William Scarlett, 3rd Baron Abinger

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The Lord Abinger
Born (1826-08-30)30 August 1826
Abinger, England
Died 16 January 1892(1892-01-16) (aged 65)
Fort William, Scotland
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Rank Lieutenant General

Crimean War

Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
The building today known as Inverlochy Castle Hotel was listed as Scarlett's main home at the time of admission into university.

Lieutenant General William Frederick Scarlett, 3rd Baron Abinger CB, DL (30 August 1826 – 16 January 1892) was a British peer and soldier.


Lord Abinger was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[1]

Military career[edit]

He became a Captain of the Scots Fusilier Guards regiment of the British Army. He served in the Crimean War fighting between 1854 and 1855 in the battles of Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman.

Scarlett succeeded his father Robert Scarlett, 2nd Baron Abinger, in 1861. He visited the United States during the American Civil War[2] He was promoted to Major in 1868, with promotions through the ranks at intervals of six, three and five years.[1]

In the 1877 Birthday Honours, Lord Abinger was appointed to the Order of the Bath as a Companion (CB).[3]


In 1863 he married Helen Magruder, daughter of Commodore George Allan Magruder, of the United States Navy. They had one son, James. Their daughter Evelina, who married Major Henry Haverfield, was a suffragette and an aid worker during World War I.[4] One of the two main family estates at this time (the other being the house that is today Inverlochy Castle Hotel) was Abinger Hall, at the foot of the North Downs in Abinger, Surrey. The third baron sold it in 1867 to a Mr Gwynne, who soon thereafter sold it to become the family seat of the statistician recently created first Lord Farrer, who rebuilt the house on that land.[5]

Scarlett's first cousin once removed (downward), James Williams Scarlett, son of Sir William Anglin Scarlett, purchased the isle of Gigha, off the coast of Argyll, for £49,000 in 1865. His son, Lieutenant-Colonel William James Scarlett, then built the mansion house of Achamore there. Gigha remained in the family's hands until 1919.[6]

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1826-1844: Mr William Scarlett
  • 1844-1861: The Honourable William Scarlett
  • 1861-1877: The Right Honourable The Lord Abinger
  • 1877-1896: The Right Honourable The Lord Abinger CB

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Campbell Scarlett
Baron Abinger
Succeeded by
James Yorke Macgregor Scarlett


  1. ^ a b "Scarlett, the Hon. William Frederick (SCRT845WF)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Congress, Library of. "Falmouth, Va. Lord Abinger (William F. Scarlett, 3d Baron Abinger, Lt. Col. Scots Fusilier Guards) and group at headquarters, Army of the Potomac". Photographs from the main eastern theater of War, Burnside and Hooker,November 1862 – April 1863. Library of Congress. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 24467". The London Gazette. 2 June 1877. p. 3497. 
  4. ^ Crawford, Elizabeth (September 2004). "Haverfield , Evelina (1867–1920)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  5. ^ 'Parishes: Abinger' A History of the County of Surrey: Volume 3, ed. H E Malden (London, 1911), pp. 129–134. Accessed 26 March 2015.
  6. ^ Haswell-Smith (2004) p. 39.
  • Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  • Williamson, David (1995). "William Scarlett, 3rd Baron Abinger". Debrett's Peerage & Baronetage. London: Debrett's Peerage Ltd. 

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