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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Clifford Keith Wain Schellenberg 1929-2019

 _. Keith Schellenberg, who died at Richmond, North Yorkshire, 28 October, 2019, aged 90, was a businessman, adventurer and Winter Olympian.

Clifford Keith Wain Schellenberg was born in March 1929, son of Clifford Robertshaw Schellenberg [1898-1971], of Marton-in-Cleveland, by his wife the former Doris Ann Richardson; he married four times, firstly in 1957 to Jan Hagenbach; secondly, in 1964 [div 1981], to the Hon Margaret de Hauteville Hamilton [born 1939], daughter of the 11th Lord Belhaven & Stenton, CIE [1871-1950], by his second wife the former Sheila de Hauteville Pearson [1916-62]; married 3rdly, Susan Minette Urquhart [1944-2014], dau of Maj-Gen Robert Urquhart; and fourthly to Jilly ____.He leaves issue.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Morrison/Kennard engagement

_. The engagement was announced 30 October, 2019, between Simon George Strangways Morrison [born 9 August, 1984], son of Mr Guy Martin James Morrison, of Evancoyd Court, Powys, by his former wife the former Hon Charlotte Anne Monckton-Arundell [now the Hon Charlotte Townshend, of Melbury House, Dorset, born 16 April, 1955], and Lucy G. Kennard, daughter of Mr & Mrs Vivian Kennard, of Chilfrome House, Dorset.

Simon Morrison is the heir to the Melbury estate inherited by his mother in 1989. His mother, who married secondly, in 1995, James Reginald Townshend, is a daughter of the 9th Viscount Galway [1929-1971], by his heiress wife the former Lady Theresa Jane Fox-Strangways [1932-1989], who was the only surviving child of the 7th Earl of Ilchester [1905-1964], of Melbury House.

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Heneage/Stone engagement

The engagement is announced between William Peter Heneage [born 17 February, 1986], son of Robert John Heneage [born 25 June, 1956], of North Carlton, Lincolnshire, by his wife the former Mary-Ann Louise Milne, and Dr Victoria K.J. Stone, daughter of Dr and Mrs Timothy Stone, of Saffron Walden, Essex.

William Heneage is descended from the Barons Petre, and the Earls of Morton, &c.

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Claudia Scott-Moncrieff 1943-2019

_. Claudia Scott-Moncrieff [nee Petre], who died 14 October, 2019, aged 76, was a scion of the Barons Petre.

She was born in 1943, daughter of Major Robert Charles Petre [1912-96], by his wife the former Mary Delphine Chichester [1908-1995]; married 1971, Ambrose Eustace Patrick Scott-Moncrieff [born 1947], scion of that Scots landed family, son of David William Hardy Scott-Moncrieff [1907-1987] by his wife the former Averil Marion Anne Sneyd [1915-2006], by whom she had a daughter, Chloe [born 1976].

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Fisher/Stamper engagement

_. The engagement was announced 29 October, 2019, between the Hon Benjamin Vavasseur Fisher [born 1958], a widower, son of the 3rd Baron Fisher [1921-2012], by his first wife the former Elizabeth Ann Penelope Holt, and Mrs Emma Elizabeth Stamper, former wife of Angus James Stamper, and daughter of Michael J.B. Crowe, by his wife the former Elizabeth J Milbank.

Benjamin Fisher's first marriage was to Pamela Margaret Cooper. She died in 2016.

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Rosemary, Lady Forbes 1921-2019

_. Rosemary, Lady Forbes, who died 26 October, 2019, aged 98, was the widow of Major the 22nd Lord Forbes, KBE [1918-2013].

She was born the Hon Rosemary Katherine Hamilton-Russell, 1 April, 1921, daughter of the 9th Viscount Boyne [1864-1942], by his wife the former Lady Margaret Selina Lascelles [1883-1978], daughter of the 5th Earl of Harewood [1846-1929]. Her mother was a sister-in-law of HRH The Princess Mary, Princess Royal, Countess of Harewood [1897-1965].

