Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Lavender, Lady Maitland 1927-2021

 _.Lavender, Lady Maitland, who died at her home in Forfar, 6 May, 2021, aged 93, was the widow of Major Sir Alexander Keith Maitland, 8th Baronet [1920-63].

She was born in 1927, the former Lavender Mary Jex Jackson, daughter of Francis William Jex Jackson, and his wife the former Mary Michin, and married 17 March, 1951, Alexander Keith [Sandy] Maitland, son and heir of Lt-Col Sir George Maitland, 7th Baronet [1882-1960], and his wife the former Jean Hamilton Findlay [died 1982]. Her husband succeeded his father in the baronetcy, 1 Nov, 1960, and died 18 July, 1963, aged 42.

Lady Maitland is survived by a daughter, Janey Haig [born 1963], and was predeceased by three sons, Sir Richard Maitland, 9th Bt [1952-94], Robert [Robin] Maitland, and Lucy Maitland [1961-62].


Hon Mrs Ivor Lucas [died 2021]

  _.The Hon Mrs Ivor Lucas, who died 7 May, 2021, aged 93, was the widow of diplomat, the Hon Ivor Thomas Mark Lucas [1927-2018].

She was the former Christine Mallorie Coleman, daughter of Commander Arthur Mallorie Coleman, OBE, DSCM RN, and married in 1954, the Hon Ivor Thomas Mark Lucas, a son of the 1st Baron Lucas of Chilworth [1896-1967], and his wife the former Sonia Finkelstein [1897-1979], by whom she had three sons.

She was widowed 7 April, 2018.


Leonora Rose Urmetzer [born 2021]

 _. Fenella Maria Urmetzer [born 1982, nee Boyle], wife of Dr Florian T. Urmetzer, gave birth to a daughter, Leonora Rose, 23 March, 2021.

Florian Urmetzer is a son of Mr & Mrs Ludwig Urmetzer, of Bad Krozingen, Germany.

Fenella Urmetzer is a scion of the Earls of Shannon, daughter of David Spencer Boyle [born 23 April, 1942], of Duns Tew, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Melanie Georgiana Foster. Fenella is a great-great granddaughter of Henry Bentinck Boyle, 5th Earl of Shannon [1833-1890].


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ivo Humphrey Maclean Jack [born 2021]

 _.Zara Elizabeth Jack [nee Harington, born 1988], wife of Alexander Anthony Mansel Jack [born 1986], and descended from the Earls of Cottenham, gave birth to a son, Ivo Humphrey Maclean, 25 April, 2021.

Alex Jack is a son of Sir Raymond Evan Jack, QC [born 1942], and his wife the former Elizabeth Alison Mansel [born 1947]. Sir Raymond Jack was called to the Bar in 1966 specialising in Commercial law at 1 Hare Court. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1982 and sat as a Recorder from 1987 to 1991. In 1991 he was appointed a circuit judge and in 1994 he was appointed the first judge of the Bristol Mercantile Court. There he established the reputation of the court, case-managing all cases as well as conducting the trials. Sir Raymond Jack was later appointed to the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division in 2001. Retiring in January 2011, he continued to sit regularly in the High Court in London on a part time basis trying business cases.

Zara Jack is a daughter of Guy Charles Harington [born 12 Dec, 1946], and his wife the former Kay Elizabeth Humphreys.

Pepys descent:-

1st Earl of Cottenham [1781-1851] > Hon Walter Pepys [1840-1914] > Dorothy Pepys [1879-1969] > General Sir Charles Harington [1910-2007] > Guy Harington [b 1946] > Zara Harington [b 1988] > Ivo Jack [b 2021]


Major Rupert Edward Harding-Newman 1942-2021

 _.Major Rupert Edward Harding-Newman, MBE, late the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards, died 6 May, 2021. He was 78.

He was born 3 December, 1942, son of Brigadier Rupert Norton Harding-Newman [1907-2007], and his wife the former Kathleen Muriel Scale [died 2006]. 

He married 11 December, 1974, as her second husband, Susan Katherine Maud Carnegie [born 22 January, 1946], scion of the Earls of Southesk [now Dukes of Fife], daughter of Maj Raymond Alexander Carnegie [1920-99], Scots Guards, and his 1st wife the former Patricia Elinor Trevor Dawson [died 2014], by whom he had issue, a son, Rupert [born 6 Oct, 1976], and a daughter, Sophia [born 15 Apr, 1979].


Monday, May 10, 2021

Capt Rupert Milo Talbot Chetwynd 1934-2021

 _.Capt. Rupert Milo Talbot Chetwynd, late the Grenadier Guards and the 21st SAS Regiment, died 26 April, 2021, aged 87. He was a scion of the Viscounts Chetwynd.

