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Monday, January 26, 2015

Vestey/Beaumont engagement

_. The engagement was announced 26 January, 2015, between the Hon Arthur George Vestey (born 1985), scion of the Barons Vestey (Baron, UK, cr 1922), second son of the 3rd Baron Vestey (born 1941) of Stowell Park, Gloucestershire, by his wife the former Celia Knight, scion of that landed family, & the Hon Martha Rose Beaumont (born 1986), scion of the Viscounts Allendale {Visc. UK, cr 1911), third daughter of  the 4th Viscount Allendale (b 1948),  of Bywell Castle, Northumberland, by his wife the former Theresa Mary Magdalene More O'Ferrall.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dowager Countess of Gosford 1911-2015

_. The Dowager Countess of Gosford, who died 15 January, 2015, aged circa 103, was the second wife, and widow of the 6th Earl of Gosford, OBE (1911-66) {Peerage of Ireland, cr 1806).

She was the former Cynthia Margaret West, born in 1911, daughter of Capt Henry Cave West, MC, RHA, who was killed in Mesopotamia in 1915; married firstly, Maj James Delius, 13th/18th Hussars, who was killed in action in Normandy in 1944; married 2ndly, 21 Sept, 1960, as his second wife, the 6th Earl of Gosford, OBE, who died 17 Feb, 1966, when he was succeeded by a son of his first marriage.

The countess leaves two children from her first marriage, David and Nicky (Christie).

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Friday, January 23, 2015

(Kenneth) James Graham 1947-2015

_. (Kenneth) James (Jamie) Graham, who died 21 January, 2015, aged 67, was a scion of the Graham baronets (Bt, of Larbert House, cr 1906).

He was born 30 June, 1947, a son of Maj-Gen Frederick Clarence Campbell Graham, CB, DSO (1908-88), by his wife the former Phyllis Mary MacMahon; married 1972, Victoria Margaret Anne, yst dau of Maj Andrew Stirling Home Drummond Moray, scion of the landed family, by whom he had issue, a son, Magnus (b 1974), and a daughter, Nina (b 1976).

A Thanksgiving Service for his life will be held at St James the Great, Dauntsey, Monday 16 Feb.

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Serena Margaret Gore {nee Mounsey} (d 2015)

_. Serena Margaret Gore, who died 21 January, 2015, at Amesbury Abbey Nursing home, was the wife of a scion of the Earls Temple of Stowe (Peerage of the UK, cr 1822), and was mother of the Duchess of Norfolk.

She was the former Serena Margaret Mounsey, daughter of Charles Francis Ewart Mounsey, of Yaxley Hall, Eye, Suffolk, formerly of Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, and of Mrs Kenneth Robert Porter Sangster, of Turness, Tilford, Surrey, and married 29 April, 1957 {div 1969}, as his first wife, Capt John Temple Gore,Coldstream Guards {kinsman of the Earls Temple of Stowe, but not descended from the 1st Earl & a grandson maternally of the 16th Earl of Eglinton & Winton}; she had issue, a son, Christopher Charles (born 1959), and two daughters, Charlotte Sara Jane (born 1958), and Georgina Susan (born 1962), wife of the 18th Duke of Norfolk, hereditary Earl Marshal, &c.

Funeral at St Mary & St Melor, Amesbury, 30 January, 2015.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lynne Anne Staveley (nee Raper) c1949-2015

_. Lynne Anne Staveley {nee Raper}, who died 16 January, 2015, at her home at Mickley Park, Mickley, near Ripon, aaged 65, was the wife of Robert Staveley, of that landed family, formerly of North Stainley Hall, Ripon. See was the former Lynne Anne Raper, and married Robert Staveley, son of Capt (William Arthur) Miles Staveley, Green Howards (who d 1981), by his wife the former Nancy Constance Cail (who d 2007).

She is survived by her husband and a son, James and daughter, Amanda, who was sometime the inamorata of HRH The Duke of York.