 She married 23 May, 1942, Major the 22nd Lord Forbes, by whom she had issue, by whom she had issue, two sons and a daughter.

She was widowed, 5 March, 2013. Her elder son succeeded to the peerage.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Louloudis/Graham engagement

_. The engagement was announced 29 October, 2019, between Constantine Michael Louloudis, MBE [born 15 September, 1991], the British rower and dual Olympian, son of Leonard Constantine Louloudis by his wife the former Hon Madeleine Marie Dillon, CVO [born 1957], & Beatrice L. Graham, daughter of Mr & Mrs Alastair Graham.

Constantine's mother has been Lady-in-waiting to HRH The Princess Royal for many years and is a daughter of the 20th Viscount Dillon.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Lieut-Col Sir [Walter Hugh] Malcolm Ross, GCVO 1943-2019

_. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir [Walter Hugh] Malcolm Ross, GCVO, OBE, died 27 October, 2019, his 76th birthday.

Courtier Sir Malcolm Ross joined the Royal Household in 1987, and was Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office 1991-2005; Extra Equerry to Her Majesty the Queen from 1988; Master of the Household to the Prince of Wales, 2006-08, &c.

Sir Malcolm was Lord Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, 2006-2018.

In 2016 he was appointed the Lord Prior of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

Appointed OBE, 1988; CVO, 1994; KCVO, 1999; GCVO, 2005.

He was born 27 Oct, 1943, son of Colonel Walter John Macdonald Ross [died 1982], by his wife the former Josephine May Cross [died 1982]. His sister Susan is the Countess of Annandale & Hartfell, wife of the 11th Earl; he married Susan Jane Gow [born 1949], daughter of General Sir Michael Gow, GCB, DL [1924-2013], by his wife the former Jane Emily Scott [born 1925], scion of the Scott baronets of Beauclerc; by whom he had issue, a son, Hector [born 1983], and two daughters, Tabitha [born 1970], and Flora [born 1974].

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Paget/Dingemans engagement

_. The engagement was announced 28 October, 2019, between Harry Arthur Westwood Paget [born 2 July, 1986], elder son of the Rev Richard Campbell Paget, of Brenchley, Kent, by his wife the former Henrietta Maria Elizabeth Sweeting [born 31 October, 1953], & Phoebe A. Dingemans, elder daughter of Sir James Michael Dingemans [the Hon Mr Justice Dingemans] [born 25 June, 1964] a Judge of the Queen's Bench Division, and Lady Dingemans, of Lindfield, West Sussex.

Harry is a descendant of King Charles II via the Beauclerk Dukes of St Albans and is descended from Topham Beauclerk and the first Lady Diana Spencer [1734-1808].

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Saturday, October 26, 2019

Helen McAlpine [died 2019]

_. Helen McAlpine, who died at Tetbury, Gloucestershire, 22 October, 2019, aged 100, was the widow of Robert Douglas Christopher McAlpine, CMG [1919-2008], scion of the McAlpine baronets. Her husband was a diplomat and was managing director of Baring Brothers, 1969-79.

She was the former Helen Frances Margery Cannan, daughter of Capt Astley Cannan, and married 4 Dec, 1943, Christopher McAlpine, son of Archibald Douglas McAlpine [1890-1981], by his first wife the former Elizabeth Meg Sidebottom [died 1941], by whom she had issue.

The funeral takes place at Beverston Church, 8 November, 2019.

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Charles Evan Bruce-Gardyne 1927-2019

_. Charles Evan Bruce-Gardyne, 14th of Middleton, head of that landed family, died 22 October, 2019. He was 92.

He was born 15 Feb, 1927, son of Capt Evan Bruce-Gardyne, 13th of Middleton [1885-1949], by his wife the former Joan McLaren.

