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Robert Dundas Haldane-Duncan, 1st Earl of Camperdown (1785–1859) was a Master of Operative Lodge No. 47 from 1812-1813 and was Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1812-1814

He was the son of the noted naval commander Admiral Adam Duncan who was Commander-in-Chief of the North Sea from 1795 to 1801 and defeated a Franco-Dutch fleet at the Battle of Camperdownin October 1797. Later the same month he was honoured when he was raised to the Peerage of Great Britain as Baron Duncan, of Lundie in the Shire of Perth, and Viscount Duncan, of Camperdown and of Lundie in Our Shire of Perth.

Adam Duncan was the second son of Provost Alexander Duncan of Lundie, and of Helen Haldane, daughter of John Haldane of Gleneagles.
Alexander Duncan, the eldest son of this marriage, became a Lieutenant-Colonel in the army, and died without issue, when the estate fell to the Admiral. The birth of Adam Duncan, the second son, which took place which took place in his father's house in the Seagait of Dundee, is entered in the Register of Baptisms for Dundee in these terms
"1731, July 1st- Alexander Duncan of Lundie and Helen Haldane had a son baptised Adam ."
The house in which Adam Duncan was born had been the town mansion of the Stewarts of Grandtully, and was afterwards occupied as the Blue Bell Inn. It was demolished in August 1868, and its site was beside that now occupied by St. Pauls Episcopal Church.

Robert Dundas Duncan-Haldane, 1st Earl of Camperdown of Lundie was born on 21 March 1785.1 He was the son of Admiral Adam Duncan, 1st Viscount Duncan of Camperdown and Henrietta Dundas. He married Janet Hamilton-Dalrymple, daughter of Sir Hew Hamilton-Dalrymple 3rd Bt. and Janet Duff, on 8th January 1805 at North Berwick, Berwickshire, Scotland. He died on 22 December 1859 at age 74.
He was baptised with the name of Robert Dundas Duncan. He gained the rank of Ensign in 1797 in the service of the Coldstream Guards. He succeeded to the title of 2nd Viscount Duncan of Camperdown on 4 August 1804. and to the title of 2nd Baron Duncan of Lundie, County of Perth. He held the office of Grand Master of Grand Lodge of Scotland between 1812 and 1814. He was the 1st Earl of Camperdown, of Lundie in the County of Forfar and of Gleneagles in the County of Perth which was a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom created for him in 1831 .He was created 1st Earl Camperdown of Lundie, County of Forfar and of Gleneagles, County of Perth on 12 September 1831. He was invested as a Knight, Order of the Thistle (K.T.) on 12 May 1848.

The first Earl was succeeded by his son, the second Earl. He was a Liberal politician and held minor office under Lord Palmerston from 1855 to 1858. Lord Camperdown assumed the additional surname of Haldane, which was the maiden name of his paternal grandmother. On his early death the titles passed to his eldest son, the third Earl. He was also a Liberal politician and served under William Ewart Gladstone as a Lord of the Admiralty from 1870 to 1874. He never married and was succeeded by his younger brother, the fourth Earl. He emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, where he also died. Lord Camperdown was childless and on his death in 1933 all his titles became extinct.

 

 

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