Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Peerage for Sir Amyas Charles Edward Morse, KCB

 _. The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 26 March 2021 to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon Sir Amyas Charles Edward Morse, KCB, by the name, style and title of BARON MORSE, of Aldeburgh in the County of Suffolk.

Lord Morse (born 28 June, 1949) is a member of a landed gentry family, and a Scottish auditor who, between 2009 and 2019, was the Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office, an independent Parliamentary body. Born in Glasgow, Morse led the Coopers and Lybrand practice in Scotland before moving to London to manage the London City Office, subsequently becoming executive partner of Coopers and Lybrand UK. He was a global managing partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers before he was named Comptroller and Auditor General, succeeding Sir John Bourn.


Hector Wilfred & Toby Ignatius Meadows [born 2021]

_.Katherine Alexandra [Katie] Meadows [nee Liddell, born 4 June, 1983], wife of Lloyd Meadows, gave birth to twin sons, Hector Wilfred and Toby Ignatius, 19 March, 2021, in Dubai.

Lloyd Meadows is the elder son of Mr Neil Meadows and Mrs Susan Meadows, of Surrey, and Katie Meadows is a granddaughter maternally of the 6th Viscount Knutsford [b 27 Dec, 1926]

6th Viscount Knutsford [b 1926] > Lucy Holland-Hibbert [b 1956] > Katie Liddell [b 1983] > Twins [b 2021]


Singh Pujari/ Powell engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 31 March, 2021, between Pawan Singh Pujari, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Shri Singh Pujari, Champawat, Uttarakhand, India, and Mamie Josephine Berners Powell [born 21 Apr, 1992], scion of the Powell baronets, daughter of the late Sir Nicholas Folliott Douglas Powell, 4th Baronet [1935-2019], and his second wife the former Davina Hyacinthe Berners Allsopp [b 5 Apr, 1960], scion of the Barons Hindlip.


MacKean/Wemyss engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 31 March, 2021, between James MacKean, son of Mr & Mrs Charles MacKean, of Dunfermline, and Elizabeth Katherine Wemyss [born 1985], daughter of Charles John Wemyss (born 26 July, 1952), of Invermay, and his wife the former Fiona Elizabeth Penn [born 1956].

Elizabeth Wemyss is a granddaughter maternally of the courtier Lt-Col Sir Eric Penn, GCVO [1916-93], scion of that landed gentry family, and his wife the former Prudence Stewart-Wilson [Prue, Lady Penn, Woman of the Bechamber to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother], scion of the Stewart-Stevens landed family, of Balrakeilly.

Elizabeth Wemyss is a granddaughter paternally of David Wemyss of that Ilk [1920-2005], and his wife Lady Jean Bruce, daughter of the 10th Earl of Elgin and Kincardine. Her great-grandfather Capt. Michael John Wemyss of Wemyss (1888-1982), married Lady Victoria Alexandrina Violet Cavendish-Bentinck, CVO (who d. in 1994, aged 104), daughter of the 6th Duke of Portland.

The bride-to-be is a kinswoman of HM The Queen. Both share Cavendish-Bentinck ancestry.



Oakeshott/Flote marriage

 _.The marriage has taken place between the Hon Luke Oakeshott, son of the life peer the Baron Oakeshott [born 10 Jan, 1947], and his wife ther former Philippa Poulton, and Sylvia Flote, a Norwegian model, and mother of their 10 month old son, Eilif.


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Hon Sarah Edith Hogg (nee Noel-Buxton) 1928-2021

 The Hon Sarah Hogg (nee Noel-Buxton), who died 27 March, 2021, aged 93, was a scion of the Barons Noel-Buxton.

She was born 23 January, 1928, third daughter of the 1st Baron Noel-Buxton, PC (1869-1948), a Liberal, then Labour politician and a member of Ramsay MacDonald's first Labour government, by his wife the former Lucy Edith Burn (who died 1960), descended from the Orr-Ewing baronets. She married 2 June, 1955, John Goldsborough Hogg (who died in 2003), by whom she had issue, a daughter, Sarah (born 27 Dec, 1956), and a daughter, Joanna (born 20 March, 1960).


Hon (Anthony) Guy Baliol Brett 1942-2021

_. The Hon Guy Brett, who died 1 February, 2021, aged 78, was a scion of the Viscounts Esher, and sometime chief art critic for The Times and curator of the Tate Modern.

(Anthony) Guy Baliol Brett was born 18 Oct, 1942, third of the six sons of the 4th Viscount Esher (1913-2004), and his wife, the artist, the former Helena Christian Olive Pike (1916-2006), scion of that landed gentry family, and was a nephew of Katherine Mary Penelope Pike (who died 2003), wife of the 3rd Marquess of Zetland.

He married in 1975, Alejandra Altamirano, a Chilean actress, by whom he had a daughter, Luciana (born 1976).


Sir Thomas Michael Blake Crawley-Boevey, 8th Baronet 1928-2021

 _. Sir Thomas Crawley-Boevey, 8th Baronet, died 9 March, 2021. He was 92.

Career: 2nd Lieutenant, Durham Light Infantry, 1948; with Shipping Agents 1952-61; with the Consumers' Association, 1961-82; Editor of Money Which? 1968-76; Editor of Which? 1976-82; Editor in Chief of Which? magazines, 1980-82; Master, Girdler's Co, 1992-93, &c.

He was born 29 September, 1928, the son of Sir Launcelot Valentine Hyde Crawley-Boevey, 7th Bt [1900-68], and his wife the former Elizabeth Goodeth Innes [who died 1976].

He succeeded to the baronetcy, created in 1784, on his father's death, 4 July, 1968, and married 1stly, 16 Feb, 1957, Laura Coelingh [1932-79], daughter of Jan Pouwels Coelingh, of Wassenaar, the Netherlands, by whom he had issue, two sons, Thomas and William. He married 2ndly, in 2003, Judith Tillotson, who survives him.

The elder son, Thomas Hyde Crawley-Boevey [born 26 June, 1958], succeeds to the baronetcy.


Prior/Boycott engagement

_.The engagement was announced 30 March, 2021, between Oliver James Leathes Prior [born 1991], son of the Hon Jeremy James Leathes Prior [born 1962], of Wissett, Suffolk, by his wife the former Camila Sarah Benson [born 1963], scion of that landed gentry family, and Isabel Maria Boycott [born 1991], daughter of the late Peter Boycott and of Mrs Peter Boycott, of Swalcliffe, co Oxford.

Oliver Prior is a grandson of the life peer, the Baron Prior, PC [1927-2016].



Catherine Auriole Lycett Green 1935-2021

 _. Catherine Auriole Lycett Green, who who died 29 March, 2021, aged 85, was one of the aristocratic subjects of Michael Holroyd's book Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers.

She was born 23 April, 1935 to Commander David Lycett Green [1892-1960], scion of the Green baronets, and his wife the former Angela Courage [1902-92], scion of that landed gentry family. Her parents divorced in 1944, and her mother married 2ndly, 25 March, 1945, Ralph William Ernest Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe [1891-1963].

Catherine spent her very early years at Bilbrough Manor, near York. Her father, David Lycett Green, bought it after his marriage to Catherine's mother, Angela, a woman, as her daughter was to discover later who had had a long love affair with Ralph Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe. During a car journey around Yorkshire, Catherine Lycett Green revealed to Michael Holroyd that her father was Ralph Beckett, 3rd Baron Grimthorpe and not David Lycett Green, as stated on her birth certificate. 

She revealed that her mother had never spoken to her about the facts of her parentage. "My mother married Raph Beckett in 1945 after divorcing David Lycett Green when I was nine. It's unproven that I am in fact Ralph's daughter, but I have been told that it is certain that I was Ralph's daughter. Ralph's son Christie (Christopher, the late 4th Baron Grimthorpe) is quoted as saying  'Of course you are!'"

Catherine accompanied Michael Holroyd on his quest to Villa Cimbrone, the Italian home of the 2nd Baron Grimthorpe. Here she found a letter from Ralph to Angela saying that Catherine was the most beautiful baby he has ever seen.

She married 1stly, 22 Apr, 1967 [div 1980], Raja Ranbir Singh [born 1919], son of Raja Sir Maharaj Singh. She married 2ndly, in 1981, Patrick Field Till.

She leaves issue from her first marriage, Xenia, Tamara and Alexia.


George Digby Howard Cornwall-Legh [born 2021]

 _.Victoria Cornwall-Legh (nee Jones), wife of the Hon Kenelm Michael Cornwall-Legh (b 12 Apr, 1978), scion of the Barons Grey of Codnor, gave birth to a son, George Digby Howard, 7 March, 2021, a brother for Beatrix Storm, who was born 27 December, 2016, and for Fred Richard Vyse, who was born 20 September, 2018.

 Kenelm Cornwall Legh is the 2nd son of the 6th Baron Grey of Codnor, DL (b 14 May, 1936), (Peerage of England cr 1397), of High Legh House, Knutsford, Cheshire, by his wife the former Joanna Storm Cayley (b 1947), scion of the Cayley Baronets (cr 1661).

Victoria Cornwall Legh is the eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Howard Jones, of Foxton, Cambridge.


Nancy Mimi Phoebe Hirsch [born 2021]

 _. Octavia Jessica Hirsch (nee Dickinson, born 1986), wife of Henry James (Harry) Hirsch (born 1985), gave birth to a daughter, Nancy Mimi Phoebe, 20 March, 2021, a sister for Digby Leopold Milo, who was born 4 March, 2019.

Harry Hirsch is a son of Leopold J Hirsch, by his wife the former Sheila Jean Dickson, and Octavia Hirsch is a daughter of Simon Clervaux Dickinson (b 1948), descended from the Chaytor baronets, by his wife the former Hon Jessica Rosetta Mancroft (b 1954), daughter of the late 2nd Baron Mancroft.


Monday, March 29, 2021

William George Fearnley-Whittingstall 1934-2021

_. [William] George Fearnley-Whittingstall, who died 15 March, 2021, aged 87, was a scion of that landed gentry family. 

He was born 18 Jan, 1934, son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Arthur Fearnley-Whittingstall (1903-1959), and his wife the former Margaret Nancy Morphew (1907-79); and married 1960, Daphne Maureen Shortt (b 1940), daughter of Dr Cyril de Vere Shortt (1908-97), of Overbrook, Winchcombe, Gloucester, and his wife the former Ethna Eirene Collins (1911-97), by whom he had issue, three daughters. 



Temurçin/Hilliard engagement

 The engagement was announced 29 March, 2021, between Ertüze Metehan Temurçin, only son of Mr and Mrs Kemal Temurçin, of Istanbul, Turkey, and Alexandra Cary Hilliard [born 1985], eldest daughter of Richard Guy Hilliard, of Wilton, Salisbury, and his wife the former Melinda Mary Hammick [born 7 Oct, 1955], scion of the Hamminck baronets.

Rev. Sir St Vincent Hammick, 2nd Bt [1806-88] > Sir Murray Hammick [1854-1936] > Henry Hammick [1890-1968] > Alexander Hammick [b 1928] > Melinda Hammick [b 1955] > Alexandra Hilliard [b 1985]


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Cosmo John Benedict Kelly [born 2021]

 _. Celia Anne Kelly [nee Pelly, born 16 July, 1990], wife of Thomas Alexander Noel Kelly [born 1990], and scion of the Pelly baronets, gave birth to a son, Cosmo John Benedict, 22 February, 2021.

Celia is a daughter of John Marriott Pelly [born 23 Feb, 1953], of Battersea, London, and his wife the former Caroline Mary Griffith.

Thomas Kelly is the eldest son of Mr Benedict Bernard Noel d'Aremberg Kelly (b 3 July, 1960), of Nether Wallop, Hampshire, by his wife the former Elizabeth Eaglestone.

Thomas Kelly is a grandson of the Lady Mirabel Magdalen Kelly [1931-2008], nee Fitzalan Howard, who was a sister of the 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG [1915-2002], Earl Marshal and Premier Duke in the Peerage of England, &c.


Thursday, March 25, 2021

To Harry and Meghan, a note: courtesy titles are derived by courtesy of the Crown.

 _. Much has been written since the Duchess of Sussex's recent explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey on the alleged 'snub' to the Queen's great-grandson, Archie, and that he has been deprived of a title. I would suggest that the 'snub' here is on the other foot, and that it's the Sussexes who have snubbed the monarch in a churlish, and disrespectful manner. Harry and Meghan should be reminded that titles of courtesy come as courtesy from the Crown, and not from a parent.

