Monday, March 31, 2014

Budgett/Meade marriage

_.TRH The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry of Wales attended the marriage, 29 March, 2014, at St Mary's Church, Marshfield, Gloucestershire, between Charles George A. Budgett (b 1981), son of Mr James Budgett, of Kirtlington, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Rosemary Delme-Murray, descended from the Dukes of Atholl & Lucy Margaret Meade (b 1985), daughter of Richard John Hannay Meade, OBE (b 4 Dec 1936), of West Littleton, Wiltshire, by his wife the former Angela Dorothy Farquhar (b 11 Jan, 1948), scion of the Farquhar Baronets (Bt, GB, cr 1796).


Friday, March 28, 2014

Tollemache/Holl engagement

_. The engagement was announced 28 March, 2014, between Lyonel John Peter Tollemache (b 1973), scion of the Tollemache Barons (Baron, UK, cr 1876), elder son of the the Hon Michael David Douglas Tollemache (b 1944), of London, and Mrs Theresa Tollemache (nee Bowring), of Blackheath, Suffolk, & Jennifer Mary Holl (b 1980), daughter of Mr Jonathan Holl, of Farnham, Surrey, and Mrs Jonathan Holl  (nee Burne).


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Kitty Mani Anne Jellicoe (b 2014)

_. Katharine L. Jellicoe (nee Napier) wife of the  the Hon. John Philip Jellicoe (b. 1966), scion of the Earls Jellicoe (Peerage of the UK, cr 1925), gave birth to a daughter, Kitty Mani Anne, 1st March, 2014.

Johnny Jellicoe is a son of the late 2nd Earl Jellicoe, KBE (1918-2007), by his second wife, the former Philippa Dunne, scion of that landed family, and is a half~brother of the current 3rd Earl.

Katharine Jellicoe  is a daughter of Maj. Andrew Napier, of Syleham, Suffolk, and the late Mrs Napier.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Robert Harral Marsham 1946-2014

_. Robert Harral Marsjam, who died 22 March, 2014, aged 67, was a scion of the Earls of Romney (Earl, UK, cr 1801). He was born 13 Aug, 1946, second son of Peter Marsham (b 1912-), by his wife the former Margaret Harral, dau of Benjamin Harral, and was descended from a younger son of the 3rd Earl of Romney. He was unm.  Funeral at All Saints Church, Coddington, near Newark~on~Trent, Nottinghamshire, 5 Apr.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Moxon/Alvares engagement

_. The engagement was announced 20 March, 2014, between Christian Frederick Moxon (b 1974), youngest son of the late John Frederick Moxon by his wife the Hon Jennifer Julia Fellowes (b 1940), of Abbots Ripton, Cambridgeshire, scion of the Barons De Ramsey (Baron, UK, cr 1887), and Ahalya Alvares, eldest dau of Jeevan Alvares and Rajini Furtado, of Bangalore, India.

Christian Moxon is a nephew of the 4th Baron De Ramsey.


Berridge/Dent engagement

__. The engagement was announced 20 March, 2014, between Charles D.M. Berridge, son of Mr & Mrs Patrick Berridge, of Carrigbyrne, Co Wexford, and Annabel Dent, scion of that landed family, daughter of ( John) Patrick Dent, of Hunsingore, North Yorkshire, by his wife the former Hon Diana Mary TAYLOR (b 1953), younger dau of the Baron INGROW TD OBE (1917-2002, LP cr 1982) and Barbara Mary (d 1998, dau of Percy Wright STIRK of Crestmead, Keighley). 


Willis Fleming/Pitel engagement

_.  The engagement was announced 20 March, 2014, between Thomas Willis Fleming (b 28 Dec, 1958), scion of that landed family, son of the late John Valentine 'Roo' Willis Fleming (1925-2009) by his wife the former Angela Jean St John Webb-Carter, now of London, & Siobhan L. Pitel, second daughter of the late Michael Pitel and Mrs Sally Pitel, of London.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Susan Duchess of Montrose c1928-2014

__.Susan Duchess of Montrose, who died 13 March, 2014, aged 85, was the widow of James Angus Graham, 7th Duke of Montrose (1907-92) (Peerage of  Scotland, cr 1707).

