Lord Dundas

James Edward

Son of:
 Lawrence Mark Dundas
 Susan Rose Chamberlin
born on: 
 o 2/5/1967
Occupations :

Melanie Whitfield  x 16/7/1991

the following children were born of this union;   
Poppy Alice Dundas  o 19/6/1993  
Emily Rose Dundas o 21/11/1994  
Milo James Dundas o 12/5/1998  


James Frederick Trevor

Son of:  Hugh Spencer Lisle Dundas
and:  Rosamond Enid Lawrence
born on:  o 4th November 1950. Educated Eton.
Occupations :

  1. Jennifer Daukes x 1979 

  2. the following children were born of this union: 
    1. Clare Jessica Dundas o 27/4/1984 
    2. David Lawrence Charles Dundas o 2/5/1989
    3. Lucy Rose Dundas o 7/1/1986


Janet Elizabeth

Daughter of:  Dundas William Fitzwilliam James Dundas
and:  Mary Maud Prinsep
born on:  o 29/7/1911
died on:
Occupations :


Lady Jean Agatha

Daughter of:  Laurence John Lumley Dundas
and:  Cicely Archdale
born on:  o Thursday 4 May 1916
died on:  13/5/1995

  1. Captain Hector Lorenzo Christie x 2/9/1939 

  2. the following children were born of this union: 
    1. William Lawrence Christie o 1948 
    2. Carolyn Anne Christie o 1947 


Jennifer Elizabeth Mary

Daughter of:  Robert Bruce Dundas
and:  Enid Mary Roberts
born on:  o 23/4/1942 in Devon, England
Occupations :  Laboratory Technician-Soil Analysist

  1. John Warren Williams x 1963 

  2. the following children were born of this union: 
    1. Patricia Helen Williams o 1965 
    2. Peter Robert Williams o 1/4/1969


Geoffrey William Seymour

Son of:  William Fitzwilliam James Dundas
and:  Mary Maud Prinsep
born on:  o Sunday 12 January 1896
died on:  2/1/1937
Occupations :  Captain Rifle Brigade


                  John Archibald Lawrence

             Son of:  John George Lawrence Dundas 
                 and:  Ruth Northrop 
           born on:  o 30/6/1942
 Educated Harvard
Occupations :  Doctor

Dorothy Polk Washburn x 1967 (divorced 1985)
the following children were born of this union:

Michael Henry Lawrence Dundas o 29/7/1969
Patrick George Bradford Dundas o 1973
Matthew Colgate Dundas o 1976
Jennifer Deidre Dundas o 1971



John Charles

Son of:  John Charles Dundas
and:  Margaret Matilda Talbpt
born on:  o Sunday 21 September 1845 in Edinburgh
died on:  † Tuesday 13 September 1892
Occupations :  M.P for Richmond.


 Lord Lieutenant Orkney and Shetland 

  1. Wood Alice Louisa x Tuesday 2 August 1870 

  2. the following children were born of this union: 
    1. Charles Laurence Dundas o Friday 18 August 1871 
    2. Evelyn Mary Dundas o 1873 
    3. Margaret Dundas o 1875 
    4. Frederick James Dundas o Tuesday 9 January 1877 
    5. Alice Katharine Dundas o December 1883 


Hon. John Charles

Son of:  Laurence Dundas
and:  Harriet Hale
born on:  o Sunday 21 August 1808
died on:  † Wednesday 14 February 1866 in Nice. Buried at Marske.
Occupations :  M.P for Richmond 

 Lord Lieutenant Orkney and Shetland


  1. Margaret Matilda Talbot x Monday 27 March 1843 

  2. the following children were born of this union: 
    1. Laurence Dundas o Friday 16 August 1844 
    2. John Charles Dundas o Sunday 21 September 1845 
    3. George James Laurence Dundas o July 1849 
    4. Frederick Thomas Laurence Dundas o 1857 
    5. William Fitzwilliam James Dundas o Tuesday 8 May 1860 
    6. Cospatric Thomas Dundas o Wednesday 5 November 1862 
    7. Harriot Emily Dundas  
    8. Mary Dundas  
    9. Margaret Matilda Dundas o 1853 
    10. Charlotte Jane Dundas  
    11. Laura Octavia Dundas  
    12. Alice Dundas  




John Charles

Son of:  Frederick James Dundas
and:  Sylvia Mary Phillips
born on: Thursday 19 August 1915
died on: † Thursday 28 November 1940 (killed in action)
Occupations: Fighter Pilot  R.A.F. 609 Fighter Squadron, DFC and bar. Journalist

John Dundas joined squadron 609 in the summer of 1938 during a period of rapid expansion of all the armed forces.

He was academically gifted, starting with a scholarship to Stowe at the age of 12 followed a year later with six credits on his school certificate. A further scholarship was won at the age of 17 to Christchurch, Oxford , culminating in a first in modern history. Aftr this breathtaking achievement, he won an award which took him to the Sorbonne and Heidelberg universities.

