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DEATH OF LORD POL WARTH.

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DEATH OF LORD POL WARTH. We regret to announce the death of this highly- esteemed nobleman, which took place on Friday, at one o'clock, at the family seat, Merton-house, Roxburgh- shire. His lordship had been in but indifferent health for several months, but had somewhat recovered, and was able to take an occasional drive. His last public appearance was at St. Boswell's Lamb Fair a few weeks ago. He was subsequently seized with a shock of paralysis, which resulted in his death. The late Henry Francis Hepburne Scott was the di- rect male representative of the Scotts of Harden, being 22nd in lineal male descent from Uchtred Fitz-Scot, whose name attests the charters of the abbeys of Holy- rood and Selkirk granted by David I. His peerage, however, was derived through the house of Hume the barony of Polwarth having originally been a subordinate title of the Earls of Marchmont, which title became dormant in 1793. The father of the deceased peer, Hugh Scott, 11th baron of Harden, married the daughter of the third and last Earl of Marchmont; and in 1835 claimed, and, after much difficulty, was allowed to assume the honours of the barony of Polwarth, which was thereupon restored to the union roll of Scotland, the long list of which it brings to a close. The deceased peer was born on the 1st of January, 1800, and suc- ceeded to the title on his father's death in 1841. He married, in 1835, Georgiana, daughter of the late Mr. Baillie, of Jerviswoode, and sister to the present Earl of Haddington and to Lord Jerviswoode. By his marriage he had two sons and three daughters, and is succeeded by Walter-Hugh, known as Master of Polwarth," now sixth Baron Polwath, born 1838, and who, in February, 1863, married the eldest daughter of George V. Earl of Aberdeen. The late Lord Polwarth was lord-lieutenant of Selkirk- shire, and in that capacity was honorary colonel of the Roxburgh and Selkirk administrative battalion of volun- teers, a circumstance which led him to take a warm interest in all matters affecting the volunteer service. He sat in the House of Lords as one of the sixteen representative peers of Scotland. During the first two Administrations of Lord Derby he had the honour to be a lord in wait- ing to her Majesty. He was a commissioner of supply in the counties of Roxburgh, Berwick, and Selkirk, and probably he has not left behind him any member of these boards possessing greater influence in the adminis- tration of county affairs. Taking great interest in agricul- tural matters, and being himself one of the most famous breeders of Leicesters in Scotland, he gave great attention to the subject of the recent plague amongst cattle. He was a most active member of the various local authorities of the Border district, and was at great pains to obtain information relative to the character of the disease, for which purpose he put himself into communication with the best authorities on this subject both in Great Britain and Russia, and the knowledge so acquired he put to practical account in devising means for prevention and limitation of the disease. In doing so he interpreted the Privy Council orders in the most liberal spirit con- aistent with faithful administration; and it is not too much to say that to his lordship's energy, sound judg- ment, and wise counsel, much was due for the com- parative immunity from the cattle plague which Selkirk- shire enjoyed. The deceased peer was an elder of the Church of Scotland, and was on several occasions a member of the General Assembly. He was a faithful supporter of the claims of the National Church and a liberal friend to its various schemes. He was a firm Conservative in politics, and a man of high patriotic feeling. His benevolent spirit endeared him to all classes of- the community, and his death will be deeply regretted. As "Scott of Harden," he was head of the Scotts.

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