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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mountbatten/Coyle forthcoming marriage

_. How many of Queen Victoria's descendants have entered into a same-sex marriage? The Daily Mirror reports that a cousin of the Queen is marry his male partner in a ceremony this summer.

Lord Ivar Alexander Michael Mountbatten (born 9 March, 1963), is set to tie the knot with one James Coyle, and we are told that Lord Ivar's ex-wife, Penny, is to give him away on the day.

Lord Ivar is the second son of the 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven (1919-70), who was best man for Prince Philip when he married the then Princess Elizabeth in 1947. The 3rd Marquess, who collapsed and died in a London railway station, aged 51, married as his second wife, Janet Mercedes Bryce, who is Lord Ivar's mother.

Lord Ivar's great-grandfather, Prince Louis of Battenberg, was created Marquess of Milford Haven in 1917 on the renunciation of German styles and titles by the family of King George V. The 1st Marquess was the father of Prince Philip's mother, Alice, Princess Andrew of Greece, and was father of Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

Lord Ivar married firstly, in 1994, in the presence of Princess Margaret, and other royals, Penelope Anne Vere Thompson (b 1966), daughter of Colin Thompson, and Mrs Rosemary Walker.

Lord and Lady Ivar Mountbatten have three daughters, Ella, Alexandra and Louise.


Highgrove roots: Prince of Wales is related to builder of Highgrove

_. Digging around in Burke's Peerage I have found a quirky, piquant link between the Prince of Wales and the man who built Highgrove.

The oddly named John Paul Paul, the man who built Highrove, is related to Prince Charles, who has owned the house for over thirty years. Their common ancestor was an Elizabethan worthy from Weymouth named Richard Pitt.

Through Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, the Cavendish-Bentinck Dukes of Portland, the Harley Earls of Oxford, the Prince of Wales descends from Pitt's daughter, Grace. John Paul Paul is descended from Grace's sister Margaret, whose daughter married one Rev. Nicholas Paul and gave birth to two sons, Onesiphorous and Nathaniel. The latter, a soap-boiler and citizen of Bristol, was John Paul Paul's great-great-grandfather.

John Paul Paul's curious double name came about when the father changed the family name from Tippetts to Paul on inheriting the lands of his uncle John Paul, of Tetbury, the legal writer and author of 'Every Landlord or Tenant His Own Lawyer'. The family legal practice survived in Tetbury until 1935, and several tablets to Charles's distant kin can be found in Tetbury Church.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Parsons/Macpherson engagement

_. The engagement was announced 14 June, 2018, between Andrew Parsons, elder son of Mr & Mrs Charles Parsons, of Brinkworth, Wiltshire, & Matilda Mary Macpherson (born 1987), eldest daughter of Andrew James Randolph Macpherson. of Hawkesbury, Gloucestershire, by his wife the former Amelia Mary Bray (b 1962) now of Garford, co Oxford, daughter of (Francis Arthur) Michael Bray, DSC, by his wife the former Victoria Seely (b 6 Sept, 1933),  daughter of Sir Victor Seely, 4th Baronet (1900-80).


Weaver/Brookes engagement

_. The engagement was announced 13 June, 2018, between Jonathan (Jack) Martin Herron Weaver (born 1986), descended from the Horlick baronets, younger son of (Christopher) Giles Herron Weaver (b 4 Apr 1946), of East Lothian, by his wife the former Rosamund Betty Mayhew (b 1949), & Jessica M. Brookes, daughter of Mr Christopher Brookes, of Devon, and Mrs Eglee Roddis, of AndalucĂ­a, Spain.

Jack Weaver is a great-grandson of Sir James Horlick, 4th Baronet, OBE.


