Friday, April 30, 2021

Nicholas Gerald Chadwyck-Healey 1946-2021

 _. Nicholas Gerald Chadwyck-Healey, who died 24 April, 2021, aged 74, was a scion of the baronets of that name.

He was born 8 July, 1946, the second son of Lt-Col Sir Charles Arthur Chadwyck-Healey, 4th Baronet [1910-86], and his wife the former Viola Lubbock [1912-95], scion of the Barons Avebury.

He married in 1978, Mrs Alison Jill Handley [nee Stevens], former wife of Mark E.S. Handley, and daughter of Dr Norton Stevens, of Thaxted, Essex, by whom he had issue, a son, Gerald [born 1979], and a daughter, Cherry [born 1980].


Hon Moira Rank [nee Hopwood] 1919-2021

 _. The Hon Moira Rank, who died 22 April, 2021, aged 101, was a scion of the extinct Barons Southborough.

She was born Moira Hopwood, 13 December, 1919, daughter of the Hon Sir Francis John Hopwood [1897-1982], sometime managing director of Shell Transport, and his wife the former Audrey Evelyn Dorothy Money. Her father succeeded as 3rd Baron Southborough on the death of his falf-brother, in 1960. The title became extict in 1982 with the death od her brother, Francis, 4th Baron.

She married firstly, 26 June 1940, Flight Lieutenant Peter Anthony Woodwark, RAFVR [who was killed in action, 17 Oct, 1943], the eldest son of Colonel Sir Stanley Woodwark, CMG, CBE, MD, FRCP; she married 2ndly, 14 February, 1946, Joseph McArthur Rank [died 1999], of Hartfield, Sussex, elder son of the late Rowland Rank, and had issue from both marriages.


Julian Herbert Gibbs 1932-2021

_.Julian Herbert Gibbs, who died 25 April, 2021, aged 88, was a scion of the Barons Hunsdon.

He was born 26 November, 1932, son of the Hon Sir Geoffrey Cokayne Gibbs, KCMG [1901-75], and his wife the former Helen Margaret Leslie [1905-79].

He married in 2014 his partner of many years, Joel O'Connor.

Henry Gibbs, 1st Baron Aldenham [1819-1907] > Herbert Gibbs, 1st Baron Hunsdon [1854-1935] > Hon Sir Geoffrey Gibbs [1901-75] > Julian Gibbs [1932-2021]



Thursday, April 29, 2021

Ivo Robert Walter Guinness [born 2021]

_.Natasha Guinness, wife of Samuel Walter Guinness [born 1985], scion of the Guinness dynasty, gave birth to a son, Ivo Robert Walter, in London, 1 March, 2021, a brother for Rory James Marmont, who was born in Hong Kong, 3 June, 2019.

Samuel, on the baronet branch of the brewing family, is the son of Robert Chapman Guinness [born 4 February, 1937], and his wife Sarah Jane de Zoete [born 1943].


Air Vice-Marshal Donald Laurence Attlee, CB, LVO 1922-2021

 _.Air Vice-Marshal Donald Laurence Attlee, CB, LVO, who died 28 April, 2021, aged 98, was a nephew of the 1st Earl Attlee, KG, OM, CH, PC, FRS [1883-1967].

He was born 2 September, 1922, son of Maj. Laurence Gillespie Attlee [1884-1969], and his wife the former Letitia Rotton [died 1973].

Career: pilot training in Canada 1942-44; Flying Instructor, 1944-48; Staff, Training Command, 1949-52; 12 Squadron 1952-54; Air Ministry, Air Staff 1954-55; RAF Staff College 1956; 59 Squadron 1957-59; Commanding Officer, The Queen's Flight [Wing Commander] 1960-63; HQ RAF Germany, 1964-67; CO RAF Brize Norton 1968-69; Iperial Defence College 1970; Ministry of Defence Policy Staff 1971-72; Director of RAF Recruiting 1973-74; Air Cdre, Intellifence 1974-75; AOA Training Command 1975-77, retired. Chairman Mid Devon Buisness Club 1985-87; Deputy Lieutenant for Devon, 1991.

He was appointed LVO in 1964, and CB in 1978.


Robert Arlo Sveaas Guinness [born 2021]

 _. Clementine Liv Coleridge Guinness [nee Sveaas, born 1 July, 1984] wife of Richard de Zoete Guinness [born 22 July, 1981], scion of the brewing dynasty, gave birth to a son, Robert Arlo Sveaas, 7 April, 2021.

Clemmie Guinness is a daughter of Haakon Sveaas, of Pimlico, London, and his wife the former Jenny Coleridge [born 1947], scion of the Barons Coleridge.

Richard Guinness, a member of the Guinness family descended from the branch awarded a baronetcy, is the son of Robert Chapman Guinness [born 4 February, 1937], and his wife Sarah Jane de Zoete [born 1943].


The Baron Smith of Clifton 1937-2021

 _.Lord Smith of Clifton, Liberal Democrat life peer, university vice-chancellor and sometime chairman of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, died 24 April, 2021. He was 83. 

He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ulster, 1991-99.

Trevor Arthur Smith was born 14 June, 1937, the son of Arthur James Smith and his wife the former Vera Gladys Cross. 

He married firstly 1960 [div 1973], Brenda Susan Eustace [born 1937], daughter of George William Francis Eustace; married 2ndly, 1979, Julia Donnithorne Bullock [born 1949], daughter of Edward John Donnithorne Bullock. He leaves two sons from his first marriage, and a daughter from his second marriage.

He was created a life peer in 1997 and his peerage was gazetted as Baron Smith of Clifton, of Mounstandel, in the County of Londonderry. 


Lorna Rosemary Weston Brooke 1983-2021

 _.Lorna Rosemary Weston Brooke, a scion of the Brooke baronets, an amateur jockey, died following a fall at Taunton Racecourse, 18 April, 2021. She was 37.

She was born in 1983, daughter of Sir Alistair Weston Brooke, 4th Baronet [born 12 September, 1947], and his wife the former Susan Mary Griffiths.

Lorna was riding Orchestrated for her mother, Lady Brooke, when the horse fell at the third fence in a handicap chase on 8 April. The 37-year-old was taken to intensive care at Southmead Hospital in Bristol for observation and tests on a suspected spinal injury. After complications she was later placed in an induced coma. A statement from the Injured Jockeys Fund on Monday said: "It is with deep sadness that we have to share the tragic news that Lorna Brooke passed away yesterday. "Her family thank everyone for their kindness in the last few weeks, particularly the staff at Southmead Hospital who were so professional. "They will be having a private funeral and will hold a celebration of Lorna's life once Covid restrictions allow."


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Elizabeth Margaret Lowry-Corry 1921-2021

 _.Elizabeth Margaret Lowry-Corry, who died 18 April, 2021, aged 99, was a scion of the Earls of Belmore.

She was born 1 May, 1921, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Henry Charles Lowry-Corry, MC, JP [1887-1973], sometime Vice Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, and his wife the former Betty Alice Adeline Proby [1889-1978], scion of the Proby baronets.

Miss Lowry-Corry was a great-granddaughter of the 3rd Earl of Belmore [1801-45], a great-granddaughter of Charles Wood, 1st Viscount Halifax [1800-85], and a great-granddaughter of the 4th Earl of Donoughmore [1823-66].


John Sentamu's life peerage gazetted

 _. The life peerage awarded to the Rt Rev John Sentamu, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Sentamu, of Lindisfarne in the County of Northumberland and of Masooli in the Republic of Uganda, 27 April, 2021.

John Sentamu [born 10 June, 1949] served as Archbisbop of York from 2005 to 2020.


Capt Sir David Clayton, 12th Baronet 1936-2021

 _.Capt. Sir David Clayton, 12th Baronet, who died 22 April, 2021, aged 84, was a Shipmaster [merchant navy] and sometime director of Oceanic Liners [UK] Ltd.

David Robert Clayton was born 12 December, 1936, son of Lieut-Cdr Sir Arthur Harold Clayton, 11th Baronet, DSC, RN [1903-85], and his 2nd wife the former Alexandra Andreevsky, daughter of Sergei Andreevsky.

He was educated in HMS Conway and joined the Merchant Service in 1953, and was promoted to first command as Captain in 1970; a Director of Oceanic Liners [UK] Ltd from 1989.

David Clayton, of Kingswear, Dartmouth, Devon, succeeded his father in the baronetcy, 6 August, 1985. 

He married in 1971, Julia Louise Redfearn, daughter of Charles Henry Redfearn, by whom he had two sons, Robert, and John. The elder son, Robert Philip Clayton, born 8 July, 1975, now succeeds to the baronetcy which was created in 1732.


Galbraith/Hills engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 28 April, 2021, between James Jan Kent Galbraith [born 1991], scion of the Barons Strathclyde, second son of Morman Thomas Galloway Galbraith [born 23 August, 1955], of Gifford, East Lothian, and his formern wife the former Quona Rose [Sandy] Braithwaite [born 1961, now Mrs Sandy Thompson, of Greenlaw, Berwickshire], & Rosie A.D. Hills, daughter of Mr & Mrs George Hills, of Bathealton, Somerset.

James Galbraith is a great-grandson of the 1st Baron Strathclyde [1891-1985].


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The life peerage awarded to Dame Susan Margaret Black is gazetted as Baroness Black of Strome

 _.The life peerage recently awarded to Dame Susan Margaret Black, DBE, FBA, FRSE, FRCP, FRAI, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Black of Strome.

Susan Margaret Black [née Gunn, was born 7 May 1961]. She is a Scottish forensic anthropologist, anatomist and academic. She is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University and is the current President of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. From 2005 to 2018 she was Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee.

The House of Lords website records that Dame Susan's peerage was gazetted on 26 April, 2021, Her nomination as a Crossbench life peer was announced  by the House of Lords Appointments Commission on 24 February, 2021.


Monday, April 26, 2021

The Baroness O'Cathain, OBE 1938-2021

 _.The Baroness O'Cathain, who died 23 April, 2021, aged 83, was a Conservative member of the House of Lords. She was Managing Director of The Barbican Centre 1990-95.

She was born 3 February, 1938, daughter of Caoimhghin O'Cathain and his wife Margaret. She married in 1968, William Bishop [who died 2001].

She was educated at University College, Dublin.

