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Friday, January 24, 2020

Sewell/Hobden engagement

_. The engagement was announced 24 January, 2020, between Benjamin Leopold Sewell [born 15 July, 1990], a descendant of Queen Victoria, son of [Charles] Percy Sewell [born 22 December, 1958], of Tysoe, co Warwick, by his wife the former Alice Louise Esther Margot Huntington-Whiteley [born 22 July, 1961], & Alice Sarah Hobden [born 1989], daughter of Michael C. Hobden, of Chelsea, London, by his wife, the former Deborah Gillian Blakeney.

Benjamin Sewell is a grandson of Lieutenant-Commander Sir John Huntington-Whiteley, 4th Baronet [1929-2019], by his wife the former Viktoria Adelheid Clementine Luise Grafin zu Castell-Rudenhausen [born 26 Feb, 1935], daughter of Friedrich Wolfgang Graf zu Castell-Rudenhausen [1906-40], by his first wife Princess Caroline Matilde Ludwige Eleanor Auguste Beatrice of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha [1912-83], daughter of HRH Prince Charles Edward George Albert, Duke of Albany and Duke of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha [1884-1954], son of HRH Prince Leopold George Duncan Albert, 1st Duke of Albany [1853-84], son of HM Queen Victoria [1819-1901], &c.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lane/Crawshay engagement

_. The engagement was announced 23 January, 2020, between Benjamin T.D. Lane, son of Mr & Mrs Martin Lane, of Yealmton, co Devon, and Louise C. Crawshay [born 1984], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of [Howard] Huw Crawshay [born 1952], of Llanfair, Kilgeddin, Monmouthshire, by his wife the former Philippa Alexandra Gibbs [born 1954].

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Eleanor Vivian Naesmyth of Posso [born 2020]

_. Sarah G. Naesmyth of Posso [nee MacNeil], wife of Alexander Creswell Benedict Naesmyth, younger of Posso [born 3 April, 1983], gave birth to a daughter, Eleanor Vivian, 17 January, 2020, in Sydney, a sister for Maxwell Xavier, who was born in Sydney, NSW, 31 March, 2018.

Alexander is the son and heir of Major [Richard] William Naesmyth, 16th of Posso [born 1938], by his wife the former Xenia Angela Mary Henderson-Howat.

Sarah Naesmyth is a daughter of Thomas MacNeil, of Kingston, Nova Scotia.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hamilton/Johnson engagement

_. The engagement was announced 22 January, 2020, between William Richard Hamilton [born 30 December, 1982], scion of the Lords Belhaven & Stenton, son and heir of the Hon Frederick Arthur Carmichael Hamilton, Master of Belhaven [born 27 September, 1953], of Drinkstone, by his late former first wife the former [Elizabeth] Anne Tredinnick ~ [later Mrs Annie Cockram, CBE] and Mary C. Johnson, eldest daughter of Dr and Mrs Terrance Johnson, of Bemidji, Minnesota, United States.

William Hamilton’s father is heir apparent to the 13th Lord Belhaven & Stenton [born 27 February, 1927.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The 2nd Baron Ironside 1924-2020

_. The 2nd Baron Ironside died 13 January, 2020, aged 95.

Edmund Oslac Ironside was born 21 September, 1924, son of Field Marshal the 1st Baron Ironside, GCB, CMG, DSO [1880-1959], by his wife the former Mariot Ysobel Cheyne [who died 1984].

He married 29 April, 1950, Audrey Marigold Morgan-Grenville [1931-2015], a scion of the Lords Kinloss, daughter of Col the Hon Thomas George Breadalbane Morgan-Grenville, by whom he had issue, a son, Charles and a daughter, Fiona.

He succeeded his father in the barony, 23 September, 1959.

Lord Ironside is succeeded by his son, the Hon Charles Edmund Grenville Ironside, who was born 1 July, 1956.

A Memorial Service is to take place at St Peter's Church, Boxted, Essex, 13 February, 2020.

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Sheila Murray Kayll [died 2020]

_. Sheila Murray Kayll [nee Morrison], who died 9 January, 2020, aged 96, was the wife of Maj. David Kayll, of Briantspuddle, co Dorset, and was mother of Murray, Serena and Tessa.

Her daughter, Tessa Fiona Kayll, married in 1998, as her second husband, the 6th Baron Fermoy [born 11 Oct, 1967], a second cousin of the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, etc.

A Service of Thanksgiving will take place at St James', Milton Abbas, 24 Apr, 2020.

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Simon Rollo Frisby 1933-2020

_. Simon Rollo Frisby, who died 13 January, 2020, aged 86, was a descendant of the Hervey Marquesses of Bristol.

