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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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GLASGOW, David Boyle, Seventh Earl of

, G.C.M.G., LL.D. (1833–1915).

Fourteenth Governor of New Zealand.

Lord Glasgow was born on 31 May 1833, the son of Patrick Boyle, M.A. (1806–74), of Shewalton, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Ayrshire, and nephew of the Third Earl; and of Mary, daughter of Sir Robert Elphinstone, Bt. He entered the Royal Navy, where he saw active service in the White Sea during the Crimean War (1854–55), and in the Chinese War (1857). He was in command of HMS Niobe when she was wrecked off Miquelon in 1874, and in the inquiry which ensued Glasgow was completely exonerated. He retired from the Navy with the rank of captain.

Lord Glasgow married, on 23 July 1873, Dorothea Elizabeth Thomasina, daughter of Sir Edward Hunter Blair, Bt., by whom he had five sons and three daughters. He succeeded his cousin as Seventh Earl in 1890, and on 24 February 1892 was designated to succeed Lord Onslow as Governor of New Zealand.

Glasgow inherited Onslow's dispute with the Liberal Government over Legislative Council appointments pending a Colonial Office ruling. But the Government leant heavily upon his experiences as a naval officer whenever naval defence was considered. The one new constitutional issue during his term of office arose over interpretation of the Governor's powers as Commander-in-Chief, but apart from this his relations with his Ministers were most cordial. He relinquished the Governorship in February 1897, when he found himself unable to uphold the dignity of his office on the salary then provided.

Glasgow received a Barony (July 1897) for his New Zealand services. He died on his estate at Fairlie, Scotland, on 13 December 1915. His family seat is commemorated in New Zealand by Kelburn, a suburb of Wellington. He was a first cousin of Sir James Fergusson , one-time Governor of New Zealand.

by Bernard John Foster, M.A., Research Officer, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.

  • Governors' Papers (MSS), National Archives
  • The Times (London), 14 Dec 1915 (Obit).


Bernard John Foster, M.A., Research Officer, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.