Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Gabriel Henry Adrian Swire (born 2023)

 Poppy Swire (nee Cotterell, born 1988), wife of Samuel Compton Swire [born 1980], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Gabriel Henry Adrian, 10 March, 2023.

Poppy is a scion of the Cotterell baronets, daughter of Sir Henry Richard Geers Cotterell, 7th Baronet [born 22 Aug, 1961], of Garnons, Herefordshire, by his 1st late wife the former Carolyn Suzanne Beckwith-Smith [1955-99], scion of the Beckwith-Smith landed gentry family, sometime extra Lady-in-Waiting to Sarah, Duchess of York.

Samuel Swire is a son of the late Sir Adrian Christopher Swire [1932-2018], by his wife the former Lady Judith Compton [born 26 September, 1943], of Sparsholt, co Oxford, scion of the Marquesses of Northampton, & is a grandson maternally of the 6th Marquess of Northampton [1885-1978].


Monday, March 27, 2023

Hon Nicholas Lloyd Webber 1979-2023

The Hon Nicholas Lloyd Webber, who died 25 March, 2023, from cancer, aged 43, was the composer eldest son of the life peer the Baron Lloyd-Webber (born 22 March, 1948), and his first wife the former Sarah Jane Hugill.

Nick Lloyd Webber died at Basingstoke, Hampshire, from gastric cancer.


Christopher Michael Dean Leigh-Pemberton (born 2023)

 Emily L. Leigh-Pemberton (nee Dawes), wife of David Geoffrey Berners Leigh-Pemberton [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Christopher Michael Dean, 22 March, 2023.

Emily is the eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Douglas Dawes, of Columbus, Indiana, United States.

David Leigh-Pemberton is the eldest son of the Hon Edward Douglas Leigh-Pemberton [born 10 January, 1959], of Longcot, Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Jessica Elizabeth Berners Allsopp [born 5 Apr, 1960], scion of the Barons Hindlip.

David is a grandson paternally of the Baron Kingsdown, KG [1927-2013], Governor of the Bank of England 1983-93.


Saturday, March 25, 2023

Meynell/Skepper engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 March, 2023, between Frederick Hugh (Freddie) Meynell (born 29 July, 1990), son of (Edward) James Meynell (born 1959), of Boraston, Shropshire, and his wife the former Amanda Clare Gifford Lywood (born 1961), scion of that landed gentry family; and Poppy Joanna Alice Skepper (born 1988), younger daughter of Robert Braeme Skepper, of Sudbourne, Suffolk, and his wife the former Hannah Margaret Backhouse (born 1948), scion of the Backhouse baronets.


Friday, March 24, 2023

George Cecil Robert Maurice Spencer 1932-2023

 George Cecil Robert Maurice (Bobby) Spencer, who died at West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, 22 March, 2023, aged 90, was a scion of the Earls Spencer, and was heir presumptive to the earldom until the birth of Viscount Althorp in 1994.

He was born 14 July, 1932, and known as Robert or Bobby, son of Capt the Hon George Charles Spencer, RN (1903-1982), and his wife the former Barbara Blumenthal (died 1978); and was unmarried.

He was a grandson of the 6th Earl Spencer (1857-1922), a nephew of the 7th Earl (1892-1975), a first cousin of the 8th Earl (1924-92), and a first cousin once removed of Diana, Princess of Wales.

From the death of his cousin, the 8th Earl, 29 March, 1992, until the birth of Louis Spencer, Viscount Althorp, 14 March, 1994, he was heir presumptive to the Spencer earldom and Viscountcy of Althorp.


Appointments to the Royal Household

 The King has been pleased to appoint the following as Lords in Waiting: the Lord Luce KG, the Lord Janvrin and the Marquess of Cholmondeley. The latter served as Hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain in the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

His Majesty has also been pleased to appoint the following as Extra Equerries: Vice Admiral Sir Tom Blackburn, Lieutenant Colonel Sir Andrew Ford, Commodore Anthony Morrow, Admiral Sir George Zambellas, Lieutenant General Sir Alistair Irwin, Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer, Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Johnstone-Burt, Lieutenant Colonel Sir Alexander Matheson of Matheson, Bt., Lieutenant Colonel Michael Vernon, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Segrave, Sir Nicholas Bacon, Commander Richard Aylard, Major General Arthur Denaro, Sir Stephen Lamport and Mr. Ashe Windham.

The appointments announced in the Court Circular are to date from 17th March, 2023.


Hon Seymour Henry Fortescue 1942-2023

 The Hon Seymour Fortescue, who died 14 March, 2023, aged 80, was a scion of the Earls Fortescue, a banker, sometimes head of Barclaycard.

