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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Swire/Cotterell engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 29 September, 2020, between Samuel Compton Swire [born 1980], scion of that landed gentry family, son of the late Sir Adrian Christopher Swire [1932-2018], by his wife the former Lady Judith Compton [born 26 September, 1943], of Sparsholt, co Oxford, scion of the Marquesses of Northampton, & Poppy A. Cotterell [born 1988], scion of the Cotterell baronets, daughter of Sir Henry Richard Geers Cotterell, 7th Baronet [born 22 Aug, 1961], of Garnons, Herefordshire, by his 1st late wife the former Carolyn Suzanne Beckwith-Smith [1955-99], scion of the Beckwith-Smith landed gentry family, sometime extra Lady-in-Waiting to Sarah, Duchess of York.

Samuel Swire is a grandson maternally of the 6th Marquess of Northampton [1885-1978].

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Monday, September 28, 2020

George Weld-Blundell 1960-2020

_. George Weld Blundell, who died 23 September, 2020, aged 59, was a scion of the landed gentry family of Ince Blundell and the Welds of Lulworth.

He was born in 1960, a son of Charles Joseph Ignatius Weld-Blundell [1928-2004], by his wife the former Veronica Mary Noyes [1930-2020].

His father's ancestors include the 17th Baron Stourton and the 6th Duke of Leeds, and his mother descended from the 6th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh and the 8th Baron Arundell of Wardour, &c.

One ancestral great-uncle, Edward Weld [1740-75] was the husband of Maria Fitzherbert [1756-1837], lon serving mistress of the Prince Regent [later George IV], who contracted an illegal marriage with the prince in 1785.

George Weld-Blundell married in 1985, Buddug L [Billie] Lloyd, daughter of G. Selwyn Lloyd, of Prestatyn, by whom he had a son, Charles Joseph [born 1993], and two daughters, Laura Sian [born 1987], and Philippa Kate [Pippa] [born 1989].

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Hamill/Johnson-Gilbert marriage

 _. The marriage took place 19 September, 2020, at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, West Wittering, between Robert Matthew Hamill [born 1988],  son of Ian Hamill [born 1949], by his wife the former Gillian C. Sheppard, & Imogen Alice Johnson-Gilbert [born 1990], daughter of Christopher Ian Johnson-Gilbert [born 1955], by his wife the former Hon Emma Davina Mary Woodhouse [born 1954], daughter of the 5th Baron Terrington [1917-2001], by his wife the Lady Davidema Katharine Cynthia Mary Millicent Bulwer-Lytton [1909-95], daughter of the 2nd Earl of Lytton [1876-1947].

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Matilda & Tess Denny [born 2020]

 _. Philippa Rosalind Denny [née Dos Santos], wife of Patrick Charles Alistair Denny [born 2 January, 1985], scion of the Denny baronets, gave birth to twin daughters, Matilda Elizabeth and Tess Maria, 1 September, 2020, sisters for Clara Rose, who was born 2018.

Patrick Denny is the son and heir of Sir Charles Alistair Maurice Denny, 4th Baronet [born 7 Oct, 1950], by his first wife the former Belinda Mary McDonald.

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Romola Skye Macdonald Blair [born 2020]

  _. Annabel Jane Blair [nee Wilcken, born 1985], wife of Hamish Chandos Blair [born 1982], gave birth to a daughter, Romola Skye Macdonald, 16 September, 2020.

Hamish Blair is a son of James Chandos Blair [1948-2005], descended from the Hoskyns baronets, by his wife the former Alexandra Charlotte Struan Robertson [born 1952], descended from the Barons Forres and the Forbes of Pitsligo baronets.

Hamish married in 2017, Annabel Wilcken, daughter of Anthony D.F. Wilcken by his wife the former Jane Macdonald.

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John Francis Fuller-Sessions 1939-2020

 _. John Francis Fuller-Sessions, died 19 September, 2020. He was born in 1939, son of Francis Victor Fuller [1913-40], by his wife the former Winnie Victoria Collins [1914-83] [who married, as her second husband in 1940, Colin Sessions]. He married in 1965, Marion Hall [born 1940], daughter of Sir Douglas Hall, 14th Baronet [1909-2004], by whom he had a son, and two daughters.

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Huntley/Gladstone engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 26 September, 2020, between George Malcolm F. Huntley [born 1992], son of Mr Andrew Huntley, of Great Malvern, Worcestershire, by his wife the former Rachel Waldron, and Emily Ann Gladstone [born 28 November, 1994], scion of the Gladstone landed family, of Capenoch, eldest daughter of Mr Andrew Malcolm Gladstone [born 4 October, 1958], of Craichlaw, Wigtownshire, by his wife the former Mary Sweet-Escott [born 1961], scion of that landed gentry family.

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Honor Beatrice Celeste Helmore [born 2020]

 _. Princess Augusta von Preussen (born 15 Dec, 1986), wife of Caspar William Helmore (born 27 Jan, 1987), gave birth to a daughter, Honor Beatrice Celeste, 8 September, 2020, a sister for Otto Frederick Charles, who was born 11 August, 2018.

Caspar is the second son of Mr Charles Patrick Helmore, of London, and Mrs Rachel Helmore (born 1952, nee Aykroyd), of Rogate, west Sussex, scion of the Aykroyd baronets (Bt, cr UK, 1929, of Birstwith Hall, Harrogate). He is a nephew of Lucy Helmore, the socialite and model, former wife of pop singer Bryan Ferry, who took her own life in 2018.

Princess Augusta Lily von Preussen, a scion of the Royal House of Prussia, & a descendant of Queen Victoria, is the  daughter of HRH Prince (Frederick) Nicholas von Preussen (b 3 May, 1946). of Kensington, by his former wife the former Hon Victoria Mancroft (b 1952) (Victoria, Princess von Preussen, of East Coker, Somerset)  scion of the Barons Mancroft (Baron UK, cr 1937).

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Barnaby Franco Sacheverell Sitwell [born 2020]

 __. The Hon Emily Jane Sitwell [nee Lopes, born 1987], wife of William Ronald Sacheverell Sitwell (born 2 Oct, 1969), scion of the Sitwell baronets, gave birth to a son, Barnaby Franco Sacheverell, 22 September, 2020, a brother for Walter Henry Sacheverell, born 18 October, 2020.

William Sitwell is the editor, writer and broadcaster, the second son of the late Francis Trajan Sacheverell Sitwell (1935-2004), by his wife the former Susanna Carolyn Cross, scion of the Cross baronets.

The Hon Emily Sitwell is a daughter of the late 3rd Baron Roborough (1940-2015), by his 2nd wife (and first cousin once removed) Sarah Anne Pipon (b 1951).

It is William Sitwell's second marriage. In 1999 he married Laura Barbara McCorquodale (born 1972), scion of that landed family, dau of Capt Euan McCorquodale.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank is pregnant

 _. It has been announced that HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank, and her husband Jack, are expecting their first child.

The couple married at St George's Chapel in October, 2018. The Queen's great-grandchild is expected early in 2021.

Jack Christopher Stamp Brooksbank (born 3 May, 1986), scion of the Brooksbank baronets, is the elder son of Mr George Edward Hugh Brooksbank (b 8 Feb 1949), by his wife the former Nicola J Newton (b 1953).

HRH Princess Eugenie Victoria Helena of York (b 23 Mar, 1990), is the younger daughter of HRH The Duke of York, KG (born 19 Feb, 1960), by his former wife the former Sarah Margaret Ferguson [born 15 Oct, 1959], scion of the Fergusons of Dummer.

Eugenie and Jack are closely related ~ they are third cousins twice removed. Both Eugenie and Jack descend from Thomas William Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester [1822-1909]. 

2nd Earl of Leicester ->Lady Julia Coke -> 8th Viscount Powerscourt -> Doreen Wingfield -> Susan Wright -> Sarah Ferguson -> Princess Eugenie

2nd Earl of Leicester ->Hon Sir John Coke -> Celia Coke -> George Brooksbank -> Jack Brooksbank

Jack's great-grandfather Major the Hon Sir John Spencer Coke [1880-1957], was Gentleman Usher to HM King George VI between 1938 and 1953. He was appointed Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) in 1946. He was appointed Knight Commander, Royal Victorian Order (K.C.V.O.) in 1953.

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Jewell/Heriot-Maitland engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 25 September, 2020, between Calum Jewell, younger son of Mr Stanley Jewell, and Mrs Ann McKinsley, both of Dunfermline, and Alexandra Heriot-Maitland [born 1989], scion of the Earls of Lauderdale, third daughter of Mr Patrick Richard Heriot-Maitland [born 23 April, 1947], of Dunning, Perthshire, by his wife the former Marilyn Lois Grant.

Alexandra Heriot-Maitland is a 5 x gt-granddaughter of the 6th Earl of Lauderdale [who died in 1744].

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Sir John Hay of Park, 11th Baronet 1935-2020

 _. Sir John Hay of Park, 11th [and last] Baronet, died 9 July, 2020, according to the Clan Hay website. He was 84.

John Erroll Audley Hay was born 3 December, 1935, son of Sir Arthur Thomas Erroll Hay, 10th Baronet [1909-93], by his 1st wife the former Hertha Hedwig Paula Louise  Stölzle [died 1994], who was a great x 2 niece of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Sir John never married. The baronetcy of Nova Scotia, created in 1663, is now extinct.

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Winckler/Forte marriage

 _. The marriage took place 19 September, 2020, in London, between Felix Winckler [born c. 1979], and Irene Alisea Forte [born 1988], daughter of the Hon Sir Rocco Giovanni Vincent Forte [born 18 January, 1945], by his wife the former Aliai Giovanna Maria Ricci.

Irene is a paternal granddaughter of Charles Carmine Forte, the Baron Forte [1908-2007], life peer.

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Claude Packe-Drury-Lowe [born 2020]

 Aki Judith Packe-Drury-Lowe [born 1979], wife of George Thomas Naylor Packe-Drury-Lowe [born 1994], scion of that landed gentry family, has given birth to a son, Claude, a brother for Ursula.

George Packe-Drury-Lowe is heir to the Preswold Hall estate, Leicestershire, son of Edward Packe-Drury-Lowe, of Prestwold Hall, a descendant of the Barons Colebrooke, & the Needham Earls of Kilmorey, by his 1st wife the former ___ Naylor.

Prestwold Hall came to the Drury-Lowe family in 1936 when Penelope Mary Packe, the daughter of Sir Edward Hussey Packe, married John Drury Boteler Drury-Lowe (1905-1960). Drury-Lowe adopted the additional surname of Packe – his son, Simon Jasper Packe-Drury-Lowe [1938-2015], inherited the house and estate. It is now the home of Simon's son, Edward.

