Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Bloemers/Fane engagement

 The engagement was announced 19 January, 2022, between Hemmo Synco Bloemers [born 1990], son of the late Dirk Bloemers and Mrs Alexandra Bloemers [nee Klaassen], and the Lady Daisy Caroline Fane [born 18 January, 1989], only child of the 16th Earl of Westmorland [born 1 Aug, 1951], and the Countess of Westmorland [nee Caroline Eldred Hughes].

The Milton Abbey educated Hemmo Bloemers is a yacht broker. Lady Daisy is managing director of Molino Recruitment Ltd.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Pandora Rose Freeland [born 2022]

 Clare Elizabeth Freeland [nee Pelly, born 8 June, 1984], wife of William Robert Freeland [born 1984], and scion of the Pelly baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Pandora Rose, 11 January, 2022, a sister for Matilda Pelly Elizabeth, who was born 6 March, 2020.

William Freeland is a son of Richard Freeland. Clare is a daughter of [John] Henry Patrick Fuller Pelly [born 27 September, 1953], by his wife the former Susan Elizabeth Briggs.


James William Lancelot Lowther 2000-2022

James William Lancelot [Will] Lowther, who died unexpectedly in hospital, 11 January, 2022, aged 21, was a scion of the Earls of Lonsdale. He was a nephew of the 9th Earl, and was in line to inherit the family peerages.

He was born 27 October, 2000, the elder son of the Hon James Nicholas Lowther [born 4 December, 1964], and his wife the former Vanessa Catchpole [born 1967], and was a grandson of the late 7th Earl of Lonsdale [1922-2006].

Will Lowther's father, James, is the heir presumptive to his half-brother, the 9th Earl of Lonsdale [born 9 July, 1957]. Will is survived by his parents and siblings, Matilda [born 1995], Ishbel [born 1997], and Flynn St George Lowther, born 10 March, 2005, who is now the eventual heir to the Lonsdale peerages.


Monday, January 17, 2022

Michael Frankland Good 1943-2022

 Michael Frankland Good, who died 13 January, 2022, aged 78, married in 1990, as her third husband, Lamorna Alice St Aubyn [born 11 Feb, 1944], scion of the Barons St Levan, of St Michael's Mount, Penzance, former wife of [1] Capt David Julian Cotton, and [2] Peregrine Edward Grenfell Lort-Phillips, scion of that landed family, and daughter of Roger St Aubyn [1906-85], and his first wife the former Baroness Sophie Helene von Puthon [who died 2000].


Selwyn Sharpe/Douglas engagement

The engagement was announced 17 January, 2022, between Jasper William Selwyn Sharpe [born 15 June, 1995], son of Richard Charles Selwyn Sharpe, of Finghall, North Yorkshire, and his wife thr former Fleur Josephine Butler [born 24 April, 1967], scion of the Baron Butlerof Saffron Walden, and Erica Douglas, daughter of Mr & Mrs Alan Douglas, of Chislehurst, co Kent.

'Rab' Butler, The Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, KG [1902-82] > Hon Samuel Butler [1936-2015] > Fleur Butler [b 1967] > Jasper Selywn Sharpe [b 1995]


Frida Cecily Alexandra Jaffray [born 2022]

The Lady Olivia Alice Jaffray [born 16 April, 1990, nee Marquis], wife of William Lawrence Paget (Will) Jaffray (born 5 March, 1990), scion of the Jaffray baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Frida Cecily Alexandra, 14 January, 2022.

Lady Olivia is the eldest daughter of the 3rd Earl of Woolton (born 24 May, 1958) by his former wife the former Hon Sophie Frederika Birdwood (born 29 July, 1964, now the Hon Mrs Montgomery), daughter of the 3rd Baron Birdwood [born 22 Nov, 1938].

Lady Olivia's step-father, David Montgomery, is a former editor of the News of the World and Chief Executive of the Mirror Group of newspapers.

Will Jaffray is the third son of Sir William Jaffray, 5th Baronet (born 1 Nov, 1951), and Cynthia Ross, Lady Jaffray [nee Corrington].


Sunday, January 16, 2022

[Clifford] William Squire, CMG, LVO 1928-2022

 [Clifford] William Squire, CMG, LVO, who has died aged 93, was a retired diplomat.

He was born 7 Oct, 1928, at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, son of Clifford John Squire and his wife Eleanor.

