Sunday, 30 December 2007
James Abercrombie of Fife Scotland
James Abercrombie, 1st Baron Dunfermline was born in Scotland on November 7, 1776. He was the third son of General Sir Ralph Abercrombie, the hero of the Aboukir landing at the Battle of the Nile. Abercrombie was Speaker of the British House of Commons from 1835 to 1839. A barrister, he was Whig MP for Midhurst 1807-12, and for Calne 1812-32. After the Reform Act of 1832 he sat for Edinburgh until 1839, when he was created Baron Dunfermline, of Dunfermline in the County of Fife. He was Master of the Mint in the administration of Lord Grey. He died on April 17, 1858.