James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth

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James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Perthshire
Death: Died in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Île-de-France, France
Immediate Family:

Son of James Drummond, 3rd Earl of Perth and Anne Goedon Drummond
Husband of Jane Douglas, Countess of Perth; Lilias Drummond and Mary Urquhart
Father of Mary Drummond; James Drummond, 2nd Duke of Perth; John Drummond, 5th Duke of Perth and Edward Drummond, 6th Duke of Perth
Brother of John Drummond, 1st Earl and Duke of Melfort and Anne Drummond

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About James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth

Biographical Summary

"James, fourth Earl of Perth, was born in 1648, and was served heir to his father 1 October 1675. As a youth he studied at the University of St Andrews, and afterwards completed his education in France. On 10 January 1678 he admitted to the Privy Council, and ultimately joined in opposition to the Duke of Lauderdale, after whose fall he was, on 1 May 1682, appointed Lord Justice-General and one of the Extraordinary Lords of Session 16 November of the same year...

...He was created a Knight of the Thistle, 29 May 1687, on the institution or revival of that order...

...He ultimately settled at St Germains, and was appointed by James, 19 July 1696, Governor to the Prince of Wales, and one of the Lords of the Bedchamber. He was also created Duke of Perth, Marquess of Drummond, Earl of Stobhall, Viscount Cargill, and Baron Concraig. He also received from King Charles II. of Spain the Order of the Golden Fleece. After the death of James, in 1701, Louis XIV. confirmed to him the rank and privileges of a French Duke...

He died at St Germains 11 May 1716, and was buried in the chapel of the Scots College in Paris. On his death the title of Earl of Perth and Lord Drummond should have devolved on his eldest son, but as he was forfeited, he was incapable of succeeding to them. The Earl married, first, 18 January 1670, Jane, daughter of William, first Marquess of Douglas; secondly, Lilias, widow of James, fourth Earl of Tullibardine, and daughter of Sir James Drummond of Machany. She died about 1685, and he married, thirdly, within a few months, Mary, widow of Adam Urquhart of Meldrum, and daughter of Lewis Gordon, third Marquess of Huntly. She died 13 March 1726, in her eightieth year, her heart being buried in the chapel of the Scots College in Paris."

SOURCE: The Scots peerage, Vol. VII, page 51-53

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James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth's Timeline

July 7, 1648
Age 21
Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
February 1673
Age 24
Age 30
Age 41
Stirling, Stirlingshire, Scotland
May 11, 1716
Age 67
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Île-de-France, France