Saturday, June 09, 2018

Harington/Leslie engagement

-. The engagement has been announced,  and the wedding is to take place, 23 June, 2018, in Aberdeenshire, between Christopher Catesby (Kit) Harington (born 1986), Game of Thrones actor, scion of the Harington baronets, younger son of Sir David Richard Harington, 15th Baronet (born 1944), by his wife the former Deborah Jane Catesby, & Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie (Rose Leslie, Game of Thrones actress) (b 1987), daughter of Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, 14th of Warthill, by his wife the former Candida Mary Sibyl Weld, scion of that landed family.

Both Kit and Rose have royal ancestry. Kit is a direct descendant of King Charles II and Louise de Penancoet de la Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, and Rose descends from Charles II and his mistress Barbara Villiers.

Game of Thrones indeed.


Emilia Jeanne Nelson Hood (born 2018)

_. Serena Hood (nee Nikkhah), wife of the Hon Peregrine Alexander Nelson Hood (b 30 Aug 1974), scion of the Viscounts Bridport, gave birth to a second daughter, Emilia Jeanne Nelson Hood, 8 June, 2018, a sister for Honor Linda Nelson Hood, who was born in 2016.

The Hon Peregrine Hood is the son and heir of the 4th Viscount Bridport (b 17 Mar, 1948), by his former wife the former Linda Jacqueline Paravicini (now Countess of Suffolk & Berkshire) (b 1950, descended from the Swinnerton-Dyer Baronets).

Serena Hood is the eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Shahrokh Nikkhah, of London.

The daughters of Mr & Mrs Hood cannot inherit the UK peerage, but are in remainder to the Dukedom of Bronte.


Friday, June 08, 2018

Crutchley/Sewell engagement

__. The engagement was announced 8 June, 2018, between Arthur Percy Crutchley (born 1986), descended from the Barons Southampton, son of Lt-Cdr William Victor Percy Crutchley (1933-2007), by his second wife, the former Hon Penelope Ann O'Neill (born 1947), scion of the Barons O'Neill, & Rosanna Mary Alice Sewell (born 1988), descended from the Abel Smith landed family & Dukes of Somerset, daughter of Mark Geoffrey Sewell (born 1955), by his wife the former Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Fraser.

Arthur Crutchley is a grandson maternally of the life peer Baron O'Neill of The Maine (1914-90).

The bride-to-be is a kinswoman of the Queen, albeit distantly, in their descent from the banking Smith family.


Thursday, June 07, 2018

Roger Humphrey Boissier, CBE 1930-2018

_. Roger Humphrey Boissier, CBE, who died 6 June, 2018, aged 87, was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He was born 30 June, 1930, and educated at Harrow, third son of Ernest Gabriel Boissier DSC (1886-1976), by his wife the former Doris Mary Bingham (d 1958), scion of that landed family; married 30 Oct, 1965, Elizabeth Bridget Rhoda Ley (b 1937) eldest daughter of Capt Sir Gerald Gordon Ley, 3rd Baronet (1902-80), by his first wife the former Rosemary Catherine Macpherson (1905-77), scion of Machpherson of Cluny, in the landed gentry.

Mr Boissier leaves a son, Rupert, and a dau Clare.

A Service of Thanskgiving will be held at St Oswald's Church, Kirkoswald, Cumbria, 3 Ju;y, 2018.


Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx 1916-2018

_. The Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx, Mary Wilson, poet, wife of the former prime minister Harold Wilson, died 6 June, 2016, from a stroke, aged 102.

Lady Wilson is the only spouse of any British prime minister to become a centenarian.

She was born Gladys Mary Baldwin, 12 January, 1916, at Diss, Norfolk, the daughter of the Rev Daniel Baldwin, of The Manse, Duxford, Cambridge, and married the then Oxford lecturer, James Harold Wilson in 1940.

Her husband was Labour MP for Ormskirk 1945-50, and then for the Huyton Division of Lancashire, 1950-83, and was Prime Minister 1964-70, and again from 1974-76. He was cr Baron Wilson of Rievaulx in 1983 on leaving the commons. His ancestors hailed from the North Yorkshire village from which he took his title.

