The 2nd Baron of Newlands and the son of William. He was a Scottish politician and diplomat who was a member of Parliament from 1886 to 1906.
He attended Eton College and Balliol College.
From 1870 to 1880, he was the British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. He was the last to hold his title.
He married Lady Mary Louisa Wellesley Cecil in 1880.
He attended the same college as Aldous Huxley, the writer of Brave New World.