Algernon Keith-Falconer, 9th Earl of Kintore

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Kintore
PC, GCMG
Algernon Keith-Falconer.jpg
12th Governor of South Australia
In office
11 April 1889 – 10 April 1895
Monarch Queen Victoria
Premier Thomas Playford II (1889)
John Cockburn (1889-90)
Thomas Playford II (1890-92)
Frederick Holder (1892)
Sir John Downer (1892-93)
Charles Kingston (1893-95)
Preceded by Sir William Robinson
Succeeded by Sir Thomas Buxton
Personal details
Nationality British

Algernon Hawkins Thomond Keith-Falconer, 9th Earl of Kintore PC, GCMG (12 August 1852 – 3 March 1930), was a British politician and colonial governor.

Background and education[edit]

Born at Lixmount House, near Edinburgh, Keith-Falconer was the eldest son of Francis Keith Falconer, 8th Earl of Kintore and his wife Louisa Madaleine, née Hawkins.[1] He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1880, Lord Kintore was unsuccessful Conservative candidate for Chelsea. Also in 1880, he succeeded his father's titles after his death. He was appointed First Government Whip in the House of Lords in 1885 and was a Lord-in-Waiting from 1885 to 1886 and from 1895 to 1905. One year after his appointment, he became a member of the Privy Council. In 1913 he was made Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.

Governor of South Australia[edit]

Lord Kintore was Governor of South Australia between 1889 and 10 April 1895. He arrived with his family at Adelaide in South Australia on 11 April 1889 aboard the Orient and was formally welcomed by the administrator, Chief Justice Samuel Way, who later resigned as Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of South Australia in his favour. He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) on his appointment.

Freemasonry[edit]

He was a freemason. During his term as Governor (1889-1895), he was also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Australia.[3]

Later life[edit]

In early 1901 he was asked by King Edward to take part in a special diplomatic mission to announce the King´s accession to the governments of Denmark, Sweden and Norway, Russia, Germany, and Saxony.[4]

He was also a Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Italy, a 1st Class Order of the Red Eagle of Prussia, a Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ of Portugal and a Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star of Sweden.

In 1911, Kintore was presented with a royal gift cigarette case by Prince Ferdinand of Bavaria,(1884-1958). A century later, the gift featured in the Christies London sale, SALE 7970 —IMPORTANT JEWELS held on 8 June 2011. [5]

Family[edit]

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.[6]

He died on 3 March 1930 aged 77 at 10 Park Place, St James Street, London, of acute bronchitis and periurethral abscess. He was interred on 7 March 1930 at Keith Hall, Inverurie, Aberdeen, survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. He was succeeded on the earldom by his second but only surviving son, Arthur. Kintore's daughter Lady Ethel Sydney Keith-Falconer, wife of John Baird, 1st Viscount Stonehaven, eventually inherited the earldom.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lodge, Edmund (1858). The Peerage Of The British Empire. Oxford University. p. 334. 
  2. ^ "Inverurie, Lord Algernon Hawkins Thomond (INVY870AH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ http://kenthenderson.com.au/m_papers03.html
  4. ^ "The King - the special Embassies" The Times (London). Saturday, 23 March 1901. (36410), p. 12.
  5. ^ "AN EARLY 20TH CENTURY ROYAL PRESENTATION CIGARETTE CASE, BY CARTIER". Christies. 
  6. ^ 9th Earl of Kintore at thePeerage.com http://www.thepeerage.com/p22278.htm#i222777
Party political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Lathom
Conservative Chief Whip in the Lords
1885–1889
Succeeded by
The Earl of Limerick
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Dalhousie
Lord-in-Waiting
1885–1886
Succeeded by
The Lord Camoys
Preceded by
The Lord Monson
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1886–1889
Succeeded by
The Earl of Limerick
Preceded by
The Lord Henniker
Lord-in-Waiting
1895–1905
Succeeded by
The Earl of Granard
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir William Robinson
Governor of South Australia
1889–1895
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Buxton
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Francis Alexander Keith-Falconer
Earl of Kintore
1880–1930
Succeeded by
Arthur George Keith-Falconer