Charles Carmichael Lacaita

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Charles Carmichael Lacaita (1853 - 17 July 1933) was a British botanist and Liberal politician.

Lacaita was the only son of Sir James Philip Lacaita and his wife Maria Clavering Gibson-Carmichael daughter of Sir Thomas Gibson-Carmichael. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1879. He was Assistant Private Secretary to Earl Granville in 1885.[1]

At the 1885 general election, Lacaita was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Dundee.[2] He was re-elected in 1886,[3] and resigned his seat on 7 February 1888 by the procedural device of acceoting the post of Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds.[4]

Lacaita was a botanist of note. He lived at Horsley near Leatherhead and later at Selham, West Sussex.[5] Lacaita died at the age of 80. Lacaita married Mary Annabel Doyle, daughter of Sir Francis Hastings Doyle. Lacaita had nineteen plant species named after him.


  1. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 495. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 25609. p. 3504. 20 July 1886.
  4. ^ Department of Information Services (14 January 2010). "Appointments to the Chiltern Hundreds and Manor of Northstead Stewardships since 1850" (PDF). House of Commons Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2010. 
  5. ^ New York Times Digging for Darwin 15 May 2009
  6. ^ IPNI.  Lacaita. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Armitstead
Edmund Robertson
Member of Parliament for Dundee
With: Edmund Robertson
Succeeded by
Joseph Firth
Edmund Robertson