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A short time ago a cable message from London announced that a Near Zealand claimant for the Derwentwater Estates (now in Chancery) had appeared'upon the scene. The claimant - has just gone to England. , He has been for years residing in this ,;fcolony. ' He is a painter .and glazier by trade, J and ran away from home and has been \ absent from England’ twenty six years, during which time he has (for reasons ; which he explains) nevfer written to his mother, who thought he was drowned. The case, therefore, bears some points , of resemblance to the celebrated Tich* J borne case, the identification: iof the claimant by his mother being a preliminary step to further proceedings. The following paragraph connected with the claim is taken from the York*

shire Post'. —History repeats itself, and - it ;is probable that a case similar in one or two • respects to the renowned Tichbbrne trial may engage the attention of a court of law. ! It will be remembered . that some eight years ago a woman t bearing the name q| Lovegrove laid ■i!claim to the Derwentwater estates, -*%hich:are now in Chancery, but owing T t6 want of funds was unable to lav the

*’mefits ; of her case before the proper Mrs Lovegrove (who now a'livelihood by vending meat

n piesaj Kingston-on-Thames) has always her ability to trace her direct •'descent from the"first,Earl of Derwent"Water, but when she first laid claim to ’ the title and estates she was unable to ...give an account of the whereabouts of ,rber ; eldest son, who of course was ilikeiy to prove an important factor in ' the matter. So long ago as 1857 the •' Eldest , son of the claimant “ Countess ” was then residing at Hampton- ' wick) left his home, and until a few * days ago. has never communicated with r his friends or relatives. Right years ~~ago the “ Countess” advertised for her son, but no tidings of his were received until very recently, when a female relative of the js-femily residing in the Hackney Road received a letter purporting to have heen waitten by the long-lost son. The T writer states that on leaving his home ■s? vessel as an ordinary seaman. He “ v eventually .went to Waikato, New Zealand, where he settled down. His r letter is dated from this place. He c states that he saw the advertisement O inquiring as to his. whereabouts only a few months since. His letter also con- £ tains the information that whilst living

“ at Waikato he has acquired considerable property, and the writer intimates his intention of at once proceeding to England to prosecute his claim to the Denventwater estates.

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AN AUCKLAND CLAIMANT TO AN ENGLISH PEERAGE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 824, 21 December 1882

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AN AUCKLAND CLAIMANT TO AN ENGLISH PEERAGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 824, 21 December 1882

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