Viscounts of Stair (1690)
1st Viscount of Stair, James Dalrymple, b.1619, a.1690, d.1695
James Dalrymple was the son of the laird of the small
estate of Stair in Kyle in Central Ayrshire. He was well educated, attending
2nd Viscount of Stair, John Dalrymple, b.1648, a.1695, d.1707
Son of the 1st Viscount and Margaret Ross (b.b.1628,
d.1692). Born into a powerful family, he was made 1st Baronet Dalrymple
of Stair in the Peerage of Nova Scotia in 1664. He became close to King James
VII and was made Lord Advocate in 1687. However he used this position to
ingratiate himself with William II by bringing the Scottish Parliament round to
giving its support to the new King. In 1690 he was raised to the peerage as 1st
Lord Glenluce and Stranraer and in 1691 was made Secretary of State for
Earls of Stair (1703)
1st Earl of Stair, John Dalrymple, b.1648, a.1703, d.1707
2nd Earl of Stair, John Dalrymple, b.1673, a.1707, d.1747
Son of the 1st Earl and Elizabeth Dundas,
daughter of Sir James Dundas of Newliston. He lived in the
3rd Earl of Stair, James Dalrymple, b.b.1742, a.1747, d.1760
Grandson of the 1st Earl and son of William Dalrymple (b.b.1688, d.1744) and Penelope Crichton, Countess of Dumfries. He also had no children, and the earldom devolved to his older brother.
4th Earl of Stair, William Dalrymple-Crichton, b.b.1716, a.1760, d.1768
Older brother of the 3rd Earl. He had
previously inherited the earldom of Dumfries from
his mother. When he died, also with no surviving children, the earldom of
5th Earl of Stair, John Dalrymple, b.b.1745, a.1768, d.1789
Grandson of the 1st Earl and son of George Dalrymple (b.b.1707, d.1745), the youngest surviving brother of the 2nd Earl, and Euphame Myrton (b.?, d.1761), daughter of Sir Andrew Myrton, 1st Baronet Myrton of Gogar.
6th Earl of Stair, John Dalrymple, b.1749, a.1789, d.1821
Son of the 5th Earl and Margaret Middleton
(b.?, d.1798). He was a Representative Peer from 1793 to 1807 and served as
7th Earl of Stair, John William Henry Dalrymple, b.1784, a.1821, d.1840
Son of General William Dalrymple (b.b.1745, d.1807), a
younger brother of the 5th Earl, and Marianne Dorothy Harland (b.?,
d.1785), daughter of Admiral Sir Robert Harland, 1st Baronet Harland
Baronets Dalrymple of Cousland (1698)
1st Baronet Dalrymple, James Dalrymple, b.1650, a.1698, d.1719
Younger brother of the 1st Earl of Stair. He was in fact created 1st Baronet of Borthwick, Killock and Cousland but the title was simplified by later holders.
2nd Baronet Dalrymple, John Dalrymple, b.?, a.1719, d.1743
Son of the 1st Baronet and Catherine Dundas, daughter of Sir James Dundas of Arniston.
3rd Baronet Dalrymple, William Dalrymple, b.1704, a.1743, d.1771
Son of the 2nd Baronet and Elizabeth Fletcher.
4th Baronet Dalrymple, John Dalrymple, b.1726, a.1771, d.1810
Son of the 3rd Baronet and Agnes Crawford (b.?, d.1755). He married Elizabeth Hamilton-Makgill, daughter of Thomas Hamilton-Makgill and Elizabeth Dalrymple (herself a daughter of the 2nd Baronet), who was the heiress to the estates of the Viscountcy of Oxfuird (or Oxenfoord), which had passed to her through forfeiture, and changed his surname to Dalrymple-Hamilton-Makgill. The name of Oxenfoord was added to the baronetcy.
5th Baronet Dalrymple, John Hamilton Dalrymple, b.1771, a.1810, d.1853
Son of the 4th Baronet and Elizabeth
Hamilton-Makgill. He reached the rank of General before retiring to become MP
Earls of Stair (1703, continued)
8th Earl of Stair, John Hamilton Dalrymple, b.1771, a.1840, d.1853
With no immediate heirs, the title reverted to a junior
line of the Dalrymple family as outlined above. In 1841 he was created 1st
Baron Oxenfoord in the Peerage of the
9th Earl of Stair, North Hamilton Dalrymple, b.1776, a.1853, d.1864
Younger brother of the 8th Earl.
10th Earl of Stair, John Hamilton Dalrymple, b.1819, a.1864, d.1903
Son of the 9th Earl and Margaret Penny (b.b.1802, d.1828). He was MP for Wigtownshire from 1841 to 1856 and Lord-Lieutenant of Ayrshire from 1870 to 1897. He was Governor of the Bank of Scotland from 1870 to 1903. He was created a Knight of the Thistle in 1865.
11th Earl of Stair, John Hew North Gustav Henry Hamilton-Dalrymple, b.1848, a.1903, d.1914
Son of the 10th Earl and Louisa Jane Henrietta Emily de Franquetot (b.?, d.1896), daughter of Augustin Louis Joseph Casimir Gustave de Franquetot, Duc de Coigny.
12th Earl of Stair, John James Dalrymple, b.1879, a.1914, d.1961
Son of the 11th Earl and Susan Harriet Grant-Suttie (b.?, d.1946), daughter of Sir James Grant-Suttie, 6th Baronet Grant-Suttie of Balgonie. He was MP for Wigtownshire from 1906 to 1914 and Lord-Lieutenant of Wigtownshire from 1935 to 1961. He was also a Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1924 to 1926 and was received as a Knight of the Thistle in 1937.
13th Earl of Stair, John Aymer Dalrymple, b.1906, a.1961, d.1996
Son of the 12th Earl and Violet Evelyn Harford. He was Lord-Lieutenant of Wigtownshire from 1961 to 1983
14th Earl of Stair, John David James Dalrymple, b.1961, a.1996
Son of the 13th Earl and Davina Katherine Bowes-Lyon (b.1930), grand-daughter of Claude George Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore. He lost his place in the House of Lords in 1999 but was elected in 2008. As well as being 14th Earl and 15th Viscount of Stair, he is also 14th Viscount of Dalrymple and 14th Lord Newliston, Glenluce and Stranraer, 15th Lord Glenluce and Stranraer, 15th Baronet Dalrymple of Stair and 11th Baronet Dalrymple of Cousland.
The courtesy title for the heir is Viscount Dalrymple.
(Last updated: 26/12/2009)