Saturday, July 31, 2021

Lord Brabourne marries Ambre Pouzet

 The marriage took place, 20 May, 2021, at Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire, between Nicholas Charles Louis Norton Knatchbull, styled Baron Brabourne [born London, 15 May, 1981], only son and heir of the 3rd Earl Mountbatten of Burma [born 8 Oct, 1947], of Broadlands, Hampshire, and his wife the former Penelope Meredith Eastwood [born 16 Apr, 1953], & Ambre Pouzet [born 24 July, 1984].

Nicholas Knatchbull, who does not use his courtesy title, is a godson of HRH The Prince of Wales. His French-born bride, a behavioural therapist, was a 'mer-lesque' performing mermaid, according to the Daily Mail.


Lady Clarissa Collin 1938-2021

 Lady Clarissa Collin died suddenly, 23 July, 2021, at her home in North Yorkshire. She was 82.

Lady Clarissa, a scion of the extinct Earls of Feversham, was a deputy lieutenant for North Yorkshire, and a former High Sheriff  and JP of the county.

She was born 11 October, 1938, as Lady Clarissa Duncombe, the only child of Charles William Slingsby Duncombe, 3rd [and last] Earl of Feversham [1906-63], and his wife the former Lady Anne Dorothy Wood [1910-1995], scion of the Earls of Halifax, daughter of the 1st Earl of Halifax, KG, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, TD, PC [1881-1959], sometime Viceroy and Gov Gen of India, and his wife the Lady Dorothy Evelyn Augusta Onslow, DCVO [1885-1976], scion of the Earls of Onslow, and an Extra Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Lady Clarissa was a goddaughter of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent. The princess with her son and daughter-in-law the Duke and Duchess of Kent, attended Lady Clarissa's marriage, 14 December, 1966, to Major Nicholas Spencer Compton Collin [1918-2004], late the Coldstream Guards, of Whytherstone House, Pockley, York, son of Maj. Francis Spencer Collin [1885-1920], of 42 Eaton Place, Belgravia, and Fullers Farm, West Grinstead, Sussex, and his wife the former Bertha Mary Hornung [1885-1974].

Lady Clarissa leaves a son, Frederick Collin [b 30 Oct 1967], and a daughter, Laura [b 25 Aug, 1969], wife of the Hon John Greenall [b 22 Jul 1960], scion of the Barons Daresbury.

The funeral service is to be held at All Saints Church, Helmsley, on Thursday 5th August 2021.


Sophie Bartholomew engaged to Thomas Quested

 The engagement was announced 31 July, 2021, between Thomas Richard Andrew Quested [born 1991], son of [Richard] Andrew Quested [born 1958], of Itchingfield, and Mrs Sarah Quested [nee O'Connor], of Slinfold, and Sophie Virginia Bartholomew [born 1990], daughter of William Wadworth Bartholomew [born 14 Aug, 1956], of Shalbourne, and his wife the former Carolyn Judith W. Pride [born 1961].

Sophie Bartholomew is a descendant of the Viscounts Long:-

Richard Long, 3rd Viscount Long [1892-1967] > Hon Noreen Long [1921-2004] >William Bartholomew [b 1956] > Sophie Bartholomew [b 1990]

Sophie Bartholemew's mother, the former Carolyn Pride, was a school friend of Diana, Princess of Wales, and flatmate of the then Lady Diana Spencer at the time of her engagement to the Prince of Wales. Diana attended the Bartholomew's wedding in 1982, and stood as godmother to Carolyn's son, Jack, born in 1989. 

Carolyn Bartholomew is one of the godparents of the Duke of Sussex, and she and Mr Bartholomew attended Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018. During a 2017 auction "intimate letters" that Diana sent to Mrs Bartholomew fetched more than £93,000.


Sampson/Carey engagement

 The engagement was announced 31 July, 2021, between George Edward Richard Sampson [born 1986], eldest son of Major Richard C.B. Sampson, late the Life Guards, of South Petherton, Somerset, and his former wife the former Mariana Victoria Magdalen Bray [born 1956] [now Mrs Mark Heywood, of Haresfield, Gloucestershire], & Aoife B.A. Carey, daughter of the late Richard [Tony] Carey of County Waterford, and Mme Vasilica Mylonas, of Mons, Belgium.