Seymour Henry Fortescue was born 28 May, 1942, a son of the 6th Earl Fortescue (1893-1977), and his second wife the Hon Sybil Mary Hardinge (1898-1985), daughter of the 3rd Viscount Hardinge (1857-1924); and married 1stly, 25 July, 1966 (div 1990), Julia Pilcher, only child of Sir John Pilcher, GCMG (1912-90), and his wife the former Delia Margaret Taylor (d 5 Jan, 2003); and married 2ndly, 23 Aug, 1990, Jennifer Ann Simon, daughter of Frank Simon, who survives him. 

He leaves issue from his 1st marriage, a son James (b 15 Apr, 1978), and a daughter, Princess Marissa Clara zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg (b 20 Oct, 1973), wife of Prince Maximilian zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg, and a daughter from his second marriage, Alexandra Kate (b 10 July, 1991).


(Iain) Colin Malcolmson 1935-2023

 Iain Colin Malcolmson, who died 13 March, 2023, aged 87, was a scion of that landed gentry family, and descended from the Earls of Leicester.

He was born 5 November, 1935, younger son of Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Donald Malcolmson, TD (1907-81), of Icomb Place, Cheltenham, and his wife the former Thetis Mary Wilson (1908-1993), scion of the Wilsons of Tranby Croft, Yorkshire. He married in 1960, Judith Ann (Judy) Crawfurd (born 1940), daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Hamilton Payne Crawfurd (1907-43), of Weetwood Manor, Staffordshire, and his wife the former (Hilda) Rosabel Whitborne (1906-59), by whom he had issue, two sons, James Colin (born 1963), and Angus Charles (born 1968), and a daughter, Louise Thetis (born 1966).

The 2nd Earl of Leicester > Lady Margaret Coke > Hon Lilian Strutt >Ian Donald Malcolmson > Iain Colin Malcolmson


Onslow/Marshall engagement

 The engagement was announced 24 March, 2023, between Thomas Cranley Douglas Onslow (born 1992), scion of the Onslow baronets, son of the Hon Richard Alan Douglas Onslow (born 27 June, 1956), of Tarrant Gunville, Dorset, and his late wife the former Phyllida Kingsley Moore (1961-2000); & Emma C.L. Marshall, daughter of Mr & Mrs Richard Marshall, of Richmond, Surrey.

Thomas Onslow is a grandson of the life peer the Baron Onslow of Woking, KCMG, PC (1926-2001), and his wife the former Lady June Ann Hay (d 2002), daughter of the 14th Earl of Kinnoull (1902-38), and descended in the direct male line from Sir Arthur Onslow, 1st Bt (1624-88).


Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Baron Kirkhill 1930-2023

The Lord Kirkhill, a life Baron, and former Labour government minister, died 21 March, 2023, aged 92.

John Farquharson Smith was born 7 May, 1930, son of Alexander Findlay Smith, of Aberdeen; and educated at Robert Gordon's Colls, Aberdeen; Hon LLD, Aberdeen; Lord Provost of Aberdeen, 1971-1975; Minister of State at the Scottish Office in the administrations of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, 1975-79; Delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of COE and WEU from 1981; Chairman Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of COE (1991).

He was raised to the peerage for life in 1975, as Baron Kirkhill, in the District of the City of Aberdeen, upon his appointment as a government minister.

He married in 1965, Frances Mary Walker Reid.


Allan Alexander Cameron, KC 1963-2023

 The brother of former Prime Minister David Cameron died from cancer, 21 March, 2023, at the age of 59. 

Alexander Cameron suffered a lengthy battle with ill-health, stepping down from the bar for retirement after his cancer diagnosis in 2020 following a career spanning over 30 years. The star barrister was the first to appear on camera while in action at the Court of Appeal. But the brilliance of Alex made itself felt far beyond the courtroom.  

He was born 27 Aug, 1963, the elder son of Ian Donald Cameron (1932-2010), and his wife the former Mary Fleur Mount (born 22 Oct, 1934), scion of the baronets of that name; and married in 1990, Sarah Louise Fearnley-Whittingstall (born 23 July, 1963), scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of William George Fearnley-Whittingstall, and his wife the former Daphne Maureen Shortt. He is survived by his wife and son Angus (known as Gus) born 1994, and a daughter, Imogen, born 1992.

