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Monday, November 28, 2022

Nancy Hoare (nee Bradish-Ellames) 1924-2022

 Nancy Hoare (nee Bradish-Ellames) died 20 November, 2022, aged 98, was a scion of the Bradish-Ellames family, of Westhorpe and The Manor House, Little Marlow.

She was born in 1924 daughter of John Edward Mountague Bradish Ellames (1895-1984), and his first wife the former Helen Chambers Lehmann (1899-1985); and married 1951, Capt Edward Melville Brodie Hoare, DSC, RN (1918-2006), scion of that landed gentry family, of Gateley Hall, by whom she had two sons, Antony (born 1953) and Mark (born 1957), and a daughter, Caroline (born 1955).

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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Queen Camilla's 'Queen Companions' replace the Ladies-in-Waiting of old

 Buckingham Palace has announced Queen Camilla's 'Queen's Companions' - not the tradition Ladies or Women of the Bedchamber, or Ladies-in-Waiting.

They are:-

Sarah Rose Troughton (nee Colman, born 3 May, 1953), Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, a second cousin of the King, daughter of Sir Timothy Colman, KG (1929-2021), a Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, and his wife the former Lady Mary Cecilia Bowes Lyon (1932-2021), a Lady in Waiting to Princess Alexandra, scion of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Sarah married 1977, Peter John Charles Troughton (born 1948), son of Sir Charles Troughton, CBE (1916-91), and his wife the former Constance Mitford. The Troughtons have a son and two daughters.

The Marchioness of Lansdowne (nee Fiona Mary Merritt, born 1954), second wife of the 9th Marquess of Lansdowne (born 21 Feb, 1941), of Bowood, Wiltshire. The Marchioness is the current High Sheriff of Wiltshire and a Deputy Lieutenant of the county. The wife of Lord Lansdowne since 1987, she is an old friend of HM Queen Camilla.

Jane von Westenholz (born 15 May, 1953), daughter of Arthur Edmund Leveson (1908-81), and his wife the former Margaret Ruth Maude (died 2012). Her older sister Clare is wife of Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson. Another sister, Anne (born 1946), is Countess De La Warr, wife of the 11th Earl. Jane married in 1979, as his second wife, Frederick Patrick Piers von Westenholz (born 1943), by whom she has a son and two daughters.

The Hon Lady Brooke (born 1 Feb, 1964), wife of baronet Sir Francis Brooke, 4th Baronet (born 15 Oct, 1963), and daughter of the late Baron Hussey of North Bradley (1923-2006), and his wife the Lady Susan Katharine Waldegrave, GCVO (born 1 May, 1939), for sixty years a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II. Lady Brooke is mother of a son, and two daughters.

Caroline Elizabeth "Carlyn" Chisholm, Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen (born 23 December 1951), a life peeress, and a Crossbencher in the Lords. She is the only daughter of the late John Wyndham, 6th Baron Leconfield (1920-73) and the former Pamela Wyndham-Quin (1925-2013), scion of the Earls of Dunraven & Mount Earl. The Hon. Carlyn Wyndham married in 1976, Colin Chisholm, son of Archibald Chisholm CBE. They have two sons and one daughter.

The Lady Sarah Mary Keswick (nee Ramsay) (born 18 Oct, 1945), daughter of the 16th Earl of Dalhousie, KT, GCVO (1914-99), Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1965-92, and his wife the former Margaret Elizabeth Mary Stirling (1914-97); and married 23 Apr 1966, Sir John Chippendale Lindley Keswick (born 1940), by whom she has issue, three sons. Her sister, Elizabeth, Countess of Scarbrough (born 1941), widow of the 12th Earl, was a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1994-2002. Her brother, the 17th Earl of Dalhousie was appointed Lord Steward to the Household of Queen Elizabeth II in 2009.

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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Antonia Georgina Lara Colville (born 2022)

 Georgina Frances Colville [nee Shuker, born 1989], wife of Edward Timothy George Colville [born 30 December, 1988], scion of the Viscounts Colville of Culross, gave birth to a daughter, Antonia Georgina Lara, 15 November, 2022, a sister for Alexander Edward Herbert, who was born 22 February, 2021.

Georgina is a daughter of Martin R.F. Shuker, of Winkfield, Berkshire, and his wife the former Antonia Gray.

Edward is the son of James Richard Charles Colville [born 26 January, 1952], of Forthampton, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Mary Virginia Louise Horn [born 6 Apr, 1957].

Edward Colville is a great-grandson of the 8th Earl of Jersey [1873-1923].

