Saturday, January 30, 2021

Duke of Roxburghe engaged

 _. The engagement was announced 30 January, 2021, between the 11th Duke of Roxburghe [born 18 February, 1981], of Floors Castle, Kelso, elder son of the late 10th Duke of Roxburghe [1954-2019], and his first wife the former Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor [born 8 Feb, 1953], and Miss Annabel Green [born 1989], daughter of the late Mr Ian Green and Mrs Patrick Quirk.

South African born Annabel Green will become chatelaine of the magnificent Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and family home of the Dukes of Roxburghe. The castle was built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721.

One of Britain's most eligible bachelors,  the duke is a close Army friend of the Duke of Sussex. He inherited his father's title and £100m estate in 2019. The duke, when Marquis of Bowmont, was also once fined for riding the Tyne and Wear Metro without a £1 ticket, but chose to pay the £10 fine rather than end up on 'loser posters' put up around the city.

Charles Roxburghe attended Eton College before following in his father's footsteps by going to Sandhurst after which he served during the Iraq War. Rather than sitting around 'like a hawk' however, Charles runs his own chauffeur business, Capstar, which retrains wounded former servicemen and women, according to the Evening Standard. 

It will be the second marriage for Charles Robert George Innes-Ker, 11th Duke of Roxburghe. He married firstly, 22 July, 2011, the Hon Charlotte Susanna Aitken [born 1982], daughter of the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook [born 29 Dec, 1951]. This childless marriage ended in divorce in 2013, and Charlotte is now Mrs Francesco Bellasi.

The Duke of Roxburghe succeeded to the title on his father's death, 29 Aug, 2019. The 10th duke died from cancer aged 64. The Duke is also Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, Earl of Roxburghe, Earl of Kelso, Earl Innes, Viscount Broxmouth, Lord Roxburghe, Lord Ker of Cessford and Cavertoun, Lord Ker of Cessford and Overton, and is the premier Baronet of Nova Scotia, and Chief of the Clan Innes. 

Charles Roxburghe's mother, Lady Jane, is a daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster [1910-79], and is now the wife of Edward William Dawnay [born 10 Feb, 1950], scion of the Viscounts Downe.

The Duke of Roxburghe has a brother, and current heir presumptive, Lord Edward Innes-Ker [born 2 Feb, 1984], and a sister Rosanagh [born 16 Jan, 1979], a bridesmaid at the wedding of HRH The Duke of York and Miss Sarah Ferguson, in 1986 [it was at a  Floors Castle house party where Prince Andrew is said to have proposed to Sarah]. Rosanagh is Viscountess Grimston, wife of the Earl of Verulam's son and heir, Viscount Grimston.

The duke also has two half-siblings, Lady Isabella Innes-Ker [born 7 Sept, 1994], and Lord George Innes-Ker [born 20 Nov, 1996], from his father's second marriage to Virginia Wynn-Williams.


Scott/Thorpe engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 30 January, 2021, between Edward James Saim Scott [born 25 October, 1990], scion of the Scott baronets of Yews, Westmorland, son and heir of Sir Christopher James Scott, 4th Baronet [born 16 January, 1955], of Windermere, Cumbria, and Lady Scott [nee Emma Jane Boxhall], and Sarah E. Thorpe, only daughter of William and Anne Thorpe, of Southport, North Carolina, United States.


Alice Florence Yolande Drury [born 2020]

 _. Jacqueline Florence Drury [née Clifton-Brown, born 1983], wife of Jonathan Hugh Drury [born 1982], gave birth to a second daughter, Alice Florence Yolande, 31 December, 2020, a sister for Elizabeth Catherine Rose, who was born 31 December, 2017.

Jonathan Drury is a son of Reginald Hugh Drury [1939-2015], of Farley Hill, Berkshire, and his wife the former Sarah E. Rowe. Jonathan married in 2015, Jacqueline Clifton-Brown, scion of the Brown baronets [cr 1863], daughter of Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown, MP [born 23 March, 1953], Conservative MP for the Cotswolds, and his former wife Alexandra Mary Peto-Shepherd.


Caspar Constantine Boothby Crias [born 2020]

 _. Francesca Rafela Marina Crias [née Boothby, born 1983], wife of Peter Chris Crias [born 1986], gave birth to a second son, Caspar Constantine Boothby, 22 December, 2020, a brother for Cosmo Rafael Brooke, who was born 5 June, 2019.

Peter Crias is a son of Christos Crias [born 1947], and his wife the former Bok-soon Chung [born 1950]. 

Francesca is the second daughter of Sir Brooke Charles Boothby, 15th Baronet [born 6 Apr, 1949], and his wife the former Georgiana Alexandra Russell [born 24 January, 1947], scion of the Dukes of Bedford, daughter of Sir John Wriothesley Russell, CMG, GCVO [1914-84], sometime British Ambassador to Spain, by his wife the former Aliki Diplarakos [1915-2002].



India Ottilie Rose Sandys [born 2021]

 _. India Ottilie Rose Sandys was born 3 January, 2021, to Lucy Warhurst and Edward Myles Sandys [born 1984], scion of the Sandys landed gentry family, of Graythwaite and Esthwaite.

Lucy is a daughter of [Thomas] Jeffrey Warhurst [born 1942], of Sutton-under-Brailes, co Warwick, and Mrs Warhurst. Edward Sandys is a son of Myles Christopher Ross Sandys [born 1951], High Sheriff of Cumbria in 1992, of Garthwaite Hall, Newby Bridge, near Ulverston, Cumbria, and his wife the former Camilla Birtwistle.


Friday, January 29, 2021

Felicity Faith Beryl Morley [ née Peile] 1938-2021

 _. Felicity Faith Beryl Morley [née Peile], died 7 January, 2021. She was 82.

She was a daughter of John Basil Peile [1909-99], and his wife the former Faith Octavia Winifred Hoare [1909-1994], scion of the Hoare landed gentry family, of Stourton; and married 1963, John Henry Morley [born 1936], son of Henry Seaward Morley [who died 1961], and his wife the former Alison Kathleen Hill, scion of the Hill baronets, by whom she had two sons, Rupert and Ben.


Williams/Scalzo engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 29 January, 2021, between Joshua John Ralph Williams [born 1989], eldest son of [John] Matthew Williams, of Wymondham, Leicestershire, and his wife Hetty, & Jessica Scalzo, the eldest daughter of Mark & Helen Scalzo, of San Francisco, California.

Joshua is descended from the Sutcliffe and Turton landed gentry families, and descends from the latter named family, from the Viscounts Chetwynd.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Jonathan Yorke Scarlett 1939-2021

 _. Jonathan Yorke Scarlett, who died 13 January, 2021, aged 82, was head of that landed gentry family, Rudhall House, Ross-on-Wye; born 8 January, 1939, the only son of Sir Peter William Shelley Yorke Scarlett, KCMG, KCVO [1905-87], sometime ambassador to Norway, and the Holy See, by his wife Elisabeth, the eldest surviving daughter of Maj Sir John Dearman Birchall, MP. 

He succeeded his father as head of the landed gentry family, 28 Dec, 1987. He married in 1969, Georgina Hay, by whom he had issue, a daughter, Katherine Jessica [Kate], born in 1971, and a son, Alexander Frederick Yorke, who was born in 1975, who now succeeds as heaed of the family.


Ann Josephine Dawnay 1933-2021

 _. Ann Josephine Dawnay, who died 22 January, 2021, aged 87, was a scion of the Viscounts Downe.

She was born 13 Aug, 1933, the elder daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald Dawnay [1908-90], and his wife the former Lady Elizabeth Katherine Grey [1908-41], daughter of the 5th Earl Grey [1879-1963].


8th Viscount Downe [1844-1924]-->Hon Hugh Dawnay [1875-1914]-->Ronald Dawnay [1908-90]-->Ann Dawnay [1933-2021].


5th Marquess of Waterford [1844-95]-->Lady Susan de la Poer Beresford [1877-1947]-->Ronald Dawnay [1908-90]-->Ann Dawnay [1933-2021].


Joanna Margaret Cameron [nee Hay] 1945-2021

 _. Joanna Margaret Cameron [nee Hay], who died 24 January, 2021, aged 75, was a scion of the Marquesses of Tweeddale.

She was born 31 July, 1945, daughter of Major James Malcolm Hay of Seaton [1907-87], and his wife the former Mary Eleanora Basset Curzon [1920-99], scion of the Earls Howe. She married 29 December, 1973, Brigadier Ewen Duncan Cameron, OBE [born 1935], son of Lieutenant-Col. Aylmer Lochiel Cameron [1895-1982], and his wife Lois Mary Maitland Rugge-Price [1911-90], scion of the Rugge-Price baronets, by whom she had issue, two daughters, Louisa [b 1976], and Clare [born 1977].


MacHale/Kerr-Smiley engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 28 January, 2021, between Thomas E. MacHale, younger son of Mr & Mrs Joseph MacHale, of Wonston, Hampshire, & Isabella Louise Kerr-Smiley [born 19 February, 1990], scion of the Smiley baronets, elder daughter of Mark Alexander Kerr-Smiley [born 30 March, 1961], of Kensington, London, and his wife the former Manuela Maria Raquez.

Sir Hugh Smiley 1st Bt-->Peter Kerr-Smiley [1879-1943]-->Cyril Kerr-Smiley [1906-80]-->Peter Kerr-Smiley [b 1934]-->Mark Kerr-Smiley [b 1961]-->Isabella Kerr-Smiley [b 1990].


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Ann Kathleen Molesworth [1944-2021]

 _. Ann Kathleen Molesworth [nee Pexton], who died 25 January, 2021, aged 76, was the wife of Richard Baxter Molesworth [born 26 Aug, 1939], scion of the Viscounts Molesworth.

She was born in 1944, a daughter of Frederick Nevill Hoysted Pexton [1905-74], of Le Jardin Renaut, St Saviours, Guernsey, and married 23 April, 1966, Richard Baxter Molesworth, son of Hickman Walter Lancelot Molesworth [1892-1969], and his wife the former Caryl Margaret Hoare [died 1997], by whom she had issue, a son, Edward [born 1967], and two daughters, Rachel [born 1970], and Victoria [born 1975].

Her husband was a descendant of the 1st Viscount Molesworth, and shared a descent from that diplomat with HRH The Countess of Wessex.


London's 'hot priest' the Rev Pat Allerton has announced his engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 27 January, 2021, between the Rev Patrick Nicholas Orde Allerton [born 1979], Vicar of St Peter's, Notting Hill, London, son of Jeremy W. Orde Allerton [born 1944], of Dorchester, Dorset, and Mrs Lindy Ball [nee Martineau], of Salisbury, Wiltshire, and Kirsty Turnbull, daughter of Mr & Mrs David Turnbull, of Yateley, Hampshire.

The Rev Pat Allerton's mother is a scion of the Marineau landed gentry family, of Clapton Court, and is a distant kinsman of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Both he and the future Queen are six generations in descent from David Martineau and his wife the former Sarah Meadows.

Old Etonian Allerton, described as London's 'hot priest' spent much of 2020 trying to lift the spirits of Londoners in his parish by offering a mobile church service in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rev Pat Allerton, now known as the "Portable Priest" has been visiting streets in Notting Hill to deliver prayer and hymns through loudspeakers. And more recently he has been spreading a little festive joy.


Wilfred Humphrey Parsons [born 2021]

 _. Rebecca Anne Louise Parsons [born 1990, nee Arkwright], wife of Edmund Thomas Parsons, gave birth to a son, Wilfred Humphrey, 21 January, 2021.

Rebecca [Becky] Parsons is a daughter of Charles Francis Richard [Charlie] Arkwright [born 1960], of Fulham, London, and his former wife the former Anne-Louise Marie-Noëlle Miranda Josephine Kelly [born 1962], of Upper Woodford, Wiltshire, scion of that Irish landed gentry family, and descended maternally from the Dukes of Norfolk.