He was born 23 Oct, 1933, a son of Lieutenant-Colonel Lionel Claud Frisby [1889-1936], by his wife the former Angela Beryl Hoare [died 1990]. His mother was a daughter of Henry Hoare [1866-1956], by his wife the former Lady Geraldine Mariana Hervey [died 1955], a sister of the 4th Marquess of Bristol [1863-1951].

He married 1959, [Sara] Belinda Fox, daughter of Capt William Herbert Fox, by whom he had issue, a son Richard [born 1961], and a daughter, Angela [born 1963], wife of Charles Iain Robert Wolridge Gordon [b 1961], scion of that landed family, and a daughter Caroline [born 1963].

A Thanksgiving service takes place at St Martin's Church, Ellisfield, 3 February, 2020.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Bethell/Thatcher engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Edward Alexander Bethell [born 1987], scion of that landed gentry family, second son of Hugh Adrian Bethell [born 23 April, 1952], of Rise, East Yorkshire, by his wife the former Sarah Elizabeth St Aubyn [born 28 June, 1955], scion of the Barons St Levan, & Laura G. Thatcher, daughter of Mr & Mrs Alan  Thatcher, of Weavering, Kent.

Edward Bethell is a direct descendant of Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, KG, PC, FRS [1743-1805], a younger brother of King George III.

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Hon Ruth Isabel Adorian 1932-2020

_. The Hon Ruth Isabel Adorian [née Wakefield], who has died aged 87, was a scion of the Barons Wakefield of Kendal, a daughter of the 1st Baron Wakefield of Kendal [1898-1983], by his wife the former Rowena Doris Lewis [1895-1981]; she married firstly, 1955, Major Nigel James Clarkson Webb [1925-87], by whom she had a son, James, and two daughters, Georgina and Carolyn; married secondly, 1992, Paul Anthony Adorian.

A Service of Thanksgiving will take place, 3 March, 2020 in the Sedbergh School Chapel.

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Dorothy, Baroness Ashtown [died 2019]

_. Dorothy, Baroness Ashtown, who died 20 December, 2019, was the second wife, and widow of the 7th Baron Ashtown, KCMG [1916-2010].

She was the former Dorothy Mary Elizabeth Minchin, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Edward George Minchin, and married firstly, 1958 [divorced 1971], Hans Heinrich XVII Fürst von Pless; married secondly, 17 December, 1997, Nigel Clive Cosby Trench, 7th Lord Ashtown, who died 6 March, 2010.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Agnew of Lochnaw/Forsyth engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Mark Douglas Noel Agnew, younger of Lochnaw [born 1991], only son and heir of Maj Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, 11th Baronet [born 1944], of Edinburgh, by his wife the former Susan Rachel Strang Steel [born 1952], & Sophie Rebecca Forsyth [born 1991], daughter Mr Stuart Forsyth and Mrs Anne Forsyth, of East Lothian.

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Buxton/Currey engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Robert Alexander Buxton [born 1984], scion of the Buxton baronets, son of Joseph William Henry [Joe] Buxton [born 1943], of Sopworth, Wiltshire, by his second wife the former Ann Boggis-Rolfe [born 1952], scion of that landed family, & Alice Catarina Mary Currey [born 1988], scion of the Barons Howard De Walden, daughter of [Charles] Alistair Currey [born 1947], of Fulham, London, by his former wife the former Henrietta Mary Rosario Czernin [born 1960], of Bosham, West Sussex, second daughter of Baroness Howard De Walden [born 1935].

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Allhusen/Hubert engagement

_. The engagement was announced 18 January, 2020, between Benjamin Christian Thomas Allhusen [born 1989], scion of that landed family, eldest son of Christian Henry Allhusen [born 1956], of Bradenham, Norfolk, by his wife the former Penelope Amanda Champion [born 1959], & Sophie Hubert, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Alain Hubert, of La Forêt-Fouesnant, France.

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The Baron Maclennan of Rogart, PC 1936-2020

_. The Baron Maclennan of Rogart, PC, died 18 January, 2020. He was 83.

Robert Adam Ross Maclennan was a Liberal Democrat politician and the last leader of the SDP, and was an MP from 1966 to 2001, in which year he was created a life peer.

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Kain/Mansel engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Tom A. Kain, elder son of Mr & Mrs Trevor Kain, of Rye, East Sussex, and Isabella Maria Mansel [born 1985], daughter of the late Hugh Clavell Mansel, by his wife the former Diana Theresa Violet Scrope [born 2 Feb, 1951], scion of that ancient landed gentry family [now Mrs Diana Mansel, of Wareham, Dorset].

