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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The 11th Earl of Darnley 1941-2017

_. The 11th Earl of Darnley died 18 June, 2017. He was aged 75.

Adam Ivo Stuart Bligh was born 8 November, 1941, a son of the 9th Earl of Darnley (1886-1955), by his third wife, the former Rosemary Potter, daughter of Edmund Basil Potter, and succeeded to the peerages on the death of his half-brother, the 10th Earl, 15 June, 1980.

Lord Darnley married 14 Oct, 1965, Susan Elaine Anderson, fourth daughter of Sir Donald Anderson, by his wife the former Margaret Llewellyn, scion of the Llewellyn baronets, by whom he had issue, a son and a daughter.

The son, Ivo Donald Stuart Bligh, styled Lord Clifton, who was born 17 Apr, 1968, succeeds as 12th Earl, 12th Viscount Darnley, 21st Baron Clifton, and 12th Baron Clifton of Rathmore.

A Thanksgiving service is to take place at Hereford Cathedral, on Friday 8 September, 2017.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The 4th Viscount Long, CBE (1929-2017)

_. The 4th Viscount Long, CBE, died 13 June, 2017. He was 88.

Richard Gerard Long was born 30 January, 1929, son of the 3rd Viscount Long (1892-1967), by his wife the former Gwendolyn Hague Cook (d 1959), and succeeded to the peerage (cr 1921) upon the demise of his father, 12 January, 1967.

Lord Long was married three times; (1) 1957 (div 1984) to Margaret Frances, daughter of Ninian Frazer; (2) in 1984 (div 1990), to Mrs Catherine Patricia Mier-Woolf, daughter of Charles Miles-Ede, and (3) in 1990, to Helen Millar Wright Fleming-Gibbons.

Viscount Long leaves a son and a daughter from his first marriage, and another daughter died in a car accident in 1984.

The peerage passes to his only son, the Hon James Richard Long, who was born 31 Dec, 1960.

The funeral takes place at St Mary's Church, Steeple Ashton, Wilts, 29 June, 2017.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Countess Mountbatten of Burma 1924-2017

_. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma, second holder of the peerage, first cousin of the Duke of Edinburgh, died at her home at Mersham, Kent, 13 June, 2017. She was 93.

Countess Mountbatten was the last surviving godparent of the Prince of Wales.

She was born Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten, 14 Feb, 1924, the elder dau of the then Lord Louis Mountbatten, by his wife the former Hon Edwina Ashley. Her father, formerly Prince Louis of Battenberg, took the surname of Mountbatten in 1917, and was later created Viscount, then Earl Mountbatten of Burma, with a special remainder to his daughters, and then to their sons.

Patricia Mountbatten married in 1946, the 7th Baron Brabourne (1924-2005), film producer, by whom she had four sons, and two daughters.

In 1979 she was with her father on the boat at Mullaghmore, in Ireland, when he was assassinated, together with her son, the Hon Nicholas Knatchbull. She was seriously injured herself, and succeeded under the terms of the special remainder as (2nd) Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Viscountess Mountbatten of Burma, and Baroness Romsey, in the Peerage of the UK.

The family honours now devolve upon Her Ladyship's eldest son, Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, the 8th Baron Brabourne, who was born 8 Oct, 1947.

The funeral takes place at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London, on 27 June, 2017, at 3pm. No memorial service will take place.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lady Mary Christina Holborow 1936-2017

_. The Lady Mary Holborow, who died at Ladock, 9 June, 2017, aged 80, was a scion of the Earls of Courtown, and a former Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

She served as Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall from 1994 to 2011.

Lady Mary Christina Stopford was born in 1936, a daughter of the 8th Earl of Courtown (1908-75), by his first wife, the former Christina Margaret Cameron; married 1959, Jeremy Jermyn Holborow, OBE, who was High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1977. She leaves issue.

A private funeral is followed by a Memorial Service at Truro Cathedral, Thurs 6th July.

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Sir Rodney Touche, 2nd Baronet

-. Sir Rodney Touche, 2nd Baronet, has died at the age of 88.

Rodney Gordon Touche was born 5 Dec, 1928, son of the Rt Hon Sir Cosmo Touche, 1st Bt (1895-1972), by his wife the former Ruby Anne Hume-Purves (1902-89); educ at Marlborough & University College, Oxford; married 1955, Quida Anne (d 2009), dau of Frederick Gerald MacLennan, by whom he had issue. He succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 1972.

The baronetcy (cr 1962), now passes to his only son, Eric MacLennan Touche, who was born 22 Feb, 1960.

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Friday, June 09, 2017

Fellowes/Mills engagement

__. The engagement was announced 9 June, 2017, between the Hon Charles Henry Fellowes (born 1986), scion of the Barons De Ramsey, son of the 4th Baron De Ramsey (b 1942) of Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, by his second wife, the former Alison Mary Birkmyre (b 1954), scion of the Birkmyre baronets, & Victoria Louise Mills (born 1987), daughter of Mr Graham A. Mills, of Guildford, Surrey, by his wife the former Jean L. Spence.