Edmund Parsons is the son of Paul Thomas Serge Parsons [born 1955], of Blakesley, Northamptosnhire, and his wife the former Alexandra M. Campion [born 1959].

Becky Parsons is a granddaughter of Bernard Noël David George Terence Kelly, and his wife the late Lady Mirabel Magdalen Fitzalan Howard [1931-2008], sister of the 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG [1915-2002].


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Daniel Hannan's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Daniel John Hannan has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Hannan of Kingsclere, of Kingsclere in the County of Hampshire.

Lord Hannan of Kingsclere (born 1 September 1971) is a British writer, journalist and former politician serving as an adviser to the Board of Trade since 2020. He is the founding president of the Initiative for Free Trade. A member of the Conservative Party, he was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England from 1999 to 2020.

Hannan was the first secretary-general of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE), serving from 2009 to 2018. He was one of the founders of Vote Leave, one of the organisations that campaigned to leave the EU in 2016, and served on its board throughout the referendum. He played a prominent role in the referendum campaign, participating in a number of public debates. He stood down from the European Parliament at the United Kingdom's exit from the EU in 2020.


Dean Godson's life peerage gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage awarded recently to Mr Dean Aaron Godson, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Godson, of Thorney Island in the City of Westminster.

Lord Godson [born 26 Aug, 1962] is the Director of the London-based think tank Policy Exchange. In 2016, the Evening Standard named Godson one of London's most influential people, saying that “Fiercely bright Godson, formerly chief leader writer at the Daily Telegraph, has been described as Britain’s acknowledged expert on the problem of social cohesion.” Commentator Iain Dale also named Godson as one of the 100 most influential people on the right of British politics, in his annual rankings in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Dale also described Policy Exchange, in a February 2020 article, as "the pre-eminent think tank in the Westminster village".


Lucinda Hilary Marchessini [1939-2021]

 _. Lucinda Hilary Marchessini [nee Roberts] died 18 January, 2021, aged 81.

She was born in 1939 a daughter of Wing Commander Owen George Endicott Roberts [died 1963], and was descended from the Dukes of Atholl. She married [1] 1961, Demetri P. Marchessini [1934-2016]. She married [2] 1979 [div 1989], Nicholas John Peto [born 4 Oct, 1939], scion of the Peto baronets, son of Brig Sir Christopher Peto, 3rd Baronet [1897-1980], and his wife the former Barbara Close. 

She leaves four daughters, including Lucinda, wife of the 3rd Baron Oaksey and [4th] Baron Trevethin [b 29 June, 1960].

Mrs Marchessini's sister, Camilla [who died 7 Dec, 2017], was the Countess of Erne, wife of the 6th Earl [1937-2015].

George Murray, 3rd Duke of Atholl [1729-74]-->Rt Rev Lord George Murray [1761-1803]-->Rt Rev George Murray [1784-1860]-->Rev George Murray [1818-54]-->Sir George Murray [1849-1936]-->Irene Helen Murray [b 1882]-->Wing Commander Owen Roberts [d 1963]-->Lucinda Roberts [1939-2021]


Helen Jane Howard-Vyse [1931-2021]

 _. Helen Jane Howard-Vyse, who died 22 January, 2021, aged 89, was the wife of Major George Richard Howard-Vyse [born 31 Dec, 1927], head of that landed gentry family, formerly of Stoke.

She was the former Helen Jane Bower, daughter of Arthur Poyntz Bower [1896-1970], of Croft-on-Tees, Darlington, and his wife the former Edith Mary Turner [1896-1984], and married 27 Aug, 1960, Maj George Richard Howard-Vyse, of the Royal Artillery, son of Lieutenant-Col. George Aubrey Howard-Vyse [1874-1953], and his wife the former Mary Frances Helena Dalton, scion of the landed family of Dalton of the Hutts.

Mrs Howard-Vyse leaves issue.


Pickard/Fitzalan Howard engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 26 January, 2021, between Charlie Pickard, younger son of Edward and Mimi Pickard, of West Sussex, and Florence Fitzalan Howard [born 13 January, 1993], scion of the Dukes of Norfolk, elder daughter of Lord Gerald Bernard Fitzalan Howard [born 13 June, 1962], of Carlton Towers, Goole, Yorkshire, and his wife the former Emma Georgina Egerton Roberts.

Florence Fitzalan Howard is a niece of the 18th Duke of Norfolk , Premier Duke in the Peerage of England and Earl Marshal.


Monday, January 25, 2021

Sam Cooper, former husband of singer Lily Allen, to wed Earl's daughter

 _. The engagement was announced 25 January, 2021, between Sam Peter Cooper [born 1978], only son of Michael Cooper and the late Maria J.L. Cordell-Lavarack [nee Boyd], & the Lady India Harriet Windsor-Clive [born 3 September, 1988], only daughter of the 4th Earl of Plymouth [born 19 November, 1951],  and the Countess of Plymouth [nee Caroline Anne Nettlefold, born 28 Feb, 1954], scion of the Nettlefold landed gentry family, and a descendant maternally of the Curzon Viscounts Scarsdale.

Sam Cooper is the former husband of the singer songwriter Lily Allen [born 2 May, 1985], by whom he has two daughters, Ethel Mary [born 2011], and Marnie Rose [born 2013]. 

Sam's mother, known as Mia, was the first wife of the Irish-born record producer Denny Cordell [1943-1995]. They assumed the surname Cordell-Lavarack. Denny Cordell-Lavarack was producer for the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, The Cranberries &c. Sam had an elder half-brother, the musician Tarka Cordell [1966-2008].

Denny Cordell second wife from 1978 to 1994 was Theodora Elizabeth Brinckman [born 1943], daughter of Sir Roderick Brinckman, 5th Bt [1902-85], by whom he had a son, Milo [b 10 Nov, 1978], a producer, and a daughter, Emerald [b 19 Feb 1981]

He had a third union, a relationship, with Marina Guinness [born 16 Aug, 1957], scion of the Barons Moyne, daughter of the Hon Desmond Guinness and Princess Marie Gabrielle von Urach, by whom he had a son, Finbar Cordell.


Elizabeth, Lady Gilbey, widow of Sir Derek Gilbey, Bt, has died aged 98

 _. Elizabeth, Lady Gilbey, who died 30 December, 2020, aged 98, was the widow of Sir [Walter] Derek Gilbey, 3rd Baronet [1913-91]. She was the former Elizabeth Mary [Libby] Campbell, daughter of Colonel Keith Gordon Campbell, of Standen House, Newport, Isle of Wight, and his wife the former Marjorie Syfret, and married 21 July, 1948, Sir Derek Gilbey, Bt, son of Capt Walter Ewart Gilbey [1886-1941], and his wife the former Alice Dora Sim [died 1961]. Her husband, who had succeeded to the baronetcy on his grandfather's death, 11 April, 1945, died 27 Oct, 1991.

She leaves a son, Sir [Walter] Gavin Gilbey, 4th Baronet [born 14 Apr, 1949], and a daughter, Camilla [born 24 Nov, 1953].


Sunday, January 24, 2021

Ursula Aylmer [née Nixon] 1928-2020

__. Ursula Aylmer [née Nixon], died 21 December, 2020, aged 92. She was born in 1928, daughter of Major Brian George Michael Frederick Nixon, of Ross-on-Wye, co Hereford; married 6 Aug, 1955, Dr Gerald Edward Aylmer [1926-2000], sonof Capt Edward Arthur Aylmer [1892-1974], and his wife the former Gwladys Phoebe Evans [1891-1968], by whom she had a daughter, Emma Clare [born 5 Mar 1964], and an adopted son, Thomas [born 10 Feb, 1962].

2nd Baron Aylmer [d 1754]-->Rev Hon John Aylmer [1723-93]-->Admiral John Aylmer [1759-1841]-->Maj-Gen Henry Aylmer [1813-1904]-->Frederick Aylmer [1849-1918]-->Capt Edward Aylmer [1892-1974]-->Dr Gerald Aylmer [1926-2000].


Saturday, January 23, 2021

Jean Evelyn Louise Oliphant [nee Murray] 1932-2021

 _. Jean Evelyn Louise Oliphant [nee Murray], who died 20 January, 2021, aged 89, was a scion of the Dukes of Atholl.

She was born Jean Evelyn Louise Murray, 6 January, 1932, daughter of Arthur Evelyn Francis Murray [1888-1972], and his wife the former Louise Isabelle Delacombe [d 1966]; and married 7 February, 1959, Major Jonathan Beresford [Jumbo] Oliphant [1931-2010], scion of the landed family of Oliphant, formerly of Condie, son of the Rev Donald Aden Oliphant [1891-1963], and his wife the former Jocelyn Hope Young, by whom she had issue, three children, Catriona, Janet and Angus.

She was widowed, 30 September, 2010.


McAlpine/Weber engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 23 January, 2021, between Fergus Andrew Algernon McAlpine [born 15 December, 1994], scion of the McAlpine baronets, second son of Sir Andrew William McAlpine, 7th Baronet [born 22 November, 1960], of Hexham, Northumberland, and his wife Lady McAlpine [nee Caroline Claire Hodgson], & Katherine R. Weber, youngest daughter of Mark and Rebecca Weber, of Holmen, Wisconsin, United States.


Catinka Eugenie Mia Hanbury [born 2021]

 ._ Yoanna Thiela Hanbury (nee Otto), wife of Charles Osgood Philip Hanbury, scion of that landed family, gave birth to a third daughter, Catinka Eugenie Mia, 15 January, 2021, a sister for Cara Bridget Anna, who was born 10 January, 2017, and for Cressida Thiela Patricia, born 25 November, 2018.

The Daily Telegraph announcement of the birth states that the infant was born on the M4 motorway, and delivered by her father.

Charles Hanbury is a son of Maj Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury (born 16 February, 1944), of Hungerford, Berkshire, by his wife the former Bridget Anne Birch [born 1949].

Yoanna Hanbury is the only daughter of Dr Yorck Otto, of Munich, Germany, & his former wife Her Serene Highness Princess Anna zu Oettingen-Wallerstein [nee Hermann], of Wallerstein, Germany, who later married into the Oettingen-Wallerstein noble family.


Friday, January 22, 2021

Guy James McLean Buckley 1936-2021

 _. Guy James McLean Buckley, who died 7 January, 2021, aged 84, was descended from the Barons Chelmsford.

He was born in 1936, son of John McLean Buckley [1903-72], and his wife the former Oonagh Pamela Thesiger [1905-82]. He married in 1968, Elena Rose Deans, daughter of Hamish Holdsworth Deans, of Canterbury, New Zealand, by whom he had two daughters, Virginia and Elizabeth.

Frederick Thesiger, 1st Baron Chelmsford [1794-1878]-->Hon Charles Thesiger [1831-1903]-->George Thesiger [1868-1915]-->Oonagh Thesiger [1905-82]-->Guy Buckley [1936-2021].


Lady Milton-Thompson 1930-2021

 _.Lady Milton-Thompson, who died 18 January, 2021, was the widow of Surgeon Vice-Admiral Sir Godfrey Milton-Thompson, KBE [1930-2012], and was a scion of the FitzMaurice landed gentry family.

Noreen Helena Frances FitzMaurice was born 17 November, 1930, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Desmond FitzJohn FitzMaurice, CIE [1893-1991], of that Irish landed family, and his wife the former Nancy Leake [1902-75]; and married 5 Apr, 1952, Godfrey James Milton-Thompson, son of the Rev James Milton-Thompson [1885-1968], and his wife the former Mary Hoare [1891-1982], by whom she had issue, three daughters, Helena, Richenda and Louisa.


Guy Tristram van der Gucht 1951-2021

 _. Guy Tristram van der Gucht, who died 20 January, 2021, aged 69, was descended from the Earls of Wemyss and March.

