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NORTHOP. DEATH OF MR. JOHN SCOTT BANKES. We deeply regret to record the death of Mr. John Scott Bankes, of Soughton Hall, who passed away about four o'clock on Sunday morning. About twelve months ago his health commenced to fail him, and he went to reside at Scarborough for some months. The change was apparently beneficial, and hi returned home at the end of May last: and re- sumed a portion of his public duties, attending the quarterly meeting of the Flintshire County Council at Flint, in June. Early in July he suffered a serious relapse, and about three or four weeks ago his illness was known to have entered upon a very acute and critioal stage, so that the fad tidings of his death came as no surprise to those who heard them on Sunday. The melanoholy announcement was made to the congregation at Northop Pariah Church at the morning service. Mr. John Scott Bankes was one of the most prominent landowners in North Wales, and was in official cirolos the best known man in Flintshire. Born in 182G, Mr. Bankes was the eldest son of the late Rev. Edward Bankes, of Radipolc, near Wey. mouth, and canon of Worcester Cathedral. lie adopted the profession of a barrister, and on the death of his fafher in 1857 he eucoeeded to the Soughton Hall estate in Flintshire and the Bennar estate in Carnarvonshire, comprising together about 5,000 acres. In 1857 he qualified as a justice of the peace for Flintshire, and in 1869 (two years after the memorable Moid Riote) he served the office of aigh Sheriff. In 1861 he was appointed chairman of the Flintshire Quarter Sessions on the death of Mr. Edward Lewis Riohards- The onerous dutios appertaining to this position he discharged with exceptional ability and unswerving fidelity, and proof of the high estimation in which he was held by his brother magistrates was afforded on the 3rd of Jane, 1889, when in recognition of 2.5 years' service as chairman he was presented with a valuable piece of plate and an illuminated address. On the passing of the Local Government Act, 1838, he was elected a member of the Flintshire County Council as the representative of the Northop Elec- toral Division He was appointed the first vice- chairman of the Connoil, which he held concurrently with that of chairman of the Standing Joint Com- mittge. He attended the quarterly meeting of tho Flintshire County Council at Flint, in June last, and was elected an alderman of the Council, in the place of the late Mr. William Johnson, defoating Mr. Herbert Gladstone by five voteit; Among many public offices he held Mr. Bdnkes was for many years chairman of the Holywell Board of Guardians and chairman of the Chester Port Sanitary Authority. He was also a director of the Halkyn Mines Drainage, He occupied a prominent position in connection with the Denbighshire and Flint- shire Agricultural Society, and was for many years the most successful exhibitor of Shropshire sheep. Mr. Bankes was brother to the Rev. Edward Surtees BaLkep, of Corfe Castle, Dorset, and brother. to Mr. P, P. Pennant (Nantlys), Deputy- chbirmtisi of the Flintshire Quarter Sessions. He was of distinguished family, his mother being a daughter of the first Lord Eldon, in whose office lie studied law when a young man. He married fir,t, in 1819, a daughter of Sir John Jervis secondly, in 1SS3, the youngest daught3r of the late Rev. G. Pearson. He leaves three sons and four daughters, two of tLe foraier being Mr. John Eldon Bankes and Mr. Ralph V. Bankes, both of whom are rising barristers, practising on the Chester and North Wales circuit. In politics, Mr. Bankes was latterly a Liberal Unionist. He was at one time anxious to represent the county in Parliament as a Liberal, but was not selected by the representa- tives. We understand that a memorial service will be held in St. Paul's Church, Rhosesmor, on Sunday evening, Sept. 30th. THE FUNERAL The funeral of the deceased took plaeo at Nortlior, on Wedne day Every public body and every class, creed, and party seemed to be represented Tho funeral cortege left Soughton TIll, the fainity residence, shortly before twelve, the chief mourners being Mr J Eldon Bankes, Rev Edward Bankes. and Mr italph V Bankes, sons Mrs M Wiggin, Mrs R Wynne Eyton, Mrs C a Ashlon, Mrs Walter Buddicom, anil Mies Bankes, daughters; liev Eldon Bankes, brother; Mr Wynne Eyton, Mr C II Asshton. ard Mr P P Pennant, brothers-in-law Mr Pearson, and Mr David Pennant At the lodge gates the cortege was joined by representatives of the various public bodies, including the following magis- trates:—> ol Cooke, Mr Bryan Davies-Cooka, Mr 11 St John Raikes, Col Trevor Roper, Mesijrs J Watkinson, J Corbett, B Philips, J Reney, LI J Henry, Thomas Bate, Major Lloyd, Thomas Parry. E 11 Wain, Charles Davison, Col Meshain, Messrs H Lloyd Jones, A 1' Roberts, and A T Keene (justices' clerk), Alderman J L Muspratt 'chairman), and other mem- bers representing the County Council; while the Holywell Board of Guardians (of which deceased was chairman for many ye rs) had several members present, in addition to the clerk (Mr P Harding Roberts) and the master (Mr Hughes). Mr T Bellis and other members of the Mold Local Board also attended, as did the Chief Constable [Major Webber. Supt J Ivor Davies, and a contingent of the Flintshire Con. stabulary, as well as the members of thenlold Fire BI, under Major Macgregor Mr Hen:y Taylor, F S A, attendc' to represent the Flint Corporation, with Alderman Josepi; Hall Awaiting the arrival of the procession within the Church were Mr and Airs Gladstone, who had brought with them a beautiful floral cross This, with several wreaths, was placed on the coffin, which bore the inscripiion, John Scott Bankes, born 11th January, IHií; died lf;tli September, 1¡1." The .service at the Church and at the grave wis con- ducted by the Rev Canon Richardson, Vicar of Northop. assisted by the liev T Jones, curate. The body was interred in the family vault, where the first Mrs Bankes was buried.




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