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Washington Post
Washington DC, USA

Sep 16, 1904
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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.

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