George Sampson is descended from the Seely baronets:-

Sir Victor Seely, 4th Bt [1900-80] > Victoria Seely [b 1933] > Mariana Bray [b 1956] >George Sampson [b 1986]


Thursday, July 29, 2021

Dr Sir Thomas Francis Grattan [Tom] Esmonde, 17th Baronet 1960-2021

 Dr Sir Thomas Esmonde, 17th Baronet, died at his home in Northern Ireland, 24 July, 2021. He was 60.

Sir Thomas was senior house officer between 1985 and 1987 at Whiteabbey Hospital. He was registered as a Member, Royal College of Physicians, Ireland (MRCPI) He was registered as a Member, Royal College of Physicians, London (MRCP) in 1987. He was Medical Registrar between 1988 and 1989 at Royal Gwent Hospital, Gwent, Wales. He was Registrar in Neurology between 1989 and 1990 at University Hospital of Wales. Sir Tom was Clinical Resident Fellow between 1990 and 1992 at Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland. He was Clinical Registrar in Neurology and Consutlant in Neurology in 1992 at Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, &c.

He was born 14 Oct, 1960, son of Sir John Henry Grattan Esmonde, 16th Baronet [1928-87], and his wife the former Pamela Mary Bourke, and succeeded to the baronetcy [created in 1629], on the death of his father in 1987.

Tom Esmonde married 26 April, 1986, Pauline Loretto Kearns, daughter of James Vincent Kearns, by whom he had issue, a son, Sean, and two daughters, Aisling and Niamh.

He is succeeded in the Irish baronetcy by his only son, Sean Vincent Grattan Esmonde, who was born 8 January, 1989.

The funeral service takes place at St. Brigid's Parish, Belfast, on 30 July, 2021, followed by private cremation at Roselawn Crematorium.


Diana Mulholland [nee Lucas] 1929-2021

[Lilian] Diana Tindall Mulholland, died 30 June, 2021, aged 92. She was the widow of Martin Mulholland [1927-2003], scion of the Barons Dunleath.

She was born in 1929, the former Lilian Diana Tindall Lucas, daughter of John de Blaquiere Tindall Lucas, MC, and his wife the former Lilian Cecily King, and married 24 Feb, 1953, Martin Edward Harcourt Mulholland [born 23 Feb, 1927], son of the Hon Godfrey John Arthur Murray Lyle Mulholland [1892-1948], and his wife the former Hon Olivia Vernon Harcourt, DCVO [1902-84], sometime Woman of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, daughter of the 1st Viscount Harcourt [1863-1922].

Her husband died 1 Nov, 2003. Mrs Mulholland leaves issue, three sons, John, Simon and Giles.


Hilleary/Hunt engagement

 The engagement was announced 29 July, 2021, between [Alasdair] Geordie Somerled Macleod Hilleary [born 1991], son of Mr Alasdair Malcolm Douglas Macleod Hilleary [born 1954], of Edinbane, Nairn,  and his late wife the former Hon Fiona Mary Baillie [1957-2004], & Marina Susannah E. Hunt [born 1991], third daughter of Simon D. Hunt, of Newton Toney, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Anna R.G. Maddan.

Geordie Hilleary is a grandson maternally of the late 3rd Baron Burton [1924-2013].


Count Balthasar John Guillaume Maria de Salis [born 2021]

 Countess de Salis [nee Pauline de Baden], wife of Count John-Maximilian Henry Fane De Salis, 10th Count de Salis-Soglio (born 1986), descended from the Earls Brownlow, gave birth to a second son, Balthasar John Guillaume Maria, 26 July, 2021, at Horben, Switzerland, a brother for John Arthur Francis Maria, born 5 Dec, 2018.

Count de Salis is a son of John Bernard Philip Humbert De Salis, 9th Count de Salis-Soglio TD (1947-2014), and his second wife Marie-Claude Wüst (born 1956).

