John Anstruther 1718-1799

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Sir John ANSTRUTHER of Anstruther, 2nd bart, 1718-1799

Biographical Note

The only surviving son of Sir John Anstruther, 1st Bt., M.P., by Lady Margaret Carmichael, daughter of James, 2nd Earl of Hyndford, he was educated at Glasgow University, 1733. He was known as 'a numismatist, an agricultural improver, an exponent of drill husbandry' and after inheriting a large fortune in 1760 a ruthless builder and developer on his estate at Airdrie. He bought his way into Parliament on three occasions but eventually retired to pursue his agricultural interests.


Used an engraved bookplate (Franks 616): Anstruther, Sr. John of Anstruther, Bart.

Examples: Glasgow University Library, Sp Coll BD7-b.7.

The extent and disposition of his library is not known.


  • Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
  • History of Parliament