Thursday, July 18, 2024

The Baroness Howard De Walden 1935-2024

 The Baroness Howard De Walden, who died 13 July, 2024, aged 88, was a peeress in her own right, the 10th holder of the peerage, created by Queen Elizabeth I in 1597.

 The barony of Howard de Walden was created by writ of summons in 1597 by Queen Elizabeth I for Admiral Lord Thomas Howard, a younger son of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, by his second wife, the Honourable Margaret Audley, daughter of Thomas Audley, 1st Baron Audley of Walden. The title was reputedly granted for the admiral's role in the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

The 10th holder of the peerage was born (Mary) Hazel Caridwen Scott-Ellis, 12th August, 1935, the eldest of the four daughter of the 9th Baron Howard de Walden, and 5th Baron Seaford (1912-1999), by his wife Countess Irene Maria Rosario Pauline von Harrach of Rohrau and Thannhausen (who died 1975), 5th daughter of Count Hans-Albrecht von Harrach of Rohrau and Thannhausen by his wife Countess Helene von Arco-Zinneberg.

Her father, a renowned racehorse owner, died 9 July, 1999, when his Barony of Howard de Walden (created by Writ) fell into abeyance between his four daughters, Hazel, Susan, Jessica and Camilla, and the Barony of Seaford (Peerage of the UK, cr 1826) passed to a male heir.

On 25 June, 2004, the Barony of Howard de Walden was called out of abeyance in favour of the 9th Baron's eldest daughter.

Lady Howard de Walden married 20 Nov, 1957, Count Joseph Czernin von und zu Chudenitz (1924-2015), only son of Count Franz Joseph Czernin von und zu Chudenitz (1878-1963), by whom she had issue, one son, Peter, and five daughters, Charlotte, Henrietta, Alexandra, Philippa and Isabelle. Her only son, the Hon Peter John Joseph Czernin, (Count Czernin von und zu Chudenitz), who was born 1 January, 1966, now succeeds as the 11th Baron Howard De Walden.


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Charles Henry Thomas James 1976-2024

 Charles Henry Thomas James, who died 5 July, 2024, aged 47, was a scion of the Barons Northbourne.

He was born 16 October, 1976, the second son of Antony Nigel James (1944-2016), of North Balwyn, Victoria, Australia, and his wife the former Therese McCormack.

Walter James, 2nd Baron Northbourne (1846-1923) > Lt-Col Hon Cuthbert James (1872-1930) > Maj Thomas James (1906-1976) > Antony James (1944-2016) > Charles James (1976-2024)


Andrew John Faviell Pace 1948-2024

 Andrew John Faviell Pace, who died 24 June, 2024, aged 75, was descended from the Russell baronets.

He was born 15 December, 1948, the elder son of Capt Lawrence Noel George Pace (1918-1993), of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, by his wife the former Sheila Helen Russell (1921-1994), scion of the Russell baronets; and married 10 February, 1973, (Elizabeth) Jane Bunting, daughter of Roger Michael Hartley Bunting (1917-1995), and his wife the former Valerie Dennison (1918-1990), by whom he had three sons, James Andrew Faviell (born 1973), Dominic Henry Faviell (born 1976), and Hugo Alexander Faviell (born 1980).

Sir Alec Charles Russell, 2nd Baronet (1894-1938) > Sheila Helen Russell (1921-94) > Andrew Pace (1948-2024)


Nicholas Anthony William Mancroft Garthwaite 1952-2024

 Nicholas Anthony William Mancroft Garthwaite, who died 30 June, 2024, aged 72, was a scion of the Garthwaite baronets.

He was born 26 March, 1952, the son of Anthony William Garthwaite (1917-1972), and his wife the Hon Waveney Mancroft Samuel (1916-1986), scion of the Barons Mancroft; and married in 1982, Caroline C. Willbourne, daughter of Thomas William Willbourne and his wife the former Nellie Adams, by whom he had three sons, Oliver Julian (born 1986), Felix Sebastian (born 1987), and Piers Marcus (born 1990).

Nicholas Garthwaite was a grandson of Sir William Garthwaite, 1st Baronet (cr 1919) (1874-1956), and a grandson of the 1st Baron Mancroft (1872-1942).


Caroline Anne Romaine Dennistoun (nee Long) 1946-2024

 Caroline Anne Romaine Dennistoun (nee Long), died 30 June, 2024. She was 78. She was descended from the Marling baronets.

She was born 4 April, 1946, daughter of Commander Richard Oliver Bruce Long (1914-1982), and his wife the former Marion Charlotte Marling (1915-1978), scion of the Marling baronets; and married 11 November, 1983, Christopher John Dennistoun (born 1949), son of Major John Dennistoun, MBE, and his wife the former Nancy Mary Court (1909-1990), by whom she had issue, a daughter, Felicity Helen (born 21 September, 1985).


