Sir James Carnegie Tartan
Sir James Carnegie 5th Baronet Tartan Pre 1849 tartan swatch gifted to the family. This is thought to be an early 19th C Tartan swatch.
Sir James Carnegie of Kinnaird and of Pitarrow, 5th Baronet DL (1799 – 30 January 1849) was a Scottish politician and de jure 8th Earl of Southesk, 8th Baron Carnegie of Kinnaird and 8th Baron Carnegie, of Kinnaird and Leuchars.
Born at Kinnaird, Angus, 1799 - Carnegie was only five when he succeeded his father, who died in harness as Foxite Member for Forfarshire, to the baronetcy and the Kinnaird estate, near Brechin. The elder of two sons born after the consecutive births of ten girls, he was raised by his mother, a cousin of the 1st Lord Minto, and his guardian, the Foxite Whig William Maule*, his father’s successor as county Member. Like his father, he was sent to Eton. He travelled extensively in Europe from 1818-1819 Carnegie began his Grand Tour, first visiting France, Germany and Italy, then Spain and Holland in the following year.
In September 1822 he and Maule accompanied Joseph Hume, radical Member for Aberdeen Burghs, to the ceremony in Arbroath at which he was presented with a piece of plate in recognition of his parliamentary exertions. In 1824 he returned to Italy, where he met Charlotte Lysons, the daughter of of Reverend Daniel Lysons the author of The Environs of London and Magna Britannia. They were married at the house of the British consul in Naples the following year, and resumed their travels in 1826 before returning to Scotland. The couple had two daughters and three sons. His daughter Lady Charlotte Elliot (married name) was a published poet. Carnegie continued the estate improvements begun by his father and grandfather and slowly disencumbered the property of debts contracted in land purchases. He bought for £48,500 the grouse-shooting estate of Strachan, Kincardineshire, and for £9,000 the property of Baldovie, near Montrose.
Carnegie entered the British House of Commons in 1830 and sat as Member of Parliament (MP) for Aberdeen Burghs until the following year. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Forfarshire. In 1847, he petitioned the restoration of the forfeited titles Lord Carnegie and Earl of Southesk, however after assessment by the Committee of Privileges his claim was not followed up.
Carnegie left public life and devoted himself to his estates. He revived the Southesk peerage claim, but without success. He died at Kinnaird in January 1849. Administration of his personal estate was granted on 21 Apr. 1849 to his eldest son and successor James Carnegie (1827-1905), who in 1855 was raised to the peerage as 6th earl of Southesk after the reversal of the 1716 attainder of his distant kinsman the 5th earl
The tartan swatch was gifted to a member of the family and handed down through the family. Hand written details are on the back of the framed swatch. However, we feel that the swatch may actually be more later 19th century in date.