He was an elder brother of Tory MP John Bruce-Gardyne [1930-90], created a life peer as Baron Bruce-Gardyne in 1983.

He married 16 Apr, 1966, Dorothy Margaret Blair-Imrie [born 1940], scion of that landed family, daughter of Lieutenant-Col Hew Angus Christopher Blair-Imrie [1915-44], by his wife the former Margaret Wedderburn Arbuthnott [1913-94], by whom he had issue, two sons, Evan and Hugh, and a daughter, Diana.

A Thanksgiving Service takes place at St John's Episcopal Church, Forfar, 1 November, 2019.

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The Baroness Dickinson [died 2019]

_. The Baroness Dickinson, who died 17 October, 2019, aged 90, was the wife of the 2nd Baron Dickinson.

As Mrs Rita Doreen Moir she married in 1980, as his second wife, Richard Clavering Hyett Dickinson [b 2 March, 1926] who, in 1943, had succeeded his grandfather as the 2nd Baron Dickinson, a peerage of the UK created in 1930.

Lady Dickinson leaves a son, Paul, and a daughter, Nicola, from her first marriage.

The funeral takes place at St Mary's Church, Painswick, Gloucestershire, 12 November, 2019.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Brownie Elizabeth, Countess of Northesk 1925-2019

_. Brownie Elizabeth, Countess of Northesk, who died 7 October, 2019, aged 94, was the widow of the 13th Earl of Northesk.

She was born in 1925 as Brownie Elizabeth Scott Grimason, daughter of John Scott Grimason, by his wife the former Elizabeth Margueritta Smith; married firstly, 1957, Carl Louis Heimann [1896-1968], by whom she had two sons; married secondly, 1989, as his second wife, the 13th Earl of Northesk [1926-1994].

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Kaye/Hewitt engagement

_. The engagement was announced 25 October, 2019, between Harry Edward F. Kaye [born 1991], son of Gerald Anthony Kaye [born 1958], of Henham, Hertfordshire, by his wife the former Emma A.J. Ferens [born 1962], & the Hon Alice Mary Hewitt [born 1990], daughter of the 9th Viscount Lifford [born 1949], of Kings Somborne, Hampshire, by his wife the former Alison Mary Law.

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Sancroft-Baker/Henderson engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 25 October, 2019, between Hugh Jasper Sancroft-Baker [born 1987], son of Raymond Samuel Sancroft-Baker [born 1950], of Swalcliffe Lea, co Oxon, by his wife the former [Daphne] Caroline Adams, & Annabel Rose Henderson [born 1989], scion of the Barons Faringdon, daughter of the Hon James Harold Henderson [born 1961], of Buscot Park, co Oxford, by his wife the former Lucinda Maria Hanson.

Hugh Sancroft-Baker's paternal grandmother was a Heron-Maxwell, of the baronets of that name.
The father of the bride-to-be is the son and heir of the 3rd Baron Faringdon [born 1937].

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Kyla Clare Helen Mackintosh of Mackintosh [born 2019]

_. Vanessa Mackintosh of Mackintosh [nee Heng], wife of John Lachlan Mackintosh of Mackintosh, 31st Chief of the Clan Mackintosh, gave birth to a daughter, Kyla Clare Helen, 18 October, 2019, in Singapore.

The Mackintosh of Mackintosh is the son of the 30th Chief of the Clan [1928-1995], by his wife the former Mabel Cecilia Helen Bruce [born 1939], scion of the Earls of Elgin & Kincardine.

The clan chief married Vanessa M Heng, daughter of Jeffrey Heng, of Singapore. Kyla is their first child.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Caroline Marion Hardman [nee Cameron] 1943-2019

_. Caroline Marion Hardman (née Cameron), who died 17 October, 2019, aged 76, was a scion of the Camerons of Lochiel; born in 1943, daughter of Sir Donald Cameron of Lochiel, KT, CVO, TD, 26th Chief of the Clan Cameron [1910-2004], by his wife the former Margaret Doris Gathorne-Hardy, scion of the Earls of Cranbrook; married 1967, Blaise Noel Anthony Hardman [born 1939], son of Air Marshal Sir James Hardman, GBE [1899-1982], by whom he had a son and four daughters.