Alexander Cameron was a descendant of King William IV and Mrs Jordan:-

King William IV > Lady Elizabeth FitzClarence > Lady Agnes Hay > Lady Agnes Cecil Emmeline Duff > Stephanie Agnes Cooper > Enid Agnes Maud Levita > Ian Donald Cameron > Alexander Cameron, KC


Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Mary Stephanie Higham (nee Pigott) 1920-2023

 Mary Stephanie Higham (nee Pigott) who died 12 March, 2023, aged 102, was a scion of the Pigott baronets, born 29 Oct, 1920, elder daughter of Sir Berkeley Pigott, 4th Baronet (1894-1982), and his wife the former Christabel Charlotte Bowden-Smith (d 30 Apr, 1974); and married 1stly, 14 May, 1951 (marriage annulled 1954), Peter Friedrich Sika, son of Ministerialrat Dr. Wilhelm Sika, of Vienna; she married 2ndly, 21 Dec, 1959, Commander Walter Ernest Higham, RN (1897-1990), son of Ernest John Higham, by whom she had issue, two sons, Stephen (b 3 Oct, 1960), and Charles (b & d 1965).


Hon Penelope Cynthia Dewar 1935-2023

 The Hon Penelope Cynthia Dewar, who died 18 March, 2023, aged 87, was a scion of the Barons Forteviot, and member of the eponymous whisky distilling family.

She was born 29 April, 1935, second daughter of the 3rd Baron Forteviot (1906-1993), and his wife the former Cynthia Monica Starkie (who died in 1986), and was a younger sister of the Hon Caroline Dewar (born 12 Feb, 1934), who married as her first husband, 11 Sept, 1956 (div 1966), the 3rd Duke of Fife (1929-2015),

She married 14 December, 1959 (div 1977), Norman Frank Paul Butler, by whom she had issue, two sons, Paul (1960-88), and Sean (b 25 Sept, 1963), and Tracey Penelope (Tiggy) (b 6 Nov, 1961),


Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Lady Amelia Spencer weds Greg Mallett

The marriage has taken place in South Africa,  between Mr Greg Mallett & the Lady [Katya] Amelia Spencer [born 10 July, 1992], third daughter (twin with her sister Lady Eliza) of the 9th Earl Spencer (born 1964) of Althorp, by his first wife, the former [Catherine] Victoria Lockwood.

Lady Amelia has an older sister, the fashion model Lady Kitty Eleanor Spencer [born 28 Dec, 1990], and a brother, Louis Frederick, styled Viscount Althorp [born 14 March, 1994], and a half-brother from Earl Spencer’s second marriage, the Hon Edmund Charles Spencer [born 6 Oct, 2003], and a half-sister from Lord Spencer’s second marriage, Lady Lara [born 2006], and a half-sister from Earl Spencer’s third marriage, Lady Charlotte Diana Spencer [born 30 July, 2012].

Lady Amelia is a first cousin of the Prince of Wales & Duke of Sussex, and is a niece of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Greg Mallett is the son of David Mallett, a history teacher and former headmaster of Western Province Preparatory School, Cape Town, brother of South African rugby union player and Springboks coach Nick Mallett; their English father was Anthony William Haward Mallett (born 29 Aug, 1924, died 10 Dec, 1994), a schoolmaster (inc. principal, Diocesan College, Cape Town) and cricketer for Oxford University and Kent County Cricket Club, who married in 1949, Vivienne M. Short.

Anthony Mallett was son of Wilfred Howard Mallett [born 1893] by his wife the former Lucy Katleen Honeysett [born 1894], daughter of Edgar William Honeysett, a railway clerk, by his wife, Elizabeth .


Daughter for Lord Astor of Hever’s heir

  _. Princess Eliane Marie Ghislaine de Merode (b 20 March, 1990), wife of the Hon Charles Gavin John Astor (b 10 Nov, 1990), son and heir of the 3rd Baron Astor of Hever (b 16 Jun, 1946), gave birth to a second daughter, Lilyrose Irene Regine, 20 March, 2023, a sister for Astrid Henriette Elizabeth, who was born  9 November, 2020.

The Hon Charles Astor is Lord Astor of Hever's son, by his second wife, the former Hon Elizabeth Mackintosh, 2nd dau of the 2nd Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax.

Princess Eliane is the only daughter of Prince Léonel Amaury Marie Ghislain de Merode (b 1 Oct 1951), of Westerlo, Belgium, by his wife the former Régine Countess de Liedekerke (b 22 Jan 1955).


Melvyn Marckus 1944-2023

 Melvym Marckus, who died 7 March, 2023, aged 79,was a former City Editor of The Times and The Observer newspapers; born in 1944; married in 1987 (as her third husband) the Hon Rachel Mary Frances Bondonneau (nee King, born 1945), only daughter of the life peer the Baron King of Wartnaby (1917-2005), and his first wife the former Lorna Kathleen Sykes (who died 1969).


