Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Dalmeny/Clapham engagement

 The engagement has been announced in June, 2021, between Harry Ronald Neil Primrose, styled Lord Dalmeny [born 20 November, 1967], son and heir of the 7th Earl of Rosebery [born 11 February, 1929], and his wife the former Alison Mary Deirdre Reid [born 1931], and Harriet Clapham, daughter of [Ronald] Barrie Clapham [born Sept, 1951], and his wife the former Mari Kirkwood, a 'beauty queen', who was Miss Scotland in 1975.

It is Lord Dalmeny's second marriage. He married firstly, 19 June, 1994, Caroline Daglish, daughter of Ronald Daglish, by whom he has a son, and four daughters.


Robert James [Bobby] McAlpine 1932-2021

 Robert James [Bobby] McAlpine, scion of the baronets of that name, died 25 June, 2021. He was 89.

Bobby McAlpine was an affable chairman of his family construction group and a familiar figure on the Turf as a steward, racecourse administrator and owner-breeder of several top-class racehorses....A bon viveur, he was a talented squash player, would shoot as many days as he could and in the summer played cricket for several clubs.

He was born 6 May, 1932, son of Alfred James McAlpine [1908-91], and his first wife the former Peggy Barbara Saunders [who died in 1984]; married 1stly, 8 Sept, 1956, Jane Winifred Mary Anton [1932-92], daughter of James Giles Anton [1910-75], and his wife the former Mary Elizabeth Hodgkinson [1902-95]; married 2ndly, 1981, Angela Jacquleine Langford Brooke [1948-2016], daughter of Major Eric William Langford Brooke [1910-61], and his wife the former Margaret Dempster [1910-80].

Bobby McAlpine leaves two sons Euan and Christopner, and a daughter Sara from his first marriage, and a daughter, Emma, from his second marriage.


Dirk Murray Bouwens 1947-2021

 Dirk Murray Bouwens died 20 June, 2021. He was 74. He was a descendant of the Barons Walsingham.

He was born at Bournemouth,  in 1947, son of Derek Bouwens [1913-83], and his wife the former Doreen Gaskin, and married in 1979, Anna Susan Preston [born 20 Sept, 1943], a descendant of the Earls of Macclesfield, by whom he had issue, a son, Theodore Frederick Thomas [Tom], who was born in 1981.

John De Grey, 7th Baron Walsingham [1849-1929] > Hon Margaret de Grey [1889-1978] > Derek Bouwens [1913-83] > Dirk Bouwens [1947-2021].


Penelope Constance Emilia Bickford-Smith [born 2021]

Isabella Constance Sabrina Bickford-Smith [nee Schott], wife of Michael Rupert David Bickford-Smith [born 1984], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Penelope Constance Emilia, 10 June, 2021, a sister for Frederick Michael Thomas, who was born in 2018.

Michael Bickford-Smith is a son of Peter Michael Bickford-Smith [born 1947], and his former wife, Margaret Mary Verney [born 13 Nov, 1950], scion of the Verney baronets, daughter of Lieutenant-Commander David Verney, RN [1918-92], and his wife the former Hon Mary Kathleen Boscawen [1926-2018], daughter of the 8th Viscount Falmouth [1887-1962].

Isabella Bickford-Smith is a daughter of Alexander Frederick Albert Schott,  of Alzey, Rhineland-Palatine, Germany. 


Elmhirst/Cracroft-Eley engagement

 The engagement was announced 30 June, 2021, between Captain Barnaby Robert P. Elmhirst [born 1994], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Mr Timothy Genn Elmhirst [born 1955], of Barnsley, Yorkshire, and Professor Joanna Price, of Coates, Gloucestershire, and Florence Elizabeth F. Cracroft-Eley [born 3 June, 1994], scion of that landed gentry family, eldest daughter of [Charles] William Amcotts Cracroft-Eley [born 1963], of Hackthorn, Lincolnshire, and his wife the former Margaret Lole.


Bobby Ralph Carr-Ellison [born 2021]

 Rose Carr-Ellison [nee Aykroyd, born 1989] wife of Thomas Ralph (Tom) Carr-Ellison (born 1987), scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Bobby Ralph, 16 June, 2021.

Rose is a scion of the Aykroyd baronets, third daughter of Sir Henry Robert George Aykroyd, 5th Baronet (born 1954), and Mrs Lucy Aykroyd (nee Brown), formerly of Cushnie, Auchterless, Aberdeenshire.

Thomas Carr-Ellison is the son of Major John McMorrough Carr-Ellison, of Hedgeley, Alnwick, Northumberland, by his wife the former Catherine Babington Smith (born 1952), descended from the Barons Hollenden.



Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Hon Lady Kadoorie [died 2021]

 The Hon Lady Kadoorie, who died at Houston, Texas, 20 June, 2021, was the wife the Hon Sir Michael Kadoorie [born 1941], the billionaire businessman, and the chairman and 18% owner of CLP Group, Hong Kong's largest electricity producer. He also owns 47% of Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels.

The Cuban-American born Betty Tamayo, she married Michael Kadoorie, son of Lawrence Kadoorie [1899-1993] created a life peer as Baron Kadoorie.

She leaves three children, Natalie, Bettina and Philip.


Digby Arundell van Zeller [born 2021]

Emma Louise van Zeller [born 1987, nee Parker], wife of Edward Arundell van Zeller [born 1988], gave birth to a son, Digby Arundell, 11 June, 2021, a brother for Basil Douglas, who was born 5 August, 2019.

Edward van Zeller is a son of Nicholas Howard van Zeller, of Hovingham, York, by his wife the former Emma Ward Jones [born 1956], scion of the Jones baronets.

Emma van Zeller is a daughter of Charles Herbert Parker, of Cheriton, Hampshire, by his wife the former Victoria Kathleen Scott [born 1956], scion of the Scott baronets of Rotherfield.


Sunday, June 27, 2021

Peter Zinovieff 1933-2021

 Peter Zinovieff, who died 23 June, 2021, aged 88, was a engineer and composer.

In the late 1960s, his company, Electronic Music Studios (EMS), made the VCS3, a synthesizer used by many early progressive rock bands such as Pink Floyd and White Noise, and Krautrock groups as well as more pop-oriented artists, including Todd Rundgren and David Bowie. In later life, he worked primarily as a composer of electronic music.

Peter Zinovieff was born in 1933, son of Major Leo Zinovieff, of the Royal Marines [died as the result of an accident, 1951] and his Russian aristocrat first wife the former Princess Sofia Dolgorouky [died 1994]. His father Leo married 2ndly, 1947, Lady Jean Douglas-Hamilton, daughter of the 13th Duke of Hamilton.

Peter Zinovieff married firstly, 25 Nov, 1960, Victoria Gala Heber-Percy [born 28 Feb, 1943], scion of the Dukes of Northumberland, daughter of Robert Vernon Heber-Percy [1911-87], known for much of his life as "the Mad Boy", and was "an English eccentric in the grand tradition, and his first wife the former Ann Jennifer Evelyn Elizabeth Fry [1916-2003], scion of the Fry baronets. He married 2ndly, 15 Apr, 1978, Rose Lucinda Verney [born 17 Aug, 1950], scion of the Verney baronets, daughter of Sir John Verney, 2nd Baronet [1913-93], and his wife the former Jeanie Musgrave [1916-2014]; he married 3rdly, Tanya Richardson, and 4thly, Jenny Jardine.

Peter Zinovieff was father of seven children, including 2 sons and a daughter from his first marriage, including the author and journalist, Sofka Zinovieff, and three daughters from his second marriage to Rose Verney. He was predeceased by a son, Kyril.


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Lady Tailyour 1919-2021

 Lady Tailyour, who died 19 June, 2021, aged 102, was the widow of General Sir Norman Tailyour, KCB, DSO [1914-79], and a scion of the Colvile landed gentry family.

She was born Juliet Felicia Colvile, 9 March, 1919, third daughter of Kenneth Newton Colvile [1884-1956], and his wife the former Kathleen Ire Sells, daughter of Arthur Sells, of Bombaym India.

She married firstly, 12 Oct 1940, James Anthony Greig [who died 1967], son of Stuart Douglas Greig, of Caterham, Surrey; married 2ndly, 1973, as his second wife, General Sir Norman Tailyour, KCB, DSO, who died in 1979.