She was the former Susan Mary Jocelyn Semple, daughter of Dr John Mervyl Semple, of Gilgil, Kenya, by his wife the former Anne Gladys Steen, and married firstly, Michael Raleigh Gibbs (dec.,), of Nakuru, Kenya; married 2ndly, 17 Apr, 1952, as his 2nd wife, James Angus Graham, styled Marquess of Graham, who succeeded his father as 7th Duke of Montrose, 20 Jan, 1954. Her husband died 10 Feb, 1992.

The Duchess is survived by 5 children, one from the first marriage, and by two sons and two daughters from the second marriage. 

Memorial Service at Cleish Parish Church, near Kinross, Saturday 29 March, after a family burial on 28 March.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Henrietta (Rita) Baroness Drumalbyn c1914-2014

_. Henrietta (Rita), Baroness Drumalbyn, who died 12 March, 2014, in her 100th year, was the second wife, and widow of the 1st (and last) Baron Drumalbyn (1908-87) (Peerage of the UK, cr 1963). As Mrs Henrietta (Rita) Edmiston, widow of Harry Edmiston, she wed the peer as his 2nd wife in 1985. She is survived by 2 sons from her 1st marriage.


Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sir Mark Edward Mortimer Bowen, 5th Baronet 1958-2014

_. Sir Mark Edward Mortimer Bowen, 5th Baronet, died 27 February, 2014, aged 55.  He was born 17 Oct, 1958, son of Sir Thomas Frederic Charles Bowen, 4th Baronet (1921-89) (Bt, UK, cr 1921), by his wife the former Jill Claude Evans, and succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 1989'  married 1983, Kerry Tessa Moriarty, dau of Michael John Moriarty, by whom he had issue,  one son and one daughter. The son, George Edward Michael Bowen, born 27 Dec, 1987, succeeds as 6th baronet.

The funeral is at St Lawrence Church,  Cucklington, Somerset, 28 March. A memorial service takes place at All Hallows by the Tower, London, 7 May.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Rt Hon Tony Benn (2nd Viscount Stansgate disclaimed) 1925-2014

_.The Rt Hon Anthony Neil Wedgwood Benn, former Lab MP and stalwart of the Left, who died 14 March, 2014, aged 88, was formerly the 2nd Viscount Stansgate (Peerage of the UK, cr 1942), but disclaimed the peerage for life in 1963.

He was born 3 Apr, 1925, second son of William Wedgwood Benn (1877-1960), Liberal MP and Secretary of State for India, by his wife the former Margaret Eadie Holmes (who died in 1991), dau of Daniel Turner Holmes, MP.

William Wedgwood Benn was created Viscount Stansgate in 1942, and in 1944 his elder son, Ft-Lt Michael Wedgwood Benn, DFC, was killed in action.

Anthony Wedgwood Benn was Labour MP for Bristol South East, 1950-60, & lost his seat in the Commons on succeeding to his father's peerage, 17 Nov, 1960.

Tony Benn petitioned to give up his viscountcy & remain in the House of Commons but failed. However, his campaigning resulted in the 1963 Peerage Act which enabled peers to disclaim their titles for life.

Tony Benn disclaimed his peerage for life, 31 July, 1963, and was returned to his seat in at Bristol SE, in 1963 and held that constituency for 20 years to 1983. He was then Lab MP for Chesterfield from 1984 to 2001.

Benn was Postmaster-General in Harold Wilson's administration 1964-68, Minister of Technology, 1966-70, Minister of Power 1969-70, Chairman of the Labour Party 1970-72, Secretary of State for Industry and Minister for Posts and Telecommunications, 1974-75, and Secretary of State for Energy 1975-79.

He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1964.

Benn married 17 June, 1949, Caroline Middleton De Camp (who d. 22 Nov, 2000), dau of James Milton De Camp, of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, by who he had issue, three sons, Stephen, Hilary and Joshua, and one daughter, Melissa.

Under the terms of the 1963 Peerage Act the eldest son, Stephen, who was born 21 Aug, 1951, now succeeds as 3rd Viscount Stansgate.