She was widowed on 24 May, 1995.

Lady Wilson was the mother of two sons, Robin and Giles.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Jane Louisa Harvey 1954-2018

_. Jane Louisa Harvey (nee Roper), died 5 June, 2018, aged 64.

She was born in 1954 a daughter of Mr E. Alan Roper, by his wife the former Millicent Booth, and married in 1981, Robert Lambart Harvey, scion of the Barons Harvey of Tasburgh, son of the Hon John Wynn Harvey (1923-89), by his wife the former Nobile Elena Maria Teresa, dau of the Marchese Giambattista Curtopassi, of Rome, by whom she had a son, Oliver.

The funeral took place at Meifod Church, Powys, 14 June, 2018.


Fraser/Hay engagement

__. The engagement was announced 6 June, 2018, between Harry Edward Fraser (born 1984), scion of the Lords Lovat, second son of Roderick Joseph (Rory) Fraser (born 1953), of Moniack Castle, Kirkhill, Inverness-shire, by his wife the former Mary Jean Strutt, scion of the Barons Rayleigh, Georgina Eileen Hay (born 1990), scion of the Marquesses of Tweeddale, daughter of Malcolm Charles Hay of Seaton (born 1956), of Edinglassie. by his wife the former Deborah Louise Rouse.


Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Plumptre/George engagement

_. The engagement was announced 31 May, 2018 between Wyndham James Alexander Plumptre (b 1986), scion of the Barons FitzWalter, eldest son of the Hon (Wyndham) George Plumptre (b 1956), of London, and of his former wife, Princess Alexandra Elizabeth Cantacuzene-Speransky (b 1956), & Jennifer Rosina George (b 1986), dau of Stephen A. George, of Limington, Somerset, by his wife the former Roslin Bennett.

Princess Alexandra Cantacuzene-Speransky is a daughter of Prince Mikhail Cantacuzene-Speranksy (1913-99), by his wife the former Barbara Hanbury-Williams (1929-2010), and is descended from Ulysses Grant.


Talbot-Ponsonby/Bennett-Jones engagement

_. The engagement was announced  5 June, 2018, between William Peter Talbot-Ponsonby (born 1975), scion of the Earls of Shrewsbury & Waterford, son of the Rev Preb Andrew Talbot-Ponsonby (b 1944), by his first wife the former Alice Margaret Baldwin (1944-89), and Rowena C. Bennett Jones, daughter of Mr & Mrs R. Aled O. Jones, of Newport, Shropshire.

William Talbot-Ponsonby married firstly, in 2003, Sarah Lee Geehan (1976-2014), daughter of Norman B. Geehan, by his wife the former Helen Blackburn.


Harper/Ross engagement

._. The engagement was announced 5 June, 2018, between Howard Stafford Harper (born 1994), son of the late John Harper and Mrs Rosemary Harper (nee Nielsen), of Bexley, Kent, & Antonia Laura Catherine Giuliana Ross (born 1994), scion of that Irish landed gentry family, daughter of Alastair Charles Gordon Ross (born 1964), by his wife the former (Hilda) Francesca A. Richards.


Caroline Elizabeth Tufnell (1963-2018)

__. Caroline Elizabeth Tufnell, who died 4 June, 2018, aged 55, was a scion of that landed gentry family and a granddaughter maternally of the 5th Baron Ashtown (1901-79).

She was born in 1963 a daughter of Colonel Greville Wyndham Tufnell, CVO, DL (b 1932), by his first wife the former Hon Anne Rosemary Trench (1936-92), daughter of the 5th Baron Ashtown.

Service of Thanksgiving at St Mary's, Fairford, 13 September, 2018.


Nigel Argentine Alington 1947-2018

_. Nigel Argentine Alington, died 4 June, 2018, was a scion of the Alingtons of Swinhope House.

