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Saturday, February 27, 2021

Alison Victoria Remnant 1947-2021

  _.Alison Victoria Remnant [nee Gallop], who died 22 February, 2021, aged 73, was the wife of Giles Remnant, scion of the Remnant barons.

She was born Alison Victoria Gallop in 1947, daughter of Lieutenant-Col Reginald Gallop, of Leatherhead, Surrey, and his wife the former Thora Waterhouse [1909-89], & married in 1974, Giles Jasper Remnant [born 1945], by whom she had issue, two sons, Charlie, and Alistair [1978-98].

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Stewart/Lloyd-Jones engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 27 February, 2021, between Capt Thomas Stewart, The Life Guards, son of Mr & Mrs James Stewart, of Melchbourne, Bedfordshire, & Celia Miranda Charlotte Lloyd-Jones [born 1992], daughter of John Ramsay [Jock] Lloyd-Jones [born 23 March, 1954], of Dullingham, Cambridgeshire, and his wife the former Henrietta Cicely Pickthorn [born 10 Apr, 1959], scion of the Pickthorn baronets.

Lt-Col Sir George Maitland, 7th Bt [1882-1960]-->Helen Maitland [1923-2014]-->John Lloyd-Jones [b 1954]-->Celia Lloyd-Jones [b 1992

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Sir Kenneth Pickthorn, 1st Bt [1892-1975]-->Henry Pickthorn [b 1928]-->Henrietta Pickthorn [b 1959]-->Celia Lloyd-Jones [b 1992]

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Marina Linda Lavallin Puxley [born 2021]

 _. Nicola Laura Puxley [nee Nenadich, born 1990], wife of [Edward] William Lavallin Puxley, of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Marina Linda Lavallin, 17 February, 2021.

Nicola is daughter of Nicklas Price Nenedich [born 1956], of Yarkhill, Herefordshire, and Linda Caldicott.

William Puxley is the son of James Henry Lavallin Puxley [born 1948], a descendant of the Earls of Crawford & Balcarres, and his wife the former Deborah Anne Ferguson [born 1957].

The 25th Earl of Crawford [1812-80]-->Lady Alice Lindsay [d 1915]-->Sybil Archer Houblon [1881-1970]-->Aline Wilson [1923-2012]-->James Puxley [b 1948]-->William Puxley-->Marina Puxley [b 2021]

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Dawn Monica Anne Lambert [died 2021]

 _. Dawn Monica Anne Lambert died 18 February, 2021. She was 83.

The former Dawn Janson, she was a daughter of Guy Janson, of Fair Hall, Southover, Lewes, Sussex, and married firstly, 11 July, 1958 [div], the Hon Cecil Antony Sylvester Grimston [1927-2003], second son of the 1st Baron Grmston of Westbury [1897-1979], and his wife the former Sybil Rose Neumann [who died 1977]; she married 2ndly, Oct 1995, Peter J Lambert [who died Oct 2020].

Mrs Lambert leaves two sons from her first marriage, Guy and John.

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Hon Jennifer Lowther 1932-2021

 _. The Hon Mrs Jennifer Lowther, who died in Lincoln, 23 February, 2021, aged 88, was a scion of the Viscounts Ullswater, and a former Countess of Lonsdale.

She was born Jennifer Lowther,  11 June, 1932, a daughter of Maj the Hon Christopher William Lowther, MP [1887-1935], and his second wife the former Dorothy Bromley Davenport [1899-1969], and was a granddaughter of the 1st Viscount Ullswater [1855-1949], who, as James Lowther, MP, was Speaker of the House of Commons, 1902-21, and ennobled on his retirement from the Commons.

Jennifer Lowther was raised to the rank of a Viscount's daughter, following her grandfather's death [her father, his heir, having predeased him].

She married firstly, 9 Sept, 1954 [divorced 1962], as his second wife, her cousin, James Hugh William Lowther, 7th Earl of Lonsdale [1922-2006], son of Anthony, Viscount Lowther [1896-1949], and his wife the former Muriel Frances Farrar [died 1968], scion of the Farrar baronets [ext]; she married 2ndly, 15 Dec, 1962 [div 1972], William Edward Clayfield [died 2010], son of Walter Clayfield; she married 3rdly, 29 March, 1976 [div 1980], the Rev. Oswald Dickin Carter [died 1986]; and married 4thly, in 1981, James Cornelius Sullivan.

She resumed her maiden name of Lowther in 1989.

The Hon Jennifer Lowther leaves one son from her first marriage, the Hon William Lowther [born 9 July, 1957], and two daughters, Lady Miranda Lowther [b 1 July, 1955], and Lady Caroline Lowther [b 11 March, 1959].

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Alexander Edward Herbert [born 2021]

  _. Georgina Frances Colville [nee Shuker, born 1989], wife of Edward Timothy George Colville [born 30 December, 1988], scion of the Viscounts Colville of Culross, gave birth to a son, Alexander Edward Herbert, 22 February, 2021.

Georgina is a daughter of Martin R.F. Shuker, of Winkfield, Berkshire, and his wife the former Antonia Gray.

Edward is the son of James Richard Charles Colville [born 26 January, 1952], of Forthampton, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Mary Virginia Louise Horn [born 6 Apr, 1957].

Edward Colville is a great-grandson of the 8th Earl of Jersey [1873-1923].

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Friday, February 26, 2021

Thomas Peter Lambert [1927-2021]

 _. Thomas Peter Lambert, late the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, died 19 February, 2021.He was 93.

He was born in 1927, son of Thomas Lambert and his wife the former Gwenith Shepherd; he married 1956, Davinia Margaret Walford [born London, 1934, died 16 Sept, 2019], daughter of Lt-Col. John Erskine Scott Walford, MBE [1899-1961], the England cricketer, and his wife the former Geraldyne Edith Mary Wilson [1905-73], scion of the landed gentry family of Wilson of Cliffe Hall, daughter of Lieut-Gen Sir Murrough Wilson, KBE [1875-1946]. He leaves issue, Nicholas, James, Edward and Emma.

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Sienna Grace Elphinstone [born 2021]

 _. Isobel L. Elphinstone (nee Smith), wife of the Hon Angus John Elphinstone (b 1982), scion of the Lords Elphinstone (Peerage of Scotland, cr 1509/10), gave birth to a daughter, Sienna Grace, 23 February, 2021, a sister for Albie James, who was born 6 August, 2015, and for Edie Dree, who was born 11 September, 2018.

The Hon Angus Elphinstone is the second son of the late 18th Lord Elphinstone (1953-94), by his wife the former Willa Mary Gabriel Chetwode (b 1984) scion of the Barons Chetwode (cr UK 1945), now the Dowager Lady Elphinstone, of Tyninghame, East Lothian.

Isobel Elphinstone is the daughter of Mr Michael Smith, of Savannah, Georgia, USA, and Mrs Donald Gilbert, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

The infant's Strathmore descent:-

14th Earl of Strathmore [1855-1944]-->Lady Mary Bowes Lyon [1883-1961]-->Rev Hon Andrew Elphinstone [1918-75]-->18th Lord Elphinstone [1953-94]-->Hon Angus Elphinstone [b 1982]-->Sienna Elphinstone [b 2021]


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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Hon Philippa Catherine Hulbert-Powell [nee St Aubyn] 1922-2021

 _. The Hon Philippa Catherine Hulbert-Powell, who died 15 February, 2021, aged 98, was a scion of the Barons St Levan.

She was born Philippa Catherine St Aubyn, 19 June, 1922, second daughter of Francis St Aubyn, the 3rd Baron St Levan [1895-1978], of St Michael's Mount, Penzance, Cornwall, and his wife the former Hon Clementina Gwendolen Nicolson [1896-1995], scion of the Barons Carnock.

Philippa was a niece of the writer, biographer, diarist the Hon Sir Harold Nicolson [1886-1968], and his wife the Hon Vita Sackville-West [1892-1962].

She married 20 July, 1948, Evelyn Charles Lacy Hulbert-Powell [who died 1985], head of the landed gentry family of that name, son of the Rev Canon Charles Lacy Hulbert-Powell [d 1959], and his wife the former Eva Catherine Hone [1875-1957], by whom she had issue, two sons, Charles [born 1952] and Francis [born 1961], and three daughters, Elizabeth [1950-2019], Veronica [b 1954] and Teresa [b 1956].

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Wellesley/Lambert engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 25 February, 2021, between Capt Lord Frederick Charles Wellesley [born 30 September, 1992], of The Blues and Royals, second son of the 9th Duke of Wellington [born 19 Aug, 1945], of Stratfield Saye, Hampshire, and his wife the former [Princess] Antonia Elizabeth Brigid Luise von Preussen [born 28 Apr, 1955], and Capt Katherine Emma Lambert [born 25 July, 1992], Royal Engineers, the elder daughter Nicholas Thomas Lambert [born 3 Feb, 1957], descended from the Wilson of Cliffe landed family, and his wife the former, Fiona Burn.

Capt Lord Frederick Wellesley is a descendant of Queen Victoria:-

Queen Victoria [1819-1901]-->Victoria Princess Royal [1840-1901]-->Wilhelm II, German Emperor [1859-1941]-->Wilhelm Crown Prince of Germany [1882-1951]-->Friedrich Georg von Preussen [1911-66]-->Antonia von Preussen [b 1955-]-->Capt Lord Frederick Wellesley [b 1992]

Descent from the Guinness Earls of Iveagh:-

Rupert Guinness 2nd Earl of Iveagh [1874-1967]-->Lady Brigid Guinness [1920-95]-->Antonia von Preussen [b 1955]-->Capt Lord Frederick Wellesley [b 1992]

Capt Katherine Lambert is the granddaughter of Thomas Peter Lambert, who married 14 Apr, 1956, Davinia Margaret Walford [born 10 Oct, 1934, died 16 Sept, 2019], and a great granddaughter of Lt-Col John Erskine Scott Walford, MBE [1899-1961], the cricketer, and his wife the former Geraldyne Edith Mary Wilson [born 19 Dec, 1905- died July, 1973], scion of the landed family of Wilson of Cliffe Hall.

Katherine Lambert's royal ancestry:-

King Charles II = Barbara Villiers [later Palmer, Duchess of Cleveland], and had issue, 

[1]Charles Palmer [later FitzRoy], 1st Duke of Southampton & 2nd Duke of Cleveland [1662-1730], who married Anne Pulteney, and had issue 

[2] Lady Grace FitzRoy [1697-1763], who married Henry Vane, 1st Earl of Darlington, and had issue 

[3] Henry Vane, 2nd Earl of Darlington [1726-92], who married Margaret Lowther and had issue 

[4] William Vane, 1st Duke of Cleveland [1766-1842], who married Lady Katherine Powlett and had issue 

[5] Lady Augusta Vane [1796-1874], who married Mark Milbank MP, and had issue 

[6] Sir Frederick Milbank, 1st Bt [1820-98], who married Alexina Don, and had issue 

[7] Sir Powlett Milbank, 2nd Bt [1852-1918], who married Edith Green-Price, and had issue 

[8] Sybil Milbank [died 1930], married Lt-Col Sir Murrough Wilson, KBE, and had issue, 

[9] Geraldyne Wilson [1905-73], married John Walford [c1899-1961], and had issue 

[10] Davinia Walford [1934-2019], who married Thomas Peter Lambert [1927-2021], and had issue 

[11] Nicholas Lambert [b 1957], married Fiona Burn, and had issue, 

[12] Capt Katherine Emma Lambert [b 1992]

The bride-to-be is 12 generations in descent from King Charles II.

