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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Colburn/Ashton engagement

_. The engagement was announced 18 July, 2018, between Henry Colburn, son of Mr & Mrs Anthony Colburn, of Northleach, Gloucestershire, & the Hon Harriet Emily Ashton (born 1990), eldest daughter of the 4th Baron Ashton of Hyde (born 18 July, 1958) of Broadwell Hill, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire, by his wife the former Emma Louise Allinson.

Harriet's father is the fourth holder of the peerage created in 1911. The 1st Baron, as Thomas Gair Ashton, was Liberal MP for Hyde in Cheshire and later for Luton. He was a kinsman of the Luptons, from whom descends HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.


Annabelle Neilson 1969-2018

_. Annabelle Neilson, who has died aged 49, was briefly the wife of the Hon Nathaniel Philip Victor James (Nat) Rothschild (b 1971), son and heir of the 4th Baron Rothschild.

She was a cousin of the Earl of Warwick, and a fourth cousin of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother via her descent from a Leicestershire landed gentry family.

Miss Neilson was the mannequin muse of Alexander McQueen and latterly a reality tv star. She eloped with Nat Rothschild in 1994, and the marriage ended after three years.

She was born in 1969, a daughter of Maxwell Frederick Neilson (born 1939), by his wife Sarah Beatty. Her first cousin was the 8th Earl of Warwick, who is a grandson maternally of Alfred Chester Beatty. Her mother was Elizabeth, Marquesa Campus di Santinelli.

Annabelle's grandmother was the former Elizabeth Pamela Belas, daughter of George Henry Belas (who was killed in action in 1915), by his wife Winifred Emily Burnaby (1886-1959). The late Queen Mother was a descendant of the Burnaby family, of Baggrave Hall. HM's maternal grandmother was Caroline Louisa Burnaby.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Archie Penn (born 2018)

_. Francesca R. Penn (nee Boys), wife of Rory D.A. Penn (born 1980), gave birth to a son, Archie, 2 June, 2018, a brother for Eliza and for Isabelle.

Rory Penn is a son of Christopher Arthur Penn (born 1950), of Burnham Market, Norfolk, by his wife the former Sabrina Mary Colman (b 4 Feb, 1955).

Francesca Penn is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Andrew Boys, of Fulham, London.

Rory Penn is a grandson maternally of Sir Timothy Colman, KG (b 19 Sept, 1929) by his wife the former Lady Mary Cecilia Bowes Lyon (b 30 Jan, 1932), Lady-in-Waiting to HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy, and a first cousin of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Lady Mary Colman is a sister of the late 17th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne, aunt of the late 18th Earl, and great-aunt of the current peer.

Rory's paternal grandfather was Lt-Col Sir Eric Penn, GCVO, a senior member of the Royal Household, who in turn was a nephew of Sir Arthur Penn, stalwart courtier to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, &c.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Prince Philip a godfather at 97 - to Inigo Hooper

_. The Duke of Edinburgh stood sponsor on Friday July, 13, 2018, at Romsey Abbey, Hampshire, at the christening of Inigo Hooper, the six month old son of Mr Thomas Edward Huntly Hooper and his wife the former Lady Alexandra Victoria Edwina Diana Knatchbull (born 5 Deccember, 1982), only surviving daughter of the 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma (b 8 Oct 1947), of Broadlands, Romsey, by his wife the former Penelope Meredith Eastwood (b 1953).

Inigo, born in December, 2017, is the first grandchild for Earl and Countess Mountbatten.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh attended the wedding, 25 June, 2016, at Romsey Abbey, of Lady Alexandra and Mr Hooper. The bride was given in marriage by the Prince of Wales due to the illness of the bride's father.

The Duke of Edinburgh stood as godfather to Lord Mountbatten, then Norton Knatchbull, at his christening 70 years ago.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Hon Veronica Wenefryde Nefertari Innes 1917-2018

_. The Hon Veronica Wenefryde Nefertari Innes, who has died aged 100, was a scion of the Barons Westbury.

She was born Veronica Bethell, 15 July, 1917, daughter of the Egyptologist Capt the Hon Richard Bethell (1883-1929), by his wife the former Evelyn Lucia Millicent Hutton (d 1956), and was a granddaughter of the 3rd Baron Westbury.

She was granted the precedence of a Baron's daughter, 9 July, 1930, a few months after her brother succeeded their grandfather, as 4th Baron Westbury.

