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.

Edward George Francis Engleheart [born 2019]

_. Rowena Engleheart (nee Mackay), wife of John F. Engleheart, gave birth to a son, Edward George Francis, 29 March, 2019, a brother for Henry and Georgiana.

John Engleheart is a  son of Mr and Mrs Henry Engleheart, of Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk, and Rowena is a daughter of Dr and Mrs Bruce Mackay, of Kings Mills, Guernsey

John Francis (b 1981, reg December, Lambeth London) s of Henry Francis Arnold ENGLEHEART (b 1931), head of the gentry family of that name of Stoke Priory, and Victoria (b 1941) d of Maj Ian Maitland PELHAM BURN (1898-1985), scion of that gentry family formerly of Adstock, and of the ORR EWING Bts, and Helen Pamela d of Sir Frederick Terry ROWLATT KBE (1865-1950).


Friday, March 29, 2019

Angus William James Malcolm [born 2019]

_. Fiona Louise Malcolm [nee Heggie, born 1985] wife of Edward Alexander Humpherus Malcolm [born 1984] scion of the Malcolm baronets, gave birth to a son, Angus William James, 28 March, 2019.

Edward Malcolm is the son and heir of Sir Alexander James Elton Malcolm 13th Baronet [born 1956], by his wife the former Virginia Elizabeth Coxon.


Diana Mourne Feilding (died 2019)

_.Diana Mourne Feilding, who died 28 March, 2019, was the wife of Peter Rudolf Feilding, scion of the Earls of Denbigh & Desmond.

She was daughter of C C Cox, TD of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. She married in 1968 Peter Rudolph Feilding (b 1941) son of Capt Hon Basil Egerton Feilding (1916-70), scion of the DENBIGH & DESMOND earls, and Rosemary EARDLEY-WILMOT (1920-2009), scion of the Bts of that name, and had a son and a dau.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Jessica Primrose Berens 1959-2019

_. Jessica Berens, who died 27 March, 2019, aged 59, was a journalist, descended from the Barons Churston, and was a cousin of His Highness the Aga Khan.

Jessica Berens was writer-in-residence at Dartmoor Prison.

She was born in 1959, a daughter of Richard Wilfred Beavoir Berens, journalist, sometime editor of the William Hickey column on the Daily Express, by his wife, the Hon Nicole [known as Araminta] Yarde-Buller [born 1936].

Her maternal grandfather, the fourth Baron Churston [1910-91] bore one of the Golden Spurs at the Coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

Her aunts include Joan, wife successively of Loel Guinness, the Aly Khan, and the 2nd Viscount Camrose; Denise, wife of the 5th Baron Ebury; & Lydia, Duchess of Bedford, sometime wife of the 13th Duke.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Denaro/Kuhnke engagement

_. The engagement was announced 27 March, 2019, between George Tancred Roney Denaro, younger son of Major-General Arthur George Denaro, CBE (born 23 March, 1948)  by his wife the former Margaret Roney Acworth & Kristina Louise Kuhnke, only daughter of Mr & Mrs Karl Kuhnke, of Hergswil, Switzerland.

Maj-Gen Denaro is an Extra Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales, sometime chairman, Prince’s Trust Volunteers, and commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst.


Palmer/Prud’homme engagement

_. The engagement was announced 27 March, 2019, between the Hon George Gordon Nottage Palmer (born 17 Nov, 1985), second son of the 4th Baron Palmer (born 8 Oct, 1951), of Duns, Berwickshire, by his former wife the former Cornelia Dorothy Katharine Wadham, also of Berwickshire, and Laura Elisabeth Marie Prud’homme, daughter of M and Mme Bruno Martin-Prud’homme, of Blanzaguet-Saint-Cybard, France.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Wilkins/Fitzgerald engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Eric Arthur Wilkins (born 1987), youngest son of Barry Wilkins (born 1957),  by his wife the former Helen Slyomovics, & Atalanta Rose Fitzgerald (born 1992), younger daughter of Edward Hamilton Fitzgerald CBE, QC (born 1953), by his wife the former Rebecca Rose Fraser (born 1957) scion of the Lords Lovat, daughter of the Rt Hon Sir Hugh Fraser, MBE (1918-84), by his wife the writer Lady Antonia Pakenham (born 1933), daughter of the 7th Earl of Longford, KG, PC (1905-2001).


