Friday, August 19, 2022

Mary, Baroness Manton 1925-2022

 Mary [Mimi], Baroness Manton, widow of the 3rd Baron, died 15 August, 2022. She was 97.

She was born Mary Elizabeth [known as Mimi] Hallinan, 7 Apr, 1925 [twin with a sister Evelyn], daughter of Maj Thomas Francis Dennehy Hallinan [1895-1959], of Ashbourne, Glounthaune, Co Cork, and his wife the former Millicent Georgina Walshe [d 12 Apr, 1970]; and married 9 January, 1951, the Hon [Joseph] Rupert Eric Robert Watson [born 22 January, 1924], son of the 2nd Baron Manton [1899-1968], and his wife the former Althea Alice Mary Pauline Langdale [1902-79]. Her husband succeeded his father, 10 June, 1968, as the 3rd Baron Manton, and died 8 Aug, 2003.

Lady Manton is the mother of two sons, Miles, the 4th Baron [born 7 May, 1958], and the Hon Thomas [born 7 May, 1958], and three daughters, Claire [born 7 Jan, 1952], wife of the 3rd Baron Hesketh, Fiona [b 26 Sept, 1953], Victoria [born 7 May, 1958]. [Miles, Thomas and Victoria being triplets].


(Muriel Joan) Barbara Benson [nee Kitchiner] 1921-2022

 (Muriel Joan) Barbara Benson [nee Kitchiner], who died 16August, 2022, aged 101, was the widow of Nicholas Robin Benson [1922-90], scion of that landed family.

She was born in 1921, a daughter of Alfred Kitchiner, of Bournemouth; and married 1 Oct, 1949, Nicholas Robin Benson [born 2 May, 1922], eldest son of Guy Holford Benson [1888-1975], and his wife Lady Violet Catherine Manners [1888-1971] [widow of Lord Elcho [1884-1916], son and heir of the 11th Earl of Wemyss] and daughter of the 8th Duke of Rutland [1852-1925]. 

She leaves three sons, Robert, Christopher and Patrick, and a daughter, Penelope.


Thursday, August 18, 2022

Ann St John Hoare [née Kingham] 1932-2022

 Ann St John Hoare [née Kingham], died 9 August, 2022. She was 90, and a descendant of the Dukes of Marlborough.

She was born in 1932, daughter of Kenneth Horsfield Kingham [1903-72], and his wife the former Norah Constance St John Hickman [1907-94]; and married 1955, [John] Michael Hoare [1930-2020], son of John Henry Hoare [1893-1964], and his wife the former Beatrice Taylor [1894-1970], by whom she had issue, three sons, Geoffrey, Toby and Oliver.

Charles Spencer, 3rd Duke of Marlborough > Lady Diana Spencer > Gen Hon Frederick St John > Charles William George St John > Anne St John > Robert St John Hickman > Norah Constance St John Hickman > Anne St John Kingham [d 2022]


Rutter/Westropp engagement

 The engagement was announced 18 August, 2022, between George Edward W. Rutter [born 1993], son of Paul Stuart Rutter [born 1967], of Leadhall Drive, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Karen Steel, and Marina Monica [Mimi] Westropp [born 22 December, 1993], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Anthony Henry [Harry] Westropp [born 22 December, 1944], of Goadby Marwood, Leicestershire, and his wife the Hon Victoria Monica Watson [born 7 May, 1958], daughter of the late 3rd Baron Manton [1924-2003].


Mark Girouard, FSA 1931-2022

 Mark Girouard, FSA, who died 16 August, 2022, aged 90, was an architectural writer, authority on the country house, architectural historian and a biographer. He was sometime professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford.

He was born 7 October, 1931, son of Major Richard Desiré Girouard [1905-89], and his 1st wife the Lady Blanche Maud de la Poer Beresford [1898-1940], daughter of the 6th Marquess of Waterford [1875-1911], and his wife the Beatrix Frances Petty-Fitzmaurice [1877-1953], daughter of the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne [1845-1927], &c.

He married in 1970, the artist Dorothy Dorf, by whom he had one daughter, Blanche Camilla [born 1976].


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Nicholas Benbow Evans 1950-2022

 Nicholas Benbow Evans, who died 9 August, 2022, aged 72, was an author, famous for his novel The Horse Whisperer.

He was born 26 July, 1950. Married [1] Jennifer Lyon, by whom he had issue, 2 sons and a daughter; married [2], 2004, Charlotte Gordon-Cumming [born 2 Feb, 1958], scion of the baronets of that name, daughter of Sir William Gordon-Cumming, 6th Baronet [1928-2002], and his wife the former Elisabeth Hinde.

He also leaves a son from a former relationship.


