William Carnegie, 8th Earl of Northesk

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William Hopetoun Carnegie, 8th Earl of Northesk (1794–1878) was born the son of Admiral William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk and Mary Ricketts on 16 October 1794. He died on 5 December 1878 at age 84.

The University College London, Legacies of British Slave-ownership, two projects based at UCL tracing the impact of slave-ownership on the formation of modern Britain:[1] (the ESRC-funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project, now complete, and the ESRC and AHRC-funded Structure and significance of British Caribbean slave-ownership 1763-1833, running from 2013-2015), highlight that, William Hopetoun Carnegie, 8th Earl of Northesk, benefited from the compensation paid out following the abolition of slavery in 1833. According to the record, he benefited from a payment of £3,529,8s,10d, an approximate £300,000 in 2015, made by the government of United Kingdom and Great Britain as recorded by the Slave Compensation Commission and the records held at the National Archives in London. The record containing the facts discovered can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/person/view/24187,[2] and the National Archive and the records of the Slave Compensation Commission.[3]

He married Georgiana Maria Elliot, daughter of Admiral Sir George Elliot and Eliza Cecilia Ness, on 14 February 1843 and had two children:

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
William Carnegie
Earl of Northesk
Succeeded by
George Carnegie