George and Aki, who married in 2017, have a daughter, Ursula, born in 2018.

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Hon Lady Coats 1929-2020

 _. The Hon Lady Coats died 19 September, 2020, aged 91.

She was born 23 August, 1929, as Elizabeth MacAndrew, daughter of Charles Glen MacAndrew [1888-1979], Conservative MP for Kilmarnock 1924-29, by his first wife the former Lilian Cathleen Curran [died 1978]. Her father, later Tory MP for Patrick and for North Ayrshire was raised to the peerage in 1959, as Baron MacAndrew.

Elizabeth MacAndrew married 8 February, 1950, William David Coats [1924-2009], a great nephew of the 1st Baron Glentanar. William Coats, who was knighted in 1985, was the last member of his family to head the Paisley threadmaking company that still bears his name. 

The Hon Lady Coats was widowed, 1 May, 2009. She leaves two sons, Brian and Adrian, and a daughter, Frances.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Sir Malcolm Rognvald Innes of Edingight, KCVO 1938-2020

 _. Sir Malcolm Innes, 16th of Edingight, KCVO, who has died aged 82, was a former Lord Lyon King of Arms.

He was born 25 May, 1938, son of Sir Thomas Innes, 7th of Learney, GCVO [1893-1971], Lord Lyon King of Arms 1945-1969, by his wife the former Lady Lucy Buchan [1902-2002], daughter of the 18th Earl of Caithness [1862-1947].

He married 19 Oct, 1963, Joan Hay [died 22 Nov, 2013], daughter of Thomas Hay, by whom he had issue, three sons, John, yr of Edingight [born 1965], Colin [born 1967], and Michael [born 1970].

Sir Malcolm was admitted to the Royal Company of Archers in 1971. He held the office of Marchmont Herald between 1972 and 1981. He held the office of Secretary to the Order of the Thistle. He was appointed Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) in 1981. He held the office of Lord Lyon King of Arms between 1981 and 2001. He was appointed Knight Commander, Royal Victorian Order (K.C.V.O.) in 1990. He was appointed Fellow, Society of Antiquaries, Scotland (F.S.A.Scot.) He held the office of Orkney Herald of Arms Extraordinary in 2001.

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Richmond-Watson/Allen-Oliver engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 23 September, 2020, between Mr Bob Stuart Richmond-Watson [born 1985], scion of that landed gentry family, of Brightwell Park, a landscape and garden designer, son of Julian Howard Richmond-Watson [born 1947], of Potterspury, Northamptonshire, racehorse owner, head of the Richmond-Watson landed gentry family, by his wife the former Sarah Frances Gee [born 1951], & Mr Morgan T.G. Allen-Oliver, a knitwear designer, son of Mr Richard Oliver and the Rev Dorothea Oliver, of Draycott, Somerset.

Bob Richmond-Watson's maternal grandfather, Francis Norman Gee [1908-51], married Sheila Jackson-Stops [1917-2011], of that landed gentry family.

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Wynn-Williams/Keys engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 23 September, 2020, between Henry George [Harry] Wynn-Williams [born 1984], son of Hugo Wynn-Williams born 1955], of Dogmersfield, Hampshire, by his wife the former Mary Vaughan [born 1955], & Letitia Mary Keys [born 1990], younger daughter of Mr Richard Keys, of Streat, East Sussex, by his wife the former Helen K. Jackson.

Harry Wynn-Wiilliams is a grandson of the late George Wynn-Williams, who married in 1943, Lady Penelope Jowitt [1923-2007], daughter of the 1st [and last] Earl Jowitt, PC [1885-1957], Lord Chancellor in the administration of Clement Attlee, 1945-51.

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Shirley/Varley marriage

 _. The marriage took place 12 September, 2020, at the Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, Sherborne, Dorset, between Evelyn Robert Shirley [born 1990], scion of the Earls Ferrers, eldest son of Philip Evelyn Shirley [born 29 September, 1955], of Ettington, by his wife the former Augusta Southern, & Georgina Anne Varley [born 1990], daughter of Kevin A. Varley, of Moorside, Dorset, by his wife the former Cathrine A. Brown.

Evelyn Shirley is a descendant of the 1st Earl Ferrers [1650-1717].

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Nigel Dodds's life peerage has been gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to former DUP MP Nigel Dodds has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Dodds of Duncairn, of Duncairn in the City of Belfast.

Nigel Alexander Dodds, PC, OBE (born 20 August 1958) is a Northern Ireland barrister and unionist politician. Dodds became North Belfast's MP in the 2001 UK general election and served in that role until he was succeeded by Sinn Féin's John Finucane in 2019. He has served in the past as a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, and as Minister of Finance in the Northern Ireland Executive. He has been deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) since June 2008. He has been Lord Mayor of Belfast twice, and from 1993 has been General Secretary of the DUP.

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Bryn Davies's life peerage has been gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Brinley Howard Davies has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Davies of Brixton, of Brixton in the London Borough of Lambeth.

Brinley Howard "Bryn" Davies (born 17 May 1944) is a British trade unionist, actuary and politician who was Leader of the Inner London Education Authority in the early 1980s.

He was nominated for a peerage by the Leader of the Labour Party at the Dissolution, 2019.

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Michael Spencer's life peerage gazetted...

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Mr Michael Spencer has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Spencer of Alresford, of Alresford in the County of Hampshire, 17 September, 2020.

Michael Alan Spencer (born 30 May 1955) is a British businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of NEX Group, a UK-based business focused on electronic markets and post trade business which was acquired by CME Group in November 2018. 

NEX Group was formerly known as ICAP, until the sale of its voice-broking business to Tullett Prebon in December 2016. Spencer has been described as the richest self-made person in the City of London and as a "City grandee". According to the Sunday Times Rich List in 2020, he is worth an estimated £1.1 billion, a decrease of £50 million from the previous year.

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Charles Moore's life peerage gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to Charles Moore in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Moore of Etchingham, of Etchingham in the County of East Sussex, 17 September, 2020.

Charles Hilary Moore (born 31 October 1956) is an English journalist and a former editor of The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator and The Sunday Telegraph; he still writes for all three. At the Telegraph he was the boss of later Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was the paper's Brussels correspondent. When asked what working with Johnson was like he replied: "it was a nightmare." Moore is best known globally for his authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher, published in three volumes (2013, 2016 and 2019).

Moore was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. After university he joined The Daily Telegraph as a political correspondent. From the Telegraph, he became a political columnist at The Spectator. In 1984 he became editor of The Spectator and edited The Sunday Telegraph from 1992 to 1995. From 1995 to 2003 he served as editor of The Daily Telegraph.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Marylee Anne Ravnkilde [nee Wigram] 1952-2020

 _. Marylee Anne Ravnkilde [nee Wigram], who died 20 September, 2020, aged 68, was a scion of the Wigram baronets.

She was born Marylee Anne Wigram, 16 March, 1952, daughter of Gerald Frederic Wigram [1916-2009], by his wife the former Anne Christal Butler [1909-1981], scion of the Barons Dunboyne, and married 15 November, 1997, Major (Knud Peter) Mark Ravnkilde, son of Knud Ravnkilde.

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Mary Louise Anne Hoare [née Hamill-Stewart] 1959-2020

 _. Mary-Louise Anne Hoare, who has died from cancer, aged 61, was descended from the Arbuthnot baronets.

She was born 22 March, 1959, a triplet daughter [with brothers Mark & Charles] of Michael Patrick  Hamill-Stewart [born 9 July, 1931] by his wife the former Anita Nicole Bourg, daughter of Francis Bourg, of Luxembourg; married 1996, Nicholas P. Hoare [born 1957], son of C.S. Hoare, of Medstead, Hampshire, by whom she had issue, a son, Oliver [born 1998], and a daughter, Annabel [born 2000].

Mrs Hoare was a descendant of Sir Robert Keith Arbuthnot, 2nd Baronet [1801-73]

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Claudia Florence Rose Rundall [born 2020]

 _. Helen Mary Rundall [née Dyson, born 1987], wife of John William Nathaniel [Jack] Rundall [born 1987], gave birth to a daughter, Claudia Florence Rose, 20 September, 2020, a sister for Imogen Mary Angela, who was born 3 March, 2018.

Helen is a daughter of [John] Nigel Dyson, by his wife the former Janet Mary Tickell.

Jack Rundall is a son of Francis Richard Seton Rundall, by his wife the former Lady Rosalthé Frances Ryder [born 1 May, 1954], scion of the Earls of Harrowby, daughter of the 7th Earl of Harrowby [1922-2007].

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Charles Peter Symes Bullen 1941-2020

 _. Charles Peter Symes Bullen, of Avington Park, near Winchester, died 17 September, 2020, aged 79.

He was a scion of that landed family, formerly of Catherton. Born at Whitchurch, Shropshire in 1941, son of Lt-Col John [Jack] Symes Bullen, by his wife the former Anne Harris-St John.

He had siblings, brothers Anthony and Michael, and sisters Anne and Jane.   Jane Bullen, LVO, is the Princess Royal's Lady in Waiting, wife of Timothy Holderness-Roddam.

He was a grandson maternally of Charles Edward Harris-St John [1874-1953], by his wife the former Winifred Rose Dugdale [1891-1968], scion of that landed gentry family.

He married firstly in 1964, Elizabeth Allcock; married secondly, in 1981, Sarah Hickson [whose family bought Avington Park in 1951], daughter of Lt-Col John Hickson, MC, by his wife the former Audrey Mary Darrell-Huskinson [1918-99], and is survived by his second wife, and two daughters from his first marriage, Elizabeth Sarah [Lizzie] [born 1969], & Caroline Mary [born 1972].

Avington Park was mentioned in the 10th Century as Afintun, Avington originally belonged to the Cathedral of Winchester until King Henry VIII granted the estate to Edmund Clerke, who built the banqueting hall, now the Orangery.

In the mid C17th, Avington was owned by George Brydges, Groom of the Bedchamber to Charles II. He enlarged the house to accommodate the King and Nell Gwynne. The 3rd Duke of Chandos, a cousin, inherited the property and made many improvements, adding the leaded statues, fountain, redecorating and gilding the state rooms, as well as laying out the gardens and parkland, planting avenues and vistas.

His only child, married the Duke of Buckingham and Stowe, who became the Duke of Buckingham and Chandos, inheriting Avington, and played host to King George IV and Mrs Fitzherbert.  The estate was sold in 1847 to Sir John Shelley, brother of the poet, and was sold to Lt. Col and Mrs Hickson in 1951, and is now in trust with their family. 

