James Carr-Boyle, 5th Earl of Glasgow
Captain James Carr-Boyle, 5th Earl of Glasgow (10 April 1792 – 11 March 1869), styled Viscount of Kelburn until 1843, was a British naval commander and politician.
Military and political career
Many wealthy aristocrats have been devoted to racing, but few have ever had so little success as Lord Glasgow, whose lifelong love affair with the turf left him with little to show by way of either prize money or prized studs. Part of the problem was Glasgow's boneheaded reluctance to give any of his horses names until they had proved themselves by winning races, a habit that naturally caused great confusion in the stables. On the evening before one event, according to anecdote, "he was induced to Christen three, and the following were the names under which they ran: 'Give-Him-a-Name', 'He-Hasn't-Got-a-Name', 'He-Isn't-Worth-a-Name'.
Glasgow also proved obstinately devoted to several bloodlines "of proved uselessness", and his notoriously vile temper hindered plans for the long-term development of the few promising animals he did possess. It was not unknown for him to order that horses that had failed to live up to expectations on the daily gallops be shot on the spot. His record, one despairing trainer noted, was six summary executions in a single morning. A keen huntsman, the eccentric Earl proved equally dangerous over timber. When unable to flush out any foxes, he was quite likely to arbitrarily designate one of his own huntsmen as the quarry and relentlessly pursue the unfortunate man across the countryside for miles.
Lord Glasgow married Georgina Ann, daughter of Edward Hay-Mackenzie, in 1821. He died in March 1869, aged 76, and was succeeded in the earldom by his half-brother, George. Lady Glasgow died in March 1895. As of 1861, the couple resided at Hawkhead House, Paisley.
- Profile at ThePeerage.com
- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
- ThePeerage.com, ibid.
- New Orleans Bee, 6 January 1912
- Donaldson, William, Brewer's Rogues, Villains and Eccentrics, p. 284
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Glasgow
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Ayrshire
|Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire
Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart, Bt
|Peerage of Scotland|
|Earl of Glasgow
George Frederick Boyle