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Thursday, October 02, 2014

Byrne/Fitzherbert engagement

_. The engagement was announced 2 Oct, 2014, between Andrew J. Byrne, son of Mr G. Byrne, of Stockton Heath, Cheshire, and Mrs A. Binsley, of Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset, & the Hon Teresa Emily Fitzherbert (born 15 June, 1987), scion of the Barons Stafford (Peerage of England, cr 1640), elder daughter of the 15th Baron Stafford (born 13 Mar, 1954), of Swynnerton Park, Stone, Staffordshire, by his wife the former Katherine Mary Codrington.


Emily Mary Fox-Pitt (born 2014)

_.Alice Fox-Pitt (nee Plunkett) wife of William S.L. Fox-Pitt (b 2 Jan 1969), noted British equestrian & scion of that landed family, gave birth to a daughter, Emily Mary, 16 September, 2014, a sister for Oliver, Thomas and Chloe. William is the son of  Mr Oliver Fox-Pitt (1932-2012), by his wife Marietta, and is a brother of Miranda, who is married to Peregrine Moncreiffe, brother of the Earl of Erroll. 

Alice is a daughter of Mr and Mrs David Plunkett.


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Deborah Fleury Bosville Macdonald of Sleat 1973-2014

. Deborah Fleury Bosville Macdonald of Sleat, who died 11 September, 2014, in Hammersmith, was a scion of the Bosville Macdonald baronets (Bt, NS, 1625, of Sleat, Isle of Skye); born in 1973, elder daughter of Sir Ian Godfrey Bosville Macdonald of Sleat, 17th Baronet, and 25th Chief of Sleat (b 1  8 Jul, 1947), by his wife the former Juliet Fleury Ward-Harrison.

She is survived by her parents and brother. Somerled, and sister Isabel.

A Thanksgiving Service will be held at St Mary Abbots Church, Kensington, Monday 27 October, 2014.


Robert Gerard Charles Noel 1928-2014

_. (Robert) Gerard Charles Noel, who died 23 September, 2014, was a scion of the Earls of Gainsborough (Earl, UK, cr 1841).

He was born in 1928, a son of Lt-Col Maurice Waldegrave Noel (1888-1958), by his wife the former Elisabeth Christine Edith Gairdner (d 1981). He married 1961 (div 1988) Gillian Margaret Halse, no issue. No issue.

Mr Noel was a freemason, Rosicrucian, Freeman of the City of London; Knight of Justice, Order of St Lazarus; Knight Grand Cross, Order of St Raphael; Knight, Order of the Temple of Jerusalem; late, Lieutenant, Royal Marines; stockbroker, &c.

Funeral at St Mary's Church, Newent, 7 Oct.


The Rev 3rd Baron Wrenbury 1927-2014

_.The Rev. Lord Wrenbury, who died 27 September, 2014, aged 87, was the 3rd Baron (Peerage of the UK, cr 1915).

John Burton Buckley was born 18 June, 1927, son of the 2nd Baron Wrenbury (1890-1940), by his wife the former Helen Malise Graham (who died 1981); succeeded to the peerage on his father's death 74 years ago, 30 May, 1940.

He married 1stly, 1956 (div 1961), Carolyn Joan Maude Burn-Murdoch; married 2ndly, 1961, Penelope Sara Frances Fort, by whom he had issie, a son and two daughters. 

Lord Wrenbury was ordained in 1990.

The son, the Hon William Edward Buckley, born 19 June, 1966, succeeds as fourth baron. 

Funeral at St Giles' Church, Dallington, Saturday 11 Oct, 2014.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

James Algernon Foster Clotworthy (born 2014)

_.Olga Skeffington (nee Dixon-Brown), wife of the Hon Charles John Foster Clotworthy Whyte-Melville Foster Skeffington (b 7 Feb 1973), scion of the Viscounts Massereene & Ferrard, gave birth to a son, James Algernon Foster Clotworthy, 11 August, 2014, a brother for Tara Harriet Whyte-Melville Skeffington, who was b 7 February, 2012.  

Charles is the son and heir of the 14th Viscount Massereene & Ferrard (b 3 Jun 1940), of Chilham Castle, Canterbury, Kent, by his wife the former Anne Denise Rowlandson, and Olga is the eldest daughter of Capt Cecil Lewis Dixon-Brown, RM, and Mrs Dixon-Brown, of Chepstow Villas, Kensington.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Davies-Jones/Inskip marriage

_. HRH The Duke of Cambridge was present on Saturday 27 September, 2014, at the marriage at Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, of Robert Henry M. Davies-Jones (born 1979), son of  Capt Peter Michael Davies-Jones, by his wife the former Gentian Gubbins-Mounsey-Heysham (b 1946), & Victoria Ann Inskip (b 1983), descended from a brother of the 1st Viscount Caldecote, daughter of Mr Owen Hampden Inskip (b 24 May, 1953), by his wife the Hon Clare Elizabeth Anne Inskip (nee Noel-Buxton), daughter of the 2nd Baron Noel-Buxton (1917-80) (Baron UK, cr 1930), by his 2nd wife, the former Margaret Elizabeth Cloete, dau of Stephanus Abraham Cloete, &c.

Robert Davies-Jones's mother is a  dau of Maj Richard Heysham GUBBINS-MOUNSEY-HEYSHAM (c1904-1960) of Castletown, Carlisle and Isabel Margaret (Peggy) d of Brig William Bradley Gossett BARNE CBE DSO (1880-1951) of Knightsbridge, London and Dorothy Isabel (1883-1973) d of Col Edward Donald MALCOLM of Poltalloch CB JP (1837-1930), sometime head of the Scots gentry family of that name.


