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DEATH OF MR DAVID PUGH, M.P.

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DEATH OF MR DAVID PUGH, M.P. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH. We regret to announce the death of Mr David Pugh, member of Parliament for the Eastern division of Carmarthenshire, which took place in the early boura of Saturday at the Hotel Metro- pole, London. Mr Pugh, who was 84 years of age, had been in fading health for some months, but, notwithstanding, proceeded to London at the commencement of the present session to dis- charge his parliamentary duties. Early last week the bon. gentleman was taken seriously ill at the Hotel Metropole, and his estate agent (Mr G. Jones) was summoned with all speed from Llau- dilo. Having regard to Mr Pugh's advanced age there was little expectation of his recovery, and he gradually sank and passed peacefully away in the small hours of Saturday morning. The deceased Konfclsraan was the oldest member of the existing House of Commons with the excop- tio.n of the Hon. C. P. Villiers, the veteran senior member for Wolverhampton, Mr David Pugh was born at Manoravon, a picturesque residence situate three miles to the east of Llandilo, in the year 18C6, and was there- fore in his 85th year. He was the eldest son of the late Colonel David Rtron Pugh, by Elizabeth, daughter of Mr Williani Beynon, of Treworn, Pembrokeshire. Mr Pugh's father was a pro- minent figure in the county life of Carmarthen in the two first decades of the present century, and filled the position of High Sheriff of Carmarthenshirfa for several successive years. Ou his mother's side he was connected with an old and honourable Pembrokeshire family. The fine estate of Manoravon was purchased by Mr Pugh's father from a Mr Day, who in his time was a prosperous banker at Llandilo. The de- ceased gentlemau was the eldest of three children. His brober, the late Rev. John William Pugh, M.A., was for fifteen years, and until his death, vicar of bl-tndilo; while his only sister died at an early age. Mr Pugh received his early training at the famous Kugby School, and subsequently proceeded to Baliiol College, Oxford, where he had a brilhaut career. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1837, and for some years went the Northern Circuit. Possessed of considerable private means, Mr Pugh never devoted himself to the work of making a large practice at the bar, but he was a strikiug figure at the bar mess, where his brilliant conversational powers and hill fund of auccdote and story made him immensely popular. After his brother's death Mr Pugh came to reside permanently at Manoravon. His estate consists of some of tij,3 tinomt land in South Wales. He applied himself to the work of perfecting the processes of agriculture in the neighbourhood, and in this way conferred a lasting benefit on the tillers of the soil in Carmarthenshire, As a breeder of shorthorns he soon acquired a national reputation. Mr Pugh fulfilled with rare assiduity all the duties of an opulent country gentleman. From 1843 to 1852 ho was chairman of the Carmar- theuaUirti Quarter Sessions, in which capacity his legal training and logical acumnn served him in good stead. On the occasion of the founding of the volunteer force became forward in support of that patriotic movement with all the energy of his nature. For some time ho occupied the post of captain of the Llauddo r.fle corps. Ou the decease of Mr David A. S. Davies, Mr Pugh was 011 the 12t,u JuiiHj 1857, elected unopposed as one cf the two parliamentary representatives of his native county. His politics when first returned to the House of Commons appear to have been some- what nebulous, -And he is variously described at this data as a Liberal and as a Conservati le. The truth prpbably was that he was a Whig of the old school. Associated as ha was at one time with the groat Lord Brougham, ho was certainly n"t an anti-Reformer. In conjunction with Mr David Jones, lie continued to represent the couuty without intermission until 1368, In tho memorable general election which took place in November of that year he lost his seat after a most exciting contest. Mr Pugh's somewhat hazy and indefinite opinions had evidently perplexed the constituency, and when in this election Mr E. J. Sartoris, owner of the Llangennech estate, came forward as an out. and-out Liberal, tho democracy of the county rallied to his standard, There were four candi- dates for the two scats, viz., Mr Sartoris (Liberal), Mr David Joues and Mr H. L. Puxley (Conservatives^, and Mr David Pugh (Indepen- dent). Mr Pugh, who had to fight for his own hand, was defeated, and Mr Sartoris was returned triumphantly at the bead of tbo poll, the figures boing:— Sartoris (L) 3280 Jones (C). 2942 Puxley (C) 2323 Pugh (I) 1340 For the next ten years Mr Pugh abstained Irom taking any activ*. part in the political life of his county. In 1884, howver, tha old veteran, who appeared to havo didcovored the secret of perennial youth, once more threw himself into the fray. When the Hous of Lords obstructed the passage of Mr Gladstone's great msasuro for the extension ot the frauchiae in that year, Carmarthenshire made a vehement remonstrance against the conduct of the Upper Chamber. Mr Pugh was prominent among the exponents of this feeling and at the historic demonstration at Carmarthen, with its troops of mounted horsemen and numberless battalions of agricultural labourers, not tho least conspicuous prsouaiity was that of thoequire of '%1: 1) Manoravon, On the redistribution of seats in 1885 Carmarthenshire was divided into two seats, and Mr D. Pugh was selected to do battle for tho Liberal cause in the eastern division. He was opposed by Sir Marteine Lloyd, Bart., of Uronwydd, whom horror of Mr Chamberlain's uilautliorised prcramme" bad driven from nerveless Liberalism over to the reactionaries. Mr Pugh achieved a notabln victory, defeating bis opponent by au overwhelming; majority. The figures were Mr D. Pugh (L.) 1,487 Sir M. Lloyd (C ) 2,122 Majority 2,365 Mr Pugh voted for Mr Gladstone's Home Rule Bill, aud at the general election of 1886 was returned unopposed. Owing to his advanced age, Mr Pugh's atteudanc8s at the House of Commons recently have been somewhat irregular, but he never failed to enter the rifcht lobby when within the precincts of St. Stephen's. A man of magnificent presence, the deceased had au old timo courtesy of maianer which was very fascinating. He was a gentleman of considerable culture. In this con- nection amusing incidents are recorded. During his electoral campaign Me Pugh always besprinkled his speeches with classi- cismg and when addressing the sturdy miners of Erynamraan and the honest yeomen of Llandilo always pointed a moral or adorned a tale with a quotation from Euripides or Cicero. Mr Pugh was never married. In 1874 he was high sheriff of Carmarthenshire, Tho followiug terse summary of Mr Pugh's career is from the Pall Mall Gazette House of Commons supplement:— Mr David Pugh was educated at Oxford in pre- historic times, and was called to the bar in the aim and distant year of 1837. He is 83 years of ago, High Sheriff of his native county, and famous in Wales As breedor of shorthorns. He sat for Carmarthenshire from 1857 to 1358.

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