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John Arbuthnott, 8th Viscount of Arbuthnott (16 January 1778 – 10 January 1860) was a Scottish peer and soldier. Known as "the rich Lord" he built the bridge in front of Arbuthnott House. He was the first member of the family who consistently spelled his name "Arbuthnott" rather than ""Arbuthnot".

The son of the 7th Viscount Arbuthnott served in the 7th Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's) and the 52nd Regiment of Foot, reaching the rank of Captain. On 27 February 1800, he succeeded to his father's titles. Arbuthnot was Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire from 1805 to 1847, and Lord Rector of King's College, Aberdeen from 1827 to 1837.[1]

He had long service in the House of Lords as a representative peer for Scotland between 1818 and 1820, and between 1821 and 1847. He fell from a horse in 1829 and suffered a severe head injury. As a consequence in 1848 he was prosecuted for fraud, forgery and uttering and, although the family paid his debts, the Viscount left Scotland, never to return; his heir ran the estate from 1850. He is thought to have died in Bruges.

On 25 June 1805, he married Margaret Ogilvy, daughter of Walter Ogilvy, Earl of Airlie. They had four children:


  1. ^ G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume I, page 185. Cited at A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe - Person Page 1662


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Rector of King's College, Aberdeen
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Kintore
Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire
Succeeded by
Sir Thomas Burnett, Bt.
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Arbuthnot
Viscount of Arbuthnott
Succeeded by
John Arbuthnott


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