Saturday, October 31, 2020

Barnaby William Soames [born 2020]

 _. Georgina Caroline Angela Soames [nee Reeves, born 1984], wife of Christopher Michael Soames [born 1983], scion of that gentry family of Hamsell Manor formerly of Sheffield Park, gave birth to a son, Barnaby William, 25 September, 2020.

Christopher Soames is a son of Michael Sidney Soames [1950-2013], and his wife the former David John Capron [1931-2003].

Georgina is a descendant of the Dukes of Devonshire, daughter of Frederick John Reeves [born 1947], and his wife the former Diana Grace Angela Cavendish [born 1954].


Sir Sean Connery, Kt 1930-2020

  Sir Sean Connery, the actor, has died aged 90.

He was born 25 Aug, 1930, the son of Joseph and Euphamia Connery; named Thomas. adopted the stage name of Sean in 1953; married 1st 1962, Diane Cilento [marriage dissolved, 1974]; one son; married 2ndly, 1975, Micheline Roquebrune; two step sons, 1 step daughter.

He served in the Royal Navy. Has appeared in films: No Road Back [1956]; Action of the Tiger [1957]; Another Time, Another Place [1957]; Hell Drivers [1958]; Tarzan's Greatest Adventure [1959]; Darby O'Gill and the Little People [1959]; On the Fiddle [1961]; The Longest Day [1962]; The Frightened City [1962]; Woman of Straw [1964]; Marnie [1964]; The Hill [1965]; A Fine Madness [1966]; Shalako [1968]; The Molly Maguires [1968]; The Red Tent [1st Russian co production] 1969; The Anderson Tapes [1970]; The Offence [1973]; Zardoz [1973]; Ransom [1974]; Murder on the Orient Express [1974]; The Wind and the Lion [1975]; The Man Who Would be King [1975]; Robin & Marian [1976]; The First Great Train Robbery [1978]; Cuba [1978]; Meteor [1979]; Outland [1981]; The Man with the Deadly Lens [1982]; Wrong Is Right [1982]; Five Days One Summer [1982]; Highlander [1986]; The Name of the Rose [1987] [BAFTA Award for Best Actor 1988]; The Untouchables [1987] [Best Supporting Actor, Academy Awards, 1988; Golden Globe Award]; The Presido [1989]; Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [1989]; Family Business [1990]; The Hunt for Red October [1990]; The Russian House [1991]; Highlander II - the Quickening [1991]; Medicine Man [1992]; Rising Sun [1993]; A Good Man in Africa [1994]; First Knight [1995]; Just Cause [1995]; The Rock [1996]; Dragonheart [1996]; The Avengers [1998]; Entrapment [1999]; Playing by Heart [1999]; Finding Forrester [2001]; as James Bond: Dr No [1963]; From Russia With Love [1964]; Goldfinger [1965]; Thunderball [1965]; You Only Live Twice [1967]; Diamonds Are Forever [1971]; Never Say Never Again [1983].

knighted in 2000; Fellow, BAFTA [1998]; Freedom of the City of Edinburgh [1991]; American Cinematique Award [1992]; BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Award, [1990]; Man of Culture Award [1990]; Scot of the Year Award, BBC Scotland [1991]; Rudolph Valentino Award [1992]; Golden Globe Cecil B. De Mille Award [1996]; Commander, Order of Arts and Literature [France] [1987]; Legion d'Honneur, &c. Recreations: golf, tennis, reading.


Timothy David Cole 1985-2020

 _. Timothy David Cole, who died suddenly at his home, 18 October, 2020, aged 35, was descended from the Earls of Onslow.

He was born in 1985, son of David Cole, and his wife the former Henrietta Hughes-Onslow [born 5 Aug 1951], and was a grandson of Timothy Neil Hughes-Onslow [1924-1995], and his wife the former Susan Dugdale [1925-2016], daughter of Sir William Francis Stratford Dugdale, 1st Baronet [1872-1965].


Alistair John Evelyn Boscawen 1963-2020

 _. Alistair John Evelyn Boscawen, who died 24 October, 2020, aged 57, was a scion of the Viscounts Falmouth.

He was born 24 May, 1963, son of Simon John Evelyn Boscawen [1936-2004], and his wife the former Judith Perdita Rosemary Marshall, daughter of Sir Arthur Marshall [1903-2007], sometime High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.

Alistair's grandfather, Maj John Perceval Townshend Boscawen [1906-72], married in 1931, Lady Mary Helen Alma Graham [1909-1999], daughter of the 6th Duke of Montrose [1878-1954].

He was a descendant of the 3rd Viscount Falmouth [1758-1808].

Alistair Boscawen was twice married, firstly,in 1990, to Victoria Porter, and secondly in 1998, to Katherine [Lulu] Witherington [born 1963].


Hay/Langley engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 31 October, 2020, between James Malcolm Douglas Hay [born 30 May, 1985], scion of the Marquesses of Tweeddale, the eldest son of Malcolm Charles Hay of Seaton [born 4 March, 1956], of Edinglassie, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, by his wife the former Deborah Louise Rouse, & Edwina Chantal Elizabeth Langley [born 1985], daughter of Christopher J.M. Langley, of Alderton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, by his wife the former Diana Constance Mary Crewdson [born 11 June, 1959].

James Hay is descended from George Hay, 7th Marquis of Tweeddale [1753-1804].

Edwina Langley is a great-granddaughter of the 3rd Baron Grimthorpe [1891-1963].


Alun-Jones/Fleming engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 31 October, 2020, between Ben Alun-Jones, son of Jeremy Alun-Jones [born 1961[, by his wife the former Deborah Harrison, of Fishbourne, West Sussex, & Hannah Elizabeth Fleming [born 9 Oct, 1992], scion of the Flemings of Nettlebed, daughter of Matthew Valentine Fleming [born 12 Dec, 1964], of Horstead, Norfolk, by his wife the former Caroline Mary Buxton [born 15 March, 1965], scion of the Buxton baronets.

Hannah Fleming is a kinswoman of Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.

Ben Alun-Jones is a grandson of Sir Derek Alun-Jones [1933-2008], the insdustrialist.


Dalrymple/Goodman engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 31 October, 2020, between Hew William James [Hewie] Dalrymple [born 1993], scion of the Earls of Stair, son of Andrew David Dalrymple [born 10 Oct, 1959], of Gifford, East Lothian, by his wife the former Bryony Major, & Amy I. Goodman, daughter of Guy Goodman, of Emsworth, Hampshire, and Mrs Louise Balfour Goodman, of Broad Oak, Dorset.

Hewie Dalrymple is a grandson of Maj the Hon Colin Dalrymple [1920-2017], and a great-grandson of the 12th Earl of Stair [1879-1961].


Ruaridh Pierre Berger [born 2020]

  _. Marie-Emily Rose Mackenzie Berger [nee Graham-Watson, born 1991], wife of Edward Bertram [Bertie] Berger [born 1991], gave birth to a son, Ruaridh Pierre, 25 October, 2020.

Mrs Berger is a scion of the Graham-Watson landed gentry family, son of Andrew FitzJames Graham-Watson [born 1957], of Longworth, co Oxford, by his wife the former Brigitte Claude Marie Jeanson.

Bertie Berger is a son of Antony Berger, of Egerton, Kent, by his wife the former Nicola Anne Dawson.


Lord Coleridge, 83, marries Rosemary, Viscountess Exmouth, 78

 _. The marriage took place 15 September, 2020, in Exeter, between William Duke Coleridge, 5th Baron Coleridge [born 18 June, 1937], son of the 4th Baron Coleridge, KBE, DL [1905-84], by his wife the former Cecilia Rosamund Fisher [died 1991], & Rosemary Frances, Viscountess Exmouth [born 10 Dec, 1941], daughter of Dr Francis Harold Scoones [1915-2004], of Greenford, co Middlesex, by his wife the former Rose Frances Callis [died 2014].

Lord Coleridge is Viscountess Exmouth's third husband. Her previous two husbands were peers. Her first marriage in 1963 was to Murray de Vere Beauclerk, styled Earl of Burford [born 19 Jan 1939] [now the 14th Duke of St Albans]. The marriage ended in divorce in 1974. She married 2ndly, in 1975 [divorced 2000], Paul Edward Pellew, the 10th Viscount Exmouth. 

Lady Exmouth has two children, a son and a daughter, from her marriage to the Duke of St Albans, and two sons from her marriage to Lord Exmouth.

Viscountess Exmouth is Lord Coleridge's third wife. He married firstly, 17 Feb, 1962 [div 1977], Everild Tania Judy Hamborough. He married 2ndly, in 1977, Pamela Baker [who died 12 Aug 2018].

Lord Coleridge has a son and two daughters from his first marriage, and two daughters from his second marriage.


Friday, October 30, 2020

Lady Loyd, widow of Sir Julian Loyd, has died aged 87

 _. Lady Lloyd, who died 27 October, 2020, aged 87, was the widow of Sir Julian Loyd [1926-2018], for many years the land agent to Her Majesty the Queen at Sandringham.

She was the former [Philippa] Mary Emma Steel, daughter of diplomat Sir Christopher Eden Steel, GCMG, MVO [1903-1973]. Sir Christopher was sometime an assistant private secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales [afterwards King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor], and later the British permanent representative to NATO and ambassador to West Germany.

She married 20 October, 1960, Julian St John Loyd, scion of that landed gentry family, and a grandson maternally of the 1st Earl of Midleton [1856-1942]. Her husband, a chartered surveyor, was a partner in the Norwich branch of Savills, and served as land agent to the Queen at her Sandringham estate, 1964-91. Julian Loyd was appointed KCVO on his retirement in 1991, and died 7 Feb, 2018, aged 91. She leaves a son, Charles, and two daughters Alexandra and Mary-Rose The elder daughter, Alexandra Byatt, was sometime a lady in waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Lady Loyd's funeral will take place at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, Norfolk, 5 Dec, 2020.


Eileen Diana Young [nee Shirley] 1922-2020

 _. Eileen Young [nee Shirley], who died 25 October, 2020, aged 98, was a scion of the Earls Ferrers.