Monday, March 25, 2019

The alleged dispute between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Marchioness of Cholmondeley: some background information

_. The Press report rumours of a rift between the Duchess of Cambridge and her Norfolk neighbour the Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

The Marchioness, formerly the model Rose Hanbury, 35, has family ties and numerous links to the Royal House of Windsor.

(Sarah) Rose Hanbury was born 15 March, 1984, a daughter of Timothy James Hanbury (born 26 September, 1952) of Wembury, Devon, and his wife, the former Emma Longman (who was born in 1959).

Rose’s father, a member of the Hanbury landed gentry family, is a cousin of the Queen, albeit several times removed, in his descent from his great-great-great-grandfather, Abel Smith, of Woodhall Park, Hertfordshire. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was a descendant of Abel Smith.

The Marchioness of Cholmondeley is also closely linked to the beautiful Freda Dudley Ward, for many years the mistress of the Duke of Cambridge’s great-great uncle, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor. Rose’s grandmother was the former Sarah Birkin, a cousin of Freda Dudley Ward, who was so cruelly dumped by the heir to the throne in the early 1930s after an affair which had lasted since the closing days of the First World War.

Rose’s mother Emma Longman is a younger sister of Caroline Longman, a goddaughter of the Queen, and was romantically linked, if only in the tabloid press, with the young Prince Charles, in the early 1970s.

The Longman girls were daughters of publisher Mark Longman, who died in 1972, and his wife, the former Lady Elizabeth Mary Lambart (1924-2016), a goddaughter of Queen Mary and the late Princess Royal, and a childhood playmate of the young Princess Elizabeth and one of her bridesmaids on her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947.

The Royal Family’s close links with the Lambart family goes back a century. Lady Elizabeth’s father, the 10th Earl of Cavan, was Chief of Staff to the Duke of York (later King George VI) on his tour of Australia in 1927. Cavan’s wife, the former Hon Hester Joan Mulholland, was Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Mary, Countess of Harewood, and Princess Royal from 1918-22, and then was Lady-in-Waiting to the the young Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) from 1923. The Countess of Cavan accompanied the Duchess of York to Australia as her Lady-in-Waiting in 1927.

Rose Hanbury married in 2009, David George Philip Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, and they have twin sons, Alexander, styled Earl of Rocksavage, and Lord Oliver Cholmondeley, who were born 12 October, 2009, and a daughter, Lady Iris Cholmondeley, who was born in 2016.

The Marquess of Cholmondeley is the Hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England, acting for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and is to be seen every year greeting Her Majesty when she arrives at the State Opening of Parliament.

The Marquess also has blood ties to the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex. George, 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley, grandfather of the current peer, was a cousin, several times removed of Cynthia, Countess Spencer, grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, and both families will have met socially on many occasions down the years.

Both David Cholmondeley and Prince William have a common ancestor in the 6th Earl of Cardigan.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Albert Hiscox (born 2019)

_. Elizabeth Sarah Hiscox (born 1987, nee Stott) wife of Milo Edmund Hiscox (born 1987), gave birth to a son, Albert, 21 March, 2019.

Milo Hiscox is a son of Robert Ralph Scrymgeour Hiscox (b 1956 )and Lady Julia Elizabeth Meade (b 1953) d of 6th Earl of Clanwilliam (1914-89) and Catherine (1923-2014) d of Arthur Thomas Loyd OBE (1882-1944) sometime head of the gentry family of that name of Lockinge. 

 Elizabeth Hiscox is a  daughter of James F Stott and Susan J Haworth.


Hughes—D’aeth/Quilliam engagement

-.The engagement was announced 23 March, 2019, between Wyndham James Hughes-D’Aeth (born 1990) scion of that landed gentry family, eldest son of (Wyndham) Jonathan Hughes-D’aeth (born 1955) by his wife the former Fiona J. McKenzie (born 1964), & Miss Candice Quilliam, youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs David Quilliam, of Johannesburg.

The Hughes-D’aeth family descend from the Knatchbull baronets (later Barons Brabourne, and Earls Mountbatten of Burma)

Rev Sir Timothy Forbes Adam, 4th Baronet 1923-2019

_. The Rev Sir Timothy Forbes Adam, 4th Baronet, died 22 March, 2019. He was 95.

Stephen Timothy Beilby Forbes Adam was born 19 November, 1923, eldest son of Colin Gurdon Forbes Adam, sometime Chairman of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, by his wife the former Hon Irene Constance Lawley, a daughter of the 3rd Baron Wenlock, PC, GCSI, GCIE.

