James, 2nd Duke of Abercorn

James, eleventh Earl, third Marquess and second Duke of Abercorn, born 24 August 1838, at Brighton, was educated at Harrow, and matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, 28 May 1857, became B.A. 1860, and M.A. 1865. He was appointed Hon. Colonel Donegal Militia in 1860, was member of Parliament for the county of Donegal, 1860 to 1880, High Sheriff of the county Tyrone, 1863, Lord of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales, 1866 to 1885, and Groom of the Stole, 1885 to 1901. He was made a Companion of the Bath (Civil Division), 15 June 1885. In the same year he was appointed Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of the county of Donegal, and in 1886 was installed Grand Master of the Freemasons of Ireland, in succession to his father. He proved his right to vote at the election of Representative Peers for Ireland, 13 April 1886, and was sworn of the Privy Council in Ireland, 21 October 1887. He is a Knight of the Dannebrog Order of Denmark, St. Anne of Russia, the Iron Crown, and order of Leopold of Austria, and was created Knight of the Garter by dispensation 10 August 1892. He is a Brigadier of the Royal Company of Archers. In 1901 he was appointed Special Envoy to the Courts of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, Russia, Germany, and Saxony, to announce the accession of His Majesty King Edward VII., and at his Coronation, August 1902, was Lord High Constable of Ireland.

He married, 7 January 1869, at Saint George's, Hanover Square, Lady Mary Anna Curzon-Howe, youngest daughter of Richard William Penn, first Earl Howe, by his second wife Anne, second daughter of Admiral Sir John Gore, K.C.B., and by her, who was born 23 July 1848, has had issue:-
  • 1. James Albert Edward, Marquess of Hamilton (for whom His Majesty King Edward VII. was sponsor), born at Hamilton Place, Piccadilly, 30 November 1869, educated at Eton, member of Parliament for Londonderry City since 1900, Captain 1st Life Guards, 7 October 1896, Major, North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry, 26 August 1903. He accompanied his father the Duke of Abercorn on his special mission to announce the accession of King Edward VII., 1901. He married, 1 November 1894, Lady Rosaline Cecilia Caroline Bingham, only daughter of George, fourth Earl of Lucan, K.P., by Lady Cecilia Catherine Gordon-Lennox, daughter of Charles, Duke of Richmond, Lennox and Gordon, K.G., and has:-
    • (1) Lady Mary Cecilia Rhodesia, born 21 January 1896.
    • (2) Lady Cynthia Elinor Beatrix, born 16 August 1897.
    • (3) Lady Katherine, born 25 February 1900.
    • 2. Lord Claud Penn Alexander Hamilton, born and died 18 October 1871.
    • 3. Lord Charles Hamilton, born and died 10 April 1874.
    • 4. Lord Claud Francis Hamilton, born 25 October 1878, died 25 December following.
    • 5. Lord Arthur John Hamilton, born 20 August 1883, 2nd Lieutenant Irish Guards, 4 December 1901.
    • 6. A son born and died 31 October 1886.
    • 7. Lord Claud Nigel Hamilton, born 10 November 1889.
    • 8. Lady Alexandra Phyllis (for whom Her Majesty Queen Alexandra was sponsor), born 23 January 1876.
    • 9. Lady Gladys Mary, born 10 December 1880, married, 14 January 1902, to Ralph Francis, seventh Earl of Wicklow, and has issue.
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