Eileen Diana Shirley was born 11 September, 1922, daughter of Brigadier Sewallis Robert Shirley [1885-1969], by his wife the former Hilda Grace Young.

Mrs Young was a 4xgreat granddaughter of the 1st Earl Ferrers [1650-1717].  A forebear, the 4th Earl Ferrers shot and killed his land steward in January 1760, was tried by his peers in April 1760, unanimously found guilty of murder and was hanged at Tyburn gallows with a silken cord.

She married 27 April, 1946, Malcolm Rhondda Young [who died 17 March, 2010], by whom she had issue, two sons, Peter [born 1947], and Richard [1949-2016].


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Prudence Elizabeth Coats [nee Strettel] 1925-2020

 _. Prudence Elizabeth Coats [nee Strettel], died 26 October, 2020, aged 95. She was born in 1925, a daughter of Colonel Eric Francis Dashwood Strettel, OBE [1894-1970], by his wife the former Margaret Scrimgeour [1901-81]; married in London, 18 Apr, 1952, Major Archibald James Coats [1916-1989], scion of the Coats baronets, son of Ernest Symington Coats [1873-1938], by his wife the former Nora Pountney, & leaves a daughter, Lucy Margaret [born 1961].


Christopher Henry Emerson [Kit] Haughton [born 2020]

_. The Hon Catherine Ellen-Jane [Kitty] Haughton [nee Flight, born 1975], wife of Giles Henry E. Flight [born 1973], gave birth to a son, Christopher Henry Emerson [Kit], 14 October, 2020, a brother for Mathilda Anna Beatrice, who was born 1 Aug, 2014.

The Hon Kitty Flight is a daughter of Howard Emerson Flight, the Baron Flight, Conservative peer [born 16 June, 1948], who served as Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs, 1997-2005, by his wife the former Christabel Diana Beatrice Norbury [born 1946].



Cecilia Mary Veronica Beddows [née Vardon] 1931-2020

 _. Cecilia Mary Veronica Beddows, who died 9 October, 2020, was a scion of the Vardon landed gentry family. Born in 1931, daughter of Henry George Evelyn Vardon [1888-1951], by his wife Cecilia Laura Lenox-Conyngham [1899-1991], scion of that landed gentry family; married 1959, Maj. Ian Alexander Beddows, TD [1920-2005], son of Col. William John Beddows, MC, TD, by his wife the former Esme Lesa McBean [1887-1961], by whom she had issue, two sons, Patrick and Philip, and a daughter, Diana.


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Blanshard/Bowring engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 17 October, 2020, between James William R. Blanshard [born 1992], son of Nigel Grove Blanshard [born 1958], of Walchwil, Zug, Switzerland, by his wife the former Christine Hilda Oliver [born 1959], & Flora Katharine Louise Bowring [born 1994], younger daughter of Thomas Geoffrey Bowring [born 1949], of Halton Park, Lancaster, by his wife the former Amanda Jane Graham Moon [born 1958], scion of the Moon baronets, daughter of Major John Cecil Graham Moon [1916-2006], &c.


[Francis] Conor ffrench-Davis 1941-2020

 _.[Francis] Conor ffrench-Davis died 18 October, 2020, aged 79. 

Mr ffrench-Davis was descended from the ancient Barons Stourton. His ancestor was Charles Philip Stourton, 17th Baron Stourton [1752-1816], seated at Allerton Park, co York. His peerage was created in 1448.

He was born 30 June, 1941, son of Capt. Francis Holdsworth ffrench-Davis [1908-44], by his wife the former Ingrid Margaret Mary MacDermot [1914-2003]; married 21 July, 1962, Prudence Mary Fiona [Prue] Smith-Wright [born 1944], daughter of John Evelyn Smith-Wright, by his wife the former Cicely Nolan,  by whom he had four sons and two daughters.


North/Jevons engagement

_.The engagement was announced 24 October, 2020, between Francis Augustus Roderick North [born 9 June, 1990], scion of the North baronets, the younger son of Sir Jeremy William Francis North, 3rd Baronet [born 5 May, 1960], of Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, and Mrs Lucy North [nee van der Meulen], of Wilsford, Wiltshire, and Courtney E Jevons, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Mark Jevons, of Clapham, London.


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Viscountess Hall, widow of the 2nd Viscount, has died aged 78

 _. Viscountess Hall, third wife, and widow, of the 2nd Viscount Hall, has died aged 78.

She was the former Marie-Colette Bache, and married William George Leonard Hall, 2nd Viscount [who was born 1913], in 1975. He died 24 July, 1985, when his peerage became extinct.

The funeral takes place at the church of Saint-Viâtre [Loir-et-Cher, France], 30 Oct, 2020.


The Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava 1941-2020

 -. The Marchioness of Dufferin & Ava, the artist and conservationist, chatelaine of the Clandeboye estate in Northern Ireland, died 26 October, 2020, aged 79.

She was a member of the Guinness dynasty, born Serena Belinda Rosemary Guinness [always known as 'Lindy'] 25 March, 1941, daughter of Group Capt Thomas Loel Evelyn Bulkeley Guinness [1906-88], by his wife the Lady Isabel Violet Kathleen Manners [1918-2008], daughter of the 9th Duke of Rutland [1886-1940].

She married 21 Oct, 1964, Sheridan Frederick Terence Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 5th and last Marquess of Dufferin & Ava [1938-1988], a Trustee of the Wallace Collection, who had succeeded his father, killed in action in Burma, 25 March, 1945. The marriage was childless, and Lord Dufferin & Ava died 29 May, 1988.

Lindy Dufferin was a friend of David Hockney and Truman Capote. She poured her energy into the upkeep and preservation of Clandeboye, Co Down, one of the few great private estates in Northern Ireland that remained in the ownership of the original family.


Colonel Rodney Francis Maurice Windsor, CBE, DL 1925-2020

 _. Colonel Rodney Windsor, CBE, DL, died 21 October, 2020. He was 95.

Col Windsor, late The Queen's Bays and the North Irish Horse regiments, was born in 1925, son of Maurice Windsor by his wife the former Elsie Meredith. He married 1stly, 26 April, 1951, Deirdre Willa Chichester, scion of the Marquesses of Donegall, daughter of Lt-Col Arthur O'Neill Cubitt Chichester, OBE, MC [1889-1972]; married 2ndly, 6 April, 1994, as her third husband, Mrs Margery Angela Hamilton Stainton [nee Wills] [1922-2012], a member of the Wills tobacco family, scion of the Wills baronets and Barons Dulverton, former wife of [1] Capt Anthony Tabor, and widow of [2] Thomas Stainton. 

Colonel Windsor leaves two sons and a daughter from his first union.


Rev Edmund Selwyn Haviland 1924-2020

 _. The Rev Edmund Selwyn Haviland, who died 17 October, 2020, aged 96, was born in 1924, son of the Rev Edmund Arthur Haviland [1874-1966], by his wife the former Vivienne Selwyn Brown [1894-1996]; married 1957 [div 1985] Gillian Margaret Johnstone [born 1935], scion of the Johnstone baronets, daughter of Andrew Wauchope Johnstone [1903-80], by his wife the former Eleanor Blanche Helen Margaretta Vere-Laurie [1907-80], a descendant of the Viscounts Massereene. He leaves a son, Andrew, and three daughters, Margaret, Angela and Jane.

The funeral takes place at Salisbury Cathedral, 4 Nov, 2020.


Muirhead/Ffennell engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 27 October, 2020, between Frederick John [Freddie] Muirhead [born 1990], son of Mr & Mrs Martin Muirhead, of Whitstable, Kent, & Jessica Patricia J. Ffennell [born 1989], descended from thre Earls of Harrowby, daughter of Simon Walter Hugh Ffennell [born 10 Dec, 1956], of Martyr Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire, by his wife the former Lucinda Mary Ringrose-Voase [born 20 June, 1961], scion of that landed gentry family.

Jessica Ffennell's grandfather, Denzil Walter Hugh Ffennell [who died in 1977], married 10 June, 1955, Jane Christine Ryder [1927-2017], a great-great granddaughter of Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby [1762-1847].


Monday, October 26, 2020

Luisa Edwina Howard [nee Portman] 1931-2020

_. Luisa Edwina Howard, who died 18 October, 2020, aged 89, was a scion of the Viscounts Portman.

She was born Luisa Edwina Portman, 6 June, 1931, daughter of Brigadier Guy Maurice Berkeley Portman [1890-1961], by his wife the former Miriam Katherine Taylor [1894-1975].

Her father was a great-grandson of the 1st Viscount Portman [1799-1888], and a great-great grandson of the 2nd Earl of Harewood [1767-1841]. Her mother, was a daughter of George William Taylor [1864-1929], by his wife the former Lady Elizabeth Emma Geraldine Egerton [1865-1953], daughter of the 4th Earl of Wilton [1839-98]. She married 29 May, 1952, Christopher David Howard [1928-1991], by whom she had two daughters, Davina Elizabeth [born 1953], and Belinda Jane [born 1956].


Lavinia Patricia Courage [nee Wood] [died 2020]

_. Lavinia Patricia Courage, who died 23 October, 2020, was the wife of Major-General Walter James Courage, CB, MBE [b 25 Sept, 1940, who assumed the surname of Courage in lieu of his patronymic]. She was the former Lavinia Patricia Wood, daughter of John Emerson Crawhall Wood. Her husband was a son of Walter Henry Phipps [1905-1982], by his former wife Nancy Mary Reeves, who married as her 2nd husband, Lieutenant-Colonel Nigel Anthony Courage, MC [1906-65], of that landed gentry family. She leaves two children, a son, Sebastian and a daughter Camilla, wife of Alexander Stanier [born 1970], heir to the Stanier baronetcy.


Mary Arden McDermot 1924-2020

_. Mary Arden McDermot, who died 19 October, 2020, aged 96, was a grandaughter of the 5th Baron Norton.

