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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Sylvia Mary Finola Stanier, LVO 1928-2019



Sylvia Mary Finola Stanier, LVO, scion of the Stanier baronets, and one of the greatest lady equestrians of her age, died 12 October, 2019. She was 91.

She was born 9 May, 1928, daughter of Brigadier Sir Alexander Stanier, 2nd Baronet [1899-1995] by his wife the former Dorothy Gladys Miller [died 1973].

Her uncle was Colonel Sir John Miller, GCVO [1919-2006], Crown Equerry to the Queen, 1961-87.

Riding from an early age, she grew up with a hunting and showing background and was a pupil of Sam Marsh in her early years. She then became a student of Lt. Col ‘Joe” Dudgeon, himself a pupil of Paul Rodzianko. In addition she studied Haute Ecole with two of the greatest dressage minds of the 20th Century for many years namely Einar-Schmit-Jensen and Nuno Oliveira. Between the three masters she learnt both the art of showjumping and Haute Ecole from some of the finest equestrians at the time. She trained horses as a result for the Olympic Games in Japan in 1964, Mexico in 1968 and Munich in 1972.

Not only had she trained extensively in the above disciplines but was also an expert in Side-Saddle, winning the Ladies Championship at the Dublin Horse show on Bachelor Gay in 1965, as well as winning the Lightweight Hunter Championships in 1966 and the Irish Dressage Championships in 1967. Bachelor Gay was trained by both Schmit-Jensen and Sylvia and went onto become the Duke of Edinburgh’s horse for the Trooping of the Colour.

In 1966 she gave a display of her long reining skills – which she learnt from Schmit-Jensen - in the presence of both her Masters Oliveira and Schmit-Jensen at the Horse of the Year Show – Oliveira marvelled at long reining skills with Le Marquis.

She worked for many years at Burton Hall – which at the time was the centre of all equestrian excellence in Ireland, for Col. Dudgeon, and then with the Galvins schooling their international horses.

For many years Sylvia also worked for her Majesty the Queen and Burmese in side saddle preparing for the Trooping of the Colour and was awarded an LVO by her Majesty for her services.

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Morrison/Prado engagement

_.The engagement is announced 22 October, 2019, between the Hon Declan James Morrison [born 11 July, 1993], scion of the Barons Margadale, son and heir of the 3rd Baron Margadale [born 4 Apr, 1958], of Fonthill, Wiltshire, by his first wife the former Lady Sophia Louise Sydney Cavendish [born 1957],  [now Sophia Topley, of Chirton, Wiltshire], and Maria de Los Milagros Prado, daughter of Señor and Señora Juan Miguel Prado, of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Declan Morrison is a grandson maternally of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, KG [1920-2004], by his wife the former Hon Deborah Freeman-Mitford [1920-2014].

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Jane, Baroness Stanley of Alderley 1934-2019

_. Jane Baroness Stanley of Alderley, widow of the 8th Baron, died 16 October, 2019. She was 85.

She was born in 1934 as Jane Barrett Hartley, daughter of Ernest George Hartley [1895-1969], of Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxon, by his wife the former Winifred Jane Gantlett [1891-1983]; married 1955, Thomas Henry Oliver Stanley [born 27 Sept, 1927], who, on 23 June, 1971, succeeded his cousin as 8th Baron Stanley of Alderley, 8th Baron Sheffield, 7th Baron Eddisbury, and 14th baronet.

Lady Stanley of Alderley was widowed, 19 Nov, 2013.

She is survived by three sons and a daughter.

The funeral takes place at St John the Baptist Church, Stanton St John, Oxford, on 31 October, 2019.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Lethbridge/Rich engagement

_. The engagement was announced 19 October, 2019, between Alexander Ralph Periam Lethbridge [born 1982], scion of the Lethbridge baronets, third son of Sir Thomas Lethbridge, 7th Baronet [born 1950], of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, by his first wife the former Susan Elizabeth Rocke [now Susan, Lady Lethbridge], & Zaria L. Rich, daughter of Mr & Mrs Nigel Rich, of Chelsea.

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Inigo Seton Gore Browne [born 2019]

_. Emelia Gore Browne [nee White], wife of Frederick Henry Gore Browne, scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Inigo Seton, 3 October, 2019.

Emelia is the elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Philip White, of Hambledon, Hampshire, and Freddie Gore Browne is the elder son of James Anthony Gore Browne [born 26 May, 1947], of Tugby, co Leicester, by his wife the former Jane Anne Dickson.

Freddie is a great-grandson of General Sir Henry Loyd who married Lady Moyra Brodrick [1897-1982], scion of the extinct Earls of Midleton.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Veronica Rose Theresa Wolseley 1928-2019

_. Veronica Rose Theresa Wolseley, who died 6 October, 2019, aged 90, was a scion of the Wolseley baronets; born 22 October, 1928, daughter of William Ralph Joseph Wolseley [1887-1977], by his wife the former Ruth Gertrude Hargreaves [died 1962].

