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Monday, September 01, 2014

Graham/Sandbach marriage

__ The marriage took place at Colerne, Gloucestershire, 30 August, 2014, between Thomas W. Graham, son of Mr & Mrs Alan Graham, of Monte Carlo, & Alexandra C.L. Sandbach, daughter of Mr Colin P.L. Sandbach (born 1956), of Shaftesbury, Dorset, By his first wife (married 1982) the former Nicola J.L. Howard, now Mrs James Archibald, of Mustique, West Indies.

The bride's stepfather, James Archibald is the interior designer on Mustique, and an old friend of the parents of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Alexandra Sandbach's father married 2ndly, in 1990, Nicola Susan Grout-Smith (b 1958), a granddaughter maternally of Sir John Beresford Baddeley, 3rd Baronet (Bt, UK cr 1922)


Stephenson/Harbord engagement

__.The engagement was announced 1 September, 2014, between Charles Anthony Stephenson, younger son of Mr & Mrs Simon Stephenson, of Brecon, Powys, & Sophie India Charlotte Harbord (born 1986), scion of the Barons Suffield (Peerage, GB, cr 1786), only daughter of Mr Jeremy Julian Harbord (born 1953), of Chirton, Wiltshire, by his wife the former Monique Katherine Marie Fetherstonhaugh (scion of that landed family), elder dau of Maj Theobald Henry Robert Fetherstonhaugh.


2nd Baron Brain 1926-2014

_. The Lord Brain, who died 15 August, 2014, aged 87, was the 2nd Baron (Peerage of the UK, cr 1962).

He was Christopher Langdon Brain, born 30 Aug, 1926, son of the 1st Baron by his wife the former Stella Langdon-Down (died 1993), and succeeded to the peerage on his father's demise, 29 Dec, 1966.

Lord Brain married 11 Apr, 1953, Susan Mary Morris, by whom he had 3 daughters, Nicola, Fiona and Naomi.

The peerage now passes to his younger brother, Prof the Hon Michael Cottrell Brain, who was born 6 Aug, 1928.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mann/Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington engagement

__.The engagement was announced 30 August, 2014, between Charles James Mann, elder son of the late Maj A.J. Mann, and the late Mrs C.H. Mann, of Horncliffe, Northumberland, & Mrs Katya Teresa Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington (nee Clemence, born 1971), former wife of Richard Milborne Swinnerton Pilkington (b 4 Sept 1964), scion of the baronets of that name (Bt, NS, cr 1635), and daughter of Terence J. Clemence (b 1939), of London, SWI, by his wife the former Patricia Kirby.

Katya Pilkington's sisters are Claudia, the Viscountess Rothermere, wife of the 4th Viscount, and Sarah, Lady Thatcher, second wife of Sir Mark Thatcher, 2nd Baronet {and former wife of Lord Francis Russell, scion of the Dukes of Bedford}. 

Katya's former husband is the son and heir of Sir Thomas Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington, 14th Baronet.

Katya's aunt was the British songstress Kathy Kirby (1938-2011).


Friday, August 29, 2014

August Albert Brooke Trotter (born 2014)

__.The Hon Asia Brooke Trotter (nee Mackay, b 1980), scion of the Earls of Inchcape, wife of Andrew D. Trotter, gave birth to a son, August Albert Brooke, 26 August, 2014, a brother for Octavia and Arlo.

Andrew Trotter is the youngest son of Mr Douglas Trotter, of Eaglesfield, Cumbria, and Mrs Margaret Trotter, of Ullock, Cumbria, and the Hon. Asia Trotter is a daughter of the Baron Tanlaw (life peer, b. 1934) of Tanlawhill, Dumfriesshire, and Baroness Tanlaw (nee Rina Siew Yong, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) .

Lord Tanlaw is the yst son of the 2nd Earl of Inchcape.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sir Ralph Harry Carr-Ellison, KCVO 1925-2014

__. Sir Ralph Harry Carr-Ellison, KCVO, Lord Lieutenant of Tyne & Weat 1984-2000, died 26 August, 2014. He was 88. Sir Ralph was head of the landed gentry family of Carr-Ellison, of Hedgeley Hall, near Alnwick, Northumberland.

He was born 8 Dec, 1925, eldest son of John Campbell Carr-Ellison (1897-1956), by his 1st wife the former Daphne Hermione Indica Cradock; married 1stly  23 May, 1951,Mary Clare McMorrough Kavanagh (d 1996), scion of that landed family (whose sister married a Duke of Leinster), by whom he had issue; married 2ndly, Gay____.

Funeral at St Maurice's Church, Eglingham, near Alnwick, Thurs, 4 September.


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.