She was born Mary Arden Norton, in 1924, a daughter of Major-General Sir Alan John Hunter, KCVO, CB, CMG, DSO, MC [1881-1942], by his wife the Hon Joan Adderley [1889-1988], daughter of the 5th Baron Norton [1854-1945]; and married in 1949, Brian Charles McDermot, CBE, LVO [1914-2003], son of Percy John Vincent McDermot [1875-1955], by his wife the former Eveleen Mary Blanche O'Connor [1892-1925], by whom she had seven sons and two daughters.

Her husband, a member of HM Diplomatic Service, was HM Consul General, Oporto, 1962-68, and Ambassaor and Consul-General, Paraguay, 1968-72.



Gerard Lionel Gordon Noel 1927-2020

 _. Gerard Lionel Gordon Noel, who died 20 October, 2020, aged 93, was a scion of the Earls of Gainsborough.

He was born 9 April, 1927, son of Commander Montague Wriothesley Noel, RN [1892-1941], by his wife the former Christabel Florence Arthur Startin [died 1965]; he was educated at Marlborough, served as a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, &c. He was descended from the Noel baronets, who in turn descended from Baptist Noel, 4th Earl of Gainsborough [1708-51].

He married 28 June, 1965, Caroline Patricia Griffith-Williams [died 2009], daughter of Brigadier Eric Llewellyn Griffith Griffith-Williams, by whom he had five children.


Lord Carrington's son and heir marries

 _. The marriage took place 24 October, 2020, in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, Palace of Westminster, between the Hon Robert Carington [born 7 December, 1990], only son and heir of the 7th Baron Carrington [born 2 Dec, 1948], by his wife the former Daniela Diotallevi, & Olga Litchman, daughter of Mr & Mrs Victor Litchman, of Tallin, Estonia.

Robert is a grandson of the Tory grandee, Peter, the 6th Baron Carrington, KG [1919-2018].


Jonathan Courtenay Langdon Maurice Crown 1964-2020

_. Jonathan Crown, who died 16 September, 2020, was born in 1964, son of Leon Crown [formerly Cohen]; married 1962, Jennifer Bridget Vyvyan-Robinson, the operatic soprano, scion of the Vyvyan baronets.


Sunday, October 25, 2020

Case/Maltby engagement

_. The engagement was announced 21 October, 2020, between Charles Case, son of Mr & Mrs Nicholas Case, of Wigginton, co Oxfordshire, & Alice Diana Maltby [born 1992], daughter of William John Maltby [born 1959], of Baughurst, Hampshire, by his wife the former Sarah Catherine Ekins [born 1961].

Alice Maltby is a granddaughter of John Newcombe Maltby, CBE [1928-1998], by his wife the former Lady Sylvia Veronica Anthea Harris [born 1934], daughter of the 6th Earl of Malmesbury [1907-2000].


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Calvocoressi/Avent engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 22 October, 2020, between Christopher John Calvocoressi [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, youngest son of James Melville Ion Calvocoressi [born 1948], of Markbeech, Kent, by his wife the former Richenda Victoria Hanson [born 1949], &  Sophie Louise Avent [born 1989], daughter of Martin D.S. Avent [born 1962], and Mrs Jane Avent [nee Turtle, born 1960], of Castle Hedingham, co Essex.


Peregrine 'Reggie' Christopher Gordon Dashwood [born 2020]

 _. Rose Katharine Lucy Dashwood [nee Langley, born 1988], wife of James Gordon Robert Dashwood [born 1984], gave birth to a son, Peregrine 'Reggie' Christopher Gordon, 13 Oct, 2020.

James Dashwood is a son of Robert Thomas Dashwood [1955-2015], by his wife the former Georgina M. Harris [born 1956]. He married in 2019, Rose Langley, daughter of Christopher J.M. Langley [born 1946], by his wife the former Diana Constance Mary Crewdson [born 1959], daughter of Wilson Peregrine Nicholas Crewdson [1926-2014], by his wife the Hon Lucy Clare Beckett [1926-1999], daughter of the 3rd Baron Grimthorpe [1891-1963].


The Baroness Hemingford 1937-2020

 _. Jill Paton Walsh, who died 18 October, 2020, aged 83, was a novelist ranging from children’s stories to Dorothy Sayers mysteries, and wife, for only a month, of the 3rd Baron Hemingford.

Her novel Knowledge of Angels was turned down by 19 British publishers, but the Booker Prize judges thought differently and shortlisted it.

She was born Gillian Bliss, in North Finchley, 29 April, 1937, the oldest of four children of John Llewellyn Bliss, an engineer and pioneering television cameraman, and his wife Patricia (Patsy).  

At Oxford she met Antony Paton Walsh, whom she married in 1961. 

 The journalist Jan Moir once observed that her no-nonsense “leader of the local Brownie pack” appearance belied a “volcanic love-life”. In the 1970s she fell deeply in love with John Rowe Townsend, but refused to leave her husband for some years until her younger daughter had turned 18.

She and Townsend finally married in 2004 after her first husband’s death. She was devastated when Townsend died in 2014, but found renewed happiness with the journalist and peer Dennis Nicholas [Nick] Herbert, the 3rd Baron Hemingford [born 25 July 1934], Deputy Chief Executive of Westminster Press, 1992-95 [Editorial Director, 1974-92]. The couple broadcast their nuptials last month, on YouTube, with family members around the world attending virtually via Zoom on a big screen.

Jill Paton Walsh, who was appointed CBE in 1996, is survived by her husband and the son and two daughters of her first marriage.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sir Francis John Badcock Sykes, 10th Baronet 1942-2020

 Sir John Sykes, 10th Baronet, has died at the age of 78.

Francis John Badcock Sykes was born 7 June, 1942, son of Sir Francis Godfrey Sykes, 9th Baronet [1907-1990], by his wife the former Eira Betty Badcock [1907-70]. he succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 19 April, 1990.

Sir John [Baronetcy cr GB, 1781] married 30 Apr, 1966, Susan Alexandra Ashmore, daughter of Admiral Sir Edward Ashmore, GCB, DSC [1919-2016], by his wife the former Elizabeth Mary Doveton Sturdee, scion of the Sturdee baronets, by whom he had issue, three sons, Francis, Edward and Alexander. The eldest son, Francis Charles Sykes [born 18 June, 1968], succeeds to the baronetcy.


The 6th Baron Churchill 1926-2020

 _. The Lord Churchill, 6th Baron, died 19 October, 2020, aged 94.

Richard Harry Ramsay Spencer was born 11 October, 1926, the son of Colonel Richard Augustus Spencer [1888-1956], by his wife the former Maude Evelyn Ramsay [died 1989], scion of the Earls of Dalhousie.

He married firstly, 19 April, 1958, Antoinette Rose-Marie de Charrière [1928-1994], daughter of Godefroy de Charrière,of Perverenges, Lausanne, Switzerland ; he married secondly, in 1999, Cressida Josephine Alice de Hallé.

He succeeded to the barony of Churchill [created in 1815], on the demise of his kinsman, the 3rd and last Viscount Churchill, 18 October, 2017.

The peerage was created for his ancestor, Francis Almeric Spencer [1779-1845], a younger son of George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough [1738-1817].

Lord Churchill had two sons from his first marriage, the Hon Michael Spencer and the Hon David Spencer. The peerage now passes to the elder son, Michael Richard de Charrière Spencer, who was born 9 November, 1960.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Sir John Margetson, KCMG 1927-2020

 _. Sir John Margetson, KCMG, of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service [retired], , former Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod, died 17 October, 2020, aged 93.

John William Denys Margetson was born 9 October, 1927, son of the Very Rev William Margetson [1874-1946], Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, by his wife the former Marion Jenoure. He married in 1963, Miranda, daughter of Sir William Coldstream, MBE [1908-87], the English realist painter, and descended maternally from the Mercer-Tod landed gentry family, by whom he had a son and a daughter.

Margetson was appointed CMG in 1979 and advanced to KCMG, 1986. He served as Ambassador to the Netherlands, 1984-87, &c.


The Baroness Davies 1941-2020

_. The Lady Davies, who has died aged 79, was wife of the 3rd Baron Davies.

Lord Davies was Chairman of the Welsh National Opera Co from 1975-2000.

She was born circa 1941, as Beryl Oliver, daughter of William James Oliver, of Harborne, Birmingham, and married 24 July, 1972, David Davies, the 3rd Baron Davies [born 2 Oct, 1940], who had succeeded his father, the 2nd Baron, killed in action, 25 September, 1944.

Lady Davies is survived by her husband and four children.



Monday, October 19, 2020

Hon Lady Morrison 1946-2020

 _. The Hon Lady Morrison, who died 16 October, 2020, aged 74, was the 2nd wife of the Hon Sir Charles Morrison, Conservative MP for Devizes 1964-92.

From 1970 she was chatelaine of the magnificent Madresfield Court, in Malvern Worcestershire, the Lygon family estate. The Madresfield estate has been passed down in the same family since the 12th century [several times through the female line].

She was born 13 Oct, 1946, as Rosalind Elizabeth Lygon, scion of the now extinct Earls Beauchamp, daughter of the Hon Richard Edward Lygon [1916-70], by his wife the former Patricia Janet Norman [1913-2007], scion of that landed family.

She married firstly, 30 March, 1967 [div 1976], Gerald John Ward [1938-2008], stockbroker, landowner, scion of the Earls of Dudley, & a long standing friend of the Prince of Wales, son of Col. Edward John Sutton Ward [1909-90], by his wife the former Margaret Susan Corbett. She married 2ndly, in 1984 [divorced 1999], the Hon Charles Andrew Morrison [1932-2005], scion of the Barons Margadale, the 2nd son of the 1st Baron Margadale [1906-96], by his wife the former Hon Margaret Esther Lucie Smith [1908-80], scion of the Viscounts Hambleden. Charles Morrison was knighted in 1988, and died from cancer, 9 May, 2005.

The Hon Lady Morrison leaves two daughters from her first marriage, Sarah Patricia [born 1968], who married Adrian Scrope [pronounced Scroop], scion of that ancient landed gentry family, and Margaret Lucy, born in 1970, who wed Jonathan Chenevix-Trench, scion of the Barons Ashtown. Lucy now lives at Madresfield Court with her family.


