Saturday, April 29, 2017

Toby Grafftey-Smith (1970-2017)

_. Toby Grafftey-Smith, who died 11 April, 2017, aged 46, was a founder member of the British funk and acid jazz band, Jamiroquai.
He was born 29 Oct, 1970, a son of John J (Jinx) Grafftey-Smith, by his wife the former Lucy Fletcher, and married he married Gabriella Diana Crewe-Read (b 1974), daughter of David Offley Crewe-Read (b. 1944), by his wife Lisa, and is a granddaughter of Colonel John Offley Crewe-Read who married in 1940, the Hon. Diana Mary Wroughton (b. 1920), dau of the 1st (and last) Baron Robins (who d. 1962).  Toby Grafftey-Smith is survived by his wife and three children, Anastasia, Dylan and Rose.


Lucy Rose Fitzalan Howard (b 2017)

_. Caroline E. Fitzalan Howard (nee Taylor), wife of Edward Michael Fitzalan Howard (b 1979), scion of the Dukes of Norfolk, gave birth to a daughter, Lucy Rose, 24 April, 2017, a sister for Ella and Camilla.

Edward is the son of Colonel Thomas Fitzalan Howard, of North Elmham, Norfolk, by his 1st wife the former Penelope Jan Walters (now Mrs Jeremy Jones, of Low Marishes, North Yorkshire), and Caroline is a daughter of Mr Andrew Taylor, of Binham, Norfolk, and Mrs Anne Taylor, of Foulsham, Norfolk.

Edward is a grandson of the late Maj-Gen Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard (1916-2007), and a great-nephew of the 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG (1915-2002).


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hanover/de Osma engagement

_. The engagement has been announced in April, 2017, between HRH Prince Christian Heinrich Clemens Paul Frank Peter Welf Ernst-Wilhelm Friedrich Franz of Hanover, Prince of Gt Britain & Ireland (b 1 June, 1985), second son of HRH Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Luneberg, Prince of Gt Britain & Ireland [b 26 Feb, 1954], by his first wife the former Chantal Hochuli [b 2 Jun 1955], & Alessandra de Osma (b circa 1991).

Prince Ernst August (b 1954) is a male line descendant of King George III, and is head of the Royal House of Hanover and in whom is vested the right to petition for the restoration of the Dukedom of Cumberland and Teviotdale [created in 1799, and suspended under the terms of the Titles Deprivations Act, 1917].


Stella Isabel Dinah Tollemache (b 2017)

Sophie Tollemache (nee Johnstone, b 1981), wife of the Hon Edward John Hugo Tollemache (b 12 May 1976), scion of the Barons Tollemache, gave birth to a daughter, Stella Isabel Dinah, 21 April, 2017, a sister for Ralph & Theo.

Edward Tollemache is the eldest son of the 5th Baron Tollemache (Peerage of the UK, cr 1876), and he served as a Page of Honour to HM The Queen, 1988-90.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stamp Godfrey Brooksbank 1922-2017

__. Stamp Godfrey Brooksbank, who died 13 April, 2017, aged 94, was a scion of that landed family, and was grandfather of Princess Eugenie of York's boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.

He was born 14 Apr, 1922, son of Lt-Col Edward York Brooksbank (1889-1935), by his wife the former Hazel Thomas (d 1968); married firstly, Cecilia Dorothy Coke, scion of the Earls of Leicester, by whom he had two sons, David, and George; married 2ndly, Pauline _______.

He died on the day before his 95th birthday. Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie's long-term boyfriend, is a son of George Brooksbank.


Earl of Yarmouth/Kelsey Wells

__. The engagement was announced 20 Apr, 2017, between William Francis Seymour, styled Earl of Yarmouth (b 2 Nov, 1993), elder son and heir of the 9th Marquess of Hertford (b 6 Jul 1958), of Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, by his wife the former Beatriz Karam, & Kelsey Wells, daughter of Dr Andrew Wells and Mrs Jacqui Wells, of Avonview, Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Iris Julia Trotter [born 2021]

  _.The Lady Louisa Jane Therese Trotter (nee Montagu Douglas Scott), scion of the Dukes Buccleuch & Queensberry, and wife of Rupert Trotter (b 1977), gave birth to a daughter, Iris Julia, 18 April, 2017, a sister for Molly Elizabeth Jane, born 20 August, 2012, and Robin Peter, born 21 May, 2014.

Lady Louisa (b 1982), is the eldest daughter of the 10th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry (b 14 Feb 1954), by his wife the former Lady Elizabeth Frances Marian Kerr, sister of the Marquess of Lothian; and Rupert Trotter is a son of Alexander Trotter 14th of Mortonhall and 5th of Charterhall (b 1939), of Charterhall, Duns, by his wife the former Julia Henrietta Greenwell, scion of the Greenwell Baronets, &c.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Robert Christopher John Barwick Ward 1942-2017

_. Robert Christopher John Barwick Ward, who died 10 April, 2017, aged 74, was a scion of the Earls of Dudley.

