Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Lady Vestey, the Duke of Sussex's godmother, dies suddenly, aged 71

 _.The Baroness Vestey, who died suddenly, 28 November, 2020, aged 71, was the wife of courtier, Sam Vestey, the 3rd Baron, former Master of the Horse to the Queen. She was a godmother of the Duke of Sussex, standing sponsor at his christening almost 36 years ago.

Lady Vestey was a close friend of the Queen and Prince of Wales, a member of their 'racing circle'.

She was born at Oxford in 1949, as Celia Elizabeth Knight, a daughter of Major [Hubert] Guy Broughton Knight, MC [1917-93], head of that landed gentry family, of Lockinge Manor, Wantage, and his wife the former Hester Loyd [1920-2002], scion of the Loyds of Lockinge. Celia's elder sister, Henrietta [born in 1946], is the retired English Thoroughbred racehorse trainer, best known as a trainer of National Hunt racehorses, wife of Terry Biddlecombe [1941-2014], the champion jockey.

She married in 1981, as his second wife, Samuel George Armstrong Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey, GCVO [born 19 March, 1941], of Stowell Park, Gloucestershire, the billionaire landowner, who served the Royal Household as Master of the Horse, in attendance on the Queen at the annual Birthday Parade.

She stood sponsor at the Christening of Prince Harry at Windsor, on 21 Dec, 1984. Harry's other godparents were his uncle, the Duke of York, his father's cousin, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Mrs William Bartholemew, a former flatmate of Diana, Princess of Wales, Bryan Organ, the portrait painter, and Gerald Ward, scion of the Earls of Dudley, a landowner chum of the Prince of Wales.

Lady Vestey was the mother of two sons, the Hon William Vestey [born 27 Aug, 1983], and the Hon Arthur Vestey [born in 1985], and a daughter, the Hon Mary Henrietta Vestey [born in 1992]. 

Her eldest son served the Queen as a Page of Honour, 1995-98. 


David John Mordaunt 1937-2020

 _. David Mordaunt, the former Sussex cricketer, teacher and expeditioner, scion of the Mordaunt baronets, died 28 November, 2020. He was 83.

David John Mordaunt was born 24 August, 1937, son of Eustace John Mordaunt [1901-88], and his wife the former Anne Frances Gilmour [1916-76].

He was a great-great grandson of Sir John Mordaunt, 9th Baronet [1808-45].

Mordaunt was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium-fast. He made his first-class debut in 1958 for Sussex in the game against Oxford University, scoring 96 in the second innings, when he was caught trying to hit his fourth six, which would have given him a century on debut. From 1958 to 1960, Mordaunt played 19 first-class matches for Sussex as an amateur, his final match for the county coming against Gloucestershire in the 1960 County Championship. He scored 586 runs for Sussex at a batting average of 24.41, with five half-centuries and highest score of 96. With the ball he took 19 wickets at a bowling average of 28.89, with a single five wicket haul of 5 for 42.

Mordaunt left Sussex at the end of the 1960 season. He played his final first-class match in 1964 for Marylebone Cricket Club against Ireland. With the MCC he also toured North America in 1959, South America in 1964-65, and North America again in 1967.

In 1964 Mordaunt joined the minor county Berkshire, and made his Minor Counties Championship debut against Devon. From 1964 to 1974, he played 40 Minor Counties Championship matches for Berkshire. He made his List A debut for Berkshire against Somerset in the 1st round of the 1965 Gillette Cup, scoring 60, including four sixes off the bowling of Bill Alley, and winning the man of the match award. He played three further one-day matches for the county, against Hertfordshire in the 1st round of the 1966 Gillette Cup, against Gloucestershire in the 2nd round of the same tournament, and finally against Hertfordshire in the 1976 Gillette Cup. In his four one-day matches he scored 144 runs at an average of 36.00, with two half-centuries and a highest score of 60. With the ball he took three wickets at an average of 44.00, with best figures of 3/24.

His grandfather, Gerald Mordaunt [1873-1959], played first class cricket for Oxford University, Kent County Cricket Club, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the Gentlemen and other amateur sides between 1893 and 1904, and his great-grandfather, John Mordaunt [1837-1923], was also a cricketer.

Mordaunt taught mathematics at Wellington College, and was also a noted expeditioner, leading three Royal Geographical Schools Expeditions to the Arctic and, in 1983, a Royal Geographical Society expedition through Nepal to the base of Annapurna.