He was born in 1951, son of Henry Benjamin Van Der Gucht and his wife the former Pamela Sabina Strickland [1921-83], and was a grandson of Algernon Walter Strickland [1891-1938], and his wife the Lady Mary Charteris [1895-1991], daughter of the 9th Earl of Wemyss & March [1857-1937].


Lady de Rothschild [nee Schott] 1949-2021, former wife of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild

 _. Victoria Lady de Rothschild, who died 18 January, 2021, aged 71, was the second wife of Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, the financier, merchant banker, and scion of the British branch of the wealthy Rothschild family.

Lady de Rothschild, a renowned socialite, was the former Victoria Lou Schott, daughter of Lewis Schott, and his wife Marcia, and was born in 1949. She was a graduate of the Hewitt School, Bradford Junior College and Trinity College in Hartford, USA, and attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Her father was chairman of the board of Automatic Toll Systems, Inc., New York.

She married in New York, 1 July, 1973, as the second of his three wives, Evelyn Robert Adrian de Rothschild [born 29 Aug, 1931], scion of the Barons Rothschild, son of Anthony Gustav de Rothschild [1887-1961], and his French-born wife the former Yvonne d'Anvers. 

Her husband, who was knighted in 1989, was Chairman of N.M. Rothschild and Sons Ltd, the merchant bank founded in 1804 by his great-great grandfather; and was Chairman of the Economist Newspaper, 1972-89; and Chairman, United Racecourses Ltd, 1977-94. 

Victoria's marriage to Sir Evelyn was dissolved by divorce in 2000.

Lady de Rothschild leaves three children, two sons, Anthony [born 1977], a record producer, and David [born 1978], and a daughter, Jessica [born 1974], sometime model and literary editor of Tatler.


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Michael Charles Lambton 1934-2021

 _. Michael Charles Lambton, who died at Linz, Austria, 10 January, 2021, aged 86, was a scion of the Earls of Durham, and a grandson maternally of the 3rd Viscount Hampden.

He was born 24 November, 1934, son of D'Arcy Lambton [1908-38], and his wife the former Hon Monica Dorothy Brand [1914-2009], and was a grandson maternally of Brigadier-General the 3rd Viscount Hampden [1869-1958], and his wife the Lady Katherine Mary Montagu Douglas Scott [1875-1951], daughter of the 6th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry [1831-1914].

Michael's paternal grandfather was the Hon Claud Lambton [1865-1945], a son of the 2nd Earl of Durham [1828-79], and his wife Lady Beatrix Hamilton [1935-71], daughter of the 1st Duke of Abercorn [1811-85].

He married in 1969, Nancy [1930-2007], previously wife of Prince Jerzy Sapieha, son of Prince Jan Andrzej Sapieha-Rozanski, and daughter of John Gillespie, by whom he had a son, D'Arcy [born 1970]. He also had a daughter, Monica, from another relationship.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Elizabeth Anne Minoprio [nee Hopkinson] 1936-2021

 _. [Elizabeth] Anne Minoprio, who died 11 January, 2021, aged 84, was the widow of Michael Minoprio, scion of that landed gentry family.

She was born 7 July, 1936, a scion of the Hopkinson landed family, of Netherton Hall, daughter of Francis Archibald Hopkinson [1904-94], of Dundas Farm, Elmstead, Ashford, Kent, by his wife the former Ursula Joan Jones [1914-76], and was a niece of the 1st Baron Colyton [1902-96]. 

She married firstly, 27 July, 1955 [div 1968] David Charles Watney [born 5 Feb, 1932], late the 12th Royal Lancers, second son of Charles Norman Watney, CIE [1868-1956], and his wife Ada Winifred Crew [died 1953], by whom she had two daughters, [Anne] Louise [b 10 March, 195], and Caroline Teresa [born 22 July, 1958]; married 2ndly, in 1968, as his second wife, Capt. Michael Raymond Minoprio [1927-2015], scion of that landed gentry family, of Haulfryn, 5th son of Frank Charles Minoprio [1870-1951], of Broadlands, Ascot, Berkshire, and his second wife the former Rachel Helen Mann.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Matheson/Nkhoma engagement

  _. The engagement was announced 19 January, 2021, between Archie James Torquhil Matheson [born 13 March,1987], scion of the Matheson baronets, younger son of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Alexander Fergus Matheson of Matheson, 8th Baronet, LVO, Chief of the Clan Matheson [born 26 Aug, 1954], of Brightwalton, Berkshire, and his wife the former Katharine Davina Mary Oswald [born 19 March, 1959], descended from the Marquesses of Exeter, & Dr Jackline Iga Nkhoma, daughter of Mr Moses Nkhoma and Mrs Barbara Iga Gumede, of Pretoria, South Africa.

The bride to be is a doctor in anaesthesia at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

Archie Matheson is with Czarnikow Consulting East & Southern Africa (CCESA) offering specialist support and advice on agriculture, food and trade in East Africa. He is a grandson of Sir Michael Oswald, GCVO, who was racing manager to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. His great-grandfather, was the British Olympian, the 6th Marquess of Exeter [1905-81].


Lady Worcester, wife of Sir Robert Worcester, dies aged 87

 _. Lady Worcester, who died 20 December, 2020, aged 87, was the wife of Sir Robert Milton Worcester, KBE, DL, the American-born British pollster who is the founder of MORI (Market & Opinion Research International Ltd.) and a member and contributor to many voluntary organisations.

The former Margaret Smallbone, she married Robert Worcester as his second wife in 1982. Their home was the 13th century Allington Castle, on the River Medway, Kent.

Sir Robert is a well-known figure in British public opinion research and political circles and as a media commentator, especially about voting intentions in British and American elections.

Lady Worcester is survived by Sir Robert, 87, and leaves two sons, Dr Angus Turner and Mr James Möser.


David Valerian Smiley 1938-2021

 _. Maj. David Valerian Smiley, Royal Horse Guards, who died 11 January, 2021, aged 82, was a scion of the Smiley baronets, and a grandson maternally of the 3rd Earl Cowley.

He was born 1 April, 1938, son of John Claude Smiley [1910-95], and his first wife Lady Cecilia Katherine Wellesley [who died 30 Sept, 1952], daughter of the 3rd Earl Cowley [1866-1919], and his 3rd wife the former Clare Florence Mary Stapleton [died 1949], scion of the Stapleton baronets.

He was a grandson paternally of Maj. Sir John Smiley, 2nd Baronet [1876-1930], and his wife Valerie Champion de Crespigny [died 1978], scion of that landed gentry family.

He married firstly, 7 Sept, 1962 [div 1987] Rose-Ann Greig, daughter of Colonel David Greig, of Borland, Kilmarnock; married 2ndly, in 1988, Mrs Jill Velia Huntington [nee Kershaw], widow of Lionel William [Robin] Huntington, MC, and daughter of Commander John Kershaw, DSO, RN. His second wife died in 2002.

He leaves a son and a daughter from his first marriage, Patrick Valerian Smiley [born 1965], and [Katherine] Cecilia Smiley [born in 1963], and was predeceased by another son, Thomas Edward De Crespigny Smiley [1967-89].


Monday, January 18, 2021

Georg Wilhelm Gustav von Mallinckrodt, [Hon] KBE 1930-2021

 _. Georg Wilhelm Gustav von Mallinckrodt, KBE [Hon], who died 16 January, 2021, aged 90, was a merchant banker, Chairman of Schroders from 1984 to 1995.

He was born 19 Aug, 1930, son of Arnold Wilhelm Theodore von Mallinckrodt [1901-82] and his wife the former Valentine Huberta Alexandra Else Victoria von Joest. 

He married 31 July, 1958, [Baroness] Charmaine Brenda Schröder, daughter of Helmut William Bruno Schröder, of the banking dynasty, of Dunlossit, Port Askaig, Isle of Ilay, by his wife the former Margaret Eleanor Phyllis Darell, elder daughter of Sir Lionel Edward Hamilton Marmaduke Darell, 6th Baronet, DSO [1876-1954]. Charmaine von Mallinckrodt is a sister of billionaire Bruno Schroder [1933-2019].

Georg von Mallinckrodt leaves two sons, Philip and Edward, and two daughters Claire and Nina. His daughter, Claire Louise, married in 1987, Henry Julian Nicholas Fitzalan Howard [born 7 July, 1954], scion of the Dukes of Norfolk, son of Maj-Gen Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard [1916-2007].

The family, of noble stock, can trace their ancestry to Westphalia in the 13th century.

Georg von Mallinckrodt was appointed Hon KBE in 1997.


Fiennes Albert Wykeham Charles Cornwallis [born 2021]

 _. Olivia Charlotte Cornwallis [born 1990, nee Trotter], wife of the Hon [Fiennes] Alexander Wykeham Martin Cornwallis [born 25 November, 1987], scion of the Barons Cornwallis, gave birth to a son and heir, Fiennes Albert Wykeham Charles, 12 January, 2021.

The infant is a grandson [and heir but one] of the 4th Baron Cornwallis [born 25 May, 1946], of Stone in Oxney, Kent, and his wife the former Sarah Gray de Neufville Stockwell [born 1949].

Olivia Cornwallis is a daughter of Peter Trotter born 1960], of Aldsworth, Gloucestershire, and Mrs Janet Trotter [nee Buchanan Dunlop, born 1954], of Andoversford, Gloucestershire, scion of the Buchanan Dunlop landed gentry family, descended from the Earls of Strathmore & Kinghorne.


Sunday, January 17, 2021

John Alexander Spens, MVO 1933-2021

 _. John Alexander Spens, MVO, who has died aged 87, was Carrick Pursuivant, 1974-1985, and Albany Herald, 1985-2011. He was a scion of the Spens landed family of Lathallan.

He was a consultant with solicitors Maclay, Murray & Spens, of Glasgow and Edinburgh [Partner 1960-91].

He was born 7 June, 1933, the son of Thomas Patrick Spens, OBE, MC, and his wife the former Nancy Anderson.

He was a director of Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Soc 1963-97 [Chairman 1978-81].

John Spens married 14 Oct, 1961, Finella Jane Gilroy, daughter of Donald Duff Gilroy, by whom he had 2 sons and 1 daughter.

His home was The Old Manse, Gartocharn, Dunbartonshire.


Saturday, January 16, 2021

Benjamin de Rothschild 1963-2021

 _. Benjamin Edmond Maurice de Rothschild died from a heart attack at his home in Pregny, Switzerland, 15 January, 2021. He was 57.

He was a French banker, owner of the Edmond de Rothschild Group since 1997. He was born in France, 30 July, 1963, the son of the Edmond Adolphe (1926-1997) and his wife the former Nadine Lhopitalier (b 18 Apr, 1932). He married 23 January, 1999, Ariane Langner, by whom he had four daughters, Noémie, Alice, Eve, and Olivia. 

In 2000, he created the professional offshore sailing racing team Gitana Team.

Benjamin de Rothschild was a seventh-generation descendant of the dynasty founder Mayer Amschel.He was the great grandson of Edmond James de Rothschild (1845-1934) and Adelheid von Rothschild (1853-1935), the grandson of Maurice de Rothschild (1881-1957) and Noémie Halphen (1888-1968), and the only child of Edmond Adolphe and Nadine (née Lhopitalier) de Rothschild. He was a cousin of Lord Rothschild, OM, GCB, CVO [born 29 April, 1936], the fourth Baron in the UK peerage.

His family wealth ranked 22nd on Challenges 2019 list of French fortunes, 43rd on Bilan 2019 list of Swiss fortunes, and 1349th on Forbes 2019 list of world billionaires.He was considered one of the richest members of the Rothschild family.


Gillian Nadine Ziani de Ferranti [died 2021]

 _. Gillian Nadine Ziani de Ferranti, who has died aged 74, was the third wife and widow of Sebastian Basil Joseph Ziani de Ferranti [1927-2015], of Henbury Hall, Macclesfield. 

The former Mrs Nadine Brown [nee France], she married the scion of the family electronics firm in 2011, and was widowed 4 years later, 15 Oct, 2015.