The funeral is ti take place at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, Thursday 17 March.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sir Thomas Willes Chitty, 3rd Baronet 1926-2014

_. Sir Thomas Willes Chitty, 3rd Baronet (Bt UK, cr 1924), died 7 March, 2014. He was 88.

Sir Thomas was an author (as Thomas Hinde), and his books include "For the Good of the Company", "Mr Nicholas", "Happy As Larry", "A Place Like Home", "The Cage", "Games of Chance", "The Day the Call Came", &c.

He was born 2 March, 1926, son of Sir Thomas Henry Willes Chitty, 2nd Baronet (1891-1955), by his wife the former Ethel Constance Gladstone, scion of that landed family; succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 26 Feb, 1955. He married 23 Aug, 1951, Susan Elspeth Russel Glossop, writer, whose birth name was Hopkinson, 
daughter of an unmarried mother, the writer, Antonia White, and of Rudolph Glossop, by whom he had issue, a son, and two daughters. The baronetcy passes to his son, Andrew Edward Willes Chitty, who was born 20 Nov, 1953.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Thomas Riviere Bland 1921-2014

_. Thomas Riviere Bland, MC, late the Scots Guards, died 5 February, 2014, aged 92, He was born at Godstone, Surrey, 8 Feb, 1921, son of Charles Riviere Bland,and educated at Eton. Married 1stly, 23 Nov 1946 (div 1961 ) the Hon Katherine Bruce (b 27 Nov 1922), daughter of the 7th Lord Balfour of Burleigh (1883-1967), by his wife the former Violet Done ( d 1976), by whom he had issue, a son and 2 daughters; married 2ndly, 1962, Mary Millar (who died as result of an accident), married 3rdly, 1976, Joan Catchpole, who predeceased him.


Elizabeth Ava More Nisbett (b 2014)

_.Lindsay M. More Nisbett (nee Weitz), wife of Alexander T.J. More Nisbett of Cairnhill, scion of that Scots landed family & descended from the Earls of Stair, gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth Ava, in New York, 7 March, 2014, a sister for Finlay David North, born at New York, 15 July, 2011. 

Alexander is the second son of George Alan More Nisbett of The Drum, Edinburgh, by his wife the former Patrea MacDonald, and Lindsay is the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Weitz, of Jupiter, Florida, USA.

Marion Thorpe, CBE 1926-2014

_. Marion Thorpe, CBE, concert pianist, co-founder of the Leeds Piano Competition, who died 6 March, 2014, aged 87, was the first wife of the late 7th Earl of Harewood (1923-2011), a first cousin of the Queen, and later wife of the disgraced Liberal party leader, Jeremy Thorpe (descended from the Norton-Griffiths Baronets).

She was born at Vienna, 18 Oct, 1926, as Maria Donata Nanetta Paulina Erwina Stein, but known as Marion, daughter of Erwin Stein (1885-1958), publisher, by his wife the former Sophie Bachmann (1883-1965); married 1stly, 29 Sept, 1949 (div 1967), the 7th Earl of Harewood (Earl E, 1812) (1923-2011), son of the 6th Earl of Harewood by his wife HRH The Princess Mary, Princess Royal, only daughter HM King George V, &c.

Three sons were born of the marriage, David, 8th Earl of Harewood (born 1950), the Hon James Lascelles (b 1953), and the Hon Jeremy Lascelles (b 1955).

She married 2ndly, 14 Mar, 1973, the Rt Hon (John) Jeremy Thorpe, MP (b 29 Apr, 1929), Leader of the Liberal party, &c, son of John Henry Thorpe b y his wife the former Ursula Norton-Griffiths (1903-92), scion of the baronets of that name.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Martin Stephen Robert Elwes 1948-2014

_. Martim Stephen Robert Elwes, who died 3 March, 2014, aged 65, was a scion of that landed family, and a nephew by marriage of HRH The Duchess of Kent.