The bride-to-be is a great-granddaughter of the 4th Earl of Ellesmere.

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Fetherstonhaugh/Smith engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Hugh Fergus Fetherstonhaugh [born 1990], scion of that landed family, son of Hugh Simon Fetherstonhaugh [born 1949], of Corwen, Denbighshire, by his wife the late former Louise Philipps [1946-2013], & Susan Smith, elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Stuart Smith, of Higher Kinnerton, Flintshire,

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Ludo Arthur Edward Crichton-Stuart [born 2019]

_. Euan-Hee Isobella Gage [Izzie] Crichton-Stuart [born 1977, nee Heygate], scion of the Heygate baronets, and wife of [Niall] Rollo Robert Crichton-Stuart [born 1977], scion of the Marquesses of Bute, gave birth to a son, Ludo Arthur Edward, 17 December, 2019, a brother for Henry Richard Niall, who was born in 2010.

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Speke/Lascelles engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Toby Benjamin Fenwick Speke [born 1989], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Mr [Ian] Benjamin Speke [born 1950], of Corbridge, Northumberland, by his wife the former Ailsa Fenwick [born 1957], & Camilla Mary Lascelles [born 1991], scion of the Earls of Harewood, daughter of Hugo Giles Lascelles [born 1958], of Elmdon, Essex, by his wife the former Joanna Catherine Philipson [born 1961], descended from from extinct barons Woolavington.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Broxham/Hadden-Paton engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Blaze Broxham, eldest son of Mr & Mrs George Broxham, of Marondera, Zimbabwe, and Clementine Sarah Hadden-Paton [born 1992], daughter of Capt Nigel Hadden-Paton [born 1952], of Dorset, scion of that landed gentry family, and Mrs Hadden-Paton [nee Sarah A.J. Mellor, [born 1954].

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Can Harry lose his styles and titles?

With The bombshell that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are to ‘step down’ as senior members of the Royal Family let’s look at the styles and titles enjoyed by the couple.

Many members of the public and on social media are demanding that the renegade Harry be ‘stripped’ of his styles, titles and peerages, following his shock announcement.

Harry, as a male line grandson of the monarch, was born HRH Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales on September 15, 1984. The HRH handle or the title Prince were not conferred by the Queen, but came at birth under the terms of the 1917 Letters Patent of Harry’s great-great grandfather, King George V.

On his father’s accession Harry would be upgraded to HRH ‘The’ Prince Harry. All children and male line grandchildren of the monarch are princes and princesses of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Queen, as fountain of all honour, can remove the style of Royal Highness. The issuing of Letters Patent or a Royal Warrant could strip both Harry and Meghan of the rank, style and title of HRH.

On Harry and Meghan’s wedding day in 2018 the prince was created Baron Kilkeel, Earl of Dumbarton and Duke of Sussex, all in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The three peerages were created by the issuing of Letters Patent under the Great Seal. 

The recipient of a peerage cannot afterwards go on an disclaim that peerage or peerages. He or she is a peer for life. 

The 1963 Peerage Act made provision for a new peer, having succeeded to a peerage, to then go on and disclaim that peerage with 12 months of succession. The Peerage Act made no provision for a newly created peer to disclaim. 

A peer can be deprived of his peerage by an Act of Parliament. No peer has been so stripped of his title since the days of the First World War when several peers who supported or fought on the side of Germany had peerages removed under the terms of the Titles Deprivations Act 1917. 

For Harry to relinquish or be deprived of his peerages then another act of Parliament would be required. 

The Duchess of Sussex possesses no titles in her own right. No styles or titles were specifically created for her on her marriage. Her rank and precedence come as the wife of Prince Harry. Meghan’s styles and titles mirror those held by her husband. She is HRH Princess Henry, Baroness Kilkeel, Countess of Dumbarton, Duchess of Sussex.

In the event of the Sussex marriage ending in divorce then under the terms of the Letters Patent of 1996 Meghan would cease to be Her Royal Highness, following the precedent of Diana, Princess of Wales and Sarah Duchess of York.

A divorced Meghan would be styled in the same way as the ex-wife of any other duke, and would be ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex’, but only for as long as she remained in the divorced state. On any subsequent marriage she would lose the Sussex title.

And so Harry is destined to be Duke of Sussex for the remainder of his life, and on his death his son, Archie, will automatically succeed as 2nd Duke of Sussex.

