Thursday, January 28, 2021

Ann Josephine Dawnay 1933-2021

 _. Ann Josephine Dawnay, who died 22 January, 2021, aged 87, was a scion of the Viscounts Downe.

She was born 13 Aug, 1933, the elder daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald Dawnay [1908-90], and his wife the former Lady Elizabeth Katherine Grey [1908-41], daughter of the 5th Earl Grey [1879-1963].


8th Viscount Downe [1844-1924]-->Hon Hugh Dawnay [1875-1914]-->Ronald Dawnay [1908-90]-->Ann Dawnay [1933-2021].


5th Marquess of Waterford [1844-95]-->Lady Susan de la Poer Beresford [1877-1947]-->Ronald Dawnay [1908-90]-->Ann Dawnay [1933-2021].


Joanna Margaret Cameron [nee Hay] 1945-2021

 _. Joanna Margaret Cameron [nee Hay], who died 24 January, 2021, aged 75, was a scion of the Marquesses of Tweeddale.

She was born 31 July, 1945, daughter of Major James Malcolm Hay of Seaton [1907-87], and his wife the former Mary Eleanora Basset Curzon [1920-99], scion of the Earls Howe. She married 29 December, 1973, Brigadier Ewen Duncan Cameron, OBE [born 1935], son of Lieutenant-Col. Aylmer Lochiel Cameron [1895-1982], and his wife Lois Mary Maitland Rugge-Price [1911-90], scion of the Rugge-Price baronets, by whom she had issue, two daughters, Louisa [b 1976], and Clare [born 1977].


MacHale/Kerr-Smiley engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 28 January, 2021, between Thomas E. MacHale, younger son of Mr & Mrs Joseph MacHale, of Wonston, Hampshire, & Isabella Louise Kerr-Smiley [born 19 February, 1990], scion of the Smiley baronets, elder daughter of Mark Alexander Kerr-Smiley [born 30 March, 1961], of Kensington, London, and his wife the former Manuela Maria Raquez.

Sir Hugh Smiley 1st Bt-->Peter Kerr-Smiley [1879-1943]-->Cyril Kerr-Smiley [1906-80]-->Peter Kerr-Smiley [b 1934]-->Mark Kerr-Smiley [b 1961]-->Isabella Kerr-Smiley [b 1990].


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Ann Kathleen Molesworth [1944-2021]

 _. Ann Kathleen Molesworth [nee Pexton], who died 25 January, 2021, aged 76, was the wife of Richard Baxter Molesworth [born 26 Aug, 1939], scion of the Viscounts Molesworth.

She was born in 1944, a daughter of Frederick Nevill Hoysted Pexton [1905-74], of Le Jardin Renaut, St Saviours, Guernsey, and married 23 April, 1966, Richard Baxter Molesworth, son of Hickman Walter Lancelot Molesworth [1892-1969], and his wife the former Caryl Margaret Hoare [died 1997], by whom she had issue, a son, Edward [born 1967], and two daughters, Rachel [born 1970], and Victoria [born 1975].

Her husband was a descendant of the 1st Viscount Molesworth, and shared a descent from that diplomat with HRH The Countess of Wessex.


London's 'hot priest' the Rev Pat Allerton has announced his engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 27 January, 2021, between the Rev Patrick Nicholas Orde Allerton [born 1979], Vicar of St Peter's, Notting Hill, London, son of Jeremy W. Orde Allerton [born 1944], of Dorchester, Dorset, and Mrs Lindy Ball [nee Martineau], of Salisbury, Wiltshire, and Kirsty Turnbull, daughter of Mr & Mrs David Turnbull, of Yateley, Hampshire.

The Rev Pat Allerton's mother is a scion of the Marineau landed gentry family, of Clapton Court, and is a distant kinsman of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Both he and the future Queen are six generations in descent from David Martineau and his wife the former Sarah Meadows.

Old Etonian Allerton, described as London's 'hot priest' spent much of 2020 trying to lift the spirits of Londoners in his parish by offering a mobile church service in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rev Pat Allerton, now known as the "Portable Priest" has been visiting streets in Notting Hill to deliver prayer and hymns through loudspeakers. And more recently he has been spreading a little festive joy.


Wilfred Humphrey Parsons [born 2021]

 _. Rebecca Anne Louise Parsons [born 1990, nee Arkwright], wife of Edmund Thomas Parsons, gave birth to a son, Wilfred Humphrey, 21 January, 2021.