John Cust, Earl Brownlow [1779-1853] > Lady Sophia Cust [1811-82] > Amelia Tower [1837-85] > John De Salis-Soglio [1864-1939] > John Eugene De Salis [1891-1949] > John De Salis [1947-2014] > John-Maximilian De Salis [b 1986] > Balthasar De Salis [b 2021]


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Tom Astor marries Lucy Ponsonby

 The marriage took place 17 July, 2021, at St Martin's Church, Sandford St Martin, Oxfordshire, between Thomas David Astor [born 1987], scion of the Barons Astor of Hever, & Lucy India Clare Ponsonby [born 1991], scion of the Ponsonby baronets

Tom Astor is a son of [George] David Astor [born 8 July, 1958], of Ashbury, Wiltshire, by his late wife the former Marianne Piroska Julia Leche [1958-2019].

Lucy Ponsonby is a daughter of Luke Arthur Ponsonby [born 15 July, 1957], of Ledwell, co Oxford, by his wife the former Nicola J. Guy.

Tom Astor is a great-grandson of the 1st Baron Astor of Hever [1886-1971].

Lucy Ponsonby is a granddaughter maternally of General Sir Roland Guy, GCB [1928-2005], and a granddaughter paternally of Sir Ashley Charles Gibbs Ponsonby, 2nd Baronet [1921-2010].

Lucy is a great-granddaughter of the 6th Marquess of Ormonde [1893-1971].


Fitzalan Howard/Mortimer engagement

 The engagement was announced 28 July, 2021, between George Henry Fitzalan Howard [born 10 April, 1991], scion of the Dukes of Norfolk, the eldest son of Henry Julian Nicholas Fitzalan Howard [born 7 July, 1954], of South Harting, West Sussex, and his wife the former Claire Louise von Mallinckrodt [born 11 Aug, 1960], and Sarah Elizabeth Mortimer [born 1987], daughter of Michael H. Mortimer, and the former Carina E Carlsson [Mrs Carina Mortimer, of Romsey, Hampshire].

Henry Howard, 13th Duke of Norfolk [1791-1856] >Edward, 1st Baron Howard of Glossop [1818-83] >Francis, 2nd Baron Howard of Glossop [1859-1924] > Bernard, 3rd Baron Howard of Glossop [1885-1972] > Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard [1916-2007] > Henry Fitzalan Howard [b 1954] > George Fitzalan Howard [b 1991]


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Archie Buxton [born 2021]

 Kate Buxton [nee Hunter], wife of Henry James Aubrey [Harry] Buxton [born 19 May, 1988], scion of the Buxton baronets, gave birth to a son, Archie, 22 July, 2021.

Kate is a daughter of Mr & Mrs David Hunter, of Mearnskirk, East Renfrewshire, and Harry Buxton is a son of the Hon [Aubrey] James Francis Buxton [born 20 March, 1956], and his wife the former Melinda Dorothy Marie Samuelson [born 1957].

Harry Buxton is a grandson of the late life peer, the Baron Buxton of Alsa [1918-2009].


Monday, July 26, 2021

Gina Chamberlain [née MacDonald] 1920-2021

 Gina Chamberlain [née MacDonald], who died 19 July, 2021, aged 100, was wife of the late Lt-Col Joseph Chamberlain, sometime head of landed gentry family.

She was born 9 Nov, 1920, daughter of Colonel George MacDonald, MC [1895-1977], late the Gordon Highlanders, of Webbs Land, Wickham, Hampshire, and his wife the former Dorothy Meredith Sturgis [1897-1935]. She married 11 June, 1945, Lt-Col Joseph Chamberlain [1907-79] son of the Rt Hon Sir Austen Chamberlain, KG [1863-1937], and his wife the former Ivy Muriel Dundas, GBE [1878-1941], by whom she had issue, two sons, George and Arthur.


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Lady Kitty Spencer marries Michael Lewis

 The marriage has taken place at the Villa Aldobrandini, Rome, between Mr Michael Lewis and the Lady Kitty Spencer, scion of the Earls Spencer.