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Ruaraidh Edward Macleod Robertson Hilleary 1926-2021

 _. Ruaraidh Edward Macleod Hilleary, died 16 February, 2021, at his home on the Isle of Skye.

He was born in 1926, son of Iain Frederick Robertson Hilleary [1903-74], of Tayinloan Lodge, Bernisdale, Isle of Skye, and his wife the former Ruby MacLeod; and married in 1952, [Asthore] Shhena Douglas Mackintosh [1928-2018], daughter of Charles Ernest Whistler Mackintosh [1903-74], and his wife the former Lady Jean Douglas-Hamilton [1904-87], daughter of the 13th Duke of Hamilton & Brandon [1862-1940], by whom he had issue, four children, Dhileas, Alasdair, Duncan and the late Iona. 

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Angela Mary More O'Ferrall [nee Mather-Jackson] 1925-2021

_. Angela Mary More O'Ferrall, who died 16 February, 2021, aged 95, was a scion of the Jackson baronets, and the mother of Lady Beaverbrook and Viscountess Allendale.

She was born in 1925, the eldest of the three daughters of Sir Anthony Henry Mather Mather-Jackson, 6th Baronet [1899-1983], and his wife the former Evelyn Mary Stephenson, daughter of Lt-Col Sir Henry Stephenson, 1st Baronet.

Her two younger sisters were Elizabeth, Viscountess Cowdray [died 23 Sept, 2011], wife of the 3rd Viscount Cowday; and Sarah Morriss [died 21 Sept, 2018].

Angela married 1 February, 1947, Francis Ambrose [Frankie] More O'Ferrall [1904-76], scion of that Irish landed gentry family, of Balyna, son of Dominic More O'Ferrall, of Kildangan, County Kildare, by whom she had issue, three daughters, [1] Susan Angela [born 10 Jan 1948], wife since 1974 of the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook; [2] Theresa Mary Magdalene [born 8 March, 1950], wife since 1975 of the 4th Viscount Allendale; and [3] Emma Rose [born 1 Apr 1956].

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Lady Aitken 1926-2021

 _. Lady Aitken, who died 18 February, 2021, aged 94, was the third wife, and widow of the Hon Sir Max Aitken, Bt, Chairman of Beaverbrook Newspapers.

Lady Aitken was Chancellor of the University of New Brunswick 1982-92 [Hon LLD], since when Chancellor Emeritus, and was Chairman of the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.

She was born Violet de Trafford, 17 June, 1926, the third daughter of Sir Humphrey de Trafford, 4th Baronet [1891-1971], and his wife the former Hon Cynthia Hilda Evelyn Cadogan [1896-1966], scion of the Earls Cadogan, daughter of Henry Cadogan, styled Viscount Chelsea [1868-1908].

Violet's eldest sister Ann [1918-87], was wife of Derek Parker Bowles, and mother of Brig Andrew Parker Bowles, first husband of the Duchess of Cornwall; another sister,  Mary [1920-2007], married Major-General Sir Francis James Bowes-Lyon, KCVO, cousin of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother; and her younger sister, Catherine [born 1928], married the racehorse trainer, Fulke Walwyn.

Violet de Trafford married 1 January, 1951, the Hon [John William] Maxwell Aitken, DFC, DSO [1910-85], the son and heir of the newspaper magnate and politician, William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook [1879-1964]. 

Her husband succeeded his father, 9 June, 1964, as 2nd Baron Beaverbrook and 2nd Baronet, but disclaimed the peerage of life, 12 June, 1964, under the Terms of the 1963 Peerage Act. The baronetcy could not be disclaimed and so Max Aitken was thereafter known as Sir Max Aitken, 2nd Baronet.

Sir Max Aitken, Bt was Chairman of Beaverbrook Newspapers 1968-77, and Life President of the company 1977-85, and was Tory MP for Holborn 1945-50. He died 30 April, 1985.

Lady Aitken leaves a son, Maxwell, born 29 Dec, 1951, who succeeded his father in 1985 as the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook, and a daughter, the Hon Laura Aitken, who was born 18 Nov, 1953.

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Ralph and Basil Strutt [born 2021]

 _. Emily [Milly] Strutt [nee Muir Beddall], wife of Julian Rupert Strutt (born 16 July, 1983), scion of the Barons Belper, gave birth to twin sons, Ralph Muir and Basil Richard, 4 February, 2021.

Julian Strutt is the son of Jeremy Bevil Strutt (b 5 January, 1954), of Tutts Clump, Berkshire, by his wife the former Petrina Smith.

Milly Strutt is a daughter of Mr Richard Muir Beddall, of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, and Mrs Joanna Muir Beddall, of Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Algernon Strutt, 3rd Baron Belper [1883-1956]-->Hon Desmond Strutt [1926-93]-->Jeremy Strutt [b 1954]-->Julian Strutt [b 1983].

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Brian Sadler Leigh Trafford 1931-2021

 _. Brian Sadler Leigh Trafford, who died 21 February, 2021, aged 89, was descended from the Leigh family of West Hall and Tarleton.

He was born in 1931, son of Cecil Leigh Trafford [1900-63], and his wife the former Barbara Edith Mary Hogg [who d. 1981]; and married 1951, the Hon Audrey Evelyn Taylor [1932-2017], daughter of the life peer the Baron Taylor of Hadfield [1905-95], and his first wife the former Evelyn Woodrow, by whom he had issue, two sons, John [1960-85], and David [born 1962], and two daughters, Judy [born 1952], now Lady Scott, wife of Sir James Jervoise Scott, 3rd Baronet, & Diana [born 1954], now the Countess of Minto, wife of the 7th Earl of Minto [b 1 December, 1953].

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Freeland/Furness engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 23 February, 2021, between Major Henry Otto Freeland [born 1989], The Queen's Royal Hussars, son of Julian Richard Freeland, of Combe, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Caroline Mary Webster, and Virginia E.M. Furness [born 1987], scion of the Furness baronets, daughter of John Wilson Furness [born 7 Oct, 1952], of Kirby Knowle, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Grania Patricia Jane Booth [born 11 March, 1956].

Virginia Furness is a great-granddaughter of Sir Stephen Furness, 1st Baronet [1872-1914], sometime MP for Hartlepool, Chairman of Furness Withy & Co.

Virginia's maternally grandmother is Meryl Guinness, of the banking arm of the brewing dynasty.

Major Freeland's mother, Caroline, married firstly, in 1975, Christopher Thomas Charlton Meyrick [1946-79], scion of the Meyrick baronets. She married Julian Freeland in 1985.

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Vere Evelyn Michael Balfour [born 2021]

 _. Serena Rose Delap Balfour [nee Foyle, born 1986], wife of Daniel James Balfour [born Nov 1985], scion of the Balfours of Balgonie, gave birth to a son, Vere Evelyn Michael, 25 January, 2021, a brother for Arthur George, born 5 Aug, 2017, and for Ludovic.

Serena Balfour is the daughter of Mr & Mrs Anthony Foyle, of Earlston, Berwickshire, whose family founded the world's largest bookshop, Foyle's, in London's Charing Cross Road. Serena made a career setting music to firework displays. The Balfours married in 2013.

Daniel Balfour is the elder son of William Arthur Balfour [born 1955], of Kelso, Roxbughshire, who inherited the Balgonie and Newton Don estates in 2004, by his wife the former Caroline Kirstie Carr [born 1956]. 

The Balfours are kin of the Earls of Balfour.

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Monday, February 22, 2021

Hamilton/Helme engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 22 February, 2021, between Alexander James Hamilton [born 8 June, 1987], scion of the Dukes of Abercorn, son of Lord [Claud] Anthony Hamilton [born 8 June, 1939], of Killyreagh, County Fermanagh, by his wife the former Catherine Janet Faulkner, & Alice Mirabel Helme [born 1987], daughter of Mr Patrick Iain [Tom] Helme, of Carskiey, Argyll, and the Hon Mirabel Jane Helme [nee Guinness, born 8 September, 1956] , of Mount Orleans, Wiltshire.

Alexander Hamilton is a grandson paternally of the late 4th Duke of Hamilton, KG [1904-79].

Alice Helme is a granddaughter maternally of the late 2nd Baron Moyne [1905-92].

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Theodore James Timothy Shirley [born 2021]

 _. The Hon Mrs Frederick Shirley [nee Daisy Charlotte Wall], wife of the Hon Frederick James Walter [Freddie] Shirley, scion of the Earls Ferrers, gave birth to a son, Theodore James Timothy, 3 February, 2021.

Daisy Shirley [born 1990], is a daughter of Graeme Wall, of Stud Farm, Iwerne Minster, Dorset, and his wife the former Claire Ward.

The Hon Freddie Shirley is the younger son of the 14th Earl Ferrers [born 1952], of Ditchingham Hall, Norfolk, and the Countess Ferrers [nee Susannah Mary Sheepshanks, born 1959].

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Susan Van Oss [died 2021]

 _. Susan Van Oss, who died 12 February, 2021, was the third wife, and widow of Peter Humphrey Alexander Van Oss, who died died 8 May, 2020. Her husband was a descendant of the 9th Earl Waldegrave [and a descendant of King James II].

As Susan Dickson-Brown, she married Mr Van Oss in 2001. She was previously wife of Colin Brown, by whom she had issue, a son Jeremy and a daughter, Sarah.

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Feliz Balthazar Jafari Rouhani [born 2020]

 _. Sarah Louise Rouhani [nee Dent, born 1984], wife of [Naveen] Foad Rouhani [born 1990], gave birth to a son, Feliz Balthazar Rouhani, 17 December, 2020.

Foad Rouhani is a son of Mr & Mrs Farzad Rouhani, of Wilmslow, Cheshire. Sarah Rouhani, scion of that landed family, is a daughter of Charles Jonathan Dent, of Ribston Hall, near Wetherby, West Yorkshire, by his wife the former Hon Anne Elizabeth Taylor [born 1951], daughter of the Baron Ingrow, OBE, TD, life peer.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

August Philip Hawke Brooksbank [born 2021]

 _. The infant son of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank has been named August Philip Hawke.

Royal watchers have been on tip toe with excitement over the choice of names that Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank has selected for their infant son. Few suspected that the boy would be called August [no doubt to be known as 'Gus'].

Philip is in honour of the infant's great-grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, who will be 100, in June, and Hawke, after a Brooksbank ancestor. The Brooksbanks do tend to use surnames as Christian names. Jack has Stamp amongst his, as does his nephew, Wilfred.

August's 5 x great-grandfather was the Rev Edward Hawke Brooksbank [1789-1883], of Healaugh, Tadcaster, a country squire, and clergyman.

The baby is the first child for the princess, 30, and husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, and a first grandchild for the Duke of York and for Sarah Duchess of York. The infant is the ninth great-grandchild of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Master Brooksbank [he has no courtesy title] who weighed in at 8lb 1oz, was born at 8:55am,  9 February, 2021, London's Portland Hospital, where Eugenie was born in 1990, and where Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born in 2019.

The baby is eleventh in line of succession to the throne, following his mother, who is in tenth place, and displacing the Earl of Wessex, who drops to 12th position.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank married at St George's Chapel, Windsor, 12 October, 2018. 

The most recent birth in the Brooksbank family was last summer, when Amy Brooksbank, wife of Jack's younger brother, Thomas George, gave birth to a son, named Wilfred Stamp Ewing Brooksbank. 

