Arthur Kinnaird, 10th Lord Kinnaird

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"Piety and Banking". Caricature by Ape published in Vanity Fair in 1876

Arthur FitzGerald Kinnaird, 10th Lord Kinnaird (8 July 1814 – 26 April 1887), was a Scottish banker and Liberal politician.

Early life and interests[edit]

Kinnaird was a younger son of Charles Kinnaird, 8th Lord Kinnaird, and Lady Olivia Letitia Catherine, daughter of William FitzGerald, 2nd Duke of Leinster.

He rose to become managing partner of Ransome, Bouverie & Co., a banking firm. He continued in this role once he was elected to Parliament.[1] In 1868, he was elected as President of the National Bible Society of Scotland after the resignation of George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll.[2]

He was a keen farmer and, in 1862, installed a Turkish bath for cattle at his Millhill Farm at Inchture, raising the temperature higher than usual, and successfully using it in the treatment of distemper.[3]

Political career[edit]

Kinnaird sat as Member of Parliament for Perth from 1837 to 1839 and again from 1852 to 1878 for the Whigs.[4] He was an avid supporter of Prime Minister Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, which led to him being nicknamed "Palmerston's shadow".[1] During his time in office, he was known for his desire to seek more representation for Scotland within Parliament.[5] In 1878 he succeeded his elder brother in the Scottish lordship as well as in the barony of Kinnaird, and took his seat in the House of Lords.[6]

Lord Kinnaird married Mary Jane (Hoare) Kinnaird (1816–1888), daughter of William Henry Hoare, in 1843. They had seven children out of whom six grew to adulthood: Frederica Georgina (1845–1929), Arthur Fitzgerald (1847–1923), Louisa Elizabeth (1848–1926), Agneta Olivia (1850–1940), Gertrude Mary (1853–1931), and Emily Cecilia (1855–1947). They settled in London and every Wednesday they would invite discussion on philanthropic projects. They raised funds for the Lock Hospital and Asylum which she and her husband supported. He was a strong supporter of women's suffrage, but his wife felt that this was not in keeping with her idea of a woman's role. She did not speak in public but it is speculated that she wrote his speeches.[7]

In 1847, Kinnaird represented the British Association for the Relief of Distress in Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland, in distributing relief to the Scottish poor.[8] He was treasurer of the Highland Emigration Fund [9]

In 1856 he and their five children went to live above the bank where he worked in Pall Mall East This new home became another centre for good works.[7]

Lord Kinnaird died in April 1887, aged 72, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Arthur Fitzgerald. Lady Kinnaird died the following year.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sketch of the Hon. Arthur Kinnaird". Dundee Advertiser (642). British Newspaper Archive. 19 May 1863. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  2. ^ "News". Berkshire Chronicle. XLV (302). British Newspaper Archive. 1 February 1868. p. 6. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  3. ^ Manual of the Turkish bath. London: Churchill. 1865. pp. 367 et seq.
  4. ^ * Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Arthur Kinnaird, 10th Lord Kinnaird
  5. ^ "The Hon. Arthur Kinnaird". The Evening Telegraph (265). British Newspaper Archive. 15 January 1878. p. 2. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Mr Arthur Kinnaird and the Peerage". The Evening Telegraph (267). British Newspaper Archive. 17 January 1878. p. 2. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
  7. ^ a b Jane Garnett, ‘Kinnaird , Mary Jane, Lady Kinnaird (1816–1888)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 31 May 2017
  8. ^ Christine Kinealy (10 October 2013). Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: The Kindness of Strangers. A&C Black. ISBN 978-1-4411-1758-8.
  9. ^ The Times, Thursday, 3 June 1852; pg. 2; Issue 21132; Col D: (Appeal for Subscriptions)

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