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.

In a complete break with tradition and with the laws governing peerages, and the styles and titles of courtesy relating to the children of peers, it was announced in May, 2019 that Archie Mountbatten-Windsor 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. The eldest sons of dukes in the peerages of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom traditionally assume their father's second senior peerage, as a 'courtesy' title. Some eldest sons decide to use a lesser title, as in the case of the eldest son of the Duke of Devonshire, who continues to be known as Earl of Burlington instead of the more senior Marquess of Hartington. If the Sussexes dislike the idea of Archie being Earl of Dumbarton then he could instead be known as Lord Kilkeel. 

However, following Archie's birth, a statement quickly followed that no courtesy titles would be borne by the seventh in line to the throne, and that he would be known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

The eldest son of a duke by custom uses one of his father's peerages as a 'courtesy' title, and he is also 'Lord' [Christian name] Surname, and was born so, and is recorded as such at the College of Arms in London. 

Harry and Meghan's second child will be born 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. The 'courtesy title' comes as courtesy from the Crown, and not as a courtesy from a parent. If Harry and Meghan deny their daughter the courtesy title of a daughter of a duke they are in effect snubbing the Crown. Whether the courtesy title is used or not will not affect how the child's rank is recorded at the College of Arms.

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. His sister, expected in the summer, will be born Lady [Christian name] Mountbatten-Windsor.

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, as children of the Sovereign's son are officially HRH, but do not use the royal style and title. Instead Edward and Sophie's children use courtesy titles derived from their father's peerages, and are known as Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

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. However, a man or woman who has been created a peer, as Harry was in 2018, cannot then go on to disclaim.

The younger children of dukes and marquesses are prefixed 'Lord' or 'Lady'. The younger sons of Earls, Viscounts and Barons are prefixed 'The Honourable'. Daughters of Earls are 'Lady', and the daughters of Viscounts and Barons are 'The Honourable'.

The fifth grandchild of the Prince of Wales, due in the early summer, will be eighth in line of succession to the throne, and will follow her grandfather, Charles, then the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and then her father, the Duke of Sussex, and elder brother Archie, in the line of succession. 

The infant will be the eleventh 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, and the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, as laid down by the Letters Patent of King George V [1917], and the further Letters Patent of Queen Elizabeth II [2012].

Under the terms of the Letters Patent creating Harry's dukedom, in 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. Harry and Meghan's daughter will of course be in the line of succession to the throne, but she will not be in remainder to the dukedom, earldom or barony.


Alice Emily Rose Procopé 1978-2021

 _. Alice Emily Rose Procopé, who died 17 March, 2021, aged 42, was a granddaughter of the late 2nd Viscount Ingleby. She had been suffering from cancer.

The journalist, known by her maiden name Alice Horton, was the girlfriend of Tom Parker Bowles, son of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

She was born 11 October, 1978, as Alice Emily Rose Horton, elder daughter of (Gavin) Tobias Alexander Winterbottom Horton (formerly Winterbottom), of North Yorkshire, by his wife the former Hon. Fiona Catherine Peake (born 24 January, 1955), eldest daughter of the 2nd and last Viscount Ingleby (1926-2008), of Snilesworth, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, by his wife the late Susan Gladys Landale [died 10 Feb, 1996].

She married Robert Hjalmar Procopé [born 1974], elder son of the late Mr Fredrik Procope and Mrs Procopé, of North Yorkshire by whom she had issue, Katherine, Wilfred and Georgina.

Her husband is a grandson maternally of Sir Edward Wigram, 8th Baronet [1913-2003].


Leigh-Pemberton/Dawes engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 25 March, 2021, between David Geoffrey Berners Leigh-Pemberton [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, eldest son of the Hon Edward Douglas Leigh-Pemberton [born 10 January, 1959], of Longcot, Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Jessica Elizabeth Berners Allsopp [born 5 Apr, 1960], scion of the Barons Hindlip, & Emily L. Dawes, the eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Douglas Dawes, of Columbus, Indiana, United States.

David Leigh-Pemberton is a grandson paternally of the Baron Kingsdown, KG [1927-2013], Governor of the Bank of England 1983-93.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Sylvia Mary Berkeley [née Maudsley] 1921-2021

 _. Sylvia Mary Berkeley [née Maudsley], who died 17 March, 2021, aged 99, was the widow of Lieutenant-Colonel Maurice Berkeley [1921-93], scion of the Barons Berkeley.

She was born in 1921, daughter of John Tennant Maudsley, of Caton, co Lancaster, and married 18 November, 1950, Lt-Col. Maurice Berkeley [born 12 Jan 1921], son of Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher Robert Berkeley,  CMG, DSO, OBE [1877-1959], and his wife the former Nest Bradney [1890-1983], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Colonel Sir Joseph Alfred Bradney, CB, TD, CStJ [1859-1933], by whoh she had issue, three sons, Hugh, John and Michael.

Her husband died 31 July, 1993.



Zara Tindall gives birth to her third child: Lucas Philip Tindall

 _. Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall, MBE (b 15 May, 1981, nee Phillips), scion of the Royal House of Windsor, & wife of Michael James Tindall, MBE (b 18 Oct 1978), has given birth to a son, Lucas Philip Tindall, 21 March, 2021, a brother for Mia Grace [born 17 January, 2014], and Lena Elizabeth [born 18 June, 2018].

The infant is the first grandson for HRH The Princess Royal and her former husband Capt Mark Phillips, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's tenth great-grandchild.

 Mike Tindall is a son of Philip Tindall, by his wife the former Linda Shepherd, & Zara is the only dau of Capt Mark Antony Peter Phillips, CVO, ADC (b 22 Sept 1948), descended from the wealthy Tiarks landed family, by his 1st wife HRH The Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise, The Princess Royal, KG (b 15 Aug 1950), only dau of HM Queen Elizabeth II, &c.

The baby is the Princess Royal's fifth grandchild, and first grandson. Her son Peter and daughter-in-law, Autumn, have two daughters, Savannah Anne Kathleen (b 29 Dec, 2010), and Isla Elizabeth (b 29 March, 2012). Zara and Mike Tindall's first daughter, Mia Grace, was born 17 January, 2014 and their second daughter, Lena, was born 18 June, 2018.

The Queen's great-grandchildren:-

[1] Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips [born 29 Dec 2010]

[2] Isla Elizabeth Phillips [born 29 March, 2012]

[3] HRH Prince George of Cambridge [born 22 July, 2013]

[4] Mia Grace Tindall [born 17 January, 2014]

[5] HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge [born 2 May, 2015]

[6] HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge [born 23 April, 2018]

[7] Lena Elizabeth Tindall [born 18 June, 2018]

[8] Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor [born 6 May, 2019]

[9] August Philip Hawke Brooksbank [born 9 February, 2021]

[10] Lucas Philip Tindall [born 21 March, 2021]


Diana Mary Bury [nee Incledon-Webber] 1932-2021

 _. Diana Mary Bury [nee Incledon-Webber], who died 18 March, 2021, aged 88, was a scion of the Incledon-Webber landed family, and widow of John Edward Bury, who predeceased her by 10 days, dying 7 March, 2021, aged 93. Her husband was descended from the Le Marchant baronets.

She was born 27 September, 1932, daughter of Lieut.-Col. Godfrey Sturdy Incledon-Webber [1904-86], and his wife the former Angela Florence Lacy [1905-91], daughter of Sir Pierce Lacy, 1st Baronet [1872-1956], and married 28 June, 1961, John Edward Bury [1927-2021], son of Colonel John Bury, OBE, of the 17th/21st Lancers, and his wife the former Ruth Alice Le Marchant [1900-1982], daughter of Brig-Gen Sir Edward Le Marchant, 4th Baronet [1871-1953]

Mrs Bury leaves issue, two sons, Henry [born 1962], and Edward [born and died 1970], and five daughters, Mary [born 1964], Anne [born 1965], Eleanor [b 1967], Jane [born 1971], and Clare [born 1972].


Sara, Lady North 1932-2021

 _. Sara, Lady North, who died 12 March, 2021, aged 88, was the widow of Sir [William] Jonathan Frederick North, 2nd Baronet [1931-2018].

She was born at Chertsey, Surrey, in 1932, a daughter of Air Chief Marshal Sir James Donald Innes Hardman, GCB, DFC [1899-1982], and his wife the former Dorothy Thompson [c1907-2005].

Sara Virginia [known as Sally] Hardman married 19 Oct, 1956, William Jonathan Frederick North [born 6 Feb, 1931], son of the Hon John Montagu William North [1905-87], scion of the Earls of Guilford, and his 1st wife the former Muriel Norton Hickling [died 1989].

Her husband was a grandson maternally of Sir William Hickling [1864-1947], who, in 1920, was created a baronet with special remainder to the male issue of his daughters successively, and on his death, 18 Apr, 1947, his grandson, the abovementioned Jonathan North, succeeded to the baronetcy. Her husband died 25 Feb, 2018.

Lady North leaves a son, Sir Jeremy, 3rd Bt [born 1960], and two daughters, Charlotte [born 1958], and Harriet [born 1963].


Rosemary, Viscountess Daventry 1926-2021

 _. Rosemary, Viscountess Daventry, who died 20 March, 2021, aged 94, was the widow of the 3rd Viscount Daventry [1921-2000].

She was born Rosemary Norrie, 26 March, 1926, daughter of Lieutenant-General the 1st Baron Norrie, GCMG, GCVO, CB, DSO, MC [1893-1977], sometime Governor of South Australia, and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of New Zealand, and Chancellor of the Order of St Michael & St George, by his 1st wife the former Jocelyn Helen Gosling [died 1938].

She married 20 October, 1959, the then Hon Francis Humphrey Maurice FitzRoy Newdegate [born 17 Dec, 1921], son of Commander John Maurice FitzRoy Newdegate, RN [1897-1976], and his wife the former Lucia Charlotte Susan Newdegate [died 1982].  Her husband succeeded his uncle,  19 January, 1986, as the 3rd Viscount Daventry, and he died 15 February, 2000.

The Daventry peerage was created in 1943 for Muriel FitzRoy [1869-1962], widow of the Rt Hon Edward FitzRoy [1869-1943], the Speaker of the House of Commons who died in office. Mr Speaker FitzRoy was a scion of the Barons Southampton, and they descended from Charles II and his mistress Barbara Villiers.

Rose, Viscountess Daventry leaves two sons, James, the 4th Viscount Daventry [born 27 July, 1960], and the Hon Hugh FitzRoy Newdegate [b 7 Oct, 1962], and a daughter, the Hon Joanna FitzRoy Newdegate [born 8 Feb, 1964].


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Baron Greaves 1942-2021

 _. The Baron Greaves, life peer, Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords, died 23 March, 2021. He was 77.

Anthony Robert Greaves was born 27 July, 1942, at Bradford West Yorkshire, son of Geoffrey Greaves and his wife the former Moyra Brookes.

He married in 1968, Heather Anne Baxter, by whom he had two daughters.

Educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield; Hertford College, Oxford.

Career: was a teacher and lecturer 1968-74; Organising Secretary, Association of Liberal Councillors, 1977-85; Managing Director, Hebden Royd Publications Ltd [Liberal Dem publications] 1985-90; second hand book dealer, Liber Books, 1992; Liberal Member of Colne Borough Council 1971-74; [Liberal then Lib Dem] member of Pendle Borough Council 1973-92 and 1994-98; Lancashire County Council, 1973-97. Created a life peer in 2000, as Baron Greaves, of Pendle in the County of Lancashire.

He was an advocate of social liberalism, and went on record opposing some of the reforms to his party brought about by Sir Menzies Campbell and Nick Clegg. In 2010 Greaves went on record to express his personal frustration at the auction of a manorial title, the Lordship of Pendle, suspiciously close to his own. Greaves' concerns were later shown to be legitimate when it transpired that the Lordship of the Forest of Pendle belongs to the Barons Clitheroe and forms part of the Honor of Clitheroe holdings they have held since World War II. Its sale was invalid and had not been authorised by its owners.


The 3rd Earl of Swinton 1939-2021

 _. The 3rd Earl of Swinton, North Yorkshire landowner, died 21 March, 2021. He was 81.