Lady Tailyour leaves three children from her first marriage, two sons, Philip [born 1943], and Anthony [born 1957], and a daughter Angela [born 1947].

A Funeral Service will be held on 13 July, 2921, at St Gregory and St Martin’s Church, Wye. 


Alastair Peter Colquhoun 1941-2021

Alastair Peter Colquhoun died at Winchester, Hampshire, 22 June, 2021. He was 80.

He was born 3 May, 1941 son of William Reginald Colquhoun [1899-1971] and his wife the former Ruth Veronica Greenwell [1916-2003], scion of the Greenwell baronets, daughter of Sir Bernard Eyre Greenwell, 2nd Baronet [1874-1939]; and married in 1977, Elisabeth Stanning, daughter of Capt Geoffrey Stanning, by whom he had a son, Andrew [born 1983] and a daughter, Mary Louise [born 1979].



Nigel John Ivo Stourton CBE 1929-2021

Nigel John Ivo Stourton, CBE, who died 22 June, 2021, aged 91, was a scion of the Barons Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton.

He was born 29 July, 1929, son of Sir Ivo Herbert Evelyn Joseph Stourton [1901-85], and his wife the former Lilian Marguerite Dickson [who was killed as a result of enemy action in 1942].

He married 1 Sept, 1956, Rosemary Jennifer Rushworth [Jenny] Abbott, daughter of Sir Myles Abbott [1906-84], and his wife the former Grace Ada Coker, by whom he had three sons, Edward [born 1957, the broadcaster and former newscaster], Julian [born 1959], and Christopher [born 1964], and a daughter, Lavinia [born 1962].

The funeral Service takes place at St Simon and St Jude RC Church, Ulshaw Bridge, Leyburn, North Yorks, 12 July, 2021.


The 8th Earl of Lonsdale 1949-2021

 The 8th Earl of Lonsdale, died at the Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle, 22 June, 2021. He was 72.

The peer was a substantial landowner [the Lonsdale Settled Estates] and his family, the Lowthers  have been the major landowners in Cumbria for a thousand years.  At one stage, they owned 'maybe three-quarters of the county'. The 8th Earl possessed 5,000 acres, on which he had 14 tenant farmers.

Hugh Clayton Lowther was born 27 May, 1949, son of the 7th Earl of Lonsdale [1922-2006], of Askham Hall, Penrith, and the first of his four wives, the former Tuppina Cecily Bennet [died 1984].

He succeeded his father, 23 May, 2006, as 8th Earl [created 1807], Viscount and Baron Lowther, and a Baronet.

Lord Lonsdale married firstly, 2 Oct, 1971 [div 1983/84], Pamela Colleen Middleton, daughter of John Middleton. He married secondly, in 1986, Angela Mary Wyatt, daughter of Capt Peter Wyatt, of Dartmouth, Devon, and married 3rdly, in 1999, Elizabeth Margaret Arnison, daughter of Stanley Frazer Arnison.

The Earl of Lonsdale leaves an adopted son, the Hon Oliver Lowther [born by artificial insemination in 1980, and therefore unable to inherit the peerages and baronetcy], and  the family honours now pass to the 8th Earl's younger half-brother, the Hon William James Lowther, who was born 9 July, 1957.


Kerr/Fox engagement

The engagement was announced 26 June, 2021, between Walter Thomas William Kerr [born 1992], scion of the Marquesses of Lothian, second son of William Walter Raleigh Kerr [born 17 Aug, 1950], of Melbourne, Derbyshire, and his wife the former Griselda Mary Hamilton-Baillie [born 7 Nov, 1950], scion of the Earls of Haddington, & Olivia M.K. Fox, daughter of Mr & Mrs Jeremy Fox, of Woking, Surrey.

The 7th Marquis of Lothian [1794-1841] > Lord Walter Kerr [1839-1927] > Andrew Kerr [1877-1929] > Lord John Kerr [1927-2018] > William Kerr [b 1950] > Walter Kerr [born 1992]


Romilly Winter Bo Burnett [born 2021]

  Rose-Anna [Rosie] Burnett [nee Daukes, born 1981], wife of the Hon George Arthur Burnett [b 1979], gave birth to a daughter, Romilly Winter Bo, 9 June, 2021, a sister for Cosmo Aubone Louis [born 5 Sept, 2017], and for Iona Evelyn Wren [born 20 Feb, 2019].

The Hon George Burnett is a son of the life peer Baron Burnett [b 1945], by his wife the former Elizabeth Sherwood de la Mare.

Rosie Burnett is a daughter of Brigadier Clendon Daukes [b 1945], by his wife the former Camilla de Courcy Trasenster, scion of that landed family.


Felix Charles Ragnar Lethbridge [born 2021]

 Zaria Louise Lethbridge [nee Rich, born 1980], wife of Alexander Ralph Periam Lethbridge [born 1982], scion of the Lethbridge baronets, gave birth to a son, Felix Charles Ragnar, 15 June, 2021, a brother for Frederick Clive Mytton, who was born 22 March, 2019.

Alexander Lethbridge is the third son of Sir Thomas Lethbridge, 7th Baronet [born 1950], of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, by his first wife the former Susan Elizabeth Rocke [now Susan, Lady Lethbridge].

Zaria Lethbridge is a daughter of Nigel Mervyn Sutherland Rich, of Chelsea, and his wife the former Cynthia Elizabeth Davies.


Friday, June 25, 2021

Capt Charles St John Graham Moncrieff 1931-2021

Capt. Charles John Graham Moncrieff, who died 19 June, 2021, aged 90, was a scion of that Scots landed gentry family.

He was born 11 January, 1931, the second son of Lt-Col Douglas Graham Moncrieff of Kinmonth [1893-1983], and his wife the former Henrietta Doreen St John [1900-87], scion of the Viscounts Bolingbrooke & St John.

He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned into the Scots Guards.

He married 15 June, 1957, Joanna Dava Peto [1938-2005], scion of the Peto baronets, second daughter of Maj Basil Arthur John Peto [1900-54], and his wife the former Patricia Geraldine Browne [died 2011], by whom he had issue, a son, Alexander Charles Graham Moncrieff [born 12 Sept, 1967], and daughters, Charlotte Henrietta [born 26 Apr, 1959], Miranda Caroline [born 24 Feb 1961], and Rosanna Claire [born 23 Apr, 1965].

Charles Moncrieff's middle daughter, Miranda, is Baroness Ashburton, wife of the Baring heir the 8th Baron Ashburton.


Francis Derick [Frank] Foster 1953-2021

 Francis Derick [Frank] Foster, died in Tasmania, 17 June, 2021. He was 68.

He was born 25 February, 1953, son of Major Herbert Frederick Brudenell Foster, of Park House, Drumoak, Aberdeenshire, and his wife the former Christine Leonard Lucas-Tooth, scion of the baronets of that name, daughter of Maj Sir Archibald Lucas-Tooth, 2nd Baronet [1884-1918].

He married in 1987, Odile Vivienne Angela Gall.

3rd Marquess of Ailesbury [1811-86] > Lord Robert Brudenell-Bruce [1845-1912] > Frances Brudenell-Bruce > Herbert Foster > Frank Foster [1953-2021]


Judith Averil Buxton [nee Campbell] 1927-2021

 Judith Averil Buxton, who died 17 June, 2021, aged 93, was a scion of the Barons Colgrain, a granddaughter of the 1st Baron [1866-1954].

She was born Judith Averil Campbell, 12 November, 1927, daughter of the Hon Angus Dudley Campbell [1895-1967], and his wife the former Joan Esther Sybilla Pakenham [died 1998], scion of the Earls of Longford; and married 16 Dec, 1954, Lieutenant Commander Gerard St John Roden Buxton, RN [1927-2008], scion of the Buxton baronets, by whom she had issue, a son, Sir Crispin Charles Gerard Buxton, 8th Baronet [born 29 March, 1958], and two daughters, Charlotte [born 25 Sept, 1955], and Laura [born 31 Oct, 1961].

Her son succeeded to the Buxton baronetcy on the demise of his uncle, Sir Jocelyn Buxton, 7th Bt, 25 Apr, 2014.


