Friday, May 07, 2021

Brook/Blomefield engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 6 May, 2021, between Toby Charles Brook [born 25 September, 1985], son of Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Brook, of Sinderby, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Bridget Farquharson [born 1956], & Harriet Elizabeth Blomefield [born 1986], scion of the Blomefield baronets, younger daughter of Sir [Thomas] Charles Peregrine Blomefield, 6th Baronet [born 24 July, 1948], of Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Georgina Geraldine Over.


Thursday, May 06, 2021

Arthur Ever Winter Jopling [born 2021]

 _.Elena Jane [ellie] Goulding [born 30 Dec, 1986], the singer, wife of Caspar William Fletcher Jopling [born 1992], gave birth to a son, Arthur Ever Winter.

Ellie Goulding is a daughter of Arthur E.J. Goulding [born 1959], and his wife the former Tracey Clark. Ellie married in 2019, Caspar Jopling, son of the Hon Nicholas Mark Fletcher Jopling [born 1961], and his 1st wife the former Jayne Mackay Benson [born 1966], now Mrs Warde-Aldam, and a grandson of the life peer the Baron Jopling, PC [born 10 Dec 1930].


The 7th Baron Rossmore 1931-2021

 _.Lord Rossmore, who died 4 May, 2021, aged 90, was the 7th Baron, in the Peerage of the UK.

William Warner Westenra was born 14 February, 1931, son of the 6th Baron Rossmore [1892-1958], and his wife the former Dolores Cecil Wilson [died 1981]; and succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 17 Oct, 1958.

He married in 1982 (div __) Valerie Marion Tobin [born 1950], daughter of Brian Tobin, by whom he had a son, Benedict William Westenra [born 6 March, 1983], who now inherits the peerage.

Lord Rossmore obituary [Daily Telegraph]

Aristocratic photographer and aesthete who found himself in a high-profile love triangle with Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger

On the day the hunger striker Bobby Sands died in the Maze prison at the height of the Troubles in 1981, Paddy Rossmore’s house in Co Monaghan was burnt down by the IRA.

With his baronial title dating back seven generations, Rossmore represented to the Republicans the hated Anglo-Irish nobility whom they accused of having buttressed British oppression of Irish nationalism for centuries. While it may have been true of some of Rossmore’s forebears, who arrived in Ulster from Holland with William of Orange, the seventh baron was cut from cloth of a distinctly more anti-establishment stripe.

...In 1982 he married Valerie (née Tobin). The marriage ended in divorce. He is survived by their son, Benedict William Westenra, a music arranger and piano teacher whose pupils have included Sir Lenny Henry, and by his stepdaughter Charlotte Westenra, a theatre producer.

Paddy Rossmore was born William Warner Westenra in Rossmore Castle, Co Monaghan, in 1931, the son of Dolores (née Wilson) and William Westenra, the 6th Baron Rossmore, who had succeeded to the title a decade earlier. The Westenras were an old Dutch family who came from near the Hague and had inherited the Rossmore title via marriage into the family of Robert Cunninghame, a soldier who was created the first Baron by King George III, and died without a son.

...He succeeded as the 7th Baron Rossmore on the death of his father in 1958. The Gothic castle which had been the family seat since 1827 was abandoned after the Second World War because of dry rot, and the family moved into the dower house within the estate grounds. [which they sold] and in 1962 they took up residency in the gamekeeper’s lodge. Antiques from the original castle were also sold off, causing [...] the Daily Express [to mock] his folly in parting with an 18th-century German marquetry table for £205, which was sold on two months later for £6,000.

The castle was demolished in the mid-1970s after falling into disrepair. Rossmore lived in the lodge on his estate until the IRA burnt it down. After selling the estate he spent his final years living in London.

Lord (Paddy) Rossmore, photographer, was born on February 14, 1931. He died in his sleep on May 4, 2021, aged 90


Davina Harbord to wed Frederick Streeter

 _.The engagement was announced 6 May, 2021, between Frederick Leopold Streeter [born 30 June, 1987], younger son of Patrick Thomas Streeter [born 1946], of Matching Green, Essex, and his wife the former Judith M. [Judy] Turk, & Davina Bridget Auriol Harbord [born 1986], scion of the Barons Suffield, younger daughter of the late Charles Francis Harbord [1943-2012], and his wife the former Sarah Juliet Blandy [born 1952] [now Mrs Charles Harbord, of Englefield Green, Surrey].