He was a son of Commander Charles Francis Alington (1919-87), by his wife Anne, daughter of Alexander John Hew Maclean (1880-1930) 16th Laird of Ardgour, by his wife the former Hon Muriel Annette Burns (1893-1969), daughter of the 3rd Baron Inverclyde (1864-1919), &c.


Sunday, June 03, 2018

Rt Hon Sir (George) Desmond De Silva, QC 1939-2018

_, Rt Hon Sir Desmond De Silva, QC, who died 2 June, 2018, was a former husband of Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, a great-niece of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

George Desmond De Silva was born at Ceylon, 13 December, 1939, son of (Edmund) Frederick De Silva, MBE (1912-93), by his wife, Esme; married London, 5 Dec, 1987 (div 2010), HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia (b London 28 Nov, 1959), daughter of HRH Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia (1928-2000), by his first wife Princess Margarita of Baden (b Salem 14 July, 1932, d 15 January, 2013) daughter of Berthold, Margrave of Baden by his wife HRH Princess Theodora of Greece & Denmark (1906-69), a sister of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


Saturday, June 02, 2018

2nd Viscount Norwich, CVO 1929-2018

_. The 2nd Viscount Norwich, CVO, died 1 June, 2018, aged 88.

John Julius Cooper was born 15 September, 1929, son of (Alfred) Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich, GCMG, DSO, PC (1890-1954), by his wife the former Lady Diana Olivia Winifred Maud Manners (d 1986), scion of the Dukes of Rutland; succeeded to the viscouncy on the death of his father, 1 January, 1954; married firstly, 5 Aug 1952 (div 1985) Anne Frances May Clifford, scion of the Barons Clifford of Chudleigh, daughter of Capt the Hon Sir Bede Clifford; married secondly, 14 June, 1989, the Hon Mary Philipps, former wife of the Hon Hugo Philipps (later Baron Milford), and daughter of the 1st Baron Sherfield.

Lord Norwich leaves a son and a daughter from his first marriage. The peerage, created in 1952, now passes to his son, the Hon Jason Charles Duff Bede Cooper, who was born 27 Oct, 1959. The 3rd Viscount is unmarried. There is no heir to the viscountcy.


Anthony Fred Doran Potts 1923-2018

_. Anthony Fred Doran Potts, died 1 June, 2018. He was 94.

He was a son of Major Fred Potts, of Hill Cottage, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk, by his wife the former Florence Whiteman, and married 3 January, 1953, Diana Elizabeth Hawkins (b 24 Nov, 1930), scion of the Hawkins baronets, daughter of Commander Richard Pennell Caesar Hawkins, RN (1899-1990), by his first wife the former Enid Helen Corbould-Warren (d 1983), by whom he had issue, two sons, Anthony and Richard, and a daughter, Helen.

Funeral at Southampton Crematorium West Chapel, 25 June, 2018.


Friday, June 01, 2018

Anne Countess Attlee (died 2018)

_. Anne Countess Attlee, who died 31 May, 2018, aged 87, was the first wife of the late 2nd Earl Attlee (1927-91), and was the daughter-in-law of the British Prime Minister, Clement Attlee.

She was the former Anne Barbara Henderson, daughter of James Henderson, CBE, author, of Bath, Somerset, and married the then Mr Martin Richard Attlee, 16 February, 1955.

Martin Attlee was the only son of the Labour Party leader and former prime minister Clement Attlee, who, in December, 1955 was elevated to the peerage upon his retirement. He was created Viscount Prestwood and Earl Attlee.

Martin Attlee and his wife were known as Viscount and Viscountess Prestwood until the death of the 1st Earl Attlee, 8 Oct, 1967, when he succeeded to the peerages.

She and Lord Attlee divorced in 1988, and he died 27 July, 1991.

Countess Attlee leaves a son, John, the 3rd Earl Attlee, who was born in 1956, and a daughter, Lady Jane Attlee, who was born in 1959.

The funeral will be held at Marylebone Crematorium, East Finchley, London, Thurs 14 June, 2018.