The family do tend to go for family surnames as christian names, and it's a tradition going back generations. 

The trend for including what is usually a surname as a christian name is not common in the royal family. Prince Michael of Kent, born in 1942, has the name Franklin in honour of the wartime US president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and of course the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave Archie the middle name of Harrison, at his birth in 2019. It is not known why Harry and Meghan selected Harrison. 

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

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

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Rupert Nicholas Hambro, CBE 1943-2021

 _. Rupert Nicholas Hambro, CBE, who died 19 February, 2021, aged 77, was a scion of the eponymous banking landed gentry dynasty, and a chairman of Hambros Bank.

He was a great-grand grandson of the Danish-born Carl Hambro, who founded Hambros Bank in 1839, and a grandson of Olaf Hambro, chairman of the bank, 1932-60.

He was born 27 June, 1943, the eldest son of Maj Jocelyn Olaf Hambro, MC [1919-94], of Waverton House, Gloucestershire, and his first wife, the former Ann Silvia Muir [who died 1972].  [His father's second wife was the widowed Elisabeth, Duchess of Roxburghe, widow of the 9th Duke, of Floors Castle.

Old Etonian Rupert Hambro married in 1970, Mary Robinson Gillam Boyer, daughter of Francis Boyer, by whom he had issue, a son, Jonathan [born in 1974], and a daughter, Flora [born in 1976].

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William Robert Cavendish Boyle 1944-2021

 _. William Robert Cavendish Boyle, who died 15 February, 2021, aged 76, was a scion of the Earls of Cork & Orrery. He was born 21 May, 1944, son of Richard Courtenay Boyle [1902-86], and his wife the former Guendolen Mabel Maclean Griffith. He was unmarried, and leaves a brother John, and a sister, Belinda.

Cork & Orrery lineage:-

Edmund Boyle, 7th Earl of Cork [1742-98]-->Sir Courtenay Boyle [1770-1844]-->Charles Boyle [1806-85]-->Lionel Boyle [1851-1920]-->Richard Boyle [1902-86]-->William 'Wig' Boyle [1944-2021]

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Viscount Stormont to wed

 _. The engagement was announced 20 February, 2021, between William Philip David Mungo Murray, styled Viscount Stormont [born 1 November, 1988], son and heir of the Earl of Mansfield & Mansfield [born 17 Oct, 1956], of Scone Palace, Perthshire, and his wife the former Sophia Mary Veronica Ashbrooke [born 22 Jan, 1959], & Charlotte Nevling Clune, daughter of Mr Jonathan E. Clune [born 17 Dec, 1952], of West Hartford, Connecticut, United States, and his wife the former Sarah Potter [born 17 Aug, 1950].

Charlotte Clune is destined to become chatelaine of Scone Palace. There can be few places of interest in Scotland as historically potent as Scone Palace. When you visit the Palace you are walking in the footsteps of Scotland’s ancient founding fathers, both pagan and Christian. It was an important religious gathering place of the Picts, it was the site of an early Christian church and it housed the Stone of Destiny. 

Robert the Bruce was crowned at Scone in 1306, and the last coronation was of Charles II when he accepted the Scottish crown in 1651.

The place of coronation was called Caislean Credi, 'Hill of Credulity', which survives as the present Moot Hill.

Viscount Stormont's father is the 9th Earl of Mansfield, Alexander David Mungo Murray, who succeeded his father in 2015. He is married to Sophia, daughter of Biden Ashbrooke and Veronica Ashbrooke, nee Stourton. Lord Mansfield is also 14th Viscount Stormont and Lord Scone, 12th Lord Balvaird and Hereditary Keeper of Bruce’s Castle of Lochmaben.

In the 9th century, Kenneth MacAlpin established himself as the first true King of Scots. According to legend, he is said to have invited the Pictish King Drostan with all his nobles to banquet with him at Scone. While they were seated, and perhaps taking advantage of their gluttony of both drink and food, the Scots drew out the bolts supporting the boards, whereupon the Picts fell into the hollows below their benches. While caught in some strange contraption up to their knees, they were all slaughtered.

The last coronation in Scotland took place at Scone in 1651 when King Charles II was crowned King of Scots upon the Moot Hill. The Earls following the 3rd Earl all suffered imprisonment, mainly in consequence of their support of the Jacobite cause.

The 4th Viscount Stormont was briefly imprisoned for his part in a fatal duel. The 5th Viscount opposed the Treaty of Union and entertained James Stuart, the Old Pretender, at Scone Palace during the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion, for which he was imprisoned.

The 6th Viscount suffered the same fate when his sisters received the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie, at Scone during the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.

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Evelyn Sophie Joan Malim [born 2021]

_. Antonia Malim [nee Plunkett], wife of Guy Frederic de Paula Malim [born 1984], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Evelyn Sophie Joan, in Los Angeles, 10 February, 2021, a sister for Jack.

Antonia is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Peter Plunkett, of Herefordshire.

Guy Malim is a son of Andrew Frederick de Paul Malim [born 1943], of Gloucestershire, and Mrs Beverley Joan Malim [nee Searle], of Perthshire.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Sir John Nigel Courtenay James, KCVO, CBE, FRICS 1935-2021

 _. John 'Jimmy' James, KCVO, CBE, FRICS, who died 16 February, 2021, aged 85, was Secretary and Keeper of the Records, Duchy of Cornwall, 1993-97;  Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, 1971-2000; a Crown Estate Commissioner 1984-99, and a member of the Prince of Wales's Council, 1984-97.

He was born 31 March, 1935, son of Frank Courtenay James [1900-41] and his wife the former Beryl May Wilford Burden [1903-82].

He married 18 Nov, 1961, Elizabeth Jane St Clair-Ford [1937-2018], scion of the St Clair-Ford baronets, daughter of Lieutenant-Commander Drummond St Clair-Ford, RN [1907-1942] and his wife the former Norah Elizabeth Maberly [1911-99], by whom he had issue, a son, Simon, and a daughter, Annabel.

He was appointed CBE in 1990, and KCVO in 1997.

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Lieutenant-Commander Bernard Peter Fane de Salis, RN 1936-2021

 _.Bernard Peter Fane de Salis died 14 February, 2021. He was 84.

He was born 15 December, 1936, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Count Peter Francis Fane de Salis [1902-82], and his wife the former Winifred Alice d'Anyers Willis [1910-77].

Bernard's mother, Winifred, was a granddaughter, maternally, Clotworthy Skeffington, the 11th Viscount Massereene [1842-1905], and she and her issue are in remainder to the Viscountcy of Massereene and the Barony of Loughneagh. The Counts de Salis descend from the Fane Earls of Westmorland.

Bernard Fane de Salis married 5 Aug, 1967, Monica Juanita Bower [born 27 Dec, 1944], daughter of Commander Robert Tatton Bower, RN [1894-1975], and his wife the Hon Henrietta May Caribbea Strickland [1903-1975], daughter of the 1st [and last] Baron Strickland [1861-1940].

He leaves a widow and two sons, Piers [born 1969], and Hugo [born 1971].

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Smyly/Weulen Kranenberg engagement

  _.The engagement was announced 18 February, 2021, between Hugo Richard Seymour Smyly [born 15 June, 1990], descended from the Barons Buckland, eldest son of Captain [Richard] Mark Smyly [born 1943], of the 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers, of Kingston Lisle, Oxfordshire, and the Hon Harriet Lucy Smyly [nee Beckett, born 18 February, 1961], of East Garston, Berkshire, and Sanderijn M. Wuelen Kranenberg, daughter of Mr and Mrs Ruurd Weulen Kranenberg, of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Hugo Smyly is a grandson paternally of Col. Dennis Douglas Pilkington Smyly, DSO, of the 16th/5th Queen's Royal Lancers, who married  1939, the Hon Dorothy Margaret Berry, one of the five daughter of the 1st Baron Buckland [1877-1928]. 

Hugo Smyly is a grandson maternally of Brigadier the 4th Baron Grimthorpe [1915-2003], of Westow Hall, York, and his wife the former Lady Elizabeth Lumley, DCVO [1925-2020], sometime Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, daughter of the 11th Earl of Scarbrough, KG [1896-1969].

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Lena Mary Holdsworth Hunt [born 2021]

 _. Beth M. Holdsworth Hunt [nee Horne], wife of Piers Richard Holdsworth Hunt [born 1980], gave birth to a daughter, Lena Mary, 14 February, 2021.

Beth Holdsworthn Hunt is a daughter of Mr & Mrs John Horne, of St Saviour, Jersey.

Piers, a descendant of the Barons Braybrooke, is the younger son of Mr Christopher Holdsworth Hunt [born 2 August, 1942], of Holland Park, London, and his 2nd wife Mrs Joanne Lesley Starr Minoprio, née Reynolds.

Piers Holdsworth Hunt is a grandson of Maj. Peter Holdsworth Hunt [1917-96], and his first wife the former Monica Neville [who died 1969], scion of the Braybrooke barons. Monica married 12 May, 1955, the third of her four husbands, and as his third wife, Lt-Col Thomas William Arnold Anson, styled Viscount Anson [1913-58], son and heir of the 4th Earl of Lichfield [1883-1960].

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Campbell/McCann engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 12 February, 2021, between Frederick A.J. Campbell [born 1991], scion of the Campells of Airds, the second son of John Patrick [Johnny] Campbell Yr of Airds [born 1961], of Taynuilt, Argyll, and his wife the former Caroline Elizabeth Jane Adam, and Imogen L.B. McCann, younger daughter of Air Commodore Ken McCann, CBE, of Oakham, Rutland, and Mrs Angela Glover, of Stamford, Lincolnshire.

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Son for Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

 _. Rose Leslie, actress wife of actor Kit Harington, has given birth to their first child, a son.

The couple, who married 23 June, 2018, starred together in the Game of Thrones series.

Christopher Catesby (Kit) Harington (born 1986), scion of the Harington baronets, is the younger son of Sir David Richard Harington, 15th Baronet (born 1944), by his wife the former Deborah Jane Catesby.

Rose Leslie, is the former Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie (b 1987), daughter of Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, 14th of Warthill, by his wife the former Candida Mary Sibyl Weld, scion of that landed family.

Both Kit and Rose have royal ancestry, and both are descended from the Merrie Monarch, Charles II. Kit descends from King Charles II and Louise de Penancoet de la Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, and Rose descends from the monarch and his mistress Barbara Villiers. 

Rose is descended from Charles II and his mistress Barbara Palmer, Duchess of Cleveland, via their illegitimate daughter, Charlotte Lee, Countess of Lichfield.

Kit's Royal line of descent:-

Charles II-->Charles Lennox 1st Duke of Richmond-->Lady Anne Lennox-->Lady Caroline Keppel-->Elizabeth Adair -->Frances Barrington-->Hon Henry Legge-->Lois Legge-->Lavender Denny-->Sir David Harington-->Kit Harington

Rose's Royal line:-

Charles II-->Charlotte Lee, Countess of Lichfield-->George, 2nd Earl of Lichfield-->Lady Anne Lee-->Thomas Clifford-->Laura Maria Mary Clifford-->Filumena March Phillipps de Lisle-->Humphrey Weld-->Humphrey Joseph Giles Weld-->Candida Weld-->Rose Leslie

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Elizabeth Mary Tudway Quilter [nee Carew Pole] 1929-2021

 _. Elizabeth Mary Tudway Quilter [nee Carew Pole] scion of the Carew Pole baronets, died 14 February, 2021. She was 91. She shared, with Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, descent from the Cavendish-Bentinck Dukes of Portland.