He was born 7 January, 1934, son of Major Wentworth Randolph Chetwynd, MBE [1903-85], and his first wife the former Bridget Walsh [1910-70] [his mother was later wife of Daniel Sykes, scion of the Sykes baronets].

He married firstly 22 Aug, 1956 [div 1970], Antonia Clark [born 1935], daughter of Denis Clark. He married secondly, Luciana Maria, daughter of Count Ernest Arrighi.  He had issue by his first wife, four sons, Rupert, Dominic, Crispin and Alexander, and a daughter Persephone, and by his seccond wife, two children, Alalia and Aaron.

6th Viscount Chetwynd [1800-79] > Hon Henry Chetwynd [1829-93] > Hon Louis Chetwynd [1866-1914] > Wentworth Chetwynd [1903-85] > Rupert Chetwynd [1934-2021]


Oliver Michael Tritton 1943-2021

_.Oliver Michael Tritton, who died 23 April, 2021, aged 77, was a scion of the Tritton baronets, and a descendant of the Abel Smith landed family, and the Earls of Leven & Melville.

He was born 24 August, 1943, son of Alan Michael Tritton, DSC [1919-2002], and his first wife the former Joanna Sylvia Round [1920-2004], scion of that landed gentry family. He married 27 July, 1973, Beatriz [Debra] de la Vega, daughter of Alberto de la Vega, by whom he had a son, Neal [born 3 Apr, 1975].

9th Earl of Leven [1749-1820] > Lady Lucy Leslie-Melville [d 1895] > Henry Abel Smith [1826-90] > Lucy Abel Smith [1850-1919] > Arthur Tritton [1873-1930] > Alan Tritton [1919-2002] > Oliver Tritton [1943-2021]



Balmford/Bradley engagement

_.The engagement was announced 10 May, 2021, between Guy William Crosley Balmford [born 7 September, 1993], elder son of Mr Simon Balmford, of Little Waltham, Essexm by his wife the former Joanne Bearman, & Arabella Jasmine Bradley [born 23 July, 1994], daughter of David Wilson Bradley, of Haddington, East Lothian, and his wife the former Hon Melissa Clare Remnant [born 20 May, 1963], daughter of the 3rd Baron Remnant [born 23 Oct, 1930].


Sunday, May 09, 2021

New Chief of the Clan Farquharson of Invercauld

 _.Captain Alwyne Arthur Compton Farquharson, the 16th of Invercauld, has passed the chieftiain’s role to his 40-year-old great nephew Philip Farquharson on 1 May, 2021, his 102nd birthday.

Philip Farquharson was born in 1980 as Philip Compton, scion of the Marquesses of Northampton, son of James Compton [born 30 May, 1953], and his first wife the former Rebecca Wigan [born 1953], scion of the Wigan baronets, daughter of Sir Alan Wigan, 5th Baronet [1913-96].

Philip married in 2006, Lilibeth Violeta Darchart Muñoz, daughter of Pascual Darchart, and his wife Tulia Muñoz. The new 17th Chief of Invercauld is the father of two daughters, Heather [born 27 May, 2007], and Iona [born 19 February, 2013].

Alwyne Farquharson's war veteran’s service was celebrated with the playing of the pipes at a memorial stone at the home of the famous games, which was erected to celebrate his 70th year as chieftain in 2018.

Prior to the pandemic the Farquharson of Invercauld would travel north to Aberdeenshire every year for a number of engagements, including the annual gathering at Braemar, home of Braemar Castle, the seat of Clan Farquharson.

Pipers Lewis Stewart and Craig Mitchell and drummer Callum Mitchell play at the ceremony.

Pipe Major James Cooper from Ballater and District Pipe Band played Invercauld House, the tune traditionally piped for the chieftain’s arrival onto the field on games day at the socially distanced ceremony on Saturday.

It was followed by a short performance by young pipers Lewis Stewart and Craig Mitchell, and drummer Callum Mitchell from the 47th Culter Boys Brigade Pipe Band.

And though this year’s games have been cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic, Scott Fraser, vice-chairman of the Ballater Highland Games, said the ceremony provided a chance for organisers and supporters to raise a glass to both the outgoing and incoming chieftain.

Mr Fraser said: “The fact that he is 102 is remarkable in itself but the fact he has been our chieftain for 73 years and been at the games every year is just amazing.

“Philip will be seeing him tomorrow so he will see the videos of the event, which is very special.”


Harry George Charlesworth [born 1991]

 _.Charlotte Mary Charlesworth [nee Cubitt, born 28 January, 1991], wife of Edward Charlesworth, and scion of the Cubitt landed gentry family, gave birth to a son Harry George, 23 April, 2021.