Mrs de Ferranti leaves two daughters from her previous marriage.


Buxton/Crawford engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 16 January, 2021, between Charles Robert James Buxton [born 12 December, 1986], scion of the Buxton baronets, younger son of James Anthony Fowell Buxton [born 14 March, 1948], of Galhampton, Somerset, and his wife the former Margaret Elizabeth Russell [born 11 Oct, 1945], scion of the Barons Ampthill, & Alexandra Louise Crawford [born 1987], daughter of Peter Crawford, of Kensington, London, and his wife the former Barbara Blatiak.

John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford [1766-1839]-->Lord George Russell [1790-1846]-->Odo Russell, 1st Baron Ampthill [1829-84]-->Arthur Russell, 2nd Baron Ampthill [1869-1935]-->Admiral Hon Sir Guy Russell [1898-1977]-->Margaret Russell [b 1945]-->Charlie Buxton [b 1986].


Friday, January 15, 2021

Lord Shaw of Northstead 1920-2021

 _. Lord Shaw of Northstead, who died 8 January, 2021, aged 100, was, as Michael Shaw, the National Liberal MP for Brighouse and Spenborough 1960-64, Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby 1966-74, & for Scarborough, 1974-92.

Michael Norman Shaw was born 9 Oct, 1920, son of Norman Shaw; married 1951, Joan Mary Louise Mowat, daughter of Sir Alfred Mowat, 2nd Baronet, by whom he had three sons, Charles, James and Jonathan.

Educated at Sedbergh, he was a chartered accountant before entering Parliament. He served as PPS to the Minister of Labour 1962-63, and PPS to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry 1970-72, and PPS to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1973; Member of the UK Delegation to the European Parliament 1974-79; Justice of the Peace for Dewsbury, 1953; a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, from 1977.

Michael Shaw was knighted in 1982, and raised to the peerage in 1994, two years after leaving the Commons. He was created a baron for life, taking the title Baron Shaw of Northstead, of Liversedge in the County of West Yorkshire.


Beatrice Mary Elizabeth Henderson [born 2020]

 _. Emily Mary Lara Henderson [née Gailey, born 9 Dec 1988], wife of Robert W Henderson, gave birth to a daughter, Beatrice Mary Elizabeth, 24 December, 2020.

Robert is a son of Brian Henderson, of Holywood, County Down.

Emily is a daughter of Dr Andrew Louis Hamilton Gailey, CVO [born 1954], and his wife the former Shauna Jane McFarland [born 11 December, 1957], scion of the McFarland baronets, daughter of Sir John McFarland, 3rd Baronet [1927-2020].

Dr Andrew Gailey was the Duke of Cambridge's house master at Eton.



Rodney John Derek [Roddy] Blois 1941-2021

 _. Rodney John Derek [Roddy] Blois, who died 7 January, 2021, aged 79, was a scion of the Blois baronets.

He was born 12 November, 1941, second son of Sie Gervase Blois, 10th Baronet [1901-68], and his wife the former Audrey Winifred Johnson [who died 1997].

He married 2 November,, 1968 [divorced 1992], the Lady Elizabeth Caroline Elinor Evelyn Giffard [born 4 March, 1939], a daughter of the 3rd Earl of Halsbury [1908-2000], and his wife the former Elizabeth Adeline Faith Godley [d 1983], descended from the Earls Annesley.

He inherited the Cockfield Hall estate in Suffolk on his father;s death, but later sold the property. He served as High Sheriff of Suffolk in 1989.

He is survived by two daughters, Camilla and Susanna.


Sarah Viscountess Allendale 1928-2021

 _. Sarah, Viscountess Allendale, who died 10 January, 2021, aged 92, was the wife of the late 3rd Viscount Allendale [1922-2002].

She was born Sarah Field Ismay, 16 May, 1928, daughter of General Hastings Lionel 'Pug' Ismay, the 1st Baron Ismay, KG, GCB, CH, DSO, PC, DL [1887-1965], and his wife the former Laura Kathleen Clegg. 

 Her father was a British Indian Army officer and diplomat, remembered primarily for his role as Sir Winston Churchill's chief military assistant during the Second World War and his service as the first Secretary General of NATO from 1952 to 1957.

In her late teens she met the then Hon 'Wenty' Beaumont, the ADC to the Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, [her father was Mountbatten's chief of staff], and in August 1947, she and her future husband accompanied the Viceregal party to Simla on holiday. The young couple then left by train to return to Delhi, thence to make their way back to England.

According to Lord Ismay's vivid memoir: "When they boarded the train, Wenty's Muslim servant showed signs of panic and was given permission to travel in their carriage. Nothing unusual happened until, at Sonepat station, about 20 miles from Delhi, a bomb was exploded on the platform. This was apparently the preconcerted signal for a general attack on all Muslim passengers. Men, women and children were pulled out of the train by their Hindu fellow travellers and butchered in the most brutal manner. "At this point, Wenty hid the servant under the seat and piled suitcases in front of him. A little later, two well-dressed and seemingly well-educated Hindus presented themselves at the door of his carriage and demanded the right to search for a Muslim who was believed to be with them. Wenty indignantly refused, and the intruders took themselves off. "Maybe they were impressed by Wenty's ADC arm-band, or by the two revolvers which 19 year-old Sarah and Wenty Beaumont were flourishing. The servant, who had fainted from fright and kept a deathly silence, was the only Muslim to arrive at Delhi." 

Sarah Ismay married the Hon Wentworth Beaumont, 11 February, 1948. The ceremony took place at St Margaret's, Westminster. The Queen [later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, a kinswoman of the Beaumonts], Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret attended. The Royal party and guests later attended the wedding breakfast at Claridge's.

The Hon Wentworth Beaumont, who succeeded his father in December, 1956, as 3rd Viscount Allendale, had been a childhood playmate of the York princesses, the Allendales being neighbours of the Duke and Duchess of York when in residence at Piccadilly. Lord Allendale was a popular and respected figure of the Turf, and Steward of the Jockey Club.

The marriage of Lord and Lady Allendale ended in divorce in the 1980s, and the 3rd Viscount died 27 December, 2002.

Viscountess Allendale leaves issue, three sons, Wentworth, the 4th Viscount, born 13 November, 1948, and the Hon Mark Beaumont and the Hon Charles Beaumont.


Brunt/Monteiro engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 15 January, 2021, between Frederick Robert H. Brunt [born 1985], scion of that landed gentry family, of Weston Green, son of [Nigel Richard] Pierce Brunt [born 1948], of Beauworth, Hampshire, and his wife the former Audrey d'Esterre Howard [born 1949], and Yasmin Benveniste Monteiro, daughter of Aroni and Elizabeth Monteiro, of Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Townsend/Hanbury-Williams engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 15 January, 2021, between Max P.G. Townsend, younger son of Mr & Mrs Hugh Townsend, of Tedburn St Mary, Exeter, and Katya Alexandra Hanbury-Williams [born 1994], daughter of Michael Anthony Hanbury-Williams [born 28 June, 1961], of Penton Harroway, Andover, Hampshire, and his wife the former Alexandra Marjorie Ringrose-Voase [born 13 Aug, 1962], scion of that landed gentry family, of Anlaby House, Yorks.

Katya Hanbury-Williams is a granddaughter of John Michael Anthony Hanbury-Williams [b 7 July, 1933] and his wife the former Diane Hartley [b 28 Aug 1936], and a great-granddaughter of Sir John Hanbury-Williams, CVO [1892-1965], courtier, Gentleman Usher to King George V, King Edward VIII, King George VI, and to Queen Elizabeth II, by his wife Princess Zenaida Cantacuzène [1908-80].

The bride-to-be is descended from Ulysses S. Grant [1822-85], 18th President of the United States 1869-77.

Ulysses S Grant [1822-85]-->Frederick Dent Grant [1850-1912]-->Julia Grant [1876-1975]-->Princess Zenaida Cantacuzène [1908-80]-->John Hanbury-Williams [1933-  ]-->Michael Hanbury-Williams [b 1961- ]-->Katya Hanbury-Williams [b 1994]


Eleanor Annabelle Ilse Lloyd George [b 2020]

  __. Harriet Rachel Lloyd George (nee Loraine-Smith, born 1988), wife of Capt the Hon Frederick Owen (Fred) Lloyd George (born 1987), scion of the Earls Lloyd George of Dwyfor, gave birth to a daughter, Eleanor Annabelle Ilse, 31 December, 2020, a sister for Thomas Nicholas, who was born 16 September, 2018.

Capt Fred Lloyd George is the younger son of the 4th Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor (born 1951), by his wife the former Pamela Alexandra Kleyff.

Harriet Lloyd George (nee Loraine-Smith), is a daughter of Judge Nicholas George Edward Loraine-Smith (born 1953), by his wife the former Annabelle Catherine Schicht.


Thursday, January 14, 2021

James Hardress Edwards-Heathcote 1951-2021

 _. James Hardress Edwards-Heathcote, of Forcett, North Yorkshire, who died 7 January, 2021, aged 69, was head of that landed gentry family, of Longton Hall.

He was born in 1951, son of Major Michael Lloyd Edwards-Heathcote [1912-1998], and his wife the former Patricia Elizabeth Waller [born 1928], scion of the Irish landed gentry family of that name, and descended from Sir Hardress Waller, the regicide, condemned to death at the Restoration for the execution of King Charles I, which sentence was commuted to life in prison.

He married Alison Hunter, by whom he had a son, William Hardress Edwards-Heathcote [born 1998[, who succeeds as head of the landed gentry family.


Patrick Thomas Gordon-Duff-Pennington, OBE 1930-2021

 _. Patrick Thomas Gordon-Duff-Pennington, OBE, of Muncaster Castle, Cumbria died at Nairn, Scotland 9 January, 2021, aged 90.

Mr Gordon-Duff-Pennington was a landowner and renowned hill farmer in Cumbria and in Scotland.

He was born 12 January, 1930, scion of the Duff-Gordon landed family, son of Group Capt George Edward Duff-Gordon [1895-1966], and his 1st wife the former Rosemary Estelle Craven [1906-96], and wasc educated at Eton.

He married 21 June, 1955, Phyllida Rosemary Pennington-Ramsden [1929-2011], scion of the Ramsden baronets, and the addition surname of Pennington was added to the family surname. 

Phyllida was a daughter of Sir Geoffrey Pennington-Ramsden, 7th Baronet [1904-86], and Muncaster Castle came to her via the Ramsden family. The 5th and last Lord Muncaster, died in 1917 and the Muncaster estate passed to his mother’s family, the Ramsdens, who carried out extensive works in the gardens and brought many of their possessions, including the Ramsden family portraits, to Muncaster. In those days the estate still extended to 23,000 acres.

He leaves four daughters, Prunella [born 1956], who married a Gordon;  Anthea [born 1958], later Mrs Osborn-Jones;  Iona [born 1961], who married Peter Frost, who assumed by deed poll the surname Frost-Pennington; and Rowena [born 1963], who married into the Morris-Eyton landed gentry family.


Andrew Vaisey Hill 1950-2021

 _. Andrew Vaisey Hill, who died in Canberra, 9 January, 2021, aged 70, was a scion of the Hill baronets [represented by Viscount Hill].

He was born 26 August, 1950, son of the Rev Rowland Edward Hill [1913-1981], and his wife the former Elizabeth Vaisey [1913-81]; married 1stly, 1974 [divorced 1990] Zaria Caroline Annabel Knowles, daughter of Maj. Joseph Knowles; married 2ndly, 1991 [div 2006], Shirley Joan Marais Stofberg, daughter of George Stofberg, of Calvina, South Africa. He leaves a son, Jonathan, born in 1980, from his first union, and a daughter, Rowena, born in 1977, also from his first marriage.


Rosemary, Lady Johnson-Ferguson [died 2021]

 _. Rosemary, Lady Johnson-Ferguson, who died 10 January, 2021, aged 78, was the widow of Sir Ian Johnson-Ferguson, 4th Baronet.