Monday, July 15, 2024

Graham-Watson/Edsell engagement

The engagement was announced 15 July, 2024, between Archibald Edward Graham-Watson (born 1990), scion of that landed gentry family, only son of Hugh Colin Graham-Watson (born 1961), of Reswallie, Angus, and his late wife the former Alexandra Mary Scott (1965-2001), & Pollyanna Victoria Edsell (born 1992), only daughter of David Malcolm E.L. Edsell (born 1945), of Worton, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Lucy Elizabeth Armstrong-Payn (born 1952).

Archibald is a descendant of the Barons Spens:

The 1st Baron Spens (1885-1973) > Capt Hon Robert Richard Patrick Spens, MC (1916-1942) > Charmian Helen Spens (b 5 Oct, 1940) > Alexandra Scott (1965-2001) > Archibald Graham-Watson (b 1990)


Saturday, July 13, 2024

Ralli/Revill engagement

The engagement was announced 13 July, 2024, between Charles Roderick Ralli (born 20 July, 1998), scion of the Ralli baronets, elder son of Luke Robert Charles Ralli (born 8 July, 1969), of Cretingham, Suffolk, and his wife the former Alice Walker, & Eleanor Frances M. Revill (born 1998), daughter of David Edward Revill  (born 1966), of Little Witley, Worcestershire, and his wife the former Sara Dawn Noott.


Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Lord George Carnegie to marry Matilda St Aubyn

 The engagement was announced 10 July, 2024, between Lord George William Carnegie (born 23 March, 1992), second son of the 4th Duke of Fife (born 3 May, 1961), of Kinnaird Castle, Brechin, Angus, and the Duchess of Fife (nee Caroline Anne Bunting, born 13 Nov, 1961), and Matilda Elizabeth St Aubyn (born 19 January, 1994), scion of the Barons St Levan, the elder daughter of the late Michael Piers St Aubyn (1959-2002), and his wife the former Astrid Elizabeth Lumey (now Mrs James Findlay), of Watership Down, Hampshire.

Lord George is a third cousin once removed of King Charles III.

 Lord George is descended from the Royal House:-

King Edward VII > Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife > Princess Maud of Fife > the 3rd Duke of Fife > 4th Duke of Fife > Lord George Carnegie

Matilda is descended from the Barons St Levan:-

The 1st Baron St Levan > Hon Lionel St Aubyn > Geoffrey St Aubyn > Michael St Aubyn > Matilda St Aubyn

George and Matilda are related thus:-

Matilda Elizabeth St Aubyn → Michael Piers St. Aubyn (her father) → Lt.-Cdr. Geoffrey Piers St. Aubyn (his father) → Lady Mary Theresa Parker (his mother) → Margaret, Countess of Morley (her mother) → Mary Anne Lindsay (her mother) → Anne Lindsay (her mother) → Sir Coutts Trotter, 1st Baronet (her father) → Archibald Trotter (his father) → Jean Steuart (his mother) → Sir Robert Steuart of Allanbank,1st Baronet (her father) → Helen Stewart (his daughter) → Andrew Elliot, of Greenwells (her son) → Agnes Murray Carnegie (his daughter) → Sir James Carnegie, 5th Baronet (her son) → James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk (his son) → Charles Noel Carnegie, 10th Earl of Southesk (his son) → Charles Carnegie, 11th Earl of Southesk (his son) → James Carnegie, 3rd Duke of Fife (his son) → David Charles Carnegie, 4th Duke of Fife (his son) → Lord George William Carnegie (his son)


Tuesday, July 09, 2024

Mary Felicity Gladstone 1926-2024

(Mary) Felicity Gladstone, who died 25 June, 2024, aged 98, was a scion of the Gladstone baronets and a great-granddaughter of the Victorian prime minister, William Ewart Gladstone.

She was born 24 March, 1926, the elder daughter of Stephen Deiniol Gladstone (1891-1965), and his wife the former Mary St Claire Davidson (1892-1976), and was unmarried.

She had siblings, Stephen Charles Gladstone (1924-2006), Anne Robson (1928-2015), & John Neville Gladstone (born 24 July, 1932).

Sir John Gladstone, 1st Bt > William Gladstone > Rev Stephen Gladstone > Stephen Deiniol Gladstone > Felicity Gladstone 


Dr Christopher David Drewe 1942-2024

Dr Christopher David Drewe, who died 30 June, 2024, aged 81, was head of that landed gentry family formerly of Castle Drogo, Devon.

Drewe, together with his father, donated the Castle Drogo estate to the National Trust in 1974. Castle Drogo is a country house and mixed-revivalist castle near Drewsteignton, Devon, England. Constructed between 1911 and 1930, it was the last castle to be built in England. The client was Julius Drewe, the hugely successful founder of the Home and Colonial Stores. Drewe chose the site in the belief that it formed part of the lands of his supposed medieval ancestor, Drogo de Teigne. The architect he chose to realise his dream was Sir Edwin Lutyens, then at the height of his career. Lutyens lamented Drewe's determination to have a castle but nevertheless produced one of his finest buildings. The architectural critic Christopher Hussey described the result: "The ultimate justification of Drogo is that it does not pretend to be a castle. It is a castle, as a castle is built, of granite, on a mountain, in the twentieth century".