He was ordained a priest in 1962, and began his ministry at Barton-in-Fabis, Nottinghamshire. He lived latterly at Escrick, near York.

He succeeded to the baronetcy, created in 1917, on the death of his cousin, Sir Christopher Forbes Adam, 3rd Baronet, 17 January, 2009.

He married 28 September, 1954, Penelope, daughter of George Campbell Munday, MC, of Leverington Hall, Wisbech, by whom he had four daughters, Anna, Catherine, Teresa, and Sonia. The youngest daughter, Sonia, was wife of the actor James Nesbitt.

Sir Timothy is succeeded by his younger brother, Nigel, who was born in 1930.

The funeral takes place in Yorkshire, 13 April, 2019.


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Baroness Warnock, CH, DBE 1924-2019

_. The Baroness Warnock, CH, DBE, philosopher, Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge 1985-91, died 20 March, 2019. She was 94.

She was born Helen Mary Wilson, 14 April, 1924, daughter of Archibald Edward Wilson, and married in 1949, Sir Geoffrey Warnock (1923-95), Principal of Hertford College, Oxford, with whom she had two sons and three daughters.

She was appointed DBE in 1984, and created a life peer as Baroness WARNOCK, of Weeke, in the City of Winchester in 1985.

Baroness Warnock sat in the House of Lords as a Crossbencher, and retired from the House in 2015.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Milne-Watson/Reynolds engagement

_. The engagement was announced 20 March, 2019 between Oliver Milne-Watson (born 1985) son of Sir Andrew Milne-Watson, 4th Baronet (born 1944) by his wife the former Gisella Tisdall (b 1948), and Frances Reynolds daughter of the late Mr Ian Reynolds.

Edward Lacy George Nightingale 1938-2019

_. Edward Lacy George Nightingale, who died at Minehead, 18 March, 2019, aged 80, was a scion of the Nightingale baronets and heir presumptive to the baronetcy.

He was born 11 May, 1938, son of Manners Percy Nightingale [1908-74], by his wife the former Mary Ursula Gilbert [died 1983]. He was unmarried.


The 3rd Baron Wardington 1925-2019

_. Lord Wardington, the third Baron, died 19 March, 2019. He was 93.

William Simon Pease was born 15 October, 1925, a younger son of the 1st Baron Wardington (1869-1950), by his wife the former Hon Dorothy Charlotte Forster (1891-1983), a daughter of the 1st and last Baron Forster, and a granddaughter maternally of the 1st Baron Montagu of Beaulieu.

He married in 1962, the Hon Elizabeth Jane Ormsby-Gore (1929-2004), a daughter of the 4th Baron Harlech (1885-1964) by his wife the former Lady Beatrice Edith Mildred Gascoyne-Cecil (1891-1980), daughter of the 4th Marquess of Salisbury. No children of the marriage.

William Simon Pease succeeded to the peerage, created in 1936, on the death of his elder brother, 5 July, 2005.

The peerage now becomes extinct.


Belinda Mary (Min) Murray Threipland (1942-2019)

_. Belinda Mary (Min) Murray Threipland, who died 19 March, 2019, at Salisbury, aged 76, was a socialite, former wife of John Aspinall, and descended from the Merrie Monarch, Charles II.

The former Min Musker, daughter of Major Anthony Musker, she was born 27 November, 1942.

Her mother was the Hon Mary Angela FitzRoy, scion of the Viscounts Daventry, a granddaughter of Edward FitzRoy, Speaker of the House of Commons during the Second World War. The FitzRoys descend from the Dukes of Grafton, illegitimate descendants of the Stuart King.

She wed firstly, 1966, John Aspinall, friend of Lord Lucan. The marriage ended in divorce. She married secondly, in 1972, Stuart Murray Threipland, by whom she had issue.


Beatrice Maria Bond (born 2019)

_.Fabiana Bond (nee Marenghi Vaselli, born Rome 16 Jan, 1982), wife of Harry Piers S. Bond (b 1976), descended from the Earls Fitzwilliam (extinct 1979), gave birth to a daughter, Beatrice Maria, 19 March, 2019, a sister for Philip (b 15 March, 2013) and for Nicholas (who was b 18 Dec, 2014).

Harry is the elder son of Ian Robin Stanley Bond (b 1940), by his wife the former Caroline Louise Faber, and Fabiana is a daughter of il Conte Marco Fabio Marenghi Vaselli,Conte di Gorgascura (b Rome, 18 Nov, 1953) and Donna Patrizia dei principi Ruspoli Memmo, of Rome.

