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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Elisabeth Lady Gordon Cumming [died 2020]

_. Elisabeth Lady Gordon Cumming, died 4 April, 2020.

She was the former Elisabeth Hinde, daughter of Maj-Gen Sir William Robert Norris Hinde, KBE, CB, DSO, by his wife the former Evelyn Muriel Wright, scion of that landed family, of Yeldersley.

Lady Gordon Cumming was a first cousin of Susan Mary Wright [later Ferguson and later Barrantes], mother of Sarah Duchess of York.

Her elder sister, Cathryn, was wife of the 6th Earl Cawdor [1932-93]

She married 15 July, 1953 [divorced 1972], as his first wife, Sir William Gordon Cumming, 6th Baronet [1928-2002], of Altyre.

She leaves issue, including Sir Alexander Gordon Cumming, 7th Baronet [born 15 Apr, 1954]

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Commander William John Soames, RN 1926-2020

_. Commander William John Soames, RN, died 31 March, 2020. He was 93.

He was born in 1926, son of Lieut-Col Allen Aldwin Soames [1888-1955], by his wife the former Marjorie Combe, and was a great-grandson of the 3rd Marquess Conyngham [1825-82], by his wife the former Lady Jane St Maur Blanche Stanhope [1833-1907].

In 1948 he married Anne Carlyon Coates, by whom he had a son, Michael [1950-2013], and a daughter, Tisha.

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Jasper Simon Murray Wells [born 2020]

_. Charlotte A. Murray Wells (nee Fry), wife of James Nicholas (Jamie) Murray Wells (born 1983), gave birth to a son, Jasper Simon, 17 March, 2020, at Bath, a brother for  Jemima Olive, who was born 29 July, 2018.

Jamie Murray Wells, entrepreneur friend of the young royals, wed Charlotte Fry in 2014. The Duke of Sussex and Princess Eugenie of York were among the wedding guests.

Jamie is a son of Simon Murray Wells by his wife Alison (nee Clough), and Charlotte Murray Wells is a daughter of Anthony Fry.

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Gabriel Patrick Julian de Laszlo [born 2020]

_. Jemima Francis, and William Patrick de Laszlo [born 1979], had a son, Gabriel Patrick Julian, 13 March, 2020, a half brother for Alice and Walter.

William is the younger son of Mr Damon Patrick de Laszlo, b. 1942, (descended from the Viscounts Greenwood) and his wife, the former Hon Sandra Daphne Hacking, (b.1950), of Newton Valence, Hampshire, and is a maternal grandson of the 2nd Baron Hacking (1910-71), and a great-grandson of the 1st Viscount Greenwood (1870-1948).

William de Laszlo's previous wife was the former Katy A Guinness, daughter of Timothy Guinness, of Ellisfield, Hants.

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Monday, April 06, 2020

Lady Heathcote [died 2020]

_. Lady Heathcote, who died 28 March, 2020, was the wife of Sir Mark Heathcote, 10th Baronet.

She was the former Susan Mary Ashley, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel George Ashley, of Rosamundford, Aylesbeare, co Devon, and married 15 May, 1976, [Simon Robert] Mark Heathcote [born 1 March, 1941], son of Brig.-Gen Sir Gilbert Simon Heathcote, 9th Baronet [1913-2014], by his wife the former Patricia Margaret Leslie [c1917-2012].

Her husband succeeded as 10th baronet, 15 April, 2014.

Lady Heathcote leaves two sons, Alastair [born 18 Aug, 1977] the Olympic rowing silver medallist, and Nicholas [born 21 July, 1979].

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Sunday, April 05, 2020

The 7th Marquess of Bath 1932-2020

_. The 7th Marquess of Bath, the eccentric peer known as the 'Loins of Longleat', died 4 April, 2020, after testing positive for Covid-19. He was 87.

