Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton

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A panel from the coach in which the 10th Earl travelled during the Mungo Campbell incident.
the outside facing side of the panel from the coach in which the 10th Earl travelled during the Mungo Campbell incident.

Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton (10 February 1723 – 25 October 1769), was a Scottish peer.

Eglinton was the son of the 9th Earl of Eglinton. His mother and third wife of the 9th Earl was Susanna Montgomery, Countess of Eglinton the renowned society beauty. He was the Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1750-51.

Alexander planned and built the conservation village of Eaglesham, Scotland in 1769 around the basic plan of a capital 'A'. The Earl introduced the young James Boswell to the joys of London society in the early 1760s, and figures prominently in Boswells London Journal, 1762-63.

The Earl was shot on the beach near his own estate of Ardrossan by an excise officer or Gaudger (Scots) named Mungo Campbell on 24 October 1769 following a dispute about the latter's right to bear arms on the Earl's grounds.[1] The Earl died from his abdominal wounds.[2] late that evening. Campbell was convicted of murder but died by his own hand before the sentence could be carried out.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Trial of Mungo Campbell for the Murder of Alexander Earl of Eglintoun. (1770). London. Page 2
  2. ^ The Trial of Mungo Campbell, page 3, D. Wilson & G. Nicol (publ.); London: 1770
  3. ^ Account of the murder of the 10th Earl of Eglinton

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Masonic offices
Preceded by
Lord Erskine
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

1750 – 1751
Succeeded by
The Earl of Erroll
Court offices
Preceded by
New government
Lord of the Bedchamber
1760–1767
Succeeded by
The Lord Botetourt
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Alexander Montgomerie
Earl of Eglinton
1729–1769
Succeeded by
Archibald Montgomerie