Sunday, October 18, 2020

Eva Leila MacLeod Dewhurst [born 2020]

 _. Katherine Leila Sarah Dewhurst [nee Price, born 1985], wife of Robert Edward Charles Dewhurst [born 1984], and scion of the Rose Price baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Eva Leila MacLeod, 7 October, 2020, a sister for Max Robin Wynford, who was born in 2018.

Robert is a son of Charles Frederick Dewhurst [born 1946], a grandson maternally of Sir Thomas Warren, 8th Baronet [1885-1961]. Robert's mother, the former Lindsay Mary MacLeod Phillimore [born 1951], is a scion of the Barons Phillimore.

Katherine Dewhurst is a daughter of [Timothy Geoffrey] Timothy Rose Price [born 1948], by his wife the former Leila Anne Katherine Rasch [born 1952], daughter of Major Sir Richard Rasch, 3rd Baronet [1918-96].



Verbist/MacDougall engagement

  _. The engagement was announced 17 October, 2020, between Thomas L.G. Verbist, son of Bart and Veerle Verbist-Moreels, of Leuven, Belgium, & Vanessa Emily Hope Macdougall [born 1990], daughter of Patrick Lorn Macdouglall [born 1939], by his wife the former Bridget Margaret Young [born 1952], a granddaughter maternally of the 2nd Baron Colgrain [1891-1973].


Rev Ewen Macpherson Pinsent 1930-2020

_. The Rev Ewen Macpherson Pinsent, who died 6 October, 2020, aged 89, was a scion of the Pinsent baronets and father of the Olympic rower Sir Matthew Pinsent, CBE.

He was born in 1930, son of Clive Pinsent [1886-1948], by his wife the former Kathleen Jane Macpherson [1895-1974], and was a grandson of Sir Richard Pinsent, 1st Baronet [1852-1948].

He married in 1961, Jean Grizel McMicking [born 1933],scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Major-General Neil McMicking, CB, CBE, DSO, MC [1894-1963], by his wife the former Margaret Winifred Landale [1903-89], by whom he had issue, 2 sons and 2 daughters.



Bush/Cobbold engagement

 _. The engagement has been announced Philip Horatio Bush, son of Mr & Mrs Graham Bush, of Smeeth, Kent, and Morwenna Gray Lytton Cobbold [born 16 Aug, 1989], scion of the Barons Cobbold, daughter of the Hon Henry Fromanteel Cobbold [born 12 May, 1962], by his wife the former Martha Frances Boone.

Morwenna Cobbold is a granddaughter of the 2nd Baron Cobbold [born 14 July, 1937]. Her father is the heir apparent to the peerage.


Billy Peregrine Colchester [born 2020]

 _. Lara McRae Colchester (nee Scott, born 1990), wife of Jack Halsey N. Colchester (born 1989), gave birth to a son, Billy Peregrine, 16 October, 2020, a brother for Ferris Scott, born 23 June, 2018.

Lara Colchester is a daughter of Andrew H. Scott by his wife the former Belinda M. Dearden.

Jack Colchester is a son of Jonathan Halsey Luke Colchester (born 1955), by his wife the former Zalda Naldera Metcalfe (born 1957), and is a grandson maternally of David Patrick Metcalfe (1927-2012), by his first wife Alexandria Irene Boycun (1928-66), who was the widow of Sir Alexander Korda.

Jack's great grandfather was Major Edward ('Fruity') Metcalfe MVO (1887-1957), equerry to King Edward VIII, who married Lady Alexandra ('Baba') Naldera Curzon (1904-95), daughter of the 1st (and last) Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859-1925), &c.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Cunynghame/Halliday marriage

 _. The marriage took place 19 September, 2020, at St Mary's Church, Lavant, between Alexander David Martti Cunynghame [born 26 June, 1985], scion of the Cunynghame baronets, son of John Philip Henry Michael Selwyn Cunynghame [born 9 September, 1944], of Westminster, by his wife the former Marjatta Markus, & Anna Mary Halliday, daughter of Mr & Mrs John Halliday, of Chichester.

Alexander Cunynghame is a grandson of the late Sir Henry David St Leger Brooke Selwyn Cunynghame of Milncraig, 11th Baronet [1905-78], by his wife the former Hon Pamela Margaret Stanley [1909-1991], daughter of the 5th Baron Sheffield [who was also 11th Baron Stanley of Alderley] [1875-1931].


Cordelia Anita Snowball [born 2020]

 _. Francesca Camilla Snowball [nee Ringrose, born 1985], wife of Thomas Edward James Snowball [born 1984], gave birth to a daughter, Cordelia Anita, 12 October, 2020, a sister for Rosanna Camilla, who was born 21 October, 2018.

Thomas is a son of Major Patrick J.R. Snowball, of Brisbane and London, by his former wife the former Jennifer Maitland Longmore [born 29 January, 1953] [now Mrs Jenny Snowball, of Rockbourne, Hampshire], scion of the Longmore landed gentry family, descended from the Maitland baronets. Thomas is a grandson maternally of Wing-Commander William James Maitland Longmore, CBE [1919-88], by his wife the Hon Jean Mary Williamson [1919-2009], daughter of the 2nd Baron Forres [1888-1954].

Francesca Snowball is a daughter of Robert H. [Bobby] Ringrose [born 1954], of Fulham, London, by his wife the former Tessa Drabble.


Mary Anna van Straubenzee [born 2020]

 _. Lucy van Straubenzee [nee Lanigan-O'Keeffe, born 1988], wife of Thomas Alexander van Straubenzee (b 1982), scion of that landed family, gave birth to a daughter, Mary Anna, 12 October, 2020.

Thomas van Straubenzee is the eldest son of Mr Alexander Henry van Straubenzee (b 1951), by his wife the former Claire Sonia Fenwick (b 1954).

 Lucy van Straubenzee is a daughter of Stephen Lanigan-O'Keeffe.

Tom, a life-long friend of the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, is godfather to Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. He married firstly, in 2013, the Lady Melissa Percy, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland. The marriage ended in divorce. His marriage to Lucy took place in the summer of 2020.

Lucy van Straubenzee, originally from County Kilkenny, is the assistant head teacher at Thomas's, Battersea, the school attended by Prince George of Cambridge. Her father is a barrister. Her brother, Arthur, is the Irish Olympic pentathlete.

Tom van Straubenzee is descended from the Montagu Dukes of Manchester.

Lucy van Straubenzee is descended from John Lanigan (1800-1868) of Glenaguile, Nenagh, county Tipperary, Member of Parliament, married Frances daughter of Charles O'Keeffe of Richmond, county Tipperary and granddaughter of Cornelius O'Keeffe Member of Parliament. John was the son of Stephen Lanigan and he became a barrister. His eldest son Stephen Martin Lanigan assumed the additional name of O'Keeffe in 1895. In the mid 19th century members of the Lanigan family held land in the parishes of Newtownlennon and Kilvemnon, barony of Slievardagh, Aghnameadle and Latteragh, barony of Upper Ormond and Templemore, barony of Ikerrin, county Tipperary. In the 1870s Stephen M. Lanigan of Glenaguill owned 1,639 acres in county Tipperary. There is no substanial house marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map for the townland of Glenaguile in the parishes of Aghnameadle and Latteragh. John Lanigan held the townland from the Honourable Mrs Otway Cave at the time of Griffith's Valuation. No house in the townland was rated at £3 or more for valuation purposes.


Friday, October 16, 2020

Dundas/Foster marriage

 _. The marriage took place, 16 October, 2020, at The Orangery, Holland Park, London, between David Lawrence Charles Dundas [born 2 May, 1989], scion of the Marquesses of Zetland, son of James Frederick Trevor [Jamie] Dundas [born 4 Nov, 1950], of London, by his wife the former Jennifer Ann Daukes [born 1947], & Kelley L. Foster, daughter of Mr & Mrs Raymond Foster, of Vermont, USA.

David Dundas is a grandson of Group Capt Sir Hugh Spencer L'Isle Dundas [1920-95], by his wife the Hon Enid Rosamond Lawrence, daughter of the 3rd Baron Trevethin [& 1st Baron Oaksey] [1880-1971], the 20th century judge who presided over the Nuremberg Trials.

David's Zetland ancestry:-

1st Earl of Zetland -> Hon John Dundas->John Charles Dundas->Frederick Dundas->Sir Hugh Dundas->James Dundas->David Dundas.


Isla Olivia Marten [born 2020]

 _. Georgina Hermione Marten [née Townshend, born 1982], wife of Edward John Marten [born 1979],  and scion of the Townshend landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Isla Olivia, 22 September, 2020, a sister for Jack

Edward Marten is a grandson paternally of Sir Harry Neil Marten, PC [1916-85], Conservative MP for Banbury 1959-83, and Overseas Development minister in the Thatcher administration.

Georgina is the daughter of James Reginald Townshend [born 1954], head of that landed gentry family, of Caldecote Hall, Nuneaton, co Warwick, now of Melbury Hall, Dorset, by his first wife, the former Olivia Mora Matthey [1957-2009].

Georgina's grandfather, Henry Reginald Townshend married in 1949, Aleatha Susan Rowley, daughter of Sir Charles Samuel Rowley, 6th Baronet [1891-1962]. 

Georgina's gt-gt-grandfather, Capt Harry Leigh Townshend [1842-1924], married 1880, the Hon Annie Ellen Brooks [1859-1938], daughter of the 1st Baron Crawshaw [1825-1908], &c.


Giulia Evelyn Tandoi Phythian-Adams [born 2020]

 +. Eve Phythian-Adams [nee Tandoi], wife of Henry William [Harry] Phythian-Adams, scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter Giulia Evelyn Tandoi, 4 October, 2020, a sister for Giacomo Arthur Tandoi, who was born 27 September, 2018.

Harry is a son of Mark Vevers Phythian-Adams [born 24 February, 1944], by his wife the former [Elizabeth] Anne Colchester [born 1946].