Nicholas John Cunliffe-Lister was born 4 Sept, 1939, the second son of Major the Hon John Yarburgh Cunliffe-Lister [1913-43], of the Staffordshire Yeomanry, who died of wounds received in action, 14 April, 1943, and his wife the former Anne Irvine Medlicott [died 28 May, 1961] who married 2ndly, 3 Apr 1944, Donald Phillott-Chapple-Gill, scion of that landed gentry family.

His paternal grandfather, born Philip Lloyd-Greame, 1 May, 1884, a son of Col Yarburgh Lloyd-Greame, of Sewerby House, Bridlington. He was MP for Hendon Dec 1918-Oct 1935, and held the office of President of the Board of Trade 1922-24, and Nov 1924-June 1929, and Aug-Nov 1931; was Secretary of State for the Colonies Nov 1931-June 1935, Secretary of State for Air, June 1935-May 1938; Minister Resident in West Africa 1942-44; Minister for Civil Aviation 1944-45; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister for Materials 1951-52; Deputy Leader of the House of Lords; Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations Nov 1952-Apr 1955. He married 5 Sept, 1912, Mary Constance Boynton [died 27 Sept, 1974], daughter of the Rev Charles Boynton, and his wife the former Hon Mary Cunliffe-Lister [died 31 Dec, 1896], daughter of Samuel Cunliffe-Lister, 1st Baron Masham [1815-1906], cr Baron Masham in 1891. Philip Lloyd-Greame assumed by Royal Licence 27 Nov, 1924, the Surname of Cunliffe-Lister on the succession of his wife to the Swinton estates. He was created a peer as Viscount Swinton, 29 Nov, 1935, and further created Baron Masham and Earl of Swinton, 5 May, 1955. He died 27 July, 1972, and was succeeded in his peerages by his grandson, David Yarburgh Cunliffe-Lister, 2nd Earl [1937-2006].

The Swinton estate at Masham has been owned by the Cunliffe-Lister family since 1882 when it was purchased by the then Lord Masham, [great-great grandfather of the 3rd Earl] from the Danby family, and comprises Swinton Park, the 32-room castle hotel, Swinton Cookery School, the adjacent Country Club & Spa and Swinton Bivouac, the estate’s tree lodge and glamping retreat. The gardens and extensive grounds with a lake, grottoes and rustice bridges were laid out from about 1796 to 1820 under the direction of Adam Mickle the second for the then owner, Sir William Danby.

Nicholas Cunliffe-Lister married firstly, 19 February, 1966 [divorced] [Elizabeth] Susan Whitelaw [born 1944], now the Hon Dame Susan Cunliffe-Lister, DCVO, Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding 2005-2019, eldest of the four daughter of William Whitelaw, 1st [and last] Viscount Whitelaw, KT, CH, MC, PC [1918-99], and his wife the former Cecilia Sprot [1917-2011], scion of that landed gentry family. Nicholas married 2ndly, in July 1996, Mrs Pamela June Sykes, former wife of [1] Richard Smith, [2] Alistair Brown, and [3] Jeremy John Sykes, scion of the Sykes baronets, of Sledmere, and daughter of Thomas Wood, of Lilling, co York.

He succeeded as 3rd Earl of Swinton and Baron Masham, on the death of his elder brother, the 2nd Earl, 26 March, 2006.

The Earl of Swinton leaves two sons, Mark, and the Hon Simon [born 7 Nov, 1977], and a daughter, Lady Lorna Cunliffe-Lister [born 27 Apr, 1968]. The elder son, Mark William Philip Cunliffe-Lister, styled Baron Masham [born 15 Sept, 1970], now succeeds to his father's peerages. Lord Masham runs the Swinton Park Hotel with his wife, the former Felicity Shadbolt.

The funeral and interment will take place at St Mary's Church, Masham, North Yorkshire.


Hon Elizabeth Mary Fairbairn [nee Mackay] 1938-2021

 _. The Hon Elizabeth Mary Fairbairn, who died at Edinburgh, 18 March, 2021, aged 82, was a scion of the Lords Reay.

She was born the Hon Elizabeth Mary Mackay, 21 June, 1938, elder daughter of Æneas Alexander Mackay, 13th Lord Reay [1905-63], and his wife the former Charlotte Mary Younger [died 2000].

She married 29 Sept, 1962 [div 1979], Nicholas Hardwick Fairbairn of Fordell, MP [1933-95] [he was knighted in 1988], Conservative MP for Kinross & Western Perthshire 1974-83, and then for Perth & Kinross 1983-95, and sometime the controversial Solicitor General for Scotland, by whom she had issue, five children, Charlotte [born 1963], Micheline [1963-1964], Edward [born and died 1965], Anna [born 1966], and Francesca [born 1969].

Her husband was a son of Dr William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn, and his wife Mary Ann More-Gordon.


Anne, Lady Jaffray 1919-2021

 _. Anne, Lady Jaffray, who died 15 March, 2021, aged 101, was the widow of Colonel Sir William Edmund Jaffray, 4th Baronet [1895-1953].

Anne, Lady Jaffray, was one of Bletchley Park’s wartime team of debutantes; she went on to be a county councillor in Hampshire, and was a well-known figure on the social scene for many decades.

Her work was vital enough to evade petrol rationing, so, when not working at Bletchley, she headed to London and the nightlife of Quaglino’s.

She was the former Anne Paget, born in 1919 at Melton Mowbray, a daughter of Capt John Otho Paget, MC [1860-1934], of Thorpe Satchville Hall, Leicestershire, and his wife the former Gertrude Helen Talbot Butt [1890-1978].

She was twice married, both times to baronets: 1stly, on 11 Apr, 1942 [div 1950], to Sir John Godfrey Worsley-Taylor, 3rd Baronet [1915-52], son of Sir James Worsley-Taylor, 2nd Bt [1872-1933], and his wife the former Audrey Frances Philipson Philipson-Stow [died 1966], scion of the baronets of that name. She married 2ndly, 11 Oct, 1950, Colonel Sir William Edmund Jaffray, 4th Baronet [born 29 July, 1895], 2nd son of Sir William Jaffray, 2nd Bt [1852-1914], and his 2nd wife the former Alice Mary Galloway [died 1917].

Lady Jaffray, who was widowed 24 Oct, 1953, had a daughter from her first marriage, Annette Pamela Worsley-Taylor [later Shiel], MBE [1944-2015], and from her second marriage, a son, Sir William Otho Jaffray, 5th Baronet [born 1 Nov, 1951].


Elizabeth Ann Forestier-Walker [nee Willans] [died 2021]

 _. Elizabeth Ann Forestier-Walker, who died 20 March, 2021, aged 90, was the wife of Robert Jestyn Gwent Forestier-Walker [1919-94], scion of the baronets of that name.

She was the former Elizabeth Ann Willans, daughter of Brigadier John Harte Harris Willans, of the Royal Artillery, and married 3 Aug, 1956, Robert Jestyn Gwent Forestier-Walker [born 2 Oct, 1919], son of Charles Evelyn Forestier-Walker [1875-1931] and his wife the former Ada Llewelyn Mansel [died 1960], by whom she had issue, a son, Aidan [born 1966], and three daughters, Rosamond [born 1961], Vivien [born 1963], and Daphne [born 1964].

Her husband died 28 Sept, 1994.

Sir George Forestier-Walker, 2nd Bt [1825-96] > Charles Forestier-Walker [1875-1931] > Robert Forestier-Walker [1919-94].


Monday, March 22, 2021

The 7th Marquess of Bute 1958-2021

 _. The 7th Marquess of Bute died 22 March, 2021, after a short illness at the age of 62. He was head of Scotland's most prominent Roman Catholic dynasty.

The peer spent much of his time on his namesake Scottish island at his ancestral home, Mount Stuart, on the Isle of Bute, and had chaired the Board of Mount Stuart Trust since 2005. The 7th Marquess, once ranked 616th in the Rich List, was also a Formula 1 driver in 1986 as he partnered Ayrton Senna and raced under the name 'Johnny Dumfries'. During his racing career he also won the 24-hour race, Le Mans, in 1988.

Mount Stuart, the family’s ancestral Victorian gothic palace on the Isle of Bute that he inherited in 1993 along with the 18th-century Dumfries House in southwest Scotland. As though to emphasise the point, he preferred to live in Ladbroke Grove, west London. 

The marquisate had been created in 1794 for the 4th Earl of Bute, whose father, John Stuart, the 3rd Earl, was George III’s despotic prime minister for 11 months in 1762-63. The first marquess served as ambassador to Spain; the second built Cardiff docks and owned substantial oil and coal plants in the region; and the third scandalised Victorian society by converting to Catholicism, restoring Cardiff Castle and building the eccentric Castle Coch in south Wales.

He inherited not only the title but also an estate worth an estimated £144 million, including 25,000 acres of Scotland — as well as a £12 million overdraft. He dropped the Johnny Dumfries name, preferring to be known as John Bute.

The Marquess, a friend of the Prince of Wales, is believed to have died of cancer. The Crichton-Stuarts owned Dumfries House, having been inherited by the 2nd Marquess of Bute in 1814, it remained in his family until 2007 when the 7th Marquess sold it to the nation for £45 million due to the cost of upkeep.

The Marquess was descended from Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII, and her husband, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.

The Marquess of Bute [created in the Peerage of Gt Britain, 1796], was also 12th Earl of Dumfries [in the Peerage of Scotland, cr 1633], 10th Earl of Bute [Peerage of Scotland cr 1703], 7th Earl of Windsor [Peerage of Gt Britain cr 1796], 12th Viscount of Ayr [Peerage of Scotland, cr 1622], 10th Viscount Kingarth [Peerage of Scotland cr 1703], 7th Viscount Mountjoy [Peerage of Gt Britain, cr 1796], 20th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar [Peerage of Scotland cr 1487], 12th Lord Sanquhar [Peerage of Scotland cr 1622], 12th Lord Crichton of Sanquhar & Cumnock, [cr Peerage of Scotland 1633], 10th Lord Mount Stuart, Cumra and Inchmarnock [Peerage of Scotland cr 1703], 8th Baron Mount Stuart of Wortley [Peerage of Gt Britain, cr 1761], 7th Baron Cardiff [Peerage of Gt Britain, cr 1776], 12th Baronet, of Bute [Nova Scotia creation, 1627], Hereditary Keeper of Rothesay Castle, and Hereditary Sheriff and Coroner of Bute.

John Colum Crichton-Stuart was born in a cottage hospital on the Isle of Bute, 26 April, 1958, son of the 6th Marquess of Bute, KBE [1933-93], and his first wife the former [Beatrice] Nicola Grace Weld-Forester [born 19 Nov, 1933], scion of the Barons Forester. He was put in the care of Helen Lightbody, former nanny to Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

He succeeded his father, 21 July, 1993, as 7th Marquess.

The Marquess of Bute married firsly, 1984 [div 1993], Carolyn Waddell, daughter of Bryson Waddell; married secondly, 13 Feb, 1999, Serena Solitaire Wendell, daughter of Maj Jac Wendell [later Maxwell-Hyslop], and his wife the former Anthea Petronelle Hyslop, only dau of Maj Hugh John Maxwell Hyslop, of that landed gentry family.

He leaves a son, John, and two daughters, Lady Caroline Crichton-Stuart [born 1984], and Lady Cathleen Crichton-Stuart [born 1986], from his first marriage, and a daughter, Lady Lola Affrica Crichton-Stuart [born 1999], from his second marriage.

The son, John Bryson Crichton-Stuart, styled Lord Mount Stuart [born 21 December, 1989], now succeeds as 8th Marquess of Bute.


Lieutenant-Colonel James Otway George Paton 1929-2021

  _. Lieutenant-Col. James Otway George Paton, who died 15 March, 2021, aged 91, was a descendant of the Denny-Wheeler-Cuffe baronets.

He was born in 1929, son of Brigadier James Angus Paton, OBE [1894-1970], and his wife the former Loveday Eileen Tupper [1898-1976]; and married 13 December, 1958, Dr Patricia Nell [Trish] Massy-Beresford [born 17 May, 1931], scion of the Barons Massy, daughter of Brigadier Tristram Hugh Massy-Beresford [1896-1987], and his wife the former Helen Lindsay Lawford [1903-79], by whom he had issue, two sons and two daughters.

Wheeler-Cuffe ancestry:-

Sir Jonah Wheeler-Cuffe, 1st Baronet [1769-1853] > Letitia Wheeler-Cuffe > Admiral Sir Reginald Tupper [1850-1945] >  Loveday Tupper [1898-1976] > James [Jim] Paton [1929-2021]


Edward John Winnington-Ingram 1926-2021

 _. Edward John Winnington-Ingram, who died 17 March, 2021, aged 94, was a scion of the Winnington baronets.

