Tuesday, January 05, 2021

[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.


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