Birth: 30 September 1772

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Torryburn, Fife, Scotland

Baptism: 22 October 1772

Place of Baptism: Torryburn, Fife, Scotland

Death: 3 March 1825

Place or Registered Place of Death: Dover Street, Piccadilly, London

Father: William Erskine

Mother: Frances Moray

Spouse(s): Louisa Paget

Date of Marriage: 5 March 1801

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Horsham, Sussex


Sir James Erskine of Torrie
1772 - 1825
Soldier, amateur artist and collector. Erskine lived at Torrie House, near Low Torry (Fife). He joined the army in 1794, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-General, serving with the Duke of Wellington against Napoleon. His interest in art may have begun through a connection with the Scottish artist David Allan (1744 - 96). On his death his extensive art collection was divided between his London home and Torrie House, with the latter part eventually passing to the University of Edinburgh.

The Gentleman's Magazine - 1801
March 5
At Horsham, Sussex, Lieut. Col Erskine, of the 15th light dragoons, to Lady Louisa Paget, 3rd dau. of the E. of Uxbridge.

The Annual Register - 1825
Appendix to Chronicle - page 231
3. - In Dover-street, Piccadilly, Lieut.-general sir James Erskine, third baronet, of Torrie, county of Fife.

The Erskines of Torrie are descended from the second marriage of John earl of Mar, high treasurer of Scotland temp. James VI. and son of the regent. The late sir James was the second son of sir William Erskine the first baronet, by his second wife Frances, daughter of James Moray of Abercairney (chief of that name, and descended from the earls of Strathmore), by Christian his wife, daughter to Alexander earl of Eglinton.

He entered the army February 26, 1788, as ensign in the 26th foot, and in January 1789, sailed for Canada ; he obtained a lieutenancy in the 7th foot, Jan. 9, 1798, and in July following returned to England. He was appointed captain of an independent company, March 8, 1791, and removed to the 37th, Nov. 1, that year. He served in the campaigns of 1793 and 4 in Flanders, and was present at the battles of Cateau, April 26, 1794; in the action of the 10th of May, on the plains of Cysoing ; in the reserve in the actions of the 17th and 18th of that month ; and at the battle of Tournay. He received the rank of major, May 19, 1794 ; the lieut.-colonelcy of the 133rd foot, Aug. 22 ; and was present at the actions near Boxtel. In April 1795, he returned to England; was appointed lieut.-colonel of 15th light Dragoons, Feb. 27, 1796; embarked for the Helder in Sept. 1799, and was engaged in the battle of Bergen, Oct. 2, following. Jan. 1, 1800, he obtained his brevet of colonel ; and December 25 that year, was appointed aid-de-camp to the king.

On the 5th of March, 1801, he married Louisa Paget, third daughter of Henry first earl of Uxbridge, and sister to the present marquess of Anglesey, K. G.

He was removed to the lieut.-colonelcy of 2nd dragoons, Feb. 10, 1803; was promoted brigadier gen. on the staff of Great Britain, March 3, 1804 ; and continued to serve on that and the Irish staff, till he received the rank of major gen. April 25, 1808. He commanded a district in Scotland till April 1809, when he quitted England for Portugal, in command of a brigade of cavalry: he returned from sever indisposition, Sept. 20 in the same year. On the 13th of Feb. 1813 his brother, Lieut.-General Sir William Erskine, died of fever in Spain, when commanding the cavalry near Lisbon, and Sir James thereupon succeeded to his baronetcy; this was followed by the rank of Lieut.-General on the 6th of the succeeding June.

Lieut.-Gen. Sir James Erskine, 3rd Bart. of Torriehouse