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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Lady Gabriella Windsor marries Thomas Kingston

_. The Queen was present at the marriage which took place on Saturday 18 May, 2019, at St George's Chapel, Windsor, of Thomas Henry Robin Kingston [born 1978], son of Mr [William] Martin Kingston, QC [born 1949] by his wife the former Jill Mary Bache [born 1950], & the Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia [Ella] Windsor [born 23 April, 1981], only daughter of HRH Prince Michael of Kent [b 4 July, 1942], by his wife the former Baroness Marie-Christine Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz [b 1945].


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Leo James Glenn Coupland [born 2019]

_. Harriet Lucy Howard Coupland [nee Vernon, born 1985], wife of Matthew Peter Coupland [born 1984], gave birth to a son, Leo James Glenn, 13 April, 2019.

Matthew Coupland is a son of Mr Glenn A.G. Coupland [born 1952], of Tunbridge Wells, by his late wife Katherine.

Harriet Coupland is a daughter of Sir James Vernon, 5th Baronet [born 1949], of Holywell, Flintshire, by his wife the former Davinia Elizabeth Howard [born 1953], descended from the Viscounts Portman.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Alexander Paul Voelcker [born 2019]

_. Sophie Eila Voelcker [nee Brandram, born 23 January, 1981], wife of Humphrey Walter Voelcker (b 1980), gave birth to a son, Alexander Paul, 13 May, 2019, a brother for Maximillian Walter, who was born 4 Feb, 2018.

Humphrey Voelcker is a son of Mr Peter P. Voelcker, of Fowey, Cornwall, by his wife the former Alison Van D. Edwards.

Sophie Voelcker is a scion of the Brandram landed family, & descended from the Royal House of Greece & Denmark, elder daughter of (Richard) Paul George Andrew Brandram (b 1 Apr 1948), of London, by his former 1st wife the former Jennifer Diane Steele (b 1951, now Mrs Robert Enslow, also of London).

Sophie Brandram's paternal grandmother was HRH Princess Katherine of Greece & Denmark (1913-2007), who married Richard Campbell Brandram (1911-94) and became (by courtesy of King George VI)  'Lady Katherine Brandram'. 


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Henry Colum Crichton-Stuart 1938-2019

_. Henry Colum Crichton-Stuart, who died 10 May, 2019, aged 81, was a scion of the Marquesses of Bute; born 1 April, 1938, son of Lord Robert Crichton-Stuart [1909-76] by his wife the former Lady Janet Egida Montgomerie [1911-99] scion of the Earls of Eglinton & Montgomerie; married, 20 July, 1963 [div 1985] Patricia Margaret Norman [born 1940] [later wife of the 3rd Baron Kindersley 1929-2013], daughter of Brigadier Hugh Ronald Norman, DSO [1905-79], by whom he had a son and three daughters.

He was a grandson of the 4th Marquess of Bute [1881-1947].


Elsie Violet Baring [nee Redding] 1923-2019

_. Elsie Violet Baring, who died 10 May, 2019, her 96th birthday, was the widow of Francis William Baring [1920-2008], a member of the eponymous banking dynasty, scion of the Baring baronets.

She served in World War II as an officer in the WRNS.

She was born 10 May, 1923, as Elsie Violet Redding, daughter of William Charles Redding, and married Francis 'Fro' Baring, 19 May, 1967.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Iona Clare Beatrice Stourton [born 2019]

_. Natasha Claudia Stourton [born 1982] wife of Ivo James Benedict Stourton [born 1982] scion of the Barons Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton, gave birth to a daughter Iona Clare Beatrice, 9 May, 2019, a sister for Freya.

Ivo Stourton is a son of the broadcaster Edward Stourton [born 1957] by his first wife the former Margaret McEwen [born 1959] scion of the McEwen baronets.

Natasha Stourton is a daughter of Edward Channing Owen [born 1950] by his wife the former Alexandra A. Bazany.


Thursday, May 09, 2019

Phillips/Pelly engagement

_. The engagement was announced 9 May, 2019, between Andrew J Phillips, son of Mrs Rowland Clegg and step son of Mr Rowland Clegg, of Gloucester, and Serena Rose Pelly [born 17 Oct, 1989], scion of the Pelly baronets, daughter of [John] Henry Patrick Fuller Pelly [born 27 Sept, 1953] of Fordcombe, Kent, by his wife the former Susan Elizabeth Briggs.


Charles Louis Howell Shakerley [born 2019]

_. Valerie Shakerley [nee Genix], wife of Alistair Justin Charles Shakerley [born 2 April, 1972], scion of the Shakerley baronets, gave birth to a son, Charles Louis Howell Shakerley, 8 May, 2019.


Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Lady Jane Howard 1934-2019

_. The Lady Jane Mary Howard, who died 6 May, 2019, aged 85, was a scion of the Earls Waldegrave, and descended from the Stuart kings and from the Earls Spencer.

Lady Jane was born 25 January, 1934, second daughter of the 12th Earl Waldegrave [1905-95] by his wife the former Mary Hermione Grenfell [1909-95], and was a sister of Lady Susan Hussey, long serving Lady in Waiting to the Queen.

 She m 1stly 20 Feb 1954 (div 1977) as his 1st wife the 4th Baron Strathcona & Mount Royal (1923-2018), by whom she had two sons and four daughters; married secondly, 22 Sept, 1977 [div 1979] Duncan McIntosh, OBE, AFC. Following her second divorce she reverted to using her first husband's surname.

Lady Jane's elder son is the 5th Baron Strathcona & Mount Royal.


Byron/Gómez Martínez engagement

__, The engagement was announced 7 May, 2019 between the Hon Charles Richard Gordon Byron [born 28 July, 1990], son and heir of the 13th Baron Byron [born 5 April, 1950], of Bartley, Hampshire, by his wife the former Robyn Margaret McLean, and Senora Maria del Mar Gómez Martínez, youngest daughter of Señor Adolfo Luis Gómez and Señora Carmen Ana Martínez, of Puerto Rico.


Monday, May 06, 2019

The birth of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor

_. Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex (nee [Rachel] Meghan Markle, born 4 Aug, 1981), wife of HRH The Duke of Sussex, KCVO (born 15 Sept, 1984), gave birth to a son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, at the Portland Hospital, London, 6 May, 2019.

Archie is the fourth grandchild of the Prince of Wales, and follows his grandfather, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and his father, in line of succession to the throne. His birth pushes the Duke of York to eighth position.

As a great-grandchild of the Sovereign in the male line Archie was not born a Royal Highness or a Prince. That rank is reserved for the children and male line grandchildren.

In a complete break with tradition and with the laws governing peerages, and the children of peers, it has been announced that the infant will not use a courtesy title associated with the Dukedom of Sussex.

It was expected that Archie would be styled as Earl of Dumbarton, which is Prince Harry's earldom, created with the Dukedom of Sussex and Barony of Kilkeel in May, 2018.

A Palace statement announced that no courtesy titles would be borne by the seventh in line to the throne, and that he will be known as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

It will be interesting to see how the College of Arms handles the case of 'Master' Mountbatten-Windsor. The eldest son of a duke by custom uses one of his father's peerages as a 'courtesy' title, but like his younger brothers he is also 'Lord' [Christian name] Surname, and was born so, and will be recorded as such at the College of Arms.

In cases where a person succeeds to a peerage from a cousin or relation other than a parent then the siblings of that new peer do not automatically assume courtesy titles, and apply to the Crown to be so granted. Claims are reviewed and when approved the Crown Office issues the following:

'Her Majesty has been graciously pleased by Warrant under her Royal Signet and Sign Manual bearing the date …. to ordain and declare that …..(name of person seeking courtesy title) .. shall henceforth have, hold and enjoy the same title, rank, place, pre-eminence and precedence as the children of a ….Duke/Marquess/Earl/Viscount/Baron... as would have been due to them had their father … (his name)… succeeded to the title and dignity of Duke of …….and to command that the said Royal Concession and Declaration be recorded in Her Majesty's College of Arms.'

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, being born the son of Duke, was born Lord Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor as a legal entity. The 'courtesy' title Earl of Dumbarton may have been declared withheld or not to be used, but on legal documents will the Queen's latest great-grandchild be named as Lord Archie? My mole in the College of Arms certainly thinks so.

The Queen, Head of the Royal House of Windsor, declared by Letters Patent in 1960 that her male line descendants who were not Royal Highnesses or princes or princesses would have the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, to complement her husband, Prince Philip, who had assumed the surname of Mountbatten when he was naturalized a British subject in 1947.

Harry and Meghan's children now share this surname with the children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who do not use the royal style and title of HRH.

The decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to deny their son a courtesy title is I think unique in the annals of the peerage.

Several peers, or relatives of peers with courtesy titles, do decide not to be so styled. And of course peerages can be disclaimed, within a time limit, under the terms of the Peerages Act 1963. Peers in the Peerage of Ireland and baronets cannot disclaim under the terms of the act.

But how many peers announce that their offspring will not enjoy the courtesy titles associated with their peerages?

Under the terms of the Letters Patent creating Harry's dukedom, on 19 May, 2018, the descent of the title is vested in his heirs male 'lawfully begotten'. Archie is destined, should he survive his father, to succeed as 2nd Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

Young Archie has a kinsman of the same name. The Duke of Sussex's cousin, the Hon Hugh Roche, and his wife Pippa, have a son Archie Edmund, 11.