The bride is Lady Kitty Eleanor Spencer [born 28 December, 1990], eldest daughter of the 9th Earl Spencer [born 20 May, 1964], of Althorp, Northamptonshire, and his first wife the former [Catherine] Victoria Lockwood [born 1964], and is a niece of Diana, Princess of Wales [1961-97].

Michael Lewis [born at Cape Town, South Africa, 27 Jan, 1959], is a son of Stanley Lewis [1933-2009].


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Jane Whistler [née McCarthy] [died 2021]

 Jane Whistler died 15 July, 2021. She was a daughter of Ivan Agar McCarthy, of Montreal, Canada, and married 25 February, 1953, Ralfe Ashton Whistler [born 9 Aug, 1930], son of Hugh Whistler [1889-1943], and his wife the former Hon Margaret Joan Ashton [1893-1981], daughter of the 1st Baron Ashton of Hyde [1855-1933]. She had issue, three sons, Brian, Nicholas and John, and two daughters, Clare and Lucy.


Hon Bernard Richard Weatherill, QC 1951-2021

 The Hon Bernard Richard Weatherill, QC, who died 15 July, 2021, was the elder son of the life peer the Baron Weartherill, KStJ, PC, DL [1920-2007], who as Bernard Weatherill, was Speaker of the House of Commons 1983-2002.

 He married in 1977 [div 2001] Sally Maxwell [born 1951] descended from the Le Marchant baronets, daughter of John Ronald Fisher [1916-81]; married secondly 2005, Diana Clare Forsyth.

He leaves a son, Thomas, and a daughter, Julia, from his first marriage.


Ellis/Leith engagement

 The engagement was announced 24 July, 2021, between Michael Ellis, son of Richard and Elizabeth Ellis, of Shepton Montague, Somerset, & the Hon Hannah Elizabeth Rose Leith [born 26 May, 1990], daughter of the 8th Baron Burgh [born 16 March, 1958], of Leigh Woods, North Somerset, and his first wife the former Catharine Mary Parkes [now Catharine Leith, of Bristol].


Mary, Lady Ashburnham 1923-2021

 Mary, Lady Ashburnham, who died 5 July, 2021, aged 97, was the widow of Sir Denny Ashburnham, 12th Baronet [1916-1999].

She was born in 1923, daughter of Maj. Robert Pascoe Mair, of Udimore, Sussex, and married 22 June, 1946, Denny Reginald Ashburnham [born 24 March, 1916], son of Sir Fleetwood Ashburnham, 11th Baronet [1869-1953], and his wife the former Elfrida Kirkley [d 19 Oct, 1953].

Her husband succeeded to the baronetcy [created 1661] on his fatther's death, 5 March, 1953, and died 21 June, 1999.

Lady Ashburnham is survived by a daughter, Frances [born 11 Sept, 1947], and was predeceased by a second daughter, Honor [1949-2017], and a son, John [1951-1981]. Her grandson is Sir James Fleetwood Ashburnham, 13th Baronet [born 17 Dec, 1979].


Nicole/Craven engagement

 The engagement was announced 24 July, 2021, between Edward Tom George Nicole [born 1990], eldest son of the late Mr [Timothy] Mark Nicole [1954-2015] and his wife the former Lisa Cleone Vivian Ropner [born 2 July, 1964], now of Rodmarton, Gloucestershire, scion of the Ropner baronets, and Dr Charlotte F. Craven, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs Giles Craven, of Dulwich, London.

Sir Emil Ropner, 1st Baronet [1838-1924] > William Ropner [1864-1947] > John Ropner [1903-96] > Jeremy Ropner [1932-2009] > Lisa Ropner [b 1964] > Edward Nicole [b 1990]


Astrid Sophie Isabella Goad [born 2021]

 Katie E.J. Goad [née Ratner], wife of Oliver Edward Goad [born 1977], gave birth to a daughter Astrid Sophie Isabella, 7 July, 2021, a sister for Archibald Albie Oliver [born 27 Aug, 2016], and for Ottilie Imogen Emma, who was born 29 March, 2018.

