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Sir David Gilmour, 4th Baronet

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Name  Sir Gilmour,
Role  Author
Parents  Lady Caroline Gil

Education  Balliol College, Eton College
Cousins  Ralph Percy, 12th Duke of Northumberland
Grandparents  Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 8th Duke of Buccleuch, Mary Montagu Douglas Scott, Duchess of Buccleuch
Books  The Pursuit of Italy: A History of, The Ruling Caste: Imperial L, The Last Leopard: A Life of Gi, The Long Recessional, Curzon: Imperial Statesman
Similar People  Ian Gilmour - Baron Gil, George Curzon - 1st Marquess, Richard Cobb, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Lady Elizabeth Diana Mo

Sir David Robert Gilmour, 4th Baronet (born 14 November 1952) is a British author. He is the first son of Ian Gilmour, Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar, 3rd Baronet, and Lady Caroline Margaret Montagu-Douglas-Scott, the youngest daughter of the 8th Duke of Buccleuch. HRH Princess Margaret was his sponsor at his Christening. He became the 4th baronet on the death of his father in 2007.


Gilmour was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford.

Gilmour is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (FRSL) and former Research Fellow of St Antony's College Oxford. He is a historian and biographer.

He has also reviewed for publications such as the London Review of Books, the Financial Times, Corriere della Sera, the Times Literary Supplement, the Spectator, the Independent on Sunday, and the New York Review of Books.

Personal life

He married Sarah Anne Bradstock, only daughter of Michael Hilary George Bradstock on 27 September 1975. They have four children:

  • Rachel Ann Caroline Gilmour (21 December 1977)
  • Alexander Ian Michael Gilmour (19 February 1980)
  • Katharine Victoria Mary Gilmour (1984)
  • Laura Elizabeth Rose Gilmour (1985)
  • Works

  • Dispossessed. The Ordeal of the Palestinians 1917-1980, (1980)
  • Lebanon: The Fractured Country, (1983)
  • The Transformation of Spain: from Franco to the Constitutional Monarchy, (1985)
  • The Last Leopard: A Life of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, (1988, new edition by Eland published in 2007)
  • The Hungry Generations, (1991)
  • Cities of Spain, (1992)
  • Curzon (1994) Duff Cooper Prize, shortlisted for Whitbread Prize, Saltire Prize and Marsh Biography Award
  • The French and their Revolution (ed), (1988)
  • Paris & Elsewhere (ed), (1998)
  • The Long Recessional: The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling (2002) (Elizabeth Longford Historical Biography Prize 2003)
  • The Ruling Caste: Imperial Lives in the Victorian Raj (2005)
  • The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples (2011), excerpt
  • References

    Sir David Gilmour, 4th Baronet Wikipedia

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