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THE LITE EARL OF DEVON

The eleventh e»rl of Devon, who died at Powderham Oastla lately at the advanoed age of eighty-one was a moat unfortunate man. The main object of his ttfe mi to dliencamber the Ceattenay c* tates and restore the fallen elorlei of his •nofent family (one of the oldest m England), and with any ordinary look he would hare done so. Up to the time hi* lather aaooeeded the Devonshire rent soil wag £30,000 a year, and the Irish ««t*tes yielded £20,000. Even £50,000 * yea* doei not, unfortunately, laßt long m the hands of inoh a man as wai the tenth Eari. The •• gay Earl " (as he w»i tailed) manaf ed to encumber the property . to* pretty Mine, and when his son aaooeeded In 1859 things were In a very bad way. Lord Devon foond, however, that Vy atrlet economy and being a good land lord be might hope to dear everything off •gain by bb eightieth birthday. Uoforfanately, all the poor mm's efforts la this teipeot were rendered nogatory by the aoandalous extra vaganoe and folly of Ilia con and heir, Lord Courtenay, This *rorthy seems to be a psrtlcuferly violous ttplic* of his grandsire. The Earl helped him again and again, bat it was no good, «nd at laat m despair, he left the fellow to bis fate. Lord Oonrtenay then went through the Bankruptcy Court, paying la In the £ on £10.000, and In 1878 be again paid Is In the £ on £20.000 Early this year be failed again. He, of course, aaeeeedi to practically nothing, tbaoka entirely to hip own folly. The eatatea atlll yield aboat £30,0C0 a year, fmt there are mortgages to the amount of nearly £800,000 on them. The late Lord mi mooh beloved In Ireland, befn? very •harltable,and a landlord who moved with i the times. Bat for being miserably sand , vfehed between an extravagant father and • profligate eon, be would, too, probably, nave made a name m Parliament, as a capital .speaker.

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THE LITE EARL OF DEVON, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2050, 30 January 1889

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THE LITE EARL OF DEVON Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2050, 30 January 1889

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