Of course Harry could drop the use of rank, styles and titles unofficially. The late Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, widow of the Queen’s uncle, was known as ‘Princess Alice’ for thirty years of widowhood without being formally so styled by Letters Patent or Royal Warrant.

Similarly, when the Prince of Wales announced his engagement to Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005 it was announced that his wife would not be styled Princess of Wales but be known as HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. It was also stated that Camilla, on Charles’s accession, would not be known as Queen but instead be styled HRH The Princess Consort.

Harry and Meghan have already gone down this road by declaring that their son will not use a courtesy title as son of a Duke. Young Archie Mountbatten-Windsor would traditionally have been styled Earl of Dumbarton from birth.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Countess of Erroll dies aged 64

_. The Countess of Erroll, who died 13 January, 2020, aged 64, was the wife of the Earl of Erroll, the Hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland.

The former Isabelle Jacqueline Laline Hohler was a daughter of Thomas Sidney Astell Hohler, MC [1919-89], of Wolverton Park, Basingstoke, by his wife the Comtesse Julie Marie Isabelle Jeanne De Jouffroy D’Abbans, and married in 1982, the 24th Earl of Erroll [born 1948], 18th Hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland. Her husband was elected to the House of Lords in 1999. 

The Countess of Erroll is survived by her husband and four children.

A memorial service will be held at the Guards Chapel.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Masha, Baroness Bolton 1946-2020

_. Masha Baroness Bolton, who died 11 January, 2020, aged 73, was the second wife of the 7th Baron Bolton [1929-2001], of Bolton Castle, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. Her home was at Arklow Hill, Thornton Steward.

Masha Anne Hudson was born in 1946, a daughter of Major Francis Edward [Tony] Hudson [1912-2002], of Winterfield House, Bedale, by his wife the former Masha Muirhead-Murray, a descendant maternally of the Vavasour baronets.

Her father was High Sheriff of North Yorkshire in 1981, and was Chairman of Yorkshire Post Newspapers Ltd, 1981-83.

She married 26 June, 1981, as his second wife, the 7th Baron Bolton, a North Yorkshire landowner. The marriage ended in divorce in 1990.

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

John Paul James Alessandro Manassei di Collestate 1937-2020

_. John Paul James Alessandro Manassei di Collestate, who died 10 January, 2020, aged 82, was a grandson of the 16th Earl of Perth [1876-1951].

He was born 16 December, 1937, son of Comte Alessandro Agosto Giovanni Giacinto Barnabo Manassei di Collestate [who died 1962], by his wife the former Lady Angela Drummond [1912-2002]; married 16 Dec, 1965 [divorced 1975], the Hon Susan Barbara Addington [born 1945], daughter of the 7th Viscount Sidmouth. Father of Marina and Hugo.

 A funeral service will be held at Our Lady & All Saints RC Church, Stourbridge, 29 January, 2020.

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The Baron Chalfont, OBE, MC, PC 1919-2020

_. The Baron Chalfont, OBE, MC, PC, died 10 January, 2020, aged 100.

Alun Arthur Gwynne Jones was born 5 December, 1919. Created a life peer as Baron Chalfont in 1964 he served in the administration of Harold Wilson as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, 1964-68. He was the senior extant life peer from 2003.

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Abel Smith/Sharkey engagement

_. The engagement was announced 11 January, 2020, between Edmund John Abel Smith [born 1993], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Charles Ralph Abel Smith [born 1959], by his wife the former Julia M.S. Wolton, & Dr Amy R. Sharkey, daughter of Dr Patrick and Dr Marcia Sharkey, of Belfast.

Edmund Abel Smith is a fifth cousin twice removed of HM The Queen.

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Holbech/Colville engagement

_. The engagement was announced 11 January, 2020, between Alexander David Frederick Holbech [born 1987], scion of that landed family, son of David Ronald Leigh Holbech [born 1951], of Caynham, Shropshire, by his wife the former Adriana E. Sharpe, & the Hon Harriet Frances Colville [born 1985], younger daughter of the 3rd Baron Clydesmuir [born 8 Apr,1949], of Biggar, Lanarkshire, by his wife the former Aline Frances Merriam [born 1951], descended from the Marquesses of Ailsa.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Benjamin Richard John Sutton [born 2020]

_. Harriet Sophia Sutton [nee Colthurst, born 1984], scion of the Colthurst baronets, and wife of Thomas Anthony Manners Sutton [born 1982], scion of the Sutton baronets, gave birth to a son, Benjamin Richard John, 9 January, 2020, a brother for George [born 2012], and Sophia [born 2014].

