James Robert Hope-Scott

Barrister, benefactor, born Great Marlow, England, 1812; died London, England, 1873. Grandson of the second Earl of Hopetoun, he was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, and was a fellow of Merton College. He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple, 1838, chancellor of the Diocese of Salisbury, 1840-1845, D.C.L., Oxford, 1843, and Queen's Counsel with right of precedence, 1849. He specialized in parliamentary practise, and as counsel for nearly every railroad in the kingdom, his success and emoluments were phenomenal. With Newman he was one of the foremost spirits in the Tractarian Movement at Oxford, and after the Gorham Judgment, with his friend the future Cardinal Manning, became a Catholic (1851). He was Newman's counsel in the libel case Achilli v. Newman. His first wife, who followed him into the Church, was Charlotte Lockhart, granddaughter of Sir Walter Scott. At her death he became the owner of Abbotsford, assuming at the same time the additional name Scott. He was a generous benefactor of Catholic institutions, and notable for his abounding but unostentatious charity. His funeral sermon was preached by Cardinal Newman, and he was buried in Saint Margaret's Convent, Edinburgh, of which he was the chief benefactor.

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