Oliver Goad is a son of Geoffrey Wanklyn Goad [born 1945], and his wife the former Emma Mary Meade-Fetherstonhaugh [born 1951], scion of the Earls of Clanwilliam.

Katie Goad is a daughter of Richard Ratner [1949-2007] and his wife the former [Sylvia] Jane Hammond.


Friday, July 23, 2021

Arthur Santiago Balthazar Wyndham [born 2021]

The Hon Mrs George Wyndham [nee Cruz Maria Vallespir], wife of the Hon George Ronan Valentine Wyndham (born 31 July, 1983), scion of the Barons Egremont, gave birth to a son, Arthur Santiago Balthazar, at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, 18 July, 2021.

The Hon George Wyndham is the son and heir of the 2nd Baron Egremont (born 21 Apr, 1948), of Petworth House, West Sussex, by his wife the former (Audrey) Caroline Nelson.

Cruz Maria Wyndham is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Manuel Vallespir Machado, of Santiago, Chile.


Tillia Ogilvy-Wedderburn [born 2021]

  Kate Ogilvy-Wedderburn [nee Cadzow], wife of Peter Robert Alexander Ogilvy-Wedderburn [born 20 April, 1987], scion of the Ogilvy-Wedderburn baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Tillia, 19 July, 2021, a sister for Gus.

Peter Ogilvy-Wedderburn is the elder son of Lieutenant-Col Sir Andrew John Alexander Ogilvy-Wedderburn, 7th Baronet [born 4 Aug, 1952], of Alyth, Perthshire, and his first wife the former Gillian Meade Adderley [born 1951] [now Gillian, Lady Ogilvy-Wedderburn, of Edinburgh].

Kate Ogilvy-Wedderburn is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Shane Cadzow, of the Isle of Luing, Argyll.


Thursday, July 22, 2021

Lady Clara Paget marries Oscar Tuttiett

 The marriage took place 17 July, 2021, at Plas Newydd, Anglesey, between Oscar William Tuttiett [born 1988], Burberry model, son of James E. Tuttiett [born 1963] and his wife the former Amelia J Bruce [born 1964], and the Lady Clara Elizabeth Isis Paget [born 12 September, 1988], the actress and model, daughter of the 8th Marquess of Anglesey [born 13 November, 1950], and his wife the former Georgeanne Elizabeth Elliott Downes.

The couple announced their engagement in February, 2019.


Paul Julian Fox 1954-2021

 Paul Julian Fox died 8 July, 2021, aged 67. 

Born in 1954, son of Paul Maurice Fox, he married 29 September, 1979, Elspeth Anne Vavasour [born 13 May, 1956], scion of the Vavasour baronets, daughter of Paul Vavasour [1929-2017], and his wife the former Pauline Mary Cable [1927-2015], by whom he had a son, Miles [born 1983], and two daughters, Oriana [b 1980], and Miranda [b 1985].


Richard John Barton 1928-2021

 Richard John Barton, late the 16th/5th Lancers, died 9 July, 2021, aged 93.

He was born in 1928, son of Colonel John Seddon Barton [1880-1972], of Ross-on-Wye, and his wife the former Blanche Hatt Cook [1888-1986]. He married 26 July, 1952 [marriage annulled 1953], as her first husband, the Hon Jocelyne FitzRoy Newdegate [1929-2013], scion of the Viscounts Daventry, and sister of the 3rd Viscount [1921-2000]. He was later partner of Patrick Leonard Crossley [who died in 2018].

Mr Barton was a first cousin of Group Capt Peter Townsend [1914-95].


Teresa Mary Smalley [nee Rogers-Coltman] 1929-2021

Teresa Mary Smalley, who died 18 July, 2021, aged 92, was a scion of the Coltman-Rogers landed gentry family; born in 1929, daughter of Lieutenant-Commander Julian Coltman Rogers-Coltman, OBE, RNVR [1898-1944], and his wife the former Mary Malet Shaw [1908-2000], scion of that landed gentry family. She married firstly, in 1952, John Christopher Michael Leyland, MC [1922-57], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Capt Christopher Digby Leyland [1892-1971], head of the family, and his wife the former Sylvia Evelyn Cotterell [1896-1944], scion of the baronets of that name. She married 2ndly, in 1958, Basil Joseph Craven Smalley [1920-85.

