Sir James Macdonald, 2nd Baronet

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Sir James Macdonald, 2nd Baronet, GCMG (14 February 1784 – 29 June 1832) was a British politician. He sat in the House of Commons between 1805 and 1832.

Macdonald was born 14 February 1784, the eldest and only surviving son of Sir Archibald Macdonald, a Baron of the Exchequer, by Lady Louisa, the eldest daughter of Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford. With the support of his uncle, George Leveson-Gower, 2nd Marquess of Sutherland (later first duke), Macdonald was first elected to parliament at the by-election for the Tain Burghs in 1805. He then successfully contested the seats of Newcastle-under-Lyme at the general election of 1806, Sutherland at the general election of 1812, the Calne by-election of 1816 (and subsequent elections) and Hampshire at the general election of 1831.

Macdonald's father created a baronet on his retirement in 1813 and on his death in 1826, James inherited the title. Sir James was persuaded to accept the office of Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands, in the hope that the climate of the Mediterranean would improve his poor health. He was appointed to the office on 2 June 1832 and immediately gave up his Hampshire seat in the Commons. He was gazetted a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George on 22 June, the same day of the subsequent Hampshire by-election. He dined at his father-in-law's at Berkeley Square on 27 June but fell ill the next day and died of cholera on the 29th at Spring Gardens, without having set sail for Corfu or being invested as a knight.


Sir James was married three times: firstly on 5 September 1805 to Elizabeth, daughter of John Sparrow, of Bishton Hall, Staffordshire, no issue; secondly on 10 August 1819 to Lady Sophia Keppel, eldest daughter of William Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle; they had two sons, Archibald Keppel Macdonald (1820-1901) and Granville (1821-1831). Lady Sophia died on 29 September 1824 and Sir James married on 20 April 1826 Anne Charlotte, daughter of Rev. John Saville Ogle, of Kirkley Hall, Northumberland.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Hon. John Villiers
Member of Parliament for Tain Burghs
Succeeded by
John Randoll Mackenzie
Preceded by
Sir Robert Lawley
Edward Wilbraham Bootle
Member of Parliament for Newcastle-under-Lyme
With: Edward Wilbraham Bootle
Succeeded by
Earl Gower
Sir John Boughey, Bt
Preceded by
George Macpherson-Grant
Member of Parliament for Sutherland
Succeeded by
George Macpherson-Grant
Preceded by
Joseph Jekyll
Hon. James Abercromby
Member of Parliament for Calne
With: Hon. James Abercromby to 1830
Thomas Babington Macaulay from 1830
Succeeded by
Charles Richard Fox
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Preceded by
John Willis Fleming
Sir William Heathcote, Bt
Member of Parliament for Hampshire
With: Charles Shaw-Lefevre
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Baring, Bt
Charles Shaw-Lefevre
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Adam
Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands
Succeeded by
Sir Alexander Woodford
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Archibald Macdonald
(of East Sheen)
Succeeded by
Archibald Macdonald