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Peerage conferred on Zac Goldsmith

_. The life Barony conferred upon former Tory MP Zac Goldsmith has been gaztted in the name, style and title of Baron Goldsmith of Richmond Park, of Richmond Park in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

[Frank] Zaacharias Robin [Zac] Goldsmith was born 20 January, 1975, son of the late Sir James Michael Goldsmith [1933-97], by his third wife the former Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart [born 13 June, 1934], scion of the Marquesses of Londonderry, daughter of the 8th Marquess of Londonderry [1902-55], by his wife the former Romaine Combe [died 1951].

Zac Goldsmith was Conservative MP for Richmond Park, 2017-2019, and is Minister of State for the Environment and International Development. He lost his seat at the General Election, December, 2019, and was controversially created a life peer to retain his place in Boris Johnson's administration.

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Davies/Herbert engagement

_. The engagement was announced 10 January, 2020, between Hugo Patrick T. Davies [born 1989], eldest son of Mr Mark E.T. Davies, of Admington, Warwickshire, by his wife the former Antonia C. Chittenden [born 1960], & the Lady Jemima Juliet Herbert [born 4 October, 1989], fourth daughter of the late 17th Earl of Pembroke [1939-2003], of Wilton House, Salisbury, by his second wife the former Miranda Juliet Oram [born 1962] (now Miranda, Countess of Pembroke).

Lady Jemima is a half-sister of the 18th Earl of Pembroke.

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Thursday, January 09, 2020

2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein dies at 91

_. The 2nd Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, CMG, CBE, who died 8 January, 2020, aged 91, was the son of the Second World War general, Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG.

David Montgomery, who succeeded his father in 1976, was twice wed. His first marriage, in 1953, to Mary Raymond Connell, ended in divorce in 1967. He married secondly, in 1970, Tessa Browning, daughter of Lt-Gen Sir Frederick Browning, by his wife Dame Daphne Du Maurier, the writer.

Lord Montgomery is succeeded by his son from his first marriage, the Hon Henry David Montgomery, who was born in 1954.

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Spencer Nairn/Fraser engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Douglas Frederick Spencer Nairn [born 1986], scion of the Spencer Nairn baronets, son of [Christopher] Frank Spencer Nairn [born 1949], of Culligran, Strathfarrar, by his wife the former Juliet Constance Baker Baker [born 1951], scion of that landed family, and descended from the Viscounts Strathallan, and Georgina Philippa Fraser [born 1990], scion of the Lords Lovat, daughter of Roderick [Rory] Joseph Fraser [born 1953], of Moniack Castle, Inverness, by his wife the former Hon Mary Jean Strutt [born 1957], scion of the Barons Rayleigh.

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Fitz/Borwick engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Cory Fitz, son of Mr & Mrs Alan Fitz, of Virginia, United States, and the Hon Alexandra Victoria Borwick [born 1990], daughter of the 5th Baron Borwick [born 7 March, 1955], by his wife the former Victoria Lorna Peta Poore [born 26 Apr, 1956], scion of the Poore baronets.

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Auriol Fyler Hay Drummond 1938-2019

_. Auriol Fyler Hay Drummond, died 31 December, 2019, aged 81.

She was born Auriol Fyler Pares, 8 April, 1938, scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Commander George Martin Pares, RN [1903-82], by his wife the former Daphne Louise Vera Fyler; married 25 July,1959, Robert Vane Hay Drummond [1936-1996], scion of the Earls of Kinnoull, son of Capt George Vane Hay Drummond [1910-84], by his wife the former Lady Betty Mary Seton Montgomerie [1912-96], scion of the Earls of Eglinton & Winton.

The funeral takes place at St Mary's Church, Aldworth, 13 January, 2019.

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

James John Alexander Ropner [born 2020]

_. Lady Ropner [nee Natasha Sinclair], wife of Sir Henry John William Ropner, 3rd Baronet [born 1981], gave birth to a son and heir, James John Alexander, 7 January, 2020.

Sir Henry Ropner, scion of a north of England shipping dynasty, is a close friend & sometime escort of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.


April, Lady Rivett-Carnac [died 2019]


April Lady Rivett-Carnac [nee Villar], who died peacefully,  26 December, 2019, aged 82, was the wife of the late Sir Miles Rivett-Carnac, 7th Baronet, of Martyr Worthy, near Winchester.
The mother of hand bag designer Lulu Guinness died only days after the tragic loss of her younger son, Simon Rivett-Carnac, who took his own life at his Wiltshire home earlier in the month.
The funeral is at St Swithun's Church, Martyr Worthy SO21 1DY on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Eliza Florence Farrington [born 2020]

_. Sophie Joanna Farrington [nee Grant, born 1989], wife of [Henry] John Herbert Farrington [born 1984], scion of the Farrington baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Eliza Florence, 7 January, 2020.