Thursday, June 24, 2021

Leigh-Pemberton/Goodman engagement

 The engagement was announced 24 June, 2021, between Robert Eustace Walter Leigh-Pemberton [born 1991], scion of that landed gentry family, second son of the Hon John David Leigh-Pemberton [born 16 March, 1955], of Frinsted, Kent, and his wife the former Kathryn Felice Lampard, & Rosa Laura L. Goodman [born 1989], daughter of Professor Robert Goodman, of Dulwich Village, and his wife the former Susan N. Lightbody.

Robert Leigh-Pemberton is a grandson paternally of the life peer the Baron Kingsdown, KG [1927-2013], who as Sir Robin Leigh-Pemberton was Governor of the Bank of England 1893-93.


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Ian David Peel Thorne 1944-2021

Ian David Peel Thorne, who died 17 June, 2021, aged 76, was descended paternally from the Barons Penrhyn, and maternally from the Viscounts Peel. 

Mr Thorne, of Kneesall, Nottinghamshire, served as High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in 1986.

He was born 14 October, 1944, second son of Major George Thorne, MC [b 1 Jul 1912- ], and his wife the former Juliet Agnes Peel [1919-2007].

He married in 1992, Paula Nkechi Enwezoh, by whom he had issue, a son Du'aine, and two daughters Davina and Alison.

A Service of Thanksgiving is to be held St Mary Magdalene, Newark, 21 September, 2021.

2nd Baron Penrhyn [1836-1907] > Hon Margaret Douglas-Pennant [1886-1967] > George Thorne [b 1912] > Ian Thorne [1944-2021]


3rd Earl Manvers [1825-1900] > Lady Emily Pierrepont [1853-1935] > Lady Agnes Lygon [1880-1960] > Juliet Peel [1919-2007] > Ian Thorne [1944-2021]


Edward Robert Lester Bush 2005-2021

 Edward Robert Lester Bush, who died 4 June, 2021, aged 16, was a grandson maternally of the life peer, the Baron Spicer [1943-2019].

He was born 26 March, 2005, the second son of Jonathan James Bush [born 1973], and his wife the Hon Annabel Jane Hardy Spicer [born 1974], descended from the Ward baronets, daughter of William Michael Hardy Spicer, a Conservative MP, later life peer as Baron Spicer, and his wife the former Patricia Anne Hunter [b 1943].

Sir Joseph Ward, 1st Baronet [1856-1930] >Gladstone Ward [1891-1965] > Eileen Ward [1922-2019] > Patricia Hunter [b 5 Dec 1943] > Hon Annabel Spicer [b 1974] > Edward Bush [2005-2021]


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Valerie Patricia St John Page [née Fancourt] 1931-2021

 Valerie Patricia St John Page, who died 14 June, 2021, aged 89, was descended from the Wiggin baronets.

She was born in 1931, a daughter of Commander Henry Lockhart St John Michell Fancourt, DSO, RN [1900-2004], and his wife the former Lilian Marion Osborn Parkin [1900-84]; and married circa 1956, Capt Michael R.H. Page, RN [b 1929], by whom she had issue.

Sir Henry Wiggin, 1st Baronet [1824-1905] > Ethel Wiggin [1862-1939] > Henry Fancourt [1900-2004] >Valerie Fancourt [1931-2021]


Anne Ursula Carmynow Blood [née Duffin] [died 2021]

 Anne Ursula Carmynow Blood died 6 June, 2021, aged 98. She was the widow of Capt John Blood, of the Royal Marines, scion of that landed gentry family.

She was a daughter of Maj John Terence Duffin, MC, of County Down, and married 16 December, 1950, Capt John Hector Blood, RM [1923-2008], of Sproughton, Ipswich, Suffolk, by whom she had a son, David [b 30 Sept, 1951], and two daughters, Sara [b 10 Oct 1953], and Jane [b 15 July, 1958].

The funeral will take place at St Nicholas Church, Church Rd, Sandhurst, Kent, 14 July, 2021. 


Emma Beckett [née Collier-Wright] 1981-2021

 Emma Beckett, who died 11 June, 2021, aged 40, was descended maternally from the Barons Addington.

She was born in 1981, daughter of Charles Edward Hurrell Collier-Wright [born 1951], and his wife the former Rowan Hubbard [1954-2013], scion of the Barons Addington.

She married Philip Beckett, by whom she had issue, two daughters, Freya and Daphne.

A cremation will take place on 29 June 2021, followed by a Memorial service at St Mary Magdalene, Wandsworth Common on a date to be arranged.

1st Baron Addington [1805-89] >Hon Arthur Hubbard [1848-96] > Capt Gerald Hubbard [1882-1939] > Capt Derek Hubbard [1920-2013] > Rowan Hubbard [1954-2013] > Emma Beckett [1981-2021]


Johanna, Countess of Morley 1929-2021

 Johanna, Countess of Morley, who died 14 June, 2021, aged 92, was the widow of the 6th Earl of Morley, KCVO [1923-2015].

She was the former Johanna Katherine Molesworth-St Aubyn, born 22 January, 1929, daughter of Sir John Molesworth-St Aubyn, 14th Baronet [1899-1985], of Pencarrow, Bodmin, Cornwall, and his wife the former Ceclia Marjorie Vivian [died 1965], a granddaughter maternally of the 5th Earl of Portarlington [1858-1900].

She married 15 Oct, 1955, the then Lieutenant-Colonel John St Aubyn Parker [born 29 May, 1923], son of the Hon John Holford Parker [1886-1955], and his wife the former Hon Marjory Katharine Elizabeth Alexandra St Aubyn [1893- ], daughter of the 2nd Baron St Levan [1857-1940], of St Michael's Mount, Cornwall. Her husband, a grandson of the 3rd Earl of Morley [1843-1905], and nephew of the 4th Earl [1877-1951], and the 5th Earl [1878-1962], succeeded his uncle as 6th Earl, 28 April, 1962.

Her husband was Lord Lieutenant of Devon, 1982-98, and appointed KCVO upon his retirement. He died 20 September, 2015, aged 92.

Lady Morley leaves issue, a son, Mark, the 7th Earl of Morley [born 22 Aug, 1956], and a daughter, Lady Venetia [born 5 Feb, 1960].

The funeral takes place at St Andrew`s Church Buckland Monachorum, 6 July 2021.


Monday, June 21, 2021

Pamela Aloysia Forbes [née Tate] 1923-2021

 Pamela Aloysia Forbes, who died 6 June, 2021, aged 97, was descended from the Tate baronets, of the Tate & Lyle sugar family. She was a half-sister of the late 26th Baron De Clifford.

She was born in 1923, daughter of George Vernon Tate [1890-1955], and his wife the former Evelyn Victoria Anne Chandler [b 16 May 1887, d 25 Jan 1979].

Her mother was the actress and 'Gibson Girl' whose stage name was Eva Carrington, whose first husband was the 25th Baron De Clifford [1884-1909], and was mother of the 26th peer [1907-82], the last peer to be be tried before his peers at the bar of the House of Lords.

Pamela Tate married 5 July, 1946, Henry Forbes [1914-2002], son of Admiral Sir Charles Forbes, GCB, DSO [1880-1960], and his first wife the former Agnes Millicent Ewen, by whom she had issue, a son, Timothy John [born 18 May, 1947], and two daughters, Amanda [born 4 Apr, 1950], and Vanessa [born 12 Jan, 1955].

Mrs Forbes was widowed, 24 Oct, 2002.

The private funeral takes place, 6 July, 2021, at the Royal Chapel in Windsor Great Park.


Gibbs/Redwood engagement

 _.The engagement has been announced between [Charles] Toby Gibbs [born 12 February, 1991], eldest son of Alexander C. Gibbs, of Buckhorn Weston, Dorset, and of Caroline Sutton [born 10 Apr, 1965], of Cucklington, Somerset, scion of the Sutton baronets, & Alexandra M. Redwood, only daughter of Mr Martin Redwood, of Castle Cary, Somerset, and Mrs Amanda Saunders, of Wandsworth, London.

Toby Gibbs is a grandson of Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 9th Baronet, who was murdered at his home, 7 April, 2021, aged 83.


Sunday, June 20, 2021

Felix Rafael Maximus Coupland [born 2021]

 Harriet Lucy Howard Coupland [nee Vernon, born 29 May, 1985], wife of Matthew Peter Coupland [born 1984], and scion of the Vernon baronets, gave birth to a son, Felix Rafael Maximus, 30 May, 2021, a brother for Leo James Glenn [born 2019].