Rebecca [Becky] Parsons is a daughter of Charles Francis Richard [Charlie] Arkwright [born 1960], of Fulham, London, and his former wife the former Anne-Louise Marie-Noëlle Miranda Josephine Kelly [born 1962], of Upper Woodford, Wiltshire, scion of that Irish landed gentry family, and descended maternally from the Dukes of Norfolk.

Edmund Parsons is the son of Paul Thomas Serge Parsons [born 1955], of Blakesley, Northamptosnhire, and his wife the former Alexandra M. Campion [born 1959].

Becky Parsons is a granddaughter of Bernard Noël David George Terence Kelly, and his wife the late Lady Mirabel Magdalen Fitzalan Howard [1931-2008], sister of the 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG [1915-2002].


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Daniel Hannan's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Daniel John Hannan has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Hannan of Kingsclere.

Lord Hannan of Kingsclere (born 1 September 1971) is a British writer, journalist and former politician serving as an adviser to the Board of Trade since 2020. He is the founding president of the Initiative for Free Trade. A member of the Conservative Party, he was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England from 1999 to 2020.

Hannan was the first secretary-general of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE), serving from 2009 to 2018. He was one of the founders of Vote Leave, one of the organisations that campaigned to leave the EU in 2016, and served on its board throughout the referendum. He played a prominent role in the referendum campaign, participating in a number of public debates. He stood down from the European Parliament at the United Kingdom's exit from the EU in 2020.


Dean Godson's life peerage gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded recently to Mr Dean Aaron Godson, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Godson.

Lord Godson is the Director of the London-based think tank Policy Exchange. In 2016, the Evening Standard named Godson one of London's most influential people, saying that “Fiercely bright Godson, formerly chief leader writer at the Daily Telegraph, has been described as Britain’s acknowledged expert on the problem of social cohesion.” Commentator Iain Dale also named Godson as one of the 100 most influential people on the right of British politics, in his annual rankings in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Dale also described Policy Exchange, in a February 2020 article, as "the pre-eminent think tank in the Westminster village".


Lucinda Hilary Marchessini [1939-2021]

 _. Lucinda Hilary Marchessini [nee Roberts] died 18 January, 2021, aged 81.

She was born in 1939 a daughter of Wing Commander Owen George Endicott Roberts [died 1963], and was descended from the Dukes of Atholl. She married [1] 1961, Demetri P. Marchessini [1934-2016]. She married [2] 1979 [div 1989], Nicholas John Peto [born 4 Oct, 1939], scion of the Peto baronets, son of Brig Sir Christopher Peto, 3rd Baronet [1897-1980], and his wife the former Barbara Close. 

She leaves four daughters, including Lucinda, wife of the 3rd Baron Oaksey and [4th] Baron Trevethin [b 29 June, 1960].

Mrs Marchessini's sister, Camilla [who died 7 Dec, 2017], was the Countess of Erne, wife of the 6th Earl [1937-2015].

George Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl [1729-74]-->Rt Rev Lord George Murray [1761-1803]-->Rt Rev George Murray [1784-1860]-->Rev George Murray [1818-54]-->Sir George Murray [1849-1936]-->Irene Helen Murray [b 1882]-->Wing Commander Owen Roberts [d 1963]-->Lucinda Roberts [1939-2021]


Helen Jane Howard-Vyse [1931-2021]

 _. Helen Jane Howard-Vyse, who died 22 January, 2021, aged 89, was the wife of Major George Richard Howard-Vyse [born 31 Dec, 1927], head of that landed gentry family, formerly of Stoke.

She was the former Helen Jane Bower, daughter of Arthur Poyntz Bower [1896-1970], of Croft-on-Tees, Darlington, and his wife the former Edith Mary Turner [1896-1984], and married 27 Aug, 1960, Maj George Richard Howard-Vyse, of the Royal Artillery, son of Lieutenant-Col. George Aubrey Howard-Vyse [1874-1953], and his wife the former Mary Frances Helena Dalton, scion of the landed family of Dalton of the Hutts.

Mrs Howard-Vyse leaves issue.


Pickard/Fitzalan Howard engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 26 January, 2021, between Charlie Pickard, younger son of Edward and Mimi Pickard, of West Sussex, and Florence Fitzalan Howard [born 13 January, 1993], scion of the Dukes of Norfolk, elder daughter of Lord Gerald Bernard Fitzalan Howard [born 13 June, 1962], of Carlton Towers, Goole, Yorkshire, and his wife the former Emma Georgina Egerton Roberts.

Florence Fitzalan Howard is a niece of the 18th Duke of Norfolk , Premier Duke in the Peerage of England and Earl Marshal.


