Baronets Hume of Polwarth (1625)
1st Baronet Hume, Patrick Hume, b.?, a.1625, d.1648
The ancestor of this branch of the Home family was David Home of
Thurston, who added the barony of Wedderburn by marrying the heiress of those lands.
2nd Baronet Hume, Patrick Hume, b.1641, a.1648, d.1724
Son of the 1st Baronet and Christian Hamilton (b.?, d.1688),
daughter of Sir Alexander Hamilton of Innerwick. He was a staunch Covenanter,
joining James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton,
in his opposition to Lauderdale’s notorious administration. In 1685, he was
forced to leave the country, settling in
Lords Polwarth (1690)
1st Lord Polwarth, Patrick Hume, as above
In 1697 he was created 1st Earl of Marchmont, 1st Viscount of Blasonberrie and 1st Lord Polwarth, Redbraes and Greenlaw.
Earls of Marchmont (1697)
1st Earl of Marchmont, Patrick Hume, as above
The name comes from Marchmont House in Berwickshire, which was sold off in 1913.
2nd Earl of Marchmont, Alexander Hume-Campbell, b.1675, a.1724, d.1740
Son of the 1st Earl and Grizel Ker (b.?, d.1703), daughter of
Sir Thomas Ker of Cavers. He was the third but only surviving son of the 1st
Earl, and changed his name when he married Margaret Campbell, daughter of Sir
George Campbell of Cessnock. He studied at
3rd Earl of Marchmont, Hugh Hume-Campbell, b.1708, a.1739-1740, d.1794
Son of the 2nd Earl and Margaret Campbell (b.?, d.1722). He
entered the House of Commons in 1734 and was considered a formidable member of
the Opposition, even by the then Prime Minister, Robert Walpole. He was also a
close friend of the poet Alexander Pope, and served as his executor. He was a
Representative Peer for 34 years from 1750 to 1784 and was Keeper of the Great
Seal from 1764. Marchmont had a twin brother, Alexander Hume-Campbell (b.1708,
d.1760), who also went into politics, and was Lord Clerk Register from 1756 to
his death. In 1780, a family feud developed over rival candidates for election
to represent Berwickshire, and Marchmont eventually disinherited his grandson
Hugh Scott for opposing his nominee and son-in-law, Sir John Paterson. With no
surviving sons and more than one daughter, the earldom and its subsidiary
titles became extinct or dormant. The earl remarried after the death of his
first wife and had a son Alexander Hume-Campbell (b.1750, d.1781) who was created
1st Baron Hume of Berwick in the Peerage of the
Lords Polwarth (1690, continued)
4th Lord (Baroness) Polwarth, Anne Paterson, b.?, a.1794, d.c.1822
Grand-daughter of the 3rd Earl of Marchmont and Anne Western (b.?, d.1747), and daughter of Anne-Hume Campbell (b.?, d.1790) and Sir John Paterson, 3rd Baronet Paterson of Eccles (b.?, d.1782). She married Sir Philip Anstruther, 3rd Baronet Anstruther, but died without children.
5th Lord (Baroness) Polwarth, Diana Scott, b.1735, a.c.1822, d.c.1827
Aunt of the 4th Baroness, and younger daughter of the 3rd Earl of Marchmont.
6th Lord Polwarth, Hugh Scott, b.1758, a.1822, d.1841
Son of the 5th Baroness and Walter Scott (b.1724, d.1793). He succeeded to the title following a successful claim even though he had been disinherited by the 3rd Earl of Marchmont, and was confirmed in the title in 1835.
7th Lord Polwarth, Henry Francis Hepburne-Scott, b.1800, a.1841, d.1867
Son of the 6th Lord and Harriet Bruhl (b.?, d.1853). He was
an MP for Roxburghshire from 1826 to 1832, and the a Representative Peer. He
was Lord-Lieutenant of Selkirkshire, and a Lord-in-Waiting to Queen
8th Lord Polwarth, Walter Hugh Hepburne-Scott, b.1838, a.1867, d.1920
Son of the 7th Lord and Lady
9th Lord Polwarth, Walter George Hepburne-Scott, b.1864, a.1920, d.1944
Son of the 8th Lord and Lady Mary Gordon (b.?, d.1914), daughter of Sir George John James Hamilton-Gordon, 5th Earl of Aberdeen.
10th Lord Polwarth, Henry Alexander Hepburne-Scott, b.1916, a.1944, d.2005
Grandson of the 9th Lord and Edith Frances Buxton (b.1867,
d.1930), daughter of Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, 3rd Baronet Buxton of
Bellfield and Runton (Essex), and son of Walter Thomas Hepburne-Scott, Master
of Polwarth (b.1890, d.1942). Educated at
11th Lord Polwarth, Andrew Walter Hepburne-Scott, b.1947, a.2005
Son of the 10th Lord and Caroline Margaret Hay.
The courtesy title for the heir is Master of Polwarth.
(Last updated: 03/08/2009)