A Thanksgiving Service takes place at the Chapel of St Cross, Winchester, 22 Nov, 2019.

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Robin Arthur Guinness 1925-2019

_. Robin Arthur Guinness, who died 17 October, 2019, was a member of the eponymous brewing dynasty. He was born in 1925 the son of John Cecil Cope Jenkinson Guinness [1890-1970], by his wife the former Betty Knowles Davies [1902-76]; married 1952, Judith Anne Hare [1925-86], daughter of Clifford Pitts Hare [1881-1958], of Scarcroft Manor, Thorner, near Leeds, by his wife the former Martha Annie Sykes [1890-1986], by whom he had a son Andrew, and daughter, Alina.

The funeral service takes place at St Edmund, Hardingstone, 2 Nov, 2019.

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Timothy John Benn 1936-2019

_. Timothy John Benn, who died 9 October, 2019, aged 82, was a publisher, a scion of the Benn baronets.

He was born 27 October, 1936, son of Sir John Andrews Benn, 3rd Baronet [died 1984] by his wife the Hon Ursula Alers-Hankey, daughter of the 1st Baron Hankey.

Benn served in the Scots Guards, was chairman and managing director of Benn Brothers, and chairman of Timothy Benn publishers Ltd, &c.

Married firstly 1959 [div 1973] Valerie Hamlyn Davie; married secondly, 1973, Mrs Susan Elizabeth Hardingham, dau of George Hodges; married thirdly, 1982, Christina Grace Townsend, dau of W.R. Hughes.

Mr Benn leaves issue from his first marriage.

The funeral takes place at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, 12 November, 2019.

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Isabella Daisy Beatrix Scrope [born 2019]

_. Eliza C.R. Scrope [nee Walker], wife of Richard Conyers William Scrope [born 1980], scion of that landed family, of Danby, co York, gave birth to a daughter, Isabella Daisy Beatrix, 16 October, 2019.

Richard Scrope is a son of the late William James Conyers (Bill) Scrope [d 22 June, 2009], by his wife the former Virginia [Ginny] Sheffield Mitchell [Mrs Ginny Scrope, of Chittoe, Wiltshire].

Eliza Scrope is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Paul Walker, of Chiswick, London.

Richard Scrope is a grandson of Adrian Cuthbert Scrope (1906-92) by his wife the former Everilda Sykes, dau Col Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet, of Sledmere. &c.


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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Sir John Boyd, KCMG 1936-2019

_.Sir John Boyd, KCMG, diplomat, former British Ambassador to Tokyo, died 18 October, 2019.

Born in 1936 he was a son of Professor James Dixon Boyd [1907-68] by his wife the former Amélie Clara Loewenthal [1906-1998]; married firstly, 1968, Gunilla Kristina Ingegard Rönngren, by whom he had a son and a daughter; married secondly, 1977, Julia Daphne Raynsford [born 1948], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Capt Antony Edward Montague Raynsford, RN, DL [1914-1993], by his wife the former Hon Joan Rosemary Wakefield OBE [born 1920], daughter of the 1st and last Baron Wakefield of Kendal [1898-1983], by whom he had three daughters.

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Sylvia Mary Finola Stanier, LVO 1928-2019



Sylvia Mary Finola Stanier, LVO, scion of the Stanier baronets, and one of the greatest lady equestrians of her age, died 12 October, 2019. She was 91.

She was born 9 May, 1928, daughter of Brigadier Sir Alexander Stanier, 2nd Baronet [1899-1995] by his wife the former Dorothy Gladys Miller [died 1973].

Her uncle was Colonel Sir John Miller, GCVO [1919-2006], Crown Equerry to the Queen, 1961-87.