John was an aristrocrat, intellectual, athelete, humourist and a journalist on the staff on the Yorkshire Post. He was sent to Czechoslovakia at the time of the Munich crisis in 1938 to report on the international response, as he was regarded as a specialist in foreign affairs. Later he accompanied the then Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax, the Foreign Minister of State, to Rome to meet Premiere Benito Mussolini.

Squadron Leader Michael Lister-Robinson spoke of John Dundas as "an excellent pilot, if a little overconfident, and had to be watched". On 27th of November 1940, a report came through to squadron operations that a Ju88 was returning to France, crossing the coast not far from Middle Wallop, where the squadron was based. John immediately asked permission to chase it but was refused. He then asked if he could lead a training flight and permission was agreed. As soon as he was airborne, he peeled off the formation and headed straight for the coast at full boost. He managed to catch up with the Ju88 over the Cherbourg peninsula and finished it off. Alone and almost directly above an airfield well stocked with Me109's, he hightailed it back home. The following day his escapades ended when he lost his life. As befitted his life, his departure was observed by a chorus of staff officers and cadets from Sandhurst. The Squadron diary records: "Flight Lieutenant Dundas was heard by the Controller (Flight Lieutenant Fieldsend) and by his CO to say over the RT "Whoopee! I've got a 109" to which Robinson was heard to reply "Good show, John" - after which nothing more was seen or heard of Dundas although Robinson tried persistently to talk to him"
Later that day, it is reported that the Luftwaffe High Command appealed to the Air Ministry for infomation about the fate of one of their top three fighter commanders, a Major Helmut Wick. It was soon established that Major Wick was flying the Me109 which had been shot down by Flt Lt Dundas, soon after which the German no2 and no3 destroyed Johns' aircraft, and also shot down his wingman, Plt Off Baillon. Major Helmut Wick, who had claimed the second highest German total (after Adolf Galland) of 56 victories, was John Dundas' thirteenth victim, and he was posthumously awarded a bar to the DFC already won the previous month.



John George Lawrence

Son of:  Cospatric Thomas Dundas
and:  Maud Wentworth Fitzwilliam
born on:  o Friday 3 November 1893
died on:  26/3/1952 in North Carolina
  Occupations :  Vice Admiral, Royal Navy.

  X  22/9/1928;  Ruth Northrop, daughter of Archibald Coleman. Ruth died 7/2/2005

the following children were born of this union;


John Archibald Laurence Dundas o1942


Elgiva Ruth Dundas o 1929


Rosemary Maud Dundas o 1933


Deidre Clare Dundas o 1935, married 1st, Enright, 2ndly in Washington 16/7/1961, Dr Walter Monroe Newton


Alexandra Mary Dundas o 1946



    Laura Octavia                            

Daughter of:  John Charles Dundas
and:  Margaret Matilda Talbot
born on:
died on:  † Wednesday 19 January 1881
  1. Arthur French, 4th Baron De Freyne
  the following children were born of this union:
  Gwendoline Mary French, born 1878
  Arthur Reginald French, 5th Baron De Freyne, born 1879
  Arthur Reginald French was a graduate of Sandhurst and lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers, he incurred the wrath of his father when on November 18, 1902 he married Annabelle Angus (the daughter of an innkeeper in Banffshire and the divorced wife of a brother officer, one Captain Alexander) and was cut off. The marriage appears to have been short-lived. Nevertheless, unable to keep himself in the style to which a British officer would become accustomed, he resigned his commission. He sailed on the steamship Umbria for the United States, where he intended either to join the North West Mounted Police, or to travel to the ranch of his uncle William French in Frenchtown near Cimarron, New Mexico. Landing in New York in mid-January 1905, he checked into the Hotel St.-Denis at 799 Broadway at 11th. By the 19th he had disappeared from the hotel, leaving his substantial and expensive baggage behind. An uproar began, involving the New York City Police and the British consulate, which was widely reported in the press. In mid-February he was discovered nearby, at Fort Slocum, an island post in Long Island Sound just off New Rochelle. On the 24th of January he had enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army, and was assigned to A Company, the 8th Infantry Regiment at Slocum, where he had reported 1 February. Known as “the Dook of Fort Slocum,” he was popular with the other troops, sponsoring dinners for his colleagues on post (by selling his civilian suits). He remained with the regiment when it transferred to the Philippines. He remained in the Philippines and enlisted there several more times (though contrary to legend, remained a private throughout his American service). On September 10, 1913, his father died, and he inherited the title; so in Mindanao on October 19 of that year, he purchased his way out of his American enlistment (a common and allowable practice from 1890 to 1940).

He died on May 9, 1915, in the Battle of Aubers Ridge, fighting alongside his half-brother, the Hon. George Philip French, as a captain in the South Wales Borderers. He was succeeded as Baron de Freyne by another half-brother, Francis Charles French.

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