Augustus Macdonald

The Hon. Augustus Henry Moreton Macdonald of Largie (24 June 1804 – 14 February 1862), born Augustus Moreton, was a British Whig politician and writer.


Born Augustus Moreton, Macdonald was a younger son of Thomas Reynolds-Moreton, 1st Earl of Ducie, and Lady Frances, daughter of Henry Herbert, 1st Earl of Carnarvon. Henry Reynolds-Moreton, 2nd Earl of Ducie, was his elder brother.

Political career

Macdonald was elected Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire West in 1832, a seat he held until 1835, and then represented Gloucestershire East between 1835 and 1841. He was also a campaigner for homeopathy. In 1836 he published the work Civilisation, or, a Brief Analysis of the Natural Laws that Regulate the Numbers and Condition of Mankind.


Macdonald married Mary Jane, daughter of Sir Charles Macdonald-Lockhart, 2nd Baronet, in 1837, and later assumed the surname of Macdonald in lieu of his patronymic. They had several children. She died in December 1851. Macdonald survived her by eleven years and died in February 1862, aged 57. He rebuilt Largie Castle on a new site at Tayinloan.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire West
With: Hon. Grantley Berkeley
Succeeded by
Hon. Grantley Berkeley
The Marquess of Worcester
Preceded by
Hon. Henry Reynolds-Moreton
Sir Christopher William Codrington
Member of Parliament for Gloucestershire East
With: Sir Christopher William Codrington
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher William Codrington
Hon. Francis Charteris
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