Earl of Inchcape

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Earl of Inchcape is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[1] It was created in 1929 for the Scottish shipping magnate and public servant James Mackay, 1st Viscount Inchcape.

He was Chairman of the P and O Steam Navigation Company. Mackay had already been created Baron Inchcape, of Strathnaver in the County of Sutherland, in 1911,[2] Viscount Inchcape, of Strathnaver in the County of Sutherland, in 1924,[3] and was made Viscount Glenapp, of Strathnaver in the County of Sutherland, at the same time as he was given the earldom. These titles are also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. He was succeeded by his son, the second Earl. He was President of P & O Banking Corporation and a director of P & O Steam Navigation Company. He married as his second wife Dayang Leonora Margaret, eldest daughter of Vyner, the Rajah of Sarawak. Lord Inchcape was succeeded by his son from his first marriage, the third Earl. He was Executive Chairman of Inchcape plc from 1958 to 1982, a director of the BP from 1965 to 1983 and President of the General Council of British Shipping from 1976 to 1977. As of 2014 the titles are held by his son, the fourth Earl, who succeeded in 1994.

Elsie Mackay was the daughter of the first Earl. Simon Mackay, Baron Tanlaw, is the only son from the second marriage of the second Earl of Inchcape.

The family seat is Carlock House, near Ballantrae, Ayrshire. The former family seat was Glenapp Castle, which is currently a luxury hotel, and which was sold by the Inchcape family in 1982, having been acquired by the 1st Earl of Inchcape in 1917. The present Earl of Inchcape, however, still owns the Glenapp Estate.

Earls of Inchcape (1929)[edit]

Married Leonora Brooke, daughter of White Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke and Sylvia Brett, Ranee of Sarawak on 1 June 1933.[4]
Succeeded his father in 1939 while still at the University of Cambridge. Served with the 12th Royal Lancers as part of the British Expeditionary Force. Married Mrs. Pixie Hannay, widow of an R.A.F. officer killed in May 1940 during World War II.[5]

The heir apparent is the present holder's only son Fergus James Kenneth Mackay, Viscount Glenapp (b. 1979).

See also[edit]


  • Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990.
  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33509. p. 4189. 25 June 1929.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 28512. p. 5169. 11 July 1911.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32900. p. 684. 22 January 1924.
  4. ^ "Lord Inchcape". Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette (British Newspaper Archive). 17 May 1933. p. 6. Retrieved 20 September 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Lord Inchcape to Wed Yorks Widow of R.A.F. pilot". Yorkshire Evening Post (British Newspaper Archive). 7 February 1941. p. 6. Retrieved 22 September 2014. (subscription required (help)). 

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