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Alexander Montgomerie, 10th Earl of Eglinton, (February 10, 1723 – October 25, 1769). Son of the 9th Earl of Eglinton. He was the Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1750-51.

Planned and built the conservation village of Eaglesham, Scotland in 1769. The Earl introduced the young James Boswell to the joys of London society in the early 1760s, and figures prominently in Boswells London Journal, 1762-63.

The Earl was shot on his own estate near Ardrossan by an excise officer named Mungo Campbell on October 24, 1769 following a dispute about the latter's right to bear arms on the Earls grounds. The Earl died from his wounds.[1] late that evening. Campbell was convicted of murder but died by his own hand before the sentence could be carried out.[2]


  1. ^ The Trial of Mungo Campbell, page 3, D. Wilson & G. Nicol (publ.); London: 1770
  2. ^ Account of the murder of the 10th Earl of Eglinton


Masonic offices
Preceded by
Lord Erskine
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

1750 – 1751
Succeeded by
The Earl of Erroll
Court offices
Preceded by
New government
Lord of the Bedchamber
Succeeded by
The Lord Botetourt
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Alexander Montgomerie
Earl of Eglinton
1729 – 1769
Succeeded by
Archibald Montgomerie


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