Harry Bond's sister, Candida, is Viscountess Petersham, wife of the Earl of Harrington's heir.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Harriet Alice Jemima Carnegy (born 2019)

_.Veronica Lucy Margaret Carnegy (nee Evans, born 1982), wife of Francis Henry Carnegy (born 1981) scion of the Earls of Northesk, gave birth to a third daughter, Harriet Alice Jemima, 18 March, 2019, a sister for Matilda and Florence.

Francis Carnegy is the third son of Hon Colin David Carnegy (b 1942) heir presumptive to his brother the 15th Earl of Northesk (born 1940).

 Francis wed in 2013, Veronica Lucy Margaret, daughter of Dr Charles William Evans (b 1942), scion of the WHITE Bts of Boulge Hall, and Christina Mary (b 1948) d of Maj Allan John CAMERON (1917-2011), scion of the Scots gentry family of Lochiel, and Mary Elizabeth VAUGHAN-LEE (b 1915), sometime head of that gentry family which became CAMERON of Dillington.

Veronica Carnegy shares with the Prime Minister David CAMERON (b 1966) a common descent from John McEwen CAMERON of Lochiel, 18th Chief of Clan Cameron (d c 1748), making them 8th cousins.


Henry Arthur Elwes 1930-2019

_. Henry Arthur Elwes, who died 18 March, 2019, aged 88, was a scion of the Elwes family, of Congham House, King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

He was born 13 July, 1930, the son of Robert Hamond Arthur Elwes (1887-1955), of Congham House, by his second wife, the former Philippa Gurney, daughter of Walter Gurney, of North Runcton Hall, Norfolk.

Educated at Eton; married 2 October, 1956, June Therese, younger daughter of Brigadier Hugh Gordon Wainwright, DSO, of Farnham, Surrey, by whom he had issue,  two sons Marcus & George, and a daughter, Sophie.


Monday, March 18, 2019

John FitzRoy Pechell Somerset 1923-2019

_. John Somerset, who died 17 March, 2019, aged 95, was a cousin of the Duke of Beaufort.

John FitzRoy Pechell Somerset, a descendant of the 5th Duke of Beaufort, was born 14 Ocrober, 1923, a son of the splendidly named Arthur Plantagenet Francis Somerset (1889-1957) by his wife the former Mary Frances Elizabeth Randolph (who died in 1993).

He married 13 September, 1952,  Daphne Marigold Topham, by whom he had issue.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

HRH Prince Welf August of Hanover (born 2019)

_. Princess Ekaterina of Hanover (nee Malysheva) wife of HRH Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover, Prince of Gt Britain and Ireland [b 19 July, 1983], gave birth to a son, Welf August, 14 March, 2019, a brother for Elisabeth, who was b 22 February, 2018.

Prince Ernst August is the elder 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], & Ekaterina Igorieva Malysheva [b Moscow, 1 July, 1986], daughter of Igor Malyshev by his wife Svetlana.

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].


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Countess of Dundee (died 2019)

_. The Countess of Dundee, who died at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, 11 March, 2019, was the wife of the 12th Earl of Dundee, a Scottish peer, and a former Conservative Government Whip in the House of Lords.

She was the former Siobhan Mary Llewellyn, daughter of David Llewellyn, of Great Somerford, Wiltshire, and married 19 July, 1979, Alexander Henry Scrymgeour, styled Lord Scrymgeour (born 5 June, 1949), son and heir of the 11th Earl of Dundee (1902-83), by his wife the former Patricia Katharine Montagu Douglas Scott (1910-2012), scion of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry.

Her husband, a cousin of Sarah, Duchess of York, and of the late Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, succeeded as 12th Earl of Dundee, 29 June, 1983.

The Countess of Dundee is survived by her husband, who was elected to the House of Lords in 1999, and by a son, and three daughters.

A Service takes place at the family home at Birkhill House, Cupar, Fife, 17 March, 2019.


Sir Anthony Scott, 3rd Baronet 1937-2019

_. Sir Anthony Scott, 3rd Baronet, has died at the age of 81.

Anthony Percy Scott was born 1 May, 1937; succeeded his father, Col Sir Douglas Winchester Scott, 2nd Baronet, in 1984; educated at Harrow; Called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, 1960; married 1962, Caroline Louisa Anne, elder daughter of (William Charles) Edward Bacon, of Mobberley, Cheshire, by whom he had issue, two sons, Henry and Simon, and a daughter, Miranda.

