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DELORAINE, earl of, a title in the peerage of Scotland, now extinct, derived from certain lands in Selkirkshire, parish of Ettrick, and probably so called from the name of the original possessor, (De Lorraine, a province in the north-east of France,) and conferred in 1706, on Lord Henry Scott, grandson of Charles the Second, being the third but second surviving son of the unfortunate duke of Monmouth and his wife Anne, duchess of Buccleuch, and born in 1676. His lordship took the oath and his seat in the last parliament of Scotland, in October 1706, and steadily supported the treaty of union. In 1707 he had the command of a regiment of foot, and in 1730 he rose to the rank of major-general in the army. At the general election in 1715, he was elected one of the sixteen representative Scottish peers, and rechosen in 1722 and 1727. He was so much distinguished for his politeness, that Dr. Young, author of the “Night Thoughts,” “The Revenge,” &c., depicting the character of a conceited coxcomb, says,

                        “He only thinks himself, so far from vain,
                        Stanhope in wit, in breeding Deloraine.”

He died 25th December 1730.

      Francis, his elder son, second earl, born 11th February 1712, was a captain in the royal navy, and commander of the Seaford in the Mediterranean, at the time of his brother’s death. Being obliged to return home, on account of the bad state of his health, he died in his coach at Acton, on his way to London, 31st January 1740, in his 28th year, leaving two sons, Henry, fourth earl, and the Hon. John Scott, a councillor at law, and commissioner of bankrupts, who died in Gray’s Inn, London, 3d December 1788.

      Henry, fourth and last earl of Deloraine, born 8th February 1737, succeeded to the title when only three years old. Having by extravagance in his youth deeply involved his estate, he in middle age secured from the wreck of his fortune an annuity of one thousand pounds, on which he afterwards lived very privately. He died without issue in September 1807, when his titles became extinct.

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