Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet
Get Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet essential facts below. View Videos or join the Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet discussion. Add Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet


Sir James Fergusson

James Fergusson 3.jpeg
6th Governor of New Zealand

14 June 1873 - 3 December 1874
MonarchVictoria
PremierJulius Vogel
Sir George Bowen
The Marquess of Normanby
8th Governor of South Australia

16 February 1869 - 18 April 1873
MonarchVictoria
Sir Dominick Daly
Sir Anthony Musgrave
Personal details
Born(1832-03-14)14 March 1832
Edinburgh
Died14 January 1907(1907-01-14) (aged 74)
Jamaica
NationalityBritish
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)
  • Lady Edith Broun-Ramsay
    (m. 1859; died 1871)
  • Olive Richman
    (m. 1873; died 1882)
  • Isabella Twysden (m. 1893)
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford

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

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.

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.

Fergusson served as Governor of South Australia from 1868. In November 1872 he was appointed governor of New Zealand and left Adelaide on 6 December for a short visit to England before taking up the post.[1]

He was Governor of New Zealand between 1873 and 1874, when he resigned and returned to England.[1]

He was 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.

Family

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]

Fergusson married secondly Olive, daughter of John Henry Richman, in 1873. Olive was born in South Australia, and they were married soon after arriving in New Zealand.[1] 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.

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

Legacy

The town of Jamestown and the County of Fergusson in South Australia, Fergusson Island in Papua New Guinea and Fergusson College in Pune (in his day, Poona), India are named in Fergusson's honour.[4][5]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d Edgeloe, V. A. (1972). "Fergusson, Sir James (1832-1907)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 2008 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  2. ^ "DEATH OF LADY EDITH FERGUSSON". Adelaide Observer. XXVIII (1570). South Australia. 4 November 1871. p. 11. Retrieved 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ Grave of Edith Christian Fergusson, Inveresk
  4. ^ Manning, Geoffrey. "South Australian Names - T" (PDF). Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Manning, Geoffrey. "South Australian Names - J" (PDF). Manning Index of South Australian History. State Library of South Australia. Retrieved 2019.

References

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Sir_James_Fergusson,_6th_Baronet
 



 



 
Music Scenes