Harry's grandfather, the Rev William John Telia Phythian-Adams, DSO, MC [1888-1967], was Chaplain to King George V 1933-36, Chaplain to King Edward VIII, 1936, to King George VI 1936-52, and to Queen Elizabeth II from 1952.


Thursday, October 15, 2020

Joe Johnson's life peerage has been gazetted

_. The life peerage awarded to the Rt Hon Joseph Edmund Johnson in the Prime Minister's Dissolution Honours List, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Johnson of Marylebone, of Marylebone in the City of Westminster, 15 October, 2020.

Joseph Edmund Johnson, Baron Johnson of Marylebone (born 23 December 1971) is a British politician who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Orpington from 2010 to 2019. 

A member of the Conservative Party, he served as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation from July to September 2019, as well as previously from 2015 to 2018. His older brother, Boris Johnson, has been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019. 

Since retiring from politics, Johnson has become Non-Executive Chairman at Tes. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and President's Professorial Fellow at King's College London. He has since returned to his work as a journalist at outlets including the Financial Times.

Lord Johnson of Marylebone is a direct descendant of the Royal House of Württemberg, and from George II, King of England.

George II, King of Gt Britain & Ireland


Frederick, Prince of Wales


Princess Augusta of Gt Britain & Ireland


Princess Auguste Caroline Friederike Luise of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel


Prince Paul Heinrich Karl Friedrich August of Württemberg


Karolina von Rottenburg 


Hubert Freiherr von Pfeffel


Marie Luise Freiin von Pfeffel


Irene Williams


Stanley Johnson


Lord Johnson of Marylebone


Son and heir for Lord and Lady Dunboyne

 -. The Baroness Dunboyne, wife of the 30th Baron Dunboyne [20th peer by Patent], gave birth to a son, the Hon Caspian Fitzwalter Butler, 6 October, 2020, in Montreal, a brother for the Hon Bridget Gigny Synolda Butler, who was b at Montreal, 9 June, 2015, and for the Hon Hon Rosamond Joy Butler, born 2 February, 2017.

Lady Dunboyne is the former Anneka Eileen Anketell-Jones [b 1984], daughter of Peter Andrew Anketell-Jones by his wife the former Roseleen Quigley, and married in 2012, the Hon Richard Pierce Theobald Butler [b 5 July,1983], son of the 29th/19th Baron Dunboyne [1951-2013], by his wife the former [Diana] Caroline Williams, daughter of Sir Michael Sanigear Williams, KCMG [1911-84], sometime British Ambassador to Guatemala and Minister to the Holy See.

Lord Dunboyne succeeded his father in the ancient peerage, 11 July, 2013. he is 30th Baron, by Writ of Summons, created in 1274, and 20th Baron, by Letters Patent of Henry VIII, created 11 June, 1541.


Barry St George Austin Reed, CBE 1931-2020

 _. Barry St George Austin Reed, CBE, who died 13 October, 2020, aged 89, was Chairman, Austin Reed Group, 1973-96.

He was born 5 May, 1931, son of Douglas Austin Reed by his wife Mary Ellen Philpott; educated at Rugby School, Commissioned into the Middlesex Regiment in 1950, and served in Korea, 1950-51 [Military Cross]. Joined the Austin Reed Group in 1953, a Director of the company 1958-99, Managing Director, 1966-85; President of the Menswear Association of Britain, 1966-67; Chairman of the Retail Alliance 1967-70; Chairman, British Knitting and Clothing Export Council, 1985-89; Director, British Apparel and Textile Confederation 1992-99; Member of the Board of the Retail Standards Association, 1964-78; Member of the Consumer Protection Advisory Committee, 1973-79; Member of the European Trade Committee 1975-84; sometime President of the Royal Warrant Holders Association; President, the Vale of York Conservative Association, 1995-2000; Chairman, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, 1990-95; sometime a member of Ripon and Leeds Diocese Synod, &c.

His home was a Crakehall House, Crakehall, near Bedale, North Yorkshire.

Mr Reed, who was appointed CBE in 1988, leaves a widow and two children.


Strutt/Stannard marriage

 _. The marriage took place 30 September, 2020, in London, between Leo Edward Orlando Strutt (born 1988), scion of the Barons Belper, son of Henry Clavering Tollemache Strutt (born 22 Dec, 1953), and Mrs Athena Strutt (nee Maas), of Stutton, Suffolk, and Lucy J. Stannard, eldest daughter of Mrs Juliet Stannard and the late Mr Simon Stannard, of Singapore.

Leo Strutt is a great-grandson of the 3rd Baron Belper (1883-1956).


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hill/Boyle engagement

_. The engagement was announced 14 October, 2020, between Tom R.P. Hill, son of Mr & Mrs Peter Hill, of Burbage, Wiltshire, and Olivia Mary Boyle [born 1982], scion of the Earls of Cork & Orrery, daughter of John Richard Boyle [born 1938], of Brancaster, Norfolk, by his wife the former Lena Rahr [born 1944].

The bride-to-be is a descendant of the 7th Earl of Cork & Orrery [1742-98].


Elizabeth Katharine Grenfell [nee Kenyon] 1942-2020

_. Elizabeth Katharine 'Liza' Grenfell, who has died aged 78, was a descendant of the Thompson baronets [of Park Gate House, Guiseley]; she was born 12 March, 1942, daughter of Hugh Kenyon, by his wife the former Mary Winifred Thompson [1909-2001], daughter of Sir Peile Beaumont Thompson, 4th Baronet [1874-1972]. 

She married 31 Dec, 1977, Francis Pascoe John Grenfell [1938-2011], a grandson of Field Marshal the 1st Baron Grenfell [1841-1925], son Maj. the Hon Arthur Bernard John Grenfell [1908-42], by his wife the former Eleanor Dorothy Alice James [died 2004].


Chadd/Anderson engagement

_. The engagement was announced 14 October, 2020, between Edward George Alexander Chadd [born 1991], son of Mr Nicholas Martyn Philip [Sam] Chadd [born 30 March, 1958], of Brampton, Suffolk, by his wife the former Amelia Catherine Sallitt, and Isobel Nancy Anderson [born 1993], daughter of the late James Ian Anderson [born 1 Nov, 1952], by his former wife the Hon Emily Mary Astor [born 9 June, 1956], of Glen Lyon, Perthshire. Eddie Chadd is a grandson of Colonel George Victor Nudd Chadd by his wife the former Margaret Ruth Collett [1922-2018], daughter of Sir Henry Seymour Collett, 2nd Baronet [1893-1971]. Isobel Anderson is a granddaughter maternally of the 3rd Viscount Astor [1907-66], by his 2nd wife the former Philippa Victoria Hunloke [1930-2005], a descendant of King William IV and Dorothea Jordan. Isobel is a granddaughter paternally of Capt John Murray Anderson by his wife the former Lady Gillian Mary Drummond [1930-2002], daughter of the 16th Earl of Perth [1876-1951]

Wilmot/Crawley engagement

_. The engagement was announced 14 October, 2020, between James T. de B. Wilmot, son of David and Susan Emma Wilmot [nee Durlacher], of London, and Tallulah Tabitha D. Crawley [born 1997], scion of that landed family, daughter of Silas Crawley [born 1963], of Bristol, Somerset, by his wife the former Annabel Soper [born 1965]. Tallulah is a granddaughter of Simon Ewen Crawley [1931-2020], by his wife the former [Esther] Mary de Vahl Metters, and is a great-granddaughter of Leonard George Crawley [1903-81], by his wife the former Christina Elspeth Fisher Cameron [1908-2000], and descended from the Rice family, Barons Dynevor.

Lily Rosemary Lubbock [born 2020]

_. Claire Lubbock [nee Felgate], wife of Richard Christopher Sinclair Lubbock [born 1983], scion of the Barons Avebury, gave birth to a daughter, Lily Rosemary, 9 October, 2020, a sister for Leo James Christopher, who was born 11 December, 2018. Richard Lubbock is a son of Rupert James Gordon Lubbock [born 7 April, 1948], by his wife the former Miranda Jane McNeile, and is a 3xgt grandson of Sir John Lubbock, 3rd Baronet [1803-65], who was father of the 1st Baron Avebury. Claire Lubbock is a daughter of Malcolm Felgate, of Cape Town, South Africa.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Sir Samuel Brittan 1933-2020

_. Sir Samuel Brittan, who has died aged 86, was an economist, Principal Economic Commentator, Financial Times, from 1966 [Assistant Editor, 1978-95].He was born 29 December, 1933, a son of Dr Joseph Brittan, MD, by his wife Rebecca [nee Lipetz], and was an elder brother of Leon Brittan, Baron Brittan of Spennithorne [1939-2015], sometime Conservative MP, senior member of Margaret Thatcher's government, Home Secretary, and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. Samuel Brittan was educated at Kilburn Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge; held various posts in the FT 1955-61; Economics Editor at the Observer, 1961-64; Adviser, DEA, 1965; Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford 1973-74, Visitng Fellow 1974-82; Visiting Professor of Economics, Chicago Law School, 1978; Hon Professor of Politics, Warwick University, 1987-92; Member of the Peacock Committee on Financing in the BBC 1985-86; President, David Hume Society 1996-99; Hon DLitt Heriot-Watt University, 1985; Financial Journalist of the Year Award 1971; George Orwell Prize for Political Journalism 1980; Ludwig Erhard Prize [for economic writing] 1988; Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, 1993. Publications: The Treasury Under the Tories, 1964, revised edition Steering the Economy, 1969, 1971; Left or Right: the Bogus Dilema, 1968; The Price of Economic Freedom, 1970; Capitalism and the Permissive Society, 1973, revised edition as A Restatement of Economic Liberalism, 1988; Is There An Economic Consensus? 1973; [with P. Lilley] The Delusion of Incomes Policy, 1977; The Economic Consequences of Democracy, 1977; How to End the Monetarist Controversy, 1981; The Role and Limits of Government, 1983; Capitalism with a Human Face, 1995; Essays moral, political and economic, 1998. Brittan was knighted in 1993.

