Sir Charles Dalrymple, 1st Baronet

Sir Charles Dalrymple, 1st Baronet PC DL JP (15 October 1839 – 20 June 1916), was a Scottish Conservative politician.


Born Charles Fergusson, he was the second surviving son of Sir Charles Dalrymple Fergusson, 5th Baronet, and grandson of Sir James Fergusson, 4th Baronet, and his wife Jean, daughter of David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes. Sir James Fergusson, 6th Baronet, was his elder brother. On the death of his father in 1849 he assumed the surname of Dalrymple in lieu of Fergusson. He was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge,[1] graduating with third-class honours in classics.[2] He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1865. In 1849 he assumed the surname Dalrymple in lieu of his patronymic in accordance with the will of his great-grandfather David Dalrymple, Lord Hailes

He was a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for East Lothian, and a JP for Midlothian and Ayrshire, and a captain in the Prince Regent's Ayr and Wigtown Militia. His seat was at Newhailes, Musselburgh.

He entered Parliament for Buteshire in 1868, a seat he held, with a brief interruption from April to July 1880, until 1885, and later represented Ipswich from 1886 to 1906. He was created a baronet, of New Hailes in the County of Midlothian, in 1887, and sworn of the Privy Council, in 1905.

From 1894 to 1896 he was Grand Master of the Freemasons in Scotland.[3]

Dalrymple died on 20 June 1916, aged 76. He is buried in Inveresk churchyard. The grave lies in the north-west corner of the first Victorian cemetery extension, west of the main churchyard.


He was married to Alice Mary Hunter Blair (1850-1882) daughter of Sir Edward Hunter Blair, 4th Baronet.[4]

Their son, Lt Cmdr David Charles Herbert Dalrymple (1879-1932), inherited the estates when he became 2nd baronet.[5]


  1. "Dalrymple, Charles (DLRL857C)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. Debrett's House of Commons 1870
  3. Freemasons Hall, Edinburgh, busts of former Grand Masters
  4. Grave of Sir Charles Dalrymple, Inveresk
  5. "Lt-Cdr Sir David Dalrymple, 2nd Baronet, RN". Geni. Retrieved 1 January 2019.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
James Lamont
Member of Parliament for Buteshire
Succeeded by
Thomas Russell
Preceded by
Thomas Russell
Member of Parliament for Buteshire
Succeeded by
James Robertson
Preceded by
Jesse Collings
Henry Wyndham West
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Lord Elcho 1886–1895
Sir Daniel Ford Goddard 1895–1906
Succeeded by
Sir Daniel Ford Goddard
Felix Cobbold
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of New Hailes)
Succeeded by
David Dalrymple
Scottish feudal lordship
Preceded by
Sir Charles Dalrymple Fergusson
Lord and Baron of Hailes
Succeeded by
Arthur Balfour

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