Search This Blog


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Baroness Thomson of Monifieth (d 2014)

_. The Baroness Thomson of Monifieth, who died 22 Aug, 2014, aged 88, was the widow of George Morgan Thomson, a Labour Cabinet minister who became a Liberal Democrat spokesman in the House of Lords (life peer). 

She was Grace Jenkins, daughter of Cunningham Jenkins, of Glasgow, and married George Thomson (b 16 Jan 1921) in 1948. Her husband was Lab MP for E Dundee, 1952-72, Minister of State and the Foreign Office under Harold Wilson; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1966-67, and again 1969-70, Sec of State for Commonwealth Affairs, 1967-68, Minister without portfolio, 1968-69; PC (1966); cr a lifer as Baron Thomson of Monifieth, 1977; appointed a Knight of the Order of the Thistle (1981); he died 3 Oct, 2008.

Lady Thomson leaves 2 daughters, Caroline and Ailsa.

Funeral at St Mary's, Putney, 5 Sept, 2014.


Cator/Schorah engagement

. The engagement was announced 27 Aug, 2014, between Lt Benjamin Hugo Cator (born 1988), scion of that landed family, eldest son of Mark Cator (born 1960), of Ranworth, Norfolk, by his wife the former Hon Isabel Alicia Claire Crossley (b 1964), scion of the Barons Somerleyton (B, UK, cr 1916), & Miss Sophie Gillian Schorah, youngest daughter of Anthony and Janet Schorah, of Falmouth, Cornwall.

Benjamin Cator is a grandson maternally of the late 3rd Baron Somerleyton.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Erskine/Cowan engagement

_. The engagement was announced 26 August, 2014, between the Hon Montagu John Erskine (born 17 January, 1966), second son of the 17th Earl of Buchan (b 4 Jul, 1930) (Peerage of Scotland, cr 1469), of Bath, Avon, by his wife the former Hilary Diana Cecil Power (scion of the Power Bts, 1924), & Miss Elizabeth A. Cowan, elder daughter of Mr & Mrs William D. Cowan, of Casper, Wyoming.

It is Mr Erskine's second marriage. He married firstly, in 1997, Rachel Elizabeth Pryor (b 1966), scion of that landed family.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Blakeley/Kidd marriage

_. The marriage has taken place in West Sussex, between Capt David Michael Blakeley (b 14 May, 1978), son of Mr Michael Blakeley, by his wife the former Jean Jenkins, & Jodie Elizabeth Kidd (born 25 Sept, 1978), descended from the Barons Beaverbrook (Baron UK, cr 1917), former wife of Aidan Butler, and younger daughter of John Edward Aitken Kidd (born 12 Dec, 1944), by his wife the former Wendy Madeleine Hodge (b 1941) (descended from the Hodge baronets, Bt, UK, cr 1921).

Jodie Kidd's elder sister is the Countess of Mornington, a future Duchess of Wellington.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Nicholas Lyulph Russell, 6th Earl Russell 1968-2014

_. Nicholas Lyulph Russell, the 6th Earl Russell (Peerage of the UK, cr 1861), died 17 August, 2014. He was 45.

He was born 12 Sept, 1968, elder son of Conrad, 5th Earl Russell (1937-2004), by his wife the former Elizabeth Franklin Saunders (d. 30 Jan 2003); and succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 13 Oct, 2004. He was unmarried.

The earldom now passes to his younger brother, the Hon John Francis Russell, who was born 19 Nov, 1971.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Vita Mary Bourne-Arton (born 2014)

. Willa Bourne-Arton (nee Watson), wife of Thomas Charles D. (Tom) Bourne-Arton (born 1980), scion of that landed family (of Tanfield Lodge, near Ripon, North Yorks), gave birth to a daughhter, Vita Mary, 14 August, 2014. 

Tom is a son of Simon Nicholas Bourne-Arton, QC (b 5 Sept, 1949), and Mrs Bourne-Arton (nee Diana Carr-Walker).


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Timothy Claud Heywood-Lonsdale (1937-2014)

_.Timothy Claud Heywood-Lonsdale, who died 16 August, 2014, was a scion of that landed gentry family and a first cousin of the Duchess of Devonshire.

He was born in 1937, a son of Lt-Col Arthur HEYWOOD-LONSDALE (1900-76) by his wife, Jean Katharine (1907-96) d of Hon Claud Eustace HAMILTON-RUSSELL (1871-1948, s of 8th Viscount BOYNE (1830-1907) and Lady Katherine Frances SCOTT (d 1903) d of 2nd Earl of ELDON), and Maria Lindsay (1878-1963) d of Sir Lindsay WOOD 1st Bt. 

He m 1964 Jennifer Elizabeth (b 1935 reg Q3 Norfolk) d of William BECK of The Grange, Tabley, Knutsford, Cheshire, and had two sons.


Hon Finnian Anson (born 2014)

. The Countess of Lichfield (nee Lady Henrietta Tamara Juliet Conyngham, born 1976), wife of the Queen's cousin the 6th Earl of Lichfield (b 19 Jul 1978), gave birth to a second son, 
the Hon Finnian Anson, 12 August, 2014, a brother for (Thomas) Ossian Patrick Wolfe Anson, styled Viscount Anson, who was born 20 May, 2011. 

Lord Lichfield, son of the photographer 5th Earl by his Grosvenor wife (see Westminster D), married in 2009, Lady Henrietta Conyngham (b 1976), daughter of the 8th Marquess Conyngham and the Marchioness Conyngham, &c.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Candida Rose Lycett Green 1942-2014

_. Candida Rose Lycett Green, who died 19 August, 2014, aged 71, was an author, journalist and conservation campaigner, the daughter of the Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman, CBE (1906-84), by his wife the former Penelope Valentine Hester Chetwode, scion of the barons Chetwode. 

She married in 1963, Rupert William Lycett Green (b 1938), scion of the Green baronets, son of Lt-Cdr David Lycett Green (1890--1962), by his wife the former Angela Courage (afterwards Baroness Grimthorpe) (d 1992).

Candida Lycett Green is survived by her husband and children, Lucy, Imogen, Endellion, David and John.


Angela Pauline Bruce-Gardyne (nee Fane) 1936-2014

__. Angela Pauline Bruce-Gardyne, who died 16 August, 2014, aged 78, was as scion of the Earls of Westmorland (Peerage of England cr 1624), and wife of Lieutenant-Commander (Kenneth) Patrick Bruce-Gardyne, RN,  (b 13 Nov, 1933), of the Old Rectory, Meonstoke, scion of that landed family.

She was born 9 June, 1936, descended from the 8th Earl of Westmorland, a daughter of Charles William Fane (1904-76), by his wife the former Pauline Margaret Blackie (d 1994), and married Patrick Bruce-Gardyne, 11 Apr, 1964, by whom she had issue.

Funeral at St Andrew's Church, Meonstoke, Hampshire, 26 Aug, 2014.