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 elder 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

Osborne/Rogers engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 7 April, 2021, between the Rt Hon George Gideon Oliver Osborne, PC [born 23 May, 1971], former Conservative MP for Tatton 2001-2017, and Chancellor of the Exchequer 2010-2016, scion of the Osborne baronets, son and heir of Sir Peter Osborne, 17th Baronet [born 29 June, 1943], and his wife the former Felicity Alexandra Loxton-Peacock, & Thea Rogers [born 1982]. 

George Osborne married firstly, 4 Apr 1998 [divorced] the Hon Frances Victoria Howell [born 18 Feb, 1969], daughter of the life peer the Baron Howell of Guildford [born 18 Jan 1936], and his wife the former Cary Davina Wallace, by whom he has issue, a son, Luke [born 2001], and a daughter, Liberty [born 2003].


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].