The former Rosemary Teresa Whitehead, daughter of Cecil Whitehead, she married 9 April, 1964, Ian Edward Johnson-Ferguson [1932-2015], son of Sir Neil Johnson-Ferguson, 3rd Baronet [1905-92], and his wife the former Sheila Marian Jervis [who died 1985].

Her husband succeeded as 4th baronet, in 1992, and died 6 December, 2015, aged 83.

Lady Johnson-Ferguson leaves three sons, Mark, Paul and Simon. The eldest son is Sir Mark Johnson-Ferguson, 5th Bt.


Smyth-Osbourne/Fernandes engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 14 January, 2021, between William Hugh Smyth-Osbourne [born 1991], scion of that landed gentry family, second son of Charles William Smyth-Osbourne [born 7 March, 1959], of Sulgrave, Northamptonshire, and his wife the former Joanna Mary Cubitt [born 27 May, 1960], scion of the Barons Ashcombe, & Sally F. Fernandes, daughter of Mr and Mrs Richard Fernandes, of Nanyuki, Kenya.

William Smyth-Osbourne, descends from a plethora of landed gentry and peerage families and is a second cousin once removed of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, GCVO.


Arthur Karl Ludwig Denaro [born 2020]

 _. Kristina Louise Denaro [nee Kuhnke], wife of George Tancred Roney Denaro, gave birth to a son, Arthur Karl Ludwig, 3 December, 2020.

George Denaro is the younger son of Major-General Arthur George Denaro, CBE (born 23 March, 1948)  by his wife the former Margaret Roney Acworth.

Kristina Denaro is the only daughter of Mr & Mrs Karl Kuhnke, of Hergswil, Switzerland.

Maj-Gen Denaro is an Extra Equerry to HRH The Prince of Wales, sometime chairman, Prince’s Trust Volunteers, and commandant of the Royal Military College Sandhurst.


Daisy Celia Vestey [born 2021]

 _. The Hon Martha  Rose Vestey (nee Beaumont, born 1986), wife of the Hon Arthur George Vestey (born 1985), scion of the Barons Vestey, gave birth to a third child, Daisy Celia, 12 January, 2021, a sister for Frank William, who was born 25 July, 2016, and for Cosima Dora, born 30 November, 2018.

Arthur is the second son of the 3rd Baron Vestey, GCVO [born 19 March, 1941], by his second late wife the former Celia Elizabeth Knight [1949-2020], scion of that landed gentry family.

The Hon Martha Vestey is the third daughter of the 4th Viscount Allendale [born 13 Nov, 1948], by his wife the former Theresa Mary Magdalene More O’Ferrall [born 8 March, 1950], descended from the Mather-Jackson baronets.

The Hon Arthur Vestey's mother, Lady Vestey, died 28 Nov, 2020. She was 71.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Jean Jocelyn Morris-Eyton 1927-2021

_. Jean Jocelyn Morris-Eyton [nee Miles], died 10 January, 2021, aged 93.

She was born in 1927, a scion of the Miles landed gentry family, of Tilstock, daughter of Major-General Eric Grant Miles, CB, DSO, MC [1891-1977], and his wife the former Lady Marcia Valda Jocelyn [1891-1972], scion of the Earls of Roden, and a granddaughter of the 7th Earl of Roden [1845-1915]. She married in 1956, Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Charles Gilfrid [Gilly] Morris-Eyton, TD [1921-1990], scion of the Eyton landed gentry family, by whom she had a son and a daughter.



Barbara Rose-Innes [ née Nicholls] [d 2021]

  _. Barbara Rose-Innes [née Nicholls], died 8 January, 2021. She was the wife of [Alistair] Christopher Rose-Innes, sometime head of that Scottish landed gentry family, of Netherdale, Banff.

The former Barbara Nicholls, she married in 1955, [Alistair] Christopher Rose-Innes, by whom she had two sons and two daughters.

Her husband was, until the age of 63, Professor of physics in Manchester, though he had always engaged in art as a `serious` pastime. Deciding in 1989 he would like to practice art `properly`, and he took slightly early retirement and completed a Fine Art degree, specialising in sculpture, at Manchester Polytechnic, graduating with 2.1 honours. He works chiefly in wood, stone, and clay and likes to experiment rather than develop a distinctive style. His work therefore ranges from abstract to portraiture, from table-top to public sculpture .


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

James Walter Hawkins 1933-2021

 _.James Walter Hawkins, who died 4 January, 2021, aged 87, was a grandson of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry.

He was born 16 March, 1933, the only son of Admiral Sir Geoffrey Hawkins, KBE, CB, MVO, DSC [1895-1980], and his wife the former Lady Margaret Ida Montagu Douglas Scott [1893-1976], daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry [1864-1935].

James Hawkins was a nephew of Lady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott [1901-2004], who married in 1935, HRH The Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester [1900-74], third son of HM King George V. Lady Alice, known in widowhood as Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, is the longest lived member of the Royal House of Windsor.

James Hawkins had two sisters, [Alice] Anne, and Renira Margaret Ida. The elder sister was Dame Anne Wall, DCVO [1928-2016], sometime assistant press secretary to HM The Queen.

He never married, but was a lifelong companion to Jennifer Sherrard.


Sir Philip Preston, 8th Baronet 1946-2021

 _. Sir Philip Preston, 8th Baronet, died 9 January, 2021. He was 74.

Philip Charles Henry Hulton Preston was born 31 Aug, 1946, son of Lieutenant-Col Philip Henry Herbert Hulton Preston, OBE [1914-73], and his wife the former Katherine Janet Broomhall [1914-68], and he succeeded to the baronetcy [cr 1815] on the death of his cousin, Sir Ronald Preston, 7th Bt, 4 April, 1999.

He married in 1980, Kirsi Sylvi Annik, daughter of Eino Yrjö Pullinen, of Finland, by whom he had issue, a son, Philip, and two daughters, Katherine and Emily. The son, Philip Thomas Henry Hulton Preston, born 15 Aug, 1990, succeeds as 9th baronet.


Nina Catherine Tulloch [b 30/12/2020]

 _. Mary Catherine Tulloch [nee Bonsor, born 1987], wife of Archie Seton Tulloch [born 1987], and scion of the Bonsor baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Nina Catherine, 30 December, 2020.

Archie Tulloch is a son of Edward Archibald Tulloch [born 1946], of Hopefield, East Lothian, and his wife, Catherine.

Mary Tulloch is the daughter of Sir Nicholas Cosmo Bonsor, 4th Baronet [born 9 December, 1942[, of Liscombe, Buckinghamshire, and his wife the former Hon Nadine Marisa Lampson [born 23 Aug, 1948], daughter of the 2nd Baron Killearn [1919-1996].


Freya Emma Birrell [b 1/1/2021]

 _. Isabel Louise Birrell [nee Priestley, born 1988], wife of Edward Charles Stewart Birrell [born 1987], gave birth to a daughter, Freya Emma, 1 January, 2021, a sister for Nina Honor, who was born 6 Dec, 2018.

 Isabel Birrell is a daughter of Richard James Priestley [born 1947], descended from the Pollock baronets, and his wife the former Iona Rosalind Calvocoressi [born 23 Sept, 1957], scion of that landed gentry family, and descended from the Earls of Cassillis.

Edward Birrell is a son of Christopher R.S. Birrell [born 1954], and his wife the former Emma Georgina [Georgie] Breton [born 1956].

Archibald Kennedy, 11th Earl of Cassillis [d 1794]-->Robert Kennedy [1773-1843]-->John Kennedy [d 1745]-->Edward Briggs Kennedy [1842-1914]-->Edward Kennedy [1879-1939]-->Katherine Kennedy [sister of broadcaster Ludovic] [b 1927]-->Iona Calvorocessi [b 1957]-->Isabel Priestley [b 1988]-->Freya Birrell [b 2021]


Monday, January 11, 2021

[Anthony] Miles Trevor Eastwood 1937-2020

 _. [Anthony] Miles Trevor Eastwood, died 10 December, 2020, aged 83. He was the son of Charles Eastwood and his wife the former Ruth Trevor. He married in 1964, Nicola Frances Trappes-Lomas [born 1944], scion of the Barons Stafford, daughter of Col. Nicholas Hugh Trappes-Lomas [1911-69], and his wife the former Gertrude Maisie Stockwell [d 1994], by whom he had issue, three sons, Anthony, Benjamin and Carl.


Samuel/Milborne Swinnerton Pilkington engagement

 __.The engagement was announced 11 January, 2021, between Richard Samuel, younger son of the late Dr Roger Samuel and Mrs Samuel, of Epsom, Surrey, and Mrs Katya Teresa Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington (nee Clemence, born 1971), former wife of Richard Milborne Swinnerton Pilkington (b 4 Sept 1964), scion of the baronets of that name (Bt, NS, cr 1635), and daughter of Terence J. Clemence (b 1939), of London, SWI, by his wife the former Patricia Kirby.

Katya Pilkington's sisters are Claudia, the Viscountess Rothermere, wife of the 4th Viscount, and Sarah, Lady Thatcher, second wife of Sir Mark Thatcher, 2nd Baronet [and former wife of Lord Francis Russell, scion of the Dukes of Bedford]. Katya's former husband is the son and heir of Sir Thomas Milborne-Swinnerton-Pilkington, 14th Baronet.

Katya's aunt was the British songstress Kathy Kirby (1938-2011). Katya's first marriage to Richard Pilkington took place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, followed by a reception for 500 at Claridge's.


Anne-Louise, Baroness Jeffreys 1934-2021

 _.Anne-Lousie, Baroness Jeffreys, who died 3 January, 2021, aged 86, was the second wife of the 2nd Baron Jeffreys and scion of the Worthington-Evans baronets.

She was born Anne-Louise Worthington-Evans, in 1934, daughter of His Honour Judge Sir [William] Shirley Worthington Worthington-Evans, 2nd and last Baronet [1904-1971], and his 1st wife the former Joan Irene Pears [1907-94]; married 1967 [divorced 1981], as his second wife, Mark George Christopher Jeffreys, 2nd Baron Jeffreys [1932-86], by whom she had a daughter, the Hon Sophie Louise Jeffreys, born in 1972.

The funeral takes place at  North Wiltshire Crematorium, Royal Wootton Bassett, 20 January, 2021.


Saturday, January 09, 2021

Lowe/Anowar engagement

 __. The engagement was announced 9 January, 2021, between Nicholas Jasper Lowe [born 1994], son of Jeremy Gilson L]owe [born 1956], and his wife the former Theodora Margaret [Thea] Hardy [born 18 February, 1953], & Shenin Anowar, daughter of Asmina Afroz.

Nicholas Lowe is descended from the Spencer Barons Churchill, who in turn descend from the 4th Duke of Marlborough.

4th Duke of Marlborough [1738/9-1817]-->1st Baron Churchill [1779-1845]-->George Spencer [1804-77]-->John Munro-Spencer [1849-1916]-->Almeric Munro-Spencer [1885-1960]-->Synolda Munro-Spencer [1914-2005]-->Thea Hardy [1953- ]-->Nicholas Lowe [1994- ]


The Lady Melissa Eva Caroline Brooke 1935-2021

 _. The Lady Melissa Brooke, who died in Limerick, 5 January, 2021, aged 85, was a scion of the Earls of Dunraven and Mount Earl, and widow of Maj. Sir George Brooke, 3rd Baronet.

She was the former Lady Melissa Eva Caroline Wyndham-Quin, born 16 February, 1935, the elder daughter of the 6th Earl of Dunraven and Mount Earl [1887-1965], and his 2nd wife the former Nancy Yuille [1902-94].

She married 25 June, 1959, Major Sir George Francis Cecil Brooke, 3rd Baronet [1916-82], son of Capt Sir Hugh Brooke, 2nd Baronet [1882-1954], and his wife the former Mary Louisa Mabel Arnott, scion of the Arnott baronets, by whom she had issue, a son, Sir Francis Brooke, 4th Baronet [born 15 Oct, 1963], and a daughter, Emma [born 10 Feb, 1965].


