Sunday, October 25, 2020

Case/Maltby engagement

_. The engagement was announced 21 October, 2020, between Charles Case, son of Mr & Mrs Nicholas Case, of Wigginton, co Oxfordshire, & Alice Diana Maltby [born 1992], daughter of William John Maltby [born 1959], of Baughurst, Hampshire, by his wife the former Sarah Catherine Ekins [born 1961].

Alice Maltby is a granddaughter of John Newcombe Maltby, CBE [1928-1998], by his wife the former Lady Sylvia Veronica Anthea Harris [born 1934], daughter of the 6th Earl of Malmesbury [1907-2000].


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Calvocoressi/Avent engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 22 October, 2020, between Christopher John Calvocoressi [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, youngest son of James Melville Ion Calvocoressi [born 1948], of Markbeech, Kent, by his wife the former Richenda Victoria Hanson [born 1949], &  Sophie Louise Avent [born 1989], daughter of Martin D.S. Avent [born 1962], and Mrs Jane Avent [nee Turtle, born 1960], of Castle Hedingham, co Essex.


Peregrine 'Reggie' Christopher Gordon Dashwood [born 2020]

 _. Rose Katharine Lucy Dashwood [nee Langley, born 1988], wife of James Gordon Robert Dashwood [born 1984], gave birth to a son, Peregrine 'Reggie' Christopher Gordon, 13 Oct, 2020.

James Dashwood is a son of Robert Thomas Dashwood [1955-2015], by his wife the former Georgina M. Harris [born 1956]. He married in 2019, Rose Langley, daughter of Christopher J.M. Langley [born 1946], by his wife the former Diana Constance Mary Crewdson [born 1959], daughter of Wilson Peregrine Nicholas Crewdson [1926-2014], by his wife the Hon Lucy Clare Beckett [1926-1999], daughter of the 3rd Baron Grimthorpe [1891-1963].


The Baroness Hemingford 1937-2020

 _. Jill Paton Walsh, who died 18 October, 2020, aged 83, was a novelist ranging from children’s stories to Dorothy Sayers mysteries, and wife, for only a month, of the 3rd Baron Hemingford.

Her novel Knowledge of Angels was turned down by 19 British publishers, but the Booker Prize judges thought differently and shortlisted it.

She was born Gillian Bliss, in North Finchley, 29 April, 1937, the oldest of four children of John Llewellyn Bliss, an engineer and pioneering television cameraman, and his wife Patricia (Patsy).  

At Oxford she met Antony Paton Walsh, whom she married in 1961. 

 The journalist Jan Moir once observed that her no-nonsense “leader of the local Brownie pack” appearance belied a “volcanic love-life”. In the 1970s she fell deeply in love with John Rowe Townsend, but refused to leave her husband for some years until her younger daughter had turned 18.

She and Townsend finally married in 2004 after her first husband’s death. She was devastated when Townsend died in 2014, but found renewed happiness with the journalist and peer Dennis Nicholas [Nick] Herbert, the 3rd Baron Hemingford [born 25 July 1934], Deputy Chief Executive of Westminster Press, 1992-95 [Editorial Director, 1974-92]. The couple broadcast their nuptials last month, on YouTube, with family members around the world attending virtually via Zoom on a big screen.

Jill Paton Walsh, who was appointed CBE in 1996, is survived by her husband and the son and two daughters of her first marriage.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sir Francis John Badcock Sykes, 10th Baronet 1942-2020

 Sir John Sykes, 10th Baronet, has died at the age of 78.

Francis John Badcock Sykes was born 7 June, 1942, son of Sir Francis Godfrey Sykes, 9th Baronet [1907-1990], by his wife the former Eira Betty Badcock [1907-70]. he succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 19 April, 1990.

Sir John [Baronetcy cr GB, 1781] married 30 Apr, 1966, Susan Alexandra Ashmore, daughter of Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore, GCB, DSC [1919-2016], by his wife the former Elizabeth Mary Doveton Sturdee, scion of the Sturdee baronets, by whom he had issue, three sons, Francis, Edward and Alexander. The eldest son, Francis Charles Sykes [born 18 June, 1968], succeeds to the baronetcy.


The 6th Baron Churchill 1926-2020

 _. The Lord Churchill, 6th Baron, died 19 October, 2020, aged 94.

Richard Harry Ramsay Spencer was born 11 October, 1926, the son of Colonel Richard Augustus Spencer [1888-1956], by his wife the former Maude Evelyn Ramsay [died 1989], scion of the Earls of Dalhousie.

He married firstly, 19 April, 1958, Antoinette Rose-Marie de Charrière [1928-1994], daughter of Godefroy de Charrière,of Perverenges, Lausanne, Switzerland ; he married secondly, in 1999, Cressida Josephine Alice de Hallé.

He succeeded to the barony of Churchill [created in 1815], on the demise of his kinsman, the 3rd and last Viscount Churchill, 18 October, 2017.

The peerage was created for his ancestor, Francis Almeric Spencer [1779-1845], a younger son of George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough [1738-1817].

Lord Churchill had two sons from his first marriage, the Hon Michael Spencer and the Hon David Spencer. The peerage now passes to the elder son, Michael Richard de Charrière Spencer, who was born 9 November, 1960.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Sir John Margetson, KCMG 1927-2020

 _. Sir John Margetson, KCMG, of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service [retired], , former Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod, died 17 October, 2020, aged 93.

John William Denys Margetson was born 9 October, 1927, son of the Very Rev William Margetson [1874-1946], Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, by his wife the former Marion Jenoure. He married in 1963, Miranda, daughter of Sir William Coldstream, MBE [1908-87], the English realist painter, and descended maternally from the Mercer-Tod landed gentry family, by whom he had a son and a daughter.

Margetson was appointed CMG in 1979 and advanced to KCMG, 1986. He served as Ambassador to the Netherlands, 1984-87, &c.


The Baroness Davies 1941-2020

_. The Lady Davies, who has died aged 79, was wife of the 3rd Baron Davies.

Lord Davies was Chairman of the Welsh National Opera Co from 1975-2000.

She was born circa 1941, as Beryl Oliver, daughter of William James Oliver, of Harborne, Birmingham, and married 24 July, 1972, David Davies, the 3rd Baron Davies [born 2 Oct, 1940], who had succeeded his father, the 2nd Baron, killed in action, 25 September, 1944.

Lady Davies is survived by her husband and four children.



Monday, October 19, 2020

Hon Lady Morrison 1946-2020

 _. The Hon Lady Morrison, who died 16 October, 2020, aged 74, was the 2nd wife of the Hon Sir Charles Morrison, Conservative MP for Devizes 1964-92.

From 1970 she was chatelaine of the magnificent Madresfield Court, in Malvern Worcestershire, the Lygon family estate. The Madresfield estate has been passed down in the same family since the 12th century [several times through the female line].

She was born 13 Oct, 1946, as Rosalind Elizabeth Lygon, scion of the now extinct Earls Beauchamp, daughter of the Hon Richard Edward Lygon [1916-70], by his wife the former Patricia Janet Norman [1913-2007], scion of that landed family.

She married firstly, 30 March, 1967 [div 1976], Gerald John Ward [1938-2008], stockbroker, landowner, scion of the Earls of Dudley, & a long standing friend of the Prince of Wales, son of Col. Edward John Sutton Ward [1909-90], by his wife the former Margaret Susan Corbett. She married 2ndly, in 1984 [divorced 1999], the Hon Charles Andrew Morrison [1932-2005], scion of the Barons Margadale, the 2nd son of the 1st Baron Margadale [1906-96], by his wife the former Hon Margaret Esther Lucie Smith [1908-80], scion of the Viscounts Hambleden. Charles Morrison was knighted in 1988, and died from cancer, 9 May, 2005.

The Hon Lady Morrison leaves two daughters from her first marriage, Sarah Patricia [born 1968], who married Adrian Scrope [pronounced Scroop], scion of that ancient landed gentry family, and Margaret Lucy, born in 1970, who wed Jonathan Chevenix-Trench, scion of the Barons Ashtown. Lucy now lives at Madresfield Court with her family.


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Eva Leila MacLeod Dewhurst [born 2020]

 _. Katherine Leila Sarah Dewhurst [nee Price, born 1985], wife of Robert Edward Charles Dewhurst [born 1984], and scion of the Rose Price baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Eva Leila MacLeod, 7 October, 2020, a sister for Max Robin Wynford, who was born in 2018.

Robert is a son of Charles Frederick Dewhurst [born 1946], a grandson maternally of Sir Thomas Warren, 8th Baronet [1885-1961]. Robert's mother, the former Lindsay Mary MacLeod Phillimore [born 1951], is a scion of the Barons Phillimore.

Katherine Dewhurst is a daughter of [Timothy Geoffrey] Timothy Rose Price [born 1948], by his wife the former Leila Anne Katherine Rasch [born 1952], daughter of Major Sir Richard Rasch, 3rd Baronet [1918-96].



Verbist/MacDougall engagement

  _. The engagement was announced 17 October, 2020, between Thomas L.G. Verbist, son of Bart and Veerle Verbist-Moreels, of Leuven, Belgium, & Vanessa Emily Hope Macdougall [born 1990], daughter of Patrick Lorn Macdouglall [born 1939], by his wife the former Bridget Margaret Young [born 1952], a granddaughter maternally of the 2nd Baron Colgrain [1891-1973].


Rev Ewen Macpherson Pinsent 1930-2020

_. The Rev Ewen Macpherson Pinsent, who died 6 October, 2020, aged 89, was a scion of the Pinsent baronets and father of the Olympic rower Sir Matthew Pinsent, CBE.