Career: Aer Lingus, Dublin 1961-66; Group Economist, Tarmac, 1966-69; Economic Adviser, Rootes Motors 1969-72; Senior Economist, Carrington Vyella 1972-73; Economic Adviser, British Leyland, 1973-74; Director, Market Planning, Leyland Cars 1974-76; Corporate Planning Executive, Unigate 1976-81; Milk Marketing Board: Head of Strategic Planning 1981-83; Director and General Manager, 1984; Managing Director, Milk Marketing, 1985-88; Adviser on Agricultural Marketing to the Minister of Agriculture 1979-83. Non executive director: Midland Bank 1984-93; Channel 4 1985-86; Tesco 1985-2000; Sears 1987-94; British Airways from 1993 to 2004; BET 1994-96; BNP Parisbas [formerly BNP] UK Holdings Ltd, from 1995; Thistle Hotels, from 1996; South East Water, 1998; William Baird plc from 2000; Alders plc from 2000; FCIM 1987 [President, 1998-2001]; FRSA, 1986.

She was appointed OBE in 1983.

She was awarded a life peerage in 1991 and was gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness O'Cathain, of The Barbican in the City of London.

Her home for many years was at Arundel, West Sussex.


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Carolann Thompson [nee Smith-Dorrien] 1945-2021

 _.Carolann Thompson, who died 12 April, 2021, aged 76, was a scion of the Smith-Dorrien landed gentry family, of Tresco.

She was born in Cairo, 13 January, 1945, daughter of Brigadier Peter Lockwood Smith-Dorrien, OBE [1907-46], who was killed in the King David Hotel bomb attack, Jerusalem, and his wife the former Cynthia Toulmin.

She married 15 Oct, 1966, Antony Allert Thompson, son of Thomas Thompson, of Brixham, Devon, by whom she had issue.


Irvine-Fortescue/Baer engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 24 April, 2021, between Alexander Thomas Irvine-Fortescue [born 8 May, 1987], scion of the Earls Fortescue, eldest son of Major Grenville Archer Irvine Fortescue [born 4 November, 1954], of Cabrach, Aberdeenshire, and his wife the former Virginia Townsend, & Serena Nona Baer [born 1992], younger daughter of Mr Simon Baer [born 1957], of Ninfield, East Sussex, and his wife the former Amanda G.Hall-Rooney [born 1959].

The Irvine-Fortecues descend from the 2nd Baron Fortescue [1719-85], who was father of the 1st Earl Fortescue [1753-1841].


Sedgwick/Arkell engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 24 April, 2021, between Edmund Heathcote Sedgwick [born 1991], younger son of Mr Ivan Sedgwick, of Gressingham, Lancashire, and his wife the former Elizabeth Heathcote, and Lydia Harriet Arkell [born 1992], descended from the Boynton baronets, younger daughter of Mr Nicholas Arkell, of Brightwalton, Berkshire, and his wife the former Miranda Watson-Smyth.

Boynton descent:-

Sir Henry Boynton, 9th Baronet [1778-1854] >Rev Griffith Boynton [1815-98] > Eliza Boynton > Madeleine Pedder > Edward Watson-Smyth [1923-2004] > Miranda Watson-Smyth > Lydia Arkell [b 1992]


Son for Henrietta and Francis Winand

 _. Henrietta Mary Rose Winand (nee Acloque, born 28 Aug, 1979), wife of Francis Michel John Winand [born 1974], gave birth to a son, 20 April, 2021.

Francis is the son of Mr Michael Winand, of Oxford, and his wife the former Anne-Marie de Mesmay.

Henrietta is a scion of the Barons Howard De Walden (Peerage of England, cr 1597), daughter of the late Guy Acloque [1939-2008] by his wife the former Hon Camilla Anne Bronwen Scott-Ellis (b 1 Apr 1947), of Gloucestershire, 4th daughter and co-heiress of John Osmael, 9th Baron Howard De Walden (1912-1999).

The Winands have a daughter, born 28 August, 2018.


Son for Alexia Hicks [nee Brandram] and William Hicks: latest descendant of the Royal House of Greece

 _.  Alexia Katherine Hicks [nee Brandram born 6 Dec 1985] wife of William Hicks [born 14 Aug, 1983], gave birth to a son, Frederick William Paul [Freddie] 10 April, 2021, a brother for Theodora Katherine Anne, who was born 6 March, 2019.

William John Palairet Hicks (born 1983), is the son of Mr Jeremy William Hicks, of Winstone, co Gloucester, and his wife the former Joanna Vivian Palairet [born 1955], daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John Hamilton Palairet [1917-69], and his wife the former Anne Marjorie Bibby [born 1928], daughter of Major Sir [Arthur] Harold Bibby, 1st Baronet [1889-1986].

William Hicks's mother is a great-niece of Sir Michael Palairet, who was British Ambassador to Greece in the Second World War.

Alexia is the second wife of Mr Hicks. He married 1stly, in 2010 (div 2012) Catherine Grace daughter of Lt-Col Andrew Gillepsie, of Wellington, Somerset.

Alexia Hicks is a scion of the Brandram landed family, & descended from the Royal House of Greece & Denmark, younger daughter of (Richard) Paul George Andrew Brandram (1948-2020), of London, by his former 1st wife the former Jennifer Diane Steele (b 1951, now Mrs Robert Enslow, also of London).

Alexia Brandram's paternal grandmother was HRH Princess Katherine of Greece & Denmark (1913-2007), who married Richard Campbell Brandram (1911-94) and became (by courtesy of King George VI)  'Lady Katherine Brandram'. 

Queen Victoria [1819-1901] > Victoria, Princess Royal [1840-1901] > Princess Sophie of Prussia [1870-1932] > Princess Katherine of Greece and Denmark [1913-2007] > Paul Brandram [1948-2020] > Alexia Brandram [born 1985] > Freddie Hicks [b 2020].


Mabel Elizabeth Margaux Rhodes [born 2021]

 _. Sarah Louise Rhodes [nee German, born 17 Nov, 1985], wife of George Frederick Albert Rhodes [born 22 May, 1988], gave birth to a daughter, Mabel Elizabeth Margaux, 24 April, 2021, a sister for Stanley Ronald Arthur [born 1 May, 2012], and for Bessie Dorothy Ivy [born 27 September, 2014], and for Beatrice Barbara Blossom, born 29 June, 2019.

Sarah is the eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Brian German, and George is the younger son of Mr & Mrs Michael Rhodes.

George Rhodes is descended from the Plantagenets, via his descent from the Duckworths of Padiam, the Stanleys of Hooton, & the Towneleys of Towneley, co Lancaster.


Friday, April 23, 2021


 _.The engagement was announced 23 April, 2021, between Thomas John Hardwick Matterson [born 1991], descended from the Child baronets, son of Charles John Hardwick Matterson [born 26 December, 1960], of Polstead, Suffolk, and his wife the former Elizabeth Caroline McGregor Moffatt [born 1962], and Lucy C. Williams, daughter of Mr & Mrs Brian Williams, of Putney, London.

Sir Coles John Child, 2nd Baronet [1906-71] > Honor Diana Child [b 1936] > Charles Matterson [b 1960] > Thomas Matterson [born 1991].


Burnfield/Barclay engagement

  _.The engagement was announced 23 April, 2021, between Giles Alexander D. Burnfield [born 1986], only son of David N.M. Burnfield, of Longstock, Hampshire, and the former Josephine Balmer [now Mrs Josephine Burnfield, of Chilbolton, Hants], and Cecilia Laura Katherine Barclay [born 12 Aug, 1991]. scion of that landed gentry family, of Higham, elder daughter of Major [Thomas Patrick] Edward Barclay [born 1951], of Brent Pelham, Hertfordshire, and his wife the former Elizabeth A. Whitehead [born 1952].


Colonel Martin William Frederick Maxse, LVO 1935-2021

 _.Colonel Martin William Frederick Maxse, LVO, of the Coldstream Guards, who died 20 April, 2021, aged  86, was a descendant of the Wyndham Barons Leconfield.

He was born 5 January, 1935, son of Major John Herbert Maxse [1901-78], of the Coldstream Guards, and his wife the former Dorinda Mary Thorne.

He had an elder brother Anthony [Tony] Maxse [1932-2019], also of the Coldstream Guards, and a younger brother, Christopher [born 1942].

He married 19 September, 1959, Penelope Anne Chichester [who died 6 Nov, 2018], scion of the Chichester landed gentry family, by whom he had issue, two sons, Charles [born 1962], Edward [1969-2007], and a daughter, Clare [born 1960], wife of Capt Michael Patrick Campbell-Lamerton, Scots Guards.

He served as a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, and was appointed LVO in 1997.

Henry Wyndham, 2nd Baron Leconfield [1830-1901] > Hon Mary Caroline Wyndham [1870-1944] > Maj John Maxse [1901-78] > Colonel Martin Maxse [1935-2021]


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Sir David Ronald James Bell Finlay, 2nd Baronet 1963-2021

 _. Sir David Finlay, 2nd Baronet, died in Jersey, 17 April, 2021. He was 57.

David Ronald James Bell Finlay was born 16 November, 1963, son of Sir Graeme Bell Finlay, 1st Baronet [1917-87], who was one of the last recipients of a baronetcy [cr 1964], and his wife the former June Evangeline Drake.

He succeeded his father in the baronetcy, 21 January, 1987, and married 5 Sept, 1998, Camilla Acheson, daughter of Peter Acheson, by whom he had a son, Tristan, and a daughter, Jemima [born 20 Nov, 2002].

Sir David is succeeded by his son, Tristan James Bell Finlay, who was born 5 April, 2001.


Orchard/Staib engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 22 April, 2021, between Capt Thomas Patrick Orchard [born 1991], son of Rupert Orchard, of Grateley, Hampshire, and his wife the former Cecilia Page, & Annabel Mary Staib [born 1992], daughter of John Staib and his former wife the former Hon Mary Clare Kinnaird [born 26 March, 1960], [now the Hon Mary Allhusen, wife of Richard Frederick Allhusen [born 1960] scion of that landed gentry family].

Annabel Staib is a granddaughter maternally of the 13th Baron Kinnaird [1912-97].


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Lord McFall of Alcuith has been elected Lord Speaker

 _.Lord McFall of Alcuith, PC, a Labour life peer, has been elected Speaker of the House of Lords succeeding Lord Fowler, who retires on 1 May, 2021.

John Francis McFall, Baron McFall of Alcluith PC (born 4 October 1944) is a British politician, who currently serves as the Senior Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. He was previously a Labour Co-operative Member of Parliament from 1987 to 2010, first for Dumbarton and then from 2005 for West Dunbartonshire. He also served as Chairman of the House of Commons Treasury Committee.

The Lord Speaker is the presiding officer, chairman and highest authority of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The office is analogous to the Speaker of the House of Commons: the Lord Speaker is elected by the members of the House of Lords and is expected to be politically impartial.

Until July 2006, the role of presiding officer in the House of Lords was undertaken by the Lord Chancellor. Under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, the position of the Speaker of the House of Lords (as it is termed in the Act) became a separate office, allowing the position to be held by someone other than the Lord Chancellor. The Lord Chancellor continued to act as speaker of the House of Lords in an interim period after the Act was passed while the House of Lords considered new arrangements about its speakership.