He served as a Second lieutenant, British Army, 1947-1949. Member of Travellers. Career:- Assistant district officer Nigerian Administrative Service, Nigeria, 1953-1959. Secretary of embassy British Foreign Service, Bucharest, United Nations New York City, Bangkok, 1959-1972. Counsellor Foreign Office, London, 1972-1976, British Embassy, Washington, 1976-1979; Ambassador to Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea Dakar, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, 1979-1982. Under secretary Foreign Office, London, 1982-1984. Ambassador British Embassy, Tel Aviv, 1984-1988.

He married firstly, 6 July, 1959, Marie-José Carlier [who died 1973]. Children: Catherine, Stephen, & Anne-Louise. Married 2ndly, 22 May, 1976, Sara Laetitia Hutchison [born 18 July, 1949], scion of the Hutchison baronets, daughter of Michael Duncan Hutchison [1912-2000], and his wife the former Margery Betty Martin [1917-1998], and a granddaughter of Sir Robert Hutchison, 1st Baronet [1871-1960], by whom he had further issue, a son James, and a daughter, Emma. 


The Baron Myners, CBE 1948-2022

 Lord Myners, CBE, a Labour life peer, died 16 January, 2022. He was 73.

Paul Myners, who was born 1 April 1948, was a British businessman and politician. He was the Financial Services Secretary (sometimes referred to as City Minister) in HM Treasury, the UK's finance ministry, during the Labour Government of Gordon Brown. He held the position from October 2008 until May 2010, and was made a life peer in consequence of his appointment, as he was not an elected Member of Parliament. He also served on the Prime Minister's National Economic Council. He sat in the House of Lords as a Labour peer (2008–2014), then a non-affiliated peer, and then as a crossbencher.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Lady Raikes 1922-2022

 Lady Raikes, who died 9 January, 2022, aged 99, was the widow of Vice Admiral Sir Iwan Raikes, KCB, CBE, DSC [1921-2011], and a scion of the Hunt landed gentry family.

She was born Cecilia Primrose Hunt, in 1922, daughter of Capt Benedict Philip Gerald Hunt [1894-1958], and his wife the former Maud Hallowes [1889-1982], scion of that landed family; and married in 1947, Iwan Geoffrey Raikes, scion of that landed family, son of Admiral Sir Robert Henry Taunton Raikes, KCB, CVO, DSO, RN [1885-1953] and his wife the former Ida Guinivere Evans [1887-1983], by whom she had issue.


The 5th Baron Rankeillour 1940-2022

 The Lord Rankeillour, 5th Baron, died 10 January, 2022. He was 81.

The peerage was created in 1932 for James Fitzalan Hope, a scion of the Marquesses of Linlithgow. He was MP for Sheffield Brightside, a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

Michael Richard Hope was born 21 October, 1940, son of the Hon Richard Frederick Hope [1901-64], and his wife the former Helen Sybil Mary Lambart [1912-71], scion of the Earls of Cavan.

He was a grandson of the 1st Baron Rankeillour [1870-1949], and nephew of the 2nd Baron [1897-1958], and the 3rd Baron [1899-1967], and a first cousin of the 4th Baron [1935-2005].

He succeeded to the barony [created in 1932], on the death of his cousin, 12 April, 2005.

Lord Rankeillour married 31 March, 1964, Elizabeth Rosemary Fuller [1939-2019], daughter of Col. Francis Henry Fuller, of Genesis Green, co Suffolk, by whom he had issue, a son James, and two daughters, Henrietta and Louise. 

The peerage now passes to his only son, the Hon James Francis Richard Hope, who was born 1 Aug, 1968.


The Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover, KG 1927-2022

 The Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover, KG, Conservative life peer, Senior Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter, and former chairman of one of Britain's biggest supermarket chains, died 14 January, 2022. He was 94.

John Davan Sainsbury was born 2 November, 1927, the son of Alan John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, a life peer [1902-98], and his wife, Doreen Davan Adams [who died in 1985]. He was a great-grandson of John James Sainsbury [1844-1928], who founded what became the supermarket chain.

John Sainsbury began working in his family’s business in 1950, initially taking on a role in the grocery department before becoming a director in 1958, followed by Deputy Chairman in 1967 – a role which he took over from his father. Then in 1969, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive which he held until his retirement in 1992.

He was knighted in 1980, and created a life peer in 1989, as Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover. In 1992 he was appointed a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry, and an honour in the Queen's personal gift. At the time of his demise he was the senior Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter.

Lord Sainsbury married in 1963, Anya Linden, the ballerina, by whom he had issue, two sons, John Julian, and Mark, and a daughter, Sarah.


