Charles Maitland - Twelfth Earl of Lauderdale
- Born: 29 Sep 1822
- Died: 13 Aug 1884 at age 61
Charles Died Unmarried.
Charles was killed by lightning whilst grouse shooting near Lauder.
Aberdeen Weekly Journal (Aberdeen, Scotland), Thursday, August 14, 1884; Issue 9927.
Death of the Earl of Lauderdale
The Earl of Lauderdale died on Tuesday night from the injuries he received during the thunderstorm earlier on the same day. It appears that his lordship, being overtaken by the storm, was returning home along with his two gamekeepers when the accident occurred. The gamekeepers were blinded by a vivid flash of lightning, and when they came to themselves again, they found his lordship, and the horse which he had been riding, lying on the ground. The horse was dead, and the earl was quite insensible. The electric fluid had struck him on the forehead, and inflicted a deep wound. It also burnt his breast, and fused his watch and chain. At that point it was diverted into two currents, which ran down either side of his left leg, scorching it as they went. His clothes were also much burned. The gamekeepers carried the insensible Earl to the nearest farmhouse, and shortly after his arrival there he recovered consciousness, and complained of great pain in his head and hands. He continued in a low condition during the afternoon, and about eleven o'clock he fell into a comatose state, and died before midnight. His lordship was 62 years of age. His father, the Rev. Charles Maitland, rector of Little Langford, Wilts., was grandson of the Hon. Charles Maitland, who was the brother of Thomas, the seventh earl. The late earl succeeded to the title and estates in 1878. In his early years he served as an officer in the army, Since he assumed the title he has lived a very quiet life, never going out in society, and keeping himself almost entirely by himself. He was kind to the poor in the district in which he lived, and liberal to his tenantry, and his death will be much felt by them.
There is some doubt as to whether Sir James Ramsay Gibson Maitland of Sanchie or Colonel Frederick Maitland, Bengal Staff Corps, and formerly of the 8th and 4th Hussars, is the nearest heir.
At the time of the death of Charles the property comprised 25,512 acres, valued at £17,320 per annum.