Michael Anson 1937-2019

_. Michael Anson, who died 5 May, 2019, on his 82nd birthday, was a scion of the Earls of Lichfield, and a Page of Honour to King George VI and to Queen Elizabeth II.

He was born 5 May, 1937, son of Major Hugo Edward Anson [1908-91], by his wife the former Elizabeth Campbell [who died 1997], daughter of Capt Sir Harold Campbell, KCVO [1888-1969], private secretary to the Duke of York [afterwards King George VI] 1933-36, Deputy Comptroller and Equerry, 1936; Extra Equerry to Queen Elizabeth II 1954-69, Groom of the Robes to George VI, 1937-52, and to the Queen 1952-54.

His paternal grandfather, the Hon Claud Anson [1864-1947] married Lady Clodagh Beresford [1879-1957], daughter of the 5th Marquess of Waterford; and his great-grandfather was the 2nd Earl of Lichfield [1825-92].

Michael Anson served as a Page of Honour to King George VI, 1950-52, and to Queen Elizabeth II, 1952-53.

He married 10 Aug 1963, Claire Elizabeth Seymour Morris, daughter of Lieut-Col Frederick Arthur Morris, by whom he had issue, three daughters, Alexandra, Josephine and Catherine.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Northleach, 23 May, 2019.


Sunday, May 05, 2019

Thomas Edward Brodie Sopwith 1932-2019

Thomas Edward Brodie "Tommy" Sopwith, who died at Basingstoke, 4 May, 2019, aged 86, was the son of aviation pioneer Sir Thomas Sopwith (1888-1989) (the creator of Hawker Siddeley).

He was born 15 November, 1932, son of Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith, CBE, by his second wife the former Phyllis Brodie, and was educated at Stowe. His father's first wife had been Beatrice Hore-Ruthven, a daughter of Lord Ruthven of Gowrie.

Tommy was the classic 1960s eligible bachelor: guards officer, offshore power boat and saloon car champion. He founded a Brighton based car distributorship named after his father’s America’s Cup J-Class yacht “Endeavour”. This was also the name used for his helicopter owning company: Endeavour Aviation.
In the 1980’s he was a partner in European Helicopters of Denham that was co-founded with ex McAlpine Heli’s MD Robin Keith, and Lynton Group.
The company was formed to carry out corporate helicopter rebuilding, maintenance, sales and consultancy but there was some controversy when it sought to win the Aerospatiale helicopter distributorship away from McAlpine Helicopters Ltd. McAlpine sued and won damages and an injunction preventing European Helicopters from approaching Aerospatiale. In August 1990 Lynton Group acquired remaining 60% of EHL's equity from the other partners. European was later absorbed into Premiair along with McAlpine’s businesses not associated with the Eurocopter sales business.
His first wife was killed in the crash of Bell 47G G-BBVP on 20 March, 1975 . His second marriage was to former Olympic skier Gina Hawthorn. He leaves two children, Sam and Bean.


Saturday, May 04, 2019

Sir Peter Cazalet 1929-2019

_. Sir Peter Cazelet, who died 3 May, 2019, aged 90, was chairman of Seascope Shipping Holdings, 2000-2001 [Director 1997-2000]; born Peter Grenville Cazalet, 26 Feb,1929, son of Vice-Admiral Sir Peter Cazalet, KBE, CB, DSO, DSC; married 1957, Jane Jennifer Rew; 3 sons.

Cr Knight Bachelor, 1989.


Friday, May 03, 2019

Greville Adrian Cavendish 1925-2019

_. Greville Adrian Cavendish, who died 2 May, 2019, aged 93, was a scion of the Barons Chesham, and descended from the Dukes of Devonshire. He was born 22 December, 1925, son of Capt Evan George Charles Cavendish [1891-1955], by his wife the former Esme Frances Sylvia Smyth [1901-59], descended from the Barons Boston; he married 1stly, 9 Aug, 1952 [div 1974], Hazel Colleen Elizabeth May [she died 21 March, 2016]; married 2ndly, 1974, Gillian Webb [who died 10 Feb, 2018]. He leaves three children from his first marriage, two sons, Rupert and Piers, and a daughter, Kiloran.

A memorial service takes place at Sutton Montis Church, Friday 7 June, 2019.


A new playmate for George and Charlotte

_. Annabel Waley-Cohen [nee Ballin], wife of Sam Bernard Waley-Cohen (b 15 Apr 1982), scion of the Waley-Cohen Baronets (Bt UK, cr 1961), gave birth to a son, Alexander Samuel Bernard [Xander], 2 May, 2019, a brother for Maximilian Bertie Thomas, who was born 10 March, 2013, and for Scarlett Ophelia Grace, who was born 1 September, 2015.

