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John Wingfield Malcolm M.P.

John Wingfield Malcolm M.P.

Born on 16 April 1833, John Wingfield Malcolm was the son of John Malcolm, 14th of Poltalloch, and Isabella née Wingfield. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. From 1860 to 1880 he was the MP (Conservative) for Boston and from 1886 to 1892 he was the MP (Conservative) for Argyllshire. On 9 June 1896 he was created 1st Baron Malcolm of Poltalloch, county Argyll. On his death, his barony became extinct.

His father John Malcolm was an art connoisseur and a passionate collector of prints and drawings. Comprising almost 1000 drawings and more than 400 prints, the Malcolm Collection included works by Sandro Botticelli, Andrea del Verrocchio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Claude Lorrain and Watteau. In 1895 Parliament voted a special grant of £25,000 to the British Museum so it could buy the collection from John Wingfield Malcolm, an acquisition recognised as an important addition to the museum's holdings of old master drawings.

He married, firstly, on 25 July 1861 the Honourable Alice Frederica Irby, daughter of George Ives Irby, 4th Baron Boston. He married, secondly, Marie Jane Lilian (?) on 3 November 1897.

He died without issue on 6 March 1902.

Photographed by Camille Silvy of London on 18 April 1861.

From an album probably compiled by either George Charles Pratt (1799-1866), 2nd Marquess Camden or by his son, John Charles Pratt (1840-1872), from 1866 3rd Marquess Camden.


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