He was born 20 April, 1926, son of the Rev. Edward Francis Winnington-Ingram [1883-1963], and his wife the former Gladys Winifred Armstrong [1903-1995].

Sub-Lieutenant, RNVR. He married firstly, 12 Sept, 1953, Shirley Yvonne Lamotte, daughter of Gerald Lamotte; married 2ndly, 21 June, 1973, Mrs Elizabeth Linda Few-Brown [nee Milling], former wife of Peter Few-Brown, and daughter of Geoffrey Milling.

From his first marriage he leaves two sons, Edward [born 1957], and Gerald [born 1960]. 

His step-daughter, the former Rebecca Few-Brown is now Rebecca, Marchioness of Blandford, and was the first wife of the 12th Duke of Marlborough.


Sunday, March 21, 2021

Louis Byng Holland Alban-Moore [born 2021]

 _. Clare Helen Colina Alban-Moore (nee Dudley-Williams, born 1982), wife of Alexander Christopher Alban-Moore (born 1979), gave birth to a son, Louis Byng Holland, 8 March, 2021, a brother for Scarlett Grace Lucy, who was born 19 July, 2018.

Alex Alban-Moore is a son of the late Peter Alban-Moore by his wife the former Dilys M Campbell, of Gloucestershire.

Clare Alban-Moore is a daughter of Malcolm Philip Edgcumbe Dudley-Williams (born 1947), heir presumptive to the Dudley-Williams baronetcy, by his wife the former Caroline Anne Colina Duncan.


Steven Hugh Walthall Spurrier 1941-2021

 _. Steven Hugh Walthall Spurrier, who died 9 March, 2021, aged 79, was a wine expert and merchant, scion of the Spurrier landed gentry family.

Spurrier organised the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, which unexpectedly elevated the status of California wine and promoted the expansion of wine production in the New World. He was also the founder of the Academie du Vin and Christie's Wine Course, in addition to authoring and co-authoring several wine books.

He was born in 1941 the second son of Capt Henry John Marston Spurrier [1913-88], of Cubley Old Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, and his wife the former Pamela Agnes Neame, scion of that landed gentry family.

He married in 1968, Arabella Ann Lawson (b 1946) dau of Lt-Cdr (Arnold) Derek Arthur Lawson (1907-1984) and his wife the Hon  Flora Breckinridge Fermor-Hesketh (1913-1970) daughter of the 1st Baron Hesketh,  and they had issue, a son John Christian [born 1971] and a daughter, Catherine Isabelle Flora [b 1973].


Saturday, March 20, 2021

Milicia Kennedy Kastner 1972-2021

 _. Milicia Kennedy Kastner, the actress, died 14 March, 2021, aged 49.

She was born in January, 1972, daughter of Elliott Kastner [1930-2010], the American film producer, and his wife the former Tessa Georgina Kennedy, the interior designer, former wife of [Bede Evelyn] Dominick Elwes [1931-75], scion of that landed family of Roxby, daughter of Geoffrey Farrer Kennedy, of Pinewood, Tilford, Surrey.

Milicia was a goddaughter of HSH Princess Grace of Monaco and Dame Joan Collins.

She leaves a son, Jack, 15, whose father is American producer Cary Woods, and a daughter, Sophia, 11, whose father is art dealer Alex Corcoran.

Milicia is a half-sister of [Stevan Cassian] Cary Elwes [born 7 Aug, 1959], and of Dusan Damian Cary Elwes [born 10 Aug 1960], and Ivan Simon Cary Elwes [born 26 Oct, 1962], the actor 'Cary Elwes'.


Scrope/Staveley engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 20 March, 2021, between [Simon] Harry Richard Scrope [born 1974], head of the landed gentry family of Scrope of Danby, only son of the late Simon Egerton Scrope [1934-2010], of Danby on Yore, and his wife the former Jennifer Jane Parkinson, descended from the extinct Barons Bingley, & Rosanna Lorna Staveley [born 1988], scion of the Staveley landed gentry family, daughter of the late Simon Henry Staveley [1949-98], and his wife the former Judy O. Willis Fleming [b 28 June, 1954], scion of that landed gentry family, of Willis Fleming, of Stoneham.

Harry Scrope is a grandson maternally of the late Sir Kenneth Parkinson, Kt [1908-81], sometime chairman of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, and his wife the former Hon Dorothy Lane Fox [1909-80], a daughter of the 1st and last Baron Bingley [1870-1947].

The Scrope/Staveley engagement is the second engagement between members of these old families to have taken place this year. In February Harry Scrope's cousin, Edward Scrope [born in 1989], announced his engagement to Rosanna Staveley's cousin, Miranda Staveley [born 1988].

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.

Harry 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.

Rosanna Staveley is a granddaughter of Capt [William Arthur] Miles Staveley [1913-81], scion of the Staveleys of North Stainley Hall, Ripon, and his wife the former Nancy Constance Cail [1914-2007].


Siedes/Leslie Melville engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 20 March, 2021, between Alexander Siedes, elder son of Mr Meir Siedes, of Nikiti, Greece, and Mrs Orlina Mendelson Siedes, of Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Hon Louisa Clare Leslie Melville [born 18 September, 1987], scion of the Earls of Leven and Melville, daughter of the late David Alexander Leslie Melville, styled Lord Balgonie [1954-2007], and his wife Lady Balgonie, of Glenferness, Nairnshire [nee Julia Clare Critchley, born 21 November, 1956].

The Hon Louisa Leslie Melville is a granddaughter paternally of the late 16th Earl of Leven and Melville [1924-2012], and is a sister of the 17th Earl [born 29 Nov, 1984].


Friday, March 19, 2021

Sir Albert Cahn, 2nd Baronet 1924-2021

_. Sir Albert Cahn, 2nd Baronet, died 1 January, 2021. He was 96.

Albert Jonas Cahn was born 27 June, 1924, son of Sir Julien Cahn, 1st Baronet [1882-1944], and his wife the former Phyllis Muriel Wolfe.

His father, a businessman and philanthropist, created a baronet in 1934, and died 26 September, 1944. The honour was made ostensibly for Sir Julien's charity and services to agriculture. However, it was actually bestowed for secretly providing £30,000 to the Conservative Government to ensure honours salesman Maundy Gregory stayed out of Britain.

Sir Albert married 16 March, 1948, Malka Bluestone [who died 2001], daughter of Reuben Bluestone, of Angmering, Sussex, by whom he had issue, two sons and two daughters. The elder son, Julien Michael Cahn, born 15 January, 1951, succeeds to the baronetcy.


Major-General Jeremy Julian Joseph Phipps, CB, 1942-2021

 _. Major-General Jeremy Julian Joseph Phipps, CB, who died 16 March, 2021, aged 78, was a scion of the Earls of Mulgrave [later Marquesses of Normanby].

He was commissioned into the Queen's Own Hussars in 1962, and served in Germany, the Middle East and Far East; student US Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia, 1980; Commanded the Queen's Own Hussars 1981-83; COS, RMA Sandhurst 1983-85; Comdr 11th Armoured Brigade 1985-89; Director Special Forces 1989-93; Senior British Loan Service Officer, Sultanate of Oman 1993-96; retired from the amy, 1997; Managing Director, Network International 1997-2000; later Director of Special Accounts, Control Risk Group, from 2000; sometime head of security at the Jockey Club, &c.

He was born 30 June, 1942, son of Lieut Alan Phipps, RN [born 1915, killed in action at Leros, Greece, 1943], and his wife the former Hon Veronica Nell Fraser [1920-2005],  second daughter of the 14th Lord Lovat, KT, GCVO, KCMG, CB, DSO [1871-1933].

Maj-Gen Phipps's paternal grandfather was the Rt Hon Sir Eric Phipps, GCB, GCMG, GCVO [1875-1945], sometime British Ambassador to Germany.

He married 12 Oct, 1974, Susan Louise Crawford, daughter of Commander Wilfred Crawford, by whom he had issue, one son, Jake [born 1975], and one daughter, Jemma [born 1977].


Carleton George Walter Tufnell 1999-2021

 _, Carleton George Walter Tufnell, who died 9 March, 2021, aged 22, was a scion of that landed gentry family, of Langleys.

He was born in 1999, the son of Mark Henry Tufnell [born 23 Nov, 1964], of Calmsden Manor, near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Rosina Jane Davies [born 1964]. He was a brother of Henry, Eleanor and Albi.

Carleton Tufnell's grandfather Carleton John Richard Tufnell [1923-95] married Rosemary Joan Caroline Lloyd [1929-2017], a descendant, maternally, of the Preston baronets.


Ned Vincent Denis Poole [born 2021]

 _. Georgina Clare Poole [born 1981, née Vere Nicoll], wife of William Alec Poole [born 1982], gave birth to a third son, Ned Vincent Denis, 9 March, 2021, a brother for Ralph Fox [born 2 July, 2017], and for Ronnie Wolfgang [born 19 March, 2019]. 

Georgina Poole, descended from the Madden and Cayzer baronets, is a daughter of Kenneth Charles Vere Nicoll [born 18 September, 1942], and his wife the former Veronica Gillian Payne.

William Poole is a son of Mr & Mrs Alec Poole, of Middleton Cheney, Oxfordshire.

Admiral Sir Charles Madden, 1st Bt [1862-1935] > Joan Madden [1912-2008] > Kenneth Vere Nicoll [b 1942] > Georgina Vere Nicoll [b 1981] > Ned Poole [b 2021]


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Lambert/Evans engagement

 __. The engagement was announced 18 March, 2021, between Thomas James Lambert [born 13 November, 1991], son of James Scott Lambert, of Tunstall, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Claire Virginia Taylor [born 16 July, 1962], & Tegen Morwenna Evans [born 1993], daughter of Nicholas P. Evans, of Wimbledon, London, and his wife the former Gabriella H. Waters.

Thomas Lambert is descended from the Barons De Clifford:-

25th Baron De Clifford [1884-1909] > Hon Diana Russell [1909-78] >Christopher Taylor [b 1934] >Claire Taylor [b 16 July, 1962] > Thomas Lambert [b 13 Nov, 1991].


Christopher Edward Robinson 1955-2021

 _.Christopher Edward Robinson, died 10 March, 2021, aged 66.

He was born in 1955, son of Edward Kerrison Robinson and his wife the former Mary Maconochie, daughter of Brigadier [Harry[ Dunbar Maconochie, CBE, MC [1897-1972].

He married firstly, 1980 [div 1988], Annabella Virginia Drummond [born 5 March, 1959], scion of the Viscounts Strathallan [now Earls of Perth]; married secondly, Tiffinie ____. He leaves two sons, Edward and Jeremy, from his first marriage, and a son, William, from his second marriage.


Anthony Malcolm Vincent Hoare 1946-2021

 _. Anthony Malcolm Vincent [Tony] Hoare, who died 14 March, 2021, aged 75, was a scion of the landed gentry family of Hoare of Stourton.

He was born 14 February, 1946, the son of Malcolm Vincent Hoare [1912-1991], and his 1st wife the former Jusith Elizabeth Margaret Cseh de Ujvar [died 1 June, 1956], daughter of Edmond Cseh de Ujvar, of Budapest, Hungary.

He married in 1969, Elizabeth M.G. Burge [born 1945], by whom he had a son, Thomas and a daughter, Caroline.


Daisy Penelope Beaufoy Mossop [born 2021]

 _. Camilla Louise Mossop [nee Clowes, born 1989], wife of Toby C.H. Mossop, gave birth to a daughter, Daisy Penelope Beaufoy, 27 February, 2021.

Toby is a son of the late Maj. Nigel Mossop, of Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, and Mrs Mossop.

Camilla Mossop is a daughter of Simon Clowes, of Lawkland Green, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Nicola Arden Agnew Wallace [born 22 July, 1956], descended from the Haworth-Booth landed gentry family, daughter of John Malcolm Agnew Wallace and his wife the former Louise Arden Haworth-Booth [born 4 Nov, 1933].

Bagot lineage:

1st Baron Bagot [1729-98] >Rt Rev Richard Bagot [1782-1854] >Henry Bagot [1810-77] >Henry Bagot [1860-1908] > Mabel Bagot [1896-1965] > Louise Haworth-Booth [b 1933] > Nicola Wallace [b 1956] > Camilla Clowes [b 1989] > Daisy Mossop [b 2021].