Riding from an early age, she grew up with a hunting and showing background and was a pupil of Sam Marsh in her early years. She then became a student of Lt. Col ‘Joe” Dudgeon, himself a pupil of Paul Rodzianko. In addition she studied Haute Ecole with two of the greatest dressage minds of the 20th Century for many years namely Einar-Schmit-Jensen and Nuno Oliveira. Between the three masters she learnt both the art of showjumping and Haute Ecole from some of the finest equestrians at the time. She trained horses as a result for the Olympic Games in Japan in 1964, Mexico in 1968 and Munich in 1972.

Not only had she trained extensively in the above disciplines but was also an expert in Side-Saddle, winning the Ladies Championship at the Dublin Horse show on Bachelor Gay in 1965, as well as winning the Lightweight Hunter Championships in 1966 and the Irish Dressage Championships in 1967. Bachelor Gay was trained by both Schmit-Jensen and Sylvia and went onto become the Duke of Edinburgh’s horse for the Trooping of the Colour.

In 1966 she gave a display of her long reining skills – which she learnt from Schmit-Jensen - in the presence of both her Masters Oliveira and Schmit-Jensen at the Horse of the Year Show – Oliveira marvelled at long reining skills with Le Marquis.

She worked for many years at Burton Hall – which at the time was the centre of all equestrian excellence in Ireland, for Col. Dudgeon, and then with the Galvins schooling their international horses.

For many years Sylvia also worked for her Majesty the Queen and Burmese in side saddle preparing for the Trooping of the Colour and was awarded an LVO by her Majesty for her services.

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Morrison/Prado engagement

_.The engagement is announced 22 October, 2019, between the Hon Declan James Morrison [born 11 July, 1993], scion of the Barons Margadale, son and heir of the 3rd Baron Margadale [born 4 Apr, 1958], of Fonthill, Wiltshire, by his first wife the former Lady Sophia Louise Sydney Cavendish [born 1957],  [now Sophia Topley, of Chirton, Wiltshire], and Maria de Los Milagros Prado, daughter of Señor and Señora Juan Miguel Prado, of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Declan Morrison is a grandson maternally of the 11th Duke of Devonshire, KG [1920-2004], by his wife the former Hon Deborah Freeman-Mitford [1920-2014].

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Jane, Baroness Stanley of Alderley 1934-2019

_. Jane Baroness Stanley of Alderley, widow of the 8th Baron, died 16 October, 2019. She was 85.

She was born in 1934 as Jane Barrett Hartley, daughter of Ernest George Hartley [1895-1969], of Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxon, by his wife the former Winifred Jane Gantlett [1891-1983]; married 1955, Thomas Henry Oliver Stanley [born 27 Sept, 1927], who, on 23 June, 1971, succeeded his cousin as 8th Baron Stanley of Alderley, 8th Baron Sheffield, 7th Baron Eddisbury, and 14th baronet.

Lady Stanley of Alderley was widowed, 19 Nov, 2013.

She is survived by three sons and a daughter.

The funeral takes place at St John the Baptist Church, Stanton St John, Oxford, on 31 October, 2019.

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Lethbridge/Rich engagement

_. The engagement was announced 19 October, 2019, between Alexander Ralph Periam Lethbridge [born 1982], scion of the Lethbridge baronets, third son of Sir Thomas Lethbridge, 7th Baronet [born 1950], of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, by his first wife the former Susan Elizabeth Rocke [now Susan, Lady Lethbridge], & Zaria L. Rich, daughter of Mr & Mrs Nigel Rich, of Chelsea.

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Inigo Seton Gore Browne [born 2019]

_. Emelia Gore Browne [nee White], wife of Frederick Henry Gore Browne, scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Inigo Seton, 3 October, 2019.

Emelia is the elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Philip White, of Hambledon, Hampshire, and Freddie Gore Browne is the elder son of James Anthony Gore Browne [born 26 May, 1947], of Tugby, co Leicester, by his wife the former Jane Anne Dickson.

