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Robert Wellbeloved/Scott

Robert Wellbeloved (15 July 1803 - 21 Feb. 1856), son of the Reverend Charles Wellbeloved of York and a barrister-at-law in Stourbridge. In 1830 he married Sarah Scott (10 June 1800 - 21 Mar. 1874), the only daughter and heiress to the family estates of John Scott (1764 - 3 Jan. 1832), brother of William and James, who lived at Great Barr with his wife Sarah and daughter. This third brother became a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Worcestershire and on the death of his uncle William Scott he inherited considerable property in Stourbridge and Great Barr.

Wellbeloved assumed by Royal Licence the surname Scott on his marriage to Sarah, and when his father-in-law died two years later he became a very wealthy man. He sat as Liberal M.P. for Walsall from 1841 to 1847, and became Deputy Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Staffordshire, with residences at the Red House, Great Barr; Cambridge Gate, Regents Park, London; and High Street, Stourbridge.

In 1845 Robert Scott purchased the manor and estates of Ratlinghope (pronounced "Ratchup" in the local dialect), between the remote hills of the Long Mynd and the Stipperstones in Shropshire, with land at neighbouring Norbury and Wentnor. He and his wife had one son, John Charles Addyes Scott and three daughters. Robert Scott died in 1856 and his only son then became Lord of the Manor of Ratlinghope, at the age of 25. He also had a villa in Naples, Italy, where he often stayed.


Ratlinghope Manor house today

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Red House Park

Red House

Red House Park is a park in Great Barr, Sandwell, England. Within the park is The Red House, a country house built in the 1841 for the then Liberal MP for Walsall, Robert Wellbeloved Scott, and stood in his 27-acre estate. It is now a Grade II listed building.

Previously used as a convalescent home, the house is now owned by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and leased to the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, but is in a poor state of repair. The council proposes to sell it for development as private apartments, but this is opposed by nearby residents.

Photo taken May 2007

Source - Wikipedia (Public domain licence acknowledged)

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