Gilfrid John Baker Cresswell 1939-2021

 _.Gilfrid John Baker Cresswell, who died at his home, Preston Tower, Northumberland, 14 April, 2021, aged 81, was head of that landed gentry family.

He was born 12 December, 1939, son of Major Gilfrid Edward Baker Cresswell [1914-42], and his wife the former Anne Sylvia Charrington [1916-2005]; he married firstly 1964, [Andreena] Valerie Cribb [1935-2004], daughter of Colonel Ronald Duncan Cribb [1908-85]; he married 2ndly, Mrs Gillian M.E. Drury, and leaves a son, Henry [Harry] [born 1967] and a daughter, Anna [born 1965].


Cabbell Manners/Curl engagement

  _.The engagement was announced 21 April, 2021, between Hugh James Cabbell Manners [born 1993], scion of the Barons Manners, younger son of Benjamin Cabbell Manners [born 12 Aug, 1954], of Cromer Hall, Norfolk, and his wife the former Diana Dorothy Elizabeth Gurney, scion of that landed gentry family, and Olivia Elizabeth Curl [born 17 January, 1986], also descended from the Gurney family, elder daughter of His Honour Philip, of Brisley, Norfolk, and his wife the former Nicola Ruth Gurney [born 25 June, 1953], scion of that landed gentry family.


Capt. Robert Neil Blair, CVO, RN 1936-2021

 Captain Robert Neil Blair, CVO, RN, who died 17 April, 2021, aged 84, was a courtier who served in the households of both the Duke of York, and Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy.

Capt Blair was Private Secretary and Treasurer to The Duke of York, 1990–2001.

Blair was born 14 July, 1936, the son of Harley Blair and his wife the former Jane Tarr, and educated at St John's College, Johannesburg, and Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He served in the Royal Navy from 1954, and was on the RAF staff course.

From 1958 to 1959, he was on HMY Britannia. He served in various positions in the Fleet Air Arm 1961–1970, and was in command of HMS Shavington 1965–1967.

In 1970–71, he was again on HMY Britannia. He was promoted to Commander 31 December 1971. He was Commanding Officer of the frigate HMS Ashanti 1972–1974.

Blair was in command of HMS Royal Arthur in 1978, and Commander of Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth 1979–1980, and was promoted to Captain 30 June 1981. From 1982 to 1985 he was Naval and Air Attaché in Athens, and Defence and Naval Attaché in The Hague 1986–1989.

He was appointed was Private Secretary and Treasurer to the Duke of York in 1990, and was also an Extra Equerry. He was Comptroller to Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy 1996–1997, and Private Secretary to the princess 1996-2001.

He was appointed LVO in 1997, and promoted to CVO in 2001.

He married in 1960, Barbara Jane, daughter of Ian and Monica Rankin.


Hughes/March Phillipps de Lisle engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 21 April, 2021, between Christopher Y.J. Hughes, son of Major and Mrs Jeremy Hughes, of Bexley, and Rosalie March Phillips de Lisle [born 12 April, 1991], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Frederick Philippe March Pillips de Lisle, of Guilsborough, Northamptonshire, and his wife the former Hon Aubyn Cecilia Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce [born 1 June, 1958], daughter of the 8th Baron Thurlow [1912-2013].


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Sir [William Richard] Michael Oswald, GCVO 1934-2021

 _.Sir Michael Oswald, GCVO, who died 17 April, 2021, aged 86, was sometime manager of the Royal Studs who advised the Queen and the Queen Mother and presided over their racing interests. He was head of the landed family of that name.

Sir Michael was Racing Manager to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother from 1970 until her death in 2002, and was National Hunt Racing adviser to Queen Elizabeth II from 2003.

William Richard Michael Oswald was born 21 April, 1934, son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Alexander Hugh Oswald, ERD [1905-74], and his wife the former Rose-Marie Leahy [1907-85]; and married 21 April, 1958, the Lady Angela Mary Rose Cecil, CVO [born 21 May, 1938], a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, scion of the Marquesses of Exeter, youngest daughter of the 6th Marquess of Exeter [1905-81], and his wife the former Lady Mary Theresa Montagu Douglas Scott [1904-84], daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry [1864-1935].

He is survived by Lady Angela and a son William Alexander Michael [b 1962] who succeeds as head of the landed gentry family,  and a daughter, Katharine, Lady Matheson, wife of Lt-Col Sir Alexander Matheson, 8th Baronet.

The Times obituary contains the following anecdote: "One morning he [Oswald] made his usual call to [The Queen's] page, Barry Mitford, at Buckingham Palace to say that Harvest Song was running in the 2.30 at Fontwell ... “Barry got rather excited at this, asking will it win and should he have a flutter,...I told him under no circumstances should he waste any money on it....” Harvest Song ... won by five and a half lengths. When Oswald called the Queen to ask if she had watched the race, she replied: “Oh yes, and may I say that Barry is standing next to me. If I were you, I would find some dark glasses and a good disguise next time [you] come anywhere near this place.”

Oswald was appointed LVO in 1979, advanced to CVO in 1988, KCVO in 1998, and GCVO in 2020.


Conrad Andrew Roman Dobrzynski 1933-2021

 _.Conrad Andrew Roman Dobrzynski died 11 April, 2021. He was 87.

He was a son of Wenceslas Thaddeus Dobrzynski, and married 6 July, 1963, Audrey Mary O'Brien [1935-2018], scion of the O'Brien baronets, daughter of Sir David O'Brien, 6th Baronet [1902-82], and his wife the former Mary Alice Grey [1899-1974], daughter of Sir Henry Foley Grey, 7th Bt [1861-1916], by whom he had two daughters, Sophia and Emma.


Lady Hodson 1936-2021

 _, Lady Hodson, who died 14 April, 2021, aged 84, was the widfe of Sir Michael Hodson, 6th Baronet.

She was born 4 December, 1936, daughter of John Henry Seymour of London, and married firstly, in 1959, [David] Ralph Denne [born 1931], of Henley on Thames; married secondly, in 1978, Sir Michael Robin Adderley Hodson, 6th Baronet [born 5 March, 1932], of Nantyderry House, Nantyderry, Abergavenny, son of Sir Edmond Adair Hodson, 5th Baronet [1893-1972], and his wife the former Anne Elizabeth Adderley Cradock [died 1984].

Lady Hodson is survived by her husband and children from her first marriage, sons, Toby Ralph Seymour Denne [b 1960], and Piers [born 1963] and daughters, Emma [born 1962], and Sophie [born 1965].


Nicholas Anthony ffrench Blake 1974-2021

 _.Nicholas Anthony ffrench Blake, who died 13 April, 2021, at Vientiane, aged 47, was a monk who took the name Kouba Bounxou, he was ordained and based in Laos but known also to various Buddhist communities in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Cambodia. He was a descendant of the O'Brien and Acheson baronets.

He was born 22 January, 1974, the second son of Anthony O'Brien ffrench Blake [born 21 April, 1942], of The Well House, Michaelstow, Bodmin, and his former wife the former Susanne Bergsöe, of Copenhagen.

Sir Arthur Acheson, 5th Bt [1688-1749] > Nichola Acheson [b 1725] > Anne ffrench > Nicola Maria O'Brien > Nichola Charlotte Frances ffrench [d 1878] > Rev Robert ffrench Blake [1838-1900] > St John Lucius O'Brien ffrench Blake [1889-1917] > Robert ffrench Blake [1913-2011] > Anthony ffrench Blake [b 1942] > Nicholas ffrench Blake [1974-2021].

The funeral takes place at Vat Dongsavat Temple, Vientiane on 22 April 2021.


Monday, April 19, 2021

Timothy David Holderness-Roddam 1942-2021

 _.Timothy David Holderness-Roddam, late the 14th/20th King's Hussars, who died 15 April, 2021, aged 78, was a scion of the landed gentry family of that name, of Roddam Hall, Northumberland.

Tim Holderness-Roddam was a passionate and knowledgeable advocate of eventing for many years. He gave his time freely to support, advise and promote the sport, including roles with British Eventing, British Equestrian, The Horse Trials Support Group and both Blenheim and Burghley Horse Trials. In 2010 Tim was presented with the British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution to the international equestrian world.

Timothy was educated at Radley College, followed by military service in the King’s Royal Hussars. His successful 30-year career at Tate & Lyle plc (UM Group) culminated in the role of MD of the United Molasses Group, where he was responsible for the worldwide trading, storage and distribution business.

Since retiring from the City in 2000, Tim held a number of consultancy and non-executive roles, including senior consultant to Bristol Port Company, which handles much of the import/export trade for the west of England; and a consultant to and former director of Abercrombie & Kent, the luxury and tailor-made travel business.

Tim was formerly a trustee of the pension fund of Countrywide Farmers plc and deputy Chair; Chair of the British Equestrian Federation Fund; Chair of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials; Chair of The Horse Trials Support Group (HTSG), Director and Chair of the Finance Committee of British Eventing; and Deputy Chair of Friends of Conservation, an international charity operating mainly in Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

More recently he has been involved as a Director of British Equestrian; a member of the British Eventing Finance and Commercial Committee; and a member of the Burghley Horse Trials Committee.

Tim was married to Equestrian Olympic Gold Medallist and current British Eventing President, Jane Holderness-Roddam. Together they own West Kington Farms and Stud in Wiltshire, specialising in breeding top competition horses.

He was born 23 November, 1942, son of Major David Robert Holderness-Roddam [1918-97], and his wife the former Susan Heather Forman [1919-2004].

He married in Oct 1974, Jane Mary Elizabeth Bullen, CVO, CBE [born 1 July, 1948], scion of that landed family, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John Symes Bullen and his wife the former Anne Harris-St John.

Jane Holderness-Roddam is a great friend and Lady-in-Waiting of HRH The Princess Royal, and stood as a godmother for the Princess's son Peter Phillips in 1977. She, like HRH, was an event rider, winning Badminton Horse Trials in 1968 (on Our Nobby) and 1978 (on Warrior). She also won Burghley Horse Trials in 1976 (on 'Warrior'), and competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, winning team gold for Great Britain, alongside Richard Meade, Reuben Jones and Derek Allhusen. Currently, Holderness-Roddam owns a stables in North Wiltshire jointly with her husband.

Jane Holderness-Roddam was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 1998, Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004, and Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2020 Birthday Honours. She was presented with the Queen's Award for Equestrianism in 2009.

