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Student son of marchioness found dead with gunshot wounds.

Byline: Daniel Cochlin

A NORTH student and the son of a marchioness has been found dead at his father's farm after a mystery shooting.

James Wentworth-Stanley, 21, a former pupil at Harrow School and a second-year Spanish and business studies student at Newcastle University, was discovered with gunshot wounds on Friday evening at the farm in Broadway, Worcestershire. Police are trying to establish whether Mr Wentworth-Stanley died as a result of a tragic accident or whether he may have taken his own life.

Mr Wentworth-Stanley, an accomplished polo payer, was the son of Lady Milford Haven, who was until recently the social editor of the society magazine Tatler.

Lady Milford Haven, 46, is married to the Marquess of Milford Haven, a cousin of the Queen, who sold his internet utility switching company for a reported pounds 105m earlier this year.

Mr Wentworth-Stanley's parents said in a statement: "We are all devastated by the loss of James.

"He was a shining star to all who met him and no one felt the joy of his personality more than his family.

He had a wonderful enthusiasm for life and we will all miss his kindness, loyalty and generosity of spirit.

"The centre of his life was always his family and it is for that reason his loss is even more painful for all those who loved him."

Lord Milford Haven, 45, is 428th in line to the throne and a direct descendant of Queen Victoria. His great uncle was Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Mr Wentworth-Stanley lived with his mother and stepfather at their home in Milland, near Liphook, Hants.

Dr Elizabeth Anderson, head of the school of modern languages at Newcastle University, said: "James Wentworth-Stanley was a bright, polite, good-natured and friendly individual with a keen interest in his studies. James was also a keen sportsman with particular expertise in tobogganing and polo.

"He was well-liked by both students and staff, and lecturers are shocked and saddened by his death, as will be James's friends among the student population."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Dec 19, 2006
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