MACLEOD, Roderick (1786-1853), of Cadboll, Cromarty.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1790-1820, ed. R. Thorne, 1986
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1818 - 1820
14 Sept. 1831 - 1837
1837 - Feb. 1840

Family and Education

b. 24 Nov. 1786,1 o.s. of Robert Bruce Aeneas Macleod*. educ. Eton 1799; adv. 1810. m. 10 July 1813, Isabella, da. of William Cunninghame, merchant, of Lainshaw, Ayr, 2s. 3da. suc. fa. 1844.

Offices Held

Ld. lt. Cromarty 1833-d.


Macleod, an advocate like his father, was returned unopposed for Cromarty on the family interest in 1818, but whereas his father, his predecessor in the seat, had supported government, he aligned himself with the Whigs. He became a member of Brooks’s on 29 Jan. 1819 and divided regularly with opposition in the ensuing session. He voted for Scottish burgh reform, 1 Apr. and 6 May, and sat on the select committee of inquiry, but not for Burdett’s parliamentary reform motion, 1 July. He attended to divide against the address, 24 Nov., and for inquiry into the state of the nation, 30 Nov. 1819, and went on to vote quite steadily against the government’s repressive legislation, though he was not in the minorities against the second and third readings of the seditious meetings bill, 2 and 13 Dec. He is not known to have spoken in the House in his first Parliament.

Macleod, who resumed his parliamentary career in 1831, died 13 Mar. 1853.

Ref Volumes: 1790-1820

Author: David R. Fisher


  • 1. Scots Mag. (1786), 569.