Batterbury/Over engagement

 _. The engagement has been announced between Quentin Charles Batterbury [born 1991], yr son of Paul Batterbury, [of Newark, Nottinghamshire, ahd his former wife the former Helen Jagger [now Lady Nall, of Hoveringham, Nottinghamshire], & Louisa Elizabeth H. Over [born 1993], daughter of the late Richard Over, of Edinburgh, and his wife the former Pamela Hunter.

Quentin Batterbury is a step-son of Sir Edward Nall, 3rd Baronet.


Atkinson-Clark/Wild engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 19 April, 2021, between Capt Henry William [Harry] Atkinson-Clark, Royal Regiment of Scotland [born 1993], younger son of Capt George Evelyn Atkinson-Clark [born 1960], descended from the Barons Suffield, and his wife the former Hon Sarah Anne Elliott [born 1962], and Madeleine Christina Audrey Wild [born 1993], daughter of Mr Robert Anstey Preston Wild, and his wife the former Katharine Mary Holborow [born 25 March, 1961].

Capt Harry Atkinson-Clark is a grandson maternally of the Conservative life peer, the Baron Elliott of Morpeth [1920-2011], and his wife the former Jane Morpeth, and he descends paternally from the Meyrick baronets and the Barons Suffield.

Madeleine Wild is a great-granddaughter of the 8th Earl of Courtown [1908-75].


Rafe Merlin Howorth Greenly [born 2021]

 _. Sarah Elizabeth Greenly [née Hatchard, born 1988], wife of Sam James Howorth Greenly [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Rafe Merlin Howorth, 22 March, 2021.

Sam Greenly is a son of Richard Anthony Howorth Greenly [born 1948], by his wife the former Belinda Audrey Lockett.

Sarah Greenly is a daughter of John Rayner Hatchard [born 1953] and his wife the former Diana McGill [born 1954].


The Lord Judd 1935-2021

 _. Lord Judd, the Labour life peer, has died aged 86.

Frank Ashcroft Judd was born 28 March, 1935, son of Charles Wilfred Judd, CBE, and his wife Helen.

Judd was educated at the City of London School and the London School of Economics. He became Secretary-General of the International Voluntary Service, a member of the executive committee of the National Peace Council and chairman of the UK National Youth Committee of Freedom from Hunger.

He became General Secretary of the International Voluntary Service in 1960 and is credited with overseeing a significant period of expansion for the organisation. In 1966, Judd left his position at IVS to begin his career in politics.

Judd contested Sutton and Cheam in 1959 (where his mother Helen had been the Labour candidate in 1945) and Portsmouth West in 1964. He was Member of Parliament for Portsmouth West from 1966 to 1974, and after boundary changes, for Portsmouth North from 1974 to 1979, when he lost his seat to the Conservative Peter Griffiths.

He served as a junior minister for the Royal Navy (1974–1976), Minister for Overseas Development (1976–1977), and Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1977 to 1979. Director of Oxfam (1985–91).

Judd was made a life peer on 10 June 1991 taking the title Baron Judd, of Portsea in the County of Hampshire. In the Lords he was a member of the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He was also a member of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly from 1970 to 1973 and again from 1997 to 2005, where he became rapporteur on Chechnya and visited Grozny several times.

He marrried in 1961, Christine Elizabeth Louise Willington, by whom he had two daughters, Elizabeth and Philippa.


Sunday, April 18, 2021

Elmore/Lowry-Corry engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 15 April, 2021, between Lt. Simon Christopher Elmore, RN [born 1986], son of Henry A. Elmore, of East Carlton, Leicestershire, and his wife the former Diana Jeffs, and Charlotte Emily Alexandra Lowry-Corry [born 16 February, 1989], scion of the Earls of Belmore, daughter of James Leopold Lowry-Corry [born 19 March, 1955], of Brentford, Middlesex, and his wife the former Judith Lodge.

3rd Earl of Belmore [1801-45] > Hon Henry Lowry-Corry [1845-1927] > Sir Henry Lowry-Corry [1887-1973] > Frederick Lowry-Corry [1926-2006] > James Lowry-Corry [b 1955] > Charlotte Lowry-Corry [b 1989].


Rafe James Sebastian Carver [born 2021]

 _. Lucy Philipps [nee Carver], wife of Bruce J.J. Philipps, gave birth to a son, Rafe James Sebastian, 10 April, 2021, a brother for Isabella and Sophia.

Lucy Carver is descended from the Houssemayne du Boulay landed gentry family, daughter of Wyndham Houssemayne Carver [born 4 May, 1943], and granddaughter of Edmund Carver, who married in 1936, Freda Houssemayne du Boulay.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Michael Atkinson, MD, FRCP 1925-2021

 _.Michael Atkinson, MD, FRCP, died 9 April, 2021, aged 95; born in 1925, son of Herbert Atkinson [1887-1951], and his wife the former Janet Palliser [1892-1962]; married 1951, Iris Margaret Lemprière Bowman [1924-2011], daughter of the Rev Herbert Bowman [died 1930], and his wife the former Maude Lemprière Heywood [1897-1939], scion of the Heywood baronets, by whom he had four daughters.


Oakey/Hilton engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 17 April, 2021, between George Rex M. Oakey [born 1991], son of Rex F. Oakey, of Bradwall, Cheshire, and his wife the former Helen M. Seddon [born 1959], & Poppy Elizabeth Osbe Hilton [born 1992], daughter of Francis James Hilton, of Claverdon, Warwickshire, and Christian Elizabeth Osborne [born 1966], descended from the Wakefield family [Baron Wakefield of Kendal, extinct]


George Henry Arthur Farrington [born 2021]

 _.Camilla Louise [Millie] Farrington [née Bacon, born 1989], wife of Charles George Donne Farrington [born 1984], scion of the Farrington baronets, gave birth to a son, George Henry Arthur, 28 March, 2021, a brother for Lettie and Wilfred.

Charlie Farrington is a younger son of Sir Henry William [Harry] Farrington, 8th Baronet [born 27 March, 1951], and his wife the former Diana Donne Broughton [born 1953].

Millie Farrington is a daughter of Julian John Bacon [born 1958], and his wife the former Claire Louise Trafford [born 1962].


Richard Tristram Combe 1938-2021

 _.Richard Tristram Combe, late the Coldstream Guards, who died 13 April, 2021, aged 83, was a scion of the Combe landed gentry family; he was born in 1938, son of Robert Tristram Combe [1912-40], and his wife the former Shournagh Dorothy Colthurst [1914-2001], scion of the Colthurst baronets; married 1985, Bridgett Anne Crombie [born 1937], daughter of Charles Fleetwood Crombie [1908-83] and his wife the former Joan Marten [1908-2003], and had no issue.

He succeeded as head of the landed family on the death of his father, who died 2 June, 1940, from wounds received at Dunkirk. The headship of the family now passes to his younger brother, Henry Combe, who was born in 1940.


Friday, April 16, 2021

Helen Elizabeth McCrory, OBE 1968-2021

 _.Helen McCrory, OBE, the actress, died 16 April, 2021. She was 52.

Helen Elizabeth McCrory was born 17 Aug, 1968, daughter of Iain McCrory, a diplomat, and his wife the former Ann Morgans. 

She studied at the Drama Centre London, and she made her stage debut in The Importance of Being Earnest in 1990. Other stage roles include playing Lady Macbeth in Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Rosalind in As You Like It in the West End. McCrory portrayed Cherie Blair in both The Queen (2006) and The Special Relationship (2010). She also portrayed Françoise in the film Charlotte Gray (2001), Narcissa Malfoy in the final three Harry Potter films, Mama Jeanne in Martin Scorsese's family film Hugo (2011), Clair Dowar in the James Bond film Skyfall (2012), Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders (2013–2019), Emma Banville in Fearless (2017), and Kathryn Villiers in MotherFatherSon (2019), &c.

She married 4 July, 2007, Damian Watcyn Lewis, CBE, the actor [born 11 Feb, 1971], son of J. Watcyn Lewis, and his wife the former Charlotte Mary Bowater [born 17 July, 1937], scion of the Bowater Baronets, and a granddaughter maternally of the 1st Viscount Dawson of Penn.

She is survived by her husband and two children, a son, Gulliver [born 2007], and a daughter, Manon [born 2006].


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Juliet Marit Gabriel Brooks [died 2021]

 _.Juliet Marit Gabriel Brooks, who died 20 March, 2021, aged 76, was descended, maternally, from the Guinness family.

She was a daughter of Carl Nils Wilhlem Gunnar Aschan, of Torstensonsgatan, Sweden, and his wife the former Marit Victoria Guinness [1919-2004]; and married 1980 [div 1990] Randle Brooks, by whbom she had a son, Henry [b 13 Sept, 1980], and a daughter, Serena [b 12 July, 1983].


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Peter Dawnay 1932-2021

 _.Peter Dawnay, who died 6 April, 2021, aged 88, was a scion of the Viscounts Downe.

He was born 17 December, 1932, son [twin with his brother Hugh] of Major-General Sir David Dawnay, KCVO, CB, DSO [1903-71], and his wife the former Lady Katherine Nora de la Poer Beresford [1899-1991], scion of the Marquesses of Waterford.

His father was sometime commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

He married in 1980, Caroline Mary Tindal [born 1946], scion of the Tindal-Carill-Worsley landed gentry family, daughter of Group Capt Nicholas Henry Joseph Tindal [1911-2006], and his wife the former Winifred Mary Cooper [1913-97], by whom he had issue, one son, Giles William, who was born in 1981.

Descent from the Marquesses of Waterford:-

Henry, 6th Marquess of Waterford [1875-1911] > Lady Katherine de la Poer Beresford [1899-1991] > Peter Dawnay [1932-2001]

Descent from the Viscounts Downe:-

Hugh, 8th Viscount Downe [1844-1924] > Hon Hugh Dawnay [1875-1914] > Hon Sir David Dawnay [1903-71] > Peter Dawnay [1932-2021]


Hon Mrs Nevill Hill-Trevor [nee Deborah Jowitt] 1940-2021

 _.The Hon Mrs Nevill Hill-Trevor, died 10 April, 2021. She was 80.

She was born in 1940 as Deborah Helen Benson Jowitt, daughter of William Thomas Benson Jowitt, of Crag Hill, Killinghall, Harrogate, and married 18 July, 1963, the Hon Nevill Edward Hill Trevor [born 25 Apr, 1931], a younger son of the 3rd Baron Trevor [1863-1950], and his wife the former Phyllis Mary Sims [1908-90], by whom she had issue, two daughters, Caroline and Diana. Her husband died 27 Dec, 2002.


Benjamin Kirkland Glazebrook 1931-2021

 _. Benjamin Kirkland Glazebrook, who has died aged 89, was the father of Nicholas David Kirkland Glazebrook [born 1969], who married 1996, Rosemary Pema Bowes-Lyon [born 1 Dec, 1968], a great-niece of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, daughter of Sir Simon Alexander Bowes Lyon, KCVO [born 17 June, 1932], by his wife the former Caroline Mary Victoria Pike [born 27 Sept, 1940].


