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The Right bon. Lord Tweedmouth.
BY THE REV. W. S. CROCKETT, TWEEDSMUIR.

Author of "Minstrelsy of the Merse," etc.
OLITICS in the Border Counties is as strong and honest manfulness, with the cheery

exciting as anywhere else in the Kingdom and breezy good nature so characteristic of him

I remember well my first introduction to as Mr. Edward Marjoribanks are ever the same. the subject of the present sketch. As Mr. Perhaps no modern politician has had so many Marjoribanks he was fighting the Liberal cause in ties or inducements which might have bound Berwickshire. In common with their seniors, him to the Conservative party, but Lord young Earlston had caught the political Tweedmouth in the earnest desire to do what he contagion. We-most of us apprentices- believes to be his duty, has chosen to abide by were bent on having some share in the his first love. The Border Magazine does not growing excitement. We had hied us intend to discuss politics. It means to give a forth to the public. hall of the village where wide berth to all partyisms. It is to treat of the candidate was to address that portion of his statesmen and of public men as it finds them in electorate. At first there was no admittance for their relation to the Border country and their the embryonic Whigs and Tories. A sturdy devotion to its welfare. So Lord Tweedmouth constable defied all progress. But luck unexpec- appears in these pages as a good Merse man ted came to the patient band and in we scrambled whose heart is knit to Berwickshire and the through the half-opened door-way. Scowling Borderland by more than ordinary associations. countenances pierced us from all parts of the The Right Honourable Edward Marjoribanks, building. We had intruded, I fear, with a boyish second Baron Tweedmouth, was born on the 8th noise. We had burst in on the speaker's eloquence. July, 1849. His father, Sir Dudley Coutts To our credit, however, let it be recorded, we Marjoribanks, Bart., sat for the Borough of Berwick sat quiet for the remainder of the meeting, and from 1853 to 1868, and again from 1874 until tried our best to look as if we too understood his elevation to the Peerage in 1881. He and enjoyed the inevitable “heckling.” That was educated at Harrow and Christ Church, is sixteen years ago. Mr. Marjoribanks has had Oxford, and called to the Bar in 1873. The since then a brilliant Parliamentary career. For same year he had the good fortune to secure for fourteen years he held well his post in the Com- his wife Lady Fanny Octavio Louisa Spencermons. He sits no more in that House where his Churchill, third daughter of the sixth Duke of toughest battles have been fought. He has Marlborough, and sister of the late Lord Randolph changed his name but not his principles. The Churchill, a lady who has proved herself a most

worthy helpmeet to her honourable partner in all the Conservatives. Then again the countyhis onerous public duties, and whose devotion is true to its old traditions-returned another none the less real to whatever things are lovely Marjoribanks, who, whatever may be the diverand of good report in their private and domestic gence of opinion as to his political creed, has life. Lady Tweedmouth is a model politician's found a warm personal friendship from men of wife. An indefatigable worker, she has rendered all classes, during his brief parliamentary con signal service to her husband and his friends nection with them. during many busy and somewhat trying occasions Under the Government of Mr. Gladstone Mr. of parliamentary experience. Possessed of many Marjoribanks held several prominent offices. In excellent qualities, and of a singularly amiable 1886 he was appointed Comptroller of Her disposition, Lady Tweedmouth can hardly fail to Majesty's Household. On Mr. Arnold Morley win the esteem and the admiration of those who resigning the position of Chief Liberal Whip in meet her whether in public or in private. In August, 1894, Mr. Marjoribanks succeeded to 1874, Mr. Marjoribanks unsuccessfully contested the vacant post-certainly at that particular time West Ham, but in 1880 was returned for an arduous, and exacting enough one. Sir Berwickshire, which he continued to represent William Harcourt remarked that he was the best

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until succeeding to the Peerage at his father's Whip the Liberal party ever had. To him are death in 1894. It was natural that Mr. largely due its strength and solidarity. He was Marjoribanks should look to Berwickshire as a admitted by all sections of the House to be “a fair field on which to win his political spurs. The born Whip,” and a “prince of organizers." name of Marjoribanks was one to conjure with “Whipping," writes a Member of Parliament in the county. No memory is cherished with who knows Lord Tweedmouth well, “is not deeper respect by Berwickshire people than that always an agreeable office, for when tired legisof David Robertson of Ladykirk, Lord lators wish to withdraw from their labours the Marjoribanks. In 1859 he retrieved the broken Whip has to enter his gentle remonstrance, and hope of the Liberal cause which had by appeals to the interests of the party and other been suddenly shattered twenty-six years methods to induce him to continue his wearied previously through the untimely death of his labours. When Mr. Marjoribanks was only brother. Charles. He represented the county second Whip he did this with a tact and till 1873. For the next seven years Major Baillie “bonhomie " which one would hardly think Hamilton of Langton, held the constituency for possible if he is met only in a sterner mood.

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