Robert Jardine

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Jardine as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, August 1890

Sir Robert Jardine, 1st Baronet (24 May 1825 – 17 February 1905) was a Scottish businessman and Liberal politician


Jardine was born at Edinburgh the son of David Jardine of Muir House, Lockerbie, Dumfries and his wife Rachel Johnstone. In 1865 he became head of Jardine, Matheson and Co., one of the largest Far East trading houses based in Hong Kong.[1]

At the general election in July 1865, Jardine was elected as Member of parliament (MP) for Ashburton in Devon[2] where his uncle William Jardine had been an earlier MP. The Ashburton constituency was abolished at the 1868 general election and he was elected instead at Dumfries Burghs.[3] In 1874 he changed seat again and stood unsuccessfully for Dumfriesshire. However he was elected at the next election in March 1880[4] and held the seat until he stood down at the 1892 general election.[5] Jardine was created 1st Baronet Jardine, of Castlemilk, Dumfries in June 1885.[6][7] He was J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant of Perthshire. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.[8]

Jardine lived at Castle Milk, Lockerbie. He died aged 79.

Jardine married Margaret Seton Hamilton, daughter of John Buchanan Hamilton, and sister and heiress of John Hamilton-Buchanan, Chief of Clan Buchanan. in April 1867. His wife died a year later.[6]

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  1. ^ the
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 30. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  3. ^ Craig, op. cit., page 537
  4. ^ Craig, op. cit., page 581
  5. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 535. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  6. ^ a b "Additional Honours and Appointments". London Standard. British Newspaper Archive. 30 June 1885. Retrieved 6 July 2014. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "No. 25490". The London Gazette. 14 July 1885. p. 3239. 
  8. ^ Debretts Guide to the House of Commons 1886

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Harvey Astell
Member of Parliament for Ashburton
Constituency abolished
see South Devon & East Devon
Preceded by
William Ewart
Member of Parliament for Dumfries Burghs
Succeeded by
Ernest Noel
Preceded by
John Hope-Johnstone
Member of Parliament for Dumfriesshire
Succeeded by
William Jardine Herries Maxwell