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The Monreith Cross from the Mochrum Justice Hill.

Sir Herbert Eustace Maxwell of Monreith, 7th Baronet KT, PC, FRS, FRGS (8 January 1845–30 October 1937) was a Scottish novelist, essayist, horticulturalist and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1880 to 1906.

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Early life

Maxwell was eldest surviving son of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Maxwell, 6th Baronet and his wife Helenora Shaw-Stewart, daughter of Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart, 5th Baronet. He was educated at Eton, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He was a captain in the 4th batn. Royal Scots Fusiliers and a J.P. and Deputy Lieutenant for Wigtownshire.[1]

Political career

Maxwell was elected Member of Parliament for Wigtownshire in the 1880 general election and held the seat until 1906.[2] He served in the Conservative administration of Lord Salisbury as a Junior Lord of the Treasury from 1886 to 1892 and was admitted to the Privy Council in 1897. He was Lord Lieutenant of Wigtown from 1903 to 1935.

Marriage and issue

Maxwell married Mary Fletcher-Campbell, daughter of Henry Fletcher Campbell, of Boquhan, Stirling, on 20 January 1869. She predeceased him on the 3 September 1910. By her, he had two children who also both predeceased him

  • Ann Christian Maxwell (5 September 1871- 5 April 1937)
  • Lt. Col. Aymer Edward Maxwell, (26 October 1877-died from wounds 9 October 1914). Aymer Maxwell married Lady Mary Percy, daughter of Henry Percy, 7th Duke of Northumberland and by her had one daughter and three sons one of which was naturalist and author, Gavin Maxwell.[3]

Works

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Novels

  • Sir Lucian Elphin (1889),
  • The Letter of the Law (1890),
  • A Duke of Britain (1895),
  • Chevalier of the Splendid Crest (1905),

Non Fiction

  • Meridiana, Noontide Essays (1892)
  • Scottish Land Names (1894)
  • Afternoon Essays (1895)
  • Rainy Days in a Library (1896)
  • Bruce and the Struggle for Scottish Independence
  • History of the House of Douglas-from the earliest times down to the legislative union of England and Scotland (1902)-introduced by William Lindsay, Windsor Herald
  • Memories of the Months (7 series-1897 through to 1922)
  • Story of the Tweed (1905)
  • The Making of Scotland (1911)

Also "Lives" of W.H. Smith, Wellington, Romney, etc.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Vans-Agnew
Member of Parliament for Wigtownshire
1880 - 1906
Succeeded by
Lord Elcho
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The 10th Earl of Stair
Lord Lieutenant of Wigtown
1903–1935
Succeeded by
The 12th Earl of Stair
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
William Maxwell
Baronet
(of Monreith)
1877–1937
Succeeded by
Aymer Maxwell

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