David Kenneth Lancelot Ruck Keene 1948-2021

_.David Kenneth Lancelot Ruck Keene, who has died aged 72, was a scion of that landed gentry family; born in 1948, son of Thomas Ruck Keene [1922-2004], and his wife the former Anne Coventry Greig [1924-91]; and married 1976, Tania Wild [born 1955], daughter of [William] Anstey Wild [1927-97], of Ingleby Toft, Stanton-by-Bridge, Derbyshire, and his wife the former Pamela Dawn Lawton [born 1930], by whom he had three daughters, Katherine, Rosanna, and Lucia.

His middle daughter is the wife of William Henry van Cutsem [born 1979], scion of that landed gentry family.



Monday, April 12, 2021

Baroness Williams of Crosby, CH, PC 1930-2021

 _. The Baroness Williams of Crosby, PC, who died 12 April, 2021, aged 90, was a former Labour Cabinet minister and a co-founder of the Social Democratic Party in 1981.

Baroness Williams was Professor of Elective Politics at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard 1988-2000, since when Emeritus.

She was born Shirley Vivien Teresa Brittain Catlin, 27 July, 1930, daughter of Prof Sir George Catlin [1896-1979], the political scientist and philosopher and his wife Vera Brittain [1893-1970], the nurse, writer, diarist, socialist and feminist.

She married firstly, 1955 [div 1974], Professor Bernard Arthur Owen Williams, by whom she had a daughter, Rebecca; married 2ndly, 1987, Prof Richard Elliott Neustadt [1919-2003].

As Shirley Williams she contested: [Labour] Harwich Essex, in 1954 and 1955, and Southampton Test in 1959; [SDP] Crosby in 1983; [SDP/Alliance] Cambridge, 1987. She served as Labout MP for Hitchin 1964-74; Labour MP for Hertford & Stevenage, 1974-79; [first elected SDP MP] for Crosby, Nov, 1981-1983; served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Health 1964-66; Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Labour, 1966-67; Minister of State, Education & Science 1967-69; Minister of State, Home Office 1969-70; Opposition Spokesman on Social Services 1970-71; Opposition Spokesman on Home Affairs 1971-73; Secretary of State for Prices and Consumer Protection, 1974-1976; Secretary of State for Education and Science and Paymaster General, 1976-79; &c.

She was raised to the peerage for lifein 1993 as Baroness Williams of Crosby, of Stevenage in the County of Herfordshire. She was Sworn on the Privy Council in 1974.

Between 2001 and 2004, she served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and, from 2007 to 2010, as Adviser on Nuclear Proliferation to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. She served as an active member of the House of Lords, until announcing her retirement in January 2016.


Grace Elizabeth Maitland-Makgill-Crichton [born 2021]

 -.Alice Mary Maitland-Makgill-Crichton [born 12 Oct, 1987], wife of Andrew Maitland-Makgill-Crichton [born 1986], scion of the Earls of Lauderdale (Earl, S, 1624), gave birth to a daughter, Grace Elizabeth, 6 April, 2021, a sister for Alfie, who was born in 2018.

Andrew is a son of Maj and Mrs David Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, of Port of Menteith, Stirling.

Alice, a scion of the Pelly Baronets {Bt, cr UK, 1840}, is a daughter of John Marriott Pelly (b 1953), of Battersea, London, by his wife the former Caroline Mary Griffith. 


Elizabeth Catherine Denise [Jickey] White 1927-2021

 _.Elizabeth Catherine Denise [Jickey] White, who died 2 April, 2021, aged 93, was a scion of the March Phillipps de Lisle landed gentry family.

She was born in 1927 a daughter of Major John Adrian Frederick March Phillipps de Lisle [1891-1961], and his wife the former Elizabeth Muriel Smyth Guinness [1892-1974], scion of the Guinness landed gentry family; and married 1951, Major Jeremy Anthony White [1926-2019], son of Brigadier Christopher Anthony White [1900-69], and his wife the former Flora Brookbank Scott [1903-82], by whom she had a son, Anthony, and three daughters, Phillippa, Juliet and Annabel.


Sheila, Baroness Colgrain [died 2021]

 _.Sheila, Baroness Colgrain, who died 8 April, 2021, aged 93, was the widow of the 3rd Baron Colgrain.

She was the former Sheila McLeod Mitchell, and married firstly, 1948 [div], Martin Morgan Hudson [1924-2005]; married secondly, 10 January, 1973, as his second wife the Hon David Colin Campbell [1920-2008], son and heir of the 2nd Baron Colgrain [1891-1973], and his wife the former Margaret Emily Carver [died 1989]. Her husband succeeded his father, 20 Oct, 1973, as 3rd Baron Colgrain, and died 7 February, 2008.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

The sisters and nephews and nieces of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

_.The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was the youngest of the five children of HRH Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, GCVO [1882-1944], and his wife HSH Princess Alice of Battenberg [1885-1969].

The Duke of Edinburgh died at Windsor Castle, 9 April, 2021, where his own mother had been born, 25 February, 1885.

Philip's four elder siblings were sisters. 

 [1] Princess Margarita of Greece and Denmark, was born at Athens, 18 April, 1905. She married at Langenburg, 20 April, 1931, Gottfried, Furst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg [1897-1960]. Princess Margarita died at Bad Wiessee, 24 April, 1981, having had issue:-

[1a] Prince Kraft Alexander Ernst Ludwig Georg Emich Furst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1935-2004).

[1b] Princess Beatrix Alice Marie Melita Margarete zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1936-97)

 [1c] Prince Georg Andreas Heinrich zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (born 1938)

 [1d] Prince Ruprecht Sigismund Philipp Ernst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1944-78)

[1e] Prince Albrecht Wolfgang Christoph zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1944-92)


 [2] Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, who was born at Athens, 30 May, 1906. She married at Baden-Baden 17 August, 1931, Berthold, Margrave of Baden [1906-63]. Princess Theodora died at Konstanz, 16 October, 1969, and had issue:-

[2a] Princess Margarita Alice Thyra Viktoria Marie Louise Scholastica of Baden [1932-2013]. She married Prince Tomislav of Yugoslavia.

[2b] Maximilian Andreas Friedrich Gustav Ernst August Bernhard, Margrave of Baden, Herzog von Zähringen [born 1933]. He is the eldest living nephew of Prince Philip.

[2c] Prince Ludwig Wilhelm Georg Ernst Christoph of Baden [born 1937].


[3] Princess Cecile of Greece and Denmark, was born at Tatoi, 22 June, 1911. She married at Darmstadt [civil] 23 January, 1931, [religious] 2 February, 1931, Georg Donatus, Grand Duke of Hesse and By Rhine [1906-1937]. Princess Cecile was killed, with her husband and family, in an air accident at Steene, Ostend, 16 November, 1937, and had issue:-

[3a] Prince Ludwig Ernst Andreas of Hesse and By Rhine [1931-37]

[3b] Prince Alexander Georg Karl Heinrich of Hesse and By Rhine [1933-37]

[3c] Princess Johanna Marina Eleonore of Hesse and By Rhine [1936-39]


[4] Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark, born at Corfu, 26 June, 1914. She married firstly, at Kronberg, Taunus, 15 December, 1930, Prince Christopher of Hesse [1901-1943]. Her first husband was killed in action in the Apennines. She married secondly, at Salem [civil] 23 April, 1946 [religious] 24 April, 1946, Prince Georg Wilhelm of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick--Lüneburg [1915-2006]. Princess Sophie died at Neuhaus bei Schliersee, 24 November, 2001, and had issue by both husbands:-

[4a] Princess Christina Margarethe of Hesse [1933-2011] 

[4b] Princess Dorothea Charlotte Karin of Hesse [1934-2002]

[4c] Prince Karl Adolf Andreas of Hesse [born 1937]

[4d] Prince Rainer Christoph Friedrich of Hesse [born 1939]

[4e] Princess Clarissa Alice of Hesse [born 1944]

[4f] Prince Welf Ernst August Andreas Philipp Georg Wilhelm Ludwig Berthold of Hanover [1947-81]

[4g] Prince Georg Paul Christian of Hanover [born 1949] 

[4h] Princess Friederike Elisabeth Victoria Luise Alice Olga Theodora Helene of Hanover [born 1954]


Saturday, April 10, 2021

Baxter/Yeates engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 10 April, 2021, between Adam Michael Elliot Baxter [born 1992], scion of that landed gentry family, of Kincaldrum, younger son of Robin Edward Elliot Baxter [born 1958], of Crieff, Perthshire, and his wife the former Lucinda Susan Blacklock [born 1962], & Megan Yeates, only daughter of Mr & Mrs Peter Yeates, of Voula, Greece.


HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021

 His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, QSO, PC, the 1st Duke, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich, died at Windsor Castle, 9 April, 2021. He was 99. 

The death of Prince Philip is the first death of a consort of a living British monarch since the death of his great-great grandfather, the Prince Consort, at Windsor Castle, 14 Dec, 1861. 

The Duke of Edinburgh was the longest serving royal consort in the history of the British monarchy, and was the oldest living descendant of Queen Victoria, and (aged 99 years and 303 days) he was also the oldest ever descendant of Victoria. The Queen is now the oldest living descendant of Queen Victoria followed by Lady Pamela Hicks and Princess Astrid of Norway.

He was born 10 June, 1921, at the Villa of Mon Repos, Corfu, the only son of HRH Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark , GCVO [1882-1944], by his wife HSH The Princess [Victoria] Alice Elizabeth Julia Marie of Battenberg, RRC [1885-1969], daughter of Prince Louis of Battenberg, the 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, GCB, GCVO, KCMG, PC [1854-1921], and his wife HRH Princess Victoria Alberta Elizabeth Matilda Marie of Hesse & by Rhine [1863-1950], daughter of HRH Ludwig IV, Grand Duke of Hesse & By Rhine, and his wife HRH The Princess Alice Maud Mary of the United Kingdom [1843-78], second daughter of HM Queen Victoria [1819-1901], and Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg & Gotha [1819-61], &c.

Since the Julian Calendar was still in force in Greece at the time of Prince Philip's birth, his actual date of birth was Friday 28 May, 1921. Only when Greece adopted the Gregorian calendar two years later was the date amended - put forward 13 days - to 10 June. His grandmother, Queen Olga, widow of the assassinated King George I, and the Municipality of the Corfiates of Corfu were his godparents. [Philip's cousin, Princess Olga of Greece [1903-97] represented Queen Olga at the baptism].