Edward Charlesworth is a son of Mr & Mrs Rodney Charlesworth, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, and Charlotte Charlesworth is a daughter of Major-Gen Sir William George Cubitt, KCVO, CBE, DL [born 1959], of Honing, Norfolk, and his wife the former Lucy Jane Pym [born 24 Sept, 1961], scion of that landed gentry family.


Daughter for Lord and Lady Lovat

 _. The Lady Lovat, wife of the 16th Lord Lovat, gave birth to a daughter, the Hon Vaila Gianmarina Fraser, at London's Portland Hospital, 30 April, 2021.

Lady Lovat is the former Hon Petra Louise Palumbo [born 1989], daughter of the life peer, the Baron Palumbo [born 20 July, 1935], and his wife the former Hayat Morowa. Petra married in 2016, Simon Fraser, 16th Lord Lovat [born 13 Feb, 1977], son of the Hon Simon Augustine Fraser, Master of Lovat [1939-94], and his wife the former Virginia Grose [later Mrs Frank Johnson]. 

The 16th Lord Lovat inherited the peerage and the estate at Beauly, Inverness-shire, on his grandfather's death, 16 March, 1995.


Sir Leslie Marr, 2nd Baronet 1922-2021

 _.Sir Leslie Marr, 2nd Baronet, who died in May, 2021, aged 98, was a racing driver and landscape artist. He was a baronet for 88 years.

Sir Leslie participated in two Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, making his debut on 17 July 1954 at the British Grand Prix.Racing in his private Connaught, he finished in 13th place, but retired from his last world championship race in 1955, after a damaged brake pipe caused him to spin off. Marr competed in several non-Championship races, with his best results including winning the 1955 Cornwall MRC Formula 1 Race and finishing fourth in the 1956 New Zealand Grand Prix.

He was born 14 August, 1922, the son of Lieutenant-Col John Lynn Marr [1877-1931], and his wife the former Amelia Rachel Thompson [1884-1971], and he succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his grandfather, Sir James Marr, 1st Baronet [1854-1932], which occurred 24 Nov, 1932. 

He married 1stly, in 1948 [div 1956] Dinora Delores Mendelson; married 2ndly, in 1962 [div 2000], Lynn Heneage, daughter of Michael William Walker Heneage; and married 3rdly, 2002, Maureen Dormer. He leaves a daughter from his first marriage, and two daughters from his second marriage.

The baronetcy now passes to a cousin, Allan James William Marr [born 1965].


Friday, May 07, 2021

Brook/Blomefield engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 6 May, 2021, between Toby Charles Brook [born 25 September, 1985], son of Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Brook, of Sinderby, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Bridget Farquharson [born 1956], & Harriet Elizabeth Blomefield [born 1986], scion of the Blomefield baronets, younger daughter of Sir [Thomas] Charles Peregrine Blomefield, 6th Baronet [born 24 July, 1948], of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Georgina Geraldine Over.


Thursday, May 06, 2021

Arthur Ever Winter Jopling [born 2021]

 _.Elena Jane [ellie] Goulding [born 30 Dec, 1986], the singer, wife of Caspar William Fletcher Jopling [born 1992], gave birth to a son, Arthur Ever Winter.

Ellie Goulding is a daughter of Arthur E.J. Goulding [born 1959], and his wife the former Tracey Clark. Ellie married in 2019, Caspar Jopling, son of the Hon Nicholas Mark Fletcher Jopling [born 1961], and his 1st wife the former Jayne Mackay Benson [born 1966], now Mrs Warde-Aldam, and a grandson of the life peer the Baron Jopling, PC [born 10 Dec 1930].


The 7th Baron Rossmore 1931-2021

 _.Lord Rossmore, who died 4 May, 2021, aged 90, was the 7th Baron, in the Peerage of the UK.

William Warner Westenra was born 14 February, 1931, son of the 6th Baron Rossmore [1892-1958], and his wife the former Dolores Cecil Wilson [died 1981]; and succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 17 Oct, 1958.

He married in 1982 (div __) Valerie Marion Tobin [born 1950], daughter of Brian Tobin, by whom he had a son, Benedict William Westenra [born 6 March, 1983], who now inherits the peerage.

Lord Rossmore obituary [Daily Telegraph]

Aristocratic photographer and aesthete who found himself in a high-profile love triangle with Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger

On the day the hunger striker Bobby Sands died in the Maze prison at the height of the Troubles in 1981, Paddy Rossmore’s house in Co Monaghan was burnt down by the IRA.

With his baronial title dating back seven generations, Rossmore represented to the Republicans the hated Anglo-Irish nobility whom they accused of having buttressed British oppression of Irish nationalism for centuries. While it may have been true of some of Rossmore’s forebears, who arrived in Ulster from Holland with William of Orange, the seventh baron was cut from cloth of a distinctly more anti-establishment stripe.