She was born 14 April, 1929, daughter of Sir John Gawen Carew Pole, 12th Baronet [1902-1993], and his 1st wife the former Cynthia Mary Burns [died 1977], descended from the Dukes of Portland, now extinct.

She married 30 Oct, 1953, Capt David Cuthbert Quilter, afterwards Tudway Quilter [1921-2007], scion of the Quilter baronets, and a High Sheriff of Somerset, and Vice-Lord Lieutenant of the County, 1978-95, son of Percy Cuthbert Quilter [1879-1947], and his wife the former Gladys Clare Alice Tudway [1889-1973], by whom she had issue, a son, Simon, and three daughters, Susan, Melanie and Lucy.

Descent from the Cavendish-Bentinck family:-

William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland [prime minister] 1738-1809-->Lord Frederick Cavendish-Bentinck [1781-1828]-->George Cavendish-Bentinck [1821-1891]--> William Cavendish-Bentinck [1854-1909]-->Ruth Cavendish-Bentinck [b 1883]-->Cynthia Burns [d 1977]-->Elizabeth Mary Carew Pole [1929-2021].

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Duffy/Guy engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 17 February, 2021, between Finbar Duffy, son of Mr & Mrs Keith Duffy, of Margate, Kent, and Victoria Hannah Guy [born 1989], eldest daughter of Mr [Ronald] John Guy, of Almeria, Spain, and Miss Lucinda M. Peyton-Jones [born 1954], of Wandsworth, London, descended from the Barons Ebury.

Victoria Guy's descent from the Grosvenor family:-

Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster [1767-1845]-->Robert Grosvenor, 1st Baron Ebury [1801-93]-->Hon Norman Grosvenor [1845-98]-->Margaret Grosvenor-->Jeremy Peyton-Jones-->Lucinda Peyton-Jones [b 1954]-->Victoria Hannah Guy [b 1989]


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Oliver John Diggle 1934-2021

_.Oliver John Diggle died 10 February, 2021, aged 86. He was a son of Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Wyndham Diggle, MC [1891-1972], and his wife the former Evelyn May Crosland [1897-1989]; married 5 December, 1970, the Hon Horatia Marion Waldegrave [born 1 Aug, 1941], scion of the Barons Radstock, daughter of Commander the Hon John Montagu Granville Waldegrave [1905-44], and his wife the former Lady Hersey Margaret Boyle [1914-93], scion of the Earls of Glasgow.

He leaves a son, John Wyndham Hugh [Jack], born 1974, and two daughters, Rowena [born 1972] and Emma [born 1977].

Royal lineage of Oliver's wife:

James II King of England-->Henrietta FitzJames-->1st Earl Waldegrave-->3rd Earl Waldegrave-->1st Baron Radstock-->2nd Baron Radstock-->3rd Baron Radstock-->5th Baron Radstock-->Cdr John Waldegrave-->Horatia Waldegrave

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Fearon/Rattle engagement

 The engagement was announced 16 February, 2021, between Christopher Nicholas Fearon [born 1991], son of [William] Guy Rupert Fearon [born 1955], of Gasper, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Cristina Gabrielle Negretti [born 28 December, 1956], scion of that landed gentry family, & Kitty-Rose Rattle, daughter of Mr & Mrs James Rattle, of Cape Town, South Africa.

Christopher Fearon's grandfather, Peter Noel Negretti [1916-2010], married 27 Oct, 1951, Ann Caroline Eden [1923-2017], scion of the Eden baronets, and a niece of Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon [1897-1977], prime minister 1955-57, &c.

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The 4th Earl of Selborne, GBE, FRS, DL 1940-2021

 _. The Earl of Selborne, GBE, FRS, DL, died at his home 12 February, 2021. The ecological expert and businessman was 80.

John Roundell Palmer was the 4th Earl of Selborne, Viscount Wolmer and Baron Selborne. He served as Chancellor of Southampton University, and was President of the Royal Geographical Society [with the Institute of British Geographers].

He was one of the hereditary peers elected to remain in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, sitting as a Conservative. He re-designated as non-affiliated in September 2019 and retired from the House on 26 March 2020.

He was born 24 March, 1940, his father, William Matthew Palmer, styled Viscount Wolmer [1912-42], was accidentally killed by a shell on active service, in Oct 1942. His mother, the former Priscilla Egerton-Warburton [1915-2010], was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He succeeded to the three peerages on the death of his grandfather, the 3rd Earl of Selborne, 3 Sept, 1971.

Lord Selborne married 19 December, 1969, Diana van Antwerp James [born 1946], daughter of Evan Maitland James [1911-2008], of Upwood Park, Abingdon, by whom he had three sons, William, Luke and George, and a daughter, Emily.

He was appointed KBE in 1987, advanced to GBE in 2011, FRS 1991.

The eldest son, William Lewis Palmer, styled Viscount Wolmer [born 1 Sept, 1971], succeeds as 5th Earl of Selborne.


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Diana Maria Gosling [nee de Rin] 1930-2021

 _. Diana Maria Gosling, who died 9 February, 2021, was descended from the Howard Earls of Carlisle [and their ancestors the Dukes of Norfolk].

She was born in 1930, the daughter of Angelo Victor John de Rin [known in Italy as the Nobile de Rin de Capodistria [born c 1884, and who died 27 May, 1944], and his wife the former Blanche Esther Muriel Howard [1904-94].

She married in 1955, Hilary George Alfred Gosling, by whom she had a son, Oliver, and three daughters, Jane, Rosemary and Veronica.

Lineage: Frederick Howard, 5th Earl of Carlisle [1748-1825]-->Hon Frederick Howard [b 1785-killed at Waterloo, 1815]--.>Frederick John Howard [1814-97]--->Gerald Howard [1853-1945]--->Blanche Howard [1904-94]--->Diana Maria de Rin [1930-2021]

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Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton has announced his engagement

 _. Lord Mowbray, Seagrave and Stourton, head of one of Britain's senior Roman Catholic dynasties, and holder of three ancient English peerages, has announced his engagment just weeks after succeeding his father.

James Charles Peter Stourton, the 28th Baron Mowbray, the 29th Baron Segrave, and the 25th Baron Stourton [born 12 Dec, 1991], has announced his engagement to Anna Maria R. Sparrow [born 1992], daughter of Mr Edward C.A. Sparrow [born 1953], of East Molesey, Surrey, and his wife the former Jane A.I. Jefferson [born 1954]. 

Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton is the only son of the late Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton [1953-2021], of Allerton Park, Knaresborough, and his wife the former Penelope Lucy [Nell] Brunet.

James succeeded to his father's peerages only three weeks ago when his father died tragically at his North Yorkshire home following a fall.

The family has a fascinating history. 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.

The future Lady Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton has six siblings - Tamsin [born 1980], Benedicte [born 1982], Christopher [born 1985], Charles [born 1989], and twins Edward and Catriona [born 1995]

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Sir William Macpherson of Cluny, 27th Chief of the Clan Macpherson 1926-2021

 _. Sir William Macpherson of Cluny [and Blairgowrie]; Cluny Macpherson; 27th Chief of the Clan Macpherson, died 14 February, 2021, aged 94. His home was Newton Castle, Blairgowrie, Perthshire.

Sir William was a Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division, 1983-1996. He was knighted in 1983.

He was born 1 April, 1926, son of Brigadier Alan David Macpherson, DSO, MC, RA [who died 1969] and Catharine Richardson Hill.

He married firstly, in 1962, Sheila McDonald Brodie [who died 30 Oct, 2003], by whom he had two sons, Jamie and Alan [who died in 2007], and one daughter, Annie.

He was educated at Wellington College, and Trinity College, Oxford.

Career: Called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, 1952, Bencher 1978; QC 1971; a Recorder of the Crown Court 1972-83; Presiding Judge, Northern Circuit, 1985-88; President of Interception of Communications Tribunal, 1990-2000; Member of the Bar Council and Senate, 1981-83; Hon Member, Northern Circuit, 1987. Served in the Scots Guards, 1944-47; Commanded [Lt-Col] 21st Special Air Service Regiment [TA] 1962-65, Hon Colonel 1983-91; Member of the Queen's Body Guard for Scotland, Royal Company of Archers from 1977, Brigadier 1989.

He is succeeded as Clan Chief by his son, James Brodie Macpherson, Yr of Cluny [born 5 June, 1972]. He married in 2002, the Hon Anne Alexandra Macpherson [b 18 May, 1977], daughter of the 2nd Baron Macpherson of Drumochter [1924-2008].

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Commander Rupert Thomas Nicholas Best, DL, RN 1943-2021

 _. Commander Rupert Thomas Nicholas Best, DL, who died 3 February, 2021, aged 77, was a scion of the Barons Wynford.

He was born 15 May, 1943, son of Rear-Admiral Thomas William Best, CB [1915-84], and his wife the former Brenda Joan Hallaby, and was a great-grandson of the 5th Baron Wynford [1838-1904].

He married in 1971, Margaret [Maggie] Murray, daughter of Maj. Alan Murray, by whom he had issue, two sons, Thomas Matthew, and William Rupert, and a daughter, Sarah.

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Second baby for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

 _. It has been announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their second child.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex (nee [Rachel] Meghan Markle, born 4 Aug, 1981), is the wife of HRH The Duke of Sussex, KCVO (born 15 Sept, 1984), younger son of HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Duchess of Sussex gave birth to their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, at the Portland Hospital, London, 6 May, 2019.

Archie, the fourth grandchild of the Prince of Wales, follows his grandfather, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and his father, in line of succession to the throne. 

The infant will be the tenth great-grandchild of the Queen, and will not be born a prince or princess with the qualification of Royal Highness. . That rank is reserved only for the children and male line grandchildren of the Sovereign.

In a complete break with tradition and with the laws governing peerages, and the children of peers, it was announced in 2019 that Archie would not use a courtesy title associated with the Dukedom of Sussex.

It was expected that Archie would be styled as Earl of Dumbarton, which is Prince Harry's earldom, created with the Dukedom of Sussex and Barony of Kilkeel in May, 2018.

A Palace statement announced that no courtesy titles would be borne by the seventh in line to the throne, and that he will be known as Master Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

The eldest son of a duke by custom uses one of his father's peerages as a 'courtesy' title, but like his younger brothers he is also 'Lord' [Christian name] Surname, and was born so, and will be recorded as such at the College of Arms. Harry and Meghan's second child will be born Lord or Lady [Christian name] Mountbatten-Windsor. This courtesy title will not be granted or bestowed by the Queen at birth as it is an automatic qualification. 

In cases where a person succeeds to a peerage from a cousin or relation other than a parent then the siblings of that new peer do not automatically assume courtesy titles, and apply to the Crown to be so granted. Claims are reviewed and when approved the Crown Office issues the following:

'Her Majesty has been graciously pleased by Warrant under her Royal Signet and Sign Manual bearing the date …. to ordain and declare that …..(name of person seeking courtesy title) .. shall henceforth have, hold and enjoy the same title, rank, place, pre-eminence and precedence as the children of a ….Duke/Marquess/Earl/Viscount/Baron... as would have been due to them had their father … (his name)… succeeded to the title and dignity of Duke of …….and to command that the said Royal Concession and Declaration be recorded in Her Majesty's College of Arms.'

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, being born the son of Duke, was born Lord Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor as a legal entity. 

The Queen, Head of the Royal House of Windsor, declared by Letters Patent in 1960 that her male line descendants who were not Royal Highnesses or princes or princesses would have the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, to complement her husband, Prince Philip, who had assumed the surname of Mountbatten when he was naturalized a British subject in 1947.