He was educated at Cheam School, Salem, Baden and Gordonstoun, and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth; 1939-45; Served in the Second World War with the Mediterranean Fleet, in Home Waters, and with the British Pacific Fleet in South East Asia and the Pacific [despatches, Greek War Cross, 1939-45, Atlantic, Africa, Burma [with Pacific rosette], and Italy Stars, War Medal 1939-45 [with Oak Leaf] and French Croix de Guerre [with Palm].

In 1940 Prince Philip joined the Battleship HMS Ramillies in Colombo as a Midshipman and spent six months in the Indian Ocean. In January 1941 he served on HMS Valiant in Alexandria and was mentioned in despatches for his action during the Battle of Cape Matapan after spotting an unexpected enemy vessel with searchlights. In 1942 he rose through the ranks becoming one of the youngest officers in the Royal Navy becoming first Lieutenant and second in command of HMS Wallace. In 1943 HMS Wallace was despatched to the Mediterranean and provided cover for the Canadian beachhead of the Allied landings in Sicilly. In February 1944 Prince Philip was appointed First Lieutenant and Second in command of the new Fleet destroyer HMS Whelp, which sailed to the Indian Ocean to join the Pacific Fleet.

Hon LLD Wales 1949, London 1951, Edinburgh and Cambridge 1952, Kararchi 1959, Malta 1964, California 1966; Hon DCL Durham 1951, and Oxford 1964; Hon DSc Delhi 1959, Reading 1957, Salford [Lancs] and Southampton 1967, Hon DSc Univ of Victoria, BC, Canada 1969,  Hon LLD University of Western Ontario 1983; Hon Degree University of Jordan 1984; Hon Degree in Engineering at Lima 1962; Hon FRCP London 1952; Hon FRCSE, and Hon FRCS England; Hon Fellow University College Oxford 1953; a Personal ADC to HM King George VI 1948; Admiral of the Fleet, Field Marshal, Marshal of the RAF, Admiral of the Fleet RAN, Field Marshal Australian Military Forces, Field Marshal New Zealand Army, Marshal of the RAAF, Marshal of the RNZAF, Admiral of the Fleet RNZ Navy, a Captain General of the Royal Marines, Deputy Colonel in Chief Queen's Royal Hussars [the Queen's Own and Royal Irish], Colonel in Chief The Royal Gloucestershire Regiment, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment, Colonel in Chief The Highlanders [Seaforth, Gordons and Camerons], Intelligence Corps, Army Cadet Force, Royal Canadian Regiment, Seafrorth Highlanders of Canada, Royal Canadian Army Cadets, Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Australian Cadet Corps, Corps of RNZ Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, Hon Colonel Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Univs Officers' Training Corps, Trinidad and Tobago Regiment, Air Commodore in Chief Air Training Corps, Air Commodore of the Air Squadron since 1983, Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Hon Air Commodore RAF Kinloss, Commandant in Chief and Extra Master Merchant Navy; Ranger of Windsor Great Park since 1952; Lord High Steward of Plymouth since 1960; Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh since 1952, Chancellor of Cambridge University since 1976; Chancellor of Salford Univ 1967-90; Visitor of Upper Canada College since 1955; Visitor Manchester College of Science and Technology since 1957; and Churchill College Cambridge since 1959; Life Gov of King's College London since 1954; Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple since 1954; an Entered Apprentice, Navy Lodge, United Grand Lodge of England, Dec 1952; Elder Brother of Trinity House since 1952 [Master since 1969]; Hon Brother of Hull Trinity House since 1956;  Royal Governor of Charterhouse since 1953; President of the Royal National Playing Fields Assoc 1049-84;  President in Chief of the British Racing Drivers' Club 1952-92; Pres of the British Amateur Athletic Board since 1952;  President of the Commonwealth Games Federation 1955-90; President, British Sportmen's Club since 1958; Central Council of Physical Recreation since 1951; City and Guilds London Institute since 1951; English Speaking Union of the Commonwealth since 1952, Guinea Pig Club 1960; Guards' Polo Club 1955; Royal Agricultural Soc of the Commonwealth 1958; Central Council of Physical Recreation since 1951; the Royal Household Cricket Club; Royal Merchant Navy School 1952; Royal Mint Advisory Committee on designs, seals, coins and medals, Royal Society of Arts, World Wild Life Fund 1961-82; President Federation Equestre International; President, Maritime Trust, Grand President British Commonwealth Ex Services League since 1974; President Royal Bath and West and Southern Counties Soc 1981; President Royal Windsor Horse Show 1991-94; President Windsor Park Equestrian Club 1982; Vice President the Society of Friends of St George's and the Descendants of the Knights of the Garter since 1948; FRS 1951; Permanent Fellow of the Inst of Petroleum 1963; Hon Fellow Royal Society of Canada 1957; Australian Academy of Sciences 1962; Trustee, National Maritime Museum Greenwich since 1948; Patron Royal Institute of Navigation and Lords' Taverners [Pres of the Council 1960-61, later Twelfth Man]; Patron and Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award; a Liveryman and Assist of Shipwrights' Co [later Prime Warden and Permanent Master since 1955]; a Freeman of the Liveryman of Fishmongers' Co [Prime Warden 1961], a Freeman of the Liverman of Mercers' Co, Admiral of the Master Mariners' Co, Frand Master, the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, a Guild Brother of Glasgow, of Craft Rank Qua Hammermen, Trades House of Glasgow, Admiral of the Royal Yacht Squadron 1953; Admiral of the House of Lords Yacht Club, of the Royal Motor Yacht Club, of the RN Sailing Assoc, Commodore-in-Chief, Sandringham Yacht Club.

Prince Philip followed in the footsteps of many members of the Royal Family when he was initiated into freemasonry. He was initiated into the Navy Lodge No 2612, in December, 1952, and progressed to the second degree in March 1953, and raised as a Master Mason in the May of that year, weeks before the Queen's Coronation. He remained a freemason to end of his life.

He received the Freedom: of the City of London, Greenwich and the City of Edinburgh 1948; City of Belfast 1949; City of Cardiff 1954, City of Glasgow 1955, City of Melbourne 1956, City of Dar-es-Salaam 1961; Hon Citizen of Montevideo 1962, City of Nairobi 1963, Cities of Guadalajara and Acapulco, Mexico, and Bridgetown, Barbados 1964, and City of Los Angeles and Hon Citizen of Chicago 1966;&c.

Some of Prince Philip's honours and awards include: Grand Cross the Order of the Redeemer of Greece, Order of the Phoenix of Greece, Grand Cross Order of George I [with swords] of Greece, Order of St George and St Constantine [with swords] of Greece [4th Class], Knight of the Order of the Elephant of Denmark 1947; Grand Cross of the Order of St Charles of Monaco 1951; Order of St Olav of Norway 1952; Order of the Manuel Amador Guerrero of Panama 1953; Order of the Seraphim of Sweden, and the Chain of the Most Exalted Order of the Queen of Sheba of Ethiopia 1954; Grand Cross of the Order of the Tower and Sword [Civil] of Portugal 1955; Order of King Faisal I of Iraq 1956; Order of the Legion of Honour of France 1957; Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic; Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands, and the Order of Merit of the Federal German Republic [1st Class] 1958; Order of Ojaswi Rajanya of Nepal 1960; Knight of the Grand Band of Star of Africa of Liberia 1961; Grand Cross of the Order of San Martin Argentina, of the Order of the Condor of Bolivia, and of the National Order of the Southern Cross of Brazil, Chain of the Chilean Order of Merit, Grand Cross of the Extraordinary Order of Boyaca of Colombia, Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Ecuador, National Order of Merit of Paraguay, and the Great Cross and Order of the Sun, with Brilliants, of Peru 1962; Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold of Belgium and the Order of the Brilliant Star of Zanzibar [1st Class] 1963; Decoration of the Republic of Sudan [1st Class] and Grand Cross of the Order of the Icelandic Falcon 1964; Collar of the Aztec Eagle of Mexico 1964; Star and Riband of the Order of Nahdah of Jordan 1966; Decoration of Honour of Services to the Republic of Austria, Grand Cordon 1966, Grand Commander of the Order of Maritime Merit, San Francisco Port Authority 1968; Order of the White Rose of Finland 1969; Order of the Superior Sun of Afghanistan 1971; Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum of Japan 1971; the Most Esteemed Family Order of Brunei 1972; Chevalier Grand Cross Order of the Golden Lion of Luxembourg 1972; a Member of the Distinguished Order of Izzuddin of the Republic of the Maldives 1972;  Hon Member of the Darjah Utama Temasek of Singapore 1972; Grand Cross Yugoslav Star of Yugoslavia 1972; Grand Cordon of the National Order of the Leopard [Military] of Zaire 1973; Grand Collar National Order of Infante Dom Enrique of Portugal 1973; Commander of the Golden Ark of the Netherlands 1979; First Class [Mil] Order of Oman 1979; Collar of the Order of Independence of Qatar 1979; 1st Class Order of Muhammadi of Morocco 1980; Companion of the Queen's Service Order of New Zealand 1981; Canadian Forces Decoration 1982; Grand Cross the Order of Carlos III of Spain 1986; Companion of the Order of Australia 1988; Grand Ribbon of the Order of Merit of Poland 1991;  King George VI Coronation Medal 1937; Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation Medal 1953; Commemoration Medal of New Zealand 1990, Sultan of Brunei Silver Jubilee Medal 1992; George Cross 50th Anniversary Medal of Malta 1992; Grand Master and First Principal Knight of the Order of the British Empire 1953.

HRH was created Baron Greenwich, Earl of Merioneth and Duke of Edinburgh on the eve of his marriage, Peerage of the United Kingdom, 19 Nov, 1947; Knight of the Garter [1947], KT [1952]; GBE [Military] 1953; and OM 1968. 

He was naturalised a British subject in February 1947 and assumed the surname of Mountbatten, as adopted by his maternal family. He was granted the style and title of Royal Highness upon his marriage, and further granted the titular style and attribute of Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 22 February, 1957. He was introduced to the Privy Council in 1951. By Warrant dated 18 Sept, 1952 the Duke of Edinburgh was granted precedence next to HM The Queen except where otherwise provided by Act of Parliament. For the last decade of his life the Duke of Edinburgh was Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom.

Prince Philip married HRH The Princess Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey, 20 November, 1947. His best man was his cousin, David, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven [1919-70].

He is succeeded in his three peerages by his eldest son and heir, HRH The Prince of Wales. Prince Charles is now the third 'future' king to have been Duke of Edinburgh. His ancestor, Frederick Prince of Wales was created Duke of Edinburgh in 1726, and upon his death in 1751 the Dukedom passed to his son, George, Prince of Wales [later King George III], and the peerage merged in the Crown when George ascended the throne in 1760.

