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A NOTABLE MARRIAGE.

♦ A correspondent of the ' Argus,' writing from London, sayi :— " It seems to be ft law of our being that we emphasise those feaiures of our character and those qualities of onr mind "whloh mark us off moat sharply from the neighbors who surround E8 To an Australian this needs little exemplification. If he is not of the Au»« trails for the Aas(r*llnn way of thinking, he is more intensely English that half a dczan natives rolled into one. At. Home the moßt coDaploaons example cf tha principle is th* Scot who is not a Presbyter a- 1. In order to distinguish himself from his or her contemned surroundings, there ia no limit to the * Anglicanism' which that Soot will profoaa. "Now, if there is one thing more than another m which PresbyterUnism is simple and humdrum, it is In its marriage ceremonial— if oeremonnl it on be called. Henoo it ia that when Saiots who are not PtesbyterUns enter Into the holy estate, they take oare to maka the function v alabor*tely ornate at their ingannUy and their means can suggest. On theie principles did Mr Henry Ogilvy and the great heiress, Mlas Mary Georglna Oonstanoe Nisbet- Hamilton, order their wedding last week. The Wedding took plaoe In the. beautiful private chapel of St, Margaret, attaohed to Beil House, Haddlngtonshlre, Miss Niflbet-Hatnllton's principal seat In, Scotland. The chapel wai filled with heathet and white roses, the emblem of the Ogllvyi. The service was fired for half-past 8 In the morning, a trying honr for the great company of guests ; bat the bride and bridegroom were minded to take the holy/communion after their marriage, and, as High Church people,- they were bound to rake it fasting. The service was perfermed by the Bi&hop of Edinburgh', who wore a great gold mitre and ornate robe of stiff brocade, like unto those for the wearing of which Bishop King, of Lin--con, ia m peril of being hailed to the" la ir by the res-jsoitated ' Church Association. 1 The service was elaborately rituatistio, the Bishop of Edinburgh being assisted by four clergymen. When going tip- the aisle he was preceded by many strange functionaries inoluding two acolytes, one carrying a gigantic cross and the other the episcopal crozier. After the service the bishop gave the beced'ction from the altnr Bteps, crczier m hand, and with the two front fingers of his hand extended a la Bom&ine. It was part of the * swagger ' displayed at this remarkable wedding that the prayer-book from which the marriage service was read was 'a prayer book wbioh bad belonged to Archbishop Secher, and which had been used on the occ it ion of George 111. being married. A f ter the early ceremonial there . was a mundane breakfast at eleven, and at half-past two the vast and brilliant company troop ? d away, being so directed by & notice on the cards of invitation, reaving the sedate couple to the sober happiness of their autumn honeymoon at Beil fcfquse itself, " Mr Henry Ogilvy; who is a son of an immensely old Scotch baronet named Bir John Ogilvy, of Baldovea, Forfarshlre, Is a staid gentleman of fiftyoue, passionately attaohed to hts church, replete of culture of a kind, able to talk of heraldry, of pidlgreeo, of orders of chivalry, of Scottish poetry, well read, and better, bred— shy and retiring from ouotaot with the loud and poshing herd,, who jostle and shove and laugh through life, and presume nowadays tq call themselves sootety. Mlsa Nlsbet-Hamlhou Is* » lady of coo genial tastes and feelings,; Shi Is now somewhere on the wrong side of forty. At one time, being the only child of her father, she wis reokoned the greatest heiress m England, but ia her case, as In that of the other great heiress, Lady Brooke, agricultural depression has played sad haypo with her income. Her father wara penrifless cadet of the House of TJundas of Amiston, He took the name of Obrhj* topher on being left a property m Lincolnshire by a relation, and Was knoyrn m Parliament for twenty years under that name, sitting as a ProteoUo&iat. H« married the only daughter of' the seventh; Earl of Elgin, and obtained through her two properties, In reipeot to whifeh. bb added the nimes of. Niehot and Hamilton to Christopher* wholly dropping his patronymic of Duudif, He was a bard and haughty man, who thought that a teD ant's first duty and main use In life were to pay rent—and very stiff rents they were generally which he made hla tenant pay. Agriculture m time became dleorganUed by American, competition.. The tenants began to watt beneath their load, Mr Christopher Nlsbet-Hamllton drew himself together for the struggle. This was reballlon--flit blasphemy. Among the most conspicuous of the complainants was one Hope— a man said to have been the best agrlonltnrlat m Scotland, and having many thousand pounds of oapital sunk In hli farm on the expectation of a continuation of his tenancy. Mr Christopher Klsebet Hamilton determined to make an example by striking at Hope, whom he regarded ss a ringleader. Hli tenanoy was terminated, or not renewed; hie offence, m popular language, being that of calling his soul his own. Mr Hope was of course a ruined man.' His case exoited great Interest and deep Indignation m Scotland. Indeed, It may bo said to have given the start to the • land restoration movement' across the border. The swift and terrible veDgeanoe executed upon poor Hope did not 'i top the downward course of values. Inhls earthly paradise at Bell Mr Christopher NlabetHsmllton remained stoutly Indifferent to public odium ; but the 'vents didnt aod wouldn't come maa they' used to do. He died, Indeed, before, the worsj oame, buk things were looking sufficiently blue at the klme that his daughter oame Into tha three

properties. When things were at theit worst she was restored to comparative effiaenoe by the death of a relation, Lidy KuthveD, who left her two more properties la addition to the three she already possessed. .. At one tiaae her father's three properties were worth over thirty thousand a year. Now the five propertlei may yield tea thousand a year clear.

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A NOTABLE MARRIAGE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2029, 5 January 1889

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A NOTABLE MARRIAGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2029, 5 January 1889

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