James Alexander, 3rd Earl of Caledon

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James Du Pre Alexander, 3rd Earl of Caledon (27 July 1812 – 30 June 1855), styled Viscount Alexander from birth until 1839, was a soldier and politician.

Born into an Ulster-Scots aristocratic family in London, he was the son of The 2nd Earl of Caledon and Lady Catherine Yorke. He was educated from 1824 to 1828 at Eton College and then at Christ Church, Oxford. He was appointed High Sheriff of Armagh in 1836[1] and was Member of Parliament for Tyrone between 1837 and 1839. He succeeded to the title of Earl of Caledon on the death of his father on 8 April 1839. He was then elected to the House of Lords as a Representative Peer for Ireland in 1841. He gained the rank of captain in the service of the Coldstream Guards and was Colonel of the Tyrone Militia.

He married Lady Jane Frederica Harriot Mary Grimston, daughter of James Walter Grimston, 1st Earl of Verulam and Lady Charlotte Jenkinson, on 4 September 1845 at St. Michael's, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, and had issue:

Lord Caledon died at the age of 42 at his house in Carlton House Terrace, London, on 30 June 1855 and was buried at Caledon in County Tyrone, Ireland. Lady Caledon died on 30 March 1888.


  1. ^ "High Sheriffs 1714-1857". Newry and Louth Advertiser. 10 August 1857. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Lowry-Corry
Lord Claud Hamilton
Member of Parliament for Tyrone
1837 – 1839
With: Henry Lowry-Corry
Succeeded by
Henry Lowry-Corry
Lord Claud Hamilton
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Du Pre Alexander
Earl of Caledon
1839 – 1855
Succeeded by
James Alexander