John Farrington is the son and heir of Sir Henry Farrington, 8th Baronet [born 1951]. He married in 2017, Sophie Joanna Grant, daughter of Ian William Alastair Grant, by his wife the former Emma Folley.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

The 3rd Baron Baden-Powell 1936-2019

_. The Lord Baden-Powell, 3rd Baron, grandson of the founder of the Boy Scout movement, died 28 December, 2019. He was 83.

Robert Crause Baden-Powell was born 15 October, 1936, son of the 2nd Baron Baden-Powell [1913-1962], by his wife the former Caroline Crause-Boardman [died 1993].

He succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 9 Dec, 1962, and served as Chief Commissioner, Scout Association 1965-82.

He married 1 Aug, 1963, Patience Helene Mary Batty, CBE, DL [1936-2010], only daughter of Major Douglas Myers Batty.

The barony, created in 1929 and baronetcy created in 1922 now pass to his younger brother, the Hon [David] Michael Baden-Powell [born 11 Dec, 1940].

A Service of Thanksgiving takes place at St Peter and St Paul's Church, Albury, Surrey, 15 January, 2020.

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Nudd/Leschallas engagement

_. The engagement was announced 7 January, 2020, between Max Robert Nudd, son of Mr & Mrs Robert Nudd, of Norfolk, and Marie Clair Leschallas, descended from the Earls of Romney, elder daughter of the late [Anthony] Simon Pigé Leschallas [1955-2019], by his first wife the former Amanda Nanci Le Coq [b 1957], now of Nizas, France, dau of Maj. James Le Coq.


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Harrison/Elphinstone engagement

_. The engagement was announced 7 January, 2020, between Oliver Harrison, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Christopher Harrison, of All Stretton, Shropshire, and the Hon Clementina Rose Elphinstone [born 1989], scion of the Lords Elphinstone, only daughter of the late 18th Lord Elphinstone [1953-1994], by his wife the former Willa Mary Gabriel Chetwode [born 1954], scion of the Barons Chetwode [she is now Mrs Thomas Lloyd, of Carmarthenshire].

Clementina Elphinstone is a kinswoman of HM The Queen. Her great-grandfather, the 16th Lord Elphinstone, KT [1869-1955], married in 1910, the Lady Mary Frances Bowes Lyon, DCVO [1883-1961], a sister of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother [1900-2002].

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Monday, January 06, 2020

Williams/Fortescue engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between John Williams, son of Mr & Mrs Lloyd Williams, of Melbourne, Australia, and Lily Sarah Fortescue [born 1990]. scion of the Earls Fortescue, daughter of Nicholas Cecil John Fortescue [born 1953], of London, by his wife the former Tessa Jane Ainsworth [born 1959], daughter of Sir Tjomas David Ainsworth, 4th Baronet [1926-99].

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Garthwaite/Campagna engagement

_. The engagement was announced 6 January, 2020, between Oliver Julian Garthwaite [born 1986], scion of the Garthwaite baronets, eldest son of Nicholas Anthony William Mancroft Garthwaite [born 1952], of London, by his wife the former Caroline C. Willbourne [born 1946], and Giovanna E. Campagna, daughter of David and Maria Campagna, of New York, United States.

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Cornelia Lady Palmer weds Rear-Admiral

_. The marriage took place 5 January, 2020, in Chelsea, between Rear-Admiral Alexander Michael [Mike] Gregory, OBE, RN [born 1945], scion of that landed family, son of Vice-Admiral Sir [George] David  Archibald Gregory, KBE, CB, DSO [1909-75], by his wife the former Florence Eve Patricia Hill, and Cornelia Dorothy Katharine, Baroness Palmer [born 1953], former wife of the 4th Baron Palmer [born 1951], and daughter of Rohan Nicholas Wadham, DFC [1923-2006], by his wife the former Juliana M.T. Walker [1926-2004].

Rear-Admiral Gregory's first marriage, in 1970, was to Jean Charlotte Muir [1946-2015], scion of the Muir baronets.

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Hon Mrs Caroline Sarah Aline Mieczkowska 1933-2019

_. The Hon Mrs Caroline Sarah Aline Mieczkowska, who has died aged 86, was a scion of the Barons Grenfell.

She was born 28 July, 1933, daughter of the 2nd Baron Grenfell, CBE [1905-1976], by his first wife the former Elizabeth Sarah Polk Shaughnessy, scion of the Barons Shaughnessy, and descended from the American Polk family.

