Lords Cathcart (1452)


1st Lord Cathcart, Alan Cathcart, b.?, a.1452, d.1497


Alan Cathcart received the territorial Barony of Cathcart in 1452. In 1484, he was Master of the Artillery and Warden of the West Marches.


2nd Lord Cathcart, John Cathcart, b.?, a.1497, d.1535


Grandson of the 1st Lord and Janet Maxwell, and son of Alan Cathcart, Master of Cathcart (b.?, d.b.1497).


3rd Lord Cathcart, Alan Cathcart, b.?, a.1535, d.1547


Grandson of the 2nd Lord and Margaret Kennedy, and son of Alan Cathcart, Master of Cathcart (b.?, d.1513) and Agnes Lyle, daughter of Robert Lyle, 2nd Lord Lyle. He was killed at the Battle of Pinkie.


4th Lord Cathcart, Alan Cathcart, b.c.1537, a.1547, d.1618


Son of the 3rd Lord and Helen Sempill (b.?, d.a.1547), daughter of William Sempill, 2nd Lord Sempill. He fought at the Battle of Langside and was Master of the Household to King James VI.


5th Lord Cathcart, Alan Cathcart, b.c.1600, a.1618, d.1628


Grandson of the 4th Lord and Florence McDougall, and son of Alan Cathcart, Master of Cathcart (b.1562, d.1602) and Isabel Kennedy.


6th Lord Cathcart, Alan Cathcart, b.1628, a.1628, d.1709


Son of the 5th Lord and Jean Colquhoun, daughter of Sir Alexander Colquhoun of Luss.


7th Lord Cathcart, Alan Cathcart, b.c.1648, a.1709, d.1732


Son of the 6th Lord and Marion Boswell.


8th Lord Cathcart, Charles Cathcart, b.1686, a.1732, d.1740


Son of the 7th Lord and Elizabeth Dalrymple (b.1653, d.?), daughter of Sir James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount Stair. He served in the Scots Greys, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He fought at the Battle of Sheriffmuir in 1715 against the Jacobites, playing a major part in the Crown’s victory. He was Receiver-General for Scotland (equivalent to Treasurer) from 1725 to 1729, and was Groom of the Bedchamber to George II from 1727 to 1732. He was Colonel of the King’s Carabiniers from 1733 to 1740, and reached the rank of Major-General in 1739. He was a Representative Peer from 1734 until his death.


9th Lord Cathcart, Charles Schaw Cathcart, b.1721, a.1740, d.1776


Son of the 8th Lord and Marion Shaw (b.1700, d.1733), daughter of Sir John Shaw of Greenock, Baronet. He reached the rank of Captain in the 20th Regiment, and fought at the Battle of Dettingen and Fontenoy in the Wars of the Austrian Succession, being severely injured in the latter. He was injured again the following year at Culloden, acting as Aide-de-Camp to the 1st Duke of Cumberland. He was a Representative Peer from 1752 to 1776, and gained the rank of Lieutenant-General in 1760. He was Governor of Dumbarton Castle from 1761 to 1764 and was invested as a Knight of the Thistle in 1763. He was First Lord of Police from 1764 to 1776 and Ambassador to Russia from 1768 to 1771. He was also made a Privy Counsellor in 1768. He served a term as Rector of the university of Glasgow from 1773 to 1775.


10th Lord Cathcart, William Schaw Cathcart, b.1755, a.1776, d.1843


Son of the 9th Lord and Jane Hamilton (b.1726, d.1771), a grand-daughter of Anne Hamilton, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton. Educated at Eton and the University of Glasgow, he was admitted as an Advocate in 1776 and joined the Army in 1777, serving first with the 7th Dragoons and the with the 17th Light Dragoons in North America, where he distinguished himself in combat. From 1779 to 1781 he was Quartermaster-General of all British Forces in America, before returning to Britain, where he reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Coldstream Guards. He was a Representative Peer from 1788 to 1843, and was Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords from 1790 to 1794. From 1792 he served with the 29th Foot Regiment, a Major-General then Lieutenant-General, and was Vice-Admiral of Scotland from 1795 until his death. In 1798 he was made a Privy Counsellor, and he was Commander-in-Chief in Ireland from 1803 to 1805. He was received as a Knight of the Thistle in 1805, and served briefly as an Ambassador to Russia, and in 1807, was Commander-in-Chief of the Copenhagen Expedition. This was a successful pre-emptive strike by the British to take Copenhagen in order to trap the Danish fleet so that it could not be used by Napolean to close the Baltic Sea to British ships. After this success, he was created 1st Viscount Cathcart and 1st Baron Greenock in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. He then served another term as Ambassador to Russia, and was invested as a Knight of the Orders of St Anne of Russia, of St George of Russia, and of St Andrew of Russia. In 1814 he was created 1st Earl Cathcart.



Earls Cathcart (1814)


1st Earl Cathcart, William Schaw Cathcart, as above


2nd Earl Cathcart, Charles Murray Cathcart, b.1783, a.1843, d.1859


Son of the 1st Earl and Elizabeth Elliot (b.?, d.1847). A career soldier, he fought in conflicts all over Europe, including Waterloo. That year, he was made a Companion of the Bath and a Knight of the Order of St Vladimir of Russia, and a Knight of the Order of Wilhelm of the Netherlands. He moved through the ranks, becoming Major-General in 1830. He was Commander-in-Chief in Scotland from 1837 to 1842, and Governor of Edinburgh Castle during this period. In 1838 he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB). In 1846 he was made Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief in Canada. On his return home, he served as Colonel of various regiments, becoming a General in 1854, and a Knight Grand Cross of the Bath (GCB) in 1859.


3rd Earl Cathcart, Alan Frederick Cathcart, b.1828, a.1859, d.1905


Son of the 2nd Earl and Henrietta Mather (b.?, d.1872). He reached the ran of Lieutenant in the 23 Foot Regiment before retiring early from the Army.


4th Earl Cathcart, Alan Cathcart, b.1856, a.1905, d.1911


Son of the 3rd Earl and Elizabeth Mary Crompton (b.1831, d.1902), daughter of Sir Samuel Crompton, 1st Baronet. He reached the rank of Lieutenant in the Scots Guards, and died unmarried.


5th Earl Cathcart, George Cathcart, b.1862, a.1911, d.1927


Younger brother of the 4th Earl. He reached the rank of Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion, Prince of Wales’ Own Yorkshire Regiment.


6th Earl Cathcart, Alan Cathcart, b.1919, a.1927, d.1999


Son of the 5th Earl and Vera Fraser. Educated at Eton and Magdalene College Oxford, he fought in the Second World War, and received the Military Cross in 1944 and the Distinguished Service Order in 1945. He served mostly in the Scots Guards, where he served as commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, and reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1965 he was made commanding officer of the 152nd Highland Brigade of the Territorial Army, and in 1969 was Major-General of the Yorkshire District. In 1973, he was made a Companion of the Bath, and was Commodore of the Royal Yacht Squadron from 1974 to 1980. In 1985, he was invested as a Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (K.St.J.) and he was admitted into the Royal Company of Archers.


7th Earl Cathcart, Charles Alan Andrew Cathcart, b.1952, a.1999


Son of the 6th Earl and his first wife Rosemary Clare Marie Gabrielle Smyth-Osbourne (b.?, d.1980). He served in the Scots Guards before entering into business, and later local politics. He was admitted into the Royal Company of Archers. He is the 7th Earl Cathcart, 7th Baron Greenock, 7th Viscount Cathcart and 16th Lord Cathcart. He is also Chief of Clan Cathcart.



The courtesy title for the heir is Lord Greenock.