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Ottilie Mabel Hough [born 2020]

 _. Eliza Daisy Hough [née Lawson, born 1991], wife of William Edward Gordon Hough [born 1990], gave birth to a daughter, Ottilie Mabel, 6 September, 2020.

Eliza is a daughter of Timothy Guy Lawson [born 1960], by his wife the former Hon Miranda Jane Newall [born 25 February, 1959], scion of the Barons Newall, daughter of the 2nd Baron Newall [born 23 June, 1930].

William Hough is a son of Robert Gordon Hough [born 1949], by his wife the former Jacqueline [Jackie] Fayter [born 10 June, 1951], the tennis player.

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Murray/Chaffer marriage

_. The marriage took place 19 September, 2020, at the Church of St Peter Lewtrenchard, Devon, between Henry Stewart Murray [born 1983], scion of the Dukes of Atholl, son of James Stewart Murray, of Devon, by his wife the former Susan Janet Elizabeth Williams, & Alexa Maria Chaffer [born 1982], daughter of Mr David L. Chaffer [born 1956], of Sussex, and Dr Denise Chaffer [nee O'Farrell, born 1959], also of Sussex.

Henry Murray is four generations in descent from the 3rd Duke of Atholl [1729-74].

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Arthur Marcus James De La Poer Beresford [born 2020]

 _. Susannah De La Poer Beresford [née Hill], wife of the Hon Robert Marcus Duncan De La Poer Beresford [born 14 July, 1988], scion of the Barons Decies, gave birth to a son, Arthur Marcus James, 29 August, 2020.

The Hon Robert De La Poer Beresford is the elder son and heir of the 7th Baron Decies [born 5 Aug, 1948], by his wife the former Edel Jeannette Hedron.

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Walker/Steel engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 19 September, 2020, between Angus Kenenth Walker [born 1990], son of Thomas M. Walker, of Gullane, East Lothian, by his wife Dr the Hon [Evelyn] Claire Walkler [nee Sanderson, born 1961], & Sophie Mary Verena Steel [born 1991], daughter of James Thomas Jordan Steel [born 1960], of Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, by his wife the former Lindsay J Farrell [born 1962].

Angus Walker is a grandson maternally of the Baron Sanderson of Bowden [born 30 April, 1933].

Sophie Steel is descended from the Clives of Perrystone and is a great-great-granddaughter of the 6th Earl of Clarendon [1877-1955].

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Gogerty/Lovell engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 19 September, 2020, between William Paul Gogerty [born 1986], son of Stephen St John Gogerty [born 1955], of Hanley Swan, Worcestershire, by his wife the former Hannah Fagg [born 1957], & Emma Charlotte Lovell [born 1985], daughter of Alan Charles Lovell [born 1954], of Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, by his wife the former Hon Virginia Weatherill [born 1955], daughter of the life peer and former Speaker of the House of Commons, the Baron Weatherill [1920-2007].

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Wrey/Jenks engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 19 September, 2020, between Max[imillian] George Bourchier Wrey [born 1989], scion of the Wrey baronets, youngest son of Charles Bourchier Wrey [born 1949], of Galle, Sri Lanka, by his wife the former Catriona Anne Wilson [born 1960], & Kitty Judith Christiane Jenks [born 1994], younger daughter of Philip Richard Jenks [born 1963], by his wife the former Alexandra Ulrike Wilson-Nicol [born 1963], daughter of Alexander James Wilson-Nicol [born 1933], by his wife the former Christiane F. von Canstein.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the wedding in 2018 of Kitty Jenks's sister, Daisy, to Charles Anthony van Starbenzee [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family.

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Jessel/English engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 19 September, 2020, between Thomas George William [Tom] Jessel [born 17 April, 1990], scion of the Jessel baronets, only son of Mr Alastair John Jessel [born 19 Aug, 1959], of Pembury, Kent, by his former wife the former Gail Alexandra Patridge [now Mrs Peter Hall, of Marden, Kent], & Isabel Margaret L. English [born 1990], daughter of the late Jonathan M.S. English [born 1964, d], by his wife the former Hannah I. Tahany [now of Wilton, Wiltshire].

Tom Jessel is a grandson of Sir Charles John Jessel, 3rd Baronet [born 29 Dec, 1924].

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Neil Mendoza's life peerage gazetted ...

_. The life peerage awarded to Neil Francis Jeremy Mendoza has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Mendoza, of King's Reach in the City of London.

Neil Francis Jeremy Mendoza, Baron Mendoza (born 1959) is a British publisher and philanthropist. He has served as the provost of Oriel College, Oxford, since September 2018, as well as the UK government's Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal since May 2020.

He was nominated for a life peerage by the Prime Minister in his 2019 Dissolution Honours list.

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Mark Lancaster's life peerage gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to Mark Lancaster in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Lancaster of Kimbolton, of Kimbolton in the County of Cambridgeshire, 18 Sept, 2020.

John Mark Lancaster, Baron Lancaster of Kimbolton], TD, VR, PC (born 12 May 1970) is a British Conservative Party politician and Member of the House of Lords. He previously served as Member of Parliament for North East Milton Keynes from 2005 until 2010 and then its successor seat Milton Keynes North from the seat's creation at the 2010 general election until his retirement from the House of Commons at the 2019 general election. He served as a Minister in several appointments after the formation of the Coalition Government in 2010, first as Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury, before in May 2015 moving to the Ministry of Defence first as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Veterans, Reserves and Personnel, then on 13 June 2017, he was appointed Minister of State for the Armed Forces, he served in this role until his retirement from Government on 16 December 2019. 

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Andrew Sharpe's life peerage gazetted ....

 _. The life peerage awarded to Andrew Sharpe has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Sharpe of Epsom, of Epsom in the County of Surrey.

Andrew Sharpe, Baron Sharpe of Epsom, OBE is a British broker and politician based in Surrey, who was the President of the National Conservative Convention from 2017—2018 and has been its Chairman since July 2018. He is also Vice Chair of the Policy Forum. He has worked to promote voluntary involvement in senior levels of the Conservative Party's organisation.

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Veronica Wadley's life peerage gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to Veronica Wadley has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Fleet, of Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden.

Veronica Judith Colleton Wadley, Baroness Fleet, CBE (born 28 February 1952) is the chairman of Arts Council London and board member of Arts Council England (2010–present). She was a senior advisor to the former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson (2012–2016) and the chairman of the London Music Fund (formerly the Mayor's Fund for Young Musicians) from 2012 to 2016, where she remains a Trustee. She is also a non-executive director of the Berkeley Group and an independent Director of Times Newspapers Holdings. Prior to this, she was the editor of the Evening Standard (2002–2009) and previously deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph.

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Guy Payan Dawnay 1944-2020

 _. Guy Payan Dawnay, who died 10 September, 2020, aged 75, was a scion of the Viscounts Downe, a great-great-grandson of the 7th Viscount.

He was born 6 October, 1944, the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Payan Dawnay [1909-89], by his wife the former Patricia Wake [1919-89], a daughter Major-Gen Sir Hereward Wake, 13th Baronet [1876-1963].

Guy Dawnay married in 1975 [div 1990], Charmian Rose Neilson, daughter of Lt-Col Alistair Neilson, of Callaly, Northumberland, by whom he had issue, two sons, Christopher [Kit], born in 1977, and Mark [born 1979].

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Former Labour MP Kate Hoey's life peerage gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to former Labour MP Kate Hoey has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Hoey, of Lylehill and Rathlin in the County of Antrim, 14 September, 2020.

Catharine Letitia Hoey, Baroness Hoey (born 21 June 1946) is a Northern Irish politician who served as the Labour Member of Parliament for Vauxhall from 1989 until 2019 when she did not stand for re-election and publicly supported Boris Johnson's Conservative Party and the DUP.

She was elevated to the House of Lords in July 2020 by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Claire Fox's life peerage gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded recently to Claire Fox has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Fox of Buckley, of Buckley in the County of Flintshire, 14 September, 2020.

Claire Regina Fox, Baroness Fox of Buckley (born 5 June 1960) is a British writer and politician who served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the North West England constituency from 2019 to 2020. She is the director and founder of the Institute of Ideas think tank.

Raised in Flintshire, Wales, Fox attended St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School. After graduating from the University of Warwick and gaining a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education, she worked as a mental health social worker and an English Language and Literature lecturer at Thurrock Technical College and West Herts College.

A lifelong Eurosceptic, she was previously a member of the Revolutionary Communist Party but later began identifying as a libertarian. She became a registered supporter of the Brexit Party shortly after its formation and successfully ran on its behalf in the 2019 European Parliament election. She was nominated for a peerage in July 2020 despite past opposition to the authority of the House of Lords.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Adrian John Conway Seymour 1918-2020

 _. Lieutenant-Colonel Adrian John Conway Seymour, scion of the Marquesses of Hertford, died 12 September, 2020, at the age of 102.

Seymour was Col. Scots Guards [retired]; Lieutenant-Colonel commanding Scots Guards 1962-64. He served in the Second World War and was mentioned in Despatches.

He was born 11 June, 1918, son of Major Conway Hugh Seymour, MC [1886-1931], Scots Guards, by his wife the former Kathleen Butler [died 1950].

He was a grandson of the Rev Lord Victor Alexander Seymour [1859-1935], a godson of Queen Victoria, and a great-grandson of the 5th Marquess of Hertford [1812-84].

Adrian Seymour married 14 February, 1953, Elizabeth Ann Herbert [1927-2005], daughter of Lieutenant-General Sir Edwin Otway Herbert, KBE, CB, DSO, by his wife the former Muriel Barlow, by whom he had issue, two daughters, Virginia [born 1955], and Angela [1957-79].

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Macdonald Buchanan/Thring engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 18 September, 2020, between James Iain Harry Macdonald Buchanan [born 4 February, 1963], second son of the late [Alexander] James Macdonald Buchanan [1931-2017], by his wife the former Elizabeth Vivian Smith [1939-2020], scion of the Barons Bicester, & Arabella Caroline Thring [born 1969], scion of that landed gentry family, second daughter of the late John Gale Wake Thring [born 1943, d], by his wife the former Dianne Elizabeth Jones [died 2015].

James Macdonald Buchanan is a scion of the Buchanan whisky family, and a great-grandson of the 1st and last Baron Woolavington. His late mother was a granddaughter paternally of the 1st Baron Bicester, and a granddaughter maternally of the 6th Earl of Rosebery [1882-1974].