Harriet Coupland is a daughter of Sir James William Vernon, 5th Baronet [born 2 Apr, 1949], and his wife the former Davina Elizabeth Howard [born 8 July, 1953], descended from the Viscounts Portman.

Matthew Coupland is a son of Glenn A.G. Coupland [born 1952], and his wife, Katherine.


Cosima Annabel Edith March Phillipps De Lisle [born 2021]

_.Daisy Frederica March Phillipps de Lisle [nee Tregear, born 1990], wife of Dominic Robert Peter March Phillipps de Lisle [born 1990], scion of that landed family, gave birth to a daughter, Cosima Annabel Edith, 2 June, 2021.

Daisy is a daughter of [Vyvian A] Gordon Tregear and his wife the former [Susan] Alexandra Symington [born 1951].


Verney/Stanton engagement

  _.The marriage took place 10 June, 2021, at Flitcham Church, King's Lynn, Norfolk, between Harry Ulick Dennis Verney [born 6 October, 1940], scion of the Verney baronets, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Ulick Verney [1902-79], and his wife the former Esmé Louise Smith-Ryland [1901-78], scion of that landed gentry family, and Mrs F.S.B. [Sally] Stanton.

Harry Verney married firstly, in 1976 [div 2015], Sarah Fane Ricketts [born 22 Feb, 1953], by whom he had three dasughters.



Thomson/Wyles marriage

 _.The marriage took place 12 June, 2021, at St Mary Magdalene Church, Adlestrop, Gloucestershire, between Jake Michael Alfred Thomson [born 1983], second son of Sir Mark Wilfred Home Thomson, 3rd Baronet [born 29 December, 1939], of Marlborough, Wiltshire, and his first wife the former Lady Jacqueline Rosemary Margaret Rufus Isaacs [born 10 November, 1946], of Adlestrop, scion of the Marquesses of Reading, & Amber Louise R. Wyles [born 1989], younger daughter of Gordon D. Wyles [born 1947], of Bovingdon Green, Hertfordshire, and his former wife Janine B. Karn [now Mrs Uma Howard, of Tetbury, Gloucestershire].


Thornton-Berry/Crawford engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 19 June, 2021, between Oliver Talbot Thornton-Berry [born 27 December, 1989], scion of that landed gentry family, eldest son of Adrian Trevor Thornton-Berry [born 1961], of Swinithwaite Hall, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Bridget J Collin [born 1959], & Amelia Charlotte Crawford [born 1993],only daughter of [Timothy] James Crawford [born 1962], of Lilling, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Charlotte G.L. Baker [born 1962].


Lieutenant-Colonel Humphry Stuart Loftus [Ben] Tottenham 1922-2021

 _.Lieutenant-Colonel Humphry Stuart Loftus [Ben] Tottenham, late the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, sciom of that landed gentry family, died 14 June, 2021. He was 98.

He was born 24 October, 1922, son of Percy Marmaduke Tottenham, CBE [1873-1975], and his wife the former Angel Archdale [1882-1973], scion of the Archdale baronets, daughter of Sir Edward Mervyn Archdale, 1st Baronet [1853-1943]; married 1957, Susan Jennifer [Sue] Durnford [1926-84], daughter of Hugh George Edmund Durnford, MC [1886-1965], and his wife the former Margaret Evelyn Hope Meiklejohn [1894-1977], by whom he had a son, [Charles] Hugh Loftus Tottenham [born 1961], and a daughter, Frances Maria Loftus Tottenham [born 16 Oct, 1959].


Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Fordham, OBE 1943-2021

 _.Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Fordham, OBE, late the Welsh Guards, scion of that landed gentry family, of Melbourn Bury, died 10 June, 2021. He was 78.

He was born 3 March, 1943, son of Douglas Lawson Fordham [b 1912], of Helsby, Cheshire, and his wife the former Freda Mary Rabnett; married 1968, Susan Elizabeth Tattersall, by whom he had issue, Melanie, Nicholas, Natasha and Edward.

A celebration of his life will be held 21 Oct, 2021, at St Andrew's Church, Mells.


Richard Panton Corbett 1938-2021

 _.[Richard] Panton Corbett, who died 17 May, 2021, aged 83, was a scion of the landed family of that name, of Longnor.

He was born 17 February, 1938, second son of the late Richard William Corbett, TD, head of that family, and his wife the former Doris Vaughan Kimber; married [1] 28 Apr, 1962, Leila Frances Wolsten-Croft, elder twin daughter of Colonel Cuthbert Reginald Wolsten-Croft, OBE, of Paxton Terrace, SW1, by whom he had a son, Oliver Roebling Panton [b 6 Jan, 1965]; & married [2] July, 1974, Dame Antoinette Sibley, DBE [born 27 February, 1939], the prima ballerina, by whom he had a son, Henry Isambard P.S. Corbett [born 1980], and daughter, Eloise Cleo [b 1975].

A small private funeral will be held at St Peter’s, Eaton Square, 24 June, 2021.


Gerald Hugo Cropper [Hady] Wakefield 1938-2021

 _.Gerald Hugo Cropper [Hady] Wakefield, who died 16 June, 2021, aged 82, was a scion of the Wakefield baronets.

He was born 15 September, 1938, a younger son of Sir Edward Birkbeck Wakefield, 1st Baronet [1903-69], and his wife the former Constance Lalage Perronet Thompson [1906-2001]; married 4 December, 1971, Victoria Louise Feilden [born 6 Aug, 1942], scion of the Feilden baronets, daughter of Major Cecil Henry Feilden [1907-83], and his wife the former Olivia Constance Leonora Baring [1908-75], scion of the Barons Ashburton, by whom he had a son, Edward Cecil [Teddy] [born 7 March, 1973].


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Kelly Knatchbull to wed Alexander Cooke

The engagement was announced 19 June, 2021, between Alexander Leon Geldard Cooke (born 1984), son of Stephen N. Cooke and his wife the former Dianne Dixon, and Kelly Louise Doreen Knatchbull [born 30 March, 1988], scion of the Earls Mountbatten of Burma, daughter of the Hon Michael-John Ulick Knatchbull [born 24 May, 1950], and his first wife the former Melissa Clare Owen [born 12 November, 1960], daughter of His Honour Sir John Owen [1925-2010].

Kelly Knatchbull, named in honour of her great-grandfather's ship, HMS Kelly, is a goddaughter of HRH The Princess Royal, and is is the granddaughter of the late [2nd] Countess Mountbatten of Burma [1924-2017], and the 7th Baron Brabourne [1924-2005].


Thursday, June 17, 2021

The 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley 1938-2021

 _.The 4th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, who died 16 June, 2021, aged 83, was a Crossbench member of te House of Lords, and a grandson of the prime minister Stanley Baldwin.

Edward Alfred Alexander Baldwin was born 3 January, 1938, a son of the 3rd Earl Baldwin of Bewdley [1904-76], and his wife the former Joan Elspeth Tomes [died 1980], and succeeded to the earldom of Baldwin of Bewdley and the Viscountcy of Corvedale on his father's death, 5 July, 1976.

Lord Baldwin was elected a Crossbench peer in the House of Lords in 1999, and retired from the Upper house in May, 2018. His grandfather, Stanley Baldwin, created a peer in 1937, was prime minister 1923-24, 1924-29, and 1935-37.

The 4th Earl was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied modern languages and law. Before entering Trinity, he served from 1956 until 1958 as a second lieutenant in the Intelligence Corps. Between 1970 and 1987 he served in a variety of education positions, initially as a school teacher (teaching German and French) and latterly as Area Education Officer for Oxfordshire from 1980 to 1987. On the death of his father in July, 1976, Baldwin became a member of the House of Lords and was one of the ninety elected hereditary peers who remained after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. While in the House of Lords, he was Joint Chairman of Parliamentary Group for Alternative and Complementary Medicine in 1992 and was a member of the Select Committee of Inquiry into Complementary and Alternative Medicine from 1999 to 2000. He sat as a crossbencher until retiring under the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 in May 2018.