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Isla Mary Elizabeth McCorquodale (born 2022)

Flora McCorquodale (nee Russell), wife of Malcolm George McCorquodale [born 1989], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Isla Mary Elizabeth, 12 October, 2022.

Flora is a daughter of Brigadier and Mrs Bruce Russell, of Stobo, Peebleshire. Flora's sister, Emily, announced her engagement in 2020, to Rory Lees-Millais (born 1990), scion of the baronets of that name.

Malcolm McCorquodale is a son of Hamish Norman McCorquodale [born 6 Feb, 1945], of Hethe, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Mary Anne Cookson [born 1952], scion of the Cookson landed gentry family.

Malcolm McCorquodale descends from the Barons Luke on his paternal side, and via that family the Barons St John of Bletso. Prominent McCorquodale kin include Mary Pamela McCorquodale [born 31 May, 1932], wife of the 17th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne, a cousin of  the King, and Neil Edmund McCorquodale [born 1951], husband of Lady Sarah Spencer, sister of Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Jean Esmé Seagrim (nee Sinclair) 1929-2022

 Jean Esmé Seagrim (nee Sinclair), who died 14 November, 2022, aged 93, was of the family of Sinclair, now Viscounts Thurso.

She was born 8 April, 1929, elder daughter of General Sir John Alexander Sinclair, KCMG, CB, OBE (1897-1977), and his wife the former Esmé Beatrice Sopwith (1906-1983); & married 6 May, 1961, Christopher Bruce Seagrim (1930-2017), scion of that landed gentry family, son of Capt Cyril Bruce Seagrim (1898-1956), and his wife the former Dotie Burney (1902-76), by whom she had issue, a son, John (born 22 Feb, 1965), and a daughter, Victoria Esmé  (born 18 Jun 1962).

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Friday, November 25, 2022

The Baron Watson of Wyre Forest

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Mr Tom Watson, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Watson of Wyre Forest, of Kidderminster in the County of Worcestershire.

Thomas Anthony Watson (born 8 January 1967) is a Labour party politician who served as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party from 2015 to 2019 and Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from 2016 to 2019. A member of the Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for West Bromwich East from 2001 to 2019.

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The Baron Peach

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, GBE, KCB, DL, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Peach, of Grantham in the County of Lincolnshire.

Stuart William Peach (born 22 February 1956) is a retired senior Royal Air Force officer. After training as a navigator, Peach commanded IX (Bomber) Squadron and then became Deputy Station Commander RAF Bruggen. He was deployed as NATO Air Commander (Forward) in Kosovo in 2000. He went on to be Chief of Defence Intelligence in 2006, Chief of Joint Operations in 2009 and the first Commander of Joint Forces Command in December 2011 before being appointed Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff in May 2013. Peach succeeded General Sir Nick Houghton as Chief of the Defence Staff on 14 July 2016. He succeeded General Petr Pavel as Chairman of the NATO Military Committee on 29 June 2018, serving as such until his retirement from NATO in June 2021.

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Rowley/Positano engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 November, 2022, between Joshua Andrew Rowley (born 1989), son and heir of the Sir Richard Charles Rowley, 8th & 9th Baronet (born 14 August, 1959), and his former wife Elizabeth Alison Bellingham (born 1956), scion of the Bellingham baronets, and Silvia Positano, daughter of Dr Alberto Positano and Lucia Coppi Postiano.

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Thursday, November 24, 2022

Dame Frances Olivia Campbell-Preston, DCVO 1918-2022

Dame Frances Campbell-Preston, DCVO, who died 22 November, 2022, aged 104, was a long serving member of the Household of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. She was a Woman of the Bedchamber (that's a Lady in Waiting) to Her Majesty for 37 years, from her appointment to the Clarence House staff in 1965 until the Queen Mother's death in 2002.

She was appointed CVO in 1977, and advanced to DCVO in 1990.

She was born 2 September, 1918, as Frances Olivia Grenfell, scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Morton Grenfell, DSO (1873-1958), and his second wife the former Hilda Margaret Lyttelton (1886-1972), scion of the Barons Lyttelton. Her older half-brother, Reggie (1903-93), was married to Joyce Irene Phipps (1910-79), the comic actress Joyce Grenfell.

Frances Grenfell married 2 December, 1938, Lieutenant-Colonel George Patrick Campbell-Preston, MBE, DL (1911-60), late the Black Watch, scion of that Scottish landed gentry family, 2nd son of Colonel Robert William Pigott Clarke Campbell-Preston, 11th of Ardchattan (1865-1929), and his wife the former Mary Augusta Margaret Nicol Thorne (1884-1930).