Jenny Louise Heathcote 1964-2020

_. Jenny Louise Heathcote, who died 26 September, 2020, aged 56, was a scion of the Heathcote baronets. She was born 31 January, 1964, the youngest daughter of Michael Edmund Heathcote [1931-2018], by his wife the former Jean Hamilton-Miller. She married in 1996 [later divorced] Markus James Fischer. -=-

Peter Thomas Thistlethwayte 1933-2020

_. Peter Thomas Thistlethwayte, who died 8 October, 2020, aged 87, was a scion of that landed gentry family, formerly of Southwick Park. He was born 9 April, 1933, third son of Arthur Donald Claude Thomas Thistlethwayte [1903-1956], by his wife the former Hon Gwladys Eileen Berry [1908-55], daughter of the 1st [and last] Baron Buckland [1877-1928]; Educated at Eton, and the RMC; served as Captain, The Rifle Brigade, 1953-62, and was ADC to the Chief of the General Staff; married 5 July, 1958, Sarah Elisabeth Batt, scion of that landed gentry family, the younger daughter of Maj. William Frederic Batt, MBE, TD, of Gresham Hall, Norfolk, by whom he had issue, three daughters, Katharine Miranda, born 10 January, 1960, and Carina, born in 1964, and [Annabel] Tania, who was born in 1966. 

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Sir Lyonel Tollemache, 7th Baronet 1931-2020

_. Sir Lyonel Humphry John Tollemache, 7th Baronet [created 1783, of Hanby Hall], JP, DL, died 7 October, 2020. He was 89.His home was Buckminster Park, Grantham. The surname is pronounced 'Talmash'. He was born 10 July, 1931, son of Major-General Sir Humphry Tollemache, 6th Baronet, CB, CBE, DL, and of the former Nora Priscilla Taylor [died 1990]; succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 1990; married 1960, Mary Joscelyne Whitbread, daughter of William Henry Whitbread, of the brewing dynasty, by whom he had issue, two sons, and two daughters [one son predeceased him]. Educated at Uppingham School and RMA Sandhurst; and Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. FRICS. Major, Coldstream Guards, retired 1963; Member of Melton and Belvoir Rural District Council, 1969-74; Melton Borough Council 1974-87 [Mayor 1981-82]; Leicestershire County Council, 1985-97; Gov., Royal Star and Garter Home, Richmond, 1985-2001; High Sheriff of Leicestershire, 1978-9; JP 1978; DL 1980, Leics. Sir Lyonel is succeeded in the baronetcy by his only surviving son, Richard John Tollemache, who was born 4 May, 1966. -=-

Elisabeth Strachwitz-Hamilton [1930-2020]

_.Elisabeth Strachwitz-Hamilton died 8 October, 2020. She was 90, She was born in London in 1930 as Elisabeth Spurling, and married in 1953, Oswald, Graf [count] Strachwitz von Gross-Zauche und Camminetz [1925-2008]. Her husband, known as Ossi, and his family fled from Austria to England in 1938, The count joined the British Army in 1943, as Oswald Strachwitz, and prior to being despatched to Holland he was advised to adopt an English sounding name, in case of capture. He assumed the additional surname of Hamilton after that of Strachwitz. Elisabeth Strachwitz-Hamilton leaves issue, four children, Caroline, Fiona, Nicholas and Rupert. -=-

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Hon John Trenchard 1953-2020

The Hon John Trenchard, who died 9 October, 2020, aged 67, was a scion of the Viscounts Trenchard, a younger son of the 2nd Viscount. He was born 13 March, 1953, second son of the 2nd Viscount Trenchard [1923-87], by his wife the former Patricia Scott Bailey, daughter of Admiral Sir Sidney Bailey, KBE, CB, DSO. His grandfather, the 1st Viscount, was one of the founders of the RAF, and Chief of the Air Staff 1918-1930. He married in 1983, Clare Marsh, youngest daughter of Edward Charles de Burgh Marsh, of the Old Rectory, Salcot, Essex, by whom he had issue, a son, Thomas born in 1988, and a daughter, Emma born in 1991. -=-

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Earnshaw/Orr engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 10 October, 2020, between Toby James Earnshaw [born 1993], the only son of Timothy A. Earnshaw [born 1960], of London, by his former wife the former Emma M Firth [now Mrs Emma Hunter, of Great Ouseburn, Yorkshire], & Rosamond Anne Jane [Rosie] Orr [born 1993], only daughter of Nicholas Simon Orr [born 1958], of Thorpe Underwood, Yorkshire, by his wife the former Finella Mary Lawson-Tancred [born 1959], daughter of the late Sir Henry Lawson-Tancred, 10th Baronet [1924-2010].


Patricia Anne Elizabeth Irvine-Fortescue [died 2020]

 _. Patricia Irvine-Fortescue died 6 October, 2020.

She was the former Patricia Anne Elizabeth Dudgeon, daughter of Francis John Dudgeon, of Edinburgh, and married 18 March, 1967, Hugh William Irvine-Fortescue [1930-2002], scion of the Earls Fortescue, by whom she had issue, a son John, and two daughters, Caroline and Katherine. She was widowed, 0 Oct, 2002.

Her husband was the 4 x great grandson of Matthew Fortescue, 2nd Baron Fortescue [1719-85], who was the father of the 1st Earl Fortescue [1753-1841], &c.


Vice Admiral Sir John Morrison Webster, KCB 1932-2020

 _. Vice Admiral Sir John Webster, KCB, who died 5 October, 2020, aged 87, was President of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust 1991-98.

John Morrison Webster was born 3 November, 1932, son of Frank Martin Webster, by his wife the former Kathleen Mary Morrison.

He was educated at Pangbourne College, & joined the Royal Navy in 1951. He became Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Argonaut in 1970, Liaison Officer in Ottawa in 1974 and Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Cleopatra in 1977. He was appointed Director of Naval Warfare at the Ministry of Defence in 1980, Flag Officer Sea Training in 1982 and Chief of Staff to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet in 1984. He went on to be Flag Officer Plymouth and Port Admiral, Devonport at HMNB Devonport in 1987 before retiring in 1990.

He was appointed KCB in 1986.

Vice Admiral Webster married 15 Dec, 1962, Valerie Anne Villiers [born 28 March, 1940, d ], scion of the Earls of Clarendon, daughter of Vice Admiral Sir John Michael Villiers, KCB, OBE [1907-90], by his wife the former Rosemary Grissell, by whom he had a son, Tom [deceased], and two daughters, Lucilla and Rozelle.


Hart/Barclay engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 10 October, 2020, between Mr Eddie Hart, son of Mr & Mrs Tim Hart, of Market Overton, Rutland, & Antonia Elizabeth Barclay [born 14 February, 1981], scion of the Barclay of Higham, the landed gentry family, daughter of [Thomas] Julian Barclay [born 12 June, 1950], of Middleton Tower, King's Lynn, Norfolk, by his wife the former Elizabeth Julia Cookson [born 1953].


Gibara/Gurney engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 10 October, 2020, between Theodoros Gibara, son of Mr Dimitri Gibara, of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Mrs Judy Ann, of Bromyard, Herefordshire, & Richenda Victoria Amelia Gurney [born 1986], scion of the Gurney landed hgentry family, younger daughter of Richard Eustace Thomas Gurney [born 1943], of Heggatt Hall, Horstead, Norfolk, by his wife the former Margaret Elizabeth Diana Agnew [born 1952], scion of the Agnew baronets, a great-granddaughter of Sir John Agnew, 3rd Baronet [1879-1957].

Richenda Gurney's paternal grandfather, Samuel Edmund Gurney [1912-90], married in 1939, Alexandra Victoria Seymour [1914-2002], scion of the Marquesses of Hertford, whose mother was a FitzRoy descendant of the Dukes of Grafton, and thus from King Charles II, &c.


Pigott/Stewart-Brown engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 10 October, 2020, between Matthew Thomas Michael Pigott [born 1992], son of the late Lieutenant-General Sir Anthony David Pigott, KCB, CBE [1944-2020], by his wife the former Felicity Anne Astley-Cooper [born 1954], of Figheldean, Wiltshire, & Diana Stewart-Brown, daughter of the late Ronald Stewart-Brown and Mrs Stewart-Brown, of Charlbury, Oxfordshire.

Matthew's mother, Lady Pigott, is a scion of the Cooper baronets [UK, cr 1821].


Friday, October 09, 2020

Wordie/Wheating engagement

  _. The engagement was announced 9 October, 2020, between Thomas Philip H. [Tom] Wordie [born 1991], son of James W.H. Wordie [born 1959], of Shrawardine, Shropshire, by his wife the former Cordula I.U. Maertens, & Matilda Rose [Tilly] Wheating [born 1990], a fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar UK, younger daughter of Geoffrey Stuart Wheating [born 1960], of Horningsham, Wiltshire, by his late wife the former Kim Marie Thornton [1961-2007], descended from the Viscounts Esher.

2nd Viscount Esher ->Hon Maurice Brett-->Angela Brett-->Brian Thornton-->Kim Marie Thornton-->Tilly Wheating.

Tom Wordie is a grandson of Sir John Wordie, CBE, who died in 1997.


Thursday, October 08, 2020

Green/Warner engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 8 October, 2020, between Alexander G.T. Green, son of Mr and Mrs Jeffrey Green of Priors Dean, Hampshire, and Eleanor Felicity Jane Warner [born 1992], scion of the Warner baronets, third daughter of Sir Philip Courtenay Thomas Warner, 4th Baronet [born 3 April, 1951], of Compton Bassett, Wiltshire, by his wife the former Penelope Anne Elmer.


Christine Clark [née Asquith] 1926-2020

_. Christine Clark, who died 28 September, 2020, aged 94, at Clovelly, was a scion of the Earls of Oxford & Asquith, and a granddaughter of the British prime minister Herbert Henry Asquith.

She was born Christine Asquith, 23 March, 1926, daughter of Brigadier-General the Hon Arthur Melland Asquith, DSO [1883-1939], by his wife the Hon Betty Constance Manners [1889-1962].