The funeral of The Duke of Edinburgh will not be a State Funeral and will not be preceded by a Lying-in-State. His Royal Highness’s body will lie at rest in Windsor Castle ahead of the funeral in St George’s Chapel on Saturday 17 April. The ceremonial funeral is is in line with custom and with His Royal Highness’s wishes.

The funeral arrangements have been revised in view of the prevailing circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and it is regretfully requested that members of the public do not attempt to attend or participate in any of the events that make up the funeral.

All official flags, including the Union Flag, will be flown at half-mast from now until 08:00 on the day following the funeral.


Celia Helen 'Cherry' Barclay [nee Cairns] 1944-2021

 _.Celia Helen 'Cherry' Barclay, who died 5 April, 2021, aged 76, was a scion of the Earls Cairns.

She was born 8 May, 1944, daughter of Hugh William Cairns [1911-96], and his wife the former Diana Katherine Soames [1917-97], scion of that landed family, amd sister of Christopher Soames, the life peer the Baron Soames [1920-87].

She was a granddaughter of the Hon Douglas Halyburton Cairns [1867-1936], and his wife Lady Constance Montagu Douglas Scott [1877-1970], daughter of the 6th Duke of Buccleuch [1831-1914].

She married 4 May, 1968, David William Barclay [born 29 Nov, 1942], head of that landed gentry family, of Higham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, son of Theodore David Barclay [1906-1981], and his wife the former Anne Millard Bennett [1912-96], by whom she had issue, two children, Robin and Katherine.

1st Earl Cairns [1819-85] > Hon Douglas Cairns [1867-1936] > Hugh Cairns [1911-96] > Cherry Cairns [1944-2021]


Stirling-Home-Drummond-Moray/Edwards engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 10 April, 2021, between Capt James Oliver Stirling Home Drummond-Moray [born 1992], Scots Guards, scion of that landed family, of Abercairny, son of Capt David Maurice Stirling-Home-Drummond-Moray [born 6 March, 1945], late the Scots Guards, of Crieff, Perthshire, and his wife the former Iona Barber, & Annabel Flora Edwards [born 1993], daughter of Nicholas Edwards, of Hawkhurst, Kent, and his wife [nee Macleod].

Capt James Drummond-Moray is a descendant of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry:-

6th Duke of Buccleuch [1831-1914] > Lord George Montagu Douglas Scott [1866-1947] > Jeanetta Montagu Douglas Scott [1906-97] > David Stirling Home Drummond Moray [b 1945] > James Stirling Home Drummond Moray [b 1992].


Turner/De Klerk engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 10 April, 2021, between James Anthony Turner [born 1975], elder son of Rodney John Turner, of Wiltshire, and his wife the former Hon Anne Mary Cameron Corbett [born 3 September, 1953], scion of the Barons Rowallan, & Lana W. De Klerk, elder daughter of Mr Louwrence De Klerk, and the late Mrs De Klerk, of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

James Turner is a grandson maternally of the late 3rd Baron Rowallan [1919-1993].


Hector George de Shordiche White [born 2021]

_.Alicia Emma Elizabeth White [nee Churchward, born 12 June, 1993], wife of [George] Philip James White [born 1987], scion of the White baronets, gave birth to a son, Hector George de Shordiche, 29 March, 2021.

Philip White is the son and heir of Sir George Stanley James White, 4th Baronet [born 4 November, 1948], of Bristol, and his former wife the former Elizabeth Jane Verdon-Smith [born 1950] [now Mrs Christopher Overton, of Gloucestershire].

Alicia White is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Robert Churchward, of Aveyron, France.


Artie Aubrey Angus [born 2021]

 _.Sarah Jane Angus [née Frere-Cook, born 1986], wife of Alexander Angus, gave birth to a son, Artie Aubrey, 1 April, 2021, a brother for Isla Olivia Rosemary, who was born 16 July, 2018.

Sarah Angus is a descendant of the Cracroft-Amcotts landed gentry family, daughter of Simon Aubrey Cracroft Fere-Cook [born 1955], and his wife the former Jennifer Jane Greenwood, and a granddaughter of Lieutenant-Col Gervis Hugh Frere Frere-Cook [1928-74], and his wife Rosemary Grace Cracroft-Amcotts [1928-2014].


Friday, April 09, 2021

Abel Smith/Robson engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 9 April, 2021, between Nicholas Ralph Abel Smith [born 1993], scion of that landed family, son of Charles Ralph Abel Smith [born 1959], of Little Leighs, Essex, and his wife the former Julia M.S. Wolton [born 1959], & Katharine A. Robson, daughter of Mr & Mrs Hugo Robson, of Chelsea, London.

Richard Somerset, 2nd Baron Raglan [1817-84] > Hon Violet Somerset [1874-1935] > Ralph Abel Smith [1903-97] > Wilfrid Abel Smith [1929-2010] > Charles Abel Smith [b 1959] > Nicholas Abel Smith [b 1993]


Thursday, April 08, 2021

Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 9th Baronet 1937-2021

 An aristocratic multi-millionaire hotelier was stabbed to death at his country estate, police have said.

Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 9th Baronet, who owns hotels on Park Lane including the Athenaeum and the Sheraton Grand, was attacked at his home in Higher Langham, near Gillingham. 

The father of two and a woman in her 60s suffered stab wounds during the incident. 

Sir Richard, who was 83, was declared dead a short time later while the woman was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol where she remains in a critical condition.

A 34-year-old man was arrested in the Hammersmith area of London on suspicion of murder after a vehicle was stopped by the Metropolitan Police.

The suspect, who was also from the Gillingham area, was later taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Dorset Police said the arrested man and the victims were known to each other.

In a statement, Sir Richard’s company said they are “deeply saddened and devastated” by his sudden death. 

“Sir Richard was a caring, generous and warm family man, who genuinely regarded those who worked for him as part of his extended family. 

“Sir Richard was passionately devoted to both his company and its people, setting the highest and standards for quality  in the hotels, farming and property interests within the group.

“His loss will be felt by everyone within the company, those who worked with him, and his family who have lost an incredible individual. Our thoughts are with the Sutton family at this tragic time.”

Sir Richard owned thousands of acres of land across the country, including estates in Lincolnshire, Dorset, and Aberdeenshire, as well as property and hotels in Mayfair and Soho, central London. 

Sir Richard, who succeeded as the 9th Baronet, in 1981, was worth an estimated £301m in May 2020, placing him 435th on the Sunday Times' Rich List.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our thoughts are with the family of the man who sadly died and the injured woman at this extremely difficult time and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

He was born 27 Apr, 1937, the son of Sir Robert Lexington Sutton, 8th Baronet [1897-1981], and his wife the former Gwynneth Gwladys Gover, and succeeded to the baronetcy, in 1981.

He married 2 March, 1959, Fiamma Ferrari, daughter of Giuseppi Ferrari, of Rome, by whom he had issue, a son, David, and a daughter, Caroline. The son, who was born 26 February, 1960, succeeds to the baronetcy.


Caroline Susan Sturt 1941-2021

 _.Caroline Susan Sturt, who died 29 March, 2021, aged 80, was a scion of Sturt landed gentry family, of Winterdyne, Bewdley, co Worcester.

She was born in 1941, daughter of Evelyn Lenox Napier Sturt [1917-45], by his wife the former Hon Penelope Ann Mills [1917-1992], scion of the Barons Hillingdon, daughter of the 3rd Baron Hillingdon [1891-1952], and his wife the former Hon Edith Mary Winifred Cadogan [1895-1969], scion of the Earls Cadogan.

She had younger siblings, Pamela Sturt [born 1942], and a brother, Gerard.

Caroline Sturt was a granddaughter of Geoffrey Charles Napier Sturt [1884-1952], by his wife the former Edith Frances Wood, a great-granddaughter of Col. Napier George Sturt [1836-1901], by his wife the former Beatrix Marion Muirhead, and a great-great-granddaughter of Capt Charles Sturt, KCMG [1795-1869], who was a British officer and explorer of Australia, and part of the European exploration of Australia. He led several expeditions into the interior of the continent, starting from Sydney and later from Adelaide. His expeditions traced several of the westward-flowing rivers, establishing that they all merged into the Murray River, which flows into the Southern Ocean. He was searching to prove his own passionately held belief that an "inland sea" was located at the centre of the continent. 

Caroline's Sturt ancestors were forebears of the Barons Alington.


Bruce Harry Dinwiddy, CMG 1946-2021

 _.Bruce Harry Dinwiddy, CMG, who died 1 April, 2021, aged 75, was a colonial administrator, and sometime Governor of the Cayman Islands.

He was born 1 February, 1946, the son of Thomas Lutwyche Dinwiddy and his wife the former Ruth Abbott, and was educated at Winchester, and New College, Oxford.


1973–1974: FCO (Central and Southern African Dept.); 1974–1974: UK Mission CSCE, Geneva (Second Secretary); 1974–1975: FCO (Hong Kong and Indian Ocean Dept.); 1975–1977: UK Delegation MBFR, Vienna (First Secretary); 1977–1981: FCO (Permanent Under Secretary's Dept.); 1981–1983: Cairo (Head of Chancery); 1983–1984: FCO (Personnel Operations Dept.); 1985–1986: FCO (Assistant Head, Personnel Policy Dept.)' 1986–1988: FCO (Counsellor on loan to Cabinet Office); 1989–1989: FCO (Career Development Attachment, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Ebenhausen); 1989–1991: Bonn (Counsellor); 1992–1995: Ottawa (Deputy High Commissioner); 1995–1998: FCO (Head, African Dept (Southern), also Commissioner British Indian Ocean Territory, 1996–1998); 1998–2001: Dar es Salaam (High Commissioner); 2001–2002: Secondment to Standard Chartered Bank; 2002–2005: Governor and President of the Executive Council, Cayman Islands, &c.

He married in 1974, Emma Victoria Llewellyn [born 28 February, 1951], scion of the Llewellyn baronets, daughter of Sir David Treharne Llewellyn [1916-92], Conservative MP for Cardiff North 1950-59, and his wife the former Joan Anne Williams, OBE [1916-2013]. Emma Dinwiddy is a first cousin of Sir Roderic [Roddy] Llewellyn, 5th Baronet [born 9 Oct, 1947], the lover of the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

Bruce Dinwiddy leaves a son, Thomas and a daughter, Celia.


Sutton/Snow engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 8 Apr, 2021, between Hugo George Richard Sutton [born 1990], scion of the Sutton baronets, son of Maj. Richard Charles Sutton [born 6 Feb, 1955], of Ansty Cross, Dorset, and his wife the former Jane Elizabeth Bird, & Elizabeth Jane B. Snow [born 1988], daughter of Mr & Mrs David Snow, of Pencoyd, Herefordshire.