He was born 25 Aug 1942, son of Lt-Col. the Hon Roderick Ward (1902-52), by his second wife the former Valerie Maud Skelton, an actress. His parents divorced in 1947, and his mother married Sir Richard Barwick, 3rd Baronet, and on Feb 5 1952 Robert assumed the additional surname of Barwick by deed poll.

He married firstly, 2 March, 1968 (div 1974), Frances Pauline, daughter of Sq Leader Mathieu Einhorn. His former wife, in 1975, married Dr Keith Hampson, MP, and died as the result of an accident later that year; he married secondly, in 1976 (div. 1985), Laura Madeleine Sutcliffe, daughter of Henry Sutcliffe. He leaves a daughter from each marriage, Annabel (born in 1970), and Lucinda (born in 1980).

His home was at Langthorpe Manor, Langthorpe, Boroughbridge, and latterly at Baldersby, Thirsk.

A Memorial Service will be held at Ripon Cathedral, Tuesday  May 2.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld (died 2017)

.__The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld, the husband of Princess Désirée of Sweden, died, April 11, 2017. He was 82 years old.
Princess Désirée is one of the older sisters of King Carl XVI Gustav.  The couple married in June 1964 and have three children – Otto (1965), Christina-Louise (1966) and Hélène (1968) – and several grandchildren.
Princess Désirée is several times a descendant of Queen Victoria - from Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught & Strathearn and from Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany.

Jack Stirling Garvey (b 2017)

_. Rachael Atlanta Stirling (b 30 May, 1977), actress, partner of Guy Edward John Garvey (b 6 May, 1974), musician, and scion of Stirling of Keir, and descended from the Earls of Darnley, has given birth to a son, Jack Stirling Garvey.

Rachael Stirling is the daughter of Archibald Hugh Stirling of Keir (b 18 Sept, 1941), by his former wife the actress Dame Diana Rigg, DBE (b 20 July, 1938).


The Baroness Hambro (d 2017)

__. The Baroness Hambro, who died 27 March, 2017, aged 84, was the widow of the Baron Hambro, life peer, a member of the eponymous banking dynasty, who died in 2002.

She was the former Cherry Felicity Huggins, daughter of Sir John Huggins, GCMG, MC (1891-1971), Capt General and Governor in Chief of Jamaica, by his first wife the former Molly Green; married in 1976, as his second wife, Charles Eric Alexander Hambro (b 24 July, 1930), son of the late Sir Charles Hambro, KBE, MC, by his wife the former Pamela Cobbold. Her husband was created a life peer in 1994, and died in Nov 2002, aged 72.

The funeral is at Christchurch, Eldon Rd, London W8, 3 May, 2017.


Lady Herries of Terregles, DCVO 1940-2017

_. The Lady Herries of Terregles, DCVO, fifteenth holder of the Peerage of Scotland (cr 1489/90) died at her home 7 April, 2017. She was 76.

Lady Herries served Princess Alexandra the Hon Lady Ogilvy as Lady-in-Waiting for 53 years.

She was born Lady Mary Katherine Fitzalan Howard, 14 August, 1940, the second daughter of the 16th Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO, GBE (1908-75), by his wife Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk, LG (d 10 Dec 1995), daughter of the 3rd Baron Belper.

Lady Mary was appointed a Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra in 1964; appointed CVO in 1982, and advanced to DCVO in 1995.

She married in 1986, Group Capt Anthony Mumford, CVO, OBE (deceased). No issue of the marriage.

Lady Mary succeeded her elder sister, Anne, in the Lordship of Herries of Terregles, 23 Nov, 2014.

The peerage now passes to her younger sister, Jane, born  24 June, 1945, and wife since 1975 of the 13th Marquis of Lothian.

A private funeral will be followed by a Thanksgiving Service at the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel, West Sussex, 14 Aug, 2017, on what would have her 77th birthday. A memorial service is also planned for Scotland at a later date.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Margaret Annora Mary de Wend Fenton 1931-2017

_. Margaret de Went Fenton, who died 1 April, 2017, aged 85, was chatelaine of Ebberston Hall, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and a scion of the extinct Earls Beauchamp.
She was born Margaret Annora Mary Lygon in 1931, daughter of Reginald Arthur Lygon (1904-76), by his wife the former Agnes Mary Louise Bell (1903-69), and married in 1955, Michael Richard West De Wend Fenton (1927-2002), of Ebberston Hall, one of the nation's smallest country houses. She was the mother of two sons and two daughters.
The funeral service and burial takes place at St Mary's Church, Ebbertson, 10 Apr, 2017