It is James Macdonald Buchanan's second marriage. In 1996 he married Julia Crossley, scion of the Barons Somerleyton, by whom he has two children.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Twins for Princess Tatiana von Preussen


_. Princess Tatiana Brigid Honor von Preussen [born 1980], wife of Philip Alan Womack [born 1981], gave birth to twin girls, Xenia Alexandra Selina, and Amalia Maria Brigid, 29 August, 2020, a sister for Arthur Frederick Richard, who was born in 2015.

Princess Tatiana, is a scion of the Royal House of Prussia and descended from the last German Emperor Wilhelm II, and from Britain’s Queen Victoria.

Tatiana is a daughter of Prince [William] Andrew von Preussen [born 1947], by his wife the former Alexandra Blahova [1947-2019].

Philip Womack, writer & journalist is a son of Richard Womack, of Cranleigh, Surrey, by his wife the former Marie Obradovic.

Princess Tatiana is a great-granddaughter of the 2nd Earl of Iveagh [1874-1967], head of the Guinness brewing dynasty.

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Mary Louise Phyllis Shirley 1931-2020

 _. Mary Louise Phyllis Shirley, who died 16 September, 2020, aged 88, was a scion of the Earls Ferrers.

She was born 4 October, 1931, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Evelyn Charles Shirley [1889-1956], by his wife the former Kathleen Mary Phyllis Cardew [died 1977], and was descended from the 1st Earl Ferrers [1650-1717]. Unmarried.

She was predeceased by a brother, Maj John Shirley [1922-2009], and leaves nephews, Philip and Hugh Shirley, and a niece, Emily, wife of the 3rd Baron Grimston of Westbury.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Harrison Lloyd Clarke [born 2020]

 _. Georgina Jane Clarke [née Crichton, born 1988], wife of Rex H. Clarke, and scion of the Earls of Erne, gave birth to a son, Harrison Lloyd, 6 September, 2020.

Rex Clarke is a son of Brian Clarke, of Brisbane, Australia, by his wife Wendy.

Georgina is a daughter of Hugh Patrick George Crichton [born 1949], by his wife the former Kerry Kyle-Little.

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Baroness Carter, widow of life peer, dies aged 89

 _. The Baroness Carter, widow of life peer, Denis Victor Carter, the Baron Carter, PC, died at her home in Witshire, 6 September, 2020. She was 89. 

The former Teresa Mary Greengoe married Denis Carter in 1957. Her husband was created a life peer in 1987 [a Kinnock nomination as a 'working peer'], and served as Captain of the Hon Corps of Gentlemen at Arms [Government Chief Whip in the House of Lords] during the Blair Administration, 1997-2002, and was sworn of the Privy Council, in 1997.

Baroness Carter was widowed, 18 Dec, 2006. She was predeceased by both a son and a daughter.

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Jeremy Peter Samuel Montagu 1927-2020

 _. Jeremy Peter Samuel Montagu, who died 11 September, 2020, aged 92, was a scion of the Barons Swaythling.

He was born 27 December, 1927, son of the Hon Ewen Edward Samuel Montagu [1901-1985], by his wife the former Iris Rachel Solomon [1903-1999]; married 29 July, 1955, Gwen Ellen Ingledew [1924-2003], daughter of Jack Ingledew [1888-1970], by his wife the former Elled Amelia Tickner [1898-1988], by whom he had a son, Simon [born 1959] and two daughters, Rachel [born 1956], and Sarah [born 1958].

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Granddaughter of the 6th Earl Cawdor engaged

 _. The engagement was announced 15 September, 2020, between Richard Thomas Hollingsworth [born 1991], son of [John] Christopher Hollingsworth [born 1955], of Wickhambrook, Suffolk, by his former wife the former Paula Margaret Wood [born 1958, now Mrs Mark Slater, of Coton, Cambridge], & Miss Storm Isobel Athill [born 1990], daughter of William Robert Charles Athill [born 1958], of Morston, Norfolk, and Lady Elizabeth [Liza] Campbell [born 1959], of London, daughter of the late 6th Earl Cawdor, Thane of Cawdor [1932-1993].

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Monday, September 14, 2020

Frederick Thomas Benson Jowitt 1933-2020

 _. Frederick Thomas Benson Jowitt died 13 September, 2020. He was 86.

He was born in 1933 a son of William Thomas Benson Jowitt [1901-1941], by his wife the former Margaret Jean Law [1906-1992]. He married in 1963, Juliet Margaret Brackenbury [born 1940], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Lieutenant-Col Robert Henry Langton Brackenbury, OBE [1903-1979], by his wife the former Eleanor Trewlove Springman [1907-71], ny whom he had a son and a daughter.

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Sheldrick/Abel Smith engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 14 September, 2020, between Mr W.T. [Tom] Sheldrick, elder son of Mr & Mrs David Sheldrick, of Sidmouth, Devon, and Jessica Karen Abel Smith [born 1977], member of that landed gentry family, daughter of Michael James Abel Smith [born 12 July, 1939, a grandson maternally of the 10th Earl of Southesk], of Daylesford, co Gloucester, by his wife the former Karen Moireach Aileen Malcolmson [born 1943], a member of that landed gentry family.

Jessica Abel Smith is a distant cousin of HM The Queen, who has Smith ancestry via the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

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Tobias Ralph Malcolm Brewis White [born 2020]

 _. Mairi Fiona White [born 1983, née Brewis], wife of Benjamin White, gave birth to a son, Tobias Ralph Malcolm Brewis, 13 September, 2020, a brother for Penelope and Madeleine.

Mairi White is a scion of the Brewis landed gentry family, daughter of [Ralph Michael] Rodney Brewis [born 1951], by his wife the former Valerie Anne Gerard, and a granddaughter of Capt Henry John Brewis [1920-1989], by his wife the former Faith Agnes Devorguilla MacTaggart-Stewart [1926-1998], scion of the baronets of that name.

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

Brenda Tabor [died 2020]

 _. Brenda Tabor, who died 12 September, 2020, was the wife of Robert Simon Dyke Tabor [born 27 Oct, 1945], scion of that landed gentry family.

The former Brenda Frazer, she married firstly ___ Harris; married secondly, 1970, Roebrt Tabor, son of Peter Robert Tabor [1915-91], by his wife the former Juliet Mary Acland [1922-91], scion of the Acland baronets.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Sir John McFarland, 3rd Baronet 1927-2020

_. Sir John McFarland, 3rd Baronet, former High Sheriff and Deputy Lieutenant of County Londonderry, died there, 11 September, 2020. He was 92.

John Talbot McFarland was born 3 Oct, 1927, son of Sir Basil McFarland, 2nd Baronet [1898-1986], by his wife the former Annie Kathleen Henderson [died 1952], and succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 5 March, 1986.

He married 5 March, 1957, Mary Scott Watson, daughter of Dr William Scott Watson, by whom he had issue, two sons and two daughters. The baronetcy passes to his elder son, Anthony Basil Scott McFarland, who was born 29 Nov, 1959.

The funeral Service takes place at St Columbs Cathedral, Tuesday 15 September, 2020, followed by burial in Carrigans Parish Church Burial Ground.

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Frank Field's peerage has been gazetted ....

 _. The life peerage awarded to former Labour MP Frank Field has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Field of Birkenhead, of Birkenhead in the County of Merseyside, 11 September, 2020.

Frank Ernest Field, Baron Field of Birkenhead DL (born 16 July 1942) is a British politician who is Leader of the Birkenhead Social Justice Party and was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birkenhead from 1979 to 2019, serving as a Labour Party MP until August 2018 and thereafter as an Independent, later forming the Birkenhead Social Justice party. From 1997 to 1998, Field served as the Minister of Welfare Reform in Tony Blair's government. Field resigned following differences with the Prime Minister, and as a backbencher soon became one of the Labour government's most vocal critics. He was elected Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee in June 2015, and following the 2017 general election was re-elected unopposed. In August 2018, he resigned the Labour whip citing anti-semitism in the party, and a "culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation" in parts of the party, including in his own constituency .Field lost a confidence vote in his constituency party a month before his resignation, after siding with the government in Brexit votes. His resignation of the whip also led to his departure from the wider membership of the Labour party, according to the Labour National Executive Committee, although Field disputes this.

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Prem Sikka's life barony has been gazetted ....

_. The life peerage recently bestowed on Prem Nath Sikka, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Sikka, of Kingswood in Basildon in the County of Essex, 11 September, 2020.

 Prem Nath Sikka, Baron Sikka is a British accountant and academic. He holds the position of Professor of Accounting at the University of Sheffield, and is Emeritus Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex.Sikka qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1977. In 1982, he earned a master's degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics. In 1991, he earned a PhD in Accounting from the University of Sheffield. In 1995 he earned a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from the Open University. In 1996, Sikka joined the faculty of the University of Essex, where he now holds the position of Emeritus Professor. In 2017, he joined the University of Sheffield as Professor of Accounting.

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Ian Botham's peerage has been gazetted ...

_.The life peerage awarded to cricketer Ian Botham in Boris Johnson's Dissolution honours, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Botham, of Ravensworth in the County of North Yorkshire, 10 September, 2020.

Ian Terence Botham, Baron Botham OBE (born 24 November 1955) is an English cricket commentator, member of the House of Lords and a former cricketer who has been chairman of Durham County Cricket Club since 2017. Widely regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders in cricket history, Botham represented England in both Test and One-Day International cricket. He played most of his first-class cricket for Somerset, and also for Worcestershire, Durham and Queensland. He was an aggressive right-handed batsman and, as a right arm fast-medium bowler, was noted for his swing bowling. He generally fielded close to the wicket, predominantly in the slips. In Test cricket, Botham scored 14 centuries with a highest score of 208, and from 1986 to 1988, he held the world record for the most Test wickets until overtaken by fellow all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee. He took five wickets in an innings 27 times and 10 wickets in a match four times. In 1980, he became the second player in Test history to complete the "match double" of scoring 100 runs and taking 10 wickets in the same match.

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Sir Mark Sedwill's life peerage gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to former Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Sedwill, of Sherborne in the County of Dorset, 11 September, 2020.

Mark Philip Sedwill, Baron Sedwill KCMG FRGS (born 21 October 1964) is a British diplomat, public policy analyst and senior civil servant who served as Cabinet Secretary to Prime Ministers Theresa May and Boris Johnson and Head of the Civil Service from 2018 to 2020. He has also served as National Security Adviser since 2017. He was previously the United Kingdom's Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010 and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan in 2010. He was the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office from February 2013 to April 2017.