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Grimston/Wayne marriage

__. The marriage took place, 3 June, 2017, at the Church of St Michael & All Angels, Finmere, between Alexander Rupert Ponsonby Grimston (b 1989), scion of the Barons Grimston of Westbury, yr son of the Maj the Hon Gerald Charles Walter Grimston (b 1953), of Finmere, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Katherine Kettle, & (Jocelyn) Octavia Wayne (born 1987), daughter of Mr William Wayne, of Stockwell, London, by his wife the former Gillian A. Blyth.



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Frederick Percy Atticus Hayhurst [born 2017]

_. Elizabeth Hayhurst (nee Sebag-Montefiore), wife of Capt Mark George M Hayhurst (born 1982), gave birth to a son, Frederick Percy Atticus, 2 June, 2017, a brother for Orlando Henry Laurie, who was born in 2014.

Capt Mark George M (b 1982 reg Q2 Sussex) s of John V HAYHURST (b 1941 reg Q3 Lancashire) of Brighton, Sussex and Mary S E (b 1946 reg Q4 Sussex) d of James M McEWAN and Joyce L M BIGGS. He m c 2010 Elizabeth Anne (b 1982 reg Q3 London) d of Charles Adam Laurie SEBAG-MONTEFIORE (b 1949), scion of that gentry formerly of East Cliff Lodge and of the MAGNUS Bts, by his 1979 m to Pamela Mary Diana TENNANT (b 1953), scion of the GLENCONNER barons etc. Their son Orlando Henry Laurie was b 2014



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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Eva Joanie Gordon Lennox (born 2017)

Sarah Caroline Gordon Lennox (b 1977, nee McVittie), wife of Charles Bernard Gordon Lennox (b 1970), scion of the Dukes of Richmond & Gordon, descended from King Charles II, gave birth to a daughter, Eva Joanie, 1 June, 2017, a sister for Archie Clement, who was born 16 March, 2014.

Sarah is a daughter of Lieutenant-Col Malcolm R. McVittie (b 1946), of Berwickshire, by his wife the former Susan Wendy Boissier, scion of that landed family, & Charlie Gordon Lennox is the son of Maj-Gen Bernard Charles GORDON LENNOX CB MBE (b 1932, gt gs of the 7th Duke of RICHMOND, LENNOX & GORDON) and Sally-Rose dau of John Weston WARNER. He m 1st 2000 (div 2006) Susannah Clare dau Glen HASTINGS and of Mrs Philip Stevens, of Brisbane, Australia. No issue. 

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2nd Baron Bridges, GCMG 1927-2017

_. The 2nd Baron Bridges, GCMG, who died 27 May, 2017, aged 89, was a diplomat, and sometime British Ambassador to Rome.

Thomas Edward Bridges was born 27 Nov, 1927, the son of the 1st Baron Bridges, KG, GCB, GCVO, MC, PC (1892-1969), who had served as Cabinet Secretary throughout the Second World War, by his wife the former Hon Katharine Farrer, dau of the 2nd Baron Farrer.

Succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 27 Aug 1969, was ambassador to Rome, 1983-87, and was elected to the House of Lords in 1999.

Lord Bridges married 1 Sept 1953, Rachel Mary Bunbury, dau of Sir Henry Bunbury, KCB, by whom he had issue.

His son, the Hon Mark Bridges, who was born 25 July, 1954, now succeeds as third holder of the peerage.

Funeral at St Bartholemew's Church, Orford, Suffolk, 20 June, 2017.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Lady Angela Mary Whiteley 1931-2017

_. The Lady Angela Whiteley, who died 29 May, 2017, aged 86, was a scion of the Earls of Guilford (Peerage of GB, cr 1752).

Angela Mary Whiteley was born 28 May, 1931, second daughter of Francis George North, styled Baron North (1902-40), by his wife the former Joan Louise Burrell, scion of the Burrell baronets, and was a granddaughter of the 8th Earl of Guilford. Her brother succeeded as 9th Earl of Guilford in 1949, and a year later she was granted by Royal Licence the rank and precedence of the daughter of an earl.

Lady Angela married 18 July, 1955, Peter John Henry Whiteley (who d 2015), by whom she had issue.

Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary's Church, Battersea, SW11, 27 June, 2017.

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10th Baron Braybrooke 1932-2017

__. The 10th Baron Braybrooke (Peerage of GB cr 1788), died  5 June, 2017. He was 85.

Robin Henry Charles Neville was born 29 January, 1932, son of the 9th Baron Braybrooke (1897-1990) by his first wife, the former Muriel Evelyn Manning (d 1962), dau of William Charles Manning; succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 12 Feb, 1990; married firstly, 1955 (div 1974), Robin Helen Brockhoff, daughter of Thomas Adolph Brockhoff, of Sydney, NSW; married 2ndly, 1974 (div 1988), Linda Norman, daughter of Arthur Norman, of Saffron Walden; married thirdly, 1998, Mrs Perina Fordham (nee Courtauld, scion of that landed family).