Lord Baldwin married firstly, in 1970, Sarah MacMurray James [who died in 2001], daughter of Evan Maitland James [1911-2008], of Upwood Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, by whom he had three sons, Benedict, James and Mark. The eldest son, Benedict Alexander Stanley Baldwin, styled Viscount Corvedale, born 28 December, 1973, now succeeds as 5th Earl Baldwin of Bewdley.

Lord Baldwin married secondly, in 2015, Lydia Segrave [born 1945], the sculptress, widow of the economist Ian Malcolm David Little, CBE [1918-2012], and former wife of Ben Lenthael, and daughter of James Edmund Segrave, and his wife the former Desiree Munro.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Penelope, Lady Meyrick 1930-2021

 _.Penelope, Lady Meyrick, who died 24 May, 2021, aged 90, was the widow of Sir David Meyrick, 4th Baronet [1926-2004].

The former Penelope Anne Marsden-Smedley, scion of a landed gentry family, was born in 1930, daughter of Commander John Bertram Aubrey Marsden-Smedley, RN [1893-1959], and his wife the former Agatha Hilda Bethell [1895-1985], scion of the Barons Westbury; and married 29 September, 1962, David John Charlton Meyrick, son of Sir Thomas Frederick Meyrick, 3rd Baronet [1899-1983], and his wife the former Ivy Frances Pilkington [died 1947]. Her husband succeeded to the baronetcy on the demise of his father, 23 December, 1983, and died 6 February, 2004.

Lady Meyrick leaves issue, three sons, Timothy, Simon and Christopher. The eldest son, Timothy Thomas Charlton Meyrick [born 5 November, 1963], does not use the title.



Margot India Erskine [born 2021]

 _.Alice Erskine [nee Thornton], wife of Caspar James Piers Erskine [born 1986], scion of the Earls of Mar & Kellie, gave birth to a daughter, Margot India, 9 June, 2021.

Caspar is a son of Robin David Erskine [born 1948], and his wife the former Belinda Anne Bates [born 1957], a granddaughter maternally of Sir Christopher Musgrave, 6th Baronet [1892-1956].

Alice Erskine is a daughter of James Thornton, of Nuffield, co Oxford.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sam Henry Duffell [born 2021]

 _. [Eleanor] Rose Duffell [nee Buckmaster, born 1986], wife of Charles Basil Royson [Charlie] Duffell, gave birth to a son, Sam Henry, 31 May, 2021.

Charlie Duffell is a son of Lieutenant-General Sir Peter Royson Duffell, KCB, CBE, MC [born 1939], of Britford, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Ann Murray Woodd [born 1948], scion of that landed gentry family.

Rose Duffell is a daughter of Henry G. Buckmaster, of Little Blakenham, Suffolk, and his wife the former Julia Mary Hobhouse [born 26 September, 1956], scion of the Hobhouse baronets, daughter of Hugh Cam Hobhouse [1917-87], by his wife the former Aline Hunter Blair [1921-2010].


Richard Fenton Barclay 1926-2021

 _.Richard Fenton Barclay, scion of the eponymous banking dynasty, died 10 June, 2021. He was 94.

Mr Barclay, descended from the Buxton baronets, was one of the last members of his family to be associated with the banking giant.

He was born in 1926, son of the Rev Gilbert Arthur Barclay [1882-1972], and his wife the former Dorothy Catherine Topsy Studd [1891-1980]; married 1957, Alison Mary Cummings [born 1937], daughter of Stanley Richard Cummings, of Cullompton, Devon, by his wife the former Mary Frances Myddleton-Evans, and had issue, three sons, Charles, Angus and Michal, and a daughter, Juliet.

Sir Thomas Buxton, 1st Baronet [1786-1845] > Thomas Fowell Buxton [1822-1908] > Elizabeth Buxton [d 1919] > Rev Gilbert Barclay [1882-1972] > Richard Barclay [1926-2021]


Kumar/Aspinall marriage

 _.The marriage has taken place between Kartik Kumar and Tansy Aspinall.

Tansy Aspinall [born 1989] is a daughter of [John] Damian Androcles Aspinall [born 24 May, 1960], zoo owner, and his former wife the former Louise Elizabeth Julia Sebag-Montefiore [born 31 July, 1962], scion of that landed gentry family.

Tansy is a granddaughter of the late John Victor Aspinall [1926-2000].


Hilma Iona Trenchard

  _. Amanda K.M. Trenchard [nee Karlsson], wife of the Hon William James Trenchard [born 14 May, 1986], scion of the Viscounts Trenchard, gave birth to a daughter, Hilma Iona, 12 June, 2021, in Stockholm, a sister for Astrid Isla, who was born in Bergen, Norway, 11 December, 2019.

The Hon William Trenchard is the second son of the 3rd Viscount Trenchard [born 12 March, 1951], by his wife the former Hon Fiona Elizabeth Morrison [born 11 Nov, 1954], scion of the Barons Margadale.

Amanda Trenchard is a daughter of Thomas Karlsson, of Stockholm, Sweden.


Monday, June 14, 2021

Romy Beatrix Alma Pratt [born 2021]

 _.Constance Elizabeth Pratt [born 1989, neé Mainwaring-Burton], wife of [Edward Roger] George Pratt [born 1989], gave birth to a daughter, Romy Beatrix Alma, 27 February, 2021.

George Pratt is a scion of the landed gentry family of that name, son of [Edward Roger] Piers Pratt [1956-2014], and his wife the former Sarah Tilley.

Constance Pratt is a daughter of Guy Anthony Mainwaring-Burton [born 1956], scion of that landed gentry family, and his wife the former Bridget Mary Riley [born 1958].




Barnaby Frederick James Ludlam [born 2021]

 _.Victoria Louise Ludlam (born 1982, nee Caulfeild), wife of Simon Thomas Ludlam, gave birth to a son, Barnaby Frederick James, 15 May, 2921, a brither for Alexandra [born 2012], Jemima [born 2014], and Francesca [born 2016]. 

Simon Ludlam is a son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Ludlam, of Bickley, Kent, and Victoria, a scion of the Viscounts Charlemont (Peerage of Ireland, 1665), is the daughter of James Alexander Toby Caulfeild (b 1937), of Redford, West Sussex, by his wife Diana Penelope Pound. 


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Clara Rose Elizabeth Apsion [born 2021]

 _.Melissa Apsion [née Shean], wife of [Robert] George Neville Apsion [born 1978], gave birth to a daughter, Clara Rose Elizabeth, 24 May, 2021, a sister for Iris [born 2009], and Lily [born 2012].

George Apsion is a son of [Robert] Gordon Lennox Apsion [1943-2013], by his wife the Hon Victoria Marion Anne [Plum] Lever [born 23 September, 1945], scion of the extinct Viscounts Leverhulme, daughter of the late 3rd [and last] Viscount Leverhulme, KG [1915-2000].

Melissa Apsion is a daughter of Dermot Shean, of East Horsley, Surrey.


Dingwall/Paget engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 12 June, 2021, between John Patrick D.J. Dingwall [born 1993], descended from the Quilter baronets, son of Charles Dingwall, of Upper Swell, Gloucestershire, and his Susan Clare Evelyn [Susie] Quilter [born 9 July, 1957] [now Mrs Susie Dingwall, of Shepherd's Bush], & Daphne Ampuria Paget [born 9 September, 1996], daughter of Sir Henry James Paget, 5th Baronet [born 2 February, 1959], of Glenlivet, Scotland, and his wife the former Margrete Lynner.


Verity Leonora Mary Tong [born 2021]

 _.Kirstie Araminta Jane Tong [nee Miller, born 1983], wife of William Frank Tong [born 1980], gave birth to a daughter, Verity Leonora Mary, 30 May, 2021, a sister for George Edward Donald, who was born in 2018.

Kirstie Tong is a daughter of Colonel Alan Keith McCulloch Miller, CBE, and his wife the former Caroline Janet Erskine [born 15 September, 1954], scion of the Lords Cardross, Earls of Buchan, &c.


Martha Florence Sarah Copley [born 2021]

 _.Zoe Mary Copley [nee Manners, born 14 November, 1989], wife of Jack Copley [born 1989], gave birth to a daughter, Martha Florence Sarah, 6 June, 2021.

Jack A.T. Copley is a son of Robert Copley, of London, descended from the Earls of Loudoun, and Mrs Diana Copley (nee Wingfield), of Great Barrington, Gloucestershire, a scion of the Viscounts Powerscourt.

