James Charteris, 13th Earl of Wemyss

Lord Wemyss' coat of arms

James Donald Charteris /ˈɑːrtərs/,[1] 13th Earl of Wemyss and 9th Earl of March, DL (also known as Jamie Neidpath;[2] born 22 June 1948) is a Scottish nobleman.


Early life

Wemyss is the second son of Francis, 12th Earl of Weymss and his first wife Mavis Murray. He was educated at Eton College. While a teenager he was Page of Honour to the Queen Mother. He went to Oxford (BA 1969, MA 1974), obtaining a DPhil from St Antony's College in 1975.[3] He obtained a diploma from the Royal Agricultural College in 1978.[3] He is known to have undergone an operation of trepanation, the practice of drilling holes in the head, in 1996 in Cairo. He said, "It seemed to be very beneficial."[2]


He runs Alro Group, a real estate fund management group.[4]

He became heir apparent to the Earldoms of Wemyss and March on the death of his elder brother, Iain David Charteris, Lord Elcho, in 1954. He was subsequently known as Lord Neidpath as opposed to the usual courtesy title of Lord Elcho. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2005,[3] and is a supporter of UKIP, to whom he has made at least £54,000 in donations.[5][6]

Personal life

He married the Hon. Catherine Ingrid Guinness, daughter of Jonathan, 3rd Baron Moyne in July 1983. They had a son, Francis Richard, who is the heir to the earldoms, and a daughter, Lady Mary Olivia, a model.[7] James and Catherine were divorced in 1988, and she married Robert Hesketh in 1990.

He later married Amanda Claire Marian Feilding in January 1995.[8] Amanda founded and directs the Beckley Foundation, a charitable trust which carries out pioneering scientific research into psychoactive drugs and consciousness, and promotes evidence-based, health-oriented drug policy reform.[9] They live at Stanway House in Gloucestershire and at Gosford House in East Lothian.[10]



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  2. 1 2 Will successor to Gosford toe the line?, Sandra Dick, The Scotsman, 20 January 2009, accessed 16 August 2011
  3. 1 2 3 ‘WEMYSS’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013 ; online edn, Dec 2013 accessed 12 March 2014
  4. "Will successor to Gosford toe the line?". scotsman.com.
  5. Frank Johnson (19 June 2004). "Notebook". Telegraph.co.uk.
  6. Electoral Commission Index of Donations http://search.electoralcommission.org.uk/English/Search/Donations?currentPage=1&rows=10&query=neidpath
  7. "Frock and roll: the alternative wedding of the year". Evening Standard.
  8. James Donald Charteris, Lord Neidpath, thepeerage.com, accessed 16 August 2011
  9. "The Beckley Foundation". The Beckley Foundation.
  10. Tatler http://www.tatler.com/the-tatler-list/w/earl-of-wemyss-and-march
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Francis David Charteris
Earl of Wemyss and March
Succeeded by
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