She married 14 January, 1941, Lt-Col James Innes (b 1915), of the Coldstream Guards, scion of the Innes landed family, by whom she had issue.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Godwin-Austen/Creasy engagement

_. The engagement was announced 12 July, 2018, between Jonathan Reade Godwin-Austen (b 1962), scion of that landed gentry family, son of Dr Richard Godwin-Austen (1935-2017), of Papplewick, Nottinghamshire, by his first wife the former Jennifer Jane Himely (1937-96), & Francesca L. Creasy, dau of Mr & Mrs Karl Creasy, of Ely, Cambridgeshire.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Baron Laird 1944-2018

_. Lord Laird, life peer, died 10 July, 2018. He was 74.

He was Chairman, John Laird Public Relations Ltd - since 1976.

John Dunn Laird was born 23 April, 1944, son of Dr Norman Davidson Laird, OBE, sometime Northern Ireland MP, by his wife, Margaret.

He married in 1971, Caroline Ethel Ferguson, by whom he had a son and a daughter.

MP (Ulster Unionist), St Anne's Belfast, Northern Ireland Parliament 1970-73; Member (Ulster Unionist) West Belfast, Northern Ireland Assembly, 1973-75; a member of the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention 1975-76; Visiting Professor of Public Relations, University of Ulster; etc.

John Laird was created a life peer in 1999 and took the title Baron Laird, of Artigarvan, in the County of Tyrone.


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bristow/Thursfield engagement

_. The engagement was announced 10 July, 2018, between Edward George Bristow (born 1990), son of George Edward Fitzroy Bristow (born 1961), of the Isle of Wight, by his wife the former Juliet Joy Knocker (b 1962), Celia Mary Aitchison Thursfield (born 30 Nov, 1989), daughter of Timothy H. Thursfield (b 1950), of Fulham, London, by his wife the former Stella A. Salmon (born 1953).

Edward is a great-grandson of the 2nd Baron Luke (1905-96), and descends from Charles II, via the Dukes of Grafton, &c.


Monday, July 09, 2018

6th Baron Carrington, KG, GCMG, CH, MC, PC 1919-2018

_. Lord Carrington, KG, GCMG, CH, MC, PC, the last surviving politician to have served in the Second World War, died 9 July, 2018, aged 99. He was a peer for almost 80 years, and the last surviving politician to have served under Churchill.

Lord Carrington, Tory grandee and former Foreign Secretary, was the 6th Baron (Peerage of Ireland, 1796, and Peerage of GB, 1797); and a life peer as Baron Carington of Upton (1999).

Peter Alexander Rupert Carington was born 6 June, 1919, son of the fifth Baron and the Hon Sibyl Marion Colville (who d 1946), daughter of the 2nd Viscount Colville of Culross; and succeeded to the peerages on his father's death, 19 November, 1938.

Lord Carrington married 25 April, 1942, Iona (who died 7 June, 2009), daughter of Lt-Col Sir Francis Kennedy McClean, AFC, of Huntercombe Place, Henley-on-Thames, by whom he had issue, a son and two daughters.

In World War II he served in North West Europe in the Grenadier Guards; was Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries 1951-54; Parl Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Oct 1954-Nov 1956; High Commissioner for the UK in Australia, Nov 1956-Oct 1959; First Lord of the Admiralty 1959-63; Minister without Portfolio and Leader of the House of Lords, 1963-64; Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords 1964-70, and again 1974-79; Secretary of State for Defence in the Heath Administration 1970-74; Secretary of State for Energy, 1974; Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, 1979-82 (resigned over the Falklands crisis).

He served as Chairman, GEC 1983-4; Secretary General of NATO 1984-88; Chairman Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983-88; was Chancellor of the University of Reading, &c.

Lord Carrington was awarded the Military Cross (1945); appointed to the Privy Council (1959); KCMG (1958); Knight of the Garter, (1985); Chancellor of the Order of the Garter from 1994; GCMG (1988).

He is succeeded in the peerages by his only son the Hon Rupert Francis John Carington, who was born 2 December, 1948, who married in 1989, Daniela, daughter of Flavio Diotallevi.


Lyon-Dalberg-Acton/Pearce Johnson engagement

_. The engagement was announced 9 July, 2018, between William Benjamin Lyon-Dalberg-Acton (born 1986), scion of the Barons Acton, third son of the Hon Robert Peter Lyon-Dalberg-Acton (b 1946),  of St Briac, Brittany, by his wife the former Michele Laigle, & Bibi Pearce Johnson, only daughter of Mr Ian Johnson, of Worcester, and Mrs Kim Johnson, of Binfield, Berkshire.