Zoe Copley is a scion of the Barons Manners, eldest daughter of Charles Henry Manners (born 1957), of Woodend, Gloucestershire, by his wife the former Nichola Thompson, and is descended from the 1st Baron Manners, a Solicitor General & Lord Chancellor of Ireland, who was a grandson of the 3rd Duke of Rutland.


Thursday, June 10, 2021

Hon Jacquetta Cator [née Storey] 1930-2021

 _.The Hon Jacquetta Cator [née Storey], died 3 June, 2021. She was 91.

Jacquetta Storey was born 19 April, 1930, daughter of Sir Samuel Storey 1st Baronet [and later the life peer the Baron Buckton] [1896-1978], and his wife the former Caroline May Lawrie [1886-1972]; and married 13 Oct, 1956, Francis Cator [1928-2007], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry John Cator [1897-1965], and his wife the former Anne Laetitia Mary Cayley [1899-1960], scion of the Cayley baronets, by whom she had issue, Charles [1959-2015], Mark [born 1960], Harry [born 1964], and Elisabeth [born 1957].


The Baroness Shaw of Northstead 1923-2021

  _.The Baroness Shaw of Northstead, who died 2 June, 2021, aged 97, was a scion of the Mowat baronets, and widow of the life peer the Baron Shaw of Northstead.

She was born in 1923 as Joan Mary Louise Mowat, daughter of Colonel Sir Alfred Law Mowat, 2nd and last Baronet, DSO, OBE, MC [1890-1968], and his wife the former Dorothy Louise Waller [1892-1969]; and married in 1951, Michael Norman Shaw [1920-2021], who died 8 January, 2021, aged 100, who was the National Liberal MP for Brighouse and Spenborough 1960-64, Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby 1966-74, & for Scarborough, 1974-92, and created a life peer as Baron Shaw of Northstead.

Lady Shaw leaves three sons, Charles, James and Jonathan


Dr Michael John Yates [died 2021]

 _.Dr Michael John Yates died 23 May, 2021, aged 91. He was a son of Maurice Yates, of Highgate, London, and married in 1952, Juliet Gladstone [1929-2007], scion of that landed gentry family of Capenoch, daughter of Thomas Steuart Gladstone [1901-71], and his wife Muriel Irene Heron Day [1904-95], by whom he had issue, a son, Christopher [born 1956], and three daughters, Cary [born 1954], Candida [born 1959], & Clare [born 1960].


Hector and Flora Pickering, twins [born 2021]

 _. Emma Catherine Pickering [nee Meysey-Thompson, born 1978], wife of James Guthrie Pickering [born 1977], gave birth to twins, a son, Hector Guthrie James, and a daughter, Flora Diana Catherine, 11 May, 2021, a brother and a sister for Ottilie Wanda Petal, who was born 26 July, 2019.

James is a son of Guthrie Pickering [born 1944], by his wife the former Vivienne Irish, and Emma Pickering is a daughter of Mark Kennedy Meysey-Thompson [1949-87], by his wife the former Catherine Diana Herdman-Newton, and descended from the Meysey-Thompson baronets.


Henry Somerset, Earl of Glamorgan [born 2021]

 _. The Marchioness of Worcester [nee Lucy Eleanor Yorke-Long, born 23 June, 1986], wife of Henry Robert Fitzroy [Bobby] Somerset, styled Marquess of Worcester [born 20 January, 1989], gave birth to a son, Henry, 26 May, 2021.

The Marquess of Worcester is the elder son & heir of the 12th Duke of Beaufort [born 22 May, 1952], of Badminton House, by his former wife, Tracy, Duchess of Beaufort [born 22 Dec 1958], of Badminton, Gloucestershire [who is known as Tracy, Marchioness of Worcester].

The Marchioness of Worcester is the only daughter of Mr Jonathan Crispin Yorke-Long [born Oct 1951], of Old Stratford, Northamptonshire, by his wife the former Charlotte Rose Fownes-Luttrell [born 1954]. The Marchioness descends from the Williams & Peek baronets, the Luttrells of Dunster, and the extinct Earls of Midleton.

The infant takes the courtesy title Earl of Glamorgan.


Hon Lady Palmer 1947-2021

 _.The Hon Lady Palmer, wife of Sir Mark Palmer, 5th Baronet, has died at the age of 73.

She was a scion of the Barons Glenconner, born as the Hon Catherine Elizabeth Tennant, 10 November, 1947, daughter of the late 2nd Baron Glenconner [1899-1983], and his second wife the former Elizabeth Powell [died 2014]; and married 23 June, 1976, Sir Charles Mark Palmer, 5th Baronet [born 21 Nov, 1941], son of Maj Sir Anthony Frederick Mark Palmer, 4th Baronet [1914-1941], and his wife the former Henriette Alice Cadogan [1914-2005], scion of the Earls Cadogan, by whom she had a son, Arthur Morris Palmer [born 9 March, 1981], and a daughter, Iris Henriette [born 1977].


Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Nicholas Rupert Gerald Wilson 1974-2021

_.Nicholas Rupert Gerald [Nicko] Wilson, died tragically 24 May, 2021. He was a descendant of the Milburn baronets. He was born in 1974 son of Richard Murrough Wilson [born 1945], and his former wife the former Diana Rosemary Milburn [born 15 March, 1949]. He married in 2004, Susan Barr, daughter of Andrew Barr, by whom he had two daughters, Daisy Eliza [born 2005], and Minnie Rose [born 2007].


Xander Patrick Damon de Laszlo [born 2021]

 _. Jemima de Laszlo [nee Francis], wife of William Patrick de Laszlo [born 1979], had a son, Xander Patrick Damon, 21 May, 2021, a brother for Gabriel Patrick Julian, who was born 13 March, 2020, and a half brother for Alice [born 2007] and Walter [born 2009].

William is the younger son of Mr Damon Patrick de Laszlo, b. 1942, (descended from the Viscounts Greenwood) and his wife, the former Hon Sandra Daphne Hacking, (b.1950), of Newton Valence, Hampshire, and is a maternal grandson of the 2nd Baron Hacking (1910-71), and a great-grandson of the 1st Viscount Greenwood (1870-1948).

William de Laszlo's previous wife was the former Katy A Guinness, daughter of Timothy Guinness, of Ellisfield, Hants.


Baroness Nicholls of Birkenhead 1935-2021

 _.The Baroness Nicholls of Birkenhead died 2 June, 2021. She was 85.

She was born in 1935, as Jennifer Mary Thomas, daughter of William Ewart Chambers Thomas [1899-1973], and his wife the former Enid Jones, and married in 1960, Donald James Nicholls [1933-2019], a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, who in 1994 was created a life peer as Baron Nicholls of Birkenhead, by whom she had two sons and a daughter. Her husband died 25 September, 2019.


Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Lady Montgomery Cuninghame of Corsehill 1939-2021

 _.Lady Montgomery Cuninghame of Corsehill, who died 2 June, 2021, aged 82, was the wife of Sir John Christopher Foggo Montgomery Cuninghame of Corsehill, 12th Baronet.

She was born 18 January, 1939, as Laura Margaret Nicholson, second daughter of Sir Godfrey Nicholson, 1st and last Baronet [1901-1991], and his wife Lady Katharine Conmstance Lindsay [1912-72], daughter of the 27th Earl of Crawford & Balcarres [1871-1940].

She married 9 September, 1964, Sir John Montgomery Cuninghame, Bt [born 24 July, 1935], a younger son of Sir Thomas Montgomery Cuninghame, 10th Baronet [1877-1945], and his wife the former Nancy Macaulay Foggo. Her husband succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his elder brother, Sir William, 11th Baronet, 18 February, 1959.

Lady Montgomery Cuninghame is survived by her husband and three daughters, Christian, Georgiana [Nina], and Elizabeth.

The funeral service will take place at the Church of St James The Less, Winterbourne, 19 June, 2021.


Vivien Bridget Nicolson 1923-2021

 _.Vivien Bridget Nicolson, who died 6 June, 1921, aged 98, was the widow of Capt Malise Allen Nicolson, MC [1921-95], of Frog Hall, Malpas, Cheshire.

