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Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden

Thomas, 8th Baron Howard de Walden

Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden, 4th Baron Seaford (9 May 1880 – 5 November 1946), was an English peer, landowner, writer and patron of the arts.

Lord Howard de Walden was also a powerboat racer who competed for Great Britain in the 1908 Summer Olympics.


Early lifeEdit

Thomas Ellis was born in London on 9 May 1880.[1] He was baptised with the name of Thomas Evelyn Ellis, and was known within his family as "Tommy". Educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in 1917 he assumed the surname Scott-Ellis by Royal Licence.[2]

Military careerEdit

Commissioned into the 10th Hussars, he saw military service as a Lieutenant in the Second Boer War before retiring from active service in August 1902.[3] Scott-Ellis resumed military service during World War I, being promoted Major in the Royal Tank Corps.[4]

Collecting and interestsEdit

After succeeding to his family titles in 1899 he inherited further estates in 1901, including property in Marylebone, London and earned the title of 'Britain's wealthiest bachelor'. He took a lease on [Audley End House], [Essex] which had once belonged to his ancestors, in 1904 but reportedly never felt settled there. The artist Auguste Rodin created a bust of Lord Howard de Walden in 1906 which is held in the collection kept at the Rodin Museum.[5] In 1911, in preparation for his marriage, he leased Chirk Castle, Denbighshire, which became his main residence after WWI until 1946, and where he learned the Welsh language; he later served as president of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales from 1931 to 1945. [6]

Lord Howard de Walden became a keen heraldist and genealogist, as well as amassing one of the most extensive collections of British armour, most of which is now on display at Dean Castle, Kilmarnock.[7] As a crew member of the Dylan he participated in the first and only motor boat competitions at the Olympics 1908 in London.[8]

In 1914 he provided financial support for the creation of Crab Tree Club in London and also in that year he was one of the people "blessed" in Wyndham Lewis's Blast magazine.

Lord Howard de Walden was also an author, who produced several plays under the pseudonym of T. E. Ellis.[9]

Dispute with John LewisEdit

John Lewis of the eponymous department store on Oxford Street engaged in a protracted legal dispute with De Walden, his ground landlord, over the Holles Street premises. The litigation went through the courts for twenty-three years and cost Lewis £40,000. At one point John Lewis was sent to Brixton Jail for contempt of court, and De Walden sued him for libel following his erection of placards at his stores. The case was eventually settled amicably.[10]


In 1912, Lord Howard de Walden married Margarita van Raalte (CBE, DStJ, died 1974);[11] herself a collector of antiquities. Their children were:

Lord Howard de Walden died, aged 66, on 5 November 1946 in London,[1] being succeeded in the family titles by his son, John Osmael Scott-Ellis.


  • Some Feudal Lords and Their Seals (1903)
  • Banners Standards and Badges from a Tudor Mansucript in the College of Arms (1904)
  • The Children of Don: a drama in verse (1912)
  • Pont Orewyn (1914)
  • Lanval: a drama in four acts (1908)
  • Dylan (1919)
  • The Cauldron of Annwn (1922)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Maclagan, Michael; H.C.G. Matthew (2004). "Ellis, Thomas Evelyn Scott-, eighth Baron Howard de Walden (1880–1946)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (1st Online Edition 2011 January ed.). Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2014-06-01. (Subscription required (help)). 
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  3. ^ "No. 27460". The London Gazette. 1 August 1902. p. 4963. 
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  5. ^ "Lord Thomas Evelyn Howard de Walden, Musée Rodin, Les collections du Musée Rodin". Musée Rodin (in French). Retrieved 2017-08-18. 
  6. ^ Brace M ‘‘The History of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales’’, CPRW Welshpool, 2004. pg46.
  7. ^ Dean Castle & Country Park
  8. ^ Royal Motor Yacht Club
  9. ^ Welsh Biography Online. Accessed 16 June 2014
  10. ^ "Obituary: Mr John Lewis". The Times. 9 June 1928. p. 16. 
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