Sam, the jockey, friend of the young royals, is a son of Robert Bernard Waley-Cohen (b 1948) by his wife the Hon Felicity Samuel, dau of the 3rd Viscount Bearsted & Annabel is a daughter of Bertie Ballin and his wife Serena.

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Waley-Cohen's marriage in June 2011.


Thursday, May 02, 2019

The Dowager Countess of Harrowby [died 2019]

_. The Dowager Countess of Harrowby, who died 1 May, 2019, was the second wife, and widow, of the 7th Earl of Harrowby [1922-2007].

She was Janet Mary Pierrette 'Janie' Stott, daughter of Alan Edward Stott 1910-90], by his wife the former Margarite Matie Maye Knowles [1911-57]; married firstly 1967, Gervase W.A. Boote, and had a son and two daughters; married secondly, 1990, Christopher B. Ellis; married thirdly 2003, as his second wife, Dudley Danvers Granville Coutts Ryder, 7th Earl of Harrowby. He died 9 Oct, 2007, aged 84.


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Amara Jessica Talia Rodgers [born 2019]

_. Phoebe Victoria Rodgers [nee Dickinson, born 1984] wife of Luke Jonathan Rodgers [born Dec 1985] gave birth to a daughter, Amara Jessica Talia, 29 April, 2019, a sister for Indigo Octavia Elizabeth, who was born in 2016.

Luke Rodgers is a son of the British actor Anthony (Anton) Rodgers (1933-2007) and his 2nd wife the British actress Elizabeth Garvie (b 1957). He married in 2013 Phoebe Victoria, daughter of Simon Clervaux Dickinson (b 1948, scion of the CHAYTOR Bts of Croft, Yorks), & his 2nd wife the Hon Jessica Rosetta Mancroft (born  1954) daughter of 2nd Baron Mancroft. 


George Peter Daniel Crisp 1993-2019

_.George Peter Daniel Crisp, who died suddenly on 19 April, 2019, aged 25, was the only son and heir of Sir John Crisp, 5th Baronet [born 1955], by his wife the former Mary MacAuley.

George Crisp was born 17 September, 1993. 

 The Funeral will take place at Jesus Christ The Redeemer Of Mankind Church, Ewhurst Road, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 7AQ at 12 noon on Monday 13th May 2019. 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Baroness Lockwood 1924-2019

_. The Baroness Lockwood, Labour life peer, sometime chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission, died 29 April, 2019. She was 95.

Betty Lockwood was born 22 January, 1924, daughter of Arthur and Edith Lockwood, of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.

She was created a life peer in 1978, as Baroness Lockwood, of Dewsbury, in the County of West Yorkshire; she chaired the Equal Opportunities Commission, 1975-83; was President of Birkbeck College, London, 1983-89; and was appointed a deputy Speaker of the House of Lords in 1989.

Betty Lockwood married in 1978, Lieutenant-Colonel Cedric Hall, who died in 1988.


Archie Thomas Brocklebank 1999-2019

_. Archie Thomas Brocklebank, 19 year-old son of Sir Aubrey Brocklebank, 6th Baronet, died 28 April, 2019.

He was born 19 August, 1999, son of Sir Aubrey, and his wife Lady Brocklebank [nee Hazel Catherine Roden].


Lady Linda Denise Vane Percy 1948-2019

_. The Lady Linda Vane Percy, who died 19 April, 2019, aged 70, was a member of the Grosvenor family, headed by the Croesus-rich Duke of Westminster.

Lady Linda was chatelsine of the 18th century Island Hall, in Godmanchester, ancestral seat of her husband.

She was born the Hon Linda Denise Grosvenor, 29 June, 1948, second daughter of Robert Egerton Grosvenor, 5th Baron Ebury [1914-57], by his second wife the Hon Denise Margaret Yarde-Buller [1916-2005], a daughter of the 3rd Baron Churston.

Her elder half-brother, the 6th Baron Ebury [born 1934], succeeded his fourth cousin, in 1999, as the Earl of Wilton, and she was later raised to the rank and precedence of the daughter of an Earl.

She married, 17 May, 1973, Christopher Vane Percy, by whom she had issue.

The funeral takes place at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester, 7 May, 2019.


Monday, April 29, 2019

Duchess of Cambridge receives wedding anniversary gift from Queen

The honour is in the Queen’s personal gift and has in the past been awarded to members of the royal family. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was a GCVO, as was Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and her husband, the late Earl of Snowdon. The Duchess of Cornwall received the honour after seven years of marriage.

The Duchesses of Gloucester and Kent and the Countess of Wessex were similarly honoured by Her Majesty.