Reilly-O'Donnell/Walker engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 17 March, 2021, between Patrick Reilly-O'Donnell [born 1994], son of Mr & Mrs John Reilly-O'Donnell , of Old Cassop, Durham, and Cecily Mary Elspeth Walker [born 1993], daughter of Adrian Jeremy Walker [born 1956], of Allargue, Aberdeenshire, and his wife the former Rosemary Jean Winter Tuck [born 1963], descended from the Forbes of Newe baronets.


Honor Mary Elizabeth Erskine-Naylor [born 2021]

_. Arabella Clare Mary Erskine-Naylor [born 11 November, 1987, nee Fairbank], wife of Capt Maxim Erskine-Naylor, gave birth to a daughter Honor Mary Elizabeth, 11 March, 2021, a sister for Florence [born 2016], and Ludo [born 2017].

Capt Erskine-Naylor is a son of Mr & Mrs David Erskine-Naylor, of Bedford.

Arabella Erskine-Naylor, descended from the 4th Vicsount Chetwynd, is a daughter of David Richard Stapylton Fairbank [born 14 Nov, 1956], and his former wife the former Clare Arabella Eckersley [born 19 June, 1960], now Mrs Fraser.


Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Jeremy Fox Eric Smith 1928-2021

 _. Jeremy Fox Eric Smith, who died 13 March, 2021, aged 92, was a scion of the Smith landed gentry family of Shottesbrooke Park & Ashfold.

He was Chairman of Smith St Aubyn [Holdings] PLC 1973-86; Chairman, Transparent Paper Ltd 1965-76; Chairman London Discount Market Association 1978-80; Trustee, Henry Smiths' Charity 1991-97; DL West Sussex 1988; High Sheriff of West Sussex 1992-93. His home was The Old Rectory, Slaugham, West Sussex.

He is a kinsman of HM The Queen who has Smith ancestry via Frances Dora Smith, wife of the 13th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne.

He was born 17 November, 1928, and educated at Eton, the second son of Capt Evan Cadogan Eric Smith, MC [1894-1950], sometime chairman of the National Provincial Bank, and his wife the former [Beatrice] Helen Williams [1896-1988].

He had an elder brother, Sir John Lindsay Eric Smith [1923-2007], who inherited Shottesbrooke Park, Berkshire and Ashfold, Sussex, a younger brother, Mark Eric [born 1930], and a sister Fortune, Duchess of Grafton, GCVO [born 24 Feb 1920], Mistress of the Robes to HM The Queen since 1967, wife of the 11th Duke of Grafton, KG [1919-2011].

He married 21 Feb, 1953, Julia Mary Rona Burrell [1934-2004], scion of the Burrell baronets, daughter of Lt-Col Sir Walter Burrell, 8th Baronet [1903-85], and his wife the former Hon Anne Judith Denman [1907-87], scion of the Barons Denman, by whom he had issue, two sons, Julian [born 1956] and Hugo [born 1957], and two daughters, Dione [born 1954] and Sarah [1962-2018]. His elder daughter Dione is the Countess of Verulam, wife of the 7th Earl of Verulam [born 21 Apr, 1951].

Capt Simon George Melville Portal 1927-2021

 _. Capt Simon George Melville Portal, late the 17th/21st Lancers, who died 10 March, 2021, aged 93, was a scion of the Portal baronets, and a grandson maternally of the 2nd Viscount Goschen.

He served in Palestine 1948, and Korea, 1950-51 [with the 8th Hussars]; attached to the Trucial Oman Levies 1955-56; ADC to the C-in-C Far East Land Forces 1958-59; a member of the London Stock Exchange 1960-65.

He was born 18 September, 1927, son of Maj. Melville Edward Bertram Portal [1900-71], and his wife the former Hon Cicely Winifred Goschen [1899-1980], daughter of the 2nd Viscount Goschen [1866-1952].

He married 13 June, 1962 [div 1971], Gillian Dance, daughter of Maj. James Cyril Aubrey Dance, MP, of Moreton House, Moerton Morrell, Warwickshire; by whom he had issue, one son, the actor, Robert Melville Portal [born 3 July, 1967], who is best known for his role as Paul Critchley on the BBC television series The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006) and as the King in the film The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016). He is also known for his role as Lord Richmond on the ITV drama series Belgravia (2020).


Timothy Cyprian George Thomas Elwes 1935-2021

 _. Timothy Cyprian George Thomas Elwes, scion of the Elwes landed gentry family, of Roxby, has died aged 85.

He was born 26 July, 1935, the fourth son of Lt-Col. Simon Edmund Vincent Paul Elwes, ARA, the artist [1902-75], and his wife the former Hon Gloria Ellinor Rodd [1901-75], daughter of the 1st Baron Rennell, PC, GCB, CMG [1858-1941].

He married firstly, 2 Oct, 1959 [div 1979] Lorna Lyle [born 28 June, 1939], scion of the Lyle baronets, daughter of Capt Ian Archibald de Hoghton Lyle [1909-42], The Black Watch, killed at El Alamein, by his wife the former Hon Lydia Yarde-Buller [1917-2006], later Duchess of Bedford, second wife of the 13th Duke [1917-2002]; married 2ndly, 1976, Mrs Leila Frances Corbett [nee Wolsten-Croft].

He leaves issue from his first marriage, two sons, Ian and Gavin, and twin daughters, Lydia and Amanda.


Monday, March 15, 2021

Grace Elizabeth Jane Matthews [born 2021]

 _.Philippa Charlotte (Pippa) Matthews (nee Middleton, born 6 September, 1983), wife of James Spencer Matthews [born 21 Aug, 1975], gave birth to a daughter, Grace Elizabeth Jane, 15 March, 2021, a sister for Arthur Michael William, who was born 15 October, 2018.

Philippa Charlotte Middleton was born 6 September, 1983 and is descendant of the Conyers baronets, the younger daughter of Michael Francis Middleton [born 23 June, 1949], by his wife the former Carole Elizabeth Goldsmith [born 31 January, 1955], and younger sister of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

James Matthews is a son of David H. Matthews, by his wife Jane Spencer Matthews [nee Parker].

Conyers descent:-

Sir Thomas Conyers, 9th Bt [1731-1810] > Jane Conyers [1758-1813] > Jane Hardy [1795-1864] > Anthony Liddle [1817-57] > Jane Liddle [1839-81] > John Harrison [1874-1918] > Thomas Harrison [1904-76] > Dorothy Harrison [1935-2006] > Carole Goldsmith [b 1955] > Philippa Middleton [b 1983] > Grace Matthews [born 2021]


Margot Stella Fetherston-Dilke [born 2021]

_. Edwina Rose Fetherston-Dilke [nee Bagge, born 7 March, 1985], wife of George Michael Fetherston-Dilke [born 1985], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Margot Stella, 11 March, 2021.

George is a son of Michael Fetherston-Dilke [born 28 December, 1948], and his wife the former Rosemary Anne Keith [born 18 April, 1951].

Edwina Fetherston-Dilke, a scion of the Bagge baronets, is a daughter of [Alfred] James Stephen Bagge [born 7 December, 1952], of Stradsett, Norfolk, and his wife the former Victoria Imogen Lyndon Skeggs.

Sir John Bagge, 6th Bt [1914-90] > Alfred Bagge [b 1952] > Edwina Bagge [b 1985] > Margot Fetherston-Dilke [b 2021]


Sunday, March 14, 2021

Hon Charles Evelyn Cecil 1936-2021

_. The Hon Charles Cecil, who died 11 March, 2021, aged 84, was a scion of the Barons Rockley, wh0 are a cadet of Cecil Marquesses of Salisbury.

Charles Evelyn Cecil was born 15 November, 1936, the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel the 2nd Baron Rockley [1901-76], company director, and his wife the former Anne Margaret Meade-Fetherstonhaugh [1912-80], scion of the Earls of Clanwilliam. 

He married 28 September, 1965, Jennifer Anne Mackinnon, daughter of Capt Duncan Mackinnon, and a descendant of the Earls of Belmore, Barons Clanmorris, &c, by whom he had issue, a son, David [born 1971], and two daughters, Arabella [born 1967], and Lucinda [born 1970].



Saturday, March 13, 2021

Ophelia Rose Young Herries [born 2021]

 _. Rosanna Cortlandt Young-Herries [born 1988, née Cator], wife of Fergus William R. Young-Herries [born 15 March, 1987], gave birth to a daughter, Ophelia Rose, 8 January, 2021, a sister for Isobel Jacquetta, born 8 Dec, 2018.

Rosanna is a daughter of Charles Francis Cator [1959-2015], scion of the Cator landed gentry family, of Woodbastwick Hall, Norfolk, by his wife the former Jane Culverwell.

Fergus Young-Herries is a son of William Michael Young-Herries of Spottes, head of that Scottish landed family, and his wife the former Amanda Jane Deirdre McIlwain.


The Baroness Marshall of Goring [died 2021]

 _.The Baroness Marshall of Goring, who died 24 February, 2021, aged 87, was the widow of the life peer Baron Marshall of Goring, CBE, FRS [1932-96].

She was the former Ann Vivienne Sheppard, and married Walter Charles Marshall in 1955. Her husband was a noted theoretical physicist and a leader in the UK's energy sector, created a life peer in 1985 as Baron Marshall of Goring, of South Stoke in the County of Oxfordshire. He died 20 Feb, 1996, aged 63.

Lady Marshall leaves a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Victoria.


Sir Jeremiah Le Roy Harman 1930-2021

 _. Sir Jeremiah Le Roy Harman, Kt, a Justice of the High Court, Chancery Division, 1982-98, died 7 March, 2021, aged 90.

He was born 13 Apr, 1930, son of the Rt Hon Sir Charles Eustace Harman, PC [1894-1970], a Lord Justice of Appeal, and was educated at Eton College.

He served in the Coldstream Guards and the Parachute Regiment 1948-51; Parachute Regiment [TA] 1951-55; Called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn, 1954, Bencher 1977, Treasurer 2000; QC 1968; Called to the Hong Kong Bar, 1978; Singapore Bar 1980;  Member of the Bar Council 1963-67; Director, Dunford & Elliott Ltd 1972-79, &c.

He was knighted in 1982.

Jeremiah Harman married firstly, 15 September, 1960 [div 1986], Erica Jane Bridgeman [born 20 Apr, 1934], scion of the Viscounts Bridgeman, eldest daughter of the Hon Sir Maurice Bridgeman, KBE [1904-80], and his wife the former Diana Mary Erica Wilson [d 1979]; married 2ndly, 1987, Mrs Katharine Frances Goddard Pulay [1939-2002], widow of George Pulay, and daughter of the Rt Hon Sir Eric Leopold Otho Sachs [1898-1979], and his wife the former Hon Janet Margaret Goddard [1909-2005], daughter of the Baron Goddard [1877-1971], sometime Lord Chief Justice of England, &c.

Jeremiah Harman leaves three children from his first marriage, two sons, Charles and Toby and a daughter, Sarah.


Parker/Debarge engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 13 March, 2021, between Charles H.Y. Parker, son of Mr & Mrs Alastair Parker, of Anstey, Hertfordshire, and Miss Iona Amelia Debarge [born 1986], second daughter of Mr Olivier Debarge, of Chelsea, London, and his wife the Hon Robina Jane Cayzer [born 24 January, 1953], scion of the Barons Rotherwick, daughter of the 2nd Baron Rotherwick [1912-96], and his wife the former Sarah Jane Slade [1933-78], scion of the Slade baronets.


The Baron Wolfson of Sunningdale 1935-2021

 _. Lord Wolfson of Sunningdale, life peer, who died 10 March, 2021, aged 85, was Downing Street’s first chief of staff who was at Margaret Thatcher’s side after the Brighton bombing and was chairman of Next 1990-98, and Great Universal Stores 1996-2000.

David Wolfson was born 9 Nov, 1935, the son of Charles Wolfson, a director of the family business who died in 1970 on board the Queen Elizabeth 2, and his wife, Hylda (née Jarvis).

He married firstly in 1962, Patricia Rawlings [born 27 Jan, 1939], a former debutante who is now Baroness Rawlings. The marriage was described in The Times as “an utter failure because after six weeks Mr Wolfson filed a petition for restitution of conjugal rights”. They were divorced in December 1966 and the following year he married Susan Davis, by whom he had two sons, Simon (Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise), whose appointment as chief executive of Next at the age of 33 led to cries in the press of nepotism; Andrew, a businessman, and a daughter the Hon Deborah. his second marriage also ended in divorce, and in 2018 he married Alicia [Anne] Trevor, who survives him with their teenage son, Tom.