Aleander George Thynn [who later adopted the spelling Thynn]was born 6 May, 1932, the eldest son of the 6th Marquess of Bath [1905-1992], founder of the famed Longleat Safari Park, by his first wife the former Hon Daphne Winifred Louise Vivian [1904-97], daughter of the 4th Baron Vivian [1878-1940].

He succeeded his father, 30 June, 1992, as 7th Marquess of Bath, Viscount Weymouth, Baron Thynne, and a baronet, and inherited the magnificent Longleat House, Wiltshire, where his erotic murals were something of a sensation.

Lord Bath married 9 May, 1969, Anna Gael Gyarmathy [the actress Anna Gael], daughter of Laszlo Gyarmathy, of Los Angeles, California, by whom he had issue, a son, Ceawlyn, and a daughter, Lady Lenka Abigail Thynn [born 1969]. The son, Ceawlin Henry Laszlo Thynn, styled Viscount Weymouth [born 6 June, 1974], now succeeds to the family honours. Lord Weymouth married 8 June, 2013, Emma Clare A. McQuiston, the model and star of TV's Strictly Come Dancing, who becomes Britain's first black marchioness.

The new heir apparent to the peerages is the 8th Marquess's elder son, John Alexander Ladi Thynn, born 26 Oct, 2014, who now uses the courtesy title Viscount Weymouth.

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Saturday, April 04, 2020

The Baron Armstrong of Ilminster, GCB, CVO 1927-2020

_. The Lord Armstrong of Ilminster, GCB, CVO, life Baron, former head of the civil service, confidant to three prime ministers, died 3 April, 2020. He was 93.

Robert Temple Armstrong was born 30 March, 1927, son of Sir Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong [1898-1994], sometime principal of the Royal Academy of Music, by his wife the former Hester Muriel Draper.

He was with the Treasury between 1950 and 1964. He held the office of Assistant Secretary of the Cabinet Office between 1964 and 1966. He held the office of Assistant Secretary to the Treasury between 1967 and 1968. He was Joint Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 1968. He held the office of Under-Secretary of State, H.M. Treasury between 1968 and 1970. He held the office of Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister between 1970 and 1975. He was appointed Companion, Order of the Bath (C.B.) in 1974. He was appointed Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) in 1975. He held the office of Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Home Office between 1975 and 1977. He held the office of Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office between 1977 and 1979. He was appointed Knight Commander, Order of the Bath (K.C.B.) in 1978. He held the office of Secretary to the Cabinet between 1979 and 1987. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross, Order of the Bath (G.C.B.) in 1983. He was a director of NM Rothschild & Sons in 1988. He was a director of Shell Transport and Trading in 1988. He was a director of BAT Industries between 1988 and 1997. He was created Baron Armstrong of Ilminster, of Ashill in the County of Somerset [U.K. Life Peer] on 26 February 1988. He was a director of the Bank of Ireland in 1991. He was a director of Carlton TV between 1991 and 1995. He held the office of Chancellor of Hull University in 1994.

Lord Armstrong married firstly, 25 July, 1953 [divorced 1985], Serena Mary Benedicta Chance [1928-94], daughter of Sir Roger James Ferguson Chance, 3rd Baronet [1893-1987], by his wife the former Mary Georgina Rowney [died 1984]; married secondly, 1985, Mary Patricia Carlow, daughter of Charles Cyril Carlow.

He is survived by Lady Armstrong of Ilminster and by two daughters, Jane and Teresa, from his first marriage.

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Charles Victor Swinton Campbell [born 2020]

_. Jessica Clare Campbell [born 1989, nee Cator], wife of the Hon Thomas Colin David [Tom] Campbell [born 9 Feb, 1984], scion of the Barons Colgrain, gave birth to a son, Charles Victor Swinton, 26 March, 2020.

The Hon Thomas Campbell is the eldest son and heir of the 4th Baron Colgrain [born 16 Sept, 1951], by his wife the former Annabel Rose Warrender [born 17 Jan, 1956], scion of the Barons Bruntisfield.