Of her male relations the GCVO is held by the Dukes of Gloucester and Kent and Prince Michael of Kent. The Duke of Edinburgh was admitted to the Order only recently. The Duke of Sussex is KCVO, a notch down in the Order.

The Duke of Cambridge, a Knight of the Garter, has yet to be admitted.

Neither the Prince of Wales or the late Diana, Princess of Wales were members of the Victorian Order.

When the Duke of Cambridge eventually ascends the throne he will most likely follow recent royal tradition and install Catherine as a Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter.

King Edward VII gave the Garter to Queen Alexandra, and in 1910 George V bestowed the honour on Queen Mary. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was made a Lady of the Garter when her husband King George VI succeeded his brother in 1936.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Sir Nigel Seely, 5th Baronet 1923-2019

_. Sir Nigel Seely, 5th Baronet, died 25 April, 2019. He was 95.

Sir Nigel worked for Dorland International.

Nigel Edward Seely was born 28 July, 1923, son of Sir Victor Seely, 4th Baronet [1900-80] by his first wife the former Sybil Gibbons [later Lady Paget of Northampton, died 1994]; educated at Stowe; succeeded to the baronetcy on his father’s death, 10 May, 1980; married firstly, 1949, Loraine Lindley-Travis, by whom he had three daughters; married secondly, Trudi Pacter.

Sir Nigel is survived by his second wife and his daughters.

The funeral takes place at St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens, 8 May, 2019.


Wilson/Parker engagement

he engagement was announced 27 April, 2019, between Captain Alexander James Kirkland Wilson [born 1991], Grenadier Guards, descended from the Earls of Longford, son of Mr and Mrs Henry Wilson, of Penley, Wrexham, and the Lady Helena Georgia Parker [born 1991] third and youngest daughter of the 7th Earl of Morley [born 22 Aug 1956], and the Countess of Morley [nee Carolyn McVicar].


Phoebe Polly Elsie Sherwin [born 2019]

_. Amelia Christiana Mary Sherwin [nee Rhodes, born 7 January, 1990], wife of Mark Sherwin, and descended from the Towneleys of Towneley Hall, gave birth to a daughter, Phoebe Polly Elsie, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, 27 April, 2019, a sister for Sebastian and Oscar.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Baring/Stanczyk engagement

The engagement was announced 24 April, 2019, between Esmond Oliver Mark Baring [born 1978], scion of the Barons Ashburton, younger son of Mr Oliver Alexander Guy Baring [born 1944], of Madrid, Spain, and Mrs Veronica Baring [nee Henderson, of Cawdor, Scotland, scion of the Barons Faringdon, and Dorota Stanczyk, daughter of Mr and Mrs Miroslaw Stanczyk, of Polanica Zdroj, Poland.


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Simon Murray Wells [died 2019]

_. Simon Murray Wells died 19 April, 2019. Father of Jamie Murray Wells, the business entrepreneur,  friend of the young royals.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hiscox/Toler engagement

_.The engagement was announced 17 April, 2019, between Henry Charles Hiscox [born 1989] second son of Robert Ralph Scrymgeour Hiscox, of Rainscombe Park, Marlborough, Wiltshire, by his wife the former Lady Julia Elizabeth Meade [born 1953] scion of the Earls of Clanwilliam, & Arabella K. Toler, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Hugh Toler [born 1953] of Kelvedon, Essex, descended from the Dukes of Northumberland, via the Heber-Percy family, and Mrs Toler.

Henry Hiscox is a grandson maternally of the 7th Earl of Clanwilliam.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Ottilie India Rose Houssemayne du Boulay [born 2019]

. The Lady Rose Margaret Houssemayne du Boulay (b 1982), scion of the Earls Alexander of Tunis, and wife of James Houssemayne du Boulay, of that landed family, gave birth to a daughter, Ottilie India Rose, 12 April, 2019, a sister for Wilfred Alexander Leofric, who was  born 4 November, 2017.

Lady Rose Houssemayne du Boulay, is a goddaughter of the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, and is the elder daughter of the 2nd Earl Alexander of Tunis (b 30 June, 1935), by his second wife, the former Hon Davina Mary Woodhouse, LVO, sometime Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Margaret.

James Houssemayne du Boulay is the son of Mr Robin Houssemayne du Boulay, by his former wife the former Tanya Theresa Judge (now Lady Lowson, wife since 1979 of Sir Ian Lowson, 2nd Baronet).


Friday, April 12, 2019

Jean, Countess of Carnarvon [1935-2019]

_.Jean, Countess of Carnarvon, who died 11 April, 2019, aged 83, was the widow of ‘Porchy’ the 7th Earl of Carnarvon KBE KCVO [1924-2001], the great friend of Queen Elizabeth II, for many years Her Majesty's racing manager.