Dame Frances leaves issue, two sons, Robert (born 1948), and Colin (born 1958), and two daughters, Mary Anne (born 1940), wife of Alastair Lorne Campbell of Airds, who died a few weeks ago, and Helen (born 1955).

Only a few weeks ago Dame Frances featured in an article in the Oldie magazine where she spoke of her time at Clarence House in the service of the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.


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Owain Anthony Mervyn Williams, DL 1955-2022

Owain Anthony Mervyn Williams, DL, died 11 November, 2022, aged 67. He was a descendant of the Earls of Dundonald.

He was born 8 January, 1955, son of George Mervyn Williams, CBE, MC, TD (1918-2013), of Tretower House, Glamorgan, and his wife the former Grizel Margaretta Cochrane Stewart, DStJ (1914-2009); and married 1983, Bethan M. O'Donovan Watkins (born 1962), daughter of (Watcyn) Richard Watkins (1930-2018), and his wife the former Eileen O'Donovan, by whom he had issue, two sons, Harry and Archie, and three daughters, Elizabeth, Antonia and Arabella.

9th Earl of Dundonald > Maj Hon William Erskine Cochrane > Col William Marshall Cochrane > Commander Thomas Erskine Cochrane > Jessie Edith Cochrane > Grizel Stewart > Owain Williams (d 2022)

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Mrs Cosmo Fry (c1962-2022)

 Lulu Fry (nee Anderson) died 17 November, 2022. She was 60.

Fashion editor Lulu was the third wife of Cosmo Joseph Fry (born 1957), son of Jeremy Fry (1924-2005), and his wife the former Camilla Grinling (born 1933). Jeremy and Camilla Fry were close friends of the late Princess Margaret and the 1st Earl of Snowdon, and Jeremy stood as godfather to the 2nd Earl. 

Lul Anderson married Cosmo Fry in 2012, as his third wife, after a lengthy relationship which had produced a son. 

Cosmo Fry had married firstly, 1982 (div 1986), Lady Cosima Maria-Gabriella Vane-Tempest-Stewart (born 25 Dec, 1961), officially daughter of the 9th Marquess of Londonderry (1937-2012), and Nicolette Elaine Katherine Harrison (d 1993), but in reality the daughter of Lady Londonderry and Robin Douglas-Home (1932-1968), scion of the Earls of Home. Fry had married 2ndly, in 1990 (div), Amanda Aspinall (1957-2019), daughter of John Victor Aspinall (1926-2000), and his wife the former Jane Gordon Hastings.

Lulu Fry, who died from cancer, leaves a son, Jude Joseph Fry (born 2001).

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Jonathan Mark Ropner 1954-2022

 Jonathan Mark Ropner, who died 7 November, 2022, aged 68, was a scion of the Ropner baronets; born 25 September, 1954, eldest son of Jonathan Gray Ropner (1931-2013), and his wife the former Edith Avril (Avie) Peat (b 1930); and married in 1985, Madelyn K. Stefanech, daughter of W. Stefanech, of San Luis Obispo, California, United States, by whom he had issue, a son, James (born 1986), and a daughter, Jazmine (born 1989).

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Baron Prentis of Leeds

 The life barony recently conferred upon Mr David Prentis, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Prentis of Leeds, of Harehills in the City of Leeds.

David Prentis (born 29 May 1948), is a British trade unionist and former General Secretary of UNISON, the United Kingdom's largest trade union. He was originally elected in 2000. He was re-elected in March 2005, with 77% of the vote, in 2010 (with 67% of the vote), and in 2015 (with 49% of the vote).

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Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent

The life peerage recently conferred upon Ruth Smeeth, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Anderson of Stoke-on-Trent, of Stoke-on-Trent in the County of Staffordshire.

Ruth Lauren Smeeth (née Anderson; born 29 June 1979) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stoke-on-Trent North from 2015 until 2019.

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The Baroness Lampard

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Kate Lampard, CBE, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Lampard, of Frinsted in the County of Kent.

Kathryn Felice Lampard (born 20 April 1960) is an English former barrister. She undertook a number of senior non executive roles within the National Health Service, including chairing SouthEast Coast Strategic Health Authority. She is also a former Deputy Chairwoman of the Financial Ombudsman Service. In 2012 she was appointed by the Department of Health to oversee its investigation into the activities of the late broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary, Broadmoor Hospital, and elsewhere within the National Health Service after allegations of sexual abuse by Savile.

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Baron Hendy of Richmond Hill

 The life peerage recently awarded to Sir Peter Hendy, CBE, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Hendy of Richmond Hill, of Imber in the County of Wiltshire.

Peter Gerard Hendy (born 19 March 1953) is the current chairman of Network Rail and was formerly the Commissioner of Transport for London. 