Harry and Meghan's children now share this surname with the children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who do not use the royal style and title of HRH.

The decision of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to deny their son a courtesy title is I think unique in the annals of the peerage.

Several peers, or relatives of peers with courtesy titles, do decide not to be so styled. And of course peerages can be disclaimed, within a time limit, under the terms of the Peerages Act 1963. Peers in the Peerage of Ireland and baronets cannot disclaim under the terms of the act.

But how many peers announce that their offspring will not enjoy the courtesy titles associated with their peerages?

Under the terms of the Letters Patent creating Harry's dukedom, on 19 May, 2018, the descent of the title is vested in his heirs male 'lawfully begotten'. Archie is destined, should he survive his father, to succeed as 2nd Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

If the second child of the Sussexes is a boy then he, like his brother, will be in remainder to the three peerages held by Prince Harry. A daughter cannot inherit the dukedom, earldom or barony.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Pamela Joan Crundall Thicknesse 1923-2021

_. Pamela Joan Crundall Thicknesse, died 4 February, 2021, aged 97.

She was born in 1923, a daughter of the Rev Canon Douglas Murray Salmon [1884-1970], of The Well House, Banstead, Surrey, and his wife the former Marjorie Joan Crundall Day [1885-1975]; and married 20 June, 1944, the Rev. Ralph Thicknesse, MA [b 11 Oct, 1921, d. 1985].

Her husband, vicar of Old Basing 1953-59, of Waresley and Abbotsley 1959-67, and Rector of Doddington, Cambridge, was head of the landed gentry family, of Thicknesse formerly of Beech Hill, son of the Very Rev Cuthbert Carroll Thicknesse [1887-1971], Dean of St Albans and Chaplain to HM King George V, by his wife Rhoda Oonah Marjorie Pratt [1893-1981].

 Mrs Thicknesse leaves a son, Ralph Thomas Thicknesse [who was born 7 July, 1965], and four daughters, Sarah [born 1945], Joanna [born 1946], Anne [born 1950], and Caroline [born 1954].

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Philippa Margaret Fraser [nee Guise] 1926-2021

 __.Philippa Margaret Fraser, who died 30 January, 2021, aged 94, was a scion of the Guise baronets, and widow of Fraser of Lovat scion. Her home was Moniack Castle, Inverness.

She was born 10 June, 1926, daughter of Sir Anslem William Edward Guise, 6th Baronet [1888-1970], and his wife the former Nina Margaret Sophie Grant [died 1991], scion of the Grant baronets.

She married 1 July, 1950, Maj. Alastair Hugh Joseph Fraser [1919-86], scion of the Lords Lovat, son of Maj. the Hon Alastair Thomas Joseph Fraser [1877-1949], and his wife the Lady Sibyl Grimston [1887-1968], daughter of the 3rd Earl of Verulam [1852-1924], &c.

She had six children, of whom five survive. Her elder daughter, Arabella [1959-2011], was wife of the 7th Baron Huntingfield [born 10 Aug, 1954].

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Vivian Mary Raymonde Sweeney 1928-2021

 _. Vivian Mary Raymonde Sweeney [nee Eyre], who died 25 January, 2021, aged 92, was descended from the Rose baronets.

She was born Vivian Mary Raymonde Eyre, 29 August, 1928, daughter of Wilfred Gerald Eyre, and his wife the former Marjorie Winifred Rose [1900-1994]; married in 1949, John Sweeney, of Denver, Colorado, by whom she had four sons and three daughters.

Rose Lineage:-

Sir Philip Rose, 2nd Bt [1843-1919]-->Philip Rose [1869-1917]-->Marjorie Rose [1900-94]-->Vivian Eyre [1928-2021]

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Juno Zennor Boudicca Nott [born 2021]

_. Araminta Hermione M [Minty] Nott [née Nicholson, born 1990], wife of William Richard Keith Nott [born 1991], gave birth to a daughter, Juno Zennor Boudicca, 3 February, 2021.

Minty Nott is a daughter of Guy Nicholson, of Hackney, London, and his wife, nee Archer.

William Nott is a son of Julian Franklin Keith Nott [born 23 August, 1960], of St Erth, Cornwall, the film composer, and his wife the former Madeleine Hall. Julian Nott has composed music for animated films, including Wallace and Grommit and Pepa Pig. 

Baby Juno is a great-granddaughter for the Rt Hon Sir John Nott, KCB, PC [born 1 Feb, 1932], the former Conservative MP and Cabinet Minister who was Secretary of State for Defence in the Falklands War.

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Lord Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton 1953-2021

 _. The Lord Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton has died 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.

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Henrietta Lucy Harkness Ellis [born 2021]

 _. Alice Elizabeth Ellis [born 1986, nee Harkness] wife of Christopher Stephen Ferrari Ellis [born 1987], gave birth to a daughter, Henrietta Lucy Harkness, 29 January, 2021, a sister for Percy Livio Harkness, who was born 17 June, 2019.

Christopher Ellis is a son of Stephen J Ellis by his wife the former Caroline D.M. Ferrari.

Alice is a daughter of John Martin Harkness by his late wife the former Lucinda Lubbock [1948-99], scion of the Barons Avebury.

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Charles Mark James Linnell [born 2021]

 _. Rebecca Mary Linnell [born 1991, nee Culverwell] wife of Harry Charles Francis Linnell [born 1990], gave birth to a son, Charles Mark James, 24 January, 2021.

Rebecca is a scion of the Culverwell landed gentry family, daughter of [Anthony] James Culverwell [born 5 Aug, 1956], and his wife, the former Catriona Andrew [born 1956].

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David Thomas Wale Altham 1945-2021

 _. David Thomas Wale Altham, who died 8 February, 2021, aged 75, was a scion of that landed gentry family, of Timbercombe.

He was born in 1945, son of Group Capt John Barrett Altham [1909-2000], head of the landed family, and his wife the former Hon Elizabeth Oona McNair [1913-1992], daughter of the 1st Baron McNair [1885-1975].

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Aeneas Ranald Euan MacDonell of Glengarry, 23rd Chief of Glengarry 1941-2021

 _.Aeneas Ranald Euan MacDonell of Glengarry, 23rd Chief of Glengarry, died 30 January, 2021. He was 79.

He was born 11 November, 1941, the elder son of of Air Commodore Aeneas Ranald Donald MacDonell of Glengarry, CB, DFC, 22nd Chief of Glengarry [1913-1999], and his first wife the former Diana Dorothy Keane [1915-80], scion of the Keane baronets.

He married in 1969 [div 1996], [Dorothy] Anne Hind, daughter of Stanley James Hind, of Guildford, Surrey, by whom he had two daughters, Fiona Jane [born 1971], and Victoria Ann [born 1972].

Clan MacDonell of Glengarry is a branch of Clan Donald taking its name from Glen Garry where the river Garry runs eastwards through Loch Garry to join the Great Glen about 16 miles (25 km) north of Fort William. The principal families descended from the house of Glengarry were the McDonells of Barrisdale, in Knoydart, Greenfield, and Lundie.

The MacDonells of Glengarry claim descent from Donald, one of the five sons of Ranald (d.1386), chief of Clanranald. The parents of Ranald (d.1386) were John of Islay, Lord of the Isles, 6th chief of Clan Donald and Ami MacRuairi the heiress to the chiefship of Clanranald.

The two distant relatives, John of Islay and Amie MacRuairi both descend from Ranald (d.1207), son of King Somerled. They married and their son Ranald (d.1386) became chief of Clanranald. Ranald was also expected to succeed his father, John of Islay as chief of Clan Donald. However John of Islay later married Margaret Stewart, the daughter of Robert II of Scotland. They had a son called Donald who became the next chief of Clan Donald.

Ranald (d.1386) had five sons. One of these five, Alan (d.1430) succeeded him as chief. Another of the five sons, Donald (d.1420) became chief of the MacDonells of Glengarry.

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Orlando Valentine Lowry Cole [born 2021]

 __.Laura Rose Cole [nee Bulwer-Long, born 1979], wife of Arthur Berkeley David Cole [born 1983], scion of the Earls of Enniskillen, gave birth to a son, Orlando Valentine Lowry, 2 February, 2021, a brother for Finbar Arthur Bulwer, who was born 6 August, 2017.

Laura is a daughter of Capt Timothy Hetherington Earle Bulwer-Long [born 1942], scion of that landed gentry family, and his wife the former Rosamond Aileen Coote, scion of the Coote baronets.

Arthur Cole, descended from the 4th Earl of Enniskillen, is a son of Richard Lowry Cole [born 1956], and his 1st wife the former Susan Elizabeth Allen.

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Edoardo Hugh Italo Tersigni [born 2021]

 _. Emma Grace Tersigni [nee Edmeades, born 1989], wife of Danilo Tersigni, gave birth to a son, Edoardo Hugh Italo, 27 January, 2021.

Danilo is the eldest son of Signor and Signora Donato Tersigni, of Sora, Italy, and Emma, a scion of the Edmeades landed genty family, is the daughter of [Evelyn] Hugh Edmeades [born 1956], of Wandsworth, London, and his wife the former Deborah M. Palmer.

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Friday, February 12, 2021

Caroline Arnott 1934-2021

 _. Caroline Arnott, who died 1 February, 2021, aged 86, was a scion of the Arnott baronets.

She was born 28 Apr, 1934, daughter of Maj. Thomas John Arnott [1899-1979], and his wife the former Lettice Mary Crompton-Roberts [1903-86], and was a granddaughter of Maj. Sir John Alexander Arnott, 2nd Baronet [1853-1940]. She was unm.

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India Rose Farquhar Farrall [born 2021]

 _. Amelia K. Farrall [nee Farquhar], wife of Flight Lieutennt [Alexander] James Farrall [born 1985], gave birth to a daughter, India Rose Farquhar, 9 February, 2021, a sister for Huxley Arthur Farquhar, born 26 January, 2018.

James Farrall is the elder son of Mr Paul Farrall, of Tutshill, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Bridget Gower.

Amelia Farrall is the youngest daughter of Mr & Mrs James Farquhar, of Inchaffray, Perthshire.

Amelia Farrall's elder sister, Alice, is the wife of Andrew Robert Richard Vernon (b 1979), scion of the Barons Lyveden (UK 1859). 

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Simon James Wykeham Wickham 1969-2021

 _. Simon James Wykeham Wickham died from cancer, 9 February, 2021, aged 51. He was descended from the Barons Lawrence.

He was born in 1969, son of Robin Herbert Wickham [born 1943], and his wife the former Teresa Marie Byrne [born 1947]. His grandfather, Wing Commander Vincent George Byrne [who died in 1978], married 8 Feb, 1945, the Hon Nona Georgette Lawrence[1922-2012], daughter of the 3rd Baron Lawrence [1878-1947].

He married firstly, in 2000, [Mary] Arabella M. Monro [born 1974], descended from the Earls of Portsmouth, daughter of Capt James Michael Monro [born 1936], by his wife the former Anne Leicester [born 1941] whom he had issue, three children, Maximus [born 2000], Alexander [Sascha] [born 2002], and Lucia [born 2005]. 

He leaves a widow, Sharon, and two step-daughters.

Arabella Wickham's descent from the Earls of Portsmouth.