Diana, Lady Wills (1933-2018)

_. Diana, Lady Wills, who has died aged 85, was the widow of Sir John Wills, 4th Baronet (1928-98).

Her husband was the fourth baronet, of Blagdon, co Somerset, a member of the Imperial Tobacco family.

She was the former Diana Veronica Cecil (Jane) Baker, the only daughter of Douglas R.M. Baker, of The Close, Winsford, Minehead, Somerset, and married Sir John, in 1953.

Lady Wills was widowed in 1998. She leaves issue, David, Anthony, and Rupert. The eldest son is the fifth baronet.

The funeral is to be held at St Andrew's Church, Blagdon, Somerset, 26 July, 2018.


Christening of HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge

.The christening of Prince Louis of Cambridge takes place today at the Chapel Royal St James's Palace.

The infant, who was born on St George's Day, will be baptised in the names Louis Arthur Charles by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby.

Senior members of the Royal Family will be present at the ceremony, including the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but not the Queen & Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duchess of Cambridge's parents, Mr & Mrs Michael Middleton, and her brother James will be present.

Traditionally royal children are baptized with water taken from the River Jordan. Louis will wear a replica of the gown worn by royal children since the early days of Queen Victoria's reign.

Prince Louis will have six godparents, usually referred to as sponsors:-

Nicholas van Cutsem, a great friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Nicholas is a godson of the Duchess of Kent. He married Alice Hadden-Paton, sister of Harry, the Versailles and Downton Abbey actor. Their daughter Florence van Cutsem was one of Meghan Markle's bridesmaids.

Mr Guy Pelly, another friend of the royal couple. William, Harry, with Princesses Beatrice & Eugenie attended his wedding in 2014 to Tennessee-born Lizzie Wilson.

Harry Aubrey-Fletcher (born 1982), scion of the Aubrey-Fletcher baronets. The Duke of Cambridge and the then Catherine Middleton attended his wedding in 2011 to the Hon Sarah Louise Stourton, daughter of Lord Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton.

Lady Laura Meade (born 1984), daughter of the Earl of Romney. Prince William and Prince Harry were present at her wedding in 2014 to James Meade, a friend of the princes, son of the equestrian Richard Meade.

Mrs Robert Carter (nee Hannah Gillingham) school friend of the Duchess of Cambridge. Her sister-in-law, Sophie Carter, is one of Princess Charlotte's godparents. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended Hannah's wedding to Robert Carter in 2012.

Lucy Middleton, cousin of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Jackson-Stops/Skillcorn engagement

_. The engagement was announced 7 July, 2018, between George Frederick Jackson-Stops (born 1990), scion of that landed family, son of Quentin Ashworth Jackson-Stops (b 1952), of Lillingstone Lovell, Buckinghamshire, by his wife the former Susan Clare (Susie) Stroyan (b 1960), scion of that landed family, and descended from the Ropner baronets, & Danielle Skillcorn, daughter of Mr & Mrs Roger Skillcorn, of Cranleigh, Surrey.


Spencer-Churchill/Hammerström marriage

_. The marriage took place 4 July, 2018, at Mayfair Library, London, of Lord Edward Albert Charles Spencer-Churchill (born 1974),  son of the late 11th Duke of Marlborough (1926-2014), of Blenheim Palace, by his third wife the former Dagmar Rosita Astri Libertas Douglas, & Kimberly (Kimi) Hammerström.

A service of blessing took place on Saturday 7 July, in the private chapel of Blenheim Palace.


Christopher Henry Boone 1947-2018

_. Christopher Henry Boone, who died 6 July, 2018, was born in 1947, eldest son of Maj Frederick Boone, MC, who married in 1946, Barbara Mary Otter (1919-2008), dau of Lt-Col Robin Otter, MC (d 1965), by his wife the former Mary Laura Troubridge, scion of the Troubridge baronets.


Friday, July 06, 2018

Konstantin Andreevich Stramentov (d 2018)

_. Konstantin Andreevich Stramentov, died 5 July, 2018. He married in 1969,. Janet Albina Allport Cunynghame (born 10 Oct, 1947), scion of the Cunynghame baronets, dau of Ian Francis Rowland Selwyn Cunynghame (b 19 Mar 1910, d 1988).


Thursday, July 05, 2018

Peter Sacheverell Wilmot-Sitwell 1935-2018

_. Peter Wilmot-Sitwell, who has died aged 83, was head of that landed gentry family, formerly of Stainsby.

