Lord Keith Falconer – Earl of Kintore Jacket & Glengarry
Lord Keith Falconer Earl of Kintore, Lord Inverurie jacket and glengarry has come has come to us along with his sporran and dirk. The jacket has been a wonderful dating point for us and we have been in contact with the original makers Meyer & Mortimer, London. Made in Cameron of Erracht tartan rather than his Keith clan tartan.
In the 1830s, Meyer joined forces with John Mortimer to establish a new company, Meyer & Mortimer, which advertised itself in Edinburgh as “army contractors and tailors to His Majesty”, by which time His Majesty was King William IV. The business was also known as the Royal Clan Tartan Warehouse, which specialised in supplying Scottish military officers. Among the modern company’s treasures are two books of examples of clan tartans, dating back to the days when vegetable dyes were used to dye cloth. The tartan samples were mainly from Wilsons o Bannockburn c1830-40. There are a few later ones too and the whole collection was rebound in the late 19th century.
This jacket dates from the late Victorian and is dated 1898 and sadly the records of the tartan weavers of that time were lost during the Blitz in WW2. The collar is styled with a high shawl collar and three button fastening. Due to the fact the jacket has a silk lining and very little interlining it is thought it may have been used as an at home - smoking jacket.
As part of the collection we also have his glengarry hat made by the makers Lord Lorne, his diced hose to match his Keith tartan, scarlet self tie flashes, sporran and dirk.
Algernon Hawkins Thomond Keith-Falconer, 9th Earl of Kintore, Lord Inverurie KT GCMG PC FRSE (12 August 1852 – 3 March 1930) was a British politician and colonial governor.
Born at Lixmount House, in Trinity, Edinburgh, Keith-Falconer was the eldest son of Francis Keith Falconer, 8th Earl of Kintore and his wife Louisa Madeleine, née Hawkins. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.
He held the office of a Lord-in-Waiting between 1885 and 1886. He was appointed Privy Counsellor (P.C.) in 1886. He held the office of Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard between 1886 and 1889. Lord Kintore was Governor of South Australia between 1889 and 10 April 1895. He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) on his appointment.
On his return from South Australia he resumed his post of lord-in-waiting at the court, serving Queen Victoria until her death and Edward VII until 1905. His court duties brought him the grand cordon of the Crown of Italy, the first class of the Prussian order of the Red Eagle and the Grand Cross of the Portuguese military order of Christ. In 1913 he was elected deputy-Speaker of the House of Lords.
A fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of laws by each of the Universities of Aberdeen.
Lord Kintore married Lady Sydney Charlotte Montagu (14 October 1851 – Keith Hall, Inverurie, Aberdeen, 21 September 1932), second daughter of George Montagu, 6th Duke of Manchester, at St George's, Hanover Square, London, on 14 August 1873.