Freddie is a great-grandson of General Sir Henry Loyd who married Lady Moyra Brodrick [1897-1982], scion of the extinct Earls of Midleton.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Veronica Rose Theresa Wolseley 1928-2019

_. Veronica Rose Theresa Wolseley, who died 6 October, 2019, aged 90, was a scion of the Wolseley baronets; born 22 October, 1928, daughter of William Ralph Joseph Wolseley [1887-1977], by his wife the former Ruth Gertrude Hargreaves [died 1962].

The funeral takes place at Christ Church, Knightley, 28 Oct, 2019

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Francesca Elizabeth Winefride Wainwright [born 2019]

_. Hermione Wainwright [nee Elwes, born 1987], wife of Timothy Wainwright, and scion of the Elwes landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Francesca Elizabeth Winefride, 11 October, 2019.

Timothy is a son of Mr & Mrs John Wainwright, of Wilpshire, Lancashire, & Hermione is a daughter of Jonathan Valentine Elwes (b 19 Jan 1950), of Lydlinch, Dorset, by his wife the former Louisa J. Robson.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Susan Mary Geraldine Batten 1931-2019

_. Susan Mary Geraldine Batten [nee Portal], who died 5 October, 2019, was a scion of the Portal family of baronets, and an aunt of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby.

She was born in 1931, the daughter of Lieutenant-Col Gervase Edward Portal [1890-1961], by his wife the former Iris Mary Butler [1905-2002], daughter of Sir Montagu Butler, KCSI, CB, CIE, CVO, CBE [1873-1952].

She married in 1954, James Macdonald Batten, son of Gordon James Batten, MBE, by whom she had issue.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bartlett/Clarke engagement

_. The engagement was announced 16 October, 2019, between Hugh Alistair Bartlett [born 1994], son of Andrew D. Bartlett [born 1957], of Steeple Aston, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Hon Charlotte Trewlove Ashton [born 1960], and Eleanor Mary Floyer Clarke [born 1993], daughter of Martin J Clarke, of Kings Norton, Birmingham, by his wife the former Frances Layton [born 1961].

Hugh Bartlett is a grandson maternally of the 3rd Baron Ashton of Hyde [1926-2008].

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James Wyndham John Hughes-Hallett, CMG 1949-2019

_. James Wyndham John Hughes-Hallett, CMG, who died 12 October, 2019, aged 70, was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He was chairman of the Swire Group 2005-2005, and brother of the writer Lucy Hughes-Hallett.

He was appointed CMG in 2012.

He was born 10 September, 1949, son of Michael Wyndham Norton Hughes-Hallett [1926-2014], by his wife the former Penelope Anne Fairbairn, elder dau of Capt Sydney George Fairbairn, MC, of Patience Close, Steventon, Hampshire.

He married firstly, 1991 [div 2009] Lizabeth Louise Betsy Hall, dau of Lt-Colonel Albert Hall, of Tacoma, Washington; married secondly, 2016,  Katrina Elizabeth Repka, by whom he had two daughters, Molly and Amy.

He leaves a widow, his two daughters, and stepdaughter Delaney.

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Capt Philip Anthony Foxwood 1935-2019

_. Capt Philip Foxwood, late the Coldstream Guards, who died 11 October, 2019, aged 84, was descended from Ibrahim Pasha, Viceroy [or Wali]  of Egypt under the Ottoman Empire.

He was born in 1935, as Philip Ali Fazil, the son of Maj Ibrahim Fazil [1901-78], & Kate Stevens [1902-73], and was grandson of Prince Ali Haidar Fazil [1875-1925], and was descended from Ibrahim Pasha, Wali of Egypt.

Captain Philip Ali Fazil joined the British army, assumed the surname of Foxwood, and served with the Coldstream Guards, attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in late 1955, before progressing to become Captain in late 1961.