Bridget Nicola Eastaugh 1931-2020

 _. Bridget Nicola Eastaugh, who died 24 December, 2020, aged 89, was the widow of the Rt Rev John Eastaugh, Bishop of Hereford.

She was born 14 April, 1931, daughter of Sir William Hugh Stobart Chance [1896-1981], scion of the Chance baronets, and his first wife the former Cynthia May Baker-Cresswell, scion of that landed gentry family.

She married 22 Oct, 1963, John Richard Gordon Eastaugh [1920-90], son of Gordon Eastaugh, of Shoreham-by-the-Sea, Sussex. Her husband was ordained a priest in 1945, her served as Bishop of Hereford from 1974 until his death, 16 Feb, 1990.

She leaves two sons, James and Edward and a daughter, Katharine.

Sir James Chance, 1st Bt [1814-1902]-->George Chance [1854-1933]-->Sir William Chance [1896-1981]-->Bridget Chance [1931-2020].


Friday, January 08, 2021

Lord Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton 1953-2021

 _. The Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton died 7 January, 2021, aged 67 following a fall at his Yorkshire home.

His peerages are three of the oldest on the Roll of the House of Lords. He was the 27th Baron Mowbray [created by Writ of Summons in 1283], 28th Baron Segrave [created by Writ of Summons, 24 June, 1295], and 24th Baron Stourton [created by Letters Patent, 13 May, 1448].

The Lords Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton claimed unsuccessfully in 1912 the ancient Earldom of Norfolk [1312] to which he was the senior co-heir. The Norfolk earldom had originally been bestowed on the Bigod family. Roger Bigod surrendered the earldom to the King in 1302 and ten years later it had been regranted to Thomas of Brotherton, and the success of this claim depended on the validity of the surrender, as it was the regranted peerage which was under claim. He failed in his case, as it was held (in 1906) that the surrender of 1302 was invalid, and, as "The Complete Peerage" states: "the decision in the case involved a denial of the existence of the earldom in Thomas of Brotherton and his issue." The barony of Stourton which was created by patent in 1448, has existed continuously in the male line since that date. The baronies of Mowbray and Segrave were a different case. The first Lord Mowbray received a writ of summons to Shrewsbury in 1283 and other later summonses to undoubted Parliaments. The first Lord Segrave was also at Shrewsbury, but was also summoned to Parliament in 1295. The daughter of the 4th Lord Segrave married the fourth Lord Mowbray, and the titles since then have been held together. The baronies came through the Mowbrays, Dukes of Norfolk, to the Howards, Dukes of Norfolk, and so to 1777, when they fell into abeyance between the two daughters of Philip Howard, brother of the 9th Duke of Norfolk. One married the 16th Lord Stourton and the other the 9th Lord Petre. In 1877 the 20th Lord Stourton applied for the termination of the abeyance, and the case was decided in his favour.

He was also senior co-heir to the entire moiety of the Baronies of Strange de Blackmere, Talbot, and Howard, and senior co-heir to the baronies of Braose of Gower, Greystock, Dacre of Gillesland, Ferrers of Wemme, Verdon, Darcy of Darcey, and Giffard of Brimmesfield, &c. The family claimed, as Lord Mowbray, the premier barony of England.

The peer was head of the family which runs the annual Allerton Park Horse Trials at Knaresborough. The event, now into its third decade, typically attracts more than 500 riders from the four higher levels of national eventing, as well as around 2,500 visitors.

Edward Stourton was born 17 April 1953, the eldest son of Charles, Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton, CBE [1923-2006], and his first wife the Hon Jane Faith de Yarburgh-Bateson [1933-98], daughter of the 5th Baron Deramore. His father – a Wodehousian figure, was head of one of the oldest Roman Catholic families in the country. 

Educated at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, he succeeded to his father's peerages, 12 December, 2006.

He gained control of the family estate on his 30th birthday in 1983, and soon afterwards sold Allerton Castle, the family’s 19th century Gothic house, to an American businessman, whose foundation renovated it. The castle now forms an impressive backdrop to the lakeside eventing venue.

He married, 12 July, 1980, Penelope (Nell) Lucy Brunet, daughter of Dr Peter Cameron Jamieson Brunet, of Oxford. Lady Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton survives him, with their five children, a son, James, and four daughters, the Hon Sarah Louise [born 1982], the Hon Isabel Laura [born 1983], the Hon Camilla Charlotte [born 1987], and the Hon Francesca Jane [born 1988].

Prince William with Miss Catherine Middleton, Prince Harry, and Princess Beatrice of York attended the marriage which took place, 8 January, 2011, at Aldborough, North Yorkshire, between Harry Buchanan Aubrey-Fletcher (b 1982) scion of the Aubrey-Fletcher Baronets, 3rd son of Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, 8th Baronet, and Lady Aubrey-Fletcher, of Buckinghamshire, & the Hon (Sarah) Louise Stourton (b 1982), eldest daughter of the 27th Baron Mowbray (28th) Baron Segrave & 24th Baron Stourton (b 17 Apr 1953), of Allerton Park, near Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and the Baroness Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton, &c.

The ancient peerages now devolve upon his only son, the Hon James Charles Peter Stourton, who was born 12 December, 1991.


William Ashe Dymoke Windham 1926-2021

 _. William Ashe Dymoke Windham, of Glasbury, Powys, who died 5 January, 2021, aged 94, was a scion of the Smith-Bowyer baronets. He was born 2 April, 1926, the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Steuart Windham [1873-1958], of Shefford, Bedfordshire, and his wife the former Marjorie Russell Dymock [d 1971]. 

Windham was a British Olympian, having rowed for GB at the 1952 Olympic Games.

The family descend from the Windhams of Fellbrigg, Norfolk, and the Windhams of Waghen, Yorkshire. An ancestress, Anne Windham Bowyer married one Sir William Smijth, 7th Baronet, and descendants adopted variations of these surnames down the generations, becoming Bowyer-Smijth, Bowyer-Smyth, Smijth-Windham, before finally and sensibly settling with Windham in the 1880s.

He was a great-great grandson of the 6th Duke of Bedford, of Woburn Abbey.

He married 9 June, 1956, Alison Audrey Primrose Curtis [b 23 Feb 1928], scion of the Curtis baronets, daughter of Maj. Philip Pinckney Curtis [1884-1974], and his wife the former Hélène Ellinor Clare Kidston [d 2005], scion of that landed gentry family, by whom he had issue, two sons, Ashe [b 1957], and Charles [b 1960], and a daughter, Emma [b 1959].

The elder son, Capt Ashe George Russell Windham, LVO, Irish Guards [b 11 July, 1957], was Temp Equerry to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1980-82, and Exra Equerry to Her Majesty until her death in 2002.

6th Duke of Bedford [1766-1839]-->Lord Charles Russell [1807-94]-->Clarissa Russell [d 1908]-->Henry Steuart Windham [1873-1958]-->William Windham [1926-2021].


Venetia Mabel Brooke [nee Cornwallis] 1928-2020

 _. Venetia Mabel Brooke, who died 31 December, 2020, aged 92, was a scion of the Barons Cornwallis.

She was born 8 November, 1928, daughter of Capt the Hon Oswald Wykeham Cornwallis [1894-1974], and his wife the former Hon Venetia Jane Digby [1900-56], daughter of the 10th Baron Digby [1846-1920].

She was a granddaughter of the 1st Baron Cornwallis [1864-1935].

She married 25 Oct, 1956, Lt-Cdr Geoffrey Arthur George Brooke [1920-2009], scion of the Brooke baronets, son of Capt John Brooke, DSC, RN [1887-1974], and his wife the former Margaret Winifred Arnold Tothill, by whom she had issue, three daughters, Caroline, Venetia and Georgina.


The Hon Charles James Guest 1950-2020

 _. The Hon Charles James Guest, scion of the Viscounts Wimborne, died 27 December, 2020. He was 70.

He was born 10 July, 1950, third son of the 2nd Viscount Wimborne [1903-67], and his wife the Lady Mabel Edith Fox-Strangways, daughter of the 6th Earl of Ilchester.

He married 28 February, 1976, Simone Katherine Whinney, daughter of Patrick Whinney, of Guernsey, Chanel Islands, by whom he had issue, two sons, Henry [b 1978], William [b 1981], and a daughter, Catherine [Kate] [b 1987].


Christopher Robert Buxton [1940-2021]

 _. Christopher Robert Buxton, scion of the Buxton baronets, died at his home 3 January, 2021. He was 80.

He was born 1 October, 1940, son of Lt-Cdr Michael Auriol Buxton, RN [1914-90], and his wife the former Elizabeth Edith Millicent Elwes [1916-2003], scion of that landed gentry family.

He married 1stly, 4 January, 1965 [div 1970], Judy Frances Dixon, daughter of Gordon Hollingsworth Dixon; married 2ndly, 1973, Priscilla [Cilla] Gardner. He leaves issue from both marriages, twon sons from the first marriage, Timothy and Richard, born in 1967, and three children, Alexandra, born 1975, and sons, Edward born 1977, and Thomas born 1980.

Sir Thomas Buxton 1st Bt [1786-1845]-->Thomas Buxton [1822-1908]-->John Buxton [1849-1934]-->Henry Buxton [1876-1949]-->Michael Buxton 1914-90]-->Christopher Buxton [1940-2021]


Homewood/Gore Browne engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 8 January, 2021, between Stuart Charles Homewood [born 1985], son of Geoff and Carolyn Homewood, of Abingdon, and Rose Elizabeth L. Gore Browne [born 1991], daughter of the late David Charles Gore Browne [1952-2012], by his wife the former Diana Rees [Mrs Diana Gore Browne, of Rockbourne, Hampshire].

Rose Gore Browne is a granddaughter of Maj Thomas Gore Browne [died 1988], who married 1946, Lavinia Gertrude Georgiana Loyd [b 21 Dec, 1923], scion of that landed gentry family, of Lockinge, and a granddaughter maternally of the 1st Earl of Midleton [1856-1942].


Magnus Theodore Bunbury [born 31/12/2020]

 _. Imogen Gabriella [Immie] Bunbury [nee Woolger, born 1988], wife of Edward Peter [Ed] Bunbury [born 1986], scion of the Bunbury baronets, gave birth to a son, Magnus Theodore, 31 December, 2020.

Immie Bunbury is a daughter of Jarvis Woolger, of Chilton Foliat, Berkshire, and his wife the former Janet Bieber [now Mrs John Coleman, of Yattendon, Berkshire].

Ed Bunbury is the second son of Sir Michael William Bunbury, 13th Baronet, KCVO [born 29 Dec, 1946], of Naunton Hall, co Suffolk, and his wife the former Caroline Anne Mangnall [born 1951].

Sir Michael was sometime Chairman of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster. He was appointed KCVO in 2005.


Thursday, January 07, 2021

David Francis Ramsay 1933-2021

 _. David Francis Ramsay, scion of the Ramsay of Balmain baronets, died 2 January, 2021. He was 87.

He was born 1 October, 1933, son of Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, KCB, KBE, MVO [1883-1945], and his wife the former Helen Margaret Menzies [d 1993].

His father, as Vice-Admiral of Dover, was responsible for the Dunkirk evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo. Working from the tunnels beneath Dover Castle, he and his staff worked for nine days straight to rescue troops trapped in France by the German forces. For his success in bringing home 338,226 British and allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, he was asked to personally report on the operation to King George VI and was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. He was Commander-in-Chief Allied Expeditionary Force [NW Europe] 1943-45, who was killed on active service, 2 Jan 1945.

David Ramsay married firstly, 29 Aug 1963 [div 1973], Stacey Rogers; married 2ndly, 9 Feb, 1989, Pamela Davidsen, of Pam Springs, California. From his first marriage he leaves issue, a son, Michael [born 1964], and a son, James [born 1967].