Davina Harbord is a sister of Astrid Harbord [born 1981], sometime girlfriend of HRH The Duke of Sussex.

Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield [1781-1835] > Hon Ralph Harbord [1833-78] > Edward Harbord [1870-1950] > William Harbord [1908-92] > Charles Harbord [1943-2012] > Davina Harbord [b 1986].

Socialite Davina, a property agent who was educated  at £26,700-a-year Tudor Hall school near Banbury, Oxfordshire, is a former girlfriend of Julian Rufus Isaacs, styled Viscount Erleigh. The city banker, who introduced Prince Harry to Chelsy Davy, is the son of Simon Rufus Isaacs, 4th Marquess  of Reading, a lifelong friend of the Prince of Wales.

Davina's father, Charles, committed suicide 22 May, 2012.


Wednesday, May 05, 2021


_.The engagement was announced 5 May, 2021, between Capt George Frederick Ross Wolstenholme [born 18 Feb, 1988], eldest son of Nigel Timothy Wolstenholme [born 1956], of Hampshire, and his former wife the former Susan Wendy Ross [b 28 February, 1958, now Mrs Sue Otten, of Gloucestershire], scion of the Ross baronets, and Freya Rose Hibberd [born 1993], youngest daughter of Rodney J. Hibberd, of Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Lynda J. Godsell.

Capt Wolstenholme is a grandson maternally of Sir James Keith Ross, 2nd Baronet [1927-2003].


Ilara Nelson/Issam al-Reis engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 5 May, 2021, between Issam H. Al-Reis, of Damascus, Syria, and Ilara Kitty Nelson [born 10 January, 1985], scion of the Barons Nelson of Stafford, second daughter of the Hon James Jonathan Nelson [born 17 June, 1947], of Penselwood, Wincanton, Somerset, and his wife the former Lucilla Mary [Lucy] Brown.

Ilara Nelson is a granddaughter of the 2nd Baron Nelson of Stafford [1917-95].


Nash/Wigan engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 5 May, 2021, between Charles A. Nash, son of Mr & Mrs Alan Nash, of Chelsea, and Lilias Margaret Wigan [born 9 March, 1992], scion of the Wigan baronets, daughter of Sir Michael Iain Wigan, 6th Baronet [born 3 Oct, 1951], of Borrobol, Sutherland, and his wife the former Julia Theresa de Courcy Ling.


Cate, Baroness Bragg 1945-2021

 _.Cate, Baroness Bragg, who died 29 April, 2021, aged 75, was the second wife of the life peer, the Baron Bragg, the writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg.

She was born 6 Aug, 1945, at Leeds, West Yorkshire, daughter of Eric Haste, and his wife the former Margaret Hodge. She married Melvin Bragg as his second wife in 1973. They divorced in 2018.

Lady Bragg leaves issue, two children, Tom and Alice.


Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Lady Rose Edith Edina Berger 1927-2021

 _. The Lady Rose Berger, who died 28 April, 2021, aged 93, was a scion of the Earls of Cottenham.

She was born Lady Rose Edith Edina Pepys, 5 November, 1927, elder daughter of the 6th Earl of Cottenham [1903-43], and his wife the former Sybil Venetia Taylor [died 2001]. Her parents divorced in 1939, in which year her mother married secondly, the 17th Earl of Devon [1916-98], of Powderham Castle. Lady Rose had a younger sister, Lady Paulina Pepys [1930-2017], and two half-siblings, Lady Katherine Courtenay [1940-2015], and the 18th Earl of Devon [1942-2015].

She married 24 September, 1994, Colonel Oliver Charles Berger [1913-98], of the Royal Scots Greys.


Monday, May 03, 2021

Michael Arthur Benn 1939-2021

 _. Michael Arthur Benn, who died 27 April, 2021, aged 81, was a scion of the Benn baronets [descended from a brother of the 1st baronet].

He was born 11 May, 1939, son of Arthur John Horton Benn [1911-80], and his wife the former Gwyneth Leigh Butler [1915-2006]; and married in 1971, Mary Beach, by whom he had issue, Simon [born 1974], and twins, Guy and Susanna [b 1976].


Angus Michael Alastair Colquhoun [born 2021]

 _. Abby Colquhoun [nee Charles, born 1982], wife of Andrew John Colquhoun [born 1983], descended from the Greenwell baronets, gave birth to a son, Angus Michael Alastair, 30 April, 2021.

