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He had the reputation of being the best game shot in Scotland.
In 1921, Kinnaird Castle, which was situated in one of the grandest Scottish glens and was the seat of the Earls of Southesk for more than 600 years, burnt to the ground. "Only a small part of the servant's wing has escaped. A considerable part of the library was saved, but many books impossible to replace, as well as Raeburn's portrait of Lady Carnegie, valued at £10,000, were lost." Lord Southesk rebuilt the castle. A prominent art collector, he owned "a large collection of paintings by old masters and antique gems."
Lady Katherine Ethel Carnegie (b. 1892), who married Maj. Arthur Rivers Bosanquet MC (1890-1971), eldest son and heir of Richard Arthur Bosanquet and Ruth Rivers Thompson (eldest daughter of Sir Augustus Rivers Thompson, Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal), in 1917. They divorced in 1940.
Hon. Alexander Bannerman Carnegie (b. 1894), a Commander in the Royal Navy who married his cousin Susan Ottilia de Rodakowski-Rivers (d. 1968), a daughter of Maj. Ernest de Rodakowski-Rivers and Lady Dora Susan Carnegie (eldest daughter by his second wife of James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk), in 1919. After her death, he married Cynthia Averil Gurney, the former wife of Capt. Alexander Hugh Gurney and eldest daughter of Brig. Harold Vincent Spencer Charrington of Winchfield House, in 1969.
Lady Mary Elizabeth Carnegie (1899-1996), who married Vice-AdmiralConolly Abel Smith, second son of Eustace Abel Smith of Longhills and the former Ailleen Geta Catherine Connolly (eldest daughter of Col. John Augustus Connolly VC), in 1932.
He and his wife are briefly mentioned in the successful British television series Downton Abbey, in which they are mentioned as paying their respects to the fictitious Countess of Grantham (played by Elizabeth McGovern), following their attendance of a family funeral.[episode needed]
^The Scots Peerage: Founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland containing an historical and genealogical account of the Nobility of that Kingdom edited by Sir James Balfour Paul, Lord Lyon King of Arms, vol VIII, (Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1911) digitized by Google Books, p. 92