Alexander St. Clair Bower Carnegy, Esq., F.R.G.S.

Alexander St. Clair Bower Carnegy, a Prominent citizen from the History of Huntingdonshire, England.


Although Mr Carnegy, of Alconbury House, Alconbury, has for several years past made his home in the County of Huntingdon, he is by descent, a member of one of the oldest families in the Northern Kingdom. Bacon says in his fourteenth essay, “It is a reverend thing to see an ancient castle or building not in decay; or to see a fair timber tree sound and perfect. How much more to behold an ancient family which hath stood against the waves and weathers of time.” Of such a family is that of Carnegy of Lour and Turin.

This family is a cadet branch of that from which the Earls of Northesk are sprung, and derives its origin from Patrick Carnegy, third son of David, second Earl, who lived at the close of the 17th century. This gentleman’s great grandson, Patrick Carnegy, of Lour, married, in 1789, Margaret, St Clair, daughter of Alexander Bower, laird of Kincaldrum, co. Forfar, a representative of ancient Scottish houses, whose names are still perpetuated in the family.

Mr Carnegy was born in 1846, being the third son of Charles Carnegy, Esq., of E.I. Co.’s Naval Service, by Sophia, daughter of Thomas Bell, Esq. He married, in 1872, Mary Anne, daughter of John Lewis Levy, Esq., J.P., of Rochester, by whom he has a son and a daughter.

In politics Mr Carnegy is a Conservative. He thoroughly believes in Imperial Federation, and would strengthen by all practicable means the ties that bind our Colonies and Dependencies to the Mother Country, and weld them as statesmanship can, by promoting at once Imperial Unity and Colonial Autonomy, into one great confederation, to the advantage of the stability and progress of the Empire. Happily, with the sense of the greatness and responsibility of Empire, this sentiment is growing amongst the English race, and will witness further developments in the near future.

Mr Carnegy shares the usual tastes of an English country gentleman, takes a lively interest in agriculture, and is highly popular with a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

George Gaskell - circa 1900