|Sep 16, 1904
News and Gossip From Other Lands
Lord and Lady Sligo, who are now in this country, and who have been staying
at Pride's Crossing, Newport, and other fashionable summer resorts with American
friends, are quite elderly. Lord Sligo is some seventy years of age, and, .ike
his two older brothers and predecessors in the title, is a son of the second
Marquis of Sligo, who, was before he succeeded to the peerage, was convicted at
the Old Bailey and sentenced to a fine of $25,000 and to four months'
imprisonment in Newgate for the, in those days, heinous offense of
"seduction of a seaman of one of his majesty's ships in the
Mediterranean" to navigate his yacht to England.
The third marquis-that is to say, the elder brother of
the present Lord Sligo, was, as Lord Altamont, present at several of the great
battles in India, and married three times, each of ihs three wives presenting
him with daughters, instead of with a son. It is related when his third wife was
about to become a mother, his friend, the Hon. Dennis Bingham, suggested that
the child whose birth was then expected should be christened "Centenaire"
(Century), as it represented the united ages of the father, who was sixty-three
and the mother, who was thirty-seven. But, instead of one child, there appeared
twin daughters, for each of whom Capt. Bingham then suggested the appropriate
name of "Bi-centenaire."
Lord Sligo, who is heir to the eccentric Marquis of
Clanricarde, is descended from John Brown, who was a colonel in the army of King
James II, and one of the parties to the Treaty of Limerick, which he is credited
with having drafted. His descendants were successively invested with the Barony
of Monteagle, the Viscount of Westport, and the Earldom of Altamont, receiving
the Marquisate of Sligo as the price of their support of the union between
England and Ireland at the beginning of the last century. While Lord Sligo sits
in the House of Lords as Lord Monteagle, there is no connection whatsoever
between his family and that of the Lord Monteagle who played so prominent a part
in the gunpowder plot in the reign of King James I.