She married 26 July, 1965, Zbigniew Mieczkowski, son of Stefan Mieczkowski, by whom she had issue.

The funeral will take place on Monday, 20 January, 2020 at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Henley-On-Thames.

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The Baron Williams of Elvel, CBE, PC 1933-2019

_. The Baron Williams of Elvel, CBE, PC, who died 30 December, 2019, aged 86, was a business executive, life peer, and step-father of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Charles Cuthbert Powell Williams was born 9 Fevruary, 1933, the son of N.P. Williams by his wife the former Muriel de Lerisson Cazenove, scion of that landed family.

Chairman of the Prices Commission 1985-92; appointed CBE in 1980, and created a life peer in 1985, and sat in the Lords on the Labour benches. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 2013.

He married in 1975, as her second husband, Jane Gillian Portal [born 11 Dec, 1929], daughter of Lt-Col Gervas Edward Portal [1890-1961], by his wife the former Iris Mary Butler [died 2002], and mother of the Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, &c.

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Sunday, January 05, 2020

Baroness Kilpatrick of Kincraig 1927-2019

_. The Baroness Kilpatrick of Kincraig, who died 19 December, 2019, aged 92, was the widow of the life peer, the Baron Kilpatrick of Kincraig, CBE [1926-2015].

Her husband, a former president of the General Medical Council, was created a life peer in 1996, and died 16 September, 2015.

She was the former Elizabeth [Bette] Forbes, daughter of Alexander Sharp Forbes [1890-1969], by his wife the former Margaret McRae [died 1963], and married Robert Kilpatrick in 1950.

Lady Kilpatrick of Kincraig leaves two sons and a daughter.

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Comyn/Bampfylde engagement

 _. The engagement has been announced between Capt Edward John FitzWalter Comyn [born 1989], descended from the Barons FitzWalter, younger son of Timoty John Comyn [born 1951], of Westcot, co Oxford, by his wife the former Jane Fairrie Drinkwater [born 1954], & the Hon Lara Fiona Brita Bampfylde [born 14 May, 1990], daughter of the 7th Baron Poltimore [born 8 June, 1957], of Hungerford, Berkshire, by his wife the former Sally Anne Miles [born 1957].

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Friday, January 03, 2020

Sir John Holder, 4th Baronet 1928-2020

_. Sir John Holder, 4th Baronet, died 2 January, 2020. He was 91.

John Henry Holder was born 12 March, 1928, son of Sir John Eric Duncan Holder, 3rd Baronet [1899-1986], by his wife the former Evelyn Josephine Blain.

He married firstly, in 1960, Catharine Harrison Baker [1925-94], daughter of Leonard Baker, by whom he had twin sons, Nigel and Hugo, and a daughter, Bridget; married secondly, 1997, Mrs Josephine Mary Rivett, daughter of Alfred Elliott.

He is succeeded in the baronetcy, created in 1898, by his elder twin son, Nigel John Charles Holder, who was born 6 May, 1962.

 Funeral Service at Amber Valley Crematorium on Thursday 23 January, 2020.

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Keith Grant Peterkin [died 2019]

_. Keith Grant Peterkin, who died 18 December, 2019, was descended from the Lords Elphinstone; a son of Hugh Grant Peterkin, and a grandson of Colonel Montagu Grant Peterkin, who married Elizabeth Margaret Buller-Fullerton-Elphinstone [1874-1945]. He leaves a widow, Theresa, and two sons, Hugh and Ian Cosmo.

The funeral takes place at St Peter's, Appleshaw, 10 January, 2019.

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Lady Skinner [1935-2019], wife of the 4th baronet

_. Lady Skinner, who died 13 December, 2019, was the wife of Sir [Thomas] Keith Hewitt Skinner, 4th Baronet, and a descendant of the regicide Oliver Cromwell.

She was born in 1935, a daughter of Cedric Ivor Tuckett [1901-75], of Tonbridge, Kent, by his wife the former Lettice Charlotte Thompson [1909-93], descended maternally from the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell.

She married 29 April, 1959, Thomas Keith Hewitt Skinner [born 6 Dec, 1927], publisher, who succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death in November, 1972. She is survived by her husband and two sons, James and Ian.

The funeral takes place in Suffolk, 9 January, 2020.


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Bunbury/Martin engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Henry Michael Napier Bunbury [born 4 March,1980], elder son and heir of Sir Michael William Bunbury, KCVO, 13th Baronet [born 29 December, 1946], of Rendlesham, co Suffolk, by his wife the former Caroline Anne Mangnall [born 1951], and Alice L. Martin, only daughter of Mr Julian Martin and the late Mrs Wishy Martin, of Cappoquin, Co Waterford.