Jessica Campbell is a daughter of the late Charles Francis Cator [1959-2015], scion of that landed gentry family, by his wife the former Jane P Culverwell.

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Thursday, April 02, 2020

Peter Humphrey Day 1938-2020

_. Peter Humphrey Day, died 1 April, 2020, aged 81. He was a son of Humphrey Arthur Day [1904-1991], of Gosfield Hall, Halstead, Essex, by his wife the former Margaret Helen Grace Grier [1907-73]; married 22 June,  1968, [Gillian] Prudence Cosby [born 1942], scion of that Irish landed gentry family, daughter of Ivan Robert Sydney Cosby [1910-1987], by his wife the former Valerie de Haviland Carey [1918-2006], by whom he had a son, Thomas, and a daughter, Sarah.


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Langlands/Yarrow engagement

_. The engagement was announced 2 April, 2020, between George William Langlands [born 1987], son of the late Major [Christopher] Jeremy George Langlands, late the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, of Hartgrove, Dorset, by his wife the former Hon Selina Mary Manners [born 4 October, 1952], scion of the Barons Manners, & Annabel Rose Yarrow [born 1990], younger daughter of Mr & Mrs Michael Yarrow, of Cranborne, Dorset.

George Langlands is a grandson maternally of the late 5th Baron Manners [1923-2008]. The fifth Baron was a great-grandson of the British Prime Minister the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury [1830-1903], and descended in the direct male line from John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland [1696-1779].

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Robin Murray-Philipson, OBE, DL 1927-2020

_. Robin Murray-Philipson, OBE, DL, who died 20 March, 2020, aged 92, was a descendant of the Viscounts Elibank.

He was born 5 June, 1927, son of Hylton Ralph Murray-Philipson [died 1933], of Stobo Castle, by his wife the former Grace Eleanor Monica Beasley-Robinson, and grandson of Hylton Philipson [1866-1935], of Stobo Castle, who married 18 Feb, 1896, the Hon Nina Charlotte Murray [1875-1966], daughter of the 10th Lord [later 1st Viscount] Elibank [1840-1927].

He married Nini _____, and leaves issue, Cornelia, Hylton, Suzie and Kate. His daughter Cornelia married 28 Jan, 1977, as his first wife Simon Clervaux Dickinson [b 26 Oct, 1948], a grandson maternally of Sir Edmund Hugh Chaytor, 6th Baronet [1876-1935].

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Gabrielle Marie Benson [nee Plowden] 1923-2020

_. Gabrielle Marie [nee Plowden], who died 30 March, 2020, aged 96, was a scion of the Plowden of Plowden landed gentry family. She was born 10 July, 1923, daughter of Roger Edmund Joseph Plowden [1879-1946], by his first wife the former Mary Florence Cholmondeley [1890-1930], scion of that landed family. She married 4 March, 1947, Major David Benson [1919-1997], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Lieutenant-Colonel John Ingham Benson, MC [1880-1956], by his wife the former Mary Beatrice Levett [died 1965], by whom she had issue, a son, and a daughter.

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[Sallie] Cynthia Margaret Thompson [nee Ledsham] 1924-2020

_. [Sallie] Cynthia Margaret Thompson, died 31 March, 2020. She was 95.

She was born in 1924, a daughter of Alfred Pyne Ledsham [1887-1957], by his wife the former Sallie Elizabeth Fleck Saint [1890-1924]; she married 1947, John William McWean Thompson, CBE [1920-2013], journalist, sometime editor of the Sunday Telegraph, by whom she had a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Sarah. The son, Matthew John Thompson [born 1954], later Darroch-Thompson, married 18 Nov, 1978, Claire Nicola Darroch, 9th of Gourock [born 23 Dec, 1956].

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The Baron Gordon of Strathblane, CBE 1936-2020

_. Lord Gordon of Strathblane, CBE, life peer, died from coronavirus at Glasgow, 31 March, 2020. He was 83, and a Labour member of the House of Lords.