Michael St Clair Baddeley 1934-2022

 Michael St Clair Baddeley, who died 4 August, 2022, aged 88, was a scion of the landed gentry family of that name, of Castle Hale.

He was born in 1934, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert John Halkett Baddeley, MC [1877-1955], and his wife the former Hilda Wardle [1897-1974]. He married Barbara Ramage, by whom he had a son, Shaun Halkett St Clair Baddeley [born 1970], and a daughter, Annabel [born 1966], wife of Sir Patrick Coghill, 9th Baronet [born 1960].


Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Simon Bland, KCVO 1923-2022

 Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Simon Bland, KCVO, who died 11 August, 2022, aged 98, was a scion of that landed gentry family, and was a former private secretary to TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Simon Claude Michael Bland was born 4 December, 1923, son of Sir [George] Nevile Maltby Bland, KCMG, KCVO [1886-1972], and his wife the former Portia Ottley [1893-1968], scion of that landed gentry family.

He was educated at Eton and served in the Second World War in the Scots Guards, in Italy, and saw service in Malaya 1949-51; Assistant Military Adviser at the UK High Commission, Karachi 1959-60; he was Comptroller and Assistant Private Secretary to HRH the late Duke of Gloucester, 1961-74; and Private Secretary to the late HRH Prince William of Gloucester 1968-72; Comptroller, Private Secretary and Equerry to HRH Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and to HRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, 1972-89, Extra Equerry to Princess Alice, 1989-2004; and Extra Equerry to the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester since 1989.

He was appointed MVO in 1967, advanced to CVO in 1973, and KCVO in 1982.

Sir Simon Bland married 2 March, 1954, Beatrice Olivia Blackett [1932-2013], scion of the Blackett landed family, of Wylam, daughter of Maj Christopher William Stewart Burdett Blackett [1908-58], and his wife the former Kathleen Charlotte Williams-Wynn [1910-91], scion of the baronets of that name, by whom he had issue, one son, David Neville William [born 7 Dec, 1959], and three daughters, Catherine Mary [born 15 May, 1955], Rachel Corinna [born 25 Feb, 1957], and Henrietta Portia [born 17 Apr, 1967].

Lady Bland died 13 June, 2013.


Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Gaffney/Straker engagement

 The engagement was announced 16 August, 2022, between Lieut Jack Erik Gaffney [born 1996], descended from the Feilden baronets, younger son of Edward W.B. [Bay] Gaffney [born 1962], of Wimbledon, London, and his wife the former Helen Tugwell, and Beatrice Constance [Bea] Straker [born 5 November, 1995], scion of that landed gentry family, of Stagshaw, younger daughter of the late James Andrew John Straker [1959-2022], and his wife the former Rodrica Consuelo Chichester-Constable, DL [born 31 March, 1963], of that landed family of Burton Constable.


Monday, August 15, 2022

Duke and Duchess of Norfolk divorced

 After thirty five years of marriage the Duke and Duchess of Norfolk have finalised their divorce.

Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal of England [born 2 Dec, 1956], son of the 17th Duke, KG [1915-2002], and the former Ann Mary Teresa Constable-Maxwell [1927-2013], married 27 June, 1987, Georgina Susan Gore [born 30 Jan, 1962], scion of the Earls Temple of Stowe, daughter of John Temple Gore [1931-2018], and his wife the former Serena Margaret Mounsey [died 2015], by whom he had issue, three sons, Henry, Earl of Arundel and Surrey [born 3 Dec, 1987], Lord Thomas [born 14 March, 1992], and Lord Philip [born 14 July, 1996], and two daughters, Lady Rachel [born 10 June, 1989], and Lady Isobelle [born 7 Feb, 1994].

The Duke of Norfolk is now in a relationship with Francesca Vaughan [Chica] Herbert [nee Bevan, born 1963], who married at Highclere, 14 Oct, 1992, the Hon Harry Herbert [born 2 March, 1959], second son of the 7th Earl of Carnarvon [1924-2001], and daughter of Jonathan Stuart Vaughan Bevan [1940-2007], and his wife the former Victoria Leycester.

The Queen and the Princess of Wales attended Chica Bevan's first wedding to the Hon Harry Herbert.

Chica's great-uncle, David John Vaughan Bevan [1906-86] married 6 Aug, 1938, the Hon Hilary Evelyn Spicer Pakington, daughter of the 5th Baron Hampton [1888-1974]


Christopher Foyle, OBE 1943-2022

 [William Richard] Christopher Foyle, OBE, who died 10 August, 2022, aged 79, was head of that landed gentry family. He was sometime chairman of the eponymous family book shop.

He was born 20 January, 1943, son of William Richard Foyle [1912-1957], and his wife the former Alice Kun, daughter of Josef Eugen Kun, of Vienna. He married in 1983, Catherine Jelleyman, by whom he had three daughters. He also leaves a son, Alexander, from a previous relationship.