His career with No 1 (Guards) Independent Parachute Company began in late 1961. During three years with the Coy he was deployed to Cyprus in January 1964. He was also represented the Guards Para Coy Sports Team.

He remained active in the veterans community, as part of the Guards Parachute Association.

He married Rose Mary Reece, daughter of Clifford Mansel Reece, QC [1894-1973] by his wife the former Catherine Barbara Hathorn [1898-1974], and was father of a son, the Rev Hugo Foxwood.

The funeral takes place at St James's Church, Ramsden, Oxfordshire, 8 Nov, 2019.

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Saturday, October 12, 2019

Bowes-Lyon/Harland engagement

The engagement was announced 12 Oct, 2019, between Charles David Bowes-Lyon [born 1989], scion of the Earls of Strathmore & Kinghorne, son of David James Bowes-Lyon [born 21 July, 1947], of Heriot, Midlothian, by his wife the former Elizabeth Harriet Colville, CVO [born 3 December, 1952], scion of the Viscounts Colville of Culross,  & Dr Eleanor L. Harland, daughter of Mr and Mrs David Harland, of Dundrum, Dublin.

Charles Bowes-Lyon is descended from the 13th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne [1824-1904], who was the paternal grandfather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Charles's mother, Mrs David Bowes-Lyon has been a Lady-in-waiting to HRH The Princess Royal since 1990. She is a goddaughter of HM The Queen, and daughter of the late Sir John [Jock] Colville [1915-87], Private Secretary to the then Princess Elizabeth 1947-49, and later private secretary to Sir Winston Churchill.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Ann, Baroness Aberconway [died 2019]

_. Ann, Baroness Aberconway, who died 5 October, 2019, aged 95, was the widow of the 3rd Baron Aberconway [1913-2003].

She was Ann Lindsay Aymer, daughter of Alexander Lindsay Aymer, of New York City, and married firstly, Major Robert Lee Bullard III, of Atlanta; married secondly, 15 Oct, 1949, as his second wife, the Hon Charles Melville McLaren, son and heir of the 2nd Baron Aberconway [1879-1953], by his wife the former Christabel Mary Melville Macnaghten [1890-1974]. Her husband succeeded his father, 23 May, 1953, as 3rd Baron Aberconway, and he died 4 Feb, 2003.

Lady Aberconway leaves a daughter from her first marriage, Robin, Countess of Onslow, who married in 1964, the 7th Earl of Onslow [1938-2011], and a son from the second marriage, the Hon Michael Duncan McLaren, who was born in 1958.

 Funeral at St. Martin’s Church, Eglwysbach, at 9.30 a.m. on Friday 18 October, 2019, followed by a cremation.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Middleton/Thevenet engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between James William Middleton [born 15 April, 1987], only son of Michael Middleton [born 23 June, 1949], by his wife the former Carole Elizabeth Goldsmith [born 31 January, 1955], and Alizee Thevenet [born circa 1990], daughter of Jean-Gabriel Thevenet.

James is the brother of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, GCVO, and descends from the Conyers baronets.

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Georgiana Elizabeth Clowes 1939-2019

_. Georgiana Elizabeth Clowes [nee Cavendish], who died 8 October, 2019, aged 80, was a scion of the Dukes of Devonshire, and sister of the Baron Cavendish of Furness, a life peer.

She was born in 1939, daughter of Richard Edward Osborne Cavendish [1917-1972], by his wife the former Pamela June Thomas [1918-2006]; married 1968, Andrew Henry Clowes [born 1942], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Colonel Sir Henry Clowes, KCVO, DSO [1911-1993], by his wife the former Diana Katherine Kerr [1916-2010]. She is survived by Mr Clowes, and two children, Dickon and Emma.



