James Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife

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The Duke of Fife
3rd Duke of Fife.jpg
Portrait by Allan Warren, 1985
Born (1929-09-23) 23 September 1929 (age 84)
Tenure 26 February 1959 – present
Predecessor Princess Alexandra of Fife
Spouse(s) Caroline Dewar (m. 1956–66)
Issue Lady Alexandra Etherington
David Carnegie, Earl of Southesk
Parents Charles Carnegie, 11th Earl of Southesk
Princess Maud of Fife

James George Alexander Bannerman Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife[1] (born 23 September 1929) is a great-grandson of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. He is the first person in the line of succession to the British throne who is not a descendant of King George V. As a cognatic great-grandson of a British sovereign, he does not carry out royal and official duties or receive any funds from the Civil List. The Duke of Fife is the second cousin to Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Harald V of Norway. Through his maternal grandfather, he is also a descendant of William IV of the United Kingdom and his mistress Dorothea Jordan, and a distant cousin of David Cameron.

Early life[edit]

The Duke is the only son of the 11th Earl of Southesk (1893–1992) and his wife, Princess Maud of Fife (1893–1945), the younger daughter of the 1st Duke of Fife and Louise, Princess Royal.

The Duke was educated at Ludgrove, Gordonstoun School, and at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He served with the Scots Guards in Malaya in 1948–50. He served as vice patron of the Braemar Royal Highland Society and of the British Olympic Association.

Duke of Fife[edit]

The Dukedom of Fife was first granted to the Duke's grandfather, the 6th Earl Fife, in 1889 by Queen Victoria upon his marriage to Princess Louise of Wales, the eldest daughter of The Prince of Wales. The 1st Duke of Fife received a fresh patent as Duke of Fife and Earl of Macduff in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in April 1900, with special remainder to his daughters by Princess Louise and their male issue. As the Duke and Princess Louise only had two surviving daughters, the title went to Princess Alexandra of Fife (later Princess Arthur of Connaught).

On 26 February 1959, he succeeded his maternal aunt, Princess Arthur of Connaught, Duchess of Fife, as the 3rd Duke of Fife and Earl of Macduff (Princess Arthur's only child, Alastair, 2nd Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, had predeceased her).

He succeeded his father as 12th Earl of Southesk, as well as chief of the Clan Carnegie, on 16 February 1992.

He lives at the family estate Elsick House, near Stonehaven in Kincardineshire.


The Duke in front of Elsick House
(photograph by Allan Warren, 1984)

On 11 September 1956, the then Lord Carnegie married The Hon. Caroline Dewar (born 12 February 1934), the elder daughter of the 3rd Baron Forteviot. They divorced in 1966.

The marriage produced three children:[2]

  • Stillborn son (4 April 1958)
  • The Lady Alexandra Clare Carnegie (born 20 June 1959) m. London 11 May 2001 Mark Fleming Etherington, and has issue.
  • David Charles Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (born 3 March 1961), styled Earl of Macduff (by courtesy) from birth until his paternal grandfather's death 16 February 1992, thereafter styled Earl of Southesk; m. 16 July 1987 Caroline Anne Bunting (born 13 November 1961); and has issue.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • The Hon. James Carnegie (1929–1941)
  • Lord Carnegie (1941 – 26 February 1959)
  • His Grace The Duke of Fife (since 26 February 1959)

Other titles[edit]

  • 12th Earl of Southesk (Peerage of Scotland)
  • 3rd Earl of Macduff (Peerage of the United Kingdom)
  • 12th Lord Carnegie of Kinnaird (Peerage of Scotland)
  • 12th Lord Carnegie, of Kinnaird and Leuchars (Peerage of Scotland)
  • 4th Baron Balinhard of Farnell in the County of Forfar (Peerage of the United Kingdom)
  • 9th Carnegie Baronet (Baronetage of Nova Scotia)



See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Brown (1 September 1995). "DNA Proves Bones Belong To Last Czar; Mystery of Nicholas's Missing Body Is Solved". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 January 2011. "The other was a distant cousin, James GAB Carnegie, the third Duke of Fife, of Scotland..." 
  2. ^ thePeerage.com http://www.thepeerage.com/p10160.htm#i101598

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Princess Arthur of Connaught
Duke of Fife
2nd creation
Heir Apparent:
David Carnegie, Earl of Southesk
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Charles Alexander Carnegie
Earl of Southesk
Heir Apparent:
David Carnegie, Earl of Southesk
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
His Grace The Duke of Westminster
His Grace The Duke of Fife
Succeeded by
Earl of Ulster
Lines of succession
Preceded by
Maximilian Lascelles
Line of succession to the British Throne
grandson of Louise, daughter of Edward VII
Succeeded by
Earl of Southesk