Lt-Col David John Wemyss Anstice 1932-2023

 Lieutenant-Colonel David John Wemyss Anstice, late the 10th Royal Hussars, died 4 March, 2023, aged 90; he was born in 1932, son of Vice-Admiral Sir Edmund Walter Anstice, KCB (1899-1979), and his wife the former Lesley Ritchie; and married firstly, 27 April, 1957, Alice Rosemary Graham Moncrieff (1935-1960), scion of that landed gentry family, of Kinmonth, daughter of Lt-Col Douglas Graham Moncrieff, MC (1893-1983), and his wife the former Henrietta Doreen St John (1900-87), scion of the Viscounts Bolingbroke & St John; married 2ndly, 24 Feb, 1962 (div 1973), Sarah Margaret Ramsay (born 30 Dec, 1937), scion of the Ramsay baronets, of Balmain, daughter of Robert Ottwell Ramsay (1900-1996), of Arbroath, Angus, and his wife the former Constance Aileen German (who died 19 Oct, 2002); and married 3rdly, 27 March, 1976, Jane Mary Gordon MacDougald, daughter of Lieutenant-Col Wilfired Joseph MacDougald, of co Dorset. He is survived by his 3rd wife, and three sons from his second marriage.


Stuart Gibson Worthington 1940-2023

 Stuart Gibson Worthington, who died in Spain, 7 March, 2023, aged 82, was a scion of that landed gentry family, of Moorhill; born in 1940, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Lancelot Jukes Worthington, TD (1891-1975), and his second wife the former MarjorieBrown Gibson (1908-1981); and married 1972, as her second husband, Mrs Geraldine Judith Snowball (nee Seth), daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel J.J. Seth, of Sneyd Park, Bristol, by whom he had issue, three daughters, Melanie, Lucinda and Victoria.


(Anne) Jennifer Preston (nee Kirwan) 1933-2022

 (Anne) Jennifer Preston (nee Kirwan), who died 26 December, 2022, aged 89, was descended from the Viscounts Chetwynd. She was born 4 December, 1933, a daughter of Sir (Archibald) Laurence Patrick Kirwan, KCMG (1907-1999), the archaeologist, and his 1st wife, the former (Victoria Edith) Joan Chetwynd (b 24 May, 1912 - ?), scion of the Viscounts Chetwynd; and married 14 August, 1965, Antony Martin Preston (1938-2004), the naval historian, by whom she had issue, four children.


Clement Michael Charles Royds 1931-2023

 (Clement) Michael Charles Royds, who died 12 March, 2023, aged 91, late the 5th Dragoon Guards, was a scion of that landed gentry family, and descended from the Yarrow baronets. He was born 11 August, 1931, son of Percy Edmund Clement Yarrow Royds (1904-1966), of Winsford, Somerset, and his wife the former Madeline Mary Beswicke. He married 2 June, 1956, Victoria Cooke, elder daughter of R.C. Cooke, of East Horsley, Surrey, by whom he had issue, James (b 1958), Radcliffe (b 1961), and Sophia (b 1964).

Sir Alfred Yarrow, 1st Baronet > Florence Yarrow > Percy Royds > Michael Royds


Zeal/du Bois de Montulé engagement

 The engagement was announced 21March, 2023, between Hugo Henry Zeal (born 8 Oct, 1994), elder son of Christopher J. Zeal, of Twyford, Berkshire, and his wife the former Lucy Violet Godsal (born 15 March, 1964), and Eleonore du Bois de Montulé , daughter of Mr and Mrs Guy du Bois de Montulé, of Geneva, Switzerland.

Hugo Zeal is descended from the Earls of Courtown:-

The 8th Earl of Courtown > Lady Elizabeth Stopford > Lucy Violet Stopford > Hugo Zeal


Sale/Campbell Adamson engagement

 The engagement was announced 21 March, 2023, between Alexander Robert Loyd Sale (born 17 March, 1991), elder son of Julian Edward Loyd Sale (born 1951), of Oxford, and his wife the former Fiona Taylor (born 1955), and Catherine Grace Campbell Adamson (born 1991), younger daughter of Hugh Alexander Campbell Adamson (born 1954), of Stracathro, Angus, and his wife the former Hon Alison Mary Elliott (born 1957), daughter of the late life peer the Baron Elliott of Morpeth (1920-2011).


Charlotte Victoria Bruce Walpole 1960-2023

 Charlotte Victoria Bruce Walpole, who died 28 February, 2023, aged 62, was a scion of the Barons Walpole.

She was born 16 March, 1960, the fourth daughter of Horace Jeremy Spencer Walpole (1924-2002), and his wife the former Mary Elizbeth Bruce Kidman (died 9 Nov, 2008); and married 8 Aug, 1987 (div 2000), James Ronald Trumper. She resumed her maiden name by deed poll after her divorce.

She leaves issue.