Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton
Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton, (
February 10, 1723– October 25, 1769). Son of the 9th Earl of Eglinton. Grand Master Masonof the Grand Lodgeof Scotland1750-51.
Planned and built the conservation village of
Eaglesham, Scotlandin 1769. The Earlintroduced the young James Boswellto the joys of Londonsociety in the early 1760s, and figures prominently in Boswells London Journal 1762-63.
The Earl was shot on his own estate near
Ardrossanby excise officer Mungo Campbellon October 24, 1769following a dispute about the latters right to bear arms on the Earls grounds. He died from his wounds on the next day. Campbell was convicted of murder but died by his own hand before the sentence could be carried out. [ [http://www.maybole.org/history/Books/legends/earlofeglinton.htm Account of the murder] ]
* [http://www.jamesboswell.info/People/biography-86.php Alexander Montgomerie (1723-1769)] at James Boswell - a Guide
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