The funeral takes place at Christ Church, Knightley, 28 Oct, 2019

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Francesca Elizabeth Winefride Wainwright [born 2019]

_. Hermione Wainwright [nee Elwes, born 1987], wife of Timothy Wainwright, and scion of the Elwes landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Francesca Elizabeth Winefride, 11 October, 2019.

Timothy is a son of Mr & Mrs John Wainwright, of Wilpshire, Lancashire, & Hermione is a daughter of Jonathan Valentine Elwes (b 19 Jan 1950), of Lydlinch, Dorset, by his wife the former Louisa J. Robson.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Susan Mary Geraldine Batten 1931-2019

_. Susan Mary Geraldine Batten [nee Portal], who died 5 October, 2019, was a scion of the Portal family of baronets, and an aunt of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby.

She was born in 1931, the daughter of Lieutenant-Col Gervase Edward Portal [1890-1961], by his wife the former Iris Mary Butler [1905-2002], daughter of Sir Montagu Butler, KCSI, CB, CIE, CVO, CBE [1873-1952].

She married in 1954, James Macdonald Batten, son of Gordon James Batten, MBE, by whom she had issue.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bartlett/Clarke engagement

_. The engagement was announced 16 October, 2019, between Hugh Alistair Bartlett [born 1994], son of Andrew D. Bartlett [born 1957], of Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Hon Charlotte Trewlove Ashton [born 1960], and Eleanor Mary Floyer Clarke [born 1993], daughter of Martin J Clarke, of Kings Norton, Birmingham, by his wife the former Frances Layton [born 1961].

Hugh Bartlett is a grandson maternally of the 3rd Baron Ashton of Hyde [1926-2008].

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James Wyndham John Hughes-Hallett, CMG 1949-2019

_. James Wyndham John Hughes-Hallett, CMG, who died 12 October, 2019, aged 70, was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He was chairman of the Swire Group 2005-2005, and brother of the writer Lucy Hughes-Hallett.

He was appointed CMG in 2012.

He was born 10 September, 1949, son of Michael Wyndham Norton Hughes-Hallett [1926-2014], by his wife the former Penelope Anne Fairbairn, elder dau of Capt Sydney George Fairbairn, MC, of Patience Close, Steventon, Hampshire.

He married firstly, 1991 [div 2009] Lizabeth Louise Betsy Hall, dau of Lt-Colonel Albert Hall, of Tacoma, Washington; married secondly, 2016,  Katrina Elizabeth Repka, by whom he had two daughters, Molly and Amy.

He leaves a widow, his two daughters, and stepdaughter Delaney.

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Capt Philip Anthony Foxwood 1935-2019

_. Capt Philip Foxwood, late the Coldstream Guards, who died 11 October, 2019, aged 84, was descended from Ibrahim Pasha, Viceroy [or Wali]  of Egypt under the Ottoman Empire.

He was born in 1935, as Philip Ali Fazil, the son of Maj Ibrahim Fazil [1901-78], & Kate Stevens [1902-73], and was grandson of Prince Ali Haidar Fazil [1875-1925], and was descended from Ibrahim Pasha, Wali of Egypt.

Captain Philip Ali Fazil joined the British army, assumed the surname of Foxwood, and served with the Coldstream Guards, attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in late 1955, before progressing to become Captain in late 1961.

His career with No 1 (Guards) Independent Parachute Company began in late 1961. During three years with the Coy he was deployed to Cyprus in January 1964. He was also represented the Guards Para Coy Sports Team.

He remained active in the veterans community, as part of the Guards Parachute Association.

He married Rose Mary Reece, daughter of Clifford Mansel Reece, QC [1894-1973] by his wife the former Catherine Barbara Hathorn [1898-1974], and was father of a son, the Rev Hugo Foxwood.

The funeral takes place at St James's Church, Ramsden, Oxfordshire, 8 Nov, 2019.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Bowes-Lyon/Harland engagement

The engagement was announced 12 Oct, 2019, between Charles David Bowes-Lyon [born 1989], scion of the Earls of Strathmore & Kinghorne, son of David James Bowes-Lyon [born 21 July, 1947], of Heriot, Midlothian, by his wife the former Elizabeth Harriet Colville, CVO [born 3 December, 1952], scion of the Viscounts Colville of Culross,  & Dr Eleanor L. Harland, daughter of Mr and Mrs David Harland, of Dundrum, Dublin.

Charles Bowes-Lyon is descended from the 13th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne [1824-1904], who was the paternal grandfather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Charles's mother, Mrs David Bowes-Lyon has been a Lady-in-waiting to HRH The Princess Royal since 1990. She is a goddaughter of HM The Queen, and daughter of the late Sir John [Jock] Colville [1915-87], Private Secretary to the then Princess Elizabeth 1947-49, and later private secretary to Sir Winston Churchill.

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