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Vere Nicoll/Graham engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 11 September, 2020, between Hugh Alexander Vere Nicoll [born 1985], a member of that landed gentry family, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Alexander Vere Nicoll [born 1952], by his late wife the former Meriel Joanna Wormald [1955-2011], of that landed family, and Isabella Alice Graham [born 1993], daughter of Lieutenant-General Sir Andrew John Noble, CB, CBE, 5th Baronet [born 1956], by his wife the former Susan Mary Bridget O'Riordan.

Hugh's ancestor the Rev Richard Nicoll, Prebendary of Wells, and Chaplain-in-Ordinary to King George III, married in 1767, Vere Wykeham, descended from the Barons Saye & Sele.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Lady Olympia Arabella Kitty Spencer-Churchill [born 2020]

 _. The Marchioness of Blandford (nee Camilla Elizabeth Antonia Thorp, born 1987), wife of George John Godolphin Spencer-Churchill, styled Marquess of Blandford (born 28 July, 1992), son and heir of the 12th Duke of Marlborough (born 24 Nov, 1955), of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, by his former first wife Rebecca Mary Few Brown, gave birth to a daughter, Lady Olympia Arabella Kitty Spencer-Churchill, at London’s Portland Hospital, 10 September, 2020.

The Marchioness of Blandford is the eldest daughter of James Nicholas Thorp, by his wife the former Philippa Clare Thomas, and is a great niece of the actor, Richard Thorp [1932-2013], who appeared for many years as Alan Turner in the long running soap, Emmerdale.

Lady Olympia is the first child of the Marquess and Marchioness of Blandford.


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Dame Diana Rigg, DBE 1938-2020

 _. Dame Diana Rigg, DBE, the great actress, has died aged 82.


She was born 20 July, 1938, daughter of Louis Rigg by his wife the former Beryl Helliwell; educated at Fulneck Girls' School, Pudsey, and RADA.

Career: [Stage] First appearance on stage in a RADA production, York Festival, at the Theatre Royal York, 1957; appeared in rep at Chesterfield and at York, joined the Royal Shakespeare Co at Stratford on Avon in 1959; first appearance in London at the Adlwych Theatre 1961 [2nd Ondine, Violanta and Princess Berthe in Ondine]; at the same theatre in rep [The Devils, Becket, The Taming of the Shrew], 1961; [Madame de Tourvel, The Art of Seduction], 1962; Royal Shakespeare Co, Stratford upon Avon, Apr 1962 [Helena in a Misummer Nights Dream, Bianca in the Taming of the Shrew, Lady Macduff in Macbeth, Adriana in The Comedy of Errors, Cordelia in King Lear]; subsequently appeared in the last production at the Aldwych, Dec 1962, followed by Adriana in the Comedy of Errors and Monica Stettler in The Physicists, 1963. Toured the provinces in the Spring of 1963, in a Midsummer Night's Dream; susequently appeared at Stratford and the Aldwych in Comedy of Errors, Dec 1963; again played Cordelia in King Lear, 1964, prior to touring for the British Council, in Europe, the USSR and the USA; during the tour she first appeared in New York [State Theatre] 1964, in same plays; Viola in Twelfth Night, Stratford, June, 1966; Heloise in Abelard and Heloise, Wyndham's, 1970;, also at the Atkinson, New York 1971; joined the National Theatre 1972, in Jumpers, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth 1972; The Misanthrope, 1973; Washington and New York, 1975; Phaedra Britannica 1975 [Plays and Players Award for Best Actress]; The Guardsman 1978; Pygmalian at the Albery, 1974, Night and Day, Phoenix 1978 [Players and Players Award, 1979]; Colette, USA, 1982; Heartbreak House, at the Haymarket 1983; Little Eyolf, at the Lyric Hammersmith 1985; Antony and Cleopatra at Chichester, 1985; Wildfire at the Phoenix, 1986; Follies, Shaftesbury, 1987; Love Letters, San Francisco, 1990; All for Love, Almeida 1991; Berlin Bertie, Royal Court 1992; Medea, Almeida 1992, transferred to Wyndham's 1993-4 [Evening Standard Drama Award], then New York 1994 [Tony Award]; Mother Courage, RNT, 1995; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Almeida, 1996; Phedre and Britannicus, Albery, 1998; Humble Boy, RNT, 2001, &c.

Films include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Assassination Bureau, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Julius Caesar, The Hospital, Theatre of Blood, A Little Night Music, The Great Muppet Caper, Evil Under the Sun [Film Actress of the Year Award, Variety Club of Gt Britain, 1983], A Good Man in Africa.

[TV] The Avengers [as Mrs Emma Peel 1965-68, Special Award, BAFTA 2000], Married Alive, Diana [US series], In This House of Brede [US], Three Piece Suite, The Serpent Son, Hedda Gabler, The Marqusie, Little Eyolf, King Lear, Witness of the Prosecution, Bleak House, Mother Love [BAFTA award], Unexplained Laughter, Moll Flanders [serial], Rebecca [as Mrs Danvers, Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress 1997], The Mrs Bradley Mysteries, Victoria and Albert, Game of Thrones, &c.

Was Chairman of Islington Festival; Member: Council, ABSA; Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre, Oxford University, 1999.

She was appointed CBE in 1988, and advanced to DBE in 1994.

Dame Diana married 1stly [div], Menachem Gueffen; married 2ndly, 25 March, 1982 [div 1993], as his 2nd wife, Archibald Hugh Stirling of Keir [born 18 Sept, 1941], scion of the Stirling-Maxwell baronets, and descended from the Lords Lovat, son of Lieutenant-Col William Joseph Stirling of Keir [1911-83], by his wife Susan Rachel Bligh [1916-83], scion of the Earls of Darnley, by whom she had issue, a daughter, the actress Rachael Stirling [born 30 May, 1977].

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Trimm/Quarry marriage

 _. The marriage took place 5 September, 2020, at St Peter's Church, Froxfield, between Matthew James Trimm [born c 1988], son of Malcolm A. Trimm [born 1958], of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, by his wife the former Louise Washington [born 1959], & Louise Elizabeth Shandon Quarry [born 1988], [see Mancroft, B], daughter of the late Adam Philip St John Quarry [1955-2005], by his wife former Judith Mary Wilkinson [born 1955], now of Froxfield, Hampshire.

The bride is descended from the Bengough landed family, a great-granddaughter of Wing Commander Nigel James Bengough, RAF [1895-1980], head of that family, by his wife the former Alice Ernestine Albu [1893-1982], daughter of Sir George Albu, 1st Baronet [1857-1935].

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Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Daniel Moylan's life peerage has been gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to Mr Daniel Michael Gerald Moylan in the prime minister's dissolution honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Moylan, of Kensington in the Royal London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, 9 September, 2020.

Daniel Moylan, Baron Moylan Hon FRIBA (born 1 March 1956) is an English Conservative politician, formerly a member of Kensington and Chelsea Council and co-chairman of Urban Design London. 

He is a former deputy chairman of Transport for London, former chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation and was chief aviation advisor to Boris Johnson as Mayor of London, advocating a new hub airport to the east of London to replace Heathrow, and also the Mayor's principal advisor on Crossrail. A 2010 article in the London Evening Standard described Moylan as "one of London's most powerful and colourful politicians". The Grenfell Tower fire and subsequent widely condemned response from the Kensington and Chelsea London Borough Council took place during Daniel Moylan's council tenure.

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Susan Hayman's life peerage has been gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to Susan Hayman in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Hayman of Ullock, of Ullock in the County of Cumbria, 9 September, 2020.

Susan Mary Hayman, Baroness Hayman of Ullock (née Bentley; born 28 July 1962) is a British Labour Party politician who served as Shadow Environment Secretary from 2017 to 2019, and as Member of Parliament (MP) for Workington from 2015 to 2019. Prior to her parliamentary career she was a public relations consultant, and local councillor.

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Wyndham Julian Coltman-Rogers, OBE 1932-2020

 _. Lt-Cdr Wyndham Julian Coltman-Rogers, OBE, RN, who died 8 September, 2020, aged 87, was a member of that landed gentry family, of Stangate Park, Knighton, Radnorshire.

He was born 9 December, 1932, the second son of Lt-Cdr Julian Coltman Rogers-Coltman, OBE, RNVR [1898-1944], of The Home, Salop, by his wife the former Mary Malet Shaw, of the Shaw family of Culmington Manor, Salop; married 2 Apr, 1960, Oriel Anne Corbett [born 8 Oct, 1939], of that landed gentry family, the only daughter of Lt-Col Uvedale Corbett, DSO [born 12 Sept, 1909, d], MP for Ludlow 1945-51, of Shobdon Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, by his first wife the former Veronica Marian Whitehead, of that landed family, by whom he had issue.

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Emma Maria Magdalena Jolliffe [born 2020]

_. Dr the Hon Mrs William Jollife [nee Pia Maria Vogler, born 24 January, 1980], wife of the Hon William Henry Martin Jolliffe [born 1 Apr, 1967], gave birth to a daughter, Emma Maria Magdalena, 26 July, 2020, a sister for Joseph William Charles [born 5 Aug, 2016], and for Teresa Sylvia Maria [born 12 May, 2018].

The Hon William Jolliffe is the eldest son and heir of the 5th Baron Hylton [Peerage of the UK, cr 1866] [b 13 Jun 1932],  by his wife the former Joanna Elizabeth Bertodano [descended from the Earls of Mexborough].

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Patricia Pelly [nee Fuller] [died 2020]

 _. Patricia Pelly [nee Fuller], died 5 September, 2020. She was 96.

She was a daughter of Major Hugh Clarence Fuller [1889-1967], of Crossbeg, Co Wexford, Ireland, by his wife the former Moyra McGusty [1899-1984], and married 18 January, 1947, John Gordon Pelly [1923-2004], scion of the Pelly baronets, son of Arthur Roland Pelly [1895-1966], by his wife the former Phyllis Elsie Henderson [died 1974], by whom she had issue, a son, Henry [born 1953], and two daughters, Priscilla [born 1949], and Caroline [born 1950].

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Coughlin/Welby engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 9 September, 2020, between Cosmo Cornelius Coughlin [born 1993], only son of Vincent A. Coughlin, QC [born 1957], of Hitcham, Suffolk, by his wife the former Elizabeth Anne Ray, and Isadora Barbara Pia Welby [born 1993], scion of the Welby baronets, the youngest daughter of Charles William Hodder Welby [born 6 May, 1953], of Stroxton, Lincolnshire, by his wife the former Suzanna Fiona Stuart-Routledge.

Isadora Welby is a granddaughter of Sir Richard Bruno Gregory Welby, 7th Baronet [born 11 March, 1928].

