James Merry (Scottish politician)

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Caricature of James Merry. Anonymous, circa 1860

James Merry (1805 – 3 February 1877 ) was a Scottish ironmaster and race-horse breeder and a Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1859 to 1874.

Merry was the son of James Merry, merchant of Glasgow, and his wife Janet Creelman daughter of W. Creelman. He was educated at the University of Glasgow and became an ironmaster in Lanarkshire and Ayrshire. He was an influential member of "the Turf", and breeder of some of the best English race-horses including Thormanby which won the Derby in 1860, Dundee, Buckstone and Scottish Chief. He also won the Derby in 1873 with Doncaster. He was a Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Inverness-shire'[1]

Merry stood unsuccessfully for parliament at Glasgow in February 1857. He was elected MP for Falkirk Burghs in April 1857 but was unseated on petition the following July. At the 1859 general election Merry was elected MP for Falkirk Burghs and held the seat until 1874.[2]

In 1857 Merry bought the Belladrum Estate, near Beauly.

Merry died at the age of 70.

Merry married Ann McHardy, daughter of James McHardy of Glenboig, Lanarkshire in 1847.[1]

Merry Island, off the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, is named for Merry.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Baird
Member of Parliament for Falkirk Burghs
18591857
Succeeded by
John Hamilton
Preceded by
John Hamilton
Member of Parliament for Falkirk Burghs
18591874
Succeeded by
John Ramsay