Monday, June 22, 2015

Duke of Fife dead at 85


The Duke of Fife died today at his home at Kinnaird Castle in Scotland. He was 85 years old.

James George Alexander Bannerman Carnegie was born on September 23, 1929.  He was the only son of the 11th Earl of Southesk (1893-1992) and his first wife, Princess Maud (1893-1945), younger daughter of Princess Louise, Princess Royal. and the 1st Duke of Fife.  He was a maternal descendant of King William IV and Dorothea Jordan.

It was on February 26, 1959, when the then styled Lord Carnegie succeeded his maternal aunt, Princess Arthur of Connaught, Duchess of Fife (in her own right) as 3rd Duke of Fife.  He succeeded his father as Earl of Southesk and chief of Clan Carnegie on February 16, 1992.

He married the Hon. Caroline Dewar, elder daughter of the 3rd Baron Forteviot, on September 11, 1956.

They had three children: a stillborn son (April 4, 1958),  Lady Alexandra Carnegie (June 20, 1959) and David Charles Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (March 3, 1961).

The Duke and Duchess of Fife were divorced in 1966.

Lord Southesk succeeds his father as the 4th Duke of Fife.  He is married to Caroline Bunting.   They have three sons. Charles (1989), George (1992) and Hugh (1993.)

The eldest son, Charles, will most likely be styled as the Earl of Southesk, while the two younger brothers will be styled as Lord George and Lord Hugh Carnegie, as younger sons of a duke.  They are currently styled as Honourables, as younger sons of an earl.

@Allan Warren  1984

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