ABERCROMBY, James (1706-81), of Glasshaugh, Banff.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1734 - 1754

Family and Education

b. c.1706, 1st s. of Alexander Abercromby of Glasshaugh. m. Mary, da. of William Duff of Braco, sis. of William Duff, 1 surv. da.

Offices Held

2nd lt. 25 Ft. 1717, 30 Ft. 1724; capt. 1 Ft. 1736; lt.-gov. Stirling castle by 1739-d. ; maj. 1742; lt.-col. 1744; col. 1746; col. 50 Ft. 1755-6; maj.-gen. 1756; col. 44 Ft. 1756-d.; c.-in-c. America 1756-8; col. 60 Ft. 1757-8; lt.-gen. 1759; gen. 1772.


Returned by a brother-in-law, William Duff, later Lord Braco, Abercromby voted regularly with the Government. During the war of the Austrian succession he served as quartermaster general under General James St. Clair at L’Orient in 1746 and was wounded at Hulst in 1747. Classed as Old Whig in 1746 and ‘pro’ in 1747, he gave up his seat in 1754 to Lord Braco’s son, now of age. His military career was terminated by his defeat at Ticonderoga in 1758. He died 3 Apr. 1781.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Romney R. Sedgwick