Career: Great Universal Stores 1960-78, and 1993-2000; Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet 1978-79; Chief of Staff, Political Office 10 Downing Street, 1979-85; Chairman, Alexon Group PLC [formerly Steionberg Group PLC] 1982-86; non executive director: Stewart Wrightson Holdings PLC 1985-87; Next 1980-90, &c.

He was created a life peer in 1991 as Baron Wolfson of Sunningdale, of Trevose in the County of Cornwall.


Friday, March 12, 2021

Sir Richard Thorn Pease, 3rd Baronet 1922-2021

 _. Sir Richard Pease, 3rd Baronet, died 9 March, 2021. He was 98.

Sir Richard, of Hindley House, Stocksfield-on-Tyne, Northumberland, was chairman of the Yorkshire Bank, 1986-90, and a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland.

Richard Thorn Pease was born 20 May, 1922, the son of Sir Richard Arthur Pease, 2nd Baronet [1890-1969], and his 1st wife the former Jeannette Thorn Kissel [died 3 Nov, 1957], daughter of Gustav Kissel, of New York, and he succeeded to the baronetcy [created in 1920], on his father's death, 13 November, 1969.

His sister, Aileen [1919-2010], was Countess of Inchcape, wife of the 3rd Earl of Inchcape [1917-94].

Career: served with the 60th Rifles, in the Middle East, Italy and Greece 1941-46 [Captain]; Director: Owners of the Middlesbrough Estate Ltd 1954-86; Director of Barclays Bank 1964-89; Bank of Scotland 1977-85; Grainger Trust PLC 1986-94; Vice-Chairman, Barclays Bank 1970-82; Barclays Bank UK Management, 1971-82; Chairman of the Foreign and Colonial High Income Trust, 1990-92; DL, Northumberland, 1990, &c.

He married 9 March, 1956, Anne Heyworth, daughter of Lt-Col Reginald Francis Heyworth [1896-1941], and his wife the former Hon Moyra Marjoribanks, daughter of the 3rd Baron Tweedmouth [1874-1935], by whom he had issue, a son, Richard, and two daughters, Carolyn [born 1957], and Nichola [born 1961], who is wife of Crispin Odey [born 1959], the multi-millionaire hedge fund manager. The son, Richard [born 4 September, 1958], now succeeds as 4th baronet.


Carolyn Jane Gerard Benson 1947-2021

 _. Carolyn Benson, who died 7 March, 2021, aged 73, was a life-long friend and confidante of the Duchess of Cornwall, and scion of the Leslie baronets.

Carolyn was a friend of Camilla Shand from their schooldays together. Always known as 'Chubby', she remained a firm friend of the Duchess of Cornwall. The ladies regularly took foreign holidays together.

She was born in 1947, as Carolyn Jane Gerard Leigh, the elder daughter of Colonel [William Henry] Gerard Leigh, CVO, CBE [1915-2008], late the Life Guards, of Hayes, East Woodhay, Newbury, Berkshire, and his wife the former Nancy Jean Leslie [1923-2012], daughter of Sir Norman Leslie, CMG, CBE, 8th Baronet [1889-1937].

Carolyn's father, Col. Gerard Leigh, was a polo playing chum of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and vice-president of The Guards' Polo Club. Prince Philip was a godfather at the christening of her brother, David, in 1958. Col. Gerard Leigh was a Gentleman Usher to HM The Queen.

Carolyn's mother, Jean, was the woman whose photograph was used to help trick the Germans into falling for one of the greatest deceptions of the Second World War.

 Operation Mincemeat, which was to inspire a film called The Man Who Never Was in the 1950s, was devised in the spring of 1943 by two intelligence officers, Charles Cholmondeley of MI5 and Commander Ewen Montagu of Naval Intelligence. With Churchill planning to invade Italy through Sicily, a ruse was required to make the Germans believe that the attack would take place elsewhere.

Cholmondeley and Montagu devised the idea of planting false papers on an “officer” and making it look as if he had died in a plane crash at sea. Through the London coroner, they obtained the body of Glyndwr Michael, a down-and-out who had killed himself by drinking rat poison. The body was kept in cold storage while the plotters devised a cover story.

The body was given military papers, including a pass to Combined Operations Headquarters, identifying him as Acting Major William Martin, an expert in amphibious warfare. To make it as convincing as possible, there was also a letter from his father, a warning about his overdraft from his bank manager, a bill for an engagement ring, love letters — and a fetching snapshot of his fiancée, “Pam”, emerging from the Thames in a one-piece swimsuit.

“Martin” was dressed in the uniform of a Royal Marines officer and the personal effects were put in a briefcase – chained to his wrist – with “plans” showing that the Allies intended to invade Italy via Sardinia and Greece. On April 30 1943 “Major Martin” was slipped into the sea from a submarine off Huelva, south-west Spain, along with an upturned life raft. The body was picked up by a fisherman and the contents of the briefcase soon found their way to the Abwehr in Madrid.

The deception worked better than anyone had expected. German troops were redeployed to Greece and Sardinia, while Sicily was left thinly defended. A triumphant telegram was sent to Churchill: “Mincemeat swallowed rod, line and sinker.”

The “Pam” of the photograph was in reality Jean Gerard Leigh (or Jean Leslie as she then was), a young MI5 clerk. But as Ben Macintyre revealed in his recent book Operation Mincemeat (2010), the deception involved her for a short time in a bizarre game of role-playing which had little to do with the main business of bamboozling the Germans.

She first got caught up in the plot in February 1943, when the hunt began for a suitable “mate” for “Major Martin”. The more attractive girls in MI5 and Naval Intelligence were asked to supply photographs, and Ewen Montagu, who had already noticed the pretty 19-year old with wavy brown hair, asked Jean if she would oblige. She duly became “Pam”, “Bill Martin’s fiancée”, a young woman working in a government office whom the major had met five weeks earlier and proposed to after a whirlwind romance. The job of drafting Pam’s breathless billets doux was given to another woman in the department.

But Jean Leslie soon found that her duties went beyond the mere provision of a photograph. Montagu, whose wife Iris was sitting out the war with their children in America, decided to live the part of Major Martin: “He was Willie and I was Pam. He had the sort of mind that worked that way,” Jean recalled. Clearly smitten, he began to court her, taking her out to clubs, films and dinner and writing her love letters signed “Bill”. “Pam” enjoyed the make-believe, sending him a copy of the swimsuit photograph inscribed “till death us do part. Your loving Pam”. At “Bill Martin’s farewell party” at the Gargoyle Club, she turned up on Montagu’s arm.

When the engagement of Pam and Bill came to its inevitable end, so too did the “romance” between Montagu and Jean Leslie. Montagu later told his wife, who had been puzzled by the photograph of the attractive girl on her husband’s dressing table, that it had all been play-acting — part of a secret wartime operation. As Macintyre observes: “He may have been telling the truth.” Montagu certainly had an eye for her, but according to Jean Leslie’s family this was not reciprocated and no liaison took place.

Nancy Jean Leslie was born on November 20 1923 at Andover, Hampshire, the daughter of Sir Norman Leslie, Bt, a director of Cable & Wireless, and Betty Sewell. She had no formal education, and her recruitment into MI5 remains something of a mystery. A clue, perhaps, was her mastery of French, which she spoke like a native (even though she could not write a word of it) — on the death of her father, when she was just 13, her mother had taken her to live in Paris. When Paris fell to the Germans in 1940, the 17-year-old Jean fled to Brittany, where she used her guile, charm and looks to secure passage on a boat back to England.

In 1941, aged 18, she was recruited into the counter-intelligence and double agent section of MI5. Her job was to sift through reports from Camp 020, the wartime internment centre at Ham, Surrey, where enemy spies were interrogated, and bring anything of interest to the notice of her senior colleagues.

In November 1946, after a brief courtship, she married Colonel William Gerard Leigh at St George’s Chapel, Hanover Square, with a reception at Claridge’s. Gerard Leigh was an officer in the Life Guards and a fine horseman, who, as chairman of the Guards Polo Club, would make headlines for saving the Queen from a flying polo ball in 1971.

The pair enjoyed an evening cocktail and travelled everywhere together with a concoction kit for vodka martinis. Even in hotel rooms, the mini bar was rarely touched; and when staying with friends they preferred to mix their own cocktails in their room before dining.

After the war she spent time with her husband in Palestine, and later in Germany. Back in Britain, Jean Gerard Leigh involved herself in charitable work, particularly for the Docklands Settlement charity and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in central London. A gifted gardener, with a lightning recall for the Latin names of plants, she kept a series of beautiful gardens in Berkshire.

Ewen Montagu, meanwhile, continued to keep in touch with Jean from time to time. In 1951, before the publication of his authorised account of Operation Mincemeat, he wrote to Jean Gerard Leigh (“or should it be Pam?”) asking for her permission to use the swimsuit photograph, assuring her that she would be identified only as “a girl working in my section”.

Jean was not entirely happy: “I am most interested to hear that parts of your and Bill’s doubtful past are to be revealed to the unsuspecting public”, she replied. “But what should be my answer if someone sees through the ravages of time and identifies me with Pam?” Montagu suggested that if anyone made the connection, she should “merely say that you were working in a branch of the War Office”.

In 1980 when a photograph of Jean appeared in The Times after her husband was appointed CBE, the 79-year-old Montagu wrote another letter: “Dear Pam, It was a voice from the past to see you in today’s papers and I can’t resist being another such voice and sending you congratulations. Ever yours, Ewen (alias Major William Martin).”

But it was not until 1996 that Jean Gerard Leigh admitted publicly that she and “Pam” were one and the same. She came forward after The Daily Telegraph reported the true identity of the body used in Operation Mincemeat; it had been identified following years of painstaking research by Roger Morgan, a local council officer.

Carolyn Gerard Leigh married in 1977, as his second wife, Charles Edward Riou Benson [1935-2002], sometime racing correspondent of the Daily Express [under the nom de plume 'Bendex'], & scion of that landed gentry family, son of Stephen Riou Benson, and his wife the former Phyllis Hawkins. Her husband, who died 12 July, 2002, aged 66, was a famed racing tipster, socialite and gambler. She is survived by a daughter, Honor May Benson [who was born in 1980].


Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Seymour Corkran 1936-2021

 _. Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Seymour Corkran, OBE, late the Grenadier Guards, died 9 March, 2021, aged 84. 

He was born in 1936, son of Maj Giles Seymour Corkran [1911-1996], of Hailsham, Sussex, descended from the Ricardo landed gentry family, by his wife the former Isabel F.E. Nuttall [1909-68]; and married 14 Oct, 1967, Jane Melanie Paget [born 12 July, 1947], descended from the Earls of Uxbridge [now Marquesses of Anglesey], daughter of John Francis Paget [1903-89], and his wife the former Ann Millicent Blundell, by whom he had issue, two daughters, Claire Melanie born 1973], and Alexandra Frances Louise [born 1976].

Richard Corkran was a grandson paternally of Major General Sir Charles Edward Corkran, KCVO, CB, CMG [1872-1939], who served as Major-General commanding the Brigade of Guards and General Officer Commanding London District from 1928 to 1932. Sir Charles married in 1904, Winifred Maud Ricardo [1880-1972], a niece of Amy Ricardo [1847-79], wife of the 7th Duke of Richmond and Gordon, &c.


Alexander Salkeld 1977-2021

 _. Alexander M.G. Salkeld died 7 March, 2021. He was 44.

He was born 1977, the youngest son of John Salkeld, of Armsworth, Hampshire, and his wife the former Victoria Perkins.

He married [engagement announced in 2009], Arabella J. Sharples, dau of the Hon Christopher & Mrs Sharon Sharples, of London, and granddaughter of the the life peer the Baroness Sharples (b 11 February, 1923), and her husband the late Sir Richard Sharples, sometime Gov of Bermuda, by whom he had issue, three children, Summer, Lachlan and Ottilie.


Thursday, March 11, 2021

John Edward Bury 1927-2021

 _. John Edward Bury, who died 7 March, 2021, aged 93, was descended from the Le Marchant baronets.

He was born 26 September, 1927, son of Colonel John Bury, OBE, of the 17th/21st Lancers, and his wife the former Ruth Alice Le Marchant [1900-1982], daughter of Brig-Gen Sir Edward Le Marchant, 4th Baronet [1871-1953].