She was born in 1923, at Hexham, Northumberland, as Vivien Bridget Ridley, scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of John Hilton Ridley [1890-1974], and his wife the former Kathleen Thelma Browne [1897-1982], and a paternal granddaughter of Mary Augusta Bigge [1854-1947], scion of that landed family, and sister of the 1st and last Baron Stamfordham, GCB, GCIE, GCVO, KCSI, KCMG, ISO, PC [1849-1931].

She married in 1946, Malise Allen Nicolson [born 31 Oct, 1921, died December, 1995], by whom she had issue, a son, Mark Malise Nicolson [born 24 Sept, 1954], and two daughters, Dinah [born 1947], and Emma Hermione.

Her son married, 3 May, 1980, the Hon Katharine Ingrid Mary Isabel Fraser [born 11 Oct, 1957], a descendant of Queen Victoria [via her son Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught & Strathearn], the eldest daughter and heir presumptive of the Lady Saltoun [born 18 Oct, 1930], holder of an hereditary peerage in the Peerage of Scotland, and her husband Capt Alexander Arthur Alfonso David Maule Ramsay of Mar [1919-2000]. 

Mrs Nicolson's daughter Emma married 3 Apr, 1974, the Hon James David William Bethell [born 22 Feb 1952], second son of the 5th Baron Westbury [1922-2001].


Cousens/Monckton engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 8 June, 2021, between Harry Charles J. Cousens [born 1992], son of Nigel J. Cousens, of Shaldon, Devon, and his wife the former Jayne A. Coldwell, & Emily Louise Monckton [born 29 August, 1991], scion of the Viscounts Galway, daughter of Piers Alastair Carlos Monckton [born 23 Oct, 1962], of Stretton, Staffordshire, and his former wife the former Georgiana Margaret Elizabeth Byng [born 31 March, 1964], descended from the Earls of Strafford.


William Waldegrave [born 2021]

 __.Dr Kate Mallory Orf, wife since 2017, of the Hon James Victor [Jamie] Waldegrave [born 1984], scion of the Earls Waldegrave, gave birth to a son, William, 27 May, 2021.

The Hon Jamie Waldegrave is a son of the Baron Waldegrave of North Hill, PC {life peer}, and the Baroness Waldegrave of North Hill, of Chewton Mendip, Somerset.

 Dr Kate Orf is a daughter of Mr Roger G. Orf, of London, by his wife the former Lisa T. Heffernan.

Jamie Waldegrave, descended from King James II, is a nephew of the 13th Earl Waldegrave.


Sunday, June 06, 2021

Why Harry and Meghan's daughter is Lady Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor

 . HRH The Duchess of Sussex, wife of HRH Prince Henry Charles Albert David, Duke of Sussex, KCVO, gave birth to a daughter, Lilibet Diana, on Friday 4 June, 2021, at Santa Barbara Cottage, Santa Barbara, California, United States, a sister for Archie. The infant is eighth in line of succession to the throne.

By ancient custom, and courtesy of the Crown, the daughter of a duke in the Peerage of the United Kingdom is prefixed with the title 'Lady'. The new arrival in the House of Windsor is officially styled Lady Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

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

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

In a complete break with tradition and with the laws governing peerages, and the styles and titles of courtesy relating to the children of peers, it was announced in May, 2019 that Archie Mountbatten-Windsor would not use a courtesy title associated with the Dukedom of Sussex.

It was expected that Archie would be styled as Earl of Dumbarton, which is Prince Harry's earldom, created with the Dukedom of Sussex and Barony of Kilkeel in May, 2018. The eldest sons of dukes in the peerages of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom traditionally assume their father's second senior peerage, as a 'courtesy' title. Some eldest sons decide to use a lesser title, as in the case of the eldest son of the Duke of Devonshire, who continues to be known as Earl of Burlington instead of the more senior Marquess of Hartington. If the Sussexes dislike the idea of Archie being Earl of Dumbarton then he could instead be known as Lord Kilkeel. 

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

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

Harry and Meghan's second child was born Lady Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor. This courtesy title was not granted or bestowed by the Queen at birth as it is an automatic qualification. The 'courtesy title' comes as courtesy from the Crown, and not as a courtesy from a parent. If Harry and Meghan deny their daughter the courtesy title of a daughter of a duke they are in effect snubbing the Crown. Whether the courtesy title is used or not will not affect how the child's rank is recorded at the College of Arms.

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

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

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, being born the son of Duke, was born Lord Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor as a legal entity. His sister enjoys the status befitting the daughter of the Duke of Sussex.

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

Harry and Meghan's children now share this surname with the children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, who, as children of the Sovereign's son are officially HRH, but do not use the royal style and title. Instead Edward and Sophie's children use courtesy titles derived from their father's peerages, and are known as Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor.

Several peers, or relatives of peers with courtesy titles, do decide not to be so styled. And of course peerages can be disclaimed, within a time limit, under the terms of the Peerages Act 1963. Peers in the Peerage of Ireland and baronets cannot disclaim under the terms of the act. However, a man or woman who has been created a peer, as Harry was in 2018, cannot then go on to disclaim.

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

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

The infant will be the eleventh great-grandchild of the Queen, and will not be born a prince or princess with the qualification of Royal Highness. That rank is reserved only for the children and male line grandchildren of the Sovereign, and the children of the eldest son of the Prince of Wales, as laid down by the Letters Patent of King George V [1917], and the further Letters Patent of Queen Elizabeth II [2012].

Under the terms of the Letters Patent creating Harry's dukedom, in May, 2018, the descent of the title is vested in his heirs male 'lawfully begotten'. Archie is destined, should he survive his father, to succeed as 2nd Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Lady Lilibet is not in remainder to her father's dukedom, earldom or barony.

The Queen's great-grandchildren:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[11] Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor [born 4 June, 2021]


Saturday, June 05, 2021

Charles John Wakeley 1959-2021

 _.Charles John Wakeley, who died 23 May, 2021, aged 62, was a scion of the Wakeley baronets.

He was born 3 May, 1959, younger son of Sir John Wakeley, 2nd Baronet [1926-2012], and his wife the former June Leney [born 1933]; and married in 1984, Rachel Morag Louise Penrose [born 1962], daughter of George Penrose [born 1927], and his wife the former Doreen Sinclair, and had issue, two sons, Rupert [born 1990[, and Arthur [born 1993].


Baring/Gilbert engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 5 June, 2021, between Thomas Patrick Vivian Baring [born 8 June, 1979], scion of the Earls of Cromer, son of the Hon Vivian John Rowland Baring [born 12 June, 1950], of Chelsea, London, and his wife [and kinswoman] Lavinia Gweneth Baring [born 1 Aug, 1951], Lady in Waiting to HRH The Princess of Wales 1981-92, and Arabella Katharine Elizabeth Gilbert [born 1979], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Geoffrey Edmund Gilbert [1938-2020], and his wife the former Angela Mary Deane-Drummond [born 1946], of Compton, Devon.

It will be Thomas Baring's second marriage. He married firstly, 2008, Johanna McDonald, by whom he has two sons.


Bullough/Pearson engagement

 _.The engagement was announced 5 June, 2021, between Finèan Mark Aidan Robertson Bullough [born 4 January, 1992], son of Mark Bullough [born 1955], of Clapton Court, near Crewkerne, Somerset, by his wife the former Suzannah Frances [Suzi] Moynahan, & Carinthia Alexandra Pearson [born 1993], scion of the Viscounts Cowdray, daughter of the Hon Charles Anthony Pearson [born 5 March, 1956], of Pitshill, Tillington, West Sussex, and his wife the former Benedicte Iuul.

Carinthia Pearson is a granddaughter paternally of the 3rd Viscount Cowdray [1910-95].



Pippa Maitland-Makgill-Crichton [born 2021]

 _.Alice Beatrice N. Maitland-Makgill-Crichton [nee Kelly, born 1985], wife of Thomas Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, scion of the Earls of Lauderdale, gave birth to a daughter, Pippa, 12 May, 2021, a sister for Hugo and George.

Thomas Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, scion of the Earls of Lauderdale (Peerage of Scotland cr 1624), is the son of Lt-Col. A.J. Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, of Whittinghame, East Lothian, and Mrs Karrie Maitland-Makgill-Crichton.

Alice Maitland-Makgill-Crichton is a daughter of Dominic Noel Charles Miles David Kelly (b 1953), of Smarden, Kent, by his wife the former Miranda Macklin.

