William Duff, 1st Earl Fife

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William Duff, 1st Earl Fife (1696 – 30 September 1763) was a Scottish peer.

The son of William Duff of Dipple, in 1719 he married Janet Ogilvie, daughter of James Ogilvy, 4th Earl of Findlater. She died in 1720 and in 1723 he married Jean Grant, daughter of Sir James Grant, Bt. He inherited substantial estates from his father on his death in 1722.

He was Member of Parliament for Banffshire from 1727–34, and was created Lord Braco of Kilbryde in the Peerage of Ireland on 28 July 1735, and Earl Fife and Viscount Macduff, also in the peerage of Ireland, by letters patent dated 26 April 1759, after proving his descent from Macduff, Earl of Fife.

He commissioned the construction of Duff House in Banff in 1740.


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Alexander Abercromby
Member of Parliament for Banffshire
1727 – 1734
Succeeded by
James Abercromby
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Earl Fife
1759 – 1763
Succeeded by
James Duff
Baron Braco
1735 – 1763