Hugh Montgomerie, 12th Earl of Eglinton

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John Singleton Copley - Hugh Montgomerie, 12th Earl of Eglinton, 1739 - 1819. Soldier; Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire - Google Art Project.jpg
Hugh Montgomerie 12th Earl of Eglinton, circa 1780 Oil on canvas by John Singleton Copley
Born(1739-11-05)5 November 1739
Died14 December 1819(1819-12-14) (aged 80)
Title12th Earl of Eglinton
Other namesHugh Montgomerie of Coilsfield

Hugh Montgomerie, 12th Earl of Eglinton KT (5 November 1739 14 December 1819) was a Scottish peer, politician, and composer. [1]

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Montgomerie was styled Lord Montgomerie[ citation needed ] from 1769, and sat as a Member of Parliament for Ayrshire off and on from 1780 to 1796. That year he became Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire, which post he held until his death. In 1798, having previously succeeded to the earldom through his third cousin, he was elected a representative peer and moved to the House of Lords. On 15 February 1806, he was created Baron Ardrossan in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, enabling him to sit the Lords in his own right. [2] He was made a Knight of the Thistle in 1814.

Ayrshire was a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain from 1708 to 1800 and of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1801 until 1868, when it was divided into North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire.

This is a list of people who served as Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire, Scotland.

As large ships were unable to reach Glasgow due to silting of the River Clyde, Montgomerie promoted and partially funded the Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal. However funds ran out and the canal was only constructed from Glasgow to Johnstone via Paisley. [2] The Glasgow terminus of the canal was at Port Eglinton. Though the wharf is now filled in, the neighbouring Eglinton Street still bears his name. Preparatory work on the canal from the new harbour created at Ardrossan was used as the basis for Glasgow Street, which is the main thoroughfare of the town.

Glasgow City and council area in Scotland

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Inhabitants of the city are referred to as "Glaswegians" or "Weegies". It is the fourth most visited city in the UK. Glasgow is also known for the Glasgow patter, a distinct dialect of the Scots language that is noted for being difficult to understand by those from outside the city.

River Clyde river in Scotland

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Glasgow, Paisley and Johnstone Canal

The Glasgow, Paisley and Ardrossan Canal, later known as the Glasgow, Paisley and Johnstone Canal, was a canal in the west of Scotland, running between Glasgow, Paisley and Johnstone which later became a railway. Despite the name, the canal was never completed down to Ardrossan, the termini being Port Eglinton in Glasgow and Thorn Brae in Johnstone. Within months of opening, the canal was the scene of a major disaster.

Montgomerie was an amateur composer and cellist. His best known work is the dance tune "Ayrshire Lasses", and other composers dedicated works to him, including Thomas Arne. [3]

Cello musical instrument

The cello ( CHEL-oh; plural cellos or celli) or violoncello ( VY-ə-lən-CHEL-oh; Italian pronunciation: [vjolonˈtʃɛllo]) is a string instrument. It is played by bowing or plucking its four strings, which are usually tuned in perfect fifths an octave lower than the viola: from low to high, C2, G2, D3 and A3. It is the bass member of the violin family, which also includes the violin, viola and the double bass, which doubles the bass line an octave lower than the cello in much of the orchestral repertoire. After the double bass, it is the second-largest and second lowest (in pitch) bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra. The cello is used as a solo instrument, as well as in chamber music ensembles (e.g., string quartet), string orchestras, as a member of the string section of symphony orchestras, most modern Chinese orchestras, and some types of rock bands.

Thomas Arne 18th-century British composer

Thomas Augustine Arne was an English composer. He is best known for his patriotic song Rule Britannia, a version of God Save the King, which became the British national anthem, and the song A-Hunting We Will Go. Arne was a leading British theatre composer of the 18th century, working at Drury Lane and Covent Garden.


  1. Also known as Hugh Montgomerie of Coilsfield( Gazetteer editor 2011 )
  2. 1 2 Henderson 1895.
  3. David Johnson. "12th Earl of Eglinton", Grove Music Online , ed. L. Macy (accessed 20 May 2006), (subscription access).

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Parliament of Great Britain
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Sir Adam Fergusson, Bt
Member of Parliament for Ayrshire
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Sir Adam Fergusson, Bt
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Sir Adam Fergusson, Bt
Member of Parliament for Ayrshire
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William McDowall
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Sir Adam Fergusson, Bt
Member of Parliament for Ayrshire
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William Fullarton
Honorary titles
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The Earl of Eglinton
Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire
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The Earl of Glasgow
Peerage of the United Kingdom
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Archibald Montgomerie
Peerage of Scotland
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Archibald Montgomerie
Earl of Eglinton
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Archibald Montgomerie