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FOLLOW THE TITLE. COME TO A NEW ZEALAND FAMILY. . By Telegraph.- Association.—Copyright. (Received October 18. 11.50 p.m.) London, October 18. . Under the will of the Countess of Seafield, the estates follow the title, and are left in trust for the present earl, who is entitled to reside in one or both houses. His income is increased, and -when he dies, \ the estates go to his successor. *■' The will provides numerous legacies for public institutions, estate officials, relatives, and servnts.

VALUABLE ESTATES. The present Earl of Seafield, who now succeeds .to the Seafield estates in the North of Scotland, is a New Zealandor by birth, having been born in Otago in 1876. He married a daughter of the late Dr. Townond, of Christen nrch. The countess, whose will is referred to in the above cable, was the widow of the seventh carl. The entail of the Seafield estate was cut off during the lifetime of the seventh earl, and on his death he left the estates at the disposal of his widow, whose death occurred some ten days ago, having survived her husband by nearly 30 years. The eighth, ninth, and tenth earls of Seafield consequently had no interest in what had been, the family possessions, but these are now passing to the earldom. On the death of the eighth earl in 1884, the title passed to his uncle, who died soon after , succession. The tenth earl, lived for many years in Timaru, where he was in the Government service, and the Dowager Countess (mother of the present Earl) subsequently lived in Auckland and in Wellington, but ie now resident in England. Mr. Ogilvie-Grant, a brother of the present Earl of Seafield. is still a resident of Wellington. The estates are valuable, and have been greatly improved by the late countess. They comprise: Cullen House in Banffshire, her favourite home of Castle Grant (Strathsprey), Balmaccan in Inverness-shire, and Grant Lodge in Morayshire. The forests alone are said to yield £50,000 a year! The late countess was very wealthy, * supported many philanthropic institutions around her- estate, and was greatly beloved by the tenantry.

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SEAFIELD ESTATES., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911

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SEAFIELD ESTATES. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911

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