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Spring/Namih engagement

The engagement is announced between the Hon Frederick John Otway Spring [born 1987], son of Richard John Grenville Spring, Baron Risby [born 24 Sept, 1946], life peer, by his former wife the former Hon Jane Elizabeth Henniker-Major [born 6 July, 1954] [now the Hon Mrs Jane Spring], and Carina M. Namih, daughter of Mr Adonis Namih and Dr Rena Millet.

Frederick's father was Tory MP for Bury St Edmunds 1992-97, and for west Sussex 1997-2010, and was cr a life peer, in 2010, as Baron Risby, of Haverhill in the County of Suffolk.

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Robertson/Hill engagement

__. The engagement was announced 10 Oct, 2019, between Alexander McK. Robertson, son of Mr Charles M. Robertson, of London, and Mrs Janie Robertson [nee Waite], of Wiltshire, and the Lady Isabella Diana Juliet Hill [born 3 April, 1991], eldest daughter of the 9th Marquess of Downshire [born 4 Feb, 1959], of North Yorkshire, by his wife the former Diana Jane Bunting [12 Sept, 1962].

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Monday, October 07, 2019

Worcester [Beaufort]/Yorke-Long engagement

_. The engagement was announced 7 October, 2019, between Henry Robert Fitzroy [Bobby] Somerset, styled Marquess of Worcester [born 20 January, 1989], elder son & heir of the 12th Duke of Beaufort [born 22 May, 1952], of Badminton House, by his former wife, Tracy, Duchess of Beaufort [born 22 Dec 1958], of Badminton, Gloucestershire [who is known as Tracy, Marchioness of Worcester], and Lucy Eleanor Yorke-Long [born 23 June, 1986], only daughter of Mr Jonathan Crispin Yorke-Long [born Oct 1951], of Old Stratford, Northamptonshire, by his wife the former Charlotte Rose Fownes-Luttrell [born 1954].

Lucy Yorke-Long descends from the Williams & Peek baronets, the Luttrells of Dunster, and the extinct Earls of Midleton.

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Saturday, October 05, 2019

Higson/Dupree engagement

_.The engagement was announced 5 Oct, 2019, between Toby Patrick Higson [born 1989], son of William Stewart Higson [born 1939] of Fulham, London, by his wife the former Geraldine Anne Duffy [born 1947], & Tamara Cornelia Dupree [born 1985], scion of the Dupree baronets, daughter of Michael John Dupree [1947-2011], by his wife the former Alexandra Columbia Telfer-Smollet [born 1956], scion of that landed family, daughter of Michael Anthony Telfer-Smollett [1925-2008], by his wife the former Cornelia Duryea.

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Thursday, October 03, 2019

The 12th Lord Balfour of Burleigh 1927-2019

_. The Lord Balfour of Burleigh, 12th Lord [but for the attainder] & 8th Lord, has died at Edinburgh, aged 92.

He was a chartered engineer; Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and sometime Chancellor of Stirling University.

Lord Balfour of Burleigh's peerage, in the Peerage of Scotland, was created in 1607, for his ancestor, Sir Michael Balfour, who died in 1619.

He was born Robert Bruce, 6 January, 1927, son of the 11th Lord Balfour of Burleigh [1883-1967], by his wife the former [Violet] Dorothy Evelyn Done, MBE [died 1976], and succeded to the peerage on his father's death, 4 June, 1967.

Lord Balfour of Burleigh married firstly, 30 Oct, 1971 [divorced 1993] Mrs Jennifer Brittain-Catlin, daughter of E.S. Manasseh, by whom he had two daughters, Victoria and Ishbel; married secondly, 29 Aug, 1993, Dr Janet Morgan [born 1945], daughter of Dr Frank Morgan.

Lord Balfour, of Brucefield, Clackmannan, is succeeded in the peerage by his elder daughter, the Hon Victoria Bruce-Winkler, who was born 7 May, 1973. She married in 2002, Dr Mikhail Boris Winkler, of Dunblane, by whom she has issue, two daughters. Lady Balfour is only the second female to possess the title in its four hundred year-old history.

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