She was chatelaine of the magnificent Highclere, the family seat made famous as TV’s Downton Abbey.

She was born in the United States, 29 April, 1935, as Jean Margaret [Jeannie] Wallop, scion of the Earls of Portsmouth, elder daughter of the Hon Oliver Wallop, who made his home in Wyoming, by his American-born wife Jean, daughter of Edward Small Moore, of New York.

She married in New York, 7 January, 1956, Henry George Reginald Molyneux Herbert, then styled Lord Porchester, member of the Queen’s inner circle, and later her racing manager. Her husband succeeded his father as 7th Earl of Carnarvon in 1987, was appointed KBE [1976], and KCVO [1982]; and he died suddenly, 11 September, 2001, the day of the attack on the Twin Towers. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended his funeral at Highclere.

The Dowager Countess of Carnarvon leaves two sons, George, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, and the Hon Harry Herbert, a sometime squeeze of the young Lady Diana Spencer; and a daughter, Lady Carolyn, wife of the Queen’s current racing manager, John Frederick Rufus Warren.

Her Majesty The Queen attended the funeral which took place at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Highclere, 25 April, 2019.


Una-Mary Parker 1930-2019

_. Una-Mary Parker, the British novelist & journalist, died 11 April, 2019, aged 89. She was the former wife Archibald Henry Parker [1928-94], a cousin of Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles, former husband of the Duchess of Cornwall.

She worked as a journalist on the Daily Mail and London Evening Standard, and was for ten years the social editor of Tatler. She was later a successful novelist.

She was born 30 March, 1930, as Una-Mary Nepean-Gubbins, daughter of Hugh Power Nepean-Gubbins, of Rumbling Bridge Cottage, Dunkeld, Perthsire, and married in 1951 [div 1979] Archie Parker, royal photographer, a scion of the Earls of Macclesfield.

Una Mary Parker leaves a son, Philip, and a daughter, Una-Mary Diana Hobart.


Felix Guy Laurence Horner [born 2019]

_.  The Lady Sarah Horner [nee Villiers] wife of Mr Guy Horner, and scion of the Earls of Clarendon, gave birth to a son, Felix Guy Laurence, 11 April, 2019.

 Guy Horner is the youngest son of Mr and Mrs G. M. Horner, of Bishops Itchington, Warwickshire, and Lady Sarah Katherine Jane Horner [born 1977] is a daughter of the 7th Earl of Clarendon [1933-2009] by his wife the former Jane Diana Dawson.

Lady Sarah is a sister of the current 8th Earl of Clarendon.


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dagny Mary MacLean Holland-Martin [died 2019]

_. Dagny Mary MacLean Holland-Martin, who died 10 April, 2019, aged 94, was the wife of Edward Holland-Martin [1900-81], head of a landed gentry family.

She was chatelaine of Overbury Court, a magnificent house, in Gloucestershire, on an estate which includes several villages, in the possession of the Martin family since the days of King George I.

She was a daughter of Major John MacLean Grant and Mrs Horace Webber, and married 28 December, 1955, Edward Holland-Martin, an old Etonian, of Overbury Court, Tewkesbury, son of Robert Holland-Martin, CB. The Martin family were wealthy bankers, founders of the eponymous bank [later merged with Barclays].

Her husband was one of six brothers. The youngest, Christopher Holland-Martin MP, married Lady Anne Cavendish, daughter of the 9th Duke of Devonshire.

Edward [Ruby] Holland-Martin, her husband was a successful steeplechase jockey, but suffered a serious fall in 1952. With his brother he founded the Overbury Stud, and bred a Derby winner, Grundy. Mr Holland-Martin was a governor of the Bank of England.

Mrs Holland-Martin leaves a daughter, Penelope Jane, now Lady Bossom, who was born in 1960.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Alexander James Ash [born 2019]

_. Amanda Claire Ash [born 1984, nee Maitland-Makgill-Crichton] wife of William Ash, gave birth to a son, Alexander James, 9 April, 2019, in the Netherlands, a brother for Annabel Emilia, who was born 29 March, 2017.

Amanda Ash is a scion of the Earls of Lauderdale, a daughter of Maj David Edward Maitland-Makgill-Crichton [b 1952], by his wife the former Sheena Anne Callander [born 1954].


Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Sir Alexander Reid, 3rd Baronet 1932-2019

_. Sir Alexander Reid, 3rd Baronet, former director of Ellon Castle Estates, and Chairman, Clan Donnachaidh Society, died 8 April, 2019. He was 86.

Sir Alexander served as High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, 1987-88, and was a deputy lieutenant of the county.

Alexander James Reid was born 6 December, 1932, son of Sir Edward Reid, 2nd Baronet, KBE, by his wife Tatiana [died 1992], daughter of Colonel Alexander Fenoult, formerly of the Russian Imperial Guard. He succeeded to the baronetcy upon his father’s death, 1972.

