17 APRIL 1880, Page 2

Lord Hampton, better known as Sir John Pakington, died yesterday

week, at his residence in Eaton Square, in the 81st year of his age. He was descended from the Pakingtons only by the mother's line, being the son of the late Mr. William Russell,. of Powick Court, Worcestershire, by his marriage with the eldest daughter of the late Sir Herbert Perrott Pakington. He assumed the name of Pakington in 1830, on coming into the inheritance of the Worcestershire estates of his uncle, Sir John Pakington. He was made a baronet by Sir Robert Peel, in 1846. In 1852 he joined the Government of the late Lord Derby, andi was made Secretary of State for the Colonies, and belonged 1...) every Conservative Government since, except the

one which the country has just condemned. Lord Hampton was made the First Civil -Service Commissioner, on the death of Sir Edward Ryan in 1875, an appointment which, conferred, as it was, on a man over 75 years of age, whose principal connec- tion with education for a long time back had been a painstaking effort to improve the primary schools of the country, occasioned a good deal of astonishment, and not a little scandal. Lord Hampton was, however, a worthy and conscientious politician, of a rather ponderous type ; he laboured hard in his own fashion for the education of the people, though he had hardly the qualities requisite for fixing the intellectual conditions of admission to the Civil Service. The rumour that he is to be succeeded by Mr. Montagu Corry is probably a "joke."