Her paternal grandfather, Herbert Asquith [1852-1928], was prime minister 1908-1916, and in 1925 was created the first Earl of Oxford & Asquith. Her maternal grandfather was the 3rd Baron Manners [1852-1927].

She married 29 November, 1952, John Hatch Clark [who died 1997], son of Sydney Hatch Clark, by whom she had issue, a son and two daughters.


The 2nd Baron Coleraine 1931-2020

 _. Lord Coleraine, the 2nd Baron, died 4 October, 2020. He was 89.

James Martin Bonar Law was a grandson of the Rt Hon Andrew Bonar Law, PC, MP, Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury, 1922-23.

He was born 8 August, 1931, son of Richard Kidston Law [1901-80], by his wife the former Mary Virginia Nellis. His father PC (1943); b 27 Feb 1901; educ Shrewsbury and St John's Coll Oxford (BA 1923, MA 1945) MP (C) Hull  SW Oct 1931- June 1945, S. Kensington  Nov 1945- Feb 1950, Haltemprice Feb 1950-Jan 1954, Fin Sec War Office 1940-41, Parly U-Sec FO 1941-43, Min State FO 1943-45, Min Educn 1945, Ldr UK Delegn Hot Springs Conference on Food and Ag 1943; memb MRC 1936-40; chm Cncl of Br Socs for Relief Abroad 1945, Hon LLD New Brunswick 1951. Created a peer in 1954, taking the title Baron Coleraine, of Haltemprice in the East Riding of the County of York.

He succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 15 November, 1980.

Lord Coleraine was thrice married. He married 1stly, 30 Apr, 1958 [div 1966], Emma Elizabeth Richards,  the only daughter of Nigel Richards, of Yeovil, Somerset; he married 2ndly, 31 May, 1966, [Anne] Patricia Farrant [who died 26 Sept, 1993], a daughter of Maj Ralph Henry Farrant, CB, of King's Acre, Wareham, co Dorset. He married 3rdly, 1998, Marion Robina [Robbie] Smyth, daughter of Sir Thomas Ferens, CBE [1903-92].

Lord Coleraine leaves issue from his first two marriages, 2 daughters from his first union, Elizabeth and Sophia, and a son, James, and two daughters, Henrietta and Juliana from his second marriage. The son, the Hon James Peter Bonar Law, born 23 February, 1975, succeeds as 3rd Baron Coleraine.


7th Baron Ashburton, KG, KCVO, DL 1928-2020

 _. The Lord Ashburton, KG, the 7th baron, died 6 October, 2020. He was 91.

Lord Ashburton was Chairman, Baring Bros 1974-89 and Barings plc 1985-89; CVO 1980; Director, Bank of England 1983-91; knighted 1983; Non-executive director, Barings plc 1989-94 ; Lord Warden of the Stannaries and Keeper of the Privy Seal of the Duchy of Cornwall 1990-94; KCVO 1990; Deputy Lieutenant, Hampshire 1994; Knight of the Garter 1994; Chairman and/or Director of many private and public companies, &c.

John Francis Harcourt Baring was born 2 November, 1928, elder son of the 6th Baron Ashburton, KG, KCVO [1898-1991], by his wife the former Hon Doris Mary Therese Harcourt [died 1981], daughter of the 1st Viscount Harcourt.

John Baring married firstly, 25 Nov, 1955 [divorced 1984] the Hon Susan Mary Renwick [born 5 June, 1930],  daughter of the 1st Baron Renwick, KBE [1904-73]; married 2ndly, 27 Oct, 1987, Mrs Sarah Cornelia Crewe [born 1935], former wife of James Colin Crewe, great-niece of Sir Winston Churchill, KG, the only daughter of Maj John George Spencer-Churchill [1909-92].

John Baring succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 12 June, 1991.

The 7th Baron leaves issue by his first marriage, two sons, Mark and Alexander, and two daughters, Lucinda and Rose. The peerage now devolves upon the elder son, the Hon Mark Francis Robert Baring, who was born 17 August, 1958.


4th Baron Ashbourne 1933-2020

 _. Lord Ashbourne, the fourth Baron, has died at Portsmouth, aged 87.

[Edward] Barry Greynville Gibson, was born in Malta, 28 January, 1933, son of the 3rd Baron Ashbourne, CB, DSO, JP [1901-83], by his wife the former Reta Frances Manning Hazeland [died 1996].

Barry Gibson entered Royal Navy 1951; Midshipman 1952; Sub Lieut 1953; Lieut 1955; specialised in torpedo and anti-submarine warfare; Lr Cdr 1963 ; commanded HMS Crofton 1963-64 and HMS Phoebe 1966; Staff Cdr, Naval Forces in the Gulf 1967; left the Royal Navy 1972; with Kitcat and Aitken stockbrokers 1972-73 and 1976-79, and with Vickers da Costs stockbrokers 1973-76; with Save and Prosper Group 1979-81 and GT Management 1981-88 ; MOD Naval Operations and Trade Directorate 1989-93, &c.

He succeeded his father, 3 Sept, 1983 as 4th Baron. The peerage was created in 1885 for his ancestor Edward Gibson, who served as Lord Chancellor of Ireland.

The 4th Baron married 25 March, 1967, Yvonne Georgina Ham, daughter of Maj Gordon William Ham, of Malin, co Donegal, by whom he had issue, three sons. The eldest son, the Hon [Edward] Charles D'Olier Gibson, born 31 Dec, 1967, succeeds as 5th Baron.


Earl of Haddington engaged

 _. The engagement was announced 8 October, 2020, between George Edmund Baldred Baillie-Hamilton, 14th Earl of Haddington [born 27 December, 1985], son of the late 13th Earl of Haddington [1941-2016], of Mellerstain House, Berwickshire, by his second wife the former Jane Heyworth, & Constanza Dessain, daughter of Simon James Francis Dessain [born 1956], of Inverkeilor, Arbroath, Angus, by his wife Catharina Mary Fredericka.

The Earl of Haddington is is 14th Earl in the Peerage of Scotland [created 1627], the 14th Lord Binning [Peerage of Scotland, created 1613], and 14th Lord Byres and Binning [created 1619].

He succeeded to the family peerages onn his father's death, 5 July, 2016.

The bride-to-be is an artist. Her mother, Catharina, is a ceramic artist.Father Simon is a software developer, non executice chairman at The List Ltd.


Cosima Jane Smith [born 2020]

 _. Harriet Sarah Smith (born 1985, nee Wentworth-Stanley), scion of that landed family, and wife of Matthew Smith, gave birth to a daughter, Cosima Jane, 2 October, 2020, in Dubai, a sister for Sebastian Luke, who was born 19 June, 2018.

Harriet Smith is a daughter of David Wentworth-Stanley (born 1952), descended from the Earls of Erne, by his wife the former Jane Hall (b 1955) (see Dufferin and Ava, Marquess, ext).


Wednesday, October 07, 2020

More Nisbett/Williamson engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 7 October, 2020, between Charles Nielson George More Nisbett [born 1984], of that Scottish landed gentry family, younger son of [George] Alan More Nesbitt [born 1940], head of that landed gentry family of The Drum, a Palladian estate minutes from the centre of Edinburgh, and of Cairnhill, by his wife the former Patrea Evelyn MacDonald [born 1944], & India Williamson, daughter of Ms M Williamson, of Houston, Texas.

The More Nisbetts descend from the Dalrymple Earls of Stair. Charles's brother Billy is a former squeeze of Pippa Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge's sister.

Jemima Sophia Townshend [born 2020]

 _. Alice Louisa Townshend [née Campbell-Lamerton, born 1988], wife of Henry Roscoe [Harry] Townshend [born 1984], gave birth to a daughter, Jemima Sophia, 25 September, 2020, a sister for Florence Olivia, who was born 5 February, 2019.

Harry Townshend is a son of James Reginald Townshend [born 1954], by his 1st wife the former Olivia Mora Matthey [1957-2009], and Alice is a daughter of Jeremy Campbell-Lamerton, by his wife the former Mary Louise Thorneycroft [born 1961], descended maternally from the Poland of Bramshott landed gentry family, and the Barons Stafford.


Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Margaret Naomi Latimer Wauchope [1925-2020]

 _. Margaret Naomi Latimer Wauchope [nee Willson], has died in Salisbury, aged 95.

She was born at Eastbourne, Sussex, in 1925, a daughter of Sir Walter Stuart James Willson [1876-1952], a businessman and banker, a director of the Imperial Bank of India, by his wife the former Mary Elizabeth Latimer.

She married George Duncan Wauchope [1924-2001], a descendant of the Boothby baronets and the Barons Vernon, by whom she had four children, Caroline, Janie, Andrew and Ewan.


Monday, October 05, 2020

Sir Peregrine Worsthorne 1923-2020

 _. Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, the journalist and editor, has died aged 96.

Sir Peregrine was descended from the Bertie Earls of Lindsey and Abingdon.

Peregrine Gerard Worsthorne was born 22 December, 1923, son of Colonel Alexander Louis Wynand Koch de Gooreynd, OBE [1899-1985], scion of a landed gentry family [who assumed the surname of Worsthorne in lieu of his patronymic, in 1921], by his wife the former Priscilla Cecilia Maria Worsthorne Reyntiens [1899-1991]. [His mother married as her second husband, in 1933, the 1st Baron Norman [1871-1950], sometime Governor of the Bank of England].

Sir Peregrine's grandmother was the former Lady Alice Josephine Bertie [1865-1950], daughter of the 7th Earl of Abingdon [1836-1928].

Worsthorne was educated at Stowe and Peterhouse, Cambridge [BA], and Magdalen College, Oxford.

He was commissioned into the Oxford & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 1942; attached Phantom, GHQ Liaison Regt, 1944-45; Sub Editor, Glasgow Herald, 1946; Editorial Staff: Times, 1948-53; Daily Telegraph 1953-61; Deputy Editor, Sunday Telegraph, 1961-76, Associate Editor, 1976-86, Editor 1986-89, writer, Comments section of the Sunday Telegraph 1989-91 &c.

He was knighted in 1991.

