James Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife

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name = James Carnegie
title = Duke of Fife

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succession = Duke of Fife
predecessor = Alexandra, Duchess of Fife
heir = David Carnegie, Earl of Southesk
spouse = Caroline Dewar (1956-1966)
issue = Stillborn son
Lady Alexandra Carnegie
David Carnegie, Earl of Southesk
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father = Charles Carnegie, 11th Earl of Southesk
mother = Princess Maud of Fife
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James George Alexander Bannerman Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife (born 23 September 1929) is a great grandson of King Edward VII of the United Kingdom and a member of the extended British Royal Family, in the line of succession to the British Throne (and the first person in the succession who is not a descendant of King George V). As a female line great grandson of a British Sovereign, he does not carry out royal and official duties or receive any funds from the Civil List. He was styled Lord Carnegie before 1959 and is currently styled His Grace The Duke of Fife.

Early life

The Duke is the only son of the 11th Earl of Southesk (1893–1992) and his wife, Princess Maud of Fife (1893–1945), the younger daughter of the 1st Duke of Fife and Princess Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife. As the son of the Earl of Southesk, he held the courtesy title of Lord Carnegie from birth.

Lord Carnegie was educated at Ludgrove, Gordonstoun School, and at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. He served with the Scots Guards in Malaya in 1948-50. He served as vice patron of the Braemar Royal Highland Society and of the British Olympic Association.

Duke of Fife

The Dukedom of Fife was first granted to the Duke's grandfather, the 6th Earl Fife, in 1889 by Queen Victoria upon his marriage to Princess Louise of Wales, the eldest daughter of The Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). The 1st Duke of Fife received a fresh patent as Duke of Fife and Earl of Macduff in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in April 1900, with special remainder to his daughters by Princess Louise and their male issue. As the Duke and Princess Louise only had two surviving daughters, the title went to Princess Alexandra (later Princess Arthur of Connaught).

On 26 February 1959, he succeeded his maternal aunt, Princess Arthur of Connaught, as the 3rd Duke of Fife and Earl of Macduff (Princess Arthur's only child, Alastair, 2nd Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, had pre-deceased her).

He succeeded his father as 12th Earl of Southesk, as well as chief of the Clan Carnegie, on 16 February 1992.


On 11 September 1956, the then Lord Carnegie married The Hon. Caroline Dewar (born 12 February 1934), the elder daughter of the 3rd Baron Forteviot. They divorced in 1966. The marriage produced three children:

* Stillborn son (4 April 1958)

* The Lady Alexandra Clare Carnegie (born 20 June 1959) m. London 11 May 2001 Mark Fleming Etherington, and has issue.

* David Charles Carnegie, Earl of Southesk (born 3 March 1961), styled Earl of Macduff (by courtesy) from birth until his paternal grandfather's death 16 February 1992, thereafter styled Earl of Southesk; m. 16 July 1987 Caroline Anne Bunting (born 13 November 1961); and has issue.

horthand titles

* Lord Carnegie (23 September 1929 – 26 February 1959)
* His Grace The Duke of Fife (since 26 February 1959)


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3= 3. Princess Maud of Fife
4= 4. Charles Noel Carnegie, 10th Earl of Southesk
5= 5. Ethel Mary Elizabeth Bannerman
6= 6. Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife
7= 7. Louise, Princess Royal
8= 8. James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk
9= 9. Catherine Hamilton Noel
10= 10. Alexander Bannerman of Elsick, 9th Baronet
11= 11. Arabella Diana Sackville-West
12= 12. James Duff, 5th Earl Fife
13= 13. Agnes Hay
14= 14. Edward VII of the United Kingdom
15= 15. Alexandra of Denmark
16= 16. James Carnegie, 5th Baronet
17= 17. Charlotte Lysons
18= 18. Charles Noel, 1st Earl of Gainsborough
19= 19. Arabella Williams
20= 20. Charles Bannerman of Elsick, 8th Baronet
21= 21. Anne Bannerman
22= 22. George Sackville-West, 5th Earl De La Warr
23= 23. Elizabeth Sackville, 1st Baroness Buckhurst
24= 24. Alexander Duff
25= 25. Anne Stein
26= 26. William Hay, 18th Earl of Erroll
27= 27. Elizabeth FitzClarence
28= 28. Albert, Prince Consort
29= 29. Victoria of the United Kingdom
30= 30. Christian IX of Denmark
31= 31. Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel)

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