Laurence James Oliphant

Laurence James Oilphant was born on 14 Dec 1846, the only son of the 8th of Condie. When he was 16 he succeeded his father and became the 9th of Condie and 31st Chief of Clan Oliphant. He lived at the ancestral seat, Newton of Condie until it was destroyed by fire in 1864. He entered the Grenadier Guards in 1866. He served in the Sudan in 1885 and saw action in Suakin. In the the Boer War he commanded the Germistan District. He was Commanding officer of the Grenadier Guards from 1894 and was promoted to major-general in 1898 to command the Brigade of Guards. He succeeded Sir Henry Trotter to command the Home District in 1903. In 1907 he was GOC-in-Chief of Northern Command. He was married to Hon Mary Monica Gerard and they had two sons and a daughter.

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