1849 – He was born in Montreal on the 16th of May.
1886 – He was educated at Glenalmond, Eton and Balliol College, Oxford, Elgin entered politics as a Liberal, serving as First Commissioner of Works under Gladstone.
1894 – Elgin was made Viceroy of India.
1899 – He returned to England and was made a Knight of the Garter.
1902-1903 – Elgin was made chairman of the commission that investigated the conduct of the Second Boer War.
1905 – Elgin became Secretary of State for the Colonies (with Winston Churchill as his Under-Secretary).
– He pursued a conservative policy, and opposed the generous settlement of the South African question proposed by Prime Minister Campbell-Bannerman, which was enacted more in spite of the Colonial Secretary’s opposition than due to his efforts.
1917 – He died on the 18th of January.