Biography of James Fergusson 6th Baronet
Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, 6th Baronet, (1832-1907) was the University's Dean of Faculties in 1868. He was awarded an LLD in 1879.
In 1849, Fergusson succeeded to his father's baronetcy and a vast estate. He studied briefly at University College, Oxford and became a soldier, seeing action at Alma, Inkerman and Sevastopol during the Crimean War. He was Conservative MP for Ayrshire, 1854 to 1857 and 1859 to 1868, when he was appointed Governor of South Australia.
Fergusson subsequently served as Governor of New Zealand and Bombay, was made KCMG and was MP for Manchester North East from 1885 to 1906. He was killed by a falling building during an earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica.