Saturday, May 21, 2022

Bernard Noël David George Terrence Kelly [died 2022]

 Bernard Noël David George Terrence Kelly, who died 16 May, 2022, aged 92, was a scion of that Irish landed gentry family of Tara House.

He was a son of the late Sir David Victor Kelly, GCMG [1891-1959], diplomat, sometime British Ambassador to the USSR and to Turkey, by his wife the former Marie-Noële Jourda de Vaux, daughter of the Comte de Jourda de Vaux, of Brussels; and married 11 July, 1952, the Hon Mirabel Magdalen Fitzalan Howard [1931-2008], fourth daughter of the 3rd Baron Howard of Glossop [1885-1972], and his wife Mona Josephine Tempest Stapleton, suo jure Baroness Beaumont [1894-1971]. 

His wife was raised to the rank of a duke's daughter on the succession to the dukedom of Norfolk of her brother, Miles, 4th Baron Howard of Glossop [1915-2002], who became 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO. Lady Mirabel died 25 July, 2008.

Bernard Kelly leaves issue, Dominic [b 1953], Anthony [b 1955], Crispin [b 1956], David [b 1959], Benedict [born 1950] , Anne-Louise [b 1962], Sophie, Sebastian [b 1972] and Justin [b 1974].


Arthur Rupert Roland Cadbury [born 2022]

Antonia Jane Cadbury [née Kenning, born 1986], wife of Rupert Justin Egbert Cadbury [born 1987], scion of that landed gentry family, of Northfield, gave birth to a son, Arthur Rupert Roland, 4 May, 2022, a brother for Louella Poppy Honora, who was born 9 July, 2020.

Rupert is a son of [George] Justin Peter Cadbury [born 1951], of the eponymous chocolate making dynasty, and his wife the former Michelle Pearson-Cooper.

Antonia is a daughter of Stephen J.D. Kenning, and his wife the former Janice Rogers.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Baroness Afshar, OBE 1944-2022

 The Baroness Afshar, OBE, a Crossbench life peer, died 12 May, 2022. She was 77.

Haleh Afshar was a professor of politics and women's studies at the University of York, England, and a visiting professor of Islamic law at the Faculté internationale de droit comparé (international faculty of comparative law) at Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France. Afshar served on several bodies, notably the British Council and the United Nations Association, of which she was honorary president of international services. She was appointed to the board of the Women's National Commission in September 2008. She served as the chair for the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. Afshar was a founding member of the Muslim Women's Network. She served on the Home Office's working groups, on "engaging with women" and "preventing extremism together".

She was appointed OBE in the 2005 Birthday Honours for services to equal opportunities. On 18 October 2007 it was announced that she would be made a baroness and join the House of Lords as a cross-bench life peer. She was formally introduced into the House of Lords on 11 December 2007, as Baroness Afshar, of Heslington in the County of North Yorkshire.


Peter Haig Loyd 1922-2022

 Peter Haig Loyd, who died 13 May, 2022, aged 99, was a scion of that landed gentry family, of Lockinge.

He was born 9 October, 1922, son of Capt Wilfrid Haig Loyd [1893-1971], and his wife the former Emily Charlotte Eileen Oakeley [1896-1978], scion of the baronets of that name; married 1stly, 1950 [div 1957], Suzanne Duncan [b 1928], daughter of Eric McLeod Duncan; married 2ndly, 26 Aug, 1961, Rosemary Joan Moir [1942-97], daughter of John Moir. He married 3rdly, 10 Oct, 1998, Rosemary Anne Markham Crook, daughter of David Moore Crook, DFC [1914-1944], and his wife the former Dorothy Margaret Middleton.

Peter Loyd leaves a son and two daughters from his first marriage, and a son and daughter from his first marriage.


Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO 1935-2022

 Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO, who died suddenly, 15 May, 2022, aged 87, was a courtier, a former senior member of the Queen's Household.

Sir Shane, an Irish Guards officer, entered royal service in 1975 when appointed Assistant Keeper of the Privy Purse, Duchy of Lancaster, a post he held for 10 years. He then served as Deputy Keeper of the Privy Purse from 1985-88; and was Receiver-General of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1988-96. He was Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the Queen, 1988-96. From 1996 he served as an Extra Equerry to Her Majesty.

Shane Gabriel Basil Blewitt was born 25 March, 1935, son of Colonel Basil Blewitt [1904-72], of Willaston, Cheshire, and his wife the former Claire Kathleen Nowlan [1905-2002], and educated at Ampleforth.

