James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie

James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie
7th Governor of British Ceylon
In office
7 November 1837  15 April 1841
Monarch Queen Victoria
Preceded by Robert Wilmot-Horton
Succeeded by Colin Campbell
Personal details
Born 23 September 1784
Died 24 September 1843(1843-09-24) (aged 59)

James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie (23 September 1784 – 24 September 1843), was a Scottish politician and British colonial administrator.

Born James Alexander Stewart, the son of Vice Admiral Keith Stewart (who died when James was eleven), he assumed the surname Stewart-Mackenzie after his marriage on 21 May 1817 to Mary Elizabeth Frederica Mackenzie ("the Hooded Lassie"), daughter of Francis Mackenzie, 1st Baron Seaforth.

Stewart-Mackenzie was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Ross-shire in 1831. When that constituency was abolished in 1832, he was elected for the new Ross and Cromarty, serving until 1837.

He left the House of Commons to become Governor of Ceylon from March 1837 to 1840, and then Lord High Commissioner of the Ionian Islands (based in Corfu) from December 1840 to 1843.

He sold the house and grounds of Woodfall Gardens, Glasserton in 1819 to Stair Hathorn-Stewart at the neighbouring Physgill estate.

His great-grandson, James Alexander Francis Humberston Mackenzie, was created Baron Seaforth in 1921.


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir James Wemyss Mackenzie
Member of Parliament for Ross-shire
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Ross and Cromarty
Succeeded by
Thomas Mackenzie
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Wilmot-Horton
Governor of Ceylon
Succeeded by
Colin Campbell

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