Mary Alice Olga Sophia Jane Scrivener 1919-2014

_. Mary Alice Olga Sophia Jane Scrivener, who died 20 September, 2014, aged 95, was descended from the Royal House, the last surviving great-granddaughter of Prince George, 2nd Duke of Cambridge.

She was born in London, 4 June, 1919, a daughter of Robert Charlton Lane (1873-1943), by his wife the former Olga Mary Adelaide Fitzgeorge (1877-1928), who was a daughter of the Duke of Cambridge's illegitimate son, Sir Adolphus Fitzgeorge (1846-1922).

She married firstly, 1939 (div 1961) Edward Christopher Hohler (1917-97) s of Lt-Col Arthur Preston HOHLER DSO (1887-1919), sometime head of that gentry family of Long Crendon, and Laline Annette (1888-1969 , later Mrs Stanley Barry) d of William Harvey ASTELL (1860-96), sometime head of that gentry of Woodbury & Everton, and Hon Elizabeth Maria VEREKER (c1875-1958) d of 4th Viscount GORT, and had 2 sons and 2 daus. She married 2ndly 1962 Robert Stratford Scrivener (1919-2001) s of Sir Patrick Stratford SCRIVENER KCMG (1897-1966) and Margaret d of Walter DORLING.

Mrs Scrivener was the mother of four, Olga, Philippa, Frederick and Robert, grandmother of 13, great-grandmother of 13. Funeral (family flowers only) at St. Etheldreda’s, Fulham on Tuesday 7 October, 2014.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Deborah Duchess of Devonshire 1920-2014

_, Deborah Duchess of Devonshire, for decades chatelaine of Chatsworth House, and the last surviving of the celebrated Mitford sisters, died 24 September, 2014. She was 94.

She was born the Hon Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford, 21 March, 1920, sixth daughter of the 2nd Baron Redesdale (1878-1958), by his wife the former Sydney Bowles (who died 1963).

Her sisters were (i) Nancy, writer; (ii) Pamela; (iii) Diana (Lady Mosley, wife of the British fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley); (iv) Unity, friend of Hitler; and (v) Jessica, writer.

'Debo' married, 19 Apr, 1941, the then Lord Andrew Cavendish, a younger son of the 10th Duke of Devonshire (1895-1950), by his wife the former Lady Mary Gascoyne-Cecil (d 1988), daughter of the 4th Marquess of Salisbury.

Her husband became heir to the Cavendish peerages and vast estates when his elder brother, William, Marquess of Hartington, was killed in action in 1944. Hartington had married Kathleen Kennedy, daughter of the US Ambassador to the Court of St James and a sister of the future US President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The marriage was childless.

Andrew Cavendish succeeded his father as 11th duke, 26 Nov, 1950, and died 3 May, 2004, aged 84.

Deborah Duchess of Devonshire is survived by one son, Peregrine, known as "Stoker" the 12th Duke of Devonshire, who was born in 1944, and by two daughters, Lady Emma Tennant and Lady Sophia Topley.

The funeral is expected to take place on the Chatsworth estate, Derbyshire.


Colonel Geoffrey Ernald Sparrow, MC 1923-2014

. Colonel Geoffrey Ernald Sparrow, MC, who died  20 July, 2014, aged 91, was a former High Sheriff of Cheshire, and deputy lieutenant of the county.

He was born 26 Jan, 1923, only son of Lieutenant~Colonel W.G.K. Sparrow, of Birtles Old Hall, Chelford, Cheshire; and married 24 Sept, 1949, Elisabeth Joan Wilbraham (b 12 Aug, 1928), scion of the Wilbrahams of Delamere, daughter of Maj Edward Jack Wilbraham, MC (b 18 Nov 1895), ADC to HRH Prince Arthur of Connaught, Gov Gen of South Africa (1924), by his wife the former Evelyn Martin. 

Colonel Sparrow is survived by his wife and by their three sons, Geoffrey, Justin and Piers,


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mark Fane de Salis 1965-2014

_. Mark Fane de Salis, who was murdered ~ shot dead on a beach in Libya ~ circa 2 January, 2014, aged 48, was a scion of the Fane de Salis landed family, of Bourne House, formerly of Portnall Park.

He was born in 1965, fifth son of Andrew Edmund Fane de Salis (b 15 Mar 1929), by his wife the former Dorothy Mary Lawton (died 2010).


Spencer-Churchill/Goodbody marriage

_. The marriage took place 19 September, 2014, at The Chapel, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire between Lord Charles George William Colin Spencer-Churchill (born 13 July, 1940), scion of the Dukes of Marlborough, second son of the late 10th Duke of Marlborough (1897-1972), by his first wife the former Hon Alexandra Mary Hilda Cadogan (1900-61), scion of the Earls Cadogan, & Miss Sarah Goodbody.

It is Lord Charles's third marriage. His two previous unions ended in divorce.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Charles Benedict István von Habsburg-Lothringen (born 2014)

_. Arabella Lucy Mary  von Habsburg-Lothringen (born 1975, nee Stafford Northcote), wife of Archduke Maximilian Philip von Habsburg-Lothringen (born 1974), gave birth to a son, Charles Benedict István, 28 August, 2014.

Maximilian is the 3rd & yst son of Archduke Géza Ladislaus Euseb Gerhard Rafael Albert Maria von HABSBURG (b 1940) and his 1st w Monika DECKER (b 1939). 

Arabella is a daughter of Hugh Cecil Camden STAFFORD NORTHCOTE (b 1938), scion of the earls of IDDESLEIGH, and Hilary Jane d of Col R J C Evans TD DL of Cage Hill, Stowe-by-Chartley.