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James Ogilvy, 4th Earl of Findlater

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Monarch  Queen Anne
Monarch  Queen Anne
Succeeded by  In abeyance
Role  Politician
Children  Janet Ogilvie
Succeeded by  The Earl of Seafield
Preceded by  The Earl of Marchmont
Name  James 4th
Died  August 19, 1730
James Ogilvy, 4th Earl of Findlater
Preceded by  The Marquess of Tweeddale
Parents  James Ogilvy, 3rd Earl of Findlater
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James Ogilvy, 4th Earl of Findlater and 1st Earl of Seafield KT PC (11 July 1664 – 19 August 1730) was a Scottish politician.

Findlater was the son of James Ogilvy, 3rd Earl of Findlater, and Lady Anne Montgomerie. He was elected to the Faculty of Advocates in 1685, and was a Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland for Banffshire from 1681 to 1682 and from 1689 to 1695. Findlater was Solicitor General for Scotland from 1693, Lord Chancellor of Scotland from 1702 to 1704 and from 1705 to 1708, Secretary of State from 1696 to 1702 and joint secretary from 1704 to 1705.

Findlater was created Viscount Seafield in 1698 and Earl of Seafield in 1701. He was a Commissioner for the Union from 1702 and an active promoter of the Union from 1706. He served as first Lord Chief Baron of the Scottish Court of Exchequer, established by the Act of Union. By 1713 his views on Union had changed and he moved for its repeal. He served as Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland from 1713 to 1714 and sat in the British House of Lords as a Scottish Representative Peer from 1707 to 1710, from 1712 to 1715 and from 1722 to 1730. Findlater was admitted to the Privy Council of Great Britain in 1707 and was appointed Lord Chief Baron in the Court of Exchequer in 1707. In 1711 he succeeded his father as fourth Earl of Findlater.

Lord Findlater married Anne Dunbar, daughter of Sir William Dunbar, 1st Baronet, in 1687. He died in August 1730, aged 66, and was succeeded by his son James Ogilvy.


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