Lord Braybrooke  had eight daughters, five from his first marriage, and three from his second marriage. The second daughter from his first union, the Hon Caroline Neville, is Countess of Derby, wife of the 19th Earl of Derby. Another daughter from the first marriage predeceased him.

Lord Braybrooke is succeeded in the family honours by a third cousin twice removed, Richard Ralph Neville, who was born in 1977.

Memorial Service at St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden, Essex, Friday 21 July, 2017.

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3rd Baron Cullen of Ashbourne 1916-2016

_. The 3rd Baron Cullen of Ashbourne (Peerage of the UK, cr 1920). died in Canada, 5December, 2016. He was 100.

Edmund Willoughby Marsham Cokayne was born 18 May, 1916, a son of the 1st Baron Cullen of Ashbourne, KBE (1864-1932), by his wife the former Grace Margaret Marsham (scion of the Earls of Romney); Fl Lt, RAF, &c.

Succeeded as 3rd Baron upon his elder brother's death, 17 Dec, 2000.

Married 1943, Janet, daughter of William Douglas Watson. No issue.

The peerage now devolves upon his Lordship's nephew, Michael John Cokayne, who was born 28 Nov1950.

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Sir David William Perceval Cooke, 12th Baronet 1935-2017

_.Sir David Cooke, 12th Baronet, died 13 May, 2017, aged 82.

David William Perceval Cooke was born 28 April, 1935, and succeeded to the baronetcy on the demise of his father, Sir Charles, in 1978; married 1959, Margaret Frances Skinner (who d 2013), by whom he had issue, three daughters.

The baronetcy, created in 1661, now passes to his kinsman Anthony Edmund Cooke-Yarborough, who was born in 1956.

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Methuen-Campbell/Fellowes engagement

__. The engagement was announced in May, 2017, between Thomas Rice Mansel Methuen-Campbell [b 1977], scion of the Barons Methuen, son of the late Mr Christopher Paul Mansel Methuen-Campbell by his second wife, the former Judith Anne Crowther, of Penrice, Gower & Catherine Margaret Jane Fellowes [b 1977], scion of that landed family and descended from the Viscounts Hampden, daughter of Thomas William Fellowes [b 1945], of Barking, Suffolk, by his second wife, the former Rosamund Isabelle van Cutsem, scion of that landed family.

Thomas Methuen-Campbell is the half-brother of Lord Methuen.

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Lady Fiona Mary Hannon [1932-2017]

--. The Lady Fiona Mary Hannon [nee Graham], who died 21 May, 2017, aged 85, was a scion of the Dukes of Montrose.

She was born 1 Jan 1932, daughter of the 7th Duke of Montrose [1907-92] by his first wife the former Isobel Veronica Sellar [1908-90]; married 1966, Peter Alexander O'Brien Hannon [1927-2017], son of the Ven. Arthur Gordon Hannon, by whom she had issue.

The funeral took place at St Katharine's Church, Holt, 1 June, 2017.


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Killearn/Reay marriage

__. The marriage took place on 3 June, 2017, at St George's Church, Morebath, between Victor Miles George Aldous Lampson, 3rd Baron Killearn [b 9 Sept 1941], widower, son of the late 1st Baron Killearn, GCMG, CB, MVO, MC [1880-1964], by his second wife, the former Jacqueline Castellani, & Victoria Isabella, Lady Reay, second wife, and widow, of the 14th Lord Reay, and daughter of the 1st Baron Bruntisfield, by his second wife the former Tania Kolin.

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Gina Fratini 1931-2017

__. Gina Fratini, the British fashion designer whose unashamedly romantic gowns were much loved by the Royal Family and celebrities, died 25 May, 2017. She was 85.

She was born at Kobe, Japan, 22 Sept 1931, as Georgina Caroline Eve Butler, scion of the Earls of Carrick, daughter of the Hon Somerset Butler, CIE (1903-62), by his wife the former Barbara Jacomb-Hood; married 1stly, 1954, David Goldberg; married 2ndly, Renato Fratini, and thirdly, 1969, James Allan Short [the actor, Jimmy Logan] - all three marriages were dissolved; a later partner was the actor/singer Anthony Newley, who died in 1997. No children.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Cienna Freya Finch (b 2017)

__. The Lady Natasha Rose Eleanor Finch (nee Rufus Isaacs) born 1983, wife of (Charles) Rupert H. Finch (b 1978), and daughter of the 4th Marquess of Reading, gave birth to a daughter, Cienna Freya, 26 May, 2017, a sister for Georgia Liberty Andrena, who was b 24 Feb, 2015.

Rupert is the only son of John H. Finch, by his wife the former Prudence C.L. Schulman, & Lady Natasha is the yr daughter of the 4th Marquess of Reading (b 18 May 1942) by his wife the former Melinda Victoria Dewar.


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