He married in 1990 [divorced 2002], Dr Catharine Hilary Mayne, daughter of John Fraser Mayne, CB.


Sir Richard Henry Clay, 7th Baronet 1940-2020

 _. Sir Richard Clay, 7th Baronet, died 28 November, 2020. He was 80. 

Richard Henry Clay was born 2 June, 1940, the son of Sir Henry Felix Clay, 6th Baronet [1909-1985], and his wife the former Phyllis Mary Paramore [died 1997]; and succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death in July, 1985; educated at Eton; FCA. He married 14 September, 1963, Alison Mary Fife, daughter of Dr James Gordon Fife, by whom he had issue, three sons and two daughters. The eldest son, Charles Richard Clay, born 18 Dec, 1965, succeeds to the baronetcy, created in 1841, for his ancestor, William Clay, MP for Tower Hamlets, and Secretary of the Board of Control for India, 1839-41, &c.


Monday, November 30, 2020

Calum John Slaney Rollo 1953-2020

 _. Calum John Slaney Rollo, who died 21 November, 2020, aged 67, was a scion of the Lords Rollo [Lordship of Scotland, cr 1651, & Baron Dunning, Peerage of the UK, cr 1869]. He was born 20 February, 1953, son of Alexander David Rollo [1909-1974], and his wife the former Margaret Valmai Wilmot [d 17 May, 1961]; married 1980, Lindsay Froggatt [born 1953], daughter of George D.H. Froggatt, and his wife the former Isabel Russell, by whom he had issue, a son Euan, and two daughters, Philippa and Elizabeth.

Calum Rollo was a great-grandson of John, 10th Lord Rollo [1835-1916].


Douglas James Dundas [born 2020]

 _. Sophie Elizabeth Dundas [nee Garnier, born 1988], wife of Ralph William Dundas 3rd of Airdbheith [born 1988], head of that landed gentry family, and descended from the Barons Walsingham, gave birth to a son, Douglas James, 23 Oct, 2020, a brother for Frank William, who was born 21 June, 2019.

Ralph Dundas is a son of the late [Robert] Alexander Dundas of Airdbheith [1947-2003], by his wife the former Sarah Rosalind Wilson [born 1953], a granddaughter maternally of Sir James Lithgow, 1st Baronet [1883-1952].

Sophie Dundas is the second daughter of Maj [James] Hugh Garnier [b 7 Apr 1948], by his wife the former Katherine Puckle.

Douglas's Walsingham lineage:-

8th Baron Walsingham-->Hon Lavender de Grey-->Maj Hugh Garnier-->Sophie Garnier-->Douglas Dundas


 He m c2014 Sophia Elizabeth (b 1988) d of Maj James Hugh GARNIER (b 1948, gs of the 8th Baron WALSINGHAM DSO OBE JP DL (1884-1965)), and Katherine Hale d of J H PUCKLE of Foxton House, Cambridgeshire. Their 1st s Frank William b 21 June 2019.

Matilda Alice Blanshard [born 2020]

 _. Georgina Sarah Blanshard [nee Garnier, born 1989], wife of Thomas James William Blanshard [born 1989], and descended from the Barons Walsingham, gave birth to a daughter, Matilda Alice, 22 November, 2020.

Georgina is the third daughter of Major [James] Hugh Garnier [born 7 Apr 1948], and his wife the former Katherine Puckle.

Thomas is a son of Michael Thomas William Blanshard [born 1954], and his wife the former Philippa Janje Hardman.

Matilda's Walsingham descent:-

8th Baron Walsingham-->Hon Lavender de Grey-->Maj Hugh Garnier-->Georgina Garnier-->Matilda Blanshard.


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Hon Elizabeth Anne Robertson 1931-2020

 _. The Hon Elizabeth Anne Robertson, who died 20 November, 2020, aged 89, was born in 1931, a daughter of General the Baron Bourne, GCB, KBE, CMG [1902-1902], life peer, distinguished military figure, by his wife the former Agnes Evelyn Thompson [1901-90]; she married in 1952, Maj Ian McKay Robertson [1927-1984], by whom she had four sons, Charles, Jollyon, Rupert and Mark.


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Marlowe/Osborne engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 28 September, 2020, between Benjamin Marlowe [born 16 Aug, 1969], son of Derek Marlowe, and his former wife the former Susan Rose [Suki] Phipps [born 27 Apr, 1941], and Emma Osborne, daughter of Mr & Mrs Alan Osborne.