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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL 1934-2020

 _. Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL, the playwright, has died aged 85.

He was born Ronald Horwitz, 9 November 1934, & was an author, playwright and screenwriter. He was most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

He married in 1959, Natasha Reihle [who died 2013], a descendant of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. Catherine was Lady Harwood's great-great-great-great grandmother. 

Lady Harwood was born in London in 1938, the younger daughter of William Riehle by his wife Helene Bobrinsky (1914-96). Her maternal grandparents were Count Lev Bobrinsky (1878-1922), who died in a Soviet prison in 1922, by his wife Princess Vera Galitzine (1877-1967). 

Sir Ronald leaves a son, Antony (born 1960), and daughters, Deborah (born 1963), and Alexandra (born 1966). 

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Ian Austin's life peerage has been gazetted

 _. The barony conferred for life upon the former Conservative MP Ian Austin, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Austin of Dudley, of Dudley in the County of West Midlands.

Austin was recommended for a peerage in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list in 2020.

Ian Christopher Austin, Baron Austin of Dudley (born 6 March 1965) is a British politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Dudley North from the 2005 general election until the 2019 general election when he stood down. 

Formerly a member of the Labour Party, he resigned from the party on 22 February 2019 to sit as an independent. He served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2009 to 2010.

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James Wharton's life peerage has been gazetted

 _. The barony conferred for life upon former Conservative MP James Wharton, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Wharton of Yarm, of Yarm in the County of North Yorkshire.

James Stephen Wharton, Baron Wharton of Yarm (born 16 February 1984) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for his home constituency of Stockton South from the 2010 general election, until the 2017 general election. 

James Wharton was appointed Minister for the Northern Powerhouse after his re-election in 2015 and moved to a ministerial position in the Department for International Development by Theresa May in 2016. 

He was recommended for a life peerage in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours.

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Life peerage awarded to Ed Vaizey gazetted

 _. The barony conferred for life upon former Conservative MP Ed Vaizey, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Vaizey of Didcot, of Wantage in the County of Oxfordshire.

Vaizey was recommended for a peerage in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours.

Edward Henry Butler Vaizey, Baron Vaizey of Didcot PC (born 5 June 1968) is a British politician, media columnist, political commentator and former barrister who served as Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries from 2010 to 2016. 

A member of the Conservative Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Wantage from 2005 to 2019.Vaizey is the son of the late John Vaizey, a Labour life peer, the economist Baron Vaizey [1929-84], and the art historian Marina Vaizey (The Lady Vaizey CBE). His father's family is from South London. He spent part of his childhood growing up in Berkshire. He was educated at St Paul's School, London, before reading History at Merton College, Oxford. Elected Librarian (Vice-President) of the Oxford Union, he graduated with an upper second class degree. After leaving Oxford, he worked for the Conservative parliamentarians Kenneth Clarke and Michael Howard as an adviser on employment and education issues. He then practised as a barrister for several years, specialising in family law and child care.

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Nick Herbert's life peerage gazetted

_. The barony conferred for life upon the former Conservative MP Nick Herbert has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Herbert of South Downs, of Arundel in the County of West Sussex.

Nicholas Le Quesne Herbert, Baron Herbert of South Downs, CBE PC (born 7 April 1963) is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Arundel and South Downs from 2005 to 2019. 

He was Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice, with his time split between the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice from 2010–2012. On 5 November 2019 he announced his decision not to stand for re-election in the December 2019 General Election. On 31 July 2020 the Prime Minister announced that Nick Herbert would enter the House of Lords.

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Dame Helena Morrissey's life peerage gazetted

_. The life peerage awarded to Dame Helena Morrissey, in the prime minister's dissolution honours list, has been gazetted in the name, style, and title of Baroness Morrissey,  of Chapel Green in the County of Berkshire.

Helena Louise Morrissey, Baroness Morrissey DBE (née Atkins; 22 March 1966) is a British financier and campaigner.Morrissey began her career at the New York and London bond desks at Schroders. Finding her career path blocked there, she moved to Newton Investment Management in the early 1990s as a fixed income fund manager. Lady Morrissey became Newton's chief executive; as of 2015, it manages £47 billion of assets.

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Former Labour MP Katy Clark's peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage awarded to former Labour MP Katy Clark in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title, of Baroness Clark of Kilwinning, of Kilwinning in the County of Ayrshire.

Kathryn Sloan [Katy] Clark, (born 3 July 1967) is a British Labour Party politician who was Member of Parliament (MP) for North Ayrshire and Arran from 2005 to 2015.

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Kenneth Clarke's peerage gazetted as Baron Clarke of Nottingham

 _. The life peerage awarded to former Conservative government minister Kenneth Clarke, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Clarke of Nottingham, of West Bridgford in the County of Nottingham

Kenneth Harry Clarke, CH QC PC (born 2 July 1940), often known as Ken Clarke, is a British Conservative Party politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1993 to 1997 and Home Secretary from 1992 to 1993. Clarke was the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire from 1970 to 2019. Between 2017 and 2019 he was the Father of the House of Commons. While he still remains a member of the Conservative Party, the Conservative whip was withdrawn from him on 4 September 2019 because he and 20 other MPs voted with the Opposition on a motion; for the remainder of his time in Parliament he sat as an independent, though still on the government benches. He stood down as an MP at the 2019 general election and was thereafter appointed by Boris Johnson as a Member of the House of Lords, as Baron Clarke of Nottingham, in September 2020.

Clarke, described by the press as a 'Big Beast' of British politics, has served in the Cabinet as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Education Secretary, Health Secretary and minister without portfolio. He has been the President of the Tory Reform Group since 1997. Clarke identifies with economically and socially liberal views.

Clarke contested the Conservative Party leadership three times—in 1997, 2001 and 2005—being defeated each time. Opinion polls indicated he was more popular with the general public than with his party, whose generally Eurosceptic stance did not chime with his pro-European views. He is President of the Conservative Europe Group, Co-President of the pro-EU body British Influence and Vice-President of the European Movement UK.

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John Woodcock's peerage gazetted: Baron Walney

 _. The life barony conferred upon Mr John Zak Woodcock has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Walney, of the Isle of Walney in the County of Cumbria.

John Zak Woodcock (born 14 October 1978) is a British politician serving as the UK Special Envoy for Countering Violent Extremism, at the Home Office. 

He was previously the Member of Parliament (MP) for Barrow and Furness from 2010 to 2019 and before that worked as an aide to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. 

He was one of a number of opposition politicians ennobled in Boris Johnson's controversial Dissolution Honours list in 2020 after he urged voters to back the Conservatives in the 2019 General Election.

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Patrick McLoughlin's life peerage has been gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to the former Conservative MP Patrick McLoughlin has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron McLoughlin, of Cannock Chase in the County of Staffordshire, 8 September, 2020.

Patrick Allen McLoughlin, Baron McLoughlin CH PC (born 30 November 1957) is a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he first became the Member of Parliament (MP) for West Derbyshire following the 1986 by-election. The constituency became the Derbyshire Dales for the 2010 general election; McLoughlin remained the seat's MP until 2019. As a former miner, he is one of the few Conservative MPs to have been a manual worker before being elected to Parliament. On 4 September 2012, he was appointed Secretary of State for Transport. On 14 July 2016, he became Chairman of the Conservative Party and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, under the new administration of Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. He resigned as Chairman on 8 January 2018 and was succeeded by Brandon Lewis.

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Aamer Sarfraz's life peerage has been gazetted ...

 _. The life barony awarded to Aamer Sarfraz in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Barn Sarfraz, of Kensington in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, 8 September, 2020.

Aamer Sarfraz, The Baron Sarfraz, is a Member of the House of Lords. He was previously a Treasurer of the Conservative Party, including during the 2019 general election, where the party won a historic 80 seat majority. He also served as an advisor to the party leadership on outreach. On his appointment, at the age of 38, he was the 3rd youngest Peer in the United Kingdom Parliament. Lord Sarfraz’s career has included roles at the Electrum Group (private equity), Draper Associates (venture capital) and 3i Group plc (venture capital). He is the founder of Better Grain, an agricultural technology business. Better Grain works with tens of thousands of smallholder farmers in Asia and uses technology to increase yields and incomes, while reducing emissions and water usage. In 2018, he was named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list, and received the 9th Emerging Leader Award by M&A Advisor. Lord Sarfraz is involved in a number of not for profit initiatives. Current board and advisory roles include at Texas A&M University, Panthera, WWF Pakistan and the Pardee School. He is engaged in a wide range of philanthropic activities in Pakistan, and launched the country’s first equine therapy program for children with special needs (video). He graduated from Boston University with a BS in Management, and received an MSc in Information Systems (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics. Born in London, Lord Sarfraz grew up in Islamabad in a family with a tradition of military service. Both grandfathers were officers in the British India Army, and fought in WWII. His father was a naval officer, commissioned at the Britannia Royal Naval College, and went on to have a successful career in shipping. Lord Sarfraz lives in London with his wife, Maryam, and two daughters.

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Sir Simon Hugh Patrick Boyle, KCVO 1941-2020

 _. Sir Simon Boyle, KCVO, who died 4 September, 2020, aged 79, was a scion of the Earls of Glasgow, and served as Lord Lieutenant of Gwent and High Sheriff of the county.

Simon Hugh Patrick Boyle was born 22 March, 1941, son of Lieut-Col Patrick John Salvin Boyle [1910-44],  who was killed in action at Anzio, aged 34, by his wife the former Mary Elizabeth Fleetwood Fuller [1916-1996], scion of the Fuller baronets.

He married in 1970, Catriona Gordon, daughter of William Gordon, by his wife the former Helen Barbara Margaret McCorquodale [1924-2013], scion of that landed gentry family, by whom he had four daughters, Alice, Mary, Susannah, and Christian.

Simon Boyle was appointed KCVO in 2015. He was High Sheriff of Gwent in 1993, and served as Lord Lieutenant from 2001-2016.

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Earl of Southesk marries Camille Ascoli

 _. The marriage took place at Kinnaird Castle, Brechin, Angus, 5 September, 2020, between Charles Duff Carnegie, styled Earl of Southesk [born 1 July, 1989], eldest son and heir of the 4th Duke of Fife [born 3 March, 1961], of Kinnaird Castle, Angus, and of the Duchess of Fife [nee Caroline Anne Bunting, born 13 November, 1961], & Camille Ascoli [born Paris, 6 March, 1990], daughter of Roberto Ascoli [born 1961], by his wife the former Valerie Ledoux.

Lord Southesk is a great-great-great grandson of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.

