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Monday, March 04, 2024

Ingilby/Chitty engagement

 The engagement has been announced between Richard Joseph Frederick Ingilby (born 9 Dec, 1994), fourth son of Sir Thomas Colvin William Ingilby, 6th Baronet (born 17 Jul 1955), of Ripley Castle, near Harrogate, and Lady Ingilby (nee Emma Clare Roebuck Thompson), and Miss Laura Chitty.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Iona, Duchess of Argyll 1945-2024

 Iona, Duchess of Argyll, widow of the 12th duke, and former chatelaine of Inveraray Castle, died 22 February, 2024, aged 78.

For almost 30 years she was chatelaine of the Scottish ancestral seat of the Campbells, and presided over the restoration of much of the castle’s interior after a catastrophic fire in the 1970s. The Gothic-revival mansion is set within 60,000 acres of moorland and farmland.

The society beauty was born 22 June, 1945, as Iona Mary Colquhoun, the only daughter of Sir Ivar Colquhoun of Luss, 8th Baronet (1916-2008), Scottish landowner, and his wife the former Kathleen Nimmo Duncan (who died 17 Apr, 2007); and she married 4 July, 1964, Ian Campbell, styled Marquess of Lorne (born 28 Aug, 1937),  son of the 11th Duke of Argyll (1903-73) and his second wife, Louise Hollingsworth Morris Clews (who died 10 Feb, 1970). The 11th duke’s third wife was the notorious Margaret Whigham, from whom he was divorced in 1963.

Her husband succeeded his father, 7 April, 1973, as 12th Duke of Argyll. He died of complications following surgery, 21 April, 2001.

The duchess leaves issue, a son Torquhil, the 13th Duke of Argyll (born 29 May, 1968), who is married to Eleanor Cadbury, and a daughter, Lady Louise Burrell (born 26 October, 1972).

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Thomas Henry Robin Kingston 1978-2024

A tragedy for the Kent branch of the Royal Family. Tom Kingston, husband of Lady Gabriella Windsor, has died aged 45. 

Thomas Henry Robin Kingston was found dead at his Gloucestershire home, 26 February, 2024. The coroner has been informed and an inquest will take place.

Queen Elizabeth II was present at the marriage which took place on Saturday 18 May, 2019, at St George's Chapel, Windsor, of Mr Kingston [born 22 June, 1978], son of Mr [William] Martin Kingston, QC [born 1949] by his wife the former Jill Mary Bache [born 1950], & the Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia [Ella] Windsor [born 23 April, 1981], only daughter of HRH Prince Michael of Kent [b 4 July, 1942], by his wife the former Baroness Marie-Christine Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz [b 20 Jan, 1945].

The couple had no children. 

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Monday, February 26, 2024

The 4th Baron Rothschild, OM, GBE, CVO 1936-2024

 The Lord Rothschild, OM, GBE, CVO, fourth Baron in the Peerage of the UK, died 26 February, 2024, aged 87.

Jacob Rothschild broke with his family bank to found his own financial empire in the City of London, and was a philanthropist, seated at Stowell Park, near Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild was born 28 April 1936, son of the 3rd Baron Rothschild, GBE, GM (1910-1990), and his 1st wife the former Barbara Judith Hutchinson.

He succeeded his father, 20 May, 1990, as fourth Baron Rothschild in the peerage of the UK (created 1885) and as the 5th Baronet (created 1847), and as the 6th Baron Rothschild in the Austrian Empire (created 1822).

Lord Rothschild was appointed GBE in 1998, and was appointed to the Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, and in 2020 he was appointed CVO.

He married 20 October, 1961, Serena Mary Dunn (1935-2019), scion of the Dunn baronets, daughter of Sir Philip Gordon Dunn, 2nd Baronet, and his wife the former Lady Mary Sybil St Clair-Erskine, a daughter of the 5th Earl of Rosslyn.

Lord Rothschild leaves issue, a son the Hon Nathaniel Philip Victor James Rothschild (born 12 July, 1971), and three daughters, Hannah, Beth and Emily.

His only son succeeds to the the baronies and baronetcy.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

Earl of Bective engaged

 The engagement was announced 24 February, 2024, between Thomas Rupert Charles Christopher Taylour, styled Earl of Bective (born 18 June, 1989), son and heir of the 7th Marquess of Headfort (born 1959), of Oxfordshire, and his late wife the former Susan Jane Vandervell (1960-2008), & Florence Lucy Greensted (born 1993), daughter of Jonathan (Jack) Greensted (born 1963), also of Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Shelley Edgson (born 1960).

The Marquess of Headfort (who was born 10 Feb, 1959) is a peer of the UK as Baron Kenlis. The marquesate was created in 1800 in the Peerage of Ireland.

It was the fourth marquess who famously wed, in 1901, the Irish Gaiety Girl Rosie Boote (1878-1958). The marriage of the peer  with the comely actress caused something of a stir in Edwardian high society.

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Michael Rhodes is on holiday

 To regulars who look in on this blog — please note I am away from my desk, reference books, and English newspapers until approximately March 8, 2024. My sincere apologies. Normal services will be resumed in March.

Sunday, February 04, 2024

Elfreda Violet van Straubenzee (born 2024)

Daisy Philippa van Straubenzee [nee Jenks, born 1991], wife of Charles Anthony van Straubenzee [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Elfreda Violet, 30 January, 2024, a sister for Clover Kitty, who was born 26 February, 2020, and for Henry Alexander, born 10 October, 2021.

Charlie van Straubenzee is a son of Alexander Henry van Straubenzee [born 1951], by his wife the former Claire Sonia Fenwick [born 1954], scion of that landed gentry family, and a descendant of the 6th Duke of Manchester [1799-1855].

Daisy van Straubenzee is a daughter of Philip Richard Jenks [born 1963], by his wife the former Alexandra Ulrike Wilson-Nicol [born 1963], daughter of Alexander James Wilson-Nicol [born 1933], by his wife the former Christiane F. von Canstein.

The infant is named Henry in honour of father Charlie's later brother, Henry, who died tragically in December, 2002, aged 18.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks in 2018.

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