Abby is a daughter of Michael R. Charles, of Thorpe Satchville, Leicestershire.

Andrew Colquhoun is a son of Alastair Peter Colquhoun [born 3 May, 1941], of Winchester, Hampshire, and his wife the former Elisabeth Stanning.

Sir Bernard Greenwell, 2nd Baronet [1874-1939] > Ruth Greenwell [1916-2003] > Alastair Colquhoun [b 1941] > Andrew Colquhoun [b 1982] > Angus Colquhoun [b 2021]


Saturday, May 01, 2021

Munns/Telfer engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 1 May, 2021, betweem Sebastian James Munns [born circa 1988], eldest son of Nicholas A. Munns, of Godalming, and his wife the former Rebecca Barber, & Lucy Georgiana Telfer [born 1995], daughter of George Metcalfe Telfer [born 9 Oct, 1961], of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and his wife the former Susan Elizabeth Allen.

 Lucy Telfer is descended from the Lords Balfour of Burleigh:-

George Bruce, 7th Lord Balfour of Burleigh [1883-1967] > Hon Laetitia Bruce [1920-2011] > George Telfer [b 1961] > Lucy Telfer [b 1995].


Arnall/Bulmer engagement

_.The engagement was announced 1 May, 2021, between Thomas Nicholas Arnall [born 1987], son of the late David Richard Arnall [1947-2003], and his wife the former Jennifer M. Agutter [born 1947] ]now Mrs Jennifer Arnall, of Tonbridge], & Hesper Rose Constance Bulmer [born 1990], daughter of Jonathan Charles Bulmer [born 17 July, 1944], of Sheviock, Cornwall, and his late wife the former Lady Marcia Rose Aileen Leveson-Gower [1961-2005], scion of the Earls Granville, and cousin of HM The Queen.

Strathmore descent of the bride-to-be:-

Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore [1855-1944] > Lady Rose Bowes-Lyon [1890-1967] > Granville Leveson-Gower, 5th Earl Granville [1918-96] > Lady Marcia Leveson-Gower [1961-2005] > Hesper Bulmer [b 1990].


Friday, April 30, 2021

Nicholas Gerald Chadwyck-Healey 1946-2021

 _. Nicholas Gerald Chadwyck-Healey, who died 24 April, 2021, aged 74, was a scion of the baronets of that name.

He was born 8 July, 1946, the second son of Lt-Col Sir Charles Arthur Chadwyck-Healey, 4th Baronet [1910-86], and his wife the former Viola Lubbock [1912-95], scion of the Barons Avebury.

He married in 1978, Mrs Alison Jill Handley [nee Stevens], former wife of Mark E.S. Handley, and daughter of Dr Norton Stevens, of Thaxted, Essex, by whom he had issue, a son, Gerald [born 1979], and a daughter, Cherry [born 1980].


Hon Moira Rank [nee Hopwood] 1919-2021

 _. The Hon Moira Rank, who died 22 April, 2021, aged 101, was a scion of the extinct Barons Southborough.

She was born Moira Hopwood, 13 December, 1919, daughter of the Hon Sir Francis John Hopwood [1897-1982], sometime managing director of Shell Transport, and his wife the former Audrey Evelyn Dorothy Money. Her father succeeded as 3rd Baron Southborough on the death of his falf-brother, in 1960. The title became extict in 1982 with the death od her brother, Francis, 4th Baron.

She married firstly, 26 June 1940, Flight Lieutenant Peter Anthony Woodwark, RAFVR [who was killed in action, 17 Oct, 1943], the eldest son of Colonel Sir Stanley Woodwark, CMG, CBE, MD, FRCP; she married 2ndly, 14 February, 1946, Joseph McArthur Rank [died 1999], of Hartfield, Sussex, elder son of the late Rowland Rank, and had issue from both marriages.


Julian Herbert Gibbs 1932-2021

_.Julian Herbert Gibbs, who died 25 April, 2021, aged 88, was a scion of the Barons Hunsdon.

He was born 26 November, 1932, son of the Hon Sir Geoffrey Cokayne Gibbs, KCMG [1901-75], and his wife the former Helen Margaret Leslie [1905-79].

He was the husband of Joel.

Henry Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham [1819-1907] > Herbert Gibbs, 1st Baron Hunsdon [1854-1935] > Hon Sir Geoffrey Gibbs [1901-75] > Julian Gibbs [1932-2021]