CARNEGIE, John (c.1680-1750), of Boysack, Forfar.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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1708 - 22 June 1716

Family and Education

b. c.1680, s. of John Carnegie of Boysack by Jane, da. of David Fotheringham of Powrie, Forfar. educ. adv. 1703. m. 6 Nov. 1707, Margaret, da. of James Skene of Grange, Fife, 2s. suc. fa. Apr. 1681.

Offices Held

Solicitor-gen. [S] Mar.-Sept. 1714.


Re-elected unopposed in 1715, Carnegie was expelled from the House of Commons in 1716 for taking part in the rebellion. He fled to France, remaining abroad till 1726 when, finding his private affairs ‘in great confusion’, he returned to Scotland, where he was suspected by the Jacobites of being the agent of Lord Mar, who had recently been dismissed as the Pretender’s secretary of state. He denied this, assuring the Pretender (14 Sept. 1726): ‘I never wrote once to Lord Mar these three years past ... I am attached to nobody but you and you only’. He died before 14 May 1750, when his son was served as heir.1

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: Eveline Cruickshanks


  • 1. Stuart mss 48/86, 97/40; Lockhart Pprs. ii. 293-4, 309.