The castle was given to the National Trust in 1974, the first building constructed in the twentieth century that the Trust acquired. 

The Old Etonian was born 16 August, 1942, son of Major Anthony Haselden Drewe, MC (1920-1991), and his wife the former Margaret Emma Lindsay (1916-2002). He qualified as a doctor in 1968.

His only sibling is a sister, Ruth (known as Bunny), born 24 December, 1945, wife of Patrick R.C. Johnstone.

Christopher Drewe married in 1998, as her second husband, Cicely Elizabeth Theodosia Hesketh-Prichard (1942-2016), formerly wife of Martin Charles Jacoby, and daughter of Major Michael Hesketh-Prichard (1909-1988), and his wife the former Venetia Alice Green (1915-1992).

He leaves a step-son, Charles Jacoby, and step-daughter, Katherine.


Nell Rose Susan Buchanan (born 2024)

 Georgia Rose E. Buchanan (born 28 February, 1993, nee Rothman), wife of Rory Alexander Hamilton Buchanan (born 30 June, 1992), scion of the Carrick-Buchanan landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Nell Rose Susan, 27 June, 2024, at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

Georgia is a daughter of James D.H.B. Rothman, and his wife the former Lucy V. Middlemas.

Rory is the elder son of Alexander David Hamilton Buchanan (born 3 April, 1961), and his wife the former Emma Susan Kottler (born March, 1964).


Sunday, July 07, 2024

Viscount Garnock engaged to Lady Violet Manners

 The engagement has been announced between William James Lindesay-Bethune, styled Viscount Garnock [born 30 Dec, 1990], son and heir of the 16th Earl of Lindsay [born 19 Nov 1955], of Lahill, Upper Largo, Fife, and his wife the Countess of Lindsay [nee Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald, born 12 September, 1961], scion of that landed gentry family, & the Lady Violet Diana Louise Manners [born 18 August, 1993], eldest daughter of the 11th Duke of Rutland [born 8 May, 1959], of Belvoir Castle, and the Duchess of Rutland [nee Emma Louise Watkins, born 2 September, 1963].

Bill Garnock is destined to become Earl of Lindsay [Peerage of Scotland, cr 1633], Viscount Garnock [Peerage of Scotland cr 1703], Lord Lindsay  of the Byres [ Scotland 1445], Lord Parbroath [cr 1633], and Lord Kilbirnie, Kingsburn and Drumry [Scot. 1703]

Lady Violet has younger sisters, Lady Alice (born 1995), and Lady Eliza (born 1997), and two brothers, Charles, styled Marquis of Granby (born 1999), heir to the dukedom, and Lord Hugo Manners (born 2003).

Viscount Garnock's siblings are: a brother, the Hon David Lindesay-Bethune (born 12 May, 1993), and three sisters, Lady Frances Gabinsky (born 1986), Lady Alexandra Coleman (born 1988), and Lady Charlotte (born 12 May, 1993 twin with her brother David) now HRH The Duchess of Noto, wife of His Royal Highness Prince Jaime of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto [born at Madrid, 26 June, 1992], eldest son of HRH Prince Pedro Juan Maria Alejo Saturnino y todos los Santos, Duke of Calabria (born Madrid, 16 October, 1968), by his wife HRH The Duchess of Calabria [nee Sofia Landaluce y Melgarejo, born Madrid, 23 Nov, 1973]. 

Both Viscount Garnock and Lady Violet have numerous ties of blood in that vast aristocratic web, and are descended in a direct legitimate line from the founder of the Royal House of Tudor King Henry VII. The couple also have a descent from The ‘Merrie Monarch’ King Charles II, via his illegitimate offspring. They are sixth cousins once removed, both are descended from Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford (1721-1803).

Lady Violet’s ancestor, the 8th Duke of Rutland, married Marion Margaret Violet Lindsay, scion of the Earls of Crawford & Balcarres, kinsmen of the Earls of Lindsay.

William Garnock’s ancestor, the 13th Earl of Lindsay [1872-1943] married in 1900, US heiress Ethel Tucker [who died in 1942], daughter of William Austin Tucker [1850-1931], banker of New York and Boston.

Unions between the top aristocratic families are few and far between these days. The current Duke of Roxburghe married, and then divorced, a daughter of Lord Beaverbrook. The Earl of Lichfield married a daughter of the Marquess Conyngham. Viscount Grimston, heir to the Earl of Verulam, married the Duke of Roxburghe’s sister Lady Rosanagh Innes-Ker.