Sir David Gilmour, 4th Baronet

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The Hon. Sir David Robert Gilmour, 4th Baronet FRSL (born 14 November 1952) is a British author.


Sir David Robert Gilmour, 4th Baronet, is the eldest son of Ian Gilmour, Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar, 3rd Baronet, and Lady Caroline Margaret Montagu-Douglas-Scott, the youngest daughter of the 8th Duke of Buccleuch. HRH Princess Margaret was his sponsor at his christening.[1] He became the 4th baronet on the death of his father in 2007.

Gilmour was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.

Gilmour is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL) and former Research Fellow of St Antony's College Oxford. He is a historian and biographer.

He has also reviewed for publications such as the London Review of Books, the Financial Times, Corriere della Sera, the Times Literary Supplement, the Spectator, the Independent on Sunday, and the New York Review of Books.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He married Sarah Anne Bradstock, only daughter of Michael Hilary George Bradstock on 27 September 1975. They have four children:

  • Rachel Ann Caroline Gilmour (21 December 1977)
  • Alexander Ian Michael Gilmour (19 February 1980)
  • Katharine Victoria Mary Gilmour (1984)
  • Laura Elizabeth Rose Gilmour (1985)


  • Dispossessed. The Ordeal of the Palestinians 1917-1980, (1980)
  • Lebanon: The Fractured Country, (1983)
  • The Transformation of Spain: from Franco to the Constitutional Monarchy,[3] (1985)
  • The Last Leopard: A Life of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, (1988, new edition by Eland published in 2007)
  • The Hungry Generations, (1991)
  • Cities of Spain, (1992)
  • Curzon (1994) Duff Cooper Prize, shortlisted for Whitbread Prize, Saltire Prize and Marsh Biography Award
  • The French and their Revolution (ed), (1988)
  • Paris & Elsewhere (ed), (1998)
  • The Long Recessional: The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling (2002) (Elizabeth Longford Historical Biography Prize 2003)
  • The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj (2005)
  • The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples (2011), excerpt
  • The British In India: A Social History of the Raj (2018)

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ [1],'s About the Author
  3. ^ Startling Normality, (favourable) book review by Kenneth Maxwell, New York Times, 29 December 1985, accessed 29 June 2008

External links[edit]

Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ian Gilmour
(of Liberton and Craigmillar)