Publications: The Socialist Myth, 1972; Peregrinations: selected pieces, 1980; By the Right, 1987; Tricks of Memory [autobiography] 1993, &c.

Worsthorne married firstly, 1950, Claude Bertrand de Colasse [who died 1990]; married 2ndly, 11 May, 1991, as her third husband, the writer Lady Lucinda Lambton [born 10 May, 1943], daughter of the disclaimed 6th Earl of Durham [1922-2006], by his wife the former Belinda Bridget Blew-Jones [1921-2003].


Saturday, October 03, 2020

Boscawen/Grobbelaar marriage

_. The marriage took place 2 Oct, 2020, at Machrie Bay, Isle of Arran, between John Michael Arthur Boscawen [born 14 February, 1969], scion of the Viscounts Falmouth, son of the late Simon John Evelyn Boscawen [1936-2004], & his wife the former Judith Perdita Rosemary Marshall, & Tahli Mellisa Grobbelaar [born 1984], daughter of Bruce David Grobbelaar [born 6 Oct, 1957], the former Liverpool goalkeeper, and his former wife, Debbie.

It is Johnny Boscawen's third marriage.


The Baroness Walsingham 1928-2020

 _. The Baroness Walsingham, wife of the 9th Baron Walsingham, MC, died 26 September, 2020. She was 92.

Lady Walsingham was born Wendy Elizabeth Hoare, in 1928, a daughter of Edward Sidney Hoare [1902-75], of Southwick, Sussex, by his wife the former Bertha Dorothy Teague [1890-1977], and married 30 July, 1963, the then Lieutenant-Col the Hon John de Grey, MC, son and heir of the 8th Baron Walsingham [1884-1965], by his wife the former Hyacinth Lambart Bouwens [died 1968]. Her husband succeeded his father, 29 Nov, 1965, as 9th Baron Walsingham, in the Peerage of Gt Britain. 

She is survived by her husband and son, the Hon Robert de Grey [born 21 June, 1969], and two daughters, the Hon Sarah [born 1964], and the Hon Elizabeth [born 1966].

The private funeral is to take place at St Peter's Church, Merton, Norfolk.


Julie Jytte Carrick-Buchanan [nee Simonsen] 1935-2020

_. Julie Jytte Carrick-Buchanan [nee Simonsen], who died 25 September, 2020, aged 84, was the widow of Michael Carrick-Buchanan, head of that Scots landed family of Drumpellier and Corsewall.

Danish-born Mrs Carrick-Buchanan was born in Copenhagen, 11 Dec, 1935, daughter of Kat Simonsen, of Verun, Denmark, and married in 1965, Michael David Carrick-Buchanan [1939-2018], son of David Richard Carrick-Buchanan, by his wife the former Cinderella Beatrix Staveley, scion of that landed gentry family.

Mrs Carrick-Buchanan was widowed 3 Dec, 2018. She leaves 2 sons, Angus and Sandy.



Caspar William Andrzej Farncombe [born 2020]

 _. Emilia Farncombe [nee Scibor-Kaminski], wife of Frederick Alexander Edward Farncombe [born 1987], descended from the Barons Burnham, gave birth to a son, Caspar William Andrzej, 19 September, 2020.

Emilia is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Jerzy Scibor-Kaminski, of London.

Frederick is a son of Andrew David Farncombe, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, by his wife the former Hon Jenefer Anne Lawson [born 1949], and is a grandson of the late 5th Baron Burnham [1920-1993].


Friday, October 02, 2020

Von Preussen/Nall-Cain marriage

 _. The marriage took place 27 September, 2020, at St John's Church, Lemsford, followed by a reception at Brocket Hall between Prince [Frederick] Alexander von Preussen [born 1984], scion of the Royal House of Prussia, son of Prince Wilhelm Andreas von Preussen [born 14 November, 1947], by his late wife the former Alexandra Blahova [1947-2019], & the Hon Antalya Stephanie Lauren Nall-Cain [born 1987], daughter of the 3rd Baron Brocket [born 12 February, 1952], by his former 1st wife the former Isabell Maria Lorenzo.

Prince Alexamder is a descendant of Queen Victoria:

Queen Victoria -> Victoria, Princess Royal -> Wilhelm II, German Emperor ->Wilhelm, Crown Prince of Germany -> Frederick von Preussen -> Wilhelm von Preussen -> Alexander [born 1984]

The bridegroom is also a great-grandson of the Guinness heir the 2nd Earl of Iveagh. 

Prince Alexander is the former lover and sometime manager of the singer, and Eastenders actress, Mica Paris, 51.


Philip Hammond's life peerage has been gazetted

_. The life peerage awarded to former chancellor Philip Hammond in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Hammond of Runnymede, of Runnymeade in the County of Surrey, 30 September, 2020.

Philip Hammond, Baron Hammond of Runnymede, PC, (born 4 December 1955) is a British former Conservative Party politician who was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2016 to 2019 under Prime Minister Theresa May. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Runnymede and Weybridge from 1997 to 2019. Hammond had the Conservative whip removed in September 2019 for voting against Boris Johnson's government and subsequently sat as an independent MP, though he remains a member of the party. On 5 November 2019 he announced he would not stand for re-election in the December general election.


The life peerage awarded to Dame Nemat Shafik has been gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded to Dame Nemat Shafik, DBE, in Boris Johnson's Dissolution Honours list has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Shafik, of Camden in the London Borough of Canden and of Alexandria in the Arab Republic of Egypt, 30 September, 2020.

Nemat Talaat Shafik, Baroness Shafik DBE, (born 13 August 1962), known as Minouche Shafik, is an Egyptian-born British-American economist who served as the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from August 2014 to February 2017 and has served as the Director of the London School of Economics since September 2017.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Shafik studied at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the London School of Economics before receiving her doctorate from St Antony's College, Oxford. Shafik served as the Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Development from March 2008 to March 2011, when she went on to serve as the Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.


Clarke/Fairbank engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 2 October, 2020, between Thomas H. Clarke, elder son of Mr & Mrs Francis Clarke, of Harston, Cambridgeshire, and Polly Jane Beaumont Fairbank [born 1993], eldest daughter of Simon Neville Fairbank [born 6 July, 1965], of South Dalton, Yorkshire, by his wife the former Catherine Jane Beaumont Sanders [born 1967].

Polly Fairbank is a granddaughter of John Anthony Fairbank [1931-1966], by his wife the former Jane Truscott [born 14 September, 1937], scion of the Truscott baronets, third daughter of Sir Denis Truscott, GBE [1908-89], sometime Lord Mayor of London.


Williams/Collins engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 2 October, 2020, between Harry Williams, son of Peter and Susan Williams, of Chelmsford, & Isabel Cecilia Collins [born 1990], daughter of Simon Hitchman Collins, of Bampton, Oxfordshire, by his late wife the former Miranda Elizabeth Durham-Matthews [1962-2019], daughter of Jeremy Francis Patrick Durham-Matthews [born 1933], by his wife the former Joanna Bridget Hoare [born 1940], descended from the Portal baronets, and Barons Hatherton.


Thursday, October 01, 2020

Herbert/McKenna engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 1 October, 2020, between the Hon Henry Malcolm [Harry] Herbert [born 2 March, 1959], scion of the Earls of Carnarvon, second son of the late 7th Earl of Carnarvon, KBE, KCVO [1924-2001], by his late wife the former Jean Margaret Wallop, MBE [1934-2019], scion of the Earls of Portsmouth, & Miss Clodagh McKenna, daughter of the late James J. McKenna, by his wife Irene.

It is Harry Herbert's second marriage. He married firstly,in 1992, Francesca [Chica] Bevan, daughter of Jonathan Stuart Vaughan Bevan, by whom he has a son, William [born 1999], and two daughters, Chloe ]born 1994], and Francesca [born 1995].


Vesterberg/Ogilvy marriage

 _. The marriage took place in the Chapel Royal St James's Palace, 26 September, 2020, between Mr Timothy Vesterberg [born 1 Aug, 1993], son of Mr & Mrs Patrik Vesterberg, of Stockholm, Sweden, & Miss Flora Alexandra Ogilvy [born 15 December, 1994], descended from the Royal House of Windsor, & scion of the Earls of Airlie, only daughter of James Robert Bruce Ogilvy [born 29 February, 1964], of Fawley, by his wife the former Julia Caroline Rawlinson [born 28 Oct, 1964].

Flora Ogilvy is a granddaughter of the late Rt Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy, KCVO, PC [1928-2004], by his wife HRH Princess Alexandra Helen Elizabeth Olga Christabel of Kent [born 25 Dec, 1936], daughter of HRH The late Prince George Edward Alexander Edmund, 1st Duke of Kent [1902-1942], by his wife HRH Princess Marina of Greece & Denmark [1906-68].

The bride is a great-great granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary.


Grant/Legh engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 1 October, 2020, between Douglas C.I. Grant, son of Sir John Douglas Kelso Grant, KCMG [born 17 Oct, 1954], of Buckhorn Weston, Dorset, and Lady Grant, and Katherine Anna [Kate] Legh [born 1991], scion of the Barons Newton, daughter of the Hon David Piers Carlis Legh [born 21 November, 1951], of Cubley, Derbyshire, by his wife the Rev Jane Mary Bee.

Kate Legh is a granddaughter of late 4th Baron Newton [1915-1992].

Douglas Grant's father is a retired British diplomat whose last diplomatic post was Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union between 2003 and 2007.


Felix Charles Parsons [born 2020]

_. The Hon Cressida Jane Parsons [nee Jauncey, born 1981], wife of Lieutenant-Colonel T.M. [Tom] Parsons, MBE, The Scots Guards, gave birth to a son, Felix Charles, 22 September, 2020.

Lt-Col Parsons is a son of Mr and Mrs Shaun Parsons, of Winstone, Gloucestershire.

The Hon Cressida Parsons is a daughter of the life peer, the Baron Jauncey of Tullichettle [1925-2007], by his third wife the former [Sarah] Camilla Cathcart [1946-2016], scion of the Earls Cathcart.