He married 28 June, 1961, Diana Mary Incledon-Webber [b 27 September, 1932], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Lieut.-Col. Godfrey Sturdy Incledon-Webber [1904-86], and his wife the former Angela Florence Lacy [1905-91], daughter of Sir Pierce Lacy, 1st Baronet [1872-1956], by whom he had two sons, Henry [born 1962], and Edward [born and died 1970], and five daughters, Mary [born 1964], Anne [born 1965], Eleanor [b 1967], Jane [born 1971], and Clare [born 1972].


Richard Beaumont, a great-great grandson of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone, engaged ...

 _. The engagement was announced 11 March, 2021, between Richard Christian Beaumont [born 27 May, 1989], scion of the Viscounts Allendale, second son of the Hon Hubert Wentworth Beaumont -[born 13 Apr, 1956], of County Kildare, Ireland, and Katherine Emma [Kate] Beaumont [nee Abel Smith, born 11 March, 1961], of Nottinghamshire, and Elizabeth Louise Holland [b 1990], daughter of Michael G. Holland, of Bramcote, Nottinghamshire, and his wife the former Margaret H. Osborne.

Richard Beaumont, a grandson of the late life peer the Baron Beaumont of Whitley [1928-2008] is also a descendant of Queen Victoria. 

Queen Victoria [1819-1901] > Prince Leopold [1853-84] > Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone [1883-1981] > Lady May Abel Smith [1906-94] > Richard Abel Smith [1933-2004] > Kate Abel Smith [b 1961] > Richard Beaumont [b 1989]


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The Lady Margaret Nicola Glasse 1937-2021

_. The Lady Margaret Glasse, who died 26 February, 2021, aged 83, was a scion of the Earls of Caithness.

The former Lady Margaret Nicola Sinclair, she was born 11 September, 1937, the second daughter of the 19th Earl of Caithness [1906-65], of Baile-na-Coille, Balmoral, Ballater, Aberdeenshire, and his first wife the former Grizel Margaret Miller-Cunningham [1909-43], scion of that Scots landed gentry family.

She married firstly, 29 Aug, 1959, Capt David Colin Kirkwood Brown, of the Gordon Highlanders, son of Group Capt Hugh Mitchell Kirkwood Brown, by whom she had issue. She married 2ndly, in 1983, John James Maxwell Glasse [who died 15 Nov, 2015], son of J.M. Glasse, of Corsham, Wiltshire.

Lady Margaret's half-brother is the former Conservative government minister, the 20th Earl of Caithness [born 3 Nov, 1948].

She is survived by her two children, Nicola Jane [born 15 Aug, 1960], and Olivia [born 15 Oct, 1962].



Jeremy James Wagg 1938-2021

 _. Jeremy James Wagg, who died 26 February, 2021, the day before his 83rd birthday, was a descendant of the Horlick baronets.

He was born 27 February, 1938, the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Arthur Wagg [1909-2000], and his wife the former Rachel Katherine Horlick [1913-1969], daughter of Colonel Sir James Horlick, 4th Baronet [1886-1953].

Burke's Peerage states that Jeremy's middle name was John, not James.

He married firstly, 25 April, 1964 [div 1969], the Hon Susan Geraldine Verney [1942-2009], daughter of the 20th Baron Willoughby de Broke [1896-1986], and his wife the former Rachel Wrey [died 1991], scion of the Wrey baronets. He married secondly, 9 July, 1969, Caroline Denise Berry [born 3 March, 1948], a granddaughter of the newspaper proprietor, the 1st Viscount Camrose [1879-1954], being daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon Julian Berry [1920-88], and his wife the former Janet Frances Denise Rowan-Thompson [who died 13 June, 2010]. From his second marriage he leaves issue, a son, Julian [born 14 March, 1972], and a daughter, Katharine [born 1974].


Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Sir Leslie Fielding, KCMG 1932-2021

 _. Sir Leslie Fielding, KCMG, has died aged 88. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, 1987-92.

He entered the Diplomatic Service in 1956; served in: Terhran 1957-60; Foreign Office 1960-64; Singapore 1964; Charge d'Affaires in Phnom Penh 1964-66; Paris 1967-70; Deputy Head of Planning Staff, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1970-73; sedconded for service with the European Commission in Brussels, 1973; &c.

Born 29 July, 1932, son of Percy Archer Fielding and his wife the former Margaret Calder Horry. Married 1978, Dr Sally Harvey, FSA, sometimeFellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford. Two children.

Appointed KCMG, 1988.


Mark Cecil Christopher Armitage 1937-2021

 _. Mark Cecil Christopher Armitage, who died 5 March, 2021, aged 83, was descended maternally from the Cayley baronets; born 24 June, 1937, the son of Commander Arthur Frank Armitage, RN [1895-1977], and his wife the former Alexandra Margery Eileen Cayley [1901-95]; married 1974, Karen Cunningham, by whom he had issue, four sons, William, Ed, Mark and Dominic.

Sir Digby Cayley, 7th Bt [1807-83] > Digby Cayley [1834-1912] > Harry Cayley [1873-1954] > Alexandra Cayley [1901-95]  > Mark Armitage [1937-2021].


Dowager Lady Rowley [died 2021]

 _. The Dowager Lady Rowley, who died 2 March, 2021, was the widow of Sir Charles Rowley, Bt [1926-2008], of Naseby Hall, Northants.

She was the former Astrid Massey, daughter of Sir Arthur Massey, CBE, MD [1894-1980], sometime Hon Physician to King George VI, and married 10 Dec, 1952, Charles Robert Rowley, son of Lt-Col Sir William Rowley, 6th Baronet [1891-1971], and his first wife the former Beatrice Gwendoline Kirby.

Her husband succeeded his father, 11 Nov, 1971, as 7th Baronet, of Hill House, Berkshire [created in 1836], and he succeeded his kinsman, Sir Joshua Rowley, 7th Bt, as the eighth holder of the baronetcy, of Tendring Hall, Suffolk [created in 1786]. 

She was widowed 11 May, 2008.

The Dowager Lady Rowley leaves issue, a son, Sir Richard Rowley, 8th & 9th Bt [born 14 Aug, 1959], and a daughter, Caroline [born 28 June, 1955].


Monday, March 08, 2021

Hon Ian James Crofton Peddie, QC 1945-2021

 _. The Hon Ian James Crofton Peddie, QC, who died 26 February, 2021, aged 75, was a son of the life peer, the Baron Peddie, MBE [1905-78], by his wife the former Hilda Mary Alice Bull [1905-85]; born in Hull, in 1945; married 1976, Susan Renee, daughter of Edmund John Brampton Howes, by whom he had four children.

Called to the Bar in 1971; QC, 1982.


Hugo Ronnie Collingwood [born 2021]

 _. Louise Collingwood [nee Mercer], wife of Thomas David Collingwood [born 4 Feb, 1990], gave birth to a son, Hugo Ronnie, 4 March, 2021, a brother for Henry Caspar, who was born 29 Dec, 2017.

Louise is a daughter of the late Ian Mercer and his wife, Angela.

Thomas is a son of John Michael Collingwood [born 1958], of Willaston, Wirral, and his wife the former Jane Louise Graham-Clarke [born 1961], scion of the Graham-Clarke landed gentry family.


Sunday, March 07, 2021

Richard Marriott 1930-2021

 _. Richard Marriott, who died 22 February, 2021, was Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, 1996-2005, and High Sheriff of Humberside 1991-92, and squire of Boynton Hall, near Bridlington.

He was born 17 December, 1930, the son of Maj Rowland Arthur Marriott, OBE [1899-1992], of Cotesbach Hall, Leicestershire, and his wife the former Evelyn Alice Ursula Caillard [1907-97], scion of that landed gentry family, of Wingfield House. He was a grandson maternally of Maj William Maurice Copland due Quesne Caillard [1874-1955], and his first wife the former Lady Gertrude Alice Temple-Gore-Langton [1874-1919], daughter of the 4th Earl Temple of Stowe [1847-1902].

Evelyn Richard Copland Marriott was educated at Eton and Brasenose College, Oxford, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade, 1850-51; Lt-Col commanding 21st SAS Rgt [Artists] TA, 1966-69; career: with Brown Shipley & Co Ltd 1954-63; Partner Mullens & Co [Government Brokers] 1964-86; Director: Mercury Asset Management, 1986-96; Member of the Humberside Rural Development Commission 1986-95; Vice-President Officers' Association [Chairman 1977-86; RUSI 1993-98; Financial Adviser, Army Development Fund 1969-97 [Treasurer 1997-2000]; Airborne Forces Security Fund 1972-; Trustee, Special Air Service Association 1994; President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society 1995-96; Member of the Council of the National Army Museum, 1991; Member of the Council of Hull University, 1994-2000; Vice-Pres Brynmor Jones Library, Hull, 1988; Trustee of the Buttle Trust 1985-98 [Deputy Chairman 1900-96]; Trustee, York Minster Fund 1987-2000; Chairman, Burton Constable Foundation, 1992; Member of the Advisory Panel, Greenwich Hospital 1981; &c.

He married in 1959, Janet [Sally] Coles, daughter of Capt Guy Roger Coles [1894-1944] and his wife the former Alice Ivy Henrietta Keswick [1899-1984], by whom he had two sons, Charlie and James.

His paternal grandfather, Charles Marriott, of Cotesbach Hall [born 1848], was the second son of the Rev James Marriott [1819-71], who married 19 Dec 1844, Lucy Henrietta Strickland [d 1871], daughter of Sir George Strickland, Bt, and his wife the former Mary Constable, of Wassand. The Rev James Marriott, inherited the Strickland property, including the Boynton estate, and under the terms of the will of Lady Strickland he assumed the surname of Goulton-Constable in lieu of Marriott.

From the Telegraph: His peripatetic childhood had taken him from Essex to London to West Sussex and, during the war years, to Farnley, outside Leeds, but it was not until 1981 that Richard and his wife, Sally, arrived in East Yorkshire, having bought Boynton Hall and its estate. With its family connections going back to the 1550s, the hall had been sold by Richard’s uncle in 1950. Over the following four decades the couple painstakingly repurchased its buildings, books, furniture, pictures and land. It was a source of joy to them to restore Boynton and share the house with friends and family.



Saturday, March 06, 2021

[Frances] Jane Holford [née Buxton] 1944-2021

 _. [Frances] Jane Holford [nee Buxton], died 28 February, 2021, aged 76.

She was born 13 November, 1944, daughter of John Edward Buxton [died 1981], and his wife the former Norah Frances O'Bryen Hoare [1907-1995], scion of the Hoare of Annabella baronets. She married 1967, John Edward Holford, by whom she had issue, three daughters, Rebecca Jane [b 1968], Melanie Sarah [born 1970], and Elizabeth Alice [born 1975].


von Celsing/Cadogan engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 6 March, 2021, between Christian Frederick H. von Celsing [born 1992], son of Mr Hans von Celsing, and his wife the former Virginia Anne Mackenzie [born 8 March, 1958], scion of the Mackenzie baronets, and the Hon Philippa Katharina Cadogan [born 1992], scion of the Earls Cadogan, daughter of Edward Charles Cadogan, styled Viscount Chelsea [born 10 May, 1966], and Katharina, Viscountess Chelsea [nee Katharina Johanna Ingeborg Hülsemann].

Philippa Cadogan is a granddaughter of the 8th Earl Cadogan [b 24 March, 1937], and his first wife the former Lady Philippa Dorothy Bluet Wallop [1937-84], daughter of the 9th Earl of Portsmouth [1898-1984].

Christian von Celsing is also descended from the Rawlinson, Kirkpatrick and Seymour baronets, and from the latter family he descends from the Dukes of Somerset.


Merricks/Hands engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 6 March, 2021, between Rowley Philip J Merricks [born 1983], son of [John] Philip Merricks, of The Manor, Icklesham, East Sussex, and his wife, the former Corinne A. O'Brien, & Alice Rebecca Hands [born 1985], daughter of Michael B. Hands, of Water End, Buckinghamshire, and his wife the former Caroline A.P. Bate.

Rowley's mother, Corinne, married firstly, in 1975, John Anchitel Fleetwood Ashburnham [1951-1981], son and heir of Sir Denny Ashburnham, 12th Baronet [1916-1999].

