Arthur Dalzell, 13th Earl of Carnwath

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Brigadier-General Arthur Edward Dalzell, 13th Earl of Carnwath, CB (25 December 1851 – 9 March 1941), was a British Army officer and a Representative Peer of Scotland. He was born into an old Scottish family.

Lord Carnwath was the fourth of five children born to Colonel the Honourable Robert Alexander George Dalzell (1816–1878) and Sarah Bushby Harris (1821–1916). His father was the fourth son of Robert Alexander Dalzell, 6th Earl of Carnwath, and his mother the daughter of John and Amelia Harris of Eldon House, London, Ontario, Canada.

In 1902 Arthur Dalzell married Muriel Wyndham Knatchbull (died 1958), and had two children:

  • Muriel Marjorie Dalzell (22 September 1903 – 18 February 1940), married Major John Norton Taylor in 1927
  • Arthur Robert Dalzell (11 March 1907 – 28 February 1909)

Receiving his education at East Sheen and Cheltenham, he joined the 12th or Suffolk Regiment as an Ensign in 1870. The following year he transferred to the 52nd (Oxfordshire) Regiment of Foot and was commissioned a lieutenant on 1 November 1871. He had become a supernumerary captain by March 1882, and made full captain on 7 October 1885.[1] While he served with his regiment in Malta he first saw active service in Upper Burma between 1891 and 1892. By now a Major, he was appointed as Inspector of Gymnasia in Bengal and Punjab he returned to his regular duties in 1896. Further promotions followed and he served in the Second Boer War, seeing action at Paardeberg and other campaigns during the conflict. He was made a Companion of the Bath on 29 November 1900 for his services there.[2]

Ultimately promoted to the position of honorary Brigadier-General, Dalzell served on the Western Front during World War I. Upon the death of his nephew, Ronald Arthur Dalzell, 12th Earl of Carnwath, in 1931 he succeeded to the peerage as Earl of Carnwath and was subsequently elected a Scottish Representative Peer in 1935. He died on 9 March 1941 at his country residence, Sand House, Wedmore, Somerset, England.


  1. ^ "No. 25517". The London Gazette. 6 October 1885. p. 4648. 
  2. ^ "No. 27306". The London Gazette. 19 April 1901. p. 2697. 
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Ronald Dalzell
Earl of Carnwath
Succeeded by