Lawrence Dundas, 1st Marquess of Zetland

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The Marquess of Zetland

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Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
In office
30 July 1889 – 18 August 1892
Prime MinisterThe Marquess of Salisbury
Preceded byThe Marquess of Londonderry
Succeeded byThe Lord Houghton
Personal details
Born(1844-08-16)16 August 1844
Died11 March 1929(1929-03-11) (aged 84)
Aske Hall, Yorkshire
Political partyLiberals
Spouse(s)Lady Lilian Lumley
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge

Lawrence Dundas, 1st Marquess of Zetland KT PC (16 August 1844 – 11 March 1929), known as Lawrence Dundas until 1873 and as the Earl of Zetland from 1873 to 1892, was a British Conservative statesman. He was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1889 and 1892.

Background, education and military service[edit]

He was born in London, the son of the Hon. John Charles Dundas, younger son of Lawrence Dundas, 1st Earl of Zetland (Zetland is an archaic spelling of Shetland). His mother was Margaret Matilda, daughter of James Talbit. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge,[1] being commissioned as a Cornet in the Royal Horse Guards in 1866.

Political career[edit]

By 1869 a Lieutenant, Zetland retired from the British Army in 1872 and was elected Member of Parliament for Richmond, North Yorkshire that same year. However, he sat in the House of Commons for less than a year before succeeding his uncle as third Earl of Zetland. A Lord in Waiting from May to September 1880, Lord Zetland subsequently moved from supporting the Liberals to joining the Conservative Party in 1884. In 1889 he was sent to Ireland as Lord Lieutenant. The same year he was appointed a Knight of the Order of Saint Patrick (KP).[2] In the post he proved both successful and popular, and remained there until the Liberals returned to power in 1892. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1889 and in 1892, on Lord Salisbury's recommendation, he was created Earl of Ronaldshay, in the County of Orkney and Zetland, and Marquess of Zetland.

In the 1890s Lord Zetland became more involved in local politics, becoming an alderman on the North Riding of Yorkshire County Council in 1894 and being elected Mayor of Richmond in 1895 and 1896. In 1900 he was made a Knight of the Thistle. A freemason like his uncle and grandfather, Zetland was the society's provincial Grand Master in the North and East Riding of Yorkshire from 1874 to 1923. He was also an enthusiastic sportsman, and was Master of the Zetland Hunt for thirty-five years.


Lord Zetland married Lady Lilian Selina Elizabeth Lumley, daughter of Richard Lumley, 9th Earl of Scarbrough, in 1871. He died in March 1929, aged 84, at Aske Hall, Yorkshire, and was buried there. His eldest surviving son Lawrence succeeded him. The Marchioness of Zetland died in December 1943. They had five children:


  1. ^ "Dundas, Lawrence (DNDS862L)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ [1]


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Roundell Palmer
Member of Parliament for Richmond
1872 – 1873
Succeeded by
Hon. John Dundas
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Dunmore
Succeeded by
The Earl of Dalhousie
Preceded by
The Marquess of Londonderry
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
1889 – 1892
Succeeded by
The Lord Houghton
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Marquess of Zetland
1892 – 1929
Succeeded by
Lawrence Dundas
Preceded by
Thomas Dundas
Earl of Zetland
1873 – 1929