Sir Richard Sutton, 2nd Bt [1799-1855] > Rev Augustus Sutton [1825-85] > Gilbert Sutton [1858-1929] > John Sutton [1892-1982] > Cdr Richard Sutton [b 1922] > Maj Richard Sutton [b 1955] > Hugo Sutton [b 1990]


Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Capt James Wolfe Murray 1931-2021

 _.Capt James Wolfe Murray, of the Seaforth Highlanders and the Queen's Own Highlanders, scion of the Murray baronets of Blackbarony, died 25 March, 2021. He was 89.

Capt Wolfe Murray was a member of the Queen's Body Guard for Scotland [Royal Company of Archers].

He was born 22 July, 1931, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Alexander Wolfe Murray, DSO, MC [1889-1973], by his wife the former Isobel Mary Baxter.

He married 1stly, 6 February, 1961 [div. 1969], Baroness Catherina Ingrid Madalaine, daughter of Baron Eugen Fredrik Christer Con Stedingk, of Ullaberg, Stjaürnhov, Sweden; married 2ndly, 1976, Sally Ann, only daughter of Eric Gordon Bean, of Burnside, Struy, Inverness-shire, and had issue by both wives.


Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Guinness/Goldney engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 6 April, 2021, between Rory Guinness, scion of the Barons Moyne, son of Dr the Hon Finn Benjamin Guinness [born 26 Aug, 1945], of Chute, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Mary Wilson Price, & Charlotte Ann Goldney [born 1989], daughter of Philip Tom Goldney [born 6 March, 1954], of Plymouth, Devon, and his wife the former Mary Jane Ann Charley.

Rory was born during the period when his mother was wife of writer J.P. Donleavy [1926-2017]. The marriage of J.P. Donleavy and Mary Wilson Price ended in divorce in 1989. In 2011, it was reported that Donleavy had not fathered his two children with Price. A DNA test in the early 1990s had confirmed that his daughter Rebecca was in fact the daughter of brewing scion the Hon Kieran Guinness, and Rory was the son of Kieran's older brother the Hon Finn Guinness, whom Price married after her divorce from Donleavy.


Monday, April 05, 2021

Frederick Apollo William Hotson [born 2021]

 _.Octavia Amber E. Hotson [nee Bolitho, born 1987], wife of Tyler Hotson, gave birth to a son, Frederick Apollo William, 15 March, 2021, a brother for Aurora.

Tyler Hotson is a son of Mr & Mrs Norman Hotson, of Vancouver, Canada, and Octavia Hotson is a daughter of Colonel Edward Thomas Bolitho, OBE [born 30 Dec, 1955], Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, head of that landed gentry family, of Penzance, Cornwall, and his wife the former Alexandra Morgan-Giles [born 1958].


Flora Iona Henrietta Osborne [born 2021]

  _. Rowena Iona Kate Osborne [nee Macrae, born 1984], wife of Julian Osborne [born 1982], descended from the Dukes of Grafton, gave birth to a daughter, Flora Iona Henrietta, 14 March, 2021, a sister for Lochlan Hamish Michael [born 2016] and for Geordie Louis Alexander [born 2018].

The infant is a direct descendant of King Charles II and his mistress Barbara Villiers.

Charles FitzRoy 10th Duke of Grafton [1892-1970] > Lady Anne FitzRoy [1920-2019] > Laura Mackenzie [born 1954] > Julian Osborne [born 1982] > Flora Osborne [born 2021]


Sunday, April 04, 2021

David Norman Chastel de Boinville 1964-2021

 _.Edward Norman Chastel de Boinville, who died 31 March, 2021, aged 56, was descended from the Pryor landed gentry family.

He was born 30 May, 1964, son of Gerald Nicholas Pyemont Chastel de Boinville, MC, TD [1918-98], and his second wife the former Hannah Mary Pryor [1931-2002]scion of that landed family; married 1993, Katherine Diana Mowbray [born 23 Dec, 1965], scion of the Mowbray baronets, daughter of Sir John Robert Mowbray, 6th Baronet [born 1 March, 1932], and his wife the former Lavinia Mary Hugonin [1936-2020], by whom he had a son, William, and two daughters, Minna and Flora.


Saturday, April 03, 2021

Peter Geoffrey Edmund Nathaniel Sebag-Montefiore 1929-2021

_. Peter Geoffrey Edmund Nathaniel Sebag-Montefiore, who died 25 March, 2021, aged 91, was a scion of that landed gentry family, sometime of East Cliff Lodge.

He was born 29 June, 1929, son of Maj. Geoffrey Edmund Sebag-Montefiore [1893-1943], and his wife the former Elizabeth Grace Troyte-Bullock [1898-1975]; and married 17 Sept, 1960, Joanna Ethne Julia Poett [1938-2020], daughter of General Sir [Joseph Howard] Nigel Poett, KCB, DSO [1907-91], and his wife the former [Ethne] Julia Herrick, by whom he had issue, three sons, Geoffrey [born 1961], Edward [1963-86] and Nigel [born 1965], and two daughters, Louise [born 1962], and Claire [born 1969].

The elder daughter married in 1987 [div 2002], [John] Damian Androcles Aspinall, the businessman and conservationist. 

Peter Sebag-Montefiore's wife died 18 June, 2020, aged 81.


Caspian Winter Campbell Underwood [born 2021]

 _.Alexia Kathryn Underwood [nee Fitzgerald O'Connor], wife of James Michael Campbell Underwood [born 29 Dec, 1981], descended from the Barons Faringdon, gave birth to a son, Caspian Winter Campbell, 23 March, 2021, a brother for Atticus Alexander Campbell, who was born 15 Feb, 2018.

1st Baron Faringdon [1850-1934] > Hon Alec Henderson [1876-1931] > Adrian Henderson [1922-94] > Victoria Henderson [b 1956] > James Underwood [b 1981] > Caspian Underwood [b 2021]


Indigo Robin Vita Page [born 2021]

_.Daisy Elizabeth Page [nee Casement, born 1992], wife of Edward Page, gave birth to a daughter, Indigo Robin Vita, 27 March, 2021.

Edward is a son of Mr Christopher Page and the late Mrs Robin Page, of Frittenden, Kent.

Daisy is a scion of the Casement Irish landed gentry family, elder daughter of William Rory John Casement [born 1961], of Benenden, Kent, and his wife the former Rachel Berry.



Friday, April 02, 2021

Juliet Cairns, Viscountess Garmoyle 1965-2021

 _.Viscountess Garmoyle, wife of Viscount Garmoyle, son and heir of Earl Carins, died 18 March, 2021. She was 55.

The former Juliet Palmer, she was born 21 Aug, 1965, daughter of Andrew Eustace Palmer [born 30 Sept, 1937], of the family of the Barons Palmer, and his wife the former Davina Cecil Barclay, scion of that landed gentry family.

She married 19 Dec, 1991, Hugh Sebastian Frederick Cairns, styled Viscount Garmoyle [born 26 March, 1965], son and heir of the 6th Earl Cairns [born 27 May, 1939], and his wife the former Amanda Mary Heathcoat-Amory [born 4 Dec, 1944], scion of the baronets of that name, by whom she had issue, a son, Oliver [born 7 March, 1993], and two daughters, Tara [born 3 Apr, 1995], and Harriet [born 3 March, 1998].

Some aristocratic lines of descent:-

Charles, 2nd Earl Talbot [1777-1849] > George Chetwynd-Talbot [1810-96] > Gustavus Chetwynd-Talbot [1848-1920] > Cecil Chetwynd-Talbot [d 1949] > Jean Gladstone [d 1996] > Davina Barclay > Juliet Palmer [1965-2021]


7th Earl of Galloway [1736-1806] > Lady Catherine Stewart [1765-1836] > Charlotte Graham [d 1873] > Sophia Musgrave [d 1922] > Sir Hugh Gladstone of Capenoch [1877-1949] > Jean Gladstone [d 1996] >


Roxanna Doria van Oss [nee Neumann] 1939-2021

 _.Roxanna Doria [Zanna] van Oss, who died 29 March, 2021, aged 81, was descended from the extinct Dukes of Newcastle-under-Lyne.

The former Roxanna Doria [known as Zanna] Neumann, she was born in November, 1939, daughter of Stefan Hubert Neumann [1899-1974], and his 2nd wife, the former Lady Doria Lois Pelham-Clinton-Hope [1908-42], elder daughter of the 8th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne [1866-1941], and his second wife the former Olive Muriel Thompson [who died 1912]. 

She married firstly, 1960 [div 1969], William John Vicary; married 2ndly, 1970 [div 1985] Peter Humphrey Alexander van Oss [1936-2020]; married 3rdly, 14 June, 2006, William Randolph Hubard.

She leaves two sons from her first marriage, Alexander and Benedict Vicary.


Sir Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran, 9th Baronet 1931-2021

 _.Sir Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran, 9th Baronet, died 30 March, 2021. He was 89.

He was born 10 May, 1931, son of Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, 8th Baronet [1904-73], and his wife the former Louise Frances Balfour Stratford Dugdale [d 1988], a descendant of the Dukes of Argyll.

He succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 25 Oct, 1973. 

Sir Charles married 15 July, 1961, the Hon Amanda Mary Noel-Paton [born 1933], daughter of life peer Victor Noel-Paton, Baron Ferrier [1900-1992], by his wife the former Joane Mary Wiles [1907-84]. Lord Ferrier was one of the first life peers to be created in 1958.

Sir Charles, of Kilkerran, Maybole, Ayrshire, is survived by Lady Fergusson and two sons, Adam [b 1962], and Joseph [b 1965]. The baronetcy now passes to the elder son, Adam Fergusson of Kilkerran, Yr [who was born 29 Dec, 1962].

Argyll descent-

George Campbell, 8th Duke of Argyll [1823-1900] > Lady Frances Campbell [1858-1931] > Blanche Balfour [d 1948] > Louise Dugdale [d 1988] > Sir Charles Fergusson, 9th Bt [1931-2021].


Thursday, April 01, 2021

Grant-Dalton/Nicholls engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 1 Apr, 2021, between Jolyon Grant-Dalton [born 1991], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Kevin Duncan Spry Grant-Dalton [born 23 Dec, 1952], of Fulham, London, and his wife the former Amanda Charlton de Smitt, & Harriet M. Nicholls, younger daughter of Mr & Mrs Mark Nicholls, of Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

6th Baron Ventry [1864-1936] > Hon Francis Eveleigh-De Moleyns [1901-64] > Valentina Eveleigh-De Moleyns [b 1928] >  Kevin Grant-Dalton [b 1952] > Jolyon Grant-Dalton [b 1991].