James Stuart Gordon was born 17 May, 1936, son of James Gordon by his wife the former Elsie Riach.

He had a long career in broadcasting and worked as a political editor for Scottish Television, 1965-73, and was founder and managing director of Radio Clyde, 1973-96. He continued as chairman of Scottish Radio Holdings until 2005.

At the 1964 he contested East Renfrew for the Labour party. Gordon was appointed CBE in June, 1984; created a life peer in October, 1997, as Baron Gordon of Strathblane, of Deil's Craig in Stirling.

In 1971 he married Margaret Anne Stevenson, who survives him together with two sons and a daughter.

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Benyon/Procter engagement

_. The engagement was announced 1 April, 2020, between Harry C.W. Benyon, eldest son of Richard Henry Ronald Benyon [born 1960], of Englefield, Berkshire, by his former wife the former Emma Helen Villiers [born 16 Oct, 1963], scion of the Earls of Clarendon, and Sarah C. Procter, younger daughter of Mr & Mrs Philip Procter, of Skelton, York.

Harry Benyon is a grandson paternally of the late Sir William Benyon [1930-2014], a descendant of the Marquesses of Salisbury. His mother, Emma, is now the Baroness Grimthorpe, of Newmarket, Suffolk, second wife of the 5th Baron Grimthorpe [born 10 Nov, 1954]. Lady Grimthorpe is a descendant of the 1st Earl of Clarendon.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Francis Wyatt Gordon Clark 1935-2020

 _. Francis Wyatt Gordon Clark died 30 March, 2020. He was born in 1935, scion of that landed gentry family, a son of Nathaniel John Gordon Clark [1898-1985], by his wife the former Eveline Mary Symons [1906-1995]; married 1960, Nancy Whitaker Toyne [born 1937], daughter of J.L. Toyne, of Fowey, Cornwall, by whom he had issue, a son, John Lawrence [born 1962], and a daughter, Elizabeth [born 1964].

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Lady Blewitt 1939-2020

_. Lady Blewitt, who died 30 March, 2020, aged 81, was the wife of courtier Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO.

Her husband served as Assistant Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to HM The Queen (1975–85), Deputy Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to HM The Queen (1985–87), Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to HM The Queen (1988–96), since when Extra Equerry to HM The Queen (1996–present).

The former [Monica] Juliet Calvert, was born 3 February, 1939, scion of a landed gentry family, the eldest of five daughters of Major Robert Henry Calvert, of Picts House, Horsham, Sussex, by his wife the former Monica Buxton, scion of the Buxton baronets.

Juliet Calvert was a kinswoman of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who is of Calvert descent. [The duchess's great grandmother, Lady Ashcombe, wife of of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe was nee Maud Calvert.]

She married 1stly, 23 June, 1964, Major John Morrogh Bernard, the Irish Guards, who died as the result of a skiing accident in Austria, 11 March, 1968; married 2ndly, 16 June, 1969, the then Shane Gabriel Basil Blewitt [born 25 March, 1935], son of Colonel Basil Blewitt, of Willaston, Cheshire.

Lady Blewitt leaves a son Alexander and a daughter Katherine from her first marriage, and a son, Piers, and daughter, Davina from her second marriage.

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Margaret Alison Lycett Green [nee Lock] [died 2020]

_. [Margaret] Alison Lycett Green, who died 30 March, 2020, was the wife of a scion of the Green baronets.

She was born Margaret Alison Lock, daughter of Major Geoffrey Denis Lock, MC, of Bath, and married firstly, Van Kai-Nelson; she married secondly, 1 March, 1958, as his second wife, Richard David Raft Lycett Green [1925-1969], son of Commander David Cecil Lycett Green [1892-1960], by his wife the former Angela Courage [1902-92], scion of that eponymous brewing family. [Angela Courage was from 1945 the wife of the 3rd Baron Grimthorpe].

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