Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden

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Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden

Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden, 4th Baron Seaford (9 May 1880 – 5 November 1946), was a British peer, landowner, writer and patron of the arts. He was also a motorboat racer who competed in the 1908 Summer Olympics.

Early life[edit]

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". In 1917 his name was legally changed to Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis. He was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

Military career[edit]

He saw military service in both the Boer War and World War I.

Collecting and interests[edit]

He succeeded his father to the barony in 1899 and in 1901 inherited further estates. He had an interest in genealogy and heraldry. He amassed one of the most extensive collections of armour in the UK, most of which is now on display at Dean Castle, Kilmarnock. He lived for years at Chirk Castle, Denbighshire, and learned the Welsh language. He was President of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales from 1931-1945. [2]

As a crew member of the Dylan he participated in the first and only motor boat competitions at the Olympics 1908 in London.

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.[3] He was succeeded as Baron Howard de Walden by his son, John Osmael Scott-Ellis. He was also the maternal grandfather of the writer Miranda Seymour through his daughter Rosemary's marriage to George Fitzroy Seymour.


He married Margarita van Raalte, herself a collector of antiquities. Children from this marriage were:

  • John Osmael Scott-Ellis, 9th Baron Howard de Walden (27 Nov 1912 – 9 Jul 1999) married firstly Irene Gräfin von Harrach, daughter of Hans-Albrecht Graf von Harrach and Helene Gräfin von und zu Arco-Zinneberg, on 21 August 1934. He married secondly, Gillian Margaret Buckley, daughter of Cyril Francis Stewart Buckley and Audrey Burmester, in 1978.
  • Hon. Bronwen Mary Scott-Ellis (b. 27 Nov 1912 - 2003) married Hon. James Louis Lindsay, son of David Lindsay, 27th Earl of Crawford and Constance Lilian Pelly, on 26 April 1933
  • Hon. Elisabeth Gwendolen Scott-Ellis (b. 5 Dec 1914 - 1976) married, firstly, Count Serge Orloff-Davidoff, son of Alexis Orloff-Davidoff, Count Orloff-Davidoff, on 24 July 1935. She married, secondly, Bernard Wheeler Robinson, son of Dr. Henry Wheeler Robinson, on 31 October 1959.
  • Hon. Essylt Priscilla Scott-Ellis (15 Nov 1916 - 1983) married José Luis de Vilallonga y Cabeza de Vaca, 9th Marquess of Castellvell on 27 September 1945.
  • Hon. Margaret Irene Gaenor Scott-Ellis (b. 2 Jun 1919) married Lieutenant Richard Frank Heathcoat-Amory, son of Lt.-Col. Harry William Ludovic Heathcoat-Amory and Evelyn Mary Stanley, on 18 July 1938.
  • Hon. Rosemary Nest Scott-Ellis (b. 28 Oct 1922) married George Fitzroy Seymour on 1 June 1946.

Dispute with John Lewis[edit]

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.[4]

Scott-Ellis died, aged 66, on 5 November 1946 in London.[1]


  • 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 (1912)
  • Pont Orewyn (1914)
  • Lanval (1915)
  • Dylan (1919)
  • The Cauldron of Annwn (1922)


  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)). 
  2. ^ Brace M ‘‘The History of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales’’, CPRW Welshpool, 2004. pg46.
  3. ^ Welsh Biography Online. Accessed 16 June 2014
  4. ^ "Obituary: Mr John Lewis". The Times. 9 June 1928. p. 16. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of England
Preceded by
Frederick George Ellis
Baron Howard de Walden
Succeeded by
John Osmael Scott-Ellis
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frederick George Ellis
Baron Seaford
Succeeded by
John Osmael Scott-Ellis