Charles Carnegie, 11th Earl of Southesk

Charles Carnegie
Born 23 September 1893(1893-09-23)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died 16 February 1992(1992-02-16) (aged 98)
Brechin, Scotland
Title Earl of Southesk
Spouse(s) Princess Maud of Fife
Evelyn Julia Williams-Freeman
Parents Charles Carnegie, 10th Earl of Southesk
Ethel Mary Elizabeth Bannerman

Sir Charles Alexander Bannerman Carnegie of Kinnaird and of Pitcarrow, 8th Baronet, 11th Earl of Southesk, 11th Baron Carnegie of Kinnaird, 11th Baron Carnegie, of Kinnaird and Leuchards, and 3rd Baron Balinhard, of Farnell in the County of Forfar, KCVO (September 23, 1893 - February 16, 1992), styled The Hon. Charles Carnegie before 1905 and Lord Carnegie between 1905 and 1941, was the husband of Princess Maud of Fife, a granddaughter of King Edward VII.


Early life and marriage

Charles Alexander Carnegie was born on 23 September 1893 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father was the 10th Earl of Southesk, the son of the 9th Earl of Southesk and Lady Catherine Hamilton Noel. His mother was Ethel Mary Elizabeth Bannerman. When his father succeeded to the earldom in 1905 he was styled Lord Carnegie as the eldest son of the Earl of Southesk. Lord Carnegie was educated at Eton College. He later joined the British Army and received a commission in the Scots Guard. In 1917, he served as an aide-de-camp to the Viceroy of India.

On 12 November 1923 he married Princess Maud of Fife at the Royal Military Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London. Princess Maud was the younger daughter of the Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife and Louise, Princess Royal. Maud was granted the title of a British princess with the style Highness in 1905 by her grandfather King Edward VII. Following their marriage, Princess Maud ceased to use the title of Princess and the style Highness (though she was still legally entitled to them) and was known as Lady Carnegie. Together the couple had one child, James George Alexander Bannerman Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife, 12th Earl of Southesk (born 23 September 1929).

Lord Carnegie was a near neighbour of Archibald Maule Ramsay, living in Arbroath, and joined the Right Club, a patriotic group which had been set up by Ramsay, contributing £5 and promising a further £5 annually; he was made a 'Warden' of the club by Ramsay. Asked about his membership in later life, Southesk professed ignorance of all the aims of the club but praised Ramsay as "a very loyal, patriotic man"[1].

Earl of Southesk

The 10th Earl of Southesk died on 10 November 1941 and Lord Carnegie became the 11th Earl of Southesk. Maud became known as The Countess of Southesk. Although they did not carry out royal duties, Lord and Lady Southesk were considered members of the Royal Family. They both attended the coronation of Maud's first cousin, King George VI and other state occasions.

Second marriage

Maud died in 1945 from bronchitis. Lord Southesk later married Evelyn Julia Williams-Freeman (born 27 July 1909) on 16 May 1952 at Scone Palace in Perthshire, Scotland. Evelyn was previously married to Major Ion Edward FitzGerald Campbell and had a son, Ion Edward Fitzgerald Campbell.


Lord Southesk died on 16 February 1992 at age 98 in Brechin, Angus, Scotland, having spent the last year of his life as an additional Vice-President of the Conservative Monday Club, of which he had long been a member.

His eldest son, James, had already inherited the title of Duke of Fife from his aunt, Princess Alexandra, Duchess of Fife. The title of Earl of Southesk is now used as a subsidiary title of the Duke of Fife, and is used by the 11th Earl's grandson, David Carnegie, Earl of Southesk.

Styles from birth to death

  • The Hon. Charles Carnegie (1893–1905)
  • Lord Carnegie (1905–1941)
  • The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Southesk (1941–1992)


  • Copping, Robert, The Monday Club - Crisis and After May 1975, page 25, published by the Current Affairs Information Service, Ilford, Essex, (P/B).
  1. ^ Richard Griffiths, "Patriotism Perverted: Captain Ramsay, the Right Club and British Anti-Semitism 1939-40" (Constable, London 1998), p. 160
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Charles Carnegie
Earl of Southesk
Succeeded by
James Carnegie

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