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EARL OF SEAFIELD

KILLED IN FfiANOH. LONDON, November 11). 'Jin 1 Earl of Nonlipid, eleventh jiccr of (he title, mill thirteenth chief of tlio famous Clan Uiant in (Scotland, has mot if soldier's death in the uorili of Franco, while .serving as a captain in (lie .Kli Battalion of (lie Cameron JI Tliil news has caused groat regret in the norlli of Scotland, where, since ho and the Countess ot' Sun Hold took up llioii' rosiilonei' at Castlo (Irani, Morayshire, and C'ullon limine, Banffshire, after tHi! 1 death of -tlio late Countess of Sealield, he has ln'oti exceedingly |4'j)iular among all c,lasses, lie was struck in the head by a fragment of shell on Friday Jusi, receiving injuries tvliicli placed hid recovery beyond liope, mid lie died on Saturday. Horn in April,■ JS7(i, in Now Zealand, Lord Sealiold was educated at Christ's College Grninmiir School ami Lincoln Agricultural' College,'ami in ISSS succeeded his father in the ancient peerage of Seatield,. with various other honours belonging to one of tlu> oldest families in Scotland. In 18!>S lie married Mary KJiznbetli Nina, eldest daughter of the late Dr Joseph H. Towiieml. of Christchurch, and they have one child, Lady Nina Caroline Ogilvie-Clrant, who will be ten years of age next April. This dangli'trr now takes in her own right the Scottish Karldom of Sealield, but the barony of Strathspey of the Cnited Kingdom, which the late carl also held, and in virtue of which heisabiu the House of Lords, goes to his younger brother, the Hon. Trevor Ogilv'ie-Grant, who, in addition, takes the baronetcy associated witli I lie name for a very long period. The new Lord Strathspev was born in 18711,

A telegram wan received by the family on Saturday morning from the chaplain of the casually clearing station slating thai Lord Scalield wan "dangerously wounded",and "not re covering." Later a telegram from the Secretary of Stale for war announced thai death took place 011 Saturday, and expressed very deep regret. Lord Scalield had been expected in London on Sunday last, and it was only on Friday morning thai a letter was received from him, in which lie wrote to his sister, Lady Nina Kuowles, wife of Sir Lees ICuowles, lit.:—"My leave is cancelled until a later date, We have just conic in from trenches, and occupy others to-morrow (Wednesday). The trendies here are very wel and swampy. . . . Sunday lusl we had a very" bad day, and lost eighteen men from shells." The Karl's death recalls the singular disposition of I lie estates of Scalield aud (irant. They were conveyed, 011 her death in 11)11, by the late Caroline, Dowager Countess of Senlidd, to trustees, in preservation for the heirs who might succeed to the style and title of Hie Earl of Meld. She had inherited them under disposition and settlement granted by her son, the eighth earl, who predeceased her, neither his nude, the ninth earl, nor his nephew, the, tenth earl, succeeding lu them with the title, This curious mantier of .set I lenient, initialed l»,v her husband, and continued by her son, had for ils intention Ihe management of the estates, with a view to llieir proper development, to Ihe reduction of debt, ami lu the comfort ami well-being 1 of the tenantry. The trustees were given ample powers of management for the carrying out of Ihe purposes, ami on the expiry of the period specified in the trust disposition •Were directed to entail the'estates 011 the Karl of Sealiohl for the.time aud his successors iu Ihe title.

At'ler }-ucrce<liiitf to the estates, the late J&irl devoted much time to all Hint was likely Id hciielit his tenantry, and gained a reputation-for knowledge, ol' estate problems, lie look ati (.'specially keen interest in the alToreskitiuii, At. Hie outbreak ol' the present war In- ,joined the Cameron Highlanders, ami was for some months engaged in recrniling work in liis own country and in Elginshire, lie was, most successful; not one eligible male is left at his place, I'nllen Mouse. Jle had' served, roughly, seven or eight months in the trenches, returning once when willed on ollicjjil business to Kiliubiirgli. It is understood that in July last he was offered a stall' appointment but could not see liis way to accept it.

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EARL OF SEAFIELD, North Otago Times, Volume CII, Issue 13461, 4 January 1916

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EARL OF SEAFIELD North Otago Times, Volume CII, Issue 13461, 4 January 1916

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