He was born in 1930, son of Clive Pinsent [1886-1948], by his wife the former Kathleen Jane Macpherson [1895-1974], and was a grandson of Sir Richard Pinsent, 1st Baronet [1852-1948].

He married in 1961, Jean Grizel McMicking [born 1933],scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Major-General Neil McMicking, CB, CBE, DSO, MC [1894-1963], by his wife the former Margaret Winifred Landale [1903-89], by whom he had issue, 2 sons and 2 daughters.



Bush/Cobbold engagement

 _. The engagement has been announced Philip Horatio Bush and Morwenna Gray Lytton Cobbold [born 16 Aug, 1989], scion of the Barons Cobbold, daughter of the Hon Henry Fromanteel Cobbold [born 12 May, 1962], by his wife the former Martha Frances Boone.

Morwenna Cobbold is a granddaughter of the 2nd Baron Cobbold [born 14 July, 1937]. Her father is the heir apparent to the peerage.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Cunynghame/Halliday marriage

 _. The marriage took place 19 September, 2020, at St Mary's Church, Lavant, between Alexander David Martti Cunynghame [born 26 June, 1985], scion of the Cunynghame baronets, son of John Philip Henry Michael Selwyn Cunynghame [born 9 September, 1944], of Westminster, by his wife the former Marjatta Markus, & Anna Mary Halliday, daughter of Mr & Mrs John Halliday, of Chichester.

Alexander Cunynghame is a grandson of the late Sir Henry David St Leger Brooke Selwyn Cunynghame of Milncraig, 11th Baronet [1905-78], by his wife the former Hon Pamela Margaret Stanley [1909-1991], daughter of the 5th Baron Sheffield [who was also 11th Baron Stanley of Alderley] [1875-1931].


Cordelia Anita Snowball [born 2020]

 _. Francesca Camilla Snowball [nee Ringrose, born 1985], wife of Thomas Edward James Snowball [born 1984], gave birth to a daughter, Cordelia Anita, 12 October, 2020, a sister for Rosanna Camilla, who was born 21 October, 2018.

Thomas is a son of Major Patrick J.R. Snowball, of Brisbane and London, by his former wife the former Jennifer Maitland Longmore [born 29 January, 1953] [now Mrs Jenny Snowball, of Rockbourne, Hampshire], scion of the Longmore landed gentry family, descended from the Maitland baronets. Thomas is a grandson maternally of Wing-Commander William James Maitland Longmore, CBE [1919-88], by his wife the Hon Jean Mary Williamson [1919-2009], daughter of the 2nd Baron Forres [1888-1954].

Francesca Snowball is a daughter of Robert H. [Bobby] Ringrose [born 1954], of Fulham, London, by his wife the former Tessa Drabble.


Mary Anna van Straubenzee [born 2020]

 _. Lucy van Straubenzee [nee Lanigan-O'Keeffe, born 1988], wife of Thomas Alexander van Straubenzee (b 1982), scion of that landed family, gave birth to a daughter, Mary Anna, 12 October, 2020.

Thomas van Straubenzee is the eldest son of Mr Alexander Henry van Straubenzee (b 1951), by his wife the former Claire Sonia Fenwick (b 1954).

 Lucy van Straubenzee is a daughter of Stephen Lanigan-O'Keeffe.

Tom, a life-long friend of the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, is godfather to Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. He married firstly, in 2013, the Lady Melissa Percy, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. The marriage ended in divorce. His marriage to Lucy took place in the summer of 2020.

Lucy van Straubenzee, originally from County Kilkenny, is the assistant head teacher at Thomas's, Battersea, the school attended by Prince George of Cambridge. Her father is a barrister. Her brother, Arthur, is the Irish Olympic pentathlete.

Tom van Straubenzee is descended from the Montagu Dukes of Manchester.

Lucy van Straubenzee is descended from John Lanigan (1800-1868) of Glenaguile, Nenagh, county Tipperary, Member of Parliament, married Frances daughter of Charles O'Keeffe of Richmond, county Tipperary and granddaughter of Cornelius O'Keeffe Member of Parliament. John was the son of Stephen Lanigan and he became a barrister. His eldest son Stephen Martin Lanigan assumed the additional name of O'Keeffe in 1895. In the mid 19th century members of the Lanigan family held land in the parishes of Newtownlennon and Kilvemnon, barony of Slievardagh, Aghnameadle and Latteragh, barony of Upper Ormond and Templemore, barony of Ikerrin, county Tipperary. In the 1870s Stephen M. Lanigan of Glenaguill owned 1,639 acres in county Tipperary. There is no substanial house marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map for the townland of Glenaguile in the parishes of Aghnameadle and Latteragh. John Lanigan held the townland from the Honourable Mrs Otway Cave at the time of Griffith's Valuation. No house in the townland was rated at £3 or more for valuation purposes.