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.


Friday, April 26, 2019

Wilbur Anthony Howard Latimer Friend [born 2019]

_. Lucy Camilla Anne Friend [born 1982, nee Milburn], scion of the Milburn baronets, and wife of Ian Latimer Friend [born 1982], gave birth to a son Wilbur Anthony Howard Latimer, 24 April, 2019, a brother for Sophia Jean Acacia, who was born in 2015.

Ian Friend is a son of Dr Howard Friend. He married in 2014, Lucy Milburn, daughter of Sir Anthony Milburn, 5th Baronet [born 1947], by his wife the former Olivia Shirley Catlow.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hamish John Richard Evans-Freke [born 2019]

 Sally Evans-Freke [nee Trethewie], wife of Charles William Anthony Evans-Freke (b 1981), scion of the Barons Carbery, gave birth to a son, Hamish John Richard, 23 April, 2019, a brother for Alice Margaret Lois, who was born in Singapore, 16 September, 2016.

Charlie Evans-Freke is a son of the Hon John Anthony Evans-Freke (b 1949) son of the 11th Baron Carbery (1920-2012), and his wife the former Veronica Jane Williams, daughter of Maj Eric Williams, of  Lynturk, Alford,  Aberdeenshire.

Sally Evans-Freke is the elder daughter of Mr Richard Trethewie, of Launceston, Tasmania, and Mrs James Davidson, of Melbourne, Victoria.


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.


Irmgard, Lady Wraxall [died 2019]

 _.Irmgard, Lady Wraxall, who died 28 March, 2019, aged 86, was the widow of Sir Morville William Lascelles Wraxall, 8th Baronet [1922-78].

She was the former Irmgard Wilhelmina Maria Schnidrig, daughter of Alois Schnidrig, of Prattein, Switzerland, and married 6 Oct, 1956. Her husband was the son of Sir Charles Wraxall, 7th Baronet [1896-1951], and his wife the former Marceline Cauro [who died 1959].

Lady Wraxall leaves two sons, Sir Charles, the 9th Baronet, and Peter Wraxall, and a daughter, Sylvia.