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Monday, March 25, 2019

The alleged dispute between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Marchioness of Cholmondeley: some background information

_. The Press report rumours of a rift between the Duchess of Cambridge and her Norfolk neighbour the Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

The Marchioness, formerly the model Rose Hanbury, 35, has family ties and numerous links to the Royal House of Windsor.

(Sarah) Rose Hanbury was born 15 March, 1984, a daughter of Timothy James Hanbury (born 26 September, 1952) of Wembury, Devon, and his wife, the former Emma Longman (who was born in 1959).

Rose’s father, a member of the Hanbury landed gentry family, is a cousin of the Queen, albeit several times removed, in his descent from his great-great-great-grandfather, Abel Smith, of Woodhall Park, Hertfordshire. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was a descendant of Abel Smith.

The Marchioness of Cholmondeley is also closely linked to the beautiful Freda Dudley Ward, for many years the mistress of the Duke of Cambridge’s great-great uncle, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor. Rose’s grandmother was the former Sarah Birkin, a cousin of Freda Dudley Ward, who was so cruelly dumped by the heir to the throne in the early 1930s after an affair which had lasted since the closing days of the First World War.

Rose’s mother Emma Longman is a younger sister of Caroline Longman, a goddaughter of the Queen, and was romantically linked, if only in the tabloid press, with the young Prince Charles, in the early 1970s.

The Longman girls were daughters of publisher Mark Longman, who died in 1972, and his wife, the former Lady Elizabeth Mary Lambart (1924-2016), a goddaughter of Queen Mary and the late Princess Royal, and a childhood playmate of the young Princess Elizabeth and one of her bridesmaids on her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.

The Royal Family’s close links with the Lambart family goes back a century. Lady Elizabeth’s father, the 10th Earl of Cavan, was Chief of Staff to the Duke of York (later King George VI) on his tour of Australia in 1927. Cavan’s wife, the former Hon Hester Joan Mulholland, was Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, and Princess Royal from 1918-22, and then was Lady-in-Waiting to the the young Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) from 1923. The Countess of Cavan accompanied the Duchess of York to Australia as her Lady-in-Waiting in 1927.

Rose Hanbury married in 2009, David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, and they have twin sons, Alexander, styled Earl of Rocksavage, and Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, who were born 12 October, 2009, and a daughter, Lady Iris Cholmondeley, who was born in 2016.

The Marquess of Cholmondeley is the Hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England, acting for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and is to be seen every year greeting Her Majesty when she arrives at the State Opening of Parliament.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hughes—D’aeth/Quilliam engagement

-.The engagement was announced 23 March, 2019, between Wyndham James Hughes-D’Aeth (born 1990) scion of that landed gentry family, eldest son of (Wyndham) Jonathan Hughes-D’aeth (born 1955) by his wife the former Fiona J. McKenzie (born 1964), & Miss Candice Quilliam, youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs David Quilliam, of Johannesburg.

The Hughes-D’aeth family descend from the Knatchbull baronets (later Barons Brabourne, and Earls Mountbatten of Burma)

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Baroness Warnock, CH, DBE 1924-2019

_. The Baroness Warnock, CH, DBE, philosopher, Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge 1985-91, died 20 March, 2019. She was 94.

She was born Helen Mary Wilson, 14 April, 1924, daughter of Archibald Edward Wilson, and married in 1949, Sir Geoffrey Warnock (1923-95), Principal of Hertford College, Oxford, with whom she had two sons and three daughters.

She was appointed DBE in 1984, and created a life peer as Baroness WARNOCK, of Weeke, in the City of Winchester in 1985.

Baroness Warnock sat in the House of Lords as a Crossbencher, and retired from the House in 2015.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Milne-Watson/Reynolds engagement

_. The engagement was announced 20 March, 2019 between Oliver Milne-Watson (born 1985) son of Sir Andrew Milne-Watson, 4th Baronet (born 1944) by his wife the former Gisella Tisdall (b 1948), and Frances Reynolds daughter of the late Mr Ian Reynolds.

The 3rd Baron Wardington 1925-2019

_. Lord Wardington, the third Baron, died 19 March, 2019. He was 93.

William Simon Pease was born 15 October, 1925, a younger son of the 1st Baron Wardington (1869-1950), by his wife the former Hon Dorothy Charlotte Forster (1891-1983), a daughter of the 1st and last Baron Forster, and a granddaughter maternally of the 1st Baron Montagu of Beaulieu.

He married in 1962, the Hon Elizabeth Jane Ormsby-Gore (1929-2004), a daughter of the 4th Baron Harlech (1885-1964) by his wife the former Lady Beatrice Edith Mildred Gascoyne-Cecil (1891-1980), daughter of the 4th Marquess of Salisbury. No children of the marriage.

William Simon Pease succeeded to the peerage, created in 1936, on the death of his elder brother, 5 July, 2005.

The peerage now becomes extinct.


Belinda Mary (Min) Murray Threipland (1942-2019)

_. Belinda Mary (Min) Murray Threipland, who died 19 March, 2019, at Salisbury, aged 76, was a socialite, former wife of John Aspinall, and descended from the Merrie Monarch, Charles II.

The former Min Musker, daughter of Major Anthony Musker, she was born 27 November, 1942.

Her mother was the Hon Mary Angela FitzRoy, scion of the Viscounts Daventry, a granddaughter of Edward FitzRoy, Speaker of the House of Commons during the Second World War. The FitzRoys descend from the Dukes of Grafton, illegitimate descendants of the Stuart King.

She wed firstly, 1966, John Aspinall, friend of Lord Lucan. The marriage ended in divorce. She married secondly, in 1972, Stuart Murray Threipland, by whom she had issue.


Monday, March 18, 2019

John FitzRoy Pechell Somerset 1923-2019

_. John Somerset, who died 17 March, 2019, aged 95, was a cousin of the Duke of Beaufort.

John FitzRoy Pechell Somerset, a descendant of the 5th Duke of Beaufort, was born 14 Ocrober, 1923, a son of the splendidly named Arthur Plantagenet Francis Somerset (1889-1957) by his wife the former Mary Frances Elizabeth Randolph (who died in 1993).

He married 13 September, 1952,  Daphne Marigold Topham, by whom he had issue.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Countess of Dundee (died 2019)

_. The Countess of Dundee, who died at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, 11 March, 2019, was the wife of the 12th Earl of Dundee, a Scottish peer, and a former Conservative Government Whip in the House of Lords.

She was the former Siobhan Mary Llewellyn, daughter of David Llewellyn, of Great Somerford, Wiltshire, and married 19 July, 1979, Alexander Henry Scrymgeour, styled Lord Scrymgeour (born 5 June, 1949), son and heir of the 11th Earl of Dundee (1902-83), by his wife the former Patricia Katharine Montagu Douglas Scott (1910-2012), scion of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry.

Her husband, a cousin of Sarah, Duchess of York, and of the late Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, succeeded as 12th Earl of Dundee, 29 June, 1983.

The Countess of Dundee is survived by her husband, who was elected to the House of Lords in 1999, and by a son, and three daughters.

A Service takes place at the family home at Birkhill House, Cupar, Fife, 17 March, 2019.


Sir Anthony Scott, 3rd Baronet 1937-2019

_. Sir Anthony Scott, 3rd Baronet, has died at the age of 81.

Anthony Percy Scott was born 1 May, 1937; succeeded his father, Col Sir Douglas Winchester Scott, 2nd Baronet, in 1984; educated at Harrow; Called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, 1960; married 1962, Caroline Louisa Anne, elder daughter of (William Charles) Edward Bacon, of Mobberley, Cheshire, by whom he had issue, two sons, Henry and Simon, and a daughter, Miranda.

The first baronet, Admiral Sir Percy Scott, devised special mounting for the Naval Gun used for the defence and Relief of Ladysmith, and in China, 1900.

His elder son, Henry Douglas Edward Scott, who was born 26 March, 1964, succeeds as fourth baronet.

A Memorial Service is to take place at All Saints' Church, Little Shelford, near Cambridge, 11 May, 2019.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Betty Patricia Scrope (died 2019)

_. Betty Patricia Scrope, who died 10 March, 2019, aged 87, was the widow of Hugh Everard Scrope (1923-2016).

Her husband, whose surname is pronounced ‘Scroop’ was a scion of the ancient family of Scrope of Danby, Yorkshire, a family written of by Shakespeare, who said they “had the realm in farm”.

The Scrope family produced the Barons Scrope of Bolton, the Barons Scrope of Masham, the Earls of Wiltshire, several archbishops of York, and numerous Knights of the Garter.

The former Betty Wilkinson, daughter of Albert Henry Wilkinson, she married Hugh Scrope in 1952. He died in February, 2016, aged 92.