His grandfather, James Reid, was Physician in Ordinary to Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and to King George V, and created a baronet in Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee year. He married Queen Victoria’s Maid of Honour, the Hon Susan Baring, a great-great aunt of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Alexander Reid married 15 Oct, 1955, Michaela Ann, daughter of Olaf Kier, CBE, of Cokenach, Royston, Hertfordshire, by whom he had a son, and three daughters.

The baronetcy now passes to his son, Charles Edward James Reid, who was born 24 June, 1956.


Monday, April 08, 2019

Hon Gillian Doreen Marler 1934-2019

_. The Hon Gillian Doreen Marler, wo died 7 April, 2019, was the wife of the Sussex county cricketer Robin Marler, and daughter of the Baron Taylor of Hadfield [1905-95].

She was born in 1934 a daughter of the then Frank Taylor, by his wife the former Evelyn Woodrow. Her father, millionaire founder of the construction company Taylor Woodrow, was created a life peer in 1983 as Baron Taylor of Hadfield.

She married firstly  in 1955, Simon Edward Anthony Kimmins, the Kent County cricketer, son of the playwright Anthony Kimmins, by whom she had four children; married secondly, 1980, Robin Geoffrey Marler (born 1931), the Sussex county cricketer, and sporting journalist.


Sir Simeon Bull, 4th Baronet [1934-2019]

_. Sir Simeon Bull, 4th Baronet [cr 1922, of Hammersmith], sometime senior partner in the legal firm of Bull & Bull, died 7 April, 2019. He was 84.

Simeon George Bull was born 1 August, 1934, son of Sir George Bull, 3rd Baronet, by his wife the former Gabrielle Jackson; succeeded to the baronetcy on his father’s death, 1986; married 1961, Annick Elizabeth Renee Genevieve [died 2000], daughter of Louis Bresson, of Chandai, France; one son, two daughters.

Sir Simeon is succeeded by his only son, Stephen Louis Bull, who was born 5 April, 1966.


Saturday, April 06, 2019

Michael Robert Fearon Gunningham [died 2019]

_. Michael Robert Fearon Gunningham, who died at Hastings, 5 April, 2019, aged 94, was briefly an uncle [by marriage] of Diana, Princess of Wales.

He married in 1981 [div 1989] as her third husband, the Hon Mary Cynthia Burke Roche [born 1934], elder sister of the Hon Mrs Frances Shand Kydd, and daughter of the 4th Baron Fermoy [1885-1955], by his wife Ruth, Baroness Fermoy, DCVO, OBE [nee Gill, 1908-93].


Spink/Murray engagement

_. The engagement was announced 6 April, 2019 between Capt Barnaby Frederick J Spink (born 1992), son of Mr & Mrs Jonathan Spink, of Kimbolton, & the Lady Iona Margaret Sophia Murray (born 13 March, 1992), daughter of the 8th (and ninth) Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield (born 1956) of Scone Palace, Perthshire, and the Countess of Mansfield (nee Sophia Mary Veronica Ashbrooke (born 1959).



Thursday, April 04, 2019

Sir Iain Fraser, 3rd Baronet 1951-2019

__. Sir Iain Fraser, 3rd Baronet, who died 3 April, 2019, aged 67, was owner of The Elephant House chain of cafe/bistros in Edinburgh [since 1994]; born Iain Michael Duncan Fraser, 27 June, 1951, elder son of Sir James Fraser, 2nd Bt, by his wife the former Edith Maureen Reay; succeeded to the baronetcy, of Tain, County Ross, cr in 1943, on the death of his father, 1997.

Married 1981 [div 1990] Sherylle Ann Gillespie, of Wellington, NZ; married 2ndly, 2004, Mrs Anne Ferguson [nee Sim].

Was sales manager, Edinburgh & Hong Kong Ben Line Containers Ltd 1974-80; international traffic manager, Asia, Amerex International, 1980-84; sales marketing management, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York & San Francisco, American President Lines, 1984-94, etc.

It was at the Elephant House cafe where JK Rowling penned her first Harry Potter book.

He leaves a son and daughter from his first marriage. The baronetcy is now inherited by his only son, Benjamin James Fraser, who was born 6 April, 1986.



Otis Robert Rhodes Overton [born 2019]

_. Clementine Nora Levinyer Rhodes [born 18 July, 1986] fiancé of Thomas Paul Overton [born 11 November, 1983], gave birth to a son, Otis Robert Rhodes, 4 April, 2019, a brother for Henry, Octavia, and Spike.


Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Myee Miranda Hyde Villiers 1935-2019

__. Myee Miranda Hyde Villiers, who has died aged 83, was a scion of the Keppel Earls of Albemarle, and a kinswoman of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

She was born Myee Miranda McKenna, 10 August, 1935, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel David McKenna (1911-2003) who was a son of a World War I Chancellor of the Exchequer, Reginald McKenna (1863-1943). Myee’s mother was Lady Cecilia Elizabeth Keppel (1910-2003), a daughter of the 9th Earl of Albemarle (1882-1979), by his wife the former Lady Judith Wynn-Carington (1889-1928), daughter of the 1st and last Marquess of Lincolnshire.

She married 19 July, 1958, Dr John Francis Hyde Villiers (b 1936), scion of the Earls of Clarendon, by whom she had issue, a son, Daniel, and three daughters, Cecilia, Aniela and Susanna.

The Requiem Mass takes place at St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, Norfolk, 12 April, 2019.


Monday, April 01, 2019

Vicomtesse Ines della Faille [died 2019]

_. Vicomtesse Ines Dolores Jeanne della Faille, died 31 March, 2019, aged 80.

She was a daughter of Gerard Walravens, of Brussels, sometime Belgian ambassador to Turkey, and married firstly, 1958 [div] the Hon Ben Charles Wilson, who in 1974 succeeded as 4th Baron Nunburnholme [1928-1999], and married secondly _____.

She leaves four daughters from her marriage to Lord Nunburnholme, Lorraine, Tatiana, Ysabelle and Ines.


Bellasi/Aitken marriage

_. The marriage took place in London, 29 March, 2019, between Mr Francesco Bellasi, & the Hon Charlotte Susanna Aitken [born 15 February, 1982], daughter of the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook [born 29 Dec, 1951], by his wife the former Susan Angela More O’Ferrall [descended from the Mather Jackson baronets].

It is Charlotte’s second marriage. Her first marriage, 22 July, 2011, which ended in divorce in 2012, was to Charles Robert George Innes-Ker, styled Marquis of Bowmont and Cessford [born 18 February, 1981], elder son and heir of the 10th Duke of Roxburghe [b 1954], of Floors Castle, Kelso, by his first wife the former Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor [ now Lady Jane Dawnay], scion of the Dukes of Westminster.


Hon Mary Selina Bayliss CVO 1940-2019

_. The Hon Mrs Mary Bayliss, CVO, who died 30 March, 2019, was a former Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire.

The Hon Mary Bayliss served the county of Berkshire as Lord Lieutenant from 2008-2015, and was appointed CVO for her services as the Queen’s representative there.

She was born Mary Selina Bridgeman, 14 January, 1940, third and youngest daughter of the 2nd Viscount Bridgeman, KBE, CB, DSO, MC [1896-1982], of Leigh Manor, Minsterley, Salop, by his wife the former Hon Mary Kathleen Lane-Fox [1905-81], daughter of the 1st and last Baron Bingley.

She married 14 July, 1962, Jeremy David Bagot Bayliss [born 1937], by whom she had three sons, Jonathan, Richard & Patrick.


Sunday, March 31, 2019

Cecilia Leontine Mary McEwen (Princess Weikersheim) 1937-2019

_. Cecilia Leontine Mary McEwen (Princess Weikersheim), German aristocrat, died 30 March, 2019. She was 81.

She was born in London, 28 October, 1937, Cecilia Gräfin von Weikersheim
daughter of Franz Maria Joseph Antonius Benedicta, Fürst von Weikersheim (1904-83) by his wife Princess Irma zu Windisch-Graetz (1913-84), a cousin of Princess Michael of Kent.

She married in London, 30 June, 1960, Alexander Dundas McEwen (1935-2008), Scottish folk pioneer, art dealer, 6th Laird of Bardochat, scion of the McEwen baronets, by whom she had two sons, Alexander & Hugo, and a daughter, Sophia.

Her husband died 6 Dec, 2008.

The funeral takes place at the Sacred Hearts Church Jesus & Mary, Girvan, 16 April, 2019.


Saturday, March 30, 2019

George Alexander Copson MacLeod (born 2019)

_. Elena Mary Nadezhda MacLeod (born 1977) scion of the MacLeods of Macleod, wife of Mark Copson, gave birth to a son, George Alexander Copson MacLeod, 17 March, 2019.

Mark Copson is a son of Maj Paul Copson, MBE, & Mrs Mabel Copson, and Elena is a daughter of John MacLeod, The MacLeod of MacLeod, 29th Chief of the Clan MacLeod (1935-2007) by his wife Melita Kolin.

Elena’s father, originally a Wolrige-Gordon by birth, but grandson of Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod, DBE, of Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, was recognised in the surname of MacLeod of MacLeod in 1951. He succeeded his grandmother in 1976.