The first baronet, Admiral Sir Percy Scott, devised special mounting for the Naval Gun used for the defence and Relief of Ladysmith, and in China, 1900.

His elder son, Henry Douglas Edward Scott, who was born 26 March, 1964, succeeds as fourth baronet.

A Memorial Service is to take place at All Saints' Church, Little Shelford, near Cambridge, 11 May, 2019.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Betty Patricia Scrope (died 2019)

_. Betty Patricia Scrope, who died 10 March, 2019, aged 87, was the widow of Hugh Everard Scrope (1923-2016).

Her husband, whose surname is pronounced ‘Scroop’ was a scion of the ancient family of Scrope of Danby, Yorkshire, a family written of by Shakespeare, who said they “had the realm in farm”.

The Scrope family produced the Barons Scrope of Bolton, the Barons Scrope of Masham, the Earls of Wiltshire, several archbishops of York, and numerous Knights of the Garter.

The former Betty Wilkinson, daughter of Albert Henry Wilkinson, she married Hugh Scrope in 1952. He died in February, 2016, aged 92.


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Queen confers Earldom of Forfar on the Earl of Wessex

_. Her Majesty the Queen has been pleased to confer the Earldom of Forfar upon her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex, on the occasion of the Earl's fifty fifth birthday.

The Earldom in the Peerage of the United Kingdom will be used by Prince Edward when carrying out official duties in Scotland.

In terms of future inheritance, the earldom conferred on Prince Edward follows the usual form of such titles, that is adhering to the rules of primogeniture.

The peerage follows the Viscountcy of Severn and Earldom of Wessex awarded to Edward on his marriage to Sophie Rhys Jones, in June, 1999.

The Earl is now formally HRH The Earl of Wessex and Forfar, following the examples of many other 'double peers' such as the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, the Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, the Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield, the Earl of Arundel & Surrey, &c.

It is expected that upon the death of the Queen and Prince Philip that the Earl of Wessex will be created Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Edward is a fifth cousin, albeit nine times removed, of the previous Earl of Forfar, Archibald Douglas, who died in 1715, aged 23, after being mortally wounded at the Battle of Sheriffmuir.

James, Viscount Severn, 11, the Queen's youngest grandson is now heir to the three peerages held by his father.


Friday, March 08, 2019

The Baron Habgood, PC 1927-2019

-. The Rt Rev Lord Habgood, PC, former Archbishop of York, died 6 March, 2019, aged 91.

He was Bishop of Durham 1973-83, and was Archbishop of York, 1983-95, incumbent at York Minster when the catastrophic fire devastated the minster in 1984.

He was created a life peer as Baron Habgood in 1995.

The Rt Rev John Stapylton Habgood was born in 1927, son of Lt-Col Arthur Henry Habgood DSO, by his wife the former Vera Chetwynd-Stapylton (1890-1968) scion of the Viscounts Chetwynd.

He married in 1961, Rosalie Mary Anne Boston (who died in 2011) by whom he had issue, 2 sons and 2 daughters.


Sir Nicholas Powell, 4th Baronet 1935-2019

_. Sir Nicholas Powell, Bt, who died 7 March, 2019, aged 83, was the fourth holder of the baronetcy created in 1897.

Nicholas Folliott Douglas Powell was born 17 July, 1935; succeeded his father, Sir Richard Powell,, 3rd Baronet, MC, in 1980; late, the Welsh Guards; married firstly 1960 (div 1987), Daphne Jean Errington; married secondly, 1987, Davina Hyacinth Berners Allsopp, scion of the Barons Hindlip, cousin of the tv personality Kirstie Allsopp.

Sir Nicholas leaves issue from both his marriages. His son from his first marriage, James Richard Douglas Powell, who was born 17 Oct, 1962, succeeds to the baronetcy.

The first baronet, Sir Richard Powell, KCVO, was Physician Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, Edward VII, and George V, and served as Pres of the Royal College of Physicians.


Hon Nigel Parker 1931-2019

_. The Hon Nigel Parker, who died 7 March, 2019, aged 87, was a scion of the Earls of Morley.

Nigel Geoffrey Parker was born 18 Nov, 1931, third son of the Hon John Holford Parker (1886-1955), by his wife the former Hon Marjory St Aubyn, scion of the Barons St Levan, of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall.

He was raised to the rank of the younger son of an earl by Royal Warrant in 1963 following the succession of his elder brother as 6th Earl of Morley in 1962.