He married 16 June, 1969, Mrs [Monica] Juliet Morrogh Bernard [1939-2020], widow of  Maj John Morrogh Bernard, Irish Guards, and a 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.] Lady Blewitt died 30 March, 2020, aged 81.

He was appointed LVO in 1981, CVO in 1987, KCVO in 1989, and advanced to GCVO in 1996.

Sir Shane leaves a son, Piers, and a daughter, Davina, and a step-son and step-daughter, Alexander and Katherine Morrogh Bernard.

Sir Shane Blewitt was a member of the Council of King Edward VII Hospital for Officers.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Viscount Newport has married

 The marriage has taken place at Weston Park, Shropshire,  between Alexander Michael Orlando Bridgeman, styled Viscount Newport [born 6 September, 1980], and Miss Eliza Liepina [born 1991].

Viscount Newport is the eldest of the four children of the 7th Earl of Bradford [born 3 Oct, 1947], of Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, Shropshire, and his former 1st wife the former Joanna Elizabeth Miller [now Mrs Philip Porter, of Hungerford, Berkshire].

Eliza Liepina was educated at Auckland University, New Zealand.


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Fürstenberg/Melville engagement

  The engagement was announced in May, 2022, between Prince Vincenz Heinrich Egon Joachim Gottfried Hubertus Maria Erwein Fürstenberg [born 16 March, 1985], son of Prince Johannes Joseph Wilhelm Ernst Eduard Egon Eusebius Hubertus Maria Maximilian Bernhard Fürstenberg [born 15 Apr, 1958],  of Weitra, Austria, and the former Veronika Paul [born 15 Sept, 1948], & Georgina Melvilel, daughter of Dr and Mrs David Melville, of Chichester, West Sussex.

Prinz Vincenz is descended from King Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwynn:-

King Charles II > Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans > Lord Sidney Beauclerk > Topham Beauclerk > Mary Day Beauclerk > Amalie von Jenison-Walworth > Karl von Schonburg-Glauchau > Joachim, Graf von Schonburg > Wilhelmine, Grafin von Schonburg > Joachim Egon, Furst von Furstenberg > Johannes von Furstenberg > Vincenz [born 1985]


Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury 1944-2022

 Major Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury, who died 10 May, 2022, aged 78, was a scion of that landed gentry family. He was born 16 February, 1944, son of Squadron Leader Osgood Philip Villiers Hanbury, DSO, DFC, RAF [1917-1943], and his wife the former Cecil Patricia Harman [1915-2004], scion of that Irish landed gentry family; married 2 Dec, 1969, Bridget Anne Birch, daughter of Charles Francis Birch [1904-74], and his wife the former Catherine Alice Anne John [1909-88], by whom he had two sons, Charles and George, and four daughters, Zahra, Emma, Arabella and Jessica.



Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Evie Millicent Monckton [born 2022]

 Emma Monckton [nee Forsdick], wife of Dominic Walter Monckton [born 1985], scion of the Viscounts Monckton of Brenchley, gave birth to a daughter, Evie Millicent, 11 May, 2022, at Sydney, New South Wales.

Dominic is a son of the Hon Timothy David Robert Monckton [born 15 Aug 1955], and his wife the former Jennifer Carmody, and is a grandson paternally of the late Maj-Gen the 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley [1915-2006].


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The 2nd Baron Cobbold 1937-2022

 The Lord Cobbold, the 2nd Baron, owner of the magnificent Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, has died aged 84. He was a landowner and banker.

David Antony Fromanteel Cobbold (later Lytton-Cobbold) was born 14 July, 1937, son of Sir Cameron Cobbold (1904-87), scion of that landed gentry family, and his wife the Lady Margaret Hermione Millicent Lytton (1905-2004), daughter of the 2nd Earl of Lytton, KG, GCSI, GCIE, PC (1876-1947), sometime acting Viceroy of India.

David’s father served as Governor of the Bank of England 1949-61, and was raised to the peerage as the 1st Baron Cobbold in 1960, and served as Lord Chamberlain to the Queen’s Household, 1963-71. He was GCVO, and a Knight of the Garter, &c.

He succeeded to his father’s peerage and to the Knebworth estate on his father’s death, 1 Nov, 1987. The Knebworth estate has been in Lord Cobbold’s family since the days of King Henry VII in 1490. He later passed the running of the Knebworth estate to his son and heir.

The 2nd Baron Cobbold married 7 January, 1961, Christine Elizabeth Stucley (born 25 Apr, 1940), one of the last Debutantes to be presented to the Queen, third daughter of Major Sir Dennis Frederick Bankes Stucley, 5th Baronet (1907-83), and his wife the Hon Sheila Margaret Warwick Bampfylde (1912-96), daughter of the 4th Baron Poltimore (1882-1965), by whom he had issue, three sons and a daughter.

The eldest son, the Hon Henry Fromanteel Lytton-Cobbold, who was born 12 May, 1962, succeeds as the 3rd Baron Cobbold.


Monday, May 09, 2022

Maximus Simon Parkinson Scrope [born 2022]

 Rosanna [Posie] Scrope [nee Staveley] wife of [Simon] Harry Richard Scrope [born 1974], head of the landed gentry family of Scrope of Danby, has given birth to a son, Maximus Simon Parkinson.

Harry is the only son of the late Simon Egerton Scrope [1934-2010], of Danby on Yore, and his wife the former Jennifer Jane Parkinson, descended from the extinct Barons Bingley.

Rosanna Lorna Scrope [born 1988], scion of the Staveley landed gentry family, is a daughter of the late Simon Henry Staveley [1949-98], and his wife the former Judy O. Willis Fleming [b 28 June, 1954], scion of that landed gentry family, of Willis Fleming, of Stoneham.

Harry Scrope is a grandson maternally of the late Sir Kenneth Parkinson, Kt [1908-81], sometime chairman of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, and his wife the former Hon Dorothy Lane Fox [1909-80], a daughter of the 1st and last Baron Bingley [1870-1947].

The Scrope family (pronounced "Scroop") are seated at Danby, the family's 1,500-acre estate in North Yorkshire. The family descend from one of Edward the Confessor's Norman favourites, and were thus already settled in England at the time of the Conquest. The family motto, Devant si je puis (Forward if I am able), is a sardonic allusion to their name,which means "crab" in the Norman dialect. Establishing themselves in Wensleydale in the 12th century, Scropes distinguished themselves on the Crusades and in the Hundred Years War, were regularly summoned to medieval parliaments as barons, and have produced five Garter knights, and an Archbishop of York.

The Scrope coat of arms, Azure a bend or, was one of the earliest to be adopted and, to amateurs of heraldry, is a celebrated curiosity. Campaigning in Scotland in 1385, Richard, Lord Scrope of Bolton, was aghast to see it borne by a fellow knight, Sir Richard le Grosvenor. The matter was tried in the Court of Chivalry – John of Gaunt, Harry "Hotspur" and Geoffrey Chaucer all giving evidence on Scrope's behalf.

Depositions were conveniently heard in York Minster, the family burial place, where the Scrope arms were prominently on display, as they were – in glass, alabaster and stone – in more than 40 other churches in Yorkshire. The court's decision in favour of Scrope has long rankled with the Grosvenors. Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, was to name his famous racehorse (the 1880 Derby winner) Bend Or, and it was also his nickname for his grandson, the 2nd Duke, whose chestnut hair reminded him of the horse. For their part, the proud Scropes sport a distinctive family tie, based on their arms, of blue with diagonal gold stripes.

Harry Scrope descends from a junior branch of the family which succeeded to the headship in 1630. Christopher Scrope was by that time a convicted recusant and knew better than to press his claim to the titles and estates. Christopher's son seated himself at Danby-on-Yore, in the heart of the Scrope country, which the family had acquired through an heiress in 1576. Largely rebuilt in the 16th century, Danby Hall incorporates one of the most southerly examples of a peel tower, dating from the early 14th century. A small chamber at the top of the "old Tower" served as a chapel, the only place of Catholic worship for miles around. In the early 1800s a capacious priest's hole was rediscovered at the back of a fireplace. Generations of Scropes were barred, as Catholics, from public office. Their sons were sent abroad, with false identities, for their schooling. Forbidden to own any horse worth more than £5, they depended on kindly Protestant neighbours to hold them in their own names. The Scrope who bred Danby Cade, a famous 18th-century racehorse, was not his legal owner. "Penal times" ended with the passing of the Catholic Relief Act in 1829. Scrope of Danby petitioned in vain for the earldom of Wiltshire, but retained the heraldic supporters (a pair of Cornish choughs) that the family claim by prescription – supporters being an honour usually afforded only to peers and knights grand cross under Royal Warrant.

Rosanna Scrope is a granddaughter of Capt [William Arthur] Miles Staveley [1913-81], scion of the Staveleys of North Stainley Hall, Ripon, and his wife the former Nancy Constance Cail [1914-2007].