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The Clifton Family

Newspaper report concerning Lord Donington's will, 1895. Lord Donington was the brother of A. Wykeham Clifton, Warton Hall.

LORD DONINGTON'S WILL.—Our readers will be interested to learn the particulars of the will of the late Lord Donington, brother of Mr A. Wykeham Clifton, Warton Hall. Baron Donington was the third son of the late Mr T. Clifton, of Lytham and Clifton, and died on the 24th July 1895, aged 71 years. His estates are Donington Park, Leicester, Farleigh, Hungerford Castle, Somerset ; Rawdon Hall, Leeds, and Loudoun Castle, Ayr, N.B. Estate duty has been paid on £33,471 3s. as the net value, the gross value having been entered at £76,520 Os 11d.

The executors of Lord Donington's will, with a codicil thereto, both bearing date April 2, 1892, are, Henry, Duke of Norfolk, of Arundel Castle, Sussex, and of Norfolk House, London, K.G., Earl Marshall, and Mr G. E. Lake, of 10, New Square, Lincoln's Inn, solicitor. Probate has been renounced by the testator's third son, the Hon. Gilbert Theophilus Clifton Rawdon-Hastings, also named as an executor in the will.

The Donington estate in the counties of Leicester, Derby, York, and Sussex, to be offered to the late Lord Donington's eldest son, Charles Edward, 11th Earl of Loudoun, Baron Botreaux, Hungerford, and Hastings, upon condition that he concurs in the settlement of the Willesley Estate, Ashby-de-la-Zouch (inherited from Sir Charles Abney-Hastings, Bart.), and the Rowallan estate in Scotland, upon terms specified in Lord Donington's will, If Lord Loudoun agrees thereto the trustees are to settle the Donington estate upon him and his first and other sons successively, with remainder to Lord Donington's second son, the Hon Paulyn Rawdon Hastings, and with strict provision that the tenant for life shall always bear or assume the name of Clifton Mure Campbell Rawdon Hastings.

The Willesley estate is then to be settled upon the Hon. Paulyn Rawdon Hastings, his first and other sons successively with remainder to Lord Donington's third son, the Hon. Gilbert Rawdon Hastings, in favour of whom the Loudoun estate is to be settled ; and the Farleigh Hungerford estate in Somerset is to be settled on the Hon. Gilbert Rawdon Hastings, second son, and his first and other sons, but subject to strict provision—the settlements that the person entitled to possession of the Loudoun estate shall bear or assume the name of Hastings Campbell and the person entitled to the Farleigh Hungerford estate the name of Hungerford Hastings.

Lord Donington bequeaths certain plate and other articles to devolve as heirlooms, and he orders that the business of the Moira Collieries shall be carried on by the trustees for the benefit of the Donington estate. He leaves all the residue of the personal estate in equal shares to his sons, Paulyn and Gilbert. It was Lord Donington's desire to be buried by the side of his late wife, Lady Edith Maud (daughter of the second Marquis of Hastings, and of Barbara, 22nd Baroness Grey de Ruthyn), in their own right Countess of Loudoun who died in 1874.

Blackpool Times 1895

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