Benjamin Marlowe is a grandson of Lieut Alan Phipps, RN [1915-43], and his wife the Hon Veronica Nell Fraser [1920-2005], scion of the Lord Lovat, daughter of the 14th Lord Lovat [1871-1933].

Benjamin's mother, now Mrs Suki Paravicini, has been thrice wed [1] in 1959 [div 1968], to Richard St Clair de la Mare [1936-2015], grandson of Walter de la Mare, OM [1873-1956], the poet; [2] in 1968 [div 1986], to Derek Marlowe, and [3], in 1986, to Capt Nicolas Vincent Somerset Paravicini [born 1937], a grandson of the writer [William] Somerset Maugham, CH [1874-1965].


India Hicks engaged to David Flint Wood

 _. After a partnership of almost twenty five years and four children, India Hicks and David Flint Wood have decided to make it official and have announced their engagement in the Daily Telegraph.

Writer India Amanda Caroline Hicks [born 5 September, 1967], whose home is at Harbour Island, the Bahamas, is a granddaughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, a cousin of the British Royal Family, and was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and the Prince of Wales in 1981.

India is the younger daughter of the late designer David Nightingale Hicks [1929-98], and his wife the Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Mountbatten [born 19 Apr, 1929], who was Lord Mountbatten's younger daughter.

India's is to wed David Flint Wood [born 3 March, 1961], a son of Derek and Wendy Flint Wood, is a former Saatchi & Saatchi advertising executive, by whom she has four children, Felix, 23, Amory, 21, Conrad, 17, and Domino, 12. The Flint Woods are also legal guardians of Bahamian teenager, Wesley.

India Hicks, a great-great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria, is, according to Wikipedia, 678th in line of succession to the Throne.


Friday, November 27, 2020

George Anthony Birch 1935-2020

_. George Anthony Birch, who died 3 November, 2020, aged 84, was descended from the Viscounts Chetwynd; he was born in 1935, son of Ronald Anthony Edward Birch [1908-1990], and his wife the former Barbara Mary Elizabeth Chetwynd-Stapylton [1907-2002], scion of the viscounts Chetwynd.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Agnes Sheila 'Robin' Caulfeild [died 2020]

 _. Agnes Sheila 'Robin' Caulfeild died 17 November, 2020, aged 98. She was born circa 1922, daughter of Edward Buckmaster Robinson, of Tankerton, Kent, and married 16 May, 1959, as his second wife, Brigadier Toby St George Caulfeild [1919-2005], scion of the Viscounts Charlemont. She was widowed, 27 Sept, 2005.

Mrs Caulfeild's step-daughter is Grania Maria Caulfeild [born 19 Apr 1947], wife of the Baron Cavendish of Furness [b 2 Nov, 1941], of Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria.


Ewen James Fassiefern Cameron [died 2020]

 _. Ewen James Fassiefern Cameron died 22 November, 2020. He was 86.

He was a son of Lieutenant-Colonel Bruce Allan Fassiefern Cameron [1906-77], of Foston Lodge, North Yorkshire, a deputy lieutenant for North Yorkshire;  married 11 September, 1964, Louise Ralli [born 4 March, 1942], scion of the Ralli baronets, daughter of Sir Godfrey Victor Ralli, 3rd Baronet [1915-2010], and his wife the former Nora Margaret Forman. He leaves a widow, and two sons, James [born 8 Aug 1965] and Alistair [born 19 Aug 1968].


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Bluebell Matilda Poppy Schiff [born 2020]

 _. Katharine Arabella [Katie] Schiff [nee Readman, born 1988], wife of Frederick John Albert Schiff [born 1984], gave birth to a daughter, Bluebell Matilda Poppy, 17 November, 2020.

Fred Schiff is a son of the late Robert John Denis Schiff [1958-1990], descended from the Barons Clanmorris, and his wife the former Lucinda Mary Sherston.

Katie Schiff is a daughter of [John] Peter A. Readman [born 1946], and his wife, the former Pamela Cecil.

The Schiffs have a daughter, Constance Faith, who was born a twin, 11 Oct, 2018, with a sister, Faith Constance, who was tragically stillborn that day.

Descent from Clanmorris: The 5th Baron Clanmorris-->Hon John Bingham-->Mary Bingham-->Robert Schiff-->Fred Schiff-->Bluebell Schiff