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Hughes-Davies/Wright engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 8 September, 2020, between Harry F. Hughes-Davies, elder son of Mr & Mrs Nick Hughes-Davies, of Herne Hill, London, & Camilla Rose Wright [born 1990], daughter of Capt Sir Nicholas Peter Wright, RN, KCVO [born 1949], of of East Knoyle, Wiltshire, by his wife the former Venetia Berthon [born 1954], daughter of Vice Admiral Sir Stephen Berthon, KCB [1922-2007], by his wife the former Elizabeth Leigh-Bennett, descended from the Price Baronets and the Barons Dunsany.

Sir Nicholas Wright was Private Secretary to HRH The Princess Royal 2002-2019.

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Louloudis/Graham marriage

 _. The marriage took place, 15 Aug, 2020, at St Gabriel's, Warwick Square, Pimlico, 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, September 07, 2020

Jennifer Jane Da Silva 1932-2020

_. Jennifer Jane Da Silva [née Parker], who died 27 August, 2020, aged 88, was descended from the Kleinort baronets, and was the granddaughter paternally of the life baron, Robert John Parker, the Baron Parker of Waddington [1857-1918].

She was born 3 July, 1932, daughter of Commander the Hon Trevor Tempest Parker, RN, DSC [1890-1973], of Grantham Manor, Liss, co Hampshire, by his wife the former Marieka Louise Kleinwort [1892-1949], scion of the Kleinwort baronets, fifth daughter of Herman Greverus Kleinwort [1856-1942], merchant banker, of Wierton Place, Maidstone, Kent, by his wife the former Margueritte Marie Jeanne Gunther, daughter of Otto Gunther, of Antewerp, &c.

She married in 1963, John Burke Da Silva, by whom she had issue, three children, Alex, Jo and John.

 A private service will be held at Waltham St Lawrence parish church.

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Lorraine Fullbrook's life peerage has been gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to Lorraine Fullbrook in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Fullbrook, of Dogmersfield in the County of Hampshire, 7 September, 2020.

Lorraine Fullbrook, Baroness Fullbrook (born 28 July 1959) is a British Conservative former MP for South Ribble, first elected in 2010. 

Educated at Glasgow Caledonian University, Baroness Fullbrook was formerly the Conservative Leader of Hart Council in Hampshire. She joined the Cabinet of the council as the Cabinet Member for Communications. Six months later, she was promoted to Cabinet Member for Finance. Six months after taking over the finance portfolio, she was elected as Leader of the Council, after serving just one year as Councillor. She stepped down from Hart Council in 2004 after being selected as parliamentary candidate for the South Ribble constituency in north-west England. She first contested the seat at the 2005 general election, when she came second to the incumbent MP, David Borrow. She contested the seat again in the 2010 general election when she defeated David Borrow with an 8.1% swing from the Labour Party to the Conservative Party, and regained the seat for the Conservative Party after 13 years. In 2013 she announced that she would not contend the next election and would be standing down after just one term. 

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Gisela Stuart's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage awarded to Gisela Stuart in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Stuart of Edgbaston, of Edgbaston in the City of Birmingham, 7 Sept, 2020.

Gisela Stuart, Baroness Stuart of Edgbaston (née Gschaider; born 26 November 1955) is a British former Labour Party politician, who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Birmingham Edgbaston from 1997 until stepping down at the 2017 general election. Born and raised in West Germany, she has lived in the UK since 1974.

Stuart was Chair of the Vote Leave Campaign Committee and was one of its most high-profile figures, along with the Conservative MPs Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. The Vote Leave campaign was successful in achieving its goal at the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum of winning a majority of votes for Leave. Since September 2016, she has served as Chair of Vote Leave's successor organisation, Change Britain.

After she left Parliament, Stuart was appointed by the Conservative government as Chair of Wilton Park, an executive agency of the UK Foreign Office dedicated to conflict resolution in international relations, in October 2018.

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Hawker/James engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 7 September, 2020, between Jack H.G. Hawker, son of the late Dickon Hawker, and Mrs Hawker, of Salway Ash, Dorset, & Lucinda Sophie Rose James [born 1989], daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Richard C.D. James, of Halstock, Dorset, by his wife the former Fiona Martha Alison Rhys [born 28 June, 1962], scion of the Barons Dynevor.

Lucinda James's grandfather, Llewelyn Arthur Rhys [1935-2005], was a son of the Hon David Reginald Rhys [1907-91], by his first wife, Lady Anne Maud Wellesley [1910-98], the Duquesa de Ciudad Rodrigo [who ceded this Spanish dukedom in 1949 to her uncle, the 7th Duke of Wellington], daughter of the 5th Duke of Wellington, KG [1876-1941].

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Sunday, September 06, 2020

Jones/Richmond-Watson engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 5 September, 2020, between Harry A.S. Jones, son of Mr & Mrs Richard Jones, of Bloxham, Oxford, & Annabel Kirsty Richmond-Watson [born 1990], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Colin Woodrow Richmond-Watson [born 1951], of Paulrespury, Northamptonshire, by his wife the former Penelope J. Cadbury [born 1957], scion of that landed gentry family.

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Marshall-Andrew/Perowne engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 5 September, 2020, between Angus James Duncan Marshall-Andrew [born 1972], eldest son of the late Duncan Marshall-Andrew and Sheila Marshall-Andrew, of Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, & Julia Lehr Perowne [born 1981], daughter of Robert Perowne [born 1956], of Great Snoring, Norfolk, and Lehr Perowne [nee Matsell], also of Wells-next-the-Sea.

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Carew John Mildmay-White [born 2020]

_. The Hon Suzannah Jane Mildmay-White [nee Fisher, born 1984], wife of Nicholas Henry Mildmay-White [born 1980], gave birth to a son, John Carew, 5 September, 2020, a sister for Ephra Alice [born 2015], and Penrose Elizabeth [born 2017].

The Hon Suzannah Mildmay-White is a daughter of the 4th Baron Fisher [born 1953], by his wife the former Lady [Karen] Kay Jean Carnegie [born 1951], daughter of the 13th Earl of Northesk [1926-1994].

Nicholas Mildmay-White, descended frm the St John-Mildmay baronets, is a son of Richard Francis Bingham Mildmay-White [born 1949], by his wife the former Sara Cleland [born 1952].

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Saturday, September 05, 2020

Lees-Millais/Russell engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 5 September, 2020, between Rory Lees-Millais [born 1990], scion of the Millais baronets, son of Patrick James Lees-Millais [born 23 July, 1958], of Blenkinsopp, Northumberland, by his wife the former Fiona Astrid Joicey, & Emily C.F. Russell, elder daughter of Brigadier and Mrs Bruce Russell, of Stobo, Peebleshire.

Emily Russell's younger sister, Flora, announced her engagement last week to Malcolm George McCorquodale [born 1989], scion of that landed gentry family.

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Lady Frances Esmé Denman [nee Curzon] 1939-2020

  _. Lady Frances Esmé Denman [nee Curzon], who died 22 August, 2020, aged 81, was a scion of the Earls Howe.

She was born 8 June, 1939, daughter of the 5th Earl Howe [1884-1964], by his second wife the former Joyce Mary McLean Jack.

She married firstly, 4 April, 1962, Derek Alan Whiting; married secondly, 26 March, 1976, Harold Denman [1922-2013], scion of the barons Denman, son of Sir Richard Denman, 1st Baronet [1876-1957], by his wife the former Mary Radley Spencer [died 1974].

Harold Denman was a younger brother of the 5th Baron Denman [1916-2012].

She leaves issue, a son Alexander, and daughter, Frances, from her first marriage, and a son, Roland, from her second marriage.

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Coral Leila Pritchard-Gordon [died 2020]

 _. Coral Pritchard-Gordon [nee Harbord], who died 11 August, 2020, aged 73, was the doyen of the Newmarket racing set, former wife of racing and bloodstock consultant, Gavin Pritchard-Gordon, and partner of Sir Michael Stoute, the racehorse trainer.

She was a daughter of Capt Paddy Harbord, founder of the Curragh Bloodstock agency.

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David Henry Amherst Tufnell 1938-2020

 _. David Henry Amherst Tufnell, who died 3 September, 2020, aged 82, was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He was born 15 January, 1938, son of Henry Frederick Erskine Tufnell [1903-82], by his wife the former Susan Mary Pember [1909-92], and was a grandson of the Rev Frederick Tufnell [1861-1920], by his wife the Lady Frances Elizabeth Erskine [1877-1967], daughter of Walter Henry Erskine, Earl of Mar & Kellie [1839-88].

He married in 1968, Frances Watkins, by whom he had issue, a daughter, Emma Elisabeth M. Tufnell [born 1969], and a son, Robert James H. Tufnell [born 1971].

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Thursday, September 03, 2020

Louis Wolf Martin Stewart Seifert [born 2020]

 _. Alice Charlotte Adelaide Seifert [nee Murray, born 1981], wife of Benjamin William D. Seifert [born 1978], and scion of the Dukes of Atholl, gave birth to a son, Louis Wolf Martin Stewart, 2 September, 2020.

Alice Seifert is a daughter of Peter Gerald Stewart Murray [born 1944], descended from the 3rd Duke of Atholl, by his wife the former Jane Rosetta Wood [born 1943].

Benjamin Seifert is a son of Mr Martin H. Seifert by his wife the former Jacqueline E. Morris.

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Prince Philippos of Greece engaged

 _. The engagement has been announced between Prince Philippos of Greece [born in London 26 April, 1986], third son and fifth child of Constantine II, King of Greece [born 2 June, 1940], by his wife Queen Anne-Marie Dagmar Ingrid [born 30 Aug 1946], nee Princess of Denmark, and Nina Nastassja Jade Flohr [born 22 January, 1987], daughter of Thomas Flohr [born 7 March, 1960], by his former wife, nee Katharina Konečný.

King Constantine reigned from 6 March, 1964 until 1 June, 1973 when he was deposed by the Greek Junta. However, once a King, always a King.

Prince Philippos is a godson of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. He is a descendant of the British Royal Family, from Queen Victoria, both paternally and maternally.

Two lines of descent:-

Queen Victoria -> Victoria, Princess Royal -> Wilhlem II, Emperor of Germany -> Victoria Luise of Prussia ->Frederika of Hanover -> Constantine II of Greece -> Philippos of Greece

Queen Victoria -> Arthur Duke of Connaught -> Margaret of Connaught ->Ingrid of Sweden ->Anne-Marie of Denmark -> Philippos of Greece.


