron Dunira(1802), PC.
  • Place of Birth: Bishop's Land, Bishop's Close, High St. Edinburgh.
  • Place of Death: Edinburgh.
  • Place of interment: Old Church, Lasswade, Midlothian.
  • Profession: Advocate, Statesman.
  • Appointments Held: Advocate 1763; 1766 Solicitor-General; MP 1774-87, Midlothian, 1787-1802 Edinburgh; 1775-83 Lord Advocate; 1782-91 Treasurer of Navy; 1791-4, Home Secretary; 1794-1801 Secretary of War; 1804-6 1st Lord of Admiralty; President, East India Company.
  • Schools and Tutors: High School Edinburgh.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Edinburgh University.
  • Postgraduate Studies: LL.D(Edinburgh 1789).
  • Marital Status: Married 1st. (1765) Elizabeth Rennie of Melville d.1779. 2nd. (1793) Lady Jane Hope d.1829.
  • Mother: Anne Gordon.
  • Father: Robert Dundas of Arniston, Lord Arniston 1685-1753.
  • Siblings: Half Brother of Robert Dundas, Lord Arniston FRSE 1713-1787.
  • Other Family: uncle and father-in-law of Robert Dundas, FRSE 1758-1819, grandfather of Robert Dundas of Arniston, FRSE 1797-1838.
  • References: DNB 16, 1888, 186-191; Anderson 2, 97-9; Chambers, 2, 189; Shapin 148; S Devlin-Thorp Scotland's Cultural Heritage, 2, 1981, 25; F J Grant 1944; W P Anderson 1931, 713.
  • Memberships: FRCSE(Hon), Highland Society.
  • Date of Election: 17/11/1783.
  • Proposers: Founder Member.
  • Service to the RSE: Vice-President 1789-96. Key figure in obtaining Royal Charter.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002, pt. 1. A-J, page 276

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