Newton, 4th Earl of Portsmouth-->Lady Henrietta Fellowes [d 1880]-->Maj Nugent Chichester [1827-1908]-->Edward Chichester [b 1866-]-->Mary Chichester [b 7 Apr 1910]-->Anne Leicester [b 1941-]-->Arabella Monro [b 1974]

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mary Elaine Tucker [nee Wigram] 1951-2021

 _. Mary Elaine Tucker [nee Wigram], who died 2 February, 2021, aged 69, was a scion of the Wigram baronets.

She was born 5 December, 1951, a daughter of Michael Lewis Wigram [1918-1983], by his wife the former Dorothea Mary Wood [died 1964]; married 1977, Anthony Laurence Tucker, by whom she had two sons, John and Mark, and a daughter, Sarah.

Sir Robert Wigram, 1st Bt-->Rev William Pitt Wigram-->Lewis Wigram-->Oswald Wigram-->Michael Wigram-->Mary Elaine Wigram [1951-2021].

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Alice Violet Jane Digby [born 2021]

 _. The Hon Jessica Frances Digby [née Murray Smith], wife of the Hon Edward St Vincent Kenelm Digby [born 5 September, 1985], gave birth to a daughter, Alice Violet Jane, 3 February, 2021, in London, a sister for twins, Henry and Milo, born 17 March, 2018.

The Hon Edward Digby is the son and heir of the 13th Baron Digby [born 6 January, 1954], of Minterne, Dorchester, by his first wife the former Susan Watts.

Jessica Digby is a daughter of David Murray Smith, of Chiswick, and his wife the former Joanne Sargent.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Eugenie and Jack's son: could he be a York?

 _. Royal watchers are on tip toe with excitement over the choice of names that Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank has selected for their infant son. I have delved into the branches of Jack's family tree to find some clues.

The baby is the first child for the princess, 30, and husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, and a first grandchild for the Duke of York and for Sarah Duchess of York. The infant is the ninth great-grandchild of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Master Brooksbank [he has no courtesy title] who weighed in at 8lb 1oz, was born at 8:55am,  9 February, 2021, London's Portland Hospital, where Eugenie was born in 1990, and where Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born in 2019.

The baby is eleventh in line of succession to the throne, following his mother, who is in tenth place, and displacing the Earl of Wessex, who drops to 12th position.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank married at St George's Chapel, Windsor, 12 October, 2018. 

The most recent birth in the Brooksbank family was last summer, when Amy Brooksbank, wife of Jack's younger brother, Thomas George, gave birth to a son, named Wilfred Stamp Ewing Brooksbank. 

The family do tend to go for family surnames as christian names, and it's a tradition going back generations. 

One of Jack's middle names is Stamp. His late grandfather, Stamp Godfrey Brooksbank, who died four years ago was named Stamp in honour of an ancestor of that surname. Interestingly, Stamp Brooksbank was the son of an Edward York Brooksbank, a North Yorkshire landowner, who died as the result of a car accident in 1935. Edward York Brooksbank was named after his grandmother, Lucy Mary York, a member of a landed gentry family, seated at Wighill Park, North Yorkshire.

If Eugenie and Jack were to give their son the middle of name of York it would be a nod to both sides of the family. Eugenie, born Princess Eugenie of York, and her elder sister Beatrice cannot succeed to the title Duke of York as it can only descend to heirs male. The use of the name York would keep the name alive.

The trend for including what is usually a surname as a christian name is not common in the royal family. Prince Michael of Kent, born in 1942, has the name Franklin in honour of the wartime US president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and of course the Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave Archie the middle name of Harrison, at his birth in 2019. It is not known why Harry and Meghan selected Harrison. 

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

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

Jack's great-grandfather Major the Hon Sir John Spencer Coke [1880-1957]. I do not think for one minute that we are about to see a Spencer Brooksbank. That would be a slight to cousins William and Harry.

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Scrope/Staveley engagement

 __. The engagement was announced 10 February, 2021, uniting two Yorkshire landed dynasties. Edward Ralph William Scrope [born 1989], is set to marry Miranda Alice Staveley [born 1988].

Edward is the younger son of Major Peter Geoffrey Scrope [born 1955], of Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Penelope Eldrydd Davies [born 1955].

Miranda is the youngest daughter of Richard Staveley [born 1955], of Warnford, Hampshire, and Mrs Nicola Anne Staveley [born 1956, nee Cornell], of East Meon, Hampshire.

The Scrope family (pronounced "Scroop") are seated at Danby, the family's 1,500-acre estate in North Yorkshire. The family descend from one of Edward the Confessor's Norman favourites, and were thus already settled in England at the time of the Conquest. The family motto, Devant si je puis (Forward if I am able), is a sardonic allusion to their name,which means "crab" in the Norman dialect. Establishing themselves in Wensleydale in the 12th century, Scropes distinguished themselves on the Crusades and in the Hundred Years War, were regularly summoned to medieval parliaments as barons, and have produced five Garter knights, and an Archbishop of York.

The Scrope coat of arms, Azure a bend or, was one of the earliest to be adopted and, to amateurs of heraldry, is a celebrated curiosity. Campaigning in Scotland in 1385, Richard, Lord Scrope of Bolton, was aghast to see it borne by a fellow knight, Sir Richard le Grosvenor. The matter was tried in the Court of Chivalry – John of Gaunt, Harry "Hotspur" and Geoffrey Chaucer all giving evidence on Scrope's behalf.

Depositions were conveniently heard in York Minster, the family burial place, where the Scrope arms were prominently on display, as they were – in glass, alabaster and stone – in more than 40 other churches in Yorkshire. The court's decision in favour of Scrope has long rankled with the Grosvenors. Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, was to name his famous racehorse (the 1880 Derby winner) Bend Or, and it was also his nickname for his grandson, the 2nd Duke, whose chestnut hair reminded him of the horse. For their part, the proud Scropes sport a distinctive family tie, based on their arms, of blue with diagonal gold stripes.

Ed Scrope descends from a junior branch of the family which succeeded to the headship in 1630. Christopher Scrope was by that time a convicted recusant and knew better than to press his claim to the titles and estates. Christopher's son seated himself at Danby-on-Yore, in the heart of the Scrope country, which the family had acquired through an heiress in 1576. Largely rebuilt in the 16th century, Danby Hall incorporates one of the most southerly examples of a peel tower, dating from the early 14th century. A small chamber at the top of the "old Tower" served as a chapel, the only place of Catholic worship for miles around. In the early 1800s a capacious priest's hole was rediscovered at the back of a fireplace. Generations of Scropes were barred, as Catholics, from public office. Their sons were sent abroad, with false identities, for their schooling. Forbidden to own any horse worth more than £5, they depended on kindly Protestant neighbours to hold them in their own names. The Scrope who bred Danby Cade, a famous 18th-century racehorse, was not his legal owner. "Penal times" ended with the passing of the Catholic Relief Act in 1829. Scrope of Danby petitioned in vain for the earldom of Wiltshire, but retained the heraldic supporters (a pair of Cornish choughs) that the family claim by prescription – supporters being an honour usually afforded only to peers and knights grand cross under Royal Warrant.

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The Baron Fraser of Corriegarth 1946-2021

 _. Lord Fraser of Corriegarth, a Conservative life peer, died 6 February, 2021, aged 74. He was a treasurer of the Conservative Party, a stockbroker and banker.

Alexander Andrew Macdonell Fraser, was born 2 December, 1946, son of Walter Ian Reid Fraser [1911-89], a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, who was created a life peer in 1975 as Baron Fraser of Tullybelton, PC, by his wife the former Ursula Cynthia Gwendolen Macdonnell.

He was educated at Eton College and St John's College, Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After graduation, he worked at various jobs in the financial sector. Including: CEO of Baring Securities in the UK; Chairman of EPL - Equity Partners Ltd., a Bangladeshi investment bank, now BRAC EPL after taken over by BRAC Bank; Chairman of Bridge Securities, a Korean company; Director of Asia Frontier Capital, and the associated AFC Umbrella Fund and AFC Umbrella Fund (Non-US),[5] a fund management company based in Hong Kong focusing on equity investments in Asian frontier countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. Fraser was also Head of Equities at Barings Bank in 1995, when it collapsed after £827 million losses resulting from poor speculative investments carried out by Nick Leeson.

In David Cameron's Resignation Honours List in 2016 he was awarded a life peerage, taking the title Baron Fraser of Corriegarth, of Corriegarth in the County of Inverness. 

Lord Fraser of Corriegarth married firstly, 1982 [divorced] Sarah, daughter of Henry Jones, of Kitsbury Orchard, Oddington, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire, by whom he had a son, Henry [born 1984]; he married secondly, 3 June, 2010, Mrs Rebecca Ramsay [born 1961], former wife of William Alan Grant Ramsay of Bowland, and daughter of John Shaw of Tordarroch, 22nd Chief of Clan Shaw and Feudal Baron of New Hall. An ancestor, [wife of the 16th Chief] was Anna daughter of Andrew Nesbitt and great-grand-daughter of Nadir Shah, Shah of Persia (1688–1747). 

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Guerin/Burnett engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 10 February, 2021, between James Robert O. Guerin [born 1990], son of Mr Benoit-Marie P.R. Guerin [born 1964], of North Yorkshire, and his former wife the former Caroline Stapylton-Thorley [now Mrs Richard Aubrey-Fletcher, of Wiltshire], & Emily Elizabeth Burnett [born 1992], daughter of Mr Christopher C.I. Burnett, of Cheshire, and his wife the former Sarah Knowles.

James Guerin's mother married, as her second husband, in 2005, Colonel Richard Edward Henry Aubrey-Fletcher [born 5 May, 1954], late the Grenadier Guards, scion of the Aubrey-Fletcher baronets.

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Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Son for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

 _. It has been announced that HRH Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank, has given birth to a son. 

The baby is the first child for the princess, 30, and husband Jack Brooksbank, 34, and a first grandchild for the Duke of York and for Sarah Duchess of York. The infant is the ninth great-grandchild of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Master Brooksbank [he has no courtesy title] who weighed in at 8lb 1oz, was born at 8:55am,  9 February, 2021, London's Portland Hospital, where Eugenie was born in 1990, and where Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born in 2019.

The baby is eleventh in line of succession to the throne, following his mother, who is in tenth place, and displacing the Earl of Wessex, who drops to 12th position.

Baby Brooksbank came into the world on the nineteenth anniversary of the death of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank married at St George's Chapel, Windsor, 12 October, 2018. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anthony Chetwynd Purefoy, MBE 1930-2021

 _. Anthony Chetwynd Purefoy, MBE, who died 4 February, 2021, aged 90, was a scion of the landed gentry family of that name, of Shalstone Manor, Buckingham.

Mr Purefoy descended from the Chester family, scions of the Barons Bagot, &c. He was born in 1930, son of the Rev Brian Mews [1898-1963], and his wife Mary Lillias Geraldine Purefoy [1898-1989]. His father assumed by deed poll the surname of Purefoy in lieu of his patronymic.

He married firstly, 1955, Shirley Clare Taylor; married 2ndly, 1975, Doreen P. Whitehead.

He leaves five children, 2 sons and 3 daughters. A son by his first wife is the actor James Purefoy [born 1964].

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Arlo Edward Roger Hinchliffe [born 2021]

 _. Laura Katherine Elizabeth Hinchliffe [born 17 March,1985, nee Elletson], wife of Charlie R. Hinchliffe, gave birth to a son, Arlo Edward Roger, in London, 30 January, 2021, a brother for Sienna.

Charlie Hinchliffe is the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Roger Hinchliffe, of East Sussex.