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Hon Gillian Margaret Young [nee Campbell] 1925-2019

 _. The Hon Gillian Margaret Young, who died 23 December, 2019,  aged 94, was born in 1925, a scion of the Barons Colgrain, a daughter of the 2nd Baron [1891-1973], by his wife the former Margaret Emily Carver [died 1989], and was a sister of the 3rd Baron Colgrain [1920-2008]; married 1951, Peter Scott Young [1912-88], son of James John Bertram Young [1877-1943], by whom she had two sons and two daughters.

The funeral takes place at St Giles' Church, Shipbourne, Kent, 16 January, 2020.

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Hon Lady Hanley 1929-2019

_. The Hon Lady Hanley, who died 19 December, 2019, aged 90, was a scion of the Barons Hollenden.

She was born in 1929 as Lorna Margaret Dorothy Hope-Morley, daughter of the Hon Claude Hope-Morley [1887-1968], by his wife the former Lady Dorothy Edith Isabel Hobart-Hampden-Mercer-Henderson [1891-1972], daughter of the 7th Earl of Buckinghamshire [1860-1930].

She was raised to the rank of a baron's daughter following the succession to the Hollenden peerage of her brother, Gordon Hope-Morley in 1977.He was the 3rd Baron Hollenden [1914-99].

She married in 1957, Sir Michael Bowen Hanley, KCB [1918-2001], son of Prof James Alec Hanley [1887-1960], by his wife the former Una Bowen.

Lady Hanley leaves 2 [adopted] children, Peter and Sarah.

The funeral is to take place at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, 15 January, 2020.

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Thursday, January 02, 2020

Tufnell/Rimington-Pounder engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Henry Carleton Richard Tufnell [born 1992],  eldest son of Mark Henry Tufnell [born 1964], of Calmsden, Gloucestershire, by his wife the former [Rosina] Jane Davies, & Poppy Elizabeth Clare Rimington-Pounder [born 1992], daughter of His Honour Judge Gerard Pounder [born 1957], of The Barbican, London, by his wife the former Helen Clare Rimington [Judge Rimington, born 1958].

Henry Tufnell's grandfather Carleton John Richard Tufnell [1923-95] married Rosemary Joan Caroline Lloyd [1929-2017], a descendant, maternally, of the Preston baronets.

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Wednesday, January 01, 2020

The 2nd Baron Dickinson 1926-2019

_. The 2nd Baron Dickinson died 28 November, 2019, a month after the death of his wife.

Richard Clavering Hyett Dickinson was born 2 March, 1926, son of the Hon Richard Sebastian Willoughby Dickinson [1897-1935] by his wife the former May Southey Lovemore [1903-2000], and succeeded to the peerage [created in 1930] upon the demise of his grandfather, the 1st Baron Dickinson, KBE, PC, 31 May, 1943.

Lord Dickinson married 1stly, 31 Aug, 1957 [divorced 1980] Margaret Ann McMeekan, daughter of Brigadier Gilbert Reader McMeekan, CB, DSO, OBE; married 2ndly, August, 1980, Mrs Rita Doreen Moir [who died 17 October, 2019, aged 90].

Lord Dickinson leaves two sons, Martin and Andrew, from his first marriage. The elder son, the Hon Martin Hyett Dickinson [born 29 January, 1961], succeeds as 3rd Baron.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St Mary's Church, Painswick, Gloucestershire,  10 January, 2020.

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Julia Jean Portal 1931-2019

 _. Julia Jean Portal [nee Oxley], died 19 December, 2019, aged 88. Born in 1931, a daughter of Lieutenant-Col Richard George Reginald Oxley [1902-69], by his wife the former Jean Elspeth Anderson [1905-93]; married 1951, Christopher Portal [1927-2011], scion of the Portal baronets, son of Admiral Sir Reginald Portal, KCB, DSC, RN [1894-1983]. Two sons and two daughters of the marriage.

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Annabel Countess Ferrers 1930-2019

_. Annabel Countess Ferrers, who died 19 December, 2019, aged 89, was the widow of the 13th Earl Ferrers [1929-2012].

She was the former Annabel Carr, scion of that landed family, daughter of Brigadier William Greenwood Carr, CVO, DSO [1901-82], by his wife the former [Donna Agnese] Nennella Salazar Y Mûnatones (1896-1986); married 1951, the 13th Earl Ferrers, by whom she had two sons and three daughters.

A Requiem Mass will take place at St Edmund's Church, Bungay, 13 January, 2019.

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