Charles Colville, 1st Viscount Colville of Culross

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The Viscount Colville of Culross

Lord Colville of Culross Vanity Fair 26 July 1873.jpg
"A good fellow". Colville as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, July 1873.
Master of the Buckhounds
In office
10 July 1866 – 1 December 1868
Prime MinisterThe Earl of Derby
Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded byThe Earl of Cork
Succeeded byThe Earl of Cork
Personal details
Charles John Colville

23 November 1818
Died1 July 1903 (1903-08) (aged 84)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Hon. Cecile Catherine Mary Carrington

Charles John Colville, 1st Viscount Colville of Culross, KT, GCVO, PC (23 November 1818 – 1 July 1903), known as The Lord Colville of Culross between 1849 and 1902, was a British nobleman, Conservative politician and courtier.

Background and education[edit]

Colville was the son of General the Honourable Sir Charles Colville and the grandson of John Colville, 8th Lord Colville of Culross. He was educated at Harrow.


Colville served as a captain in the 11th Hussars. He succeeded his uncle in the lordship of Colville of Culross 1849 and was elected a Scottish Representative Peer in 1851.[1] He served under Lord Derby as Chief Equerry and Clerk Marshal from February[2] to December 1852[3] and again from 1858[4] to 1859[5] and under Derby and subsequently Benjamin Disraeli as Master of the Buckhounds from 1866[6] to 1868.[7] In 1866 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[8] He was later Lord Chamberlain to the Princess of Wales from 1873[9] to 1901 and was appointed in the same capacity to her as Queen Alexandra from 1901[10] to 1903.[11]

Colville was also Chairman of the Great Northern Railway Company from 1872 to 1895, a director of the Central London Railway at its opening in 1900 and President of the Honourable Artillery Company. He was made a Knight of the Thistle in 1874[12] and created Baron Colville of Culross, in the County of Perth, in 1885, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom.[13] In 1902 he was further honoured with a Viscountcy in the Coronation Honours list, when he was made Viscount Colville of Culross, in the County of Perth, on 15 July 1902.[14]


Lord Colville of Culross married the Honourable Cecile Catherine Mary Carrington, eldest daughter of Robert Carrington, 2nd Baron Carrington, in 1853. Their second son was Sir Stanley Colville, who rose to prominence as a Navy officer. Another son, George, was the father of Sir Jock Colville, civil servant and memoirist. Lord Colville of Culross died in July 1903, aged 84, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Charles.


  1. ^ Representative Peers - Scotland
  2. ^ "No. 21297". The London Gazette. 2 March 1852. p. 671.
  3. ^ "No. 21398". The London Gazette. 4 January 1853. p. 1.
  4. ^ "No. 22106". The London Gazette. 2 March 1858. p. 1207.
  5. ^ "No. 22281". The London Gazette. 1 July 1859. p. 2550.
  6. ^ "No. 23139". The London Gazette. 17 July 1866. p. 4035.
  7. ^ "No. 23450". The London Gazette. 15 December 1868. p. 6654.
  8. ^ "No. 23136". The London Gazette. 11 July 1866. p. 3981.
  9. ^ "No. 23940". The London Gazette. 21 January 1873. p. 270.
  10. ^ "No. 27292". The London Gazette. 8 March 1901. p. 1648.
  11. ^ "No. 27602". The London Gazette. 2 October 1903. p. 6027.
  12. ^ Knights of the Thistle
  13. ^ "No. 25544". The London Gazette. 29 December 1885. p. 6300.
  14. ^ "No. 27455". The London Gazette. 18 July 1902. p. 4586.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Alfred Paget
Chief Equerry and Clerk Marshal
February–December 1852
Succeeded by
Lord Alfred Paget
Chief Equerry and Clerk Marshal
Preceded by
The Earl of Cork
Master of the Buckhounds
Succeeded by
The Earl of Cork
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Viscount Colville of Culross
Succeeded by
Charles Colville
Baron Colville of Culross
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Colville
Lord Colville of Culross
Succeeded by
Charles Colville