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Susan Lea [nee Greenwood] 1929-2022

 Susan Lea died 8 July, 2022, aged 93. She was a model for Sir Norman Hartnell and Sir Hardy Amies, and widow of Robert Francis Gore Lea [1906-94], scion of the Lea baronets.

She was born Susan Greenwood, 23 May, 1929, daughter of John Eric Greenwood [1891-1975], and his wife the former Doris Mary Radford [1897-1973]; and married 3 May, 1956, as his second wife, Robert Francis Gore Lea [born 22 January, 1906], younger son of Sir Thomas Sydney Lea, 2nd Baronet [1867-1946], and his wife the former Mary Ophelia Woodward [1875-1933]; by whom she had a son, [Francis] Rupert Chad Lea [born 2 Nov, 1957].

She was widowed 24 February, 1994.



Saturday, August 13, 2022

Sir John Banham 1940-2022

Sir John Banham, Knt, who died 9 August, 2022, aged 81, was a businessman, chairman of the major brewer Whitbread from 2000 to 2005, and also chairman of ECI Ventures, Tarmac and Johnson Matthey.

John Michael Middlecott Banham, was born 22 Aug, 1940, son of Terence Banham, FRCS, and his wife Belinda Joan; and married 30 Oct, 1965, Frances Barbara Molyneux Favell [born 6 February, 1943], daughter of Commander Richard Molyneux Favell [1914-1995], and his wife the former Barbara Bridget Talbot [1919-96], by whom she had issue, a son, Mark [born 30 Apr, 1968], and two daughters, Serena [born 24 May, 1970], and Morwenna [born 14 Sept, 1972].

He was knighted in 1992.

Charles, 1st Baron Talbot of Henshol > Rev Hon George Talbot > Very Rev Charles Talbot > Rear Admiral Sir Charles Talbot > Maj Francis Arthur Bouverie Talbot > Vice Admiral Sir Cecil Talbot > Barbara Bridget Talbot >Frances Barbara Molyneux Favell


Lucinda Katrina Watt [nee Janson] 1961-2022

 Lucinda Katrina Watt [nee Janson], who died 27 July, 2022, aged 61, was a scion of the Earls of Portsmouth.

Lucinda Katrina Janson was born 7 May, 1961, second daughter of Jonathan Michael Janson [1930-2015], and his wife the former Mary Wallop William-Powlett [1936-2021]; and married 1991, Andrew Peter Watt, son of Commander Alexander Strachan Watt, RN, by whom she had 2 daughters, Georgiana and Arabella.


Noel Frederick Augustus Page-Turner, DL 1934-2022

 Noel Frederick Augustus Page-Turner, DL, who died 8 August, 2022, aged 88, was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He was born 6 May, 1934, second son of Frederick Ambrose Wilford Page-Turner [1882-1936], head of that family, by his wife the former Margaret Farndson Morris; and married 17 September, 1960, Christine Mary Tetley, the youngest daughter of Robert Francis Tetley, of Beechfield, Boston Spa, Yorkshire, by whom he had two sons, Edward [b 26 Sept, 1961] and Gregory [b 28 Apr, 1964], and a daughter, Cassandra [born 16 June, 1966, who married David Pleydell-Bouverie, scion of the Earls of Rador]


Whitelaw/Packe engagement

The engagement was announced 13 August, 2022, between Stuart P. Whitelaw, son of Mr Gavin Whitelaw and Mrs Patricia Whitelaw, and Olivia Aloÿse Hester  Packe [born 11 August, 1984], scion of the Packe-Drury-Lowe landed gentry family, daughter of Mr Andrew James Packe [born 11 January, 1951], and his wife the former Aloÿse Anne Blackie.

Olivia Packe descends from the Ogilvy baronets:-

Col Sir Reginald Ogilvy, 10th Baronet > Gilbert Francis Molyneux Ogilvy > Katharine Olivia Mary Ogilvy > Andrew James Packe > Olivia Packe


Lyons/Lea engagement

 The engagement was announced 13 August, 2022, between Alistair Lyons, youngest son of Mr & Mrs Nicholas Lyons, of Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, and Hannah Emily Doris Lea [born 1994], eldest daughter of Piers E. Lea [born 1961], of London, by his wife the former Annabel Carol Fox [born 1962].

Hannah Lea descends paternally from the Smith-Dorrien-Smith landed gentry family, and descends maternally from the Earls of Erne.

The 3rd Earl of Erne [1802-85] > Col the Hon Charles Crichton [1841-1918] > Maj Hubert Francis Crichton [1874-1914] > Doris Madeline Crichton [1904-93] > Carol Esther Pease [b 1932] > Annabel Carol Fox [b 1962] > Hannah Lea [b 1994]