Monday, January 25, 2021

Sam Cooper, former husband of singer Lily Allen, to wed Earl's daughter

 _. The engagement was announced 25 January, 2021, between Sam Peter Cooper [born 1978], only son of Michael Cooper and the late Maria J.L. Cordell-Lavarack [nee Boyd], & the Lady India Harriet Windsor-Clive [born 3 September, 1988], only daughter of the 4th Earl of Plymouth [born 19 November, 1951],  and the Countess of Plymouth [nee Caroline Anne Nettlefold, born 28 Feb, 1954], scion of the Nettlefold landed gentry family, and a descendant maternally of the Curzon Viscounts Scarsdale.

Sam Cooper is the former husband of the singer songwriter Lily Allen [born 2 May, 1985], by whom he has two daughters, Ethel Mary [born 2011], and Marnie Rose [born 2013]. 

Sam's mother, known as Mia, was the first wife of the Irish-born record producer Denny Cordell [1943-1995]. They assumed the surname Cordell-Lavarack. Denny Cordell-Lavarack was producer for the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, The Cranberries &c. Sam had an elder half-brother, the musician Tarka Cordell [1966-2008].

Denny Cordell second wife from 1978 to 1994 was Theodora Elizabeth Brinckman [born 1943], daughter of Sir Roderick Brinckman, 5th Bt [1902-85], by whom he had a son, Milo [b 10 Nov, 1978], a producer, and a daughter, Emerald [b 19 Feb 1981]

He had a third union, a relationship, with Marina Guinness [born 16 Aug, 1957], scion of the Barons Moyne, daughter of the Hon Desmond Guinness and Princess Marie Gabrielle von Urach, by whom he had a son, Finbar Cordell.


Elizabeth, Lady Gilbey, widow of Sir Derek Gilbey, Bt, has died aged 98

 _. Elizabeth, Lady Gilbey, who died 30 December, 2020, aged 98, was the widow of Sir [Walter] Derek Gilbey, 3rd Baronet [1913-91]. She was the former Elizabeth Mary [Libby] Campbell, daughter of Colonel Keith Gordon Campbell, of Standen House, Newport, Isle of Wight, and his wife the former Marjorie Syfret, and married 21 July, 1948, Sir Derek Gilbey, Bt, son of Capt Walter Ewart Gilbey [1886-1941], and his wife the former Alice Dora Sim [died 1961]. Her husband, who had succeeded to the baronetcy on his grandfather's death, 11 April, 1945, died 27 Oct, 1991.

She leaves a son, Sir [Walter] Gavin Gilbey, 4th Baronet [born 14 Apr, 1949], and a daughter, Camilla [born 24 Nov, 1953].


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Ursula Aylmer [née Nixon] 1928-2020

__. Ursula Aylmer [née Nixon], died 21 December, 2020, aged 92. She was born in 1928, daughter of Major Brian George Michael Frederick Nixon, of Ross-on-Wye, co Hereford; married 6 Aug, 1955, Dr Gerald Edward Aylmer [1926-2000], sonof Capt Edward Arthur Aylmer [1892-1974], and his wife the former Gwladys Phoebe Evans [1891-1968], by whom she had a daughter, Emma Clare [born 5 Mar 1964], and an adopted son, Thomas [born 10 Feb, 1962].

2nd Baron Aylmer [d 1754]-->Rev Hon John Aylmer [1723-93]-->Admiral John Aylmer [1759-1841]-->Maj-Gen Henry Aylmer [1813-1904]-->Frederick Aylmer [1849-1918]-->Capt Edward Aylmer [1892-1974]-->Dr Gerald Aylmer [1926-2000].


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Jean Evelyn Louise Oliphant [nee Murray] 1932-2021

 _. Jean Evelyn Louise Oliphant [nee Murray], who died 20 January, 2021, aged 89, was a scion of the Dukes of Atholl.

She was born Jean Evelyn Louise Murray, 6 January, 1932, daughter of Arthur Evelyn Francis Murray [1888-1972], and his wife the former Louise Isabelle Delacombe [d 1966]; and married 7 February, 1959, Major Jonathan Beresford [Jumbo] Oliphant [1931-2010], scion of the landed family of Oliphant, formerly of Condie, son of the Rev Donald Aden Oliphant [1891-1963], and his wife the former Jocelyn Hope Young, by whom she had issue, three children, Catriona, Janet and Angus.

She was widowed, 30 September, 2010.