Laura Hinchliffe, is a scion of the Elletson landed gentry family, daughter of Philip Roger Chandos Elletson, of Huish, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Lady Alexandra Susan Marquis [born 12 January, 1961], scion of the Earls of Woolton, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Woolton [1922-69], and his wife the former Cecily Josephine Gordon-Cumming [1925-2012], a triple peeress, wife of [1] Lord Woolton, [2], the 3rd Baron Forres, & [3] the 3rd Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor.

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Monday, February 08, 2021

David Henry Houldsworth [1953- 2021]

 _. David Henry Houdsworth, died 2 February, 2021, at his home in Dallas, Morayshire, aged 67.

He was born in February, 1953, a son of Maj. Ian George Henry Houldsworth, DL [1921-63], of Dallas Lodge, Forres, Morayshire, scion of that landed gentry family of Coltness, and his wife the former Clodagh Murray [born 1928], scion of that landed family of Geanies. 

He married firstly, in 1981 [divorced 1993], Sarah Jane Hogg [born 27 Dec, 1956], daughter of John Goldsborough Hogg, and his wife the former Hon Sarah Edith Noel-Buxton [born 23 Jan, 1928], daughter of the 1st Baron Noel-Buxton [1869-1948].

David Houldsworth leaves a widow, Poppy [nee Scholes], and a daughter, Romilly [born 1997].

His sister, Joanna Clodagh Houldsworth [born 1955], is the Dowager Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, widow of the 7th Marquess of Aberdeen and Temair [1955-2020].

The Houldsworth have a descent from King Charles II and Nell Gwynn, via their son, the 1st Duke of St Albans..

The 8th Duke of St Albans [1766-1825]-->Lord Charles Beauclerk [1813-61]-->Laura Beauclerk [1849-86]-->Lady Laura Wentworth-Fitzwilliam [1869-1936]-->Katharine Douglas-->Maj Ian Houldsworth [1921-63]-->David Houldsworth [died 2021].

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Sunday, February 07, 2021

Clementine Florence Sally Neave [born 2021]

_. Camilla Fleur Neave [nee Sanderson, born 1985], wife of Richard Digby Stuart Neave [born 1987], scion of the Neave baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Clementine Florence Sally, 21 January, 2021, a sister for Atticus George Airey, who was born 2 May, 2018.

Richard Neave is a son of the Hon William Robert Sheffield Neave [born 13 Aug, 1953], and his wife the former Joanna Mary Stuart Paton, and is a grandson of the Rt Hon Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave, DSO, OBE, TD [1916-1979], and his wife the life peer Baroness Airey of Abingdon [1919-1992] [nee Diana Josceline Barbara Giffard, scion of that landed gentry family].

The infant's great-grandfather, Airey Neave, a Conservative MP was Opposition Spokesman for Northern Ireland 1974-79, and assassinated in the car park of the House of Commons, 30 March, 1979.

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Grace Lucy Shordiche-Churchward 1918-2021

 _. Grace Lucy Shordiche-Churchward [nee Walkey] died 12 January, 2021. She was 102.

She was born in 1918, a daughter of the Rev James Rowland Walkey, and his wife the former Bijou Paske.

She married 1stly, 1938 [div 1956], John Howard Cordle, MP [1912-2004], son of Ernest William Cordle. She married secondly, in July, 1956, Paul Rycaut de Shordiche Shordiche-Churchward, FRGS [1907-81], late the Coldstream Guards, the explorer, known for his participation in the 1931-1932 expedition to central Brazil to find Colonel Percy Fawcett, son of Brigadier-General Paul Rycaut Stanbury Churchward [1858-1935], of Ridware Hall, Staffordshire, by his wife the former Ooryala Mary Donisthorpe [1868-1932].

From her marriage to John Cordle she had four sons, Anthony [b 1939], Paul [b 1941], Hugh [who died in infancy in 1944] and Charles [1945-99], and a daughter, Roseanne [who died 1970].

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Saturday, February 06, 2021

Former head of MI5 to be Lord Chamberlain to the Royal Household

 _. Lord Parker of Minsmere, KCB, the former Director General of MI5, has been appointed to a senior position in the Royal Hosehold. The newly created life peer is to succeed Earl Peel as Lord Chamberlain from 1 April, 2021.

Lord Parker of Minsmere (born 1962) is a former British intelligence officer who, as Sir Andrew Parker, served as Director General of MI5 until 2020, the Security Service, which is the United Kingdom's domestic security and counter-intelligence agency.

Lord Parker's peerage, was gazetted in recent days in the name, style and title of Baron Parker of Minsmere, of Minsmere in the County of Suffolk. He was appointed KCB in 2019.

The Lord Chamberlain or Lord Chamberlain of the Household is the most senior officer of the Royal Household of the United Kingdom, supervising the departments which support and provide advice to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom while also acting as the main channel of communication between the Sovereign and the House of Lords. The office organises all ceremonial activity such as garden parties, state visits, royal weddings, and the State Opening of Parliament. They also handle the Royal Mews and Royal Travel, as well as the ceremony around the awarding of honours.

The current Lord Chamberland, the 3rd Earl Peel [born 3 Oct 1947], Lord Chamberlain since 2006, is married to the Hon Charlotte Clementine Soames [born 17 July, 1954], a granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill. Earl Peel, a North Yorkshire landowner seated at Gunnerside in Swaledale, retires from his post on 31 March, 2021.

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Anthony Tulloch Murly-Gotto 1942-2021

 _. Anthony Tulloch Murly-Gotto died 2 February, 2021. He was 78.

Born 1942. Educated at Harrow School. Gained Short Service Commission from Mons Officer Cadet School, later converted to a Regular Commission in the Royal Fusiliers. Served in British Army in Cyprus 1962, Germany 1963-1966, Middle East (Gulf) 1967- 1968, Hong Kong 1969-1971 and Northern Ireland 1971. Married 4 January, 1974, Eve Jennifer Greenwell [1939-2010], scion of the Greenwell baronets, daughter of Lt-Cdr Whitfield Ava Aynsley Greenwell [1907-77], by his wife the former Violet Rosemary Evelyn Turner [died 1988]. He married 2ndly, 1981, Penelope V. Ohlson.

He leaves a daughter, Antonia [born 15 July, 1975], from his first marriage, and a son, Capt James Tulloch Murly-Gotto [born 1984], late the Scots Guards, from his second marriage.

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Beevor/Alcock engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 6 February, 2021, between Joshua Peter Hugh Beevor [born 19 May, 1992], second son of Sir Thomas Hugh Cunliffe Beevor, 8th Baronet [born 1 Oct, 1962], of Hargham, Norfolk, and his wife the former Charlotte Louise Harvey, & Charlotte Elizabeth L. Alcock [born 1992], daughter of David A.J. Alcock, of Stratford-upon-Avon, co Warwick, and his wife the former Emma C. Jeacock.

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Coram-James/Clarke engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 6 February, 2020, between Henry Nicholas Coram-James [born 1981], son of the late John Coram-James and the Countess of Harrowby, & Theodora Roosevelt [Theo] Clarke, MP [born 1985], Conservative MP for Stafford since 2019, scion of the Clarke baronets, eldest daughter of the late Sir Charles Mansfield Tobias Clarke, 6th Baronet [1939-2019], and his wife the former Teresa Lorraine Aphrodite de Chair, scion of that landed gentry family.

Henry Coram-James's mother, the former Caroline Markes, married, 2 May, 1998, as his second wife, the 8th Earl of Harrowby [born 18 March, 1951], of Sandon Hall, Stafford.

Theo Clarke, MP is a niece, by marriage, of Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP.

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Rollo Augustus Fuller Pelly [born 2021]

 __. Felicity Mary Pelly [nee Gibbon, born 1986], wife of Freddie John Fuller Pelly [born 1986], scion of the Pelly baronets, gave birth to a son, Rollo Augustus Fuller, 2 February, 2021, a brother for Juno.

Felicity Pelly is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Peter Gibbon, of Cocking, West Sussex.

Freddie Pelly is a son of [John] Henry Patrick Fuller Pelly [born 1953], of Fordcombe, Kent, and his wife the former Susan Elizabeth Briggs.

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Friday, February 05, 2021

Wajid Khan's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage awarded to Wajid Iltaf Khan has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Khan of Burnley, of Burnley in the County of Lancashire, 4 Feb, 2021.

Lord Khan of Burnley (born 15 October 1979) is a Labour Party politician. He served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the North West England European constituency from 2017 until 2019. He sat on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Human Rights Committee, as well as the Arab Peninsula and South Asia delegations. His main policy interests include workers’ rights, youth empowerment and human rights. In December 2020, it was announced he would be conferred a Life Peerage after a nomination by Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer.

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Vernon Coaker's life peerage has been gazetted ...

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Vernon Rodney Coaker has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Coaker, of Gedling in the County of Nottinghamshire, 3 February, 2021.

Lord Coaker (born 17 June 1953) is a Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Gedling between 1997 and 2019. He also served as Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Security from 2008 to 2009, then Minister of State for Schools from 2009 to 2010, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence from 2013 to 2015 and Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from October 2011 to October 2013, and again from September 2015 until his resignation in June 2016 from the Shadow Cabinet. He lost his seat in the 2019 general election. He was nominated for a life peerage by the Leader of the Opposition.

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Topsy Malory Gordon-Harris [born 2021]

  _. Emily Rose Gordon-Harris [nee Brunel-Cohen, born 1985], wife of Charles John Gordon-Harris [born 1986], gave birth to a daughter, Topsy Malory, 20 January, 2021.

Charles is the son of John William Gordon-Harris [born 1948], of Bexhill, East Sussex, and his wife the former Christine Leonie Wilson.

Emily Gordon-Harris is the fourth daughter of Mark Patrick Brunel-Cohen [born 1949], of Sherborne, Dorset, descended from a brother of the 1st Viscount Samuel, and his his wife the former Sally Joan Culham [born 1954].

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Thursday, February 04, 2021

Jennifer Chapman's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Jennifer Chapman, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Chapman of Darlington, of Darlington in the County of Durham, 1 Feb, 2021.

Baroness Chapman of Darlington (born 25 September 1973) is a Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Darlington from 2010 until 2019 when she lost her seat to Peter Gibson of the Conservative Party with a 3,294 majority. After losing her seat, she was the chair of Keir Starmer's successful campaign in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election and is currently a senior aide to him in his role as Leader of the Labour Party. In December 2020, it was announced she would be conferred a Life Peerage after a nomination by Starmer.

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Judith Blake's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Judith Vivienne Blake, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Blake of Leeds, of Gledhow in the City of Leeds, 1b February, 2021.

Baroness Blake of Leeds, CBE (née Parsons) is a Labour politician and has been the Leader of Leeds City Council since May 2015. She is also the first woman to hold the position. In December 2020, it was announced Blake would be conferred a Life Peerage after a nomination by Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer.

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3rd Baron Vestey, GCVO, DL 1941-2021

 _. The Lord Vestey, GCVO, GCStJ, DL, the billionaire courtier 3rd Baron, died 4 February, 2021, aged 79,

A friend of The Queen and former Cheltenham Racecourse chairman Lord Vestey was Master of the Horse, 1999-2019, and a Lord in Waiting

 His late wife Celia, who died in November last year, was one of six godparents the Prince and Princess of Wales selected for Prince Harry. She and Sam Vestey were members of the Queen's inner circle.

Lord Vestey had a great influence on sport at the Home of Jump Racing. While he served as chairman from 1990 until 2011, the Cheltenham Festival was extended from three to four days, which includes the feature Gold Cup on the Friday. The peer owned and bred Karshi, the winner of the 1997 Stayers' Hurdle at the meeting.

