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James Caird


Agriculturalist, author, and politician. Managed farms near Stranraer and Wigtown, 1841–60. MP for Dartmouth, 1857–9; Stirling Burghs, 1859–65. Member of the inclosure commission (renamed the land commission in 1882), 1865–89. Director of the land department of the Board of Agriculture, 1889–91. Wrote on free trade, farming, farm management, and land administration in Britain, Ireland, Canada, the US, and India. President of the Royal Statistical Society, 1880–2. Knighted, 1882. FRS 1875.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.