McAlpine/Weber engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 23 January, 2021, between Fergus Andrew Algernon McAlpine [born 15 December, 1994], scion of the McAlpine baronets, second son of Sir Andrew William McAlpine, 7th Baronet [born 22 November, 1960], of Hexham, Northumberland, and his wife Lady McAlpine [nee Caroline Claire Hodgson], & Katherine R. Weber, youngest daughter of Mark and Rebecca Weber, of Holmen, Wisconsin, United States.


Catinka Eugenie Mia Hanbury [born 2021]

 ._ Yoanna Thiela Hanbury (nee Otto), wife of Charles Osgood Philip Hanbury, scion of that landed family, gave birth to a third daughter, Catinka Eugenie Mia, 15 January, 2021, a sister for Cara Bridget Anna, who was born 10 January, 2017, and for Cressida Thiela Patricia, born 25 November, 2018.

The Daily Telegraph announcement of the birth states that the infant was born on the M4 motorway, and delivered by her father.

Charles Hanbury is a son of Maj Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury (born 16 February, 1944), of Hungerford, Berkshire, by his wife the former Bridget Anne Birch [born 1949].

Yoanna Hanbury is the only daughter of Dr Yorck Otto, of Munich, Germany, & his former wife Her Serene Highness Princess Anna zu Oettingen-Wallerstein [nee Hermann], of Wallerstein, Germany, who later married into the Oettingen-Wallerstein noble family.


Friday, January 22, 2021

Guy James McLean Buckley 1936-2021

 _. Guy James McLean Buckley, who died 7 January, 2021, aged 84, was descended from the Barons Chelmsford.

He was born in 1936, son of John McLean Buckley [1903-72], and his wife the former Oonagh Pamela Thesiger [1905-82]. He married in 1968, Elena Rose Deans, daughter of Hamish Holdsworth Deans, of Canterbury, New Zealand, by whom he had two daughters, Virginia and Elizabeth.

Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford [1794-1878]-->Hon Charles Thesiger [1831-1903]-->George Thesiger [1868-1915]-->Oonagh Thesiger [1905-82]-->Guy Buckley [1936-2021].


Lady Milton-Thompson 1930-2021

 _.Lady Milton-Thompson, who died 18 January, 2021, was the widow of Surgeon Vice-Admiral Sir Godfrey Milton-Thompson, KBE [1930-2012], and was a scion of the FitzMaurice landed gentry family.

Noreen Helena Frances FitzMaurice was born 17 November, 1930, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Desmond FitzJohn FitzMaurice, CIE [1893-1991], of that Irish landed family, and his wife the former Nancy Leake [1902-75]; and married 5 Apr, 1952, Godfrey James Milton-Thompson, son of the Rev James Milton-Thompson [1885-1968], and his wife the former Mary Hoare [1891-1982], by whom she had issue, three daughters, Helena, Richenda and Louisa.


Guy Tristram van der Gucht 1951-2021

 _. Guy Tristram van der Gucht, who died 20 January, 2021, aged 69, was descended from the Earls of Wemyss and March.

He was born in 1951, son of Henry Benjamin Van Der Gucht and his wife the former Pamela Sabina Strickland [1921-83], and was a grandson of Algernon Walter Strickland [1891-1938], and his wife the Lady Mary Charteris [1895-1991], daughter of the 9th Earl of Wemyss & March [1857-1937].


Lady de Rothschild [nee Schott] 1949-2021, former wife of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild

 _. Victoria Lady de Rothschild, who died 18 January, 2021, aged 71, was the second wife of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, the financier, merchant banker, and scion of the British branch of the wealthy Rothschild family.

Lady de Rothschild, a renowned socialite, was the former Victoria Lou Schott, daughter of Lewis Schott, and his wife Marcia, and was born in 1949. She was a graduate of the Hewitt School, Bradford Junior College and Trinity College in Hartford, USA, and attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Her father was chairman of the board of Automatic Toll Systems, Inc., New York.

She married in New York, 1 July, 1973, as the second of his three wives, Evelyn Robert Adrian de Rothschild [born 29 Aug, 1931], scion of the Barons Rothschild, son of Anthony Gustav de Rothschild [1887-1961], and his French-born wife the former Yvonne d'Anvers. 

Her husband, who was knighted in 1989, was Chairman of N.M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd, the merchant bank founded in 1804 by his great-great grandfather; and was Chairman of the Economist Newspaper, 1972-89; and Chairman, United Racecourses Ltd, 1977-94. 

Victoria's marriage to Sir Evelyn was dissolved by divorce in 2000.

Lady de Rothschild leaves three children, two sons, Anthony [born 1977], a record producer, and David [born 1978], and a daughter, Jessica [born 1974], sometime model and literary editor of Tatler.