Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet

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The Right Honourable
Sir James Fergusson
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6th Governor of New Zealand
In office
14 June 1873 3 December 1874
Monarch Victoria
Premier Julius Vogel
Preceded by Sir George Bowen
Succeeded by The Marquess of Normanby
8th Governor of South Australia
In office
16 February 1869 18 April 1873
Monarch Victoria
Preceded by Sir Dominick Daly
Succeeded by Sir Anthony Musgrave
Personal details
Born(1832-03-14)14 March 1832
Died14 January 1907(1907-01-14) (aged 74)
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s)Lady Edith Broun-Ramsay
(d. 1871)
Olive Richman (d. 1882)
Isabella Twysden
Alma mater University College, Oxford

Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet GCSI PC (14 March 1832 – 14 January 1907) was a British soldier, Conservative politician and colonial administrator.

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Background and education

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Fergusson was the eldest son of Sir Charles Fergusson, 5th Baronet, and his wife Helen, daughter of David Boyle. He was educated at Cheam, Rugby, and University College, Oxford (although he left without taking a degree). He entered the Grenadier Guards in 1851 and served in the Crimean War where he was wounded. He retired from the army in 1859.

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Political and administrative career

Fergusson was elected Member of Parliament for Ayrshire and represented the constituency in parliament from 1854 to 1857 and 1859 to 1868. He was Under-Secretary of State for India under Lord Derby from 1866 to 1867 and Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1867 to 1868 under Derby and Benjamin Disraeli and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1868. He served as Governor of South Australia from 1868 to 1873, as Governor of New Zealand between 1873 and 1874, when he resigned, and as Governor of Bombay between 1880 and 1885. [1] Following his retirement, he returned to the House of Commons, as Member of Parliament for Manchester North East, which he represented between 1885 and 1906. He again held political office as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs between 1886 and 1891 and as Postmaster General between 1891 and 1892 in Lord Salisbury's Conservative administration.

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Memorial for Lady Edith Christian Fergusson, Inveresk Cemetery Grave of Lady Edith Christian Fergusson, Inveresk Cemetery.jpg
Memorial for Lady Edith Christian Fergusson, Inveresk Cemetery

Fergusson married firstly Lady Edith Christian, daughter of James Broun-Ramsay, 1st Marquess of Dalhousie, in 1859. They had two sons and two daughters. Lady Edith died on 20 October 1871 in Port Adelaide in Australia, aged 32. She was buried at North Road Cemetery in Adelaide. [2] There is a memorial headstone in the north-west corner of the first western extension to Inveresk churchyard in Scotland. [3]

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Fergusson married secondly Olive, daughter of John Henry Richman, in 1873. They had one son. She died of cholera in January 1882. He married thirdly Isabella Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Twysden and widow of Charles Hugh Hoare, in 1893. They had no children. Fergusson's son Charles and grandson Bernard Fergusson both became Governors-General of New Zealand.

John Henry Richman was a lawyer in the young British colony of South Australia.

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Fergusson was killed in an earthquake in Jamaica in 1907, aged 74.

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The town of Jamestown, South Australia, Fergusson Island in Papua New Guinea and Fergusson College in Pune (in his day, Poona), India are named in Fergusson's honour.


  1. Edgeloe, V. A. (1972). "Fergusson, Sir James (1832–1907)". Australian Dictionary of Biography . Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 14 April 2008.
  2. "DEATH OF LADY EDITH FERGUSSON". Adelaide Observer . XXVIII, (1570). South Australia. 4 November 1871. p. 11. Retrieved 1 December 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  3. Grave of Edith Christian Fergusson, Inveresk


Parliament of the United Kingdom
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James Hunter Blair
Member of Parliament for Ayrshire
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Lord Patrick Crichton-Stuart
Preceded by
Lord Patrick Crichton-Stuart
Member of Parliament for Ayrshire
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Manchester North East
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J. R. Clynes
Political offices
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James Stansfeld
Under-Secretary of State for India
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The Lord Clinton
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The Earl Belmore
Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
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Sir Michael Hicks Beach, Bt
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James Bryce
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Henry Cecil Raikes
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Arnold Morley
Government offices
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Sir Dominick Daly
Governor of South Australia
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Sir Anthony Musgrave
Preceded by
Sir George Bowen
Governor of New Zealand
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The Marquess of Normanby
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Sir Richard Temple, Bt
Governor of Bombay
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The Lord Reay
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
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Charles Dalrymple Fergusson
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