Letters of Francis Wemyss-Charteris (1772-1853), 8th Earl of Wemyss and March

Scope and Content

The material is composed of letters written by the Earl from Queen Street, and from Stanway Hall, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire, and signed Charteris Wemyss and March. One letter is to 'My dear sir' and referring to an 'unopened' book that he must return because he has 'been so engaged lately preparing for our departure that I really have had no time to look at it'. Wemyss still hopes 'to have an opportunity of shaking hands' with the correspondent and indicates that he 'can execute any commission' in London for him. The other is to Lord Strathallan indicating that if he is 'well and able to qualify' he can provide help for Strathallan 'at the ensuing General Election'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis Wemyss-Charteris was born on 15 April 1772. He succeeded to the lands of Wemyss in August 1808 on the death of his grandfather Francis (1723-1808), 7th Earl of Wemyss. His own father, Francis, Lord Elcho, had died in January 1808. The younger Francis also succeeded to the Earldom of March and the lands and lordship of Neidpath on the death of William, 4th Duke of Queensberry, in 1810. Francis was Lord Lieutenant of Peebleshire. In May 1794 he married Margaret, daughter of Walter Campbell of Shawfield. Francis, 8th Earl of Wemyss and March, died on 28 June 1853. He was succeeded by his son Francis (1796-1883), 9th Earl of Wemyss.

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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Burke, Sir Bernard. and Burke Ashworth P. A genealogical and heraldic history of the peerage and baronetage, the Privy Council, and knightage. 87th edition. London: Burke's Peerage Ltd., 1929.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

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