Sir Alexander Ramsay, 2nd Bt [1785-1852]-->Francis Ramsay [1815-67]-->William Ramsay [1848-1933]-->Bertram Ramsay 1883-1945]-->David Ramsay [1933-2021].


Lyra Julia Hiscox [born 2021]

 _. Elizabeth Sarah Hiscox [nee Stott, born 1987], wife of Milo Edmund Hiscox [born 1987], gave birth to a daughter, Lyra Julia, 2 January, 2021, a sister for Albert, who was born 21 March, 2019.

Milo is a son of Robert Ralph Scrymgeour Hiscox [born 1956], and his wife the Lady Julia Elizabeth Meade [born 1953], scion of the Earls of Clanwilliam.

Elizabeth Hiscox is a daughter of James Stott [born 1960], and his wife the former Susan Haworth.

The infant is a great-grandchild of the 6th Earl of Clanwilliam [1914-89].


Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Janine Sebag-Montefiore 1935-2020

_. Janine Sebag-Montefiore, who died at her home in Ireland, 27 December, 2020, aged 85, was a scion of that landed gentry family; born 18 Nov, 1935, the posthumous daughter of Arthur Sebag-Montefiore [b 13 March, 1912, d. 28 Apr, 1935, aged 23], and his wife the former Jacqueline Esther Nathan [b 30 May, 1911, d. Feb 2002].


Grant-Dalton/Coats engagement

  _. The engagement was announced 5 January, 2021, between Samuel Duncan Spry Grant-Dalton [born 1985], scion of that landed gentry family, of Brodsworth Hall, son of Kevin Duncan Spry Grant-Dalton [born 23 December, 1952], of Fulham, and his wife the former Amanda Charlton de Smitt [born 1955], and Rosanna Sarah Coats [born 1990], kinswoman of the Barons Glentanar, daughter of Nicholas James [Nico] Coats [born 19 Apr, 1952], of Fulham, and his wife the former Belinda S. McKechnie [born 1957].


Warren/Wall engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 6 January, 2021, between Joseph M Warren, the only son of Professor Jonathan and Dr Cathryn Warren, of Llanfarian, Aberystwyth, and Nicola E.D. Wall, the elder daughter of the Hon Robin John Wall [born 1948], and his wife the former Catherine Joan Sara [born 1947].

Nicola Wall is a granddaughter of the life peer, the Baron Wall, OBE [1913-1980].


Anne Hanson Blandy [d 1/1/2021]

 _. Anne Hanson Blandy died 1 January, 2021, aged 92. She was born in 1928, daughter of Leslie H. Marriage [who died in 1935], and his wife the former May H. Smither; she married in London, 1948, Peter John Bernard Blandy [1923-1977], scion of that landed gentry family, of Inglewood and Kingston Bagpuize, son of Geoffrey Blandy [1897-1962], and his wife [nee Bradshaw], by whom she had two daughters, Richenda and Sarah Juliet.


Elletson/Elkington marriage

 _. The marriage took place 19 December, 2020, at Holy Trinity Church, Wonston, Hampshire, between Edward Roger Chandos Elletson [born 1990], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Philip Roger Chandos Elletson [born 1947], of Huish, Wiltshire, by his wife the former Lady Alexandra Susan Marquis [born 1961], & Edwina Amy Charlotte Julian Elkington [born 1989], daughter of Robert John Elkington [born 1949], of Sutton Scotney, Hampshire, by his wife the former Mary Patricia Ashley Cooper [born 1953], scion of the Earls of Shaftesbury.

Edward Elletson is a grandson maternally of the 2nd Earl of Woolton [1922-1969], by his wife the triple peeress, [Cecily] Josephine Gordon-Cumming [1925-2012], scion of the baronets of that name, and later wife of the 3rd Baron Forres [1922-1978] and the 3rd Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor [1924-2010].

Edwina Elkington is a great-granddaughter of the 9th Earl of Shaftesbury [1869-1961].


Tuesday, January 05, 2021

Lieutenant-Colonel Adam William Stavert 1939-2020

  _. Lieutenant-Colonel Adam William Stavert, late the Kings Own Borderers, head of the landed gentry family of Hoscote, Hawick, died at his home, 29 December, 2020. He was 81.

He was born in 1939, son of Ralph Alan Stavert [b 22 Sept 1903, d 1978], and his wife the former Edna Pearl Gallagher [1905-1985], daughter of William Gallagher, of Coventry. He married 1964, Shuna Nancy McNab [born 1938], daughter of Andrew Denis McNab, of Tor Bracken, Horwood, Renfrewshire, by whom he had two daughters, Sarah and Victoria.


Christopher Andrew Beaumont Sanders 1942-2021

_. Christopher Andrew Beaumont Sanders, who died at York, from coronavirus, 2 January, 2021, aged 78, was a scion of that Irish landed gentry family.

He was born 12 March, 1942, son of Colonel Terence Robert Beaumont Sanders, CB, TD [1901-1985], and his wife the former Marion Macdonald [died 1961].

He married 10 Dec, 1966, Jane Beverley Shepherd [born 1944], daughter of Francis McEwan Shepherd, of Langley, Buckinghamshire, and his wife the former [Gertrude] Patricia Mary Dennis [1916-1986], by whom he had a son, Luke [born 10 Oct, 1968], and four daughters, Catherine [b 23 Sept, 1967], Georgina [b 30 June, 1971], Emily [b 6 Nov, 1973], and Alice [born 15 June, 1975].



Martin David Reed 1932-2020

 _. Martin David Reed, who died 24 December, 2020, aged 88, was a grandson of Sir David Milne-Watson, 1st Baronet.

He was born 30 May, 1932, son of Christian William Lawrence Paul Reed [ [1901-84], and his wife the former Gabriela Olga Margaret Milne-Watson [1901-2001].

He married 1 June, 1957, [Helen] Shirley Naumann [born circa 1936], daughter of Charles Cecil Naumann [1897-1946], and his wife the former Helen Margaret Tetley [1901-71]. The marriage was childless.


Georgina Elizabeth Laetitia Saunders Watson 1935-2020

 _. Georgina Saunders Watson [nee Davis], who died 26 December, 2020, aged 85, was a granddaughter maternally of the 3rd Marquis of Normanby.

She was born Georgina Elizabeth Laetitia Davis in 1935, the eldest daughter of Admiral Sir William Wellclose Davis, GCB, DSO [1901-87], and his wife the former Lady [Gertrude] Elizabeth Phipps [1908-1985], daughter of the 3rd Marquis of Normanby [1846-1932].

She married 13 December, 1958, [Leslie] Michael MacDonald Saunders Watson [born 9 Oct, 1934], son of Capt Leslie Swain Saunders [died 1988], and his wife the former Elizabeth Culme-Seymour [1904-63], scion of the Culme-Seymour baronets, daughter of Vice-Admiral Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, 4th Bt [1867-1925], by whom she had two sons, James [born 14 Sept 1961], David [born 1968], and a daughter, Fiona [born 1965].


[David] Hubert Boothby Chesshyre 1940-2020

 _. [David] Hubert Boothby Chesshyre, who died 24 December, 2020, aged 80, was a former Clarenceux King of Arms, Secretary of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, & Registrar of the College of Arms.

He was born 22 June, 1940, the eldest son of Colonel Hubert Layard Chesshyre, and his wife the former Katharine Anne Boothby [1915-95], scion of the Boothby baronets.

Career: Green Staff Officer at the Inverstiture of HRH The Prince of Wales at Carnarvon Castle, 1 July, 1969; Rouge Croix Pursuivant 1970-78, and on the staff of Sir Anthony Wagner, Garter King of Arms 1971-78; Chester Herald of Arms 1978-95; Norroy and Ulster King of Arms 1995-97; Clarenceux King of Arms 1997-2010.

Chesshyre was a member of Westminster Abbey Fabric Commission [formerly Archictural Advisory Panel; Member of the Council of the Heraldry Society 1973-85; Member: Bach Choir 1979-93, Madrigal Society 1980-; was author of numerous works of an heraldic, genealogical nature, &c.

In October 2015, a jury sitting at Snaresbrook Crown Court found by a unanimous verdict that Chesshyre had committed child sexual abuse offences in the 1990s. He was found to be unfit to plead, and his trial was therefore a trial of the facts. This means that no formal conviction is recorded and Chesshyre was therefore given an absolute discharge.

He was appointed LVO in 1988, and advanced to CVO in 2014. His membership of the Royal Victorian Order was forfeited with effect from 15 May, 2018.


Green/Mackworth-Young engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 5 January, 2021, between Stephen M Green, youngest son of the late Anthony Green, and Mrs Green, of Devon, & Rose Bettina Natalie Mackworth-Young [born 1987], scion of the Young baronets, daughter of Professor Charles Gerard Mackworth-Young [born 6 July, 1954], of London, and his wife the former Lady Iona Sina Lindsay [born 10 Aug, 1957].

Rose Mackworth-Young is a granddaughter maternally of the 29th Earl of Crawford & Balcarres, KT, GCVO, PC [born 5 March, 1927], and a granddaughter paternally of Sir Robert Mackworth-Young, GCVO [1920-2000], Librarian of Windsor Castle and Assistant Keeper of the Queen's Archives.


Monday, January 04, 2021

Wise/Sweet-Escott engagement

_. The engagement was announced 30 December, 2020, between David F. Wise, son of Timothy P. Wise, and his wife the former Judith E. French, & Katherine G. Sweet-Escott, scion of that landed gentry family, of Hartrow Hall, Somerset, daughter of Thomas Sweet-Escott [born 18 September, 1957], and his wife the former Rosamond J.E. Thonger.



The Lady Mary Cecilia Colman 1932-2021

 _. The Lady Mary Colman, who died at her home, 2 January, 2021, aged 88, was a first cousin of Her Majesty the Queen, and wife of Sir Timothy Colman, KG, sometime Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk.

Lady Mary served as an Extra Lady-in-Waiting to HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy, from 1970.

She was born Mary Cecilia Bowes Lyon, 30 January, 1932, twin with a sister, Patricia [always known as Tisha, who died 1 Apr, 1995], the elder daughter of Captain the Hon Michael Claude Hamilton Bowes Lyon [1893-1953], of The Royal Scots, and his wife the former Elizabeth Margaret Cator [1899-1959], scion of that landed gentry family.

A niece of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and a first cousin of HM The Queen, her father was the 5th son of the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, KG, KT, GCVO [1855-1944]. 

The Hon Michael Bowes Lyon was reported to have watched from the gallery of the House of Commons as the Abdication Bill was passed, thus witnessing the moment his sister became Queen Consort in 1936.

Mary Bowes Lyon, a childhood playmate of her cousins the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret, was advanced to the rank of an Earl's daughter, in 1974, following the succession in 1972 of her brother, Fergus, as 17th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne [1928-87].

Her coming out ball, shared with her twin Tisha, was held at Londonderry House, London, with King George VI and her aunt Queen Elizabeth heading the guest list.

Mary Cecilia Bowes Lyon married 10 November, 1951, Timothy James Alan Colman [born 19 Sept, 1929], of Bixley Manor, Norwich, scion of the Norfolk mustard family, and descended maternally from the Adeane landed family.

Lady Mary was a godmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, who was christened at Sandringham, in 1961.

Her husband was Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk, 1978-2004, and chairman of the Eastern Counties Newspaper Group. He was appointed a Knight of the Order of the Garter in 1996.

She is survived by Sir Timothy, and by two sons, James and Matthew, and three daughters, Sarah, Sabrina and Emma. The eldest daughter, Sarah Troughton, is Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire.


Lady Mowbray 1936-2020

 _. Lady Mowbray, wife of Sir John Mowbray, 6th Baronet, died 31 December, 2020. She was 84.