He was born 4 May, 1948, a son of Maj Robert Valentine Gervase Elwes (1922-59), by his wife the former Sonia Sebag-Montefiore, scion of that landed family. He married 1984, Sarah Marianne Worsley (b 1958), scion of the Worsley Baronets (Bt, UK, cr 1838), daughter of Sir (William) Marcus John Worsley, 5th Baronet, of Hovingham Hall, North Yorkshire, and a niece of HRH The Duchess of Kent. They had issue, a son James Robert (b 1986), a son, Hugo Marcus (b 1991), and a daughter, Sophie Bridget (b 1988).


Thursday, March 06, 2014

Obituary: George Seymour (1994)

Katharine Juliet Bowes-Lyon 1926-2014

_. Katharine Juliet Bowes-Lyon, who died 23 February, 2014, was a first cousin of the Queen.

She was born 4 July, 1926, fifth, youngest and last surviving daughter of the Hon John Herbert Bowes Lyon (1886-1930), by his wife the former Hon Fenella Hepburn Stuart Forbes-Trefusis (d. 1966), daughter of the 21st Baron Clinton.

From an early age, mentally defective, she was confined to a hospital, and controversially described as deceased in editions of Burke's Peerage and Baronetage ~ so described by her mother in compiling information for the tome.

Her siblings were Patricia, who died in infancy, Anne, who married Viscount Anson, and was mother of the late Earl of Lichfield, the photographer. After Anson's death she married Prince George of Denmark. Nerissa, mentally defective like her sister, who died in 1986, and Diana, who married Peter Somervell.

Katharine's father was a brother of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, &c, who was 2nd son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne.


Nancy, Baroness Bagot, widow of the 6th Baron

_. Nancy, Baroness Bagot, who died 27 February, 2014, was the second wife, and widow, of Caryl Ernest, 6th Baron Bagot (1877-1961). She was the former Nancy Constance  Spicer, daughter of Francis Aldborough Spicer, of Sydney, NSW, and married 1 March, 1940, the then Caryl Ernest Bagot, who succeeded his cousin as 6th Baron, 5 Apr, 1946.(The peerage was cr GB, 1780). There was a daughter of the marriage, Caryl Rosemary, born 7 Dec, 1960. She was widowed, 5 Aug 1961, when the peerage passed to a cousin of the 6th peer.

Lady Bagot married 2ndly, 14 Sept, 1965, George Kenneth Whitehead, of Blithfield Hall, Rugeley, Staffordshire.


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Baron Bilston 1942-2014

_.The Baron Bilston, who died 25 Feb, 2014, aged 71, was Dennis Turner, Labour & Co-op MP for Wolverhampton SE, 1987-2005.

In 2005 he was awarded a life peerage ~ gazetted in the name, style, and title of BARON BILSTON, of Bilston in the County of West Midlands.

The peer, b. 26 Aug, 1942, the son of Mary Elizabeth Peasley and Thomas Herbert Turner; married in 1976, Patricia Mary Narroway, by whom he had 1 son and 1 daughter. He was Chairman of the H of C Catering Committee, &c.


Cooke-Hurle/Abdy Collins engagement

_. The engagement was announced 5 March, 2014, betweem Christopher (Digger) Cooke-Hurle, scion of that landed family, younger son of Mr John Feilding Cooke-Hurle (b 1947), of Barnard Castle, Co Durham, by his wife the former Marion Wynifred (Moppet) Hobson, scion of that landed family, & Alice Susanna Abdy Collins (born 1983), descended from the Earls of Morton, eldest dau of Thomas Abdy Collins (b 1948),  of Little Faringdon, by his former wife the former Anna Mary Critchley (Mrs Anna Abdy Collins, of Glenferness).


Leslie/Grant engagement

_. The engagement was announced 5 March, 2014, getween the Hon Alexander John Leslie, Master of Rothes (b 18 Feb, 1962), scion of the Earls of Rothes (Peerage of Scot. cr 1457/8), yr brother and heir pres to the 22nd Earl of Rothes, son of the late 21st Earl of Rothes (1932-2005), by his wife the former Marigold Evans-Bevan (Marigold, Countess of Rothes, of Hampshire), & Miranda Grant, scion of the Grants of Glenmoriston, daughter of the late Ian Grant of Glenoriston, and of Mrs Ian Grant, of Dumfriesshire.