...In 1982 he married Valerie (née Tobin). The marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by their son, Benedict William Westenra, a music arranger and piano teacher whose pupils have included Sir Lenny Henry, and by his stepdaughter Charlotte Westenra, a theatre producer.

Paddy Rossmore was born William Warner Westenra in Rossmore Castle, Co Monaghan, in 1931, the son of Dolores (née Wilson) and William Westenra, the 6th Baron Rossmore, who had succeeded to the title a decade earlier. The Westenras were an old Dutch family who came from near the Hague and had inherited the Rossmore title via marriage into the family of Robert Cunninghame, a soldier who was created the first Baron by King George III, and died without a son.

...He succeeded as the 7th Baron Rossmore on the death of his father in 1958. The Gothic castle which had been the family seat since 1827 was abandoned after the Second World War because of dry rot, and the family moved into the dower house within the estate grounds. [which they sold] and in 1962 they took up residency in the gamekeeper’s lodge. Antiques from the original castle were also sold off, causing [...] the Daily Express [to mock] his folly in parting with an 18th-century German marquetry table for £205, which was sold on two months later for £6,000.

The castle was demolished in the mid-1970s after falling into disrepair. Rossmore lived in the lodge on his estate until the IRA burnt it down. After selling the estate he spent his final years living in London.

Lord (Paddy) Rossmore, photographer, was born on February 14, 1931. He died in his sleep on May 4, 2021, aged 90


Davina Harbord to wed Frederick Streeter

 _.The engagement was announced 6 May, 2021, between Frederick Leopold Streeter [born 30 June, 1987], younger son of Patrick Thomas Streeter [born 1946], of Matching Green, Essex, and his wife the former Judith M. [Judy] Turk, & Davina Bridget Auriol Harbord [born 1986], scion of the Barons Suffield, younger daughter of the late Charles Francis Harbord [1943-2012], and his wife the former Sarah Juliet Blandy [born 1952] [now Mrs Charles Harbord, of Englefield Green, Surrey].

Davina Harbord is a sister of Astrid Harbord [born 1981], sometime girlfriend of HRH The Duke of Sussex.

Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield [1781-1835] > Hon Ralph Harbord [1833-78] > Edward Harbord [1870-1950] > William Harbord [1908-92] > Charles Harbord [1943-2012] > Davina Harbord [b 1986].

Socialite Davina, a property agent who was educated  at £26,700-a-year Tudor Hall school near Banbury, Oxfordshire, is a former girlfriend of Julian Rufus Isaacs, styled Viscount Erleigh. The city banker, who introduced Prince Harry to Chelsy Davy, is the son of Simon Rufus Isaacs, 4th Marquess  of Reading, a lifelong friend of the Prince of Wales.

Davina's father, Charles, committed suicide 22 May, 2012.


Wednesday, May 05, 2021


_.The engagement was announced 5 May, 2021, between Capt George Frederick Ross Wolstenholme [born 18 Feb, 1988], eldest son of Nigel Timothy Wolstenholme [born 1956], of Hampshire, and his former wife the former Susan Wendy Ross [b 28 February, 1958, now Mrs Sue Otten, of Gloucestershire], scion of the Ross baronets, and Freya Rose Hibberd [born 1993], youngest daughter of Rodney J. Hibberd, of Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Lynda J. Godsell.

Capt Wolstenholme is a grandson maternally of Sir James Keith Ross, 2nd Baronet [1927-2003].


Ilara Nelson/Issam al-Reis engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 5 May, 2021, between Issam H. Al-Reis, of Damascus, Syria, and Ilara Kitty Nelson [born 10 January, 1985], scion of the Barons Nelson of Stafford, second daughter of the Hon James Jonathan Nelson [born 17 June, 1947], of Penselwood, Wincanton, Somerset, and his wife the former Lucilla Mary [Lucy] Brown.

Ilara Nelson is a granddaughter of the 2nd Baron Nelson of Stafford [1917-95].


Nash/Wigan engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 5 May, 2021, between Charles A. Nash, son of Mr & Mrs Alan Nash, of Chelsea, and Lilias Margaret Wigan [born 9 March, 1992], scion of the Wigan baronets, daughter of Sir Michael Iain Wigan, 6th Baronet [born 3 Oct, 1951], of Borrobol, Sutherland, and his wife the former Julia Theresa de Courcy Ling.


Cate, Baroness Bragg 1945-2021

 _.Cate, Baroness Bragg, who died 29 April, 2021, aged 75, was the second wife of the life peer, the Baron Bragg, the writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg.

She was born 6 Aug, 1945, at Leeds, West Yorkshire, daughter of Eric Haste, and his wife the former Margaret Hodge. She married Melvin Bragg as his second wife in 1973. They divorced in 2018.

Lady Bragg leaves issue, two children, Tom and Alice.