He was appointed CBE in 2006, and following the successful operation of transport during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games he was knighted for services to transport and the community in the 2013 New Year Honours.

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Baron Jackson of Peterborough

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Mr Stewart Jackson, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Jackson of Peterborough, of Peterborough in the County of Camnbridgeshire.

Stewart Jackson (born 31 January, 1965), is a Conservative politician and adviser. He served as a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Peterborough from 2005 to 2017. After being ousted by Labour's Fiona Onasanya at the 2017 general election, he served as Chief of Staff, and Special Adviser to the Rt Hon David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, until July 2018 when Davis resigned his position.

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Baron Weir of Ballyholme

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Mr Peter James Weir, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Weir of Ballyholme, of Ballyholme in the County of Down.

Peter James Weir (born 21 November 1968) is a Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) politician who served as Minister for Education in the Northern Ireland Executive from 2016 to 2017 and from 2020 to 2021. Weir was the first non-Sinn Féin legislator (following Martin McGuinness, Caitríona Ruane, and John O'Dowd) to head the Department of Education since the department came into existence on 2 December 1999.He served as a Member of the Northern Ireland Assembly (MLA) from 1998 to 2022, originally being a member for North Down, which he represented from 1998 to 2017, before being elected as a member for Strangford in 2017. He lost his seat at the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election. 

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Susan Lloyd (née Woodroffe) 1931-2022

 Susan Lloyd (née Woodroffe), died 27 October, 2022, aged 90.

She was born in 1931, daughter of Geoffrey Broome Witts Woodroffe (1901-1982), and his wife the former Winifred Anne Wathen (1908-97), scion of that landed gentry family, of Bolwick Hall; and married 1960, Crewdson Howard Lloyd (1931-1999), scion of the Lloyds of Dolobran, son of Humphrey Howard Lloyd (1902-75), and his wife the former Rebecca Kenrick (1905-1976).

She leaves three sons, Stephen, Andrew and John.

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Celia Jean Middleditch (née Bickford-Smith) 1931-2022

 Celia Jean Middleditch (née Bickford-Smith), who died 6 November, 2022, was a scion of the Bickford-Smith landed gentry family; born in 1931, daughter of William Nugent Venning Bickford-Smith (1892-1975), and his wife the former Amy Evelyn Holme (1906-79); and married 1957, David Seton Middleditch (1923-2009), by whom she had issue, a son, Matthew and a daughter, Harriet.

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Nicholas Samuel Ross Duffin 1934-2022

 Nicholas Samuel Ross Duffin died 14 November, 2022. He was 88.

He married in 1996, as her second husband, Mrs Andrena Christian Scott-Elliot (born 1943), former wife of Lieutenant-Col Alastair Scott-Elliot, and daughter of Lieutenant-Col. Charles Patrick Anderson, and his wife the former Christian Maule Jackson Jardine (1916-2014), scion of the baronets of that name.

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Crichton-Stuart/Douglas engagement

 The engagement has been announced between the Lady Caroline Crichton-Stuart (born 1984), daughter of the late 7th Marquess of Bute (1958-2021), and his 1st wife the former Carolyn Waddell, and Hetty Douglas.

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Rev Sir Charles John Wentworth Dilke, 6th Baronet 1937-2022

 Rev Sir Charles Dilke, 6th Baronet, died 14 November, 2022. He was 85.

Father Charles Dilke, a Roman Catholic priest for 56 years, was some time provost of the Brompton Oratory.

He was born 21 February, 1937, son of Sir John Fisher Wentworth Dilke, 5th Baronet (cr UK, 1862) (1906-98), and his wife the former Sheila Seeds (1912-2005), \daughter of diplomat Sir William Seeds, KCMG.

Charles Dilke was ordained a priest in 1966, and succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 28 June, 1998.

He is succeeded by his brother Dr Timothy Fisher Wentworth Dilke, who was born 1 Aug, 1938.

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Robin David Oswald Petre 1942-2022

Robin David Oswald Petre, who died 29 October, 2022, at Wellington, New Zealand, aged 80, was a scion of the Barons Petre.

He was born 19 April, 1942, son of Major Myles Seymour Edward Petre (1913-1942), and his wife the former Audrey Catherine Chaworth-Musters (1915-1982), scion of that landed gentry family; and married 27 Apr, 1968, Cecily Constance Scrope (1940-2015), scion of that landed gentry family, of Danby, elder daughter of Simon Scrope (1910-91), by his wife the former Constance Mary Weld (1907-87), scion of that landed family, by whom he had issue, two daughters, Diana (born 14 Feb 1969), and Nicola (born 2 July, 1971).

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