Nigel Parker married in 1965, Georgina Jane Devitt (born 1937), scion of the Devitt baronets, by whom he had issue.

Since his brother's death in September, 2015, he had been heir presumptive to his nephew, the 7th Earl of Morley, who is the father of three daughters.

Funeral at St. Mary’s Church, Chiddingfold, on Thursday, 4 April 2019.


Thursday, March 07, 2019

The Baron Davies of Coity, CBE 1935-2019

_. The Lord Davies of Coity, CBE, Labour Co-operative life peer & former trade union leader, died 4 March, 2019, aged 83.

Garfield Davies was born 24 June, 1935. He was General Secretary of USDAW, 1986-97; created a life peer, 1997.


Theodora Katherine Anne Hicks [born 2019]

_.  Alexia Katherine Hicks [nee Brandram born 6 Dec 1985] wife of William Hicks [born 1983], gave birth to a daughter, Theodora Katherine Anne, 6 March, 2019.

William John P. Hicks (born 1983), is the son of Mr & Mrs Jeremy Hicks, of Winstone, co Gloucester.

Alexia Hicks is a scion of the Brandram landed family, & descended from the Royal House of Greece & Denmark, younger 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).

Alexia 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'. 

William Hicks's mother is the former Joanna Vivian Palairet (b 1955), is a great-niece of Sir Michael Palairet, who was British Ambassador to Greece in the Second World War.


Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Hon Gwenllian Hemsley 1929-2019

_. The Hon Gwenllian Hemsley [nee James], who died 4 March, 2019, was a scion of the Barons Northbourne, born in 1929, daughter of the 4th Baron Northbourne [1896-1982], by his wife the former Katherine Louise Nickerson [died 1980]; she m (1) 1952 (annulled 1960) Michael Hugh Rose (he m 1961 her sister Hon Susan Jane b 1936) and (2) 1960 Thomas Jeffrey Hemsley (1927-2013), baritone singer.  They had three sons William Thomas James b 1962, Matthew Walter David b 1963 and Michael Richard b 1965.


Digby Leopold Milo Hirsch (born 2019)

_. Octavia Jessica Hirsch (nee Dickinson, born 1986), wife of Henry James (Harry) Hirsch (born 1985), gave birth to a son, Digby Leopold Milo, 4 March, 2019.

Harry Hirsch is a son of Leopold J Hirsch, by his wife the former Sheila Jean Dickson, and Octavia Hirsch is a daughter of Simon Clervaux Dickinson (b 1948), descended from the Chaytor baronets, by his wife the former Hon Jessica Rosetta Mancroft (b 1954), daughter of the late 2nd Baron Mancroft.


Sir John Miles Huntington-Whiteley, 4th Baronet 1929-2019

-.Sir John Miles Huntington-Whiteley, 4th Baronet, Lieut-Cdr, RNR, died suddenly 19 February, 2019. He was 89. He was a grandson maternally of prime minister Stanley Baldwin.

Born in 1929 son of Sir Herbert Huntington-Whiteley, Bt (1896-1975) by his wife the former Lady Pamela Baldwin (1897-1976), daughter of the prime minister Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, KG; married 1960, Viktoria Adelheid Clementine Luise Grafin zu Castell-Rudenhausen (born 1935) descended from Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, youngest son of HM Queen Victoria.

He leaves a son and 2 daughters, and is succeeded by his son, Leopold Maurice Huntington-Whiteley, who was born in 1965.


Monday, March 04, 2019

The Lord Bhattacharyya, CBE 1940-2019

Lord Bhattacharyya, CBE, life Baron and Labour peer in the House of Lords, died 1 March, 2019. He was 78.

Sushantha Kumar Bhattacharyya was born 6 June, 1940; appointed CBE in 1997; dubbed a Knight Bachelor in 2003, and raised to the peerage in 2004.

He married in 1981, Brigid Carmel Rabbitt, by whom he had three daughters.


Saturday, March 02, 2019

Carel Maurits Mosselmans (died 2019)

_. Carel Maurits Mosselmans died 1 March, 2019. He was the son of Adriaan Willem Mosselmans, of The Hague; married 1962, the Hon Prudence Fiona McCorquodale (born 1936), daughter of the 1st and last Baron McCorquodale of Newton (1901-71); survived by his wife and two sons, Michael and Fred.

. A funeral will be held in Chelsea in due course for family and close friends. There will also be a memorial service in the near future.