He was born Samuel George Armstrong Vestey, 19 March, 1941, the son Capt the Hon William Vestey [1912-44], and his wife the former Helen Pamela Fullerton Melba Armstrong, and succeeded to the peerage [created in 1922], and the baronetcy [created in 1913], on the death of his grandfather, the 2nd Baron, 4 May, 1954.

He married firstly, 11 September, 1970 [divorced 1981] Kathryn Mary Eccles [died 13 Dec, 2017], daughter of John Eccles, of Moor Park, co Hertford. He married 2ndly, 22 Dec, 1981, Celia Elizabeth Knight [who died 28 Nov, 2020], a close friend of the Queen and Prince of Wales, a member of their 'racing circle', a daughter of Major [Hubert] Guy Broughton Knight, MC [1917-93], head of that landed gentry family, of Lockinge Manor, Wantage, and his wife the former Hester Loyd [1920-2002], scion of the Loyds of Lockinge. Celia's elder sister, Henrietta [born in 1946], is the retired English Thoroughbred racehorse trainer, best known as a trainer of National Hunt racehorses, wife of Terry Biddlecombe [1941-2014], the champion jockey.

From his first marriage Lord Vestey leaves two daughters, the Hon Saffron Idiens [born 27 Aug, 1971], and the Hon Flora Hall [born 22 Sept, 1978], and from his second marriage, he leaves two sons, the Hon William, and the Hon Arthur [born 1985], and a daughter, the Hon Mary Vestey [born 1992].

The elder son, the Hon William Guy Vestey [born 27 August, 1983], a former Page of Honour to the Queen, now succeeds to the peerage and baronetcy. He is married to Violet Henderson [born 1985], scion of the Barons Faringdon, and has a son and a daughter.

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[Hylton] Judith Grenville-Wells 1927-2021

 _. Dr [Hylton] Judith Grenville-Wells, who died 23 January, 2021, aged 94, was a scion of the Wells landed gentry family, formerly of Bickley Hall and Holmewood, and descended from the 1st Baron Hylton.

Dr Grenville-Wells was Emeritus Reader of crystallography, University College London.

She was born 18 January, 1927, the second daughter of Lieutenant-Commander Yvo Hedworth Fortescue Grenville Wells, RN [1893-1936], and his wife the former Clara Isabella Wheaton.

Her grandfather Hubert Hedworth Grenville Wells [1857-1904], married Ethel Mary Croft [died 1935], 5th daughter of Sir John Croft, 2nd Baronet, of Cowling Hall.

Judith's elder sister, Barbara Mandell [1920-98], was th first woman to present the news on a national television service in Britain, presenting the midday news when ITV began in 1955.

She married in 1958, Derek Milledge [1930-2000].

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Jeremy Michael Lubbock 1931-2021

 _. Jeremy Michael Lubbock, who died in Oxfordshire,  29 January, 2021, aged 89, was a scion of the Lubbock baronets [now the Barons Avebury]. He was a Grammy-winning pianist, arranger, and songwriter.

Born in Berkshire, he learned piano as a child, and discovered jazz and other American popular music in his teens. He studied architecture at Oxford University, while also occasionally performing as a jazz pianist and vocalist in clubs in London and Paris, much in the style of Nat King Cole. In the late 1950s, he made some recordings as a singer and pianist, and started a career in which he toured round the world as a performer and arranger, in which he acquired a special talent.

He moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1977, and worked on Joni Mitchell's album Mingus, and Minnie Riperton's final album Minnie. In following years, he worked with David Foster, Quincy Jones, Chicago, and many others. He won Grammy Awards for his arrangements on Chicago's "Hard Habit to Break" in 1984, and for Celine Dion's "When I Fall in Love", from the film Sleepless in Seattle, in 1994. He also received 11 additional nominations for his arrangements. As a songwriter, Lubbock co-wrote "The Best of Me", recorded by Cliff Richard, Barry Manilow, and many others.

Jeremy Lubbock was born 4 June, 1931, son of Colonel Michael Ronald Lubbock [1906-89], and his wife the former Diana Beatrice Crawley [died 1976], who was a great-granddaughter of the 1st Earl of Cranbrook [1814-1906].

He married firstly, in 1956 [div 1959], Jill Caroline Nicholls, daughter of Eric Nicholls. He married 2ndly, 6 September, 1963, Shelagh Mary Lang, daughter of Richard Lang, of Cape Province, South Africa; he married 3rdly, in 1974 [div 1987], his cousin, Philippa Harriet Chadwyck-Healey [born 13 May, 1943], scion of the baronets of that name, daughter of Lt-Col Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey, 4th Baronet [1910-86], and the former Viola Lubbock [1912-95]. 

Jeremy Lubbock leaves a son Justin [born 18 Dec, 1956], from his first marriage; a daughter, Lindsay Brigid [born 17 Mar 1965], from his second marriage, and a son, Rowan [born 23 Jan, 1981], and daughter, Holly [born 29 Aug, 1976], from his third marriage.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Hon Rosemary Goolden [nee Lowther] 1922-2021

 _. The Hon Rosemary Goolden [nee Lowther], who died 24 January, 2021, aged 98, was a scion of the Viscounts Ullswater.

She was born 25 February, 1922, as Rosemary Lowther, daughter of Major the Hon Christopher William Lowther [1887-1935], and his second wife the former Dorothy Bromey Davenport [1899-1969], scion of that landed gentry family.

Her grandfather, James Lowther [1855-1949], was Speaker of the House of Commons 1902-21, and created Viscount Ullswater in 1921. His elder son, Rosemary's father, pre-deceased him, and on his death the peerage passed to a grandson.

Rosemary Lowther was raised to the rank of a Viscount's daughter in October, 1950. She married 7 July, 1945, Douglas Cyril Aubrey Goolden [1914-2001], son of Commander Cyril Goolden [1882-1943], and his wife the former Eustine Turner [1883-1966], by whom she had issue, two sons, Michael and Alastair, and a daughter, Jill.

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Edward George Valentine [Ned] Everest [born 2021]

 ._Georgia Sophie Mirabel Everest [nee Mann, born 1991], wife of Patrick J. Everest, gave birth to a son, Edward George Valentine, to be known as Ned, 27 January, 2021.

Patrick Everest is a son of Mr Warren Everest, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, by his former wife now Mrs Michelene Collopy.

Georgia Everest is a scion of the Mann baronets, daughter of the late Edward John Mann (1961-2011), by his wife the former Daphne Clare de Courcy Hunter. Georgia's mother married secondly, 2015, Sir Edward Greenwell, 4th Baronet.

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Dame Jacqueline Foster's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Dame Jacqueline Foster, DBE, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Foster of Oxton, of Oxton in the County of Merseyside, 29 January, 2021.

Baroness Foster of Oxton (née Renshaw), is a British Conservative politician and a former Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region.

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Sir Andrew Parker's life peerage gazetted as Baron Parker of Minsmere

 _. The life peerage recently bestowed upon Sir Andrew Parker, KCB, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Parker of Minsmere, of Minsmere in the County of Suffolk.

Lord Parker of Minsmere (born 1962) is a former British intelligence officer who served as Director General of MI5 until 2020, the Security Service, which is the United Kingdom's domestic security and counter-intelligence agency.

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Gillian Merron's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Gillian Joanna Merron has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Merron, of Lincoln in the County of Lincolnshire, 28 January, 2021.

Baroness Merron (born 12 April 1959) is a British politician serving as Chief Executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews since 2014. A member of the Labour Party, she was Member of Parliament (MP) for Lincoln from 1997 to 2010 and Minister of State for Public Health from 2009 to 2010.

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Syed Kamall's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Syed Salah Kamall, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Kamall, of Edmonton in the London Borough of Enfield.

Lord Kamall (born 15 February 1967) is a Professor of Politics and International Relations at St Mary’s University, Twickenham and the Academic & Research Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs, a classical liberal think tank in London. He writes on politics, foreign affairs and international trade.

He is a former British politician who represented London as a Member of the European Parliament for the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2019. He served on the International Trade and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committees.

From 2013 to 2014 he served as Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament. In June 2014, Kamall was elected Leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists in the European Parliament.

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Peter Cruddas's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Peter Andrew Cruddas has been gazetted in the name, style, and title of Baron Cruddas, of Shoreditch in the London Borough of Hackney, 27 January, 2021.

Lord Cruddas (born 30 September 1953) is an English banker, businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of online trading company CMC Markets. In the 2007 Sunday Times Rich List, he was named the richest man in the City of London, with an estimated fortune of £860 million. As of March 2012, Forbes estimated his wealth at $1.3 billion.

Cruddas was a Conservative Party co-treasurer, June 2011-March 2012. 

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Sir Simon McDonald's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Sir Simon McDonald, KCMG, KCVO, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron McDonald of Salford, of Pendleton in the City of Salford, 27 January, 2021.

Lord McDonald of Salford [born 9 March, 1961] is a former British diplomat who was the Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service until September 2020. Sir Simon was the last professional head of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

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Stephanie Fraser's life peerage has been gazetted

 _. The life peerage recently awarded to Stephanie Mary Fraser, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Fraser of Craigmaddie, of Craigmaddie in the County of Stirlingshire, 29 January, 2021.

Stephanie Fraser [born 4 September, 1968], is the Chief Executive of Cerebral Palsy Scotland.

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Richard Benyon's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerager recently awarded to former Conservative MP Richard Benyon was gazetted 29 January, 2021, in the name, style and title of Baron Benyon, of Englefield in the Royal County of Berkshire, 

Richard Henry Ronald Benyon [born 21 October 1960] is a Conservative Party politician. He was the MP for Newbury, 2005-2019 and was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 

Lord Benyon is a scion of the Shelley baronets, son of the late Sir William Benyon [1930-2014], a great grandson of Sir John Shelley, 9th Baronet.


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Maeve Eleanor Fuller [born 2021]

 _. Rosalind Elizabeth Fuller [nee Drury, born 1 Feb, 1985], wife of James Fuller, gave birth to a daughter, Maeve Eleanor, 14 January, 2021.

James is a son of Simon Fuller and his wife Eleanor. Rosalind is a daughter of Patrick Drury, and the actress Caroline Langrishe [born 10 January, 1958], scion of the Langrishe baronets.

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Penelope Georgina Mary Bostock [nee Crossley] 1928-2021

 _. Penelope Georgina Mary [Pempe] Bostock, who died 30 January, 2021, aged 92, was a scion of the Crossley baronets and was a former Countess of Lindsay.

She was born 22 March, 1928, daughter of Anthony Crommelin Crossley [1903-39], and his wife Clare Frances Fortescue Thomson [who died 2002], and married firstly, 3 October, 1951 [div 1969], Major Henry Ronald Burn-Callander [1921-99], scion of that Scottish landed family, son of Maj. William Burn-Callander, and his wife the former Hermione Garforth; she married 2ndly, 9 June, 1969, as his second wife David Lindesay-Bethune [1926-89], then styled Viscount Garnock, son and heir of the 14th Earl of Lindsay [1901-85], and his wife the former Marjory Cross [died 1988]. Her second husband succeeded his father, 19 Oct, 1985, and died 1 Aug, 1989. She married 3rdly, in 2001, as his second wife, Godfrey Stafford Bostock [1915-2008].

Pempe Bostock leaves three daughters from her first marriage, Sarah, Victoria and Georgina [Gigi].

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