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SCOTT-ELLIS , THOMAS EVELYN ( 1880 - 1946 ), 8th BARON HOWARD DE WALDEN and 4th BARON SEAFORD , landowner and sportsman, writer, and patron of the arts ;

b. 9 May 1880 , only son of Frederick George Ellis , 7th baron , and Blanche , eldest dau. and co-heir of William Holden , of Palace House , co. Lancaster . Educated at Eton and the Royal Military College , Sandhurst , he served in the Boer War , and afterwards in World War I . He succeeded, as 8th baron , in 1899 . His descent from John Ellis , who was descended from a family of that name seated at Wrexham and who went to Jamaica in the reign of Charles II , is given in Debrett , Burke , and other works on the peerage; the additional name of Scott was adopted by the 8th baron in 1917 . He m. 1912 , Margherita Dorothy , dau. of Charles van Raalte , and they had 6 children. He lived for years at Chirk Castle , Denbighshire ; in 1929 he bought the Old Hall at Croesnewydd , near Wrexham , which had been the home of his ancestors. He also spent some time at Llanina, Cards.

Besides being a patron of dramatists (in Wales and London ) and musicians, e.g. his association with Josef Holbrooke in the production of The Children of Don and Dylan , he was himself a writer , the Arthurian cycle giving him the subject of his first play, and, later, the folklore of Wales providing him with material for operatic libretti. Among his works are: Children of Don ( 1912 ), Pont Orewyn ( 1914 ), Lanval ( 1915 ), Dylan ( 1919 ), The Cauldron of Annwn ( 1922 ), The Cauldron of Annwn, including the story of Bronwen ( 1929 ), Five Pantomimes ( 1930 ), Song of Gwyn ap Nudd [ 1913 ]. He had previously published Banners, standards, and badges: from a Tudor manuscript in the College of Arms , and Some feudal lords and their seals , both in 1904 . His last full-length play, which dealt with the emperor Heraclius and his relations with both Christianity and Islam , was produced in 1924 . He was awarded the degree of LL.D. honoris causa by the University of Wales , was President of the Nat. Museum of Wales and a governor of the Nat. Library of Wales . In 1938 he became a trustee of the Tate Gallery . He d. 5 Nov. 1946 in London .


  • Burke's … Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage (1949) ;
  • Debrett's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage, and Companionage (1952) , (1938) ;
  • The Times , 6 Nov. 1949 ;
  • NLW MSS 4970-6074;
  • Who was who? , 1941-50 .


Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001