Mrs Smalley had issue, a son from her first marriage, Christopher Julian Leyland [1954-2016], and a daughter from her second marriage, Mary Gay [born 1959].

The funeral takes place at St.John the Baptist Church, Lowick 23 July, 2021.


The 9th Earl of Antrim 1935-2021

 The Earl of Antrim, ninth holder of the Irish peerage, of Glenarm Castle, has died aged 86.

Lord Antrim was Keeper of Conservation 1975-95, and Director [formerly Head] of Collection Services, 1990-95, Tate Gallery. Glenarm Castle, his family home, is one of Ulster's oldest estates.

Alexander Randal Mark McDonnell was born 3 February, 1935, son of the 8th Earl of Antrim, KBE [1911-77], and his wife the former Angela Christina Sykes [1911-84], daughter of Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet, of Sledmere.

He succeeded his father, 26 September, 1977, as Earl of Antrim [created in 1620] and Viscount Dunluce, but continued to be known as Viscount Dunluce, the courtesy title by which he had been known since birth, until 1995.

He married firstly, 9 February, 1963 [divorced 1974], Sarah Elizabeth Anne Harmsworth [born 28 March, 1941], daughter of St John Bernard Vyvyan Harmsworth [1912-95], and his wife the former Jane Penelope Boothby [1914-94]. He married 2ndly, 21 Oct, 1977, Elizabeth Hannah Sacher, daughter of Michael Moses Sacher [1917-86], a great-grandson of Michael Marks, founder of Marks & Spencer, and his wife the former Audrey Glucksman.

Career: educated at Downside and Christ Church Oxford and the Ruskin School of Art. Restorer: the Ulster Museum 1969-71; Tate Gallery 1965-75; Director of Ulster Television  1982-2000; Chairman, Northern Salmon Co Ltd; Member of the Executive Committee City and Guilds Art School from 1983; FRSA 1984; Prime Warden, Fishmongers' Co 1995-96; &c. 

The Earl of Antrim leaves a son, Randal, Viscount Dunluce [born 2 July, 1967], and two daughters, Lady Flora [born 1963], and Lady Alice [born 1964], from his first marriage, and a daughter, Lady Rachel [born 1978], from his second marriage.

The son, Randal Alexander St John McDonnell, styled Viscount Dunluce, succeeds to the peerages.


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Soames/Foster engagement

The engagement was announced 21 July, 2021, between [Arthur] Harry David Soames [born 1985], scion of that landed gentry family, son of the Hon Sir [Arthur] Nicholas Winston Soames [born 12 Feb, 1949], of London, and his first wife the former Catherine Nony Weatherall [Mrs Catherine Soames, of London, born 1956], & [Alexandra] Constance Harriet Foster [born 1990], eldest daughter of Toby James Foster, of Stopham, West Sussex, and his wife the former Arabella Charlotte Lucinda Laing [born 9 March, 1960], descended from the Pennington-Ramsden baronets.

Harry Soames is a great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, KG, OM [1874-1965]. His bride-to-be is a great-granddaughter of Sir Geoffrey Pennington-Ramsden, 7th Baronet [1904-86]


Coulson/Jackson engagement

 The engagement was announced 21 July, 2021, between Major William Samuel J. Coulson [born 1989], son of Nicholas John Coulson [born 2 Jan, 1947], of Warnell, Cumbria, and his wife the former Katharine C. [Kate] Hedworth [born 1954], & Kimberley C. Jackson, elder daughter of Mr & Mrs David Jackson, of Barnes, London.

Maj Coulson is a descendant of the Earls [now Dukes] of Fife, viz:-

Alexander Duff, 3rd Earl of Fife [1731-1811] > Lady Jane Duff [d 1850] > William Tayler [1809-86] > Constance Tayler [1868-1948] > John Hubert Arthur Coulson, aka John Bonett, writer [1906-89] > Nicholas Coulson [b 1947] > Maