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.


Saturday, February 03, 2024

Evelyn Duchess of Sutherland 1929-2024

 Evelyn, Duchess of Sutherland, who died 27 January, 2024, aged 94, was the widow of the 6th Duke of Sutherland (1915-2000), of Mertoun, St Boswell's, Roxburghshire.

She was the former Evelyn Mary Moubray, born 20 October, 1929, the eldest daughter of Major Robert Moubray, DL (1895-1961), head of that Scottish landed gentry family, and his wife the former Claire Wilhelmina Maud Morrison-Bell (1907-2004), scion of the baronets of that name; and married 16 August, 1979, as his second wife, John Sutherland Egerton, 6th Duke of Sutherland (born 10 May, 1915), son of the 4th Earl of Ellesmere (1871-1944), and his wife Lady Violet Lambton (1880-1976), scion of the Earls of Durham. 

Her husband died 21 September, 2000. He was 6th Duke of Sutherland (United Kingdom, let. pat. 28 Jan 1833); 8th Marquess of Stafford (Great Britain, let. pat. 1 May 1786); 9th Earl Gower (Great Britain, let. apt. 8 Jul 1746); 6th Earl of Ellesmere (United Kingdom, let. pat. 6 Jul 1846) 9th Viscount Trentham, of Trentham in the County of Stafford; (Great Britain, let. pat. 8 Jul 1746); 6th Viscount Brackley, of Brackley in the County of Northampton; (United Kingdom, let. pat. 6 Jul 1846); 10th Baron Gower, of Sittenham in the County of York (England, let. pat. 16 Mar 1702/3); 14th Baronet, styled "of Sittenham, co. York" (England, let. pat. 2 Jun 1620)


Thursday, February 01, 2024

Viscount Melgund engaged

 The engagement was announced 1 February, 2024, between Gilbert Francis Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, styled Viscount Melgund (born 15 August, 1984), son and heir of the 7th Earl of Minto (born 1 Dec, 1953), of Minto, Hawick, Roxburghshire, and the Countess of Minto (nee Diana Barbara Trafford, born 1953); and Kirsty Ramshaw (born 1989), daughter of Paul Ramshaw, of Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, and his wife the former Karen Hayes.

Viscount Melgund is heir to the earldom of Minto (Peerage of the UK,  cr 1813), to the viscountcy of Melgund (Peerage of the UK cr 1813), the Barony of Minto (Peerage of GB cr 1797), and the baronetcy of Headshaw (cr Nova Scotia, 1700).


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Eliza Lily Clowes (born 2024)

 Olivia Sasha Clowes (nee Shephard, born 1991), wife of Toby Harry Somerset Clowes (born 1990), gave birth to a daughter, Eliza Lily, 25 January, 2024, a sister for Freddie John Somerset, who was born 18 April, 2022.

Toby Clowes is a son of George Mark Somerset Clowes (born 1954) of West Woodhay, Berkshire, by his wife the former Lady Rose Nevill (born 1950).

Olivia Clowes is a daughter of Miles J Shephard (born 1962) of Kingston upon Thames, by his wife the former Alexandra M Stringer (born 1963).

Toby Clowes is a grandson maternally of the 5th Marquess of Abergavenny, KG (1914-2000) and of Patricia Marchioness of Abergavenny, DCVO (1915-2005), Lady of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth II.


Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Heidi Katherine Stirling Home Drummond Moray (born 2024)

 Annabel Flora Stirling Home Drummond Moray (nee Edwards, born 1993), wife of Capt James Oliver Stirling Home Drummond-Moray [born 1992], Scots Guards, scion of that landed family, of Abercairny, gave birth to a daughter, Heidi Katherine, 6 January, 2024.

James is a son of Capt David Maurice Stirling-Home-Drummond-Moray [born 6 March, 1945], late the Scots Guards, of Crieff, Perthshire, and his wife the former Iona Barber.

Annabel is a daughter of Nicholas Edwards, of Hawkhurst, Kent, and his wife [nee Macleod].

Capt James Drummond-Moray is a descendant of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry:-

6th Duke of Buccleuch [1831-1914] > Lord George Montagu Douglas Scott [1866-1947] > Jeanetta Montagu Douglas Scott [1906-97] > David Stirling Home Drummond Moray [b 1945] > James Stirling Home Drummond Moray [b 1992] > Heidi Stirling Home Drummond Moray (b 2024)


Monday, January 29, 2024

John Richard Purey-Cust 1934-2024

 John Richard Purey-Cust, who died 23 January, 2024, at Gore, New Zealand, aged 89, was a scion of the Barons Brownlow, and was heir presumptive to his kinsman, the 8th Baron.

He was born 30 June, 1934, son of Brigadier Richard Brownlow Purey-Cust, CBE, DSO, MC (1888-1958), and his wife the former  Gertrude Patricia ZoĆ« Birch (who died in 1993), and was educated at Eton, & was a forester, whose home for many years was at Gore, New Zealand. He was unmarried.

From 2021 he was heir presumptive to his kinsman, the 8th Baron Brownlow (born 9 July, 1974).