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Drummond-Brady/Schade engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 3 September, 2020, between Frederick Mark Drummond-Brady [born 1987], son of Mark Frederick Grayson Drummond-Brady [born 6 September, 1957], of Spriggs Alley, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Susan H. Fair, & Abigail Evelyn M. Schade [born 1988], eldest daughter of Felix A.J.M. Schade, of Chailey, East Sussex, by his wife the former Sally A. Rowbotham.

Frederick's grandfather, Maj Michael John Drummond-Brady married in 1955, Angela Mary Finucane Grayson [1934-2017], scion of the Grayson baronets, a granddaughter of Lt-Col Sir Henry Grayson, 1st Baronet [1865-1951].

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Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Marie Antoinette [Mariette] Hall 1932-2020

 _. Marie Antoinette [Mariette] Hall [nee Hornby], who died 30 August, 2020, aged 87, was a scion of the Hornby landed family, of Pusey House, Faringdon, Berkshire.

She was born 9 November, 1932, the only child of Sir Roger Antony Hornby [1904-87], stockbroker, of Radnor Place, W2, by his 1st wife the Lady Veronica Brenda Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood [1910-71], daughter of the 3rd Marquess of Dufferin & Ava [1875-1930].

She married 24 February, 1954, Colonel Thomas Armitage Hall, CVO, OBE [born 1928], of Chiselhampton House, Stadhampton, co Oxford, son of Athelstan Argyle Hall [1895-1963], of Cricket St Thomas House, Chard, Somerset, by his wife the former Nancy Armitage Dyson [1901-86], and by him had issue, two sons, Edward and John, and four daughters, Jane, Annabel, Lucy and Catherine.

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Marcia Elizabeth Wakeham [nee Lane Fox] 1940-2020

 _. Marcia Elizabeth Wakeham, who died 26 August, 2020, aged 79, was a scion of the landed gentry family of Lane Fox, of Bramham Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire.

She was born Marcia Elizabeth Lane Fox, 19 September, 1940, the only daughter of Lt-Col Francis Gordon Ward Lane Fox [formerly Ward Jackson] [1899-1989], by his wife the Hon Marcia Agnes Mary Lane Fox [1904-80], eldest daughter of the 1st [and last] Baron Bingley [1870-1947], by his wife the former Hon Mary Agnes Emily Wood [1877-1962], sister of the 1st Earl of Halifax, KG [1881-1959].

Marcia's father assumed the surname of Lane Fox in lieu of Jackson by Deed Poll in 1937, and was granted by Royal Licence, in 1947, to continue to bear the arms of Fox. Her mother succeeded to the Bramham Park estate on her father's death, 11 Dec, 1947.

Marcia had two elder brothers, Maj George Francis Lane Fox [1931-2012], who succeeded to the Bramham Park estate, and Richard Lane Fox [1933-2014].

She married 12 October, 1963, Anthony Charles Wakeham, son of Maj Charles Eric Wakeham, of Durban, South Africa, by whom she had issue, sons William [born 1966], Richard [born 1968], and a daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth [born 1971]. 

Her home was a Wothersome, Wetherby, West Yorkshire.


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Richard Patrick Bingham 1978-2020

_. Richard Patrick Bingham, who died at his home, from cancer, 30 August, 2020, aged 42, was a scion of the Earls of Lucan. He was a great-grandson of the 5th Earl of Lucan [1860-1949], and a cousin of the 7th Earl, who went missing in 1974 following the murder of his children's nanny.

He was born 23 April, 1978, the second son of Peter John Bingham [born 10 June, 1945], by his wife the former Penella Anne Herten-Greaven.

He married in 2011, Rebecca Sarah Niven[Bekky] May, daughter of Geoffrey May by his wife the former Juliette Arthur.

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Marquess of Worcester weds Lucy Yorke-Long

 _. The marriage took place, 29 August, 2020, at Badminton House, Gloucestershire, 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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Portal/Vine engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 2 September, 2020, between Robert Jonathan Portal [born 5 February, 1989], scion of the Portal baronets, second son of Sir Jonathan Francis Portal, 6th Baronet [born 13 January, 1953], of Ashe, Hampshire, by his wife the former Louisa Caroline Hervey-Bathurst [born 25 September, 1959], scion of the Hervey-Bathurst baronets, & Alice Elizabeth Vine [born 1991], daughter of Mr Ian P. Vine, of Milverton, Somerset, by his wife the former Sarah Vincent.

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Reeve/Whitaker engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 2 September, 2020, between Dr Ben D. Reeve, elder son of Mr & Mrs Philip Reeve, of Grove, Oxfordshire, & Dr Eleanor Mary Harvie Whitaker [born 1989], scion of the Whitaker baronets, youngest daughter of Sir John James Ingham [Jack] Whitaker, 4th Baronet [born 23 Oct, 1952], of Babworth Hall, Retford, Nottinghamshire, by his wife the former Elizabeth Jane Ravenscroft Starke.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Yvonne Lady Cochrane has died from injuries sustained in the Beirut explosion

 _. Yvonne Lady Cochrane, who died 31 August, 2020, as a result of injuries sustained in the Beirut explosion, was the widow of Maj Sir Desmond Cochrane, 3rd Baronet. She was 98.

She was born 18 May, 1922, as Yvonne Sursock, daughter of Alfred Bey Sursock, of Beirut, Lebanon, by his wife Donna Maria Theresa Serra di Cassano, the daughter of Francesco Serra, 7th Duke of Cassano.

She married 12 January, 1946, Maj Sir Desmond Oriel Alastair George Weston Cochrane, 3rd Baronet [1918-79], son of Sir Ernest Cochrane, 2nd Baronet [1873-1952], by his wife the former Elsa Dorothea Marie Schumacher [died 1966],  by whom she had issue, three sons and a daughter. Her husband died in Beirut, 12 March, 1979, aged 60. Her eldest son is Sir Henry Cochrane, 4th Bt.

Lady Cochrane's home was Palais Sursock, Rue Sursock, Beirut.

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Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan 1945-2020

 _. The Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan, a Labour life peer, died 26 August, 2020. He was 75.

Martin John O'Neill was born 6 January, 1945, son of John and Minnie O'Neill, and educated at Trinity Academy, Edinburgh, and Heriot Watt University, and Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh.

Career: Insurance Clerk, Scottish Widows Fund 1963-67; Assistant Examiner, Estate Duty Office of Scotland, 1971-73; Teacher of Modern Studies, Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh, 1974-77; Craigmount High School, Edinburgh, 1977-79; Social Science Tutor, Open University 1976-79; Labour MP for Stirlingshire, East and Clackmannan 1979-83, Labour MP for Clackmannan 1983-97, Labour MP for Ochil 1997-2005.

He served as Opposition Spokesman on Scottish Affairs, 1980-84; Opposition Spokesman on Defence matters, 1984-88, on Energy 1992-95; Chief Opposition Spokesman on Defence, 1988-92; Member of the Select Committee on Scottish Affairs 1979-80; was Chairman Select Committee on Trade & Industry from 1995, &c.

He was raised to the peerage for life in 2005 as Baron O'Neill of Clackmannan.

He married in 1973, Elaine Marjorie Samuel, by whom he had two sons.

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Michael John Bosanquet 1953-2020

  _. Michael John Bosanquet, who died 17 August, 2020, aged 67, was a member of that landed gentry family, born in 1953, son of David Francis Rivers Bosanquet [1918-2011], by his wife the former Patience Marjorie Hooper [1921-2013].

His paternal grandmother was Lady Katherine Ethel Carnegie [1892-1982], daughter of the 10th Earl of Southesk [1854-1941], &c.

He was a cousin of the ITN Broadcaster, Reginald Bosanquet [1932-84].

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[Edward] Douglas Stewart Aldrich-Blake 1939-2020

 _. [Edward] Douglas Stewart Aldrich-Blake died 16 August, 2020, aged 81. He was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He was born 7 April, 1939, son of Edward Percy Aldrich-Blake, FRGS, by his wife the former Bertha Stewart-Sandeman, scion of the Stewart-Sandeman baronets; educated at Eton; married 7 June, 1963, Penelope Anne Blanchford, by whom he had five children.

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Farad Azima [died 2020]

 _. Farad Azima died 29 August, 2020. He married in 1984, Jennifer Margaret Molesworth [born 6 July, 1948], scion of the Viscounts Molesworth, daughter of Lt-Col Denys Hope Molesworth [1910-89], by his wife the former Dorothy May Johnston [died 1984], by whom he had two children, Cyrus Alexander, & Artemis Natasha.

His widow is a distant cousin of HRH The Countess of Wessex, and the actresses Joan Fontaine and Dame Olivia de Havilland, all Molesworth descendants.

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Annette Marie Howard 1949-2020

 _. Annette Howard [known as "Scruff"], has died in London, aged 71. For 16 years she was chatelaine of Castle Howard, in Yorkshire.

The former Annette Marie Smallwood was born in 1949, daughter of Charles Anthony Russell Smallwood [1917-87], of Storrington, Sussex, by his wife the former Mollie Gordon Buchanan Scott.

She married firstly, in 1974 [divorced 1977], as his second wife, the then Spencer Douglas David Compton, styled Earl Compton [born 2 Apr, 1946], son of the 6th Marquess of Northampton [1885-1978], by his wife the former Virginia Lucie Heaton [1919-97]. Her husband succeeded his father in 1978, as 7th Marquess of Northampton. The marriage was childless. 

She married 2ndly, in 1983 [divorced 2000], the Hon Simon Bartholemew Geoffrey Howard [born 26 Jan, 1956], scion of the Earls of Carlisle, son of the Baron Howard of Henderskelfe [1920-84], by his wife the former Lady Cecilia Blanche Genevieve FitzRoy [1922-74], scion of the Dukes of Grafton, and became chatelaine of the great Castle Howard in Yorkshire, until her divorce from Mr Howard. The second marriage was also childless.

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Myles George John Ponsonby [born 2020]

  _. Rosanna Thea Ponsonby [born 1988, nee Bullivant], wife of Luke Myles William Ponsonby [born 1986], scion of the Barons De Mauley, gave birth to a son, Myles George John, in Norwich, 4 August, 2020.

Rosanna Ponsonby is the eldest daughter of George A. Bullivant, of Zeals, Wiltshire, by his wife the former Sarah Spooner.

Luke Ponsonby is the son of Air Vice-Marshal John Maurice Maynard Ponsonby, OBE [born 8 Aug, 1955], of Sutton Veney, Wiltshire, by his wife the former Marie-Jose Antoinette van Huizen-Husselson.

The infant is a great-great-great-great grandson of the 2nd Baron De Mauley [1815-96].

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