Lady Mowbray was born Lavinia Mary Hugonin, 8 July, 1936, descended from the Walker and Heron-Maxwell baronets, daughter of Lieutenant-Col. Francis Edgar Hugonin, OBE, of Stainton House, Stainton in Cleveland, Yorks, by his wife the former Joan Mary Pennyman [1904-67].

She married 3 July, 1957, John Robert Mowbray [born 1 March, 1932], son of Sir George Mowbray, 5th Baronet [1899-1969], and his wife the former Diana Margaret Hughes [1905-96], daughter of Sir Robert Hughes, 12th Bt [1865-1951]. Her husband succeeded to the Mowbray baronetcy on his father's death, 9 November, 1969.

Lady Mowbray is survived by her husband and three daughters, Mary Clare, Teresa Jane, and Katherine Diana.


Hon Peter Richard Scarlett 1961-2020

 _. The Hon Peter Richard Scarlett, who died suddenly, on Christmas Eve, 2020, aged 59, was a scion of the Barons Abinger, and heir presumptive to his brother's peerage.

He was born 21 March, 1961, the second son of the 8th Baron Abinger [1914-2002], and his wife the former Isla Carolyn Rivett-Carnac [1925-2011], scion of the Rivett-Carnac baronets.

He married 15 Aug, 1992, Sharon Elizabeth Turl, daughter of Derek Turl, of Exeter, co Devon, by whom he had issue, a son, Harry [born 20 Apr, 1997], and a daughter, Lucy [b 8 Dec, 1994].

Peter Scarlett was a younger brother of the 9th Baron Abinger [b 28 May, 1959], and was a great-grandson maternally of the Rev Sir Clennel Rivett-Carnac, 6th Baronet [1850-1932].


Edward Thomas Carmichael Law [born 20/12/2020]

 _. The Hon Mrs James Law [nee Sophie Louise Anne Hamilton, born 18 Feb 1981], wife of the Hon James Rupert Thomas Law [born 8 March, 1983], scion of the Barons Ellenborough, gave birth to a first son, Edward Thomas Carmichael, 30 December, 2020, a brother for Henrietta Ann Towry, who was born 21 September, 2014.

The Hon James Law is the son and heir of the 9th Baron Ellenborough [born 28 March, 1955].

Sophie Law is a daughter of Stephen Hobbs and the Hon Julia Elizabeth Heather Hamilton [born 15 May, 1956], daughter of the 13th Lord Belhaven & Stenton [1927-2020].


Sunday, January 03, 2021

Annabel Audrey Buchan, MBE [née Buxton] 1938-2020

 _. Annabel Audrey Buchan [née Buxton], who died 16 December, 2020, aged 82, was a scion of the Buxton baronets.

She was born 19 January, 1938, second daughter of Major Desmond Gurney Buxton [1898-1987], and his wife the former Rachel Mary Morse [1906-1994], a descendant of the Haigs of Bemersyide, family of the Earls Haig.

She married 5 Oct, 1979, Iain Francis Wauchope Buchan [died 8 Nov, 2019, aged 83].

Sir Edward Buxton, 2nd Bt [1812-58]-->Samuel Buxton [1838-1909]-->Edward Buxton [1865-1929]-->Desmond Buxton [1898-1987]-->Annabel Buxton [1938-2020]


John Haig [1802-78] father of Field Marshal 1st Earl Haig -->William Haig [1841-84]-->Annabel Haig-->Rachel Morse [1906-94]-->Annabel Buxton [1938-2020]


Saturday, January 02, 2021

Campbell-Lamerton/Colacicchi marriage

 _. The marriage took place 28 December, 2020, at the Church of St Joseph, South Molton, Devon, between Rory Patrick Chichester Campbell-Lamerton [born 1989], eldest son of Capt Michael Patrick Campbell-Lamerton, of Bishop's Tawton, co Devon, by his wife the former Clare Caroline Maxse [born 3 August, 1960], a descendant of the Barons Berkeley and Barons Leconfield, & Lucy Anne I. Colacicchi [born 1990], younger daughter of William M. Colacicchi [born 1954], of Bringhurst, Leicestershire, by his wife the former Clare Elizabeth Vivienne Clutterbuck [born 1958], scion of that landed gentry family.

The bride is a younger sister of Cecilia Mary Elizabeth Fitzalan Howard, Countess of Arundel & Surrey [born 1988], wife of the Duke of Norfolk's heir. She is a granddaughter paternally of Count Paul Edward Colacicchi.

2nd Baron Leconfield [1830-1901]-->Hon Mary Wyndham [1870-1944]-->Maj John Maxse [1901-78]-->Col. Martin Maxse [b 1935]-->Clare Maxse [b 1960]-->Rory Campbell-Lamerton [b 1989]


Haddock/Colacicchi engagement

 .__ The engagement was announced 2 January, 2021, between Charles Dominic O. Haddock [born 1993], youngest son of Mr & Mrs Neil Haddock, of London, and Caroline Daisy Colacicchi [born 1993], daughter of William M. Colacicchi [born 1954], of Bringhurst, Leicestershire, by his wife the former Clare Elizabeth Vivienne Clutterbuck [born 1958], scion of that landed gentry family.

The bride-to-be is a younger sister of Cecilia Mary Elizabeth Fitzalan Howard, Countess of Arundel & Surrey [born 1988], wife of the Duke of Norfolk's heir. She is a granddaughter paternally of Count Paul Edward Colacicchi.


Friday, January 01, 2021

Nelson/Napier engagement

  _. The engagement was announced 30 December, 2020, between Thomas Philip [Tom] Nelson [born 1991], son of Philip William Nelson [born 1955], of Ramsbury, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Mary Lucy Holmes [born 1959], & Phoebe Henrietta Napier [born 1992], scion of the Napier baronets, eldest daughter of Brigadier Philip Martin Lennox Napier [born 1964], of Wilton, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Philippa N. Rawson [born 1964],


Mark Eden 1928-2021

Mark Eden, the actor, died 1 January, 2021, aged 92. 

The Coronation Street actor died after an Alzheimer's battle, his agent confirmed. Eden - who was best known for playing Alan Bradley in the long running soap - leaves behind his wife, the actress Sue Nicholls, 77, who plays Audrey Roberts in the ITV soap. She is the the Hon Susan Frances Nicholls [born 1943], daughter of the life peer the Baron Harmar-Nicholls [1912-2000].

A statement from his agent to the PA news agency said: 'We are very sad to announce the death of actor Mark Eden. 'He died peacefully, in hospital, earlier today, 1st Jan 2021. Mark had been living with Alzheimer's disease for some time, and was hospitalised in November. Mark, 92, had a long career spanning more than 50 years, including eight years in Coronation Street as character Alan Bradley. He is survived by his wife Sue, his daughter Polly, his stepson Paul and grand-daughter Emma. We ask that their privacy be respected at this very difficult time.'

Mark, whose birth name was Douglas John Malin, was born 14 February, 1928. He was married to his first wife Joan Long from 1953 until 1959. The couple had a son David in 1957, but the actor, musician and composer tragically died in 2017. Mark met his second wife, Diana Smith (who later used the stage name Diana Eden), in 1971 with the pair getting married two years later and going on to have a daughter named Polly.

The Coronation Street star tied the knot to third wife Sue Nicholls in 1993.

Coronation Street fans will know Mark as baddie Alan Bradley who appeared on the ITV soap in the 80s.  Mark's time on The Cobbles came to an end when his character was killed by a Blackpool tram.The London-born actor's autobiography, titled Who's Going To Look At You?, was published in 2010.


Gray Clancey Witherow & Elwood Clancey Witherow [born 11/12/2020]

_. Holly Rebecca Witherow [nee Clancey, born 1988], wife of Samuel Linton Clancey [born 1985], gave birth to twins, Gray Clancey Witherow and Elwood Clancey Witherow, born 11 December, 2020.

Sam Witherow is a son of John Witherow and his wife thr former Sarah Linton.

Holly is a daughter of Christopher John Clancey, and his wife the former Christine Rose Ohlson [born 10 Dec, 1950], scion of the Ohlson baronets, daughter of Sir Eric James Ohlson, 2nd Baronet [1911-1983]


Sheila Ann Robeson [nee Coote] 1946-2020

  _. Sheila Ann Robeson [nee Coote], who died 27 December, 2020, aged 74, was a scion of the Coote baronets; born 16 Apr, 1946, daughter of Michael Henry Coote [1913-1999] and his first wife the former Barbara Netterville Eaton [d 1987]; and married 24 Feb, 1968, Major Patrick Brian Hemming Robeson [1935-2012], by whom she had two sons, Simon and Nicholas, and a daughter, Philippa.

Sir Algernon Coote, 12th Baronet [1847-1920]-->Cdr Bernard Coote [1880-1955]-->Michael Coote [1913-99]-->Sheila Coote [1946-2020]


Maj Michael George Rodgers Montgomery 1944-2020

 _. Major Michael George Rodgers Montgomery died 25 December, 2020, aged 76; he married in 1971, Patricia Jennifer Antrobus [1948-2020], daughter of Sir Philip Coutts Antrobus, 7th Baronet [1908-95], by whom he had a son, Charles, and daughter, Geraldine.

His wife died 23 May, 2020, aged 71.


Holden/Nickols engagement

_. The engagement was announced 1 January, 2021, between Alex Holden, son of Mr & Mrs Gerry Holden, of Hayling Island, Hampshire, & Sophie Alexandra Nickols [born 16 July, 1987], descended from Nevill Earls of Abergavenny, younger daughter of Charles Michael Ralph Nickols [born 29 Nov, 1951], of Galphay, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Judith Frances Clarke [born 1955]. 

4th Earl of Abergavenny [1792-1868]-->Hon Ralph Nevill [1832-1914]-->Percy Nevill [1877-1927]-->Cicely Nevill [1915-2009]-->Charles Nickols [b 1951]-->Sophie Nickols [b 1987]


Johns/Lopes marriage

 _. The marriage took place 19 December, 2020, at St Martin's Chapel, Maristow, between Alexander Charles H. Johns [born 1983], son of Derek Ernest Johns [born 1946], of Conock, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Daphne Ellen Hainworth, & Sabrina Helen [Mima] Lopes [born 4 Nov, 1983], scion of the Barons Roborough, younger daughter of the Hon George Edward Lopes [born 22 February, 1945], of Gnaton, Devon, and his wife the former Hon Sarah Violet Astor [born 30 Sept, 1953], scion of the Barons Astor of Hever.

Mima's brother, Harry Lopes [born 7 Oct 1977] is married to Laura Rose Parker Bowles [b 1 Jan 1978], daughter of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, GCVO [b 17 July, 1947].

2nd Baron Roborough [1903-92]-->Hon George Lopes [b 1945]-->Sabrina Helen Lopes [b 1983]

2nd Baron Astor of Hever [1918-84]-->Hon Sarah Astor [b 1953]-->Sabrina Lopes [born 1983]


Sir Mathew Wilson, 6th Baronet OBE, MC 1935-2019

_.Sir Mathew Wilson, 6th Baronet, OBE, MC, died 5 December, 2019, at Woodstock, Vermont, United States. He was 84.

He was born 2 Oct, 1935, son of Anthony Thomas Wilson [1908-79], and his wife the former Margaret Holden [died 1980]; and was a grandson of Lt-Col Sir Mathew Wilson, 4th Bt [1875-1958].

He succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his uncle, Sir Mathew Wilson, 5th Bt, in 1991.

Career:- President of Dolphin Voyaging Inc; Brigadier, KOYLI, retired 1983; Executive Director, Wilderness Foundation [UK] 1983-5; MC [1972]; MBE [1971]; OBE [1979].

Publications; Taking Terrapin Home:  a Love Affair with a small Catamaran [1994], The Bahamas Cruising Guide [1998].

He married 1 december, 1962, Janet Mary Mowll, daughter of E.W. Mowll, JP, by whom he had a son, Mathew, and a daughter, Victoria. The son, Mathew Edward Amcotts Wilson, born 13 Oct, 1966, succeeds as 7th holder of the baronetcy.