He was one of the City of London's most popular and respected dealmakers, as senior partner in the stockbroker firm Rowe & Pitman, and subsequently vice-chairman of Warburgs, the investment bank.

Peter Sacheverell Wilmot-Sitwell was born 28 March, 1935, and educated at Eton; son of Capt Robert Bradshaw Wilmot-Sitwell, CBE (1894-1946) by his wife the former Barbara Elizabeth Fisher.

He married 5 January, 1960, Clare Veronica (b 23 Sept, 1938), elder twin daughter of Ralph Hamilton Cobbold, of Fairlawn House, Tadley, near Basingstoke, scion of that landed family, by his first wife the former Norah Veronica Vandeleur Christie-Miller, scion of that landed family.

His wife served for many years as a Lady-in-Waiting to HRH The Duchess of Kent.

Peter Wilmot-Sitwell leaves issue. His elder son Alexander Sacheverell, who was born 16 Mar, 1961, is now head of the landed family.


Rodney Compton Whitworth 1946-2018

_. Rodney Compton Whitworth died 4 July, 2018, aged 72.  His paternal grandmother was Alice Lucy Patience Hervery, scion of the Marquesses of Bristol, &c.

The funeral takes place at St Mary's Church, Walsham-le-Willows, 18 July, 2018.


Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Nall/Williamson engagement

_. The engagement was announced 3 July, 2018, between William Alexander Coryton Nall (born 1985), scion of the Nall baronets, son of Alexander Michael Nall (born 1956), of Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire, by his wife the former Caroline Jane Robinson (descended from the Barons Heytesbury), & Nadia A.L. Williamson, elder daughter of Mr Mark Williamson, of Wimbledon, London, by his wife, Laura.

William Nall is a grandson of Sir Michael Nall, 2nd Baronet. William's great-grandfather, Colonel Sir Joseph Nall, was Unionist MP for the Hulme Div of Manchester, 1918-29, and 1931-45, & was awarded a baronetcy in 1954.


Greenall/Hesketh engagement

_. The engagement was announced 3 July, 2018, between the Hon Jonathan James (Jake) Greenall (born 1992), the jockey, scion of the Barons Daresbury, youngest son of the 4th Baron Daresbury (born 1953), of Malpas, Cheshire, by his wife the former Clare Weatherby, & Anna Mary Hesketh (born 1991), the jockey, twin daughter of the late Robert Fleetwood Hesketh (1956-2004), by his wife the former Hon Catherine Ingrid Guinness (b 1952), scion of the Barons Moyne, daughter of the 3rd Baron by his first marriage to the former Ingrid Wyndham, scion of the Barons Egremont.


Sir Anthony Edward Norman Bellingham, 8th Baronet 1947-2018

_. Sir Anthony Bellingham, Baronet, who has died aged 71, was the 8th holder of the baronetcy, of Castle Bellingham, Co Louth, created in 1796.

Sir Anthony was managing director of City Financial Executive Recruitment.

Anthony Edward Norman Bellingham (pronounced 'Bellinjum') was born 24 March, 1947, the second son of Sir Roger Bellingham, MB, ChB, DA, 6th Baronet (1911-73), by his wife the former Mary Norman. He succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his elder brother, Sir Noel, the 7th baronet, in 1999.

His ancestor, Sir William, sometime secretary to the prime minister, William Pitt, and afterwards a commissioner for the Navy, was awarded a baronetcy, 19 Apr, 1796.

Sir Alan, the 4th baronet, married Lady Constance Noel, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Gainsborough, and descended from King William IV from his liaison with the actress Dorothy Jordan.

Sir Anthony was twice married. His first wife, whom he wed in 1991, was Denise Marie Elizabeth Moity. They divorced in 1998. He married secondly, in Thailand 1998 (div 2001), Namphon Buchar.

He leaves a son from the first marriage, William Alexander Noel Henry Bellingham, who now succeeds as the ninth baronet. He was born 19 August, 1991.


Monday, July 02, 2018

Baron Thomas of Macclesfield CBE 1937-2018

_. Lord Thomas of Macclesfield, CBE, life baron, died 1 July, 2018. He was 80.

Lord Thomas of Macclesfield was Managing Director of the Co-Operative Bank, 1988-97, and sometime Chairman, Internexus, &c.

Terence James (Terry) Thomas was born 19 Oct, 1937, son of William Emrys Thomas; married 1963, Lynda, daughter of William John Stevens; 3 sons.

Created a life peer as Baron Thomas of Macclesfield, of Prestbury, in the County of Cheshire (1997). Appointed CBE, 1997.