Friday, January 14, 2022

Nicholson/Lambert engagement

The engagement was announced 14 January, 2022, between Rupert Grahame Murray Nicholson [born 1983], son of Grahame Royds Gordon Nicholson, of Haugh, Bradford on Avon, co Wiltshire, abd his wife the former Charlotte Davey Murray [born 1 May, 1954], scion of the Murray of Blackbarony baronets, and Caitlin M. Lambert, daughter of Mr & Mrs David Lambert, of Nobby's Beach, Queensland, Australia.

Sir John Murray of Blackbarony, 10th Baronet > Colonel Kenelm Murray > Lt-Col Archibald Murray > Maj Ian Digby Murray > Charlotte Murray > Rupert Nicholson


Agar/Clevely engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 January, 2022, between Charles Christopher Edward Agar [born 29 July, 1989], scion of the Earls of Normanton, son of the Hon Mark Sidney Andrew Agar [born 2 Sept, 1948], of Hilton, Dorset, and his wife the former Arabella Clare Gilbey [born 14 July, 1953], scn of the Gilbey baronets & India Sarah T. Clevely [born 1991], daughter of Rupert Clevely, of River, West Sussex, and his wife the former Joanna Beatrice Taswell Greenwell [born 14 Jan, 1962], scion of the Greenwell baronets, descended from the 1st Bt.

Charles Agar is a grandson of the 5th Earl of Normanton [1910-67].


Colthurst/Lighton engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 January, 2022, between Edward Henry John Colthurst [born 26 February, 1986], scion of the Colthurst baronets, only son of Henry Nicholas Almroth Colthurst [born 10 January, 1959], of Berwick St James, Wiltshire, & his wife the former Sophia Selina Irene Hervey-Bathurst [born 28 Apr, 1961], scion of the baronets of that name, and Celina Hamilton Lighton [born 26 May, 1991], only daughter of Sir Thomas Hamilton Lighton, 9th Baronet [born 4 Nov, 1954], of Stopham, West Sussex, and his wife the former Belinda Jean Fergusson.

Edward Colthurst is a grandson paternally of Sir Richard Colthurst, 9th Baronet [1928-2003], and a grandson maternally of Sir Frederick Hervey-Bathurst, 7th Bt [1934-2011].


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Hon Averil Houston [née Vivian] 1930-2022

 The Hon Averil Houston [née Vivian], who died 1 January, 2022, aged 91, was a scion of the Barons Swansea. She was descended from the 'Iron Duke', Field Marshal The 1st Duke of Wellington.

She was born Averil Vivian, 8 January, 1930, third daughter of Odo Richard Vivian, 3rd Baron Swansea [1875-1934], and his wife the Hon Winifred Hamilton [1884-1944], scion of the Barons Holmpatrick.

She married 27 June, 1953, Alexander William Houston, son of Archibald Houston, of Castle Cary, co Somerset, by whom she had two sons, Peter and Charles, and a daughter, Claire.

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington > Maj-Gen Lord Charles Wellesley > Lady Victoria Alexandrina Wellesley > Hon Winifred Hamilton > Hon Averil Vivian [who died 2022].


The Dowager Baroness Swaythling [died 2021]

The Dowager Baroness Swaythling [née Dreyfus], who died 22 December, 2021, aged 94, was the widow of the 4th Baron Swaythling [1928-1998].

She was the former Christiane Francoise Dreyfus, second daughter of Edgar Dreyfus, of 5, Rue de Chaillot, Paris, and married 14 December, 1951, the then Hon David Charles Samuel Montagu [born 6 Aug, 1928], son of the 3rd Baron Swaythling, OBE [1898-1990], and his 1st wife the former Mary Violet Levy. Her husband succeeded his father, 5 January, 1990, as the 4th Baron Swaythling [cr 1907], and died 1 July, 1998.

The Dowager Lady Swaythling leaves issue, a son, Charles, the 5th Baron [born 20 Feb, 1954], and a daughter, the Hon Nicole [born 8 Nov, 1956], and was predeceased by a daughter, the Hon Fiona [1952-82].


Thomas Crispin [Tommy] Gascoigne [born 2021]

  Emma Jayne Gascoigne [nee Richmond-Watson, born 1985], wife of Frederick William Gascoigne [born 1986], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Thomas Crispin [Tommy], 28 November, 2021.

Emma is a daughter of Colin Woodrow Richmond-Watson [born 1951], and his wife the former Penelope J Cadbury [born 1957], scion of that landed family.

Fred Gascoigne is a son of William Harcourt Crisp Gasgoigne [born 22 November, 1955], and his wife the former Susan Alexandra Williams.

Grosvenor descent of the baby:-

Francis Grosvenor, 4th Baron Ebury > Hon Maud Grosvenor > Hon Elizabeth Harcourt > William Gascoigne > Fred Gascoigne > Tommy Gascoigne