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Historic Angus

History of Angus, Scotland


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The purpose of this project is to give an historic background to the historic Scottish county of Angus, to provide information about those individuals of Historic importance and to add links to any profiles of Historic figures of Angus on Geni.

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Members of Parliament

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  • Sir David Carnegie, 4th Bt. (1753-1805), of Kinnaird Castle, Southesk, Angus.
  • John Carnegie (c.1680-1750), of Boysack, Forfar.
  • George Dempster (1732-1818), of Dunnichen, Forfar.
  • Archibald James Edward Douglas (formerly Steuart) (1748-1827), of Douglas, Lanark.
  • Sir Robert Fletcher (c.1738-76), of Ballinasloe, co. Roscommon and Lindertis, Angus.
  • Hon. Douglas Hallyburton (1777-1841), of Hallyburton House, Forfar
  • James Hallyburton (d.1765), of Pitcur, Angus, and Firth, Orkney.
  • William Livingston (b. c.1650), of Aberdeen and London
  • Hon. Thomas Lyon (1704-53).
  • Hon. James Stuart MacKenzie (?1719-1800), of Rosehaugh, Ross and Belmont, Angus.
  • William Maule, 1st Earl of Panmure [I] (1700-82), of Kellie, Forfar.
  • Hon. William Ramsay Maule (1771-1852), of Panmure and Brechin Castle, Angus.
  • Hon. Donald Ogilvy (1788-1863), of Clova, Forfar
  • Horatio Ross (1801-1886), of Rossie Castle, nr. Montrose, Forfar.
  • James Scott (1671-1732), of Logie, Forfar.
  • Robert Scott (1705-80), of Dunninald, Forfar.
  • George Skene (1749-1825), of Skene, Aberdeen and Careston, Angus.

Lieutenants and Lord-Lieutenants of Angus (Scotland) 1794-

Although lieutenants were appointed to a few counties from about 1715, it was not until 1794 that permanent lieutenancies were established by Royal Warrant. By the Militia Act 1797,[3] the lieutenants appointed "for the Counties, Stewartries, Cities, and Places" were given powers to raise and command county militia units.

While in their lieutenancies, lord lieutenants are among the few individuals in Scotland officially permitted to fly the banner of the Royal Arms of Scotland, or Lion Rampant of Scotland as it is more commonly known.

  • 1794 Douglas, Archibald James Edward (Douglas) 1st Baron Gt. 17 Mar. 1794 (C 3/20 no. 523). D. 26 Dec. 1827.
  • 1828 Airlie, David (Ogilvy) 9th Earl of Gts. 5 Feb. 1828 (C 3/26 no. 160), 31 July 1830 (C 3/27 no. 108), 29 Aug. 1837 (C 3/30 no. 92). Res. by 13 June 1849 (C 3/40 no. 110).
  • 1849 Maule, Hon. Fox (succ. as 2nd Baron Panmure 13 Apr. 1852; as 11th Earl of Dalhousie 19 Dec. 1860) Gt. 13 June 1849 (C 3/40 no. 110). D. 6 July 1874.
  • 1874 Strathmore, Claude (Bowes-Lyon) 13th Earl of Gt. 3 Aug. 1874 (C 3/45 no. 208). D. 16 Feb. 1904.
  • 1904 Strathmore, Claude George (Bowes-Lyon) 14th Earl of Gt. 28 July 1904 (C 3/48 no. 63). Res. by 15 June 1936 (C 3/49 no. 86).
  • 1936 Airlie, David Lyulph Gore Wolseley (Ogilvy) 12th Earl of Gt. 15 June 1936 (C 3/49 no. 86). Res. by 12 June 1967 (London Gazette (1967), p. 6813).
  • 1967 Dalhousie, Simon (Ramsay) 16th Earl of Gt. 15 June 1967 (London Gazette (1967), p. 6813). Vac. 1989.
  • 1989 Airlie, David George Coke Patrick (Ogilvy) 13th Earl of Gts. 6 Nov. 1989, 24 Apr. 1996. Vac. 2001.
  • 2001 Osborne, Georgiana Louise Gt. 24 July 2001.

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