Sir David Carnegie, 4th Baronet

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Sir David Carnegie of Pitarrow, 4th Baronet FRS FRSE (22 November 1753 – 25 May 1805) [1] was a Scottish politician and (but for the attainder of the 5th Earl) 7th Earl of Southesk, 7th Baron Carnegie of Kinnaird and 7th Baron Carnegie, of Kinnaird and Leuchars.



He was born in Kincardineshire [2] the oldest son of Sir James Carnegie, 3rd Baronet and his wife Christian Doig (d.1820), daughter of David Doig. [3] In 1765, aged only twelve, Carnegie succeeded his father as baronet and as claimant to the Earldom of Southesk. [3] He was educated at Eton College, the University of St Andrews and Christ Church, Oxford. [4]


Carnegie entered the British House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeen Burghs in 1784, sitting for the constituency until 1790. [5] He then represented Forfarshire in the Parliament of Great Britain from 1796 until the Act of Union in 1801, then subsequently in the Parliament of the United Kingdom until his death in 1805. [6] Carnegie was Deputy Governor of the British Linen Company. [7] He partly rebuild and improved Kinnaird Castle, Brechin, the family's ancestral seat. [8]


On 23 April 1783, [9] he married Agnes Murray Elliot, daughter of Andrew Elliot, at Edinburgh [10] and had by her ten daughters and two sons. [7] Carnegie died at Gloucester Place in London [11] and was buried at St Martin-in-the-Fields. [4] He was succeeded in his titles by his older son James. [3]

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Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Aberdeen Burghs
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Forfarshire
Succeeded by
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Member of Parliament for Forfarshire
1801 – 1805
Succeeded by
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by Baronet
(of Pitarrow)
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Titles in pretence
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by Earl of Southesk
(forfeit since 1716)
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