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Lady Richard Percy 1927-2015

_. Lady Richard Percy, who died  10 January, 2015, aged 87, was the second wife, and widow of Lord Richard Charles Percy (1921-89), third son of the 8th Duke of Northumberland.

She was the former Hon Clayre Campbell, born 28 May, 1927, second daughter of the 4th Baron Stratheden & Campbell (1899-1981) by his first wife the former Jean Helen St Clair Anstruther-Gray (d 1956); she married 1stly 1950 (div 1974), as his 1st wife,  Nicholas Ridley, MP (b 1929, d 1993), afterwards a life peer as Baron Ridley of Liddesdale (cr 1992). Her first husband was a scion of the Viscounts Ridley; married 2ndly, 1979, as his 2nd wife, Lord Richard Percy, 3rd son of the 8th Duke of Northumberland (1880-1930), by his wife the former Lady Helen Gordon-Lennox (d 1965), daughter of the 7th Duke of Richmond & Gordon, &c.

Lady Richard Percy leaves three daughters from her first marriage, Jane, Susanna and Jessica.

A celebration of her life will be held at St John's, Hyde Park, 5 Feb, 2015.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The 6th Baron Southampton 1928-2015

_. The 6th Baron Southampton {Peerage of GB, cr 1780}, died 10 January, 2015. He was 86.

Charles James FitzRoy was born 12 August, 1928, son of the 5th Baron (1904-89), who disclaimed his peerage of life, by his 1st wife the former Margaret Drake (who died in 1931). The Barons Southampton are a cadet of the Dukes of Grafton, descending from King Charles II. He succeeded to his father's peerage in 1989.

Lord Southampton was twice wed; firstly 29 May, 1951, to Pamela Anne Henniker (d Feb 1997), daughter of Edward Percy Henniker; married 2ndly, Oct 1997, Mrs Alma Pasquale Slater (nee Perez).

From his first marriage he had issue ~, two sons Charles & Edward and 2 daughter Isabelle & Geraldine. He was predeceased by his elder son, killed in an accident, in 1975.The only surviving son, who succeeds to the peerage, was born 8 July, 1955.

Fuineral at Holyu Trinity, Drewsteightnton, Monday 26 January, 2015.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

The 8th Marquess of Ailsa 1956-2015

_. The Marquess of Ailsa, Chief of the name and arms of the clan Kennedy, who died suddenly in Florida, 15 January, 2015, aged 58, was the eighth holder of the peerage (Marquess, cr UK, 1831).

Archibald David Kennedy was born 13 Sept, 1956, son of the 7th Marquess (1925-94), by his wife the former Mary Burn (d 2007), and succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 7 Apr, 1994.

Lord Ailsa was also Earl of Casillis in the peerage of Scotland (cr 1509), Lord Kennedy (also in the peerage of Scotland), and Baron Ailsa (Peerage of the UK), &c.

The marquess married in 1979 (div 1989), Dawn Leslie Anne Keen, only daughter of David A. Keen, by whom he had two daughters, Lady Rosemary Kennedy (born in 1980), and Lady Alicia-Jane Kennedy, who was born in 1981.

He is succeeded in the family honours by his younger brother, Lord David Thomas Kennedy, of Morriston, Culzean, co Ayr, who was born 3 July, 1958.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Anna Carlyn Swire (born 2014)

_. Laura Caroline Swire (nee Chisholm, born 1978), wife of Merlin Bingham Swire (born 1973), scion of that landed family, gave birth to a daughter, Anna Carlyn, 21 December, 2014.

Merlin is the son of son of  Sir Adrian Christopher Swire, Kt (b. 1932), of Sparsholt, Oxon, by his wife, the former Lady Judith Compton (b. 1943), & Laura is the daughter of Mr Colin Chisholm, of Owlpen, Gloucestershire, by his wife the former Hon Caroline Elizabeth Wyndham (b 1951).

Merlin Swire is a grandson maternally of the 6th Marquess of Northampton, DSO (1885-1978), and Laura Chisholm is a granddaughter maternally of the 1st Baron Egremont, MBE (1920-72)..

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