The infant is a great-granddaughter of Bernard Kelly by his wife the former Lady Mirabel Magdalene Fitzalan Howard, sister of the 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG, &c.


Florence Isabella Ophelia Quicke [born 2021]

_.Lucie Quicke [née Shuttlewood, born 1986], wife of Thomas William Quicke [born 1987], descended from the Dewey baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Florence Isabella Ophelia, 26 May, 2021, a sister for Araminta Florence Cressida, who was born in 2019.

Thomas Quicke is a son of Colonel Richard Neville Brayley Quicke [born 1951[, and is wife the former Amanda Julia Dewey [born 1957].



Somerset Bryan Gibbs 1926-2021

 _.Somerset Bryan Gibbs, who died 20 May, 2021, aged 95, was descended from the Earls of Carrick.

He was born in 1926, son of Maj Bryan Northam Gibbs [1897-1965], and his first wife the former Lady Rosamond Kathleen Margaret Butler [1899-1972], daughter of the 7th Earl of Carrick [1873-1931].

He married 1950, Elspeth Pauline Mary Harrington Russi [who died 2019], daughter of Maj Felix John Russi, MC [1896-1979], and had issue.



Ross/Dunlop engagement

_.The engagement has been announced between Jonathan Ross, youngest son of Brigadier David Ross, OBE, and Mrs Jacqui Ross, of Fleet, Hampshire, & the Hon Catriona Dorothy M. Dunlop [born 1992], daughter of the life peer the Baron Dunlop [born 1959], of Midway House, Jolesfield, West Sussex, and his wife the former Lucia Mary Elizabeth Campbell Murfitt [born 1959].


Friday, June 04, 2021

Mungo George Wilson Woods [born 2021]

 _. Katrina Louise Woods [nee Younger, born 1990], wife of Dominic Robin Woods, gave birth to a son, Mungo George Wilson, 20 May, 2021, in Hong Kong.

Dominic is the youngest son of Mr Edward Woods and Mrs James Shepherd-Cross, of Greens Norton, Northamptonshire, & Katrina Woods, scion of the Viscounts Younger of Leckie, is the second daughter of the Hon Charles Gerald Alexander Younger (born 1959), of Gifford, East Lothian, by his wife the former Sally Elizabeth Fergusson.

Katrina is a granddaughter of the Baron Younger of Prestwick, KT, KCVO, TD, PC, life peer, who succeeded as 4th Viscount Younger, and who d 26 January, 2003.


Nigel Arthur Denman Way 1958-2021

_.Nigel Arthur Denman Way died 31 May, 2021, aged 63. He was born 11 March, 1958, son of Capt Hugh Denman Way, MC [died 1971] and his wife the former Carola Mary Bailey [1925-97], scion of the Barons Glanusk. He married 23 Oct, 1999, Emily Jane Ahern [born 1974], daughter of Jeremy Clive Ahern and his wife the former Mavis How, by whom he had issue, a son, Peter, and a daughter Georgina.

Joseph Bailey, 1st Baron Glanusk [1840-1906] > Hon Arthur Bailey [1868-1929] > Carola Bailey [1925-97] > Nigel Way [1958-2021]


David Foulk Myddelton 1932-2021

 _.David Foulk Myddelton, who died 22 May, 2021, aged 88, was head of that landed gentry family, of Chirk Castle, Denbighshire.

He was born 25 May, 1932, the elder son of Lieutenant-Colonel Ririd Myddelton, LVO [1902-88], and his wife the former Lady Mary Margaret Elizabeth Petty-Fitzmaurice [1910-2003], scion of the Marquesses of Lansdowne.

He married firstly in 1965 [div 1968], Anne Ratcliffe-Brotherton [born 1939], scion of that landed gentry family of Kirkham Abbey, North Yorkshire, daughter of Charles Frederick Ratcliffe-Brotherton, of Kirkham Abbey, and his wife the former Lurline Winifred [Muffy] Elliot-Pyle [1902-94], the racehorse owner; and married 2ndly, 1970, Christine Serena Cherry Morris, daughter of Arthur Malcolm Morris, OBE, of Canberra, Australia.

David Myddelton leaves a son from his first marriage, Guy Charles Myddelton [born 17 Jan, 1966], and a son and daughter from his second marriage, Mark Ririd [born 1973], and Sian Moyra [born 1971].

A private Service of Thanksgiving will be held shortly at St Oswald’s Parish Church, Oswestry. 


Grandson for Princess Margaret's lover, Roddy Llewellyn

 _.Natasha Anna Christina Gage [nee Llewellyn, born 5 April, 1984], scion of the Llewellyn baronets, and wife of the Hon [Richard David] Benedict Gage [born 21 February, 1977], younger son of the 8th Viscount Gage, gave birth to a son, Ivor Thomas Nicholas, 29 May, 2021.

Natasha Gage is the middle daughter of Sir Roderic Victor [Roddy] Llewellyn, 5th Baronet [born 9 Oct, 1947], and his wife the former Tatiana Manora Caroline Soskin [born 1948].

The Hon Benedict Gage is the second son of the 8th Viscount Gage [born 9 April, 1934], of Firle Place, Lewes, Sussex, and his 1st wife the Lady Diana Adrienne Beatty [born 13 September, 1952], daughter of the late 2nd Earl Beatty [1905-72].


Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Edward Anthony Heinemann 1958-2021

 _.Edward Anthony Heinemann, who died following an accident in Rome, 22 May, 2021, was a kinsman of the Barons De Saumarez.

He was born 10 January, 1958, son of Campbell Coningsby Heinemann [born 19 Apr, 1919-died January, 1999], and his wife the former Susanna Elizabeth Carteret Saumarez [born 27 April, 1934].

He had a sister Caroline Anne Heinemann [born 10 July, 1960]. She married in 1980, James C. Carver, and has a daughter, Madeleine Isabel Carver [born in 1988].


Tuesday, June 01, 2021

David Claude Raymond Pelly 1941-2021

 _.David Claude Raymond Pelly, who died 28 May, 2021, aged 79, was a scion of the Pelly baronets, descended from Sir John Pelly, 1st Bt.

He was born 5 July, 1941, son of Air Chief Marshal Sir Claude Bernard Raymond Pelly, GBE, KCB, MC [1902-72], and his wife the former Margaret Ogilvie Spencer.

He married in 1974, Philippa Bowman, daughter of Peter Bowman, of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, by whom he had issue, two daughters, Tessa [born 1977], and Lorna [born 1979].


Major Sir [Robert] David Black, 3rd Baronet, DL 1929-2021

 _.Major Sir [Robert] David Black, 3rd [and last] Baronet, died 22 May, 2021. He was 92. His homes were at Woodcote, near Reading, and Shebster, near Thurso, Caithness.

He was born 29 March, 1929, son of Maj. Sir Robert Andrew Stransham Black, 2nd Baronet [1902-79], and his wife the former Ivy Wilson [died 1980].

He was educated at Eton and served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards, 1949, Captain 1953, Major 1960, retired 1961; served with the Berkshire and Westminster Dragoons [TA] 1964-67, and the Berkshire Territorials, TAVR III, 1967-69; Vice-Chairman, Berkshire & Eastern Wessex, Territorial Army Voluntary Reserve, 1985-92; Joint Master Garth and South Berkshire Foxhounds 1965-73; Hon Colonel 94 [Berkshire Yeomanry] Signals Squadron, TA 1988-98; Deputy Lieutenant of Caithness, 1991; High Sheriff of Oxfordshire 1993. Succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 1979.

David married married firstly, 22 Oct, 1953 [div 1972] Rosemary Diana Hardy [born 5 Apr, 1931], daughter of Lt-Col. Sir Rupert Hardy, 4th Baronet [1902-97], and his wife the Hon Diana Joan Allsopp [1908-2006], daughter of the 3rd Baron Hindlip [1877-1931]; married 2ndly, 1973, Dorothy Maureen Radclyffe [died 6 May 2011], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Maj. Charles Robert Eustace Radclyffe, and widow of Alan Roger Douglas Pilkington [who died 1969].

Sir David leaves two daughters, Diana and Joanna, and was predeceased by a daughter, Fiona.

The baronetcy, created in 1922, now becomes extinct.