Rowley Merricks is a younger half brother of Sir James Ashburnham, 13th Baronet [b 17 Dec, 1979]


Beatson-Hird/Burrell engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 6 March, 2021, between Hubert John Beatson-Hird [born 1992], the eldest son of Jonathan D. Beatson-Hird [born 1960], of Brecon, Powys, and his former wife, the former Suzannah Clare Starkey [born 5 Oct, 1966], scion of the Starkey baronets [now Mrs Suzannah Edwards-Jones, of Norwell, Nottinghamshire], & Harriet Jane Burrell [born 1992], daughter of Graham J Burrell, of Bromham, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Jane F. Varrall.

Sir John Starkey, 3rd Bt [b 1938] > Suzannah Starkey [b 1966] > Hubert Beatson-Hird [b 1992]


Friday, March 05, 2021

Tollemache/Cadbury engagement

 _. The engagement has been announced between David Charles John Tollemache [born 1989], scion of the Tollemache barons, middle son of the Hon Hugh John Hamilton Tollemache [born 17 Feb, 1946], of Stow-on-the Wold, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Rosanne Cayzer [born 1956], scion of the Barons Rotherwick, & Jemima Clare B. Cadbury [born 13 Aug, 1992], scion of the eponymous chocolate dynasty, daughter of [George] Justin Peter Cadbury [born 13 Apr, 1951], of Blewbury, Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Michelle Pearson-Cooper.

The 4th Baron Tollemache [1910-75] > Hon Hugh Tollemache [b 1946] > David Tollemache [b 1989]


Ormerod/Boyd engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 5 March, 2021, between Eden Francis Charles Ormerod [born 1988], middle son of Giles Patrick Denis Ormerod [born in Germany, 1957], of Brockenhurst, Hampshire, and his wife the former Teresa Helen Nelson [b 12 Apr, 1962], scion of the Earls Nelson, & Jennifer Louise Boyd [born 1991], younger daughter of Bradley Steven Boyd, of Sisters, Deschutes County, Oregon, United States, and Mary Sylvia Weld Forester [born 1957], of Newbury, Berkshire, scion of the Barons Forester.

The Nelson descent of Eden Ormerod:-

Rev Edmund Nelson, [1722-1802] father of the great Horatio Nelson > Susanna Nelson [1755-1813] sister of Admiral Lord Nelson > Thomas, 2nd Earl Nelson [1786-1835] > Hon Maurice Horatio Nelson [1832-1914] > Charles Nelson [1868-1931] > John Charles Horatio Nelson [1905-94] > Anthony Burrard Horatio Nelson [1935-2019] > Teresa Nelson [b 1962] > Eden Ormerod [b 1988].


Brigitte Blanger 1943-2021

  _. Brigitte Blanger, wo died 3 March, 2021, aged 78, was a scion of the Earls of Dysart, and in remainder to that Scottish peerage.

She was born 8 February, 1943, the elder daughter of Capt Bernard Albert Blanger, sometime Secretary of the French Legation in Lisbon, and his wife the former Lady Mary Greaves [1921-55], who was the 3rd and youngest daughter of Maj Owain Whitehead Greaves [1882-1941], and his wife Wenefryde Agatha, in her own right Countess of Dysart [1889-1975].

She married firstly, 1964 [div 1967], John Fotheringham; married 2ndly, 1969 [div 1976], Pavlos Athanasacopoulos, and leaves no issue from either union. She resumed her maiden name after her second divorce.

She leaves a sister Beatrice [Bibi] Evans [born 24 June, 1945], and a nephew, Schuyler Evans [born 1978], and a niece, Beatrice Santell [born 1980], and great nephews, Eliot Santell [born 2007], and Silas Santell [born 2009].


Lady Johnson 1943-2021

 _. Caroline, Lady Johnson, who died 28 February, 2021, aged 78, was the widow of Sir Peter Johnson, 7th Baronet.

Her husband was a publisher of sailing books and a significant figure in the development of racing small yachts and in the administration of racing rules and sailing records.

She was the former Caroline Elisabeth Hodsoll, daughter of Sir [Eric] John Hodsoll, a civil servant, and married Peter Colpoys Paley Johnson, as his second wife, in 1973. 

Her husband was born 26 March, 1930, son of Sir John Paley Johnson, 6th Baronet, MBE, & the former Carol Haas, and he succeeded to the family baronetcy in 1975. The baronetcy was created in 1755 for General William Johnson, who held large estates in what was then still the British Colonial Territory of New York State. The title was created to mark the defeat of the French at the Battle of Crown Point.

By her husband, who died 24 May, 2003, aged 73, she leaves a son, Nicholas, who was born in 1977.


Thursday, March 04, 2021

Morris-Eyton/Barber engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 4 March, 2021, between Marcus Alexander Morris-Eyton [born 1989], scion of the Eyton landed gentry family, son of Robert Anthony [Tony] Morris-Eyton, of Calvington, Shropshire, and his wife the former Clare Stuttaford [born 1960], & Harriet Mae Barber [born 1989], daughter of Paul R. Barber, of Well, Hampshire, and his wife the former Susan E. Rielly.

The Morris-Eytons descend from the Earls of Roden:-

Robert Jocelyn, 7th Earl of Roden [1845-1915] > Lady Marcia Jocelyn [1891-1972] > Jean Miles [1927-2021] > Anthony Morris-Eyton > Marcus Morris-Eyton [b 1989].


Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Hon Alastair James Keith 1947-2021

 _. The Hon Alastair Keith, who died 26 February, 2021, in New York, aged 73, was a scion of the Earls of Kintore, and the son of the life peer, the Baron Keith of Castleacre.

Alastair James Keith was born in 1947, son of Kenneth Alexander Keith, Baron Keith of Castleacre [1916-2004], and his wife Lady Ariel Olivia Winifred Baird [1916-2003], daughter of the 1st Viscount Stonehaven [1874-1941], and his wife Ethel Sydney Keith-Falconer, suo jure Countess of Kintore [1874-1974].

He married in 1983, Jane Will Teagle, daughter of Walter C. Teagle, Jr, by whom he had issue, a son Alexander, and a daughter, Serena.


Tuesday, March 02, 2021

Triptych Alabama Bliss von Halle [born 2021]

  _.Olivia von Halle [nee Falconer], wife of Hugo Timothy von Halle [born 1984], gave birth to a daughter, Triptych Alabama Bliss, 23 February, 2021, a sister to Hieronymus and Dionysus.

Hugo von Halle is a son of Timothy Walter Laurence von Halle, and his wife the former Sarah Sassoon, scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Hugh Meyer Sassoon [1929-2020], and his wife the former Marion Julia Schiff [1929-2016].

Hugo von Halle is a nephew of the life peer, James Meyer Sassoon, the Baron Sassoon [born 1955].


Robert Alec Snow Irving of Bonshaw, Chief of the Name and Arms of Irving of Bonshaw [1930-2021]

 _. Capt Robert Alec Snow Irving of Bonshaw, RN, Chief of the Name and Arms of Irving of Bonshaw, died 17 February, 2021. He was an Arabic linguist.

He was a son of Commander George Robert Irving Irving, RN [1895-1970], who inherited the Bonshaw estate, Kirtlebridge, near Gretna Green, in 1954, on the death of his kinsman, Capt Sir R.B. Irving, KB, OBE [1877-1954], who had a long and distinguished naval career, and had seen action at the Battle of Jutland [with the future King George VI], was chief officer on the Lusitania, and was later captain of the Queen Mary.

Capt Robert Alec Snow Irving married in 1956, Elisabeth Schubart [born 26 Nov, 1932], daughter of Hans Albrecht Schubart [died 7 July, 1968], and his wife the former Betty Dorothea Wingfield Verner [1904-84], scion of the Verner baronets, by whom he had issue, three sons, Rupert [born 1958], Alexander [born 1961], and Mark [born in 1965].

By Interlocutor dated 25 August, 2014 the Lord Lyon King of Arms recognised Robert Alec Snow Irving of Bonshaw, as Chief of the Name and Arms of Irving of Bonshaw, an independent branch of the Clan Irvine, long established in the Borders at Bonshaw.

Bonshaw Tower, the family estate has now passed from Robert Irving's branch of the Irving Clan to a distant kinsman. The Irving of Bonshaw is succeeded by his eldest son.


Monday, March 01, 2021

Dr John Warwick Mills [died 2021]

 _. Dr John Warwick Mills died 18 February, 2021, aged 85. He married 1981, Jennifer Jean Mary Gascoyne-Cecil [born 7 Oct, 1947], scion of the Marquesses of Salisbury, daughter of Anthony Robert Gascoyne-Cecil [1921-98], and his first wife, the former Mary Hood Simpson [1922-2004], by whom he had issue, a son, George Frederick Cecil [born 1986], and a daughter, Eleanor Mary Cecil [born 1984].

3rd Marquess of Salisbury [Prime Minister] 1830-1903-->Rt Rev Lord Rupert Cecil [1863-1936]-->Victor Gascoyne-Cecil [1891-1977]-->Anthony Gascoyne-Cecil [1921-98]-->Jennifer Gascoyne-Cecil [b 1947]


Rees Martin [died 2021]

_. Rees Martin died 21 February, 2021, the son of Leslie Martin, of Napier, New Zealand; married 25 July, 1981, as her second husban, the Hon Penelope Christina Plowden [born 29 Oct, 1941], daughter of the life peer, the Baron Plowden [1907-2001], by his wife the former Bridget Horatia Richmond [1910-2000], a granddaughter maternally of Sir Thomas Bell, 2nd Baronet [1844-1931]; by whom he had a son, Henry Martin [Harry], born 1984.


Clover Scott 1940-2021

_. Clover Scott [nee Noakes], who died 19 February, 2021, was the widow of David Eldon Scott [1939-2015], scion of the Earls of Eldon.

She was a daughter of Sidney Henry Noakes [1905-93], of Hove, East Sussex, and his wife the former Marjorie Helen Connery [1907-77]; married 12 March, 1966, David Eldon Scott, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Eldon Scott [1907-67], and his wife the former Daphne Olive Josephine Hancock [1914-85]. by whom she had two sons, Rupert Eldon Scott [born 1967], and Henry Eldon Scott [b 1969]. She was widowed 16 June, 2015.

3rd Earl of Eldon [1845-1926]-->Hon Osmund Scott [1876-1948]-->Harold Scott [1907-67]-->David Scott [1939-2015]



Catherine Sylveria Mary Kelsey 1962-2021

 _.Catherine Sylveria Mary Kelsey [née Swan], who died 17 March, 2021, aged 58, was a granddaughter maternally of the 3rd Earl of Iddesleigh.

She was born 20 October, 1962, the third daughter of Sir Conrad Swan, KCVO [1924-2019], sometime Garter King of Arms, and his wife the former Lady Hilda Susan Mary Northcote [1937-95], daughter of the 3rd Earl of Iddesleigh [1901-70].

She married 1stly in 1986, John Jeremy Walters, by whom she had two sons, [Alfred] Hugh Charles, and Francis Henry Conrad, and a daughter, Eleanor. She married 2ndly, Alan Kelsey.


Sir [Francis] Michael Ian Bruce, 12th Baronet 1926-2021

Sir [Francis] Michael Ian Bruce, 12th Baronet, died 28 February, 2021, at Long Beach, California, United States. He was 94.

He was born 3 April, 1926, son of Sir Michael William Selby Bruce, 11th Baronet [1894-1957], and his first wife the former Doreen Dalziel Greenwell.

Sir Michael was a veteran of the Second World War having served in the US Marine Corps, Amphibious Forces, and Fleet Marines Force 1943-1946 (Solomon Is, Bismarck Archipelago and Philippines Campaigns). He was a partner of Gossard-Bruce Company, and was owner of the American Maritime Company, and The Eye Witness (a legal photograph service). He was a Master Mariner.

He succeeded to the baronetcy [created by Charles I in 1628] on his father's demise, 20 May, 1957.

Sir Michael married five times. He married firstly, 21 Aug, 1947 (div 1957) Barbara Stevens Lynch, daughter of Francis Lynch; and married 2ndly, 1961 (div 1963) Frances Keegan; married 3rdly, 1966 (div 1975) Marilyn Anne Mullaly,; and 4thly, 1991 (div) Patricia Gail Root; and 5thly, in 1994, Alessandro Conforto. Sir Michael had two sons from his first marriage, Michael [born 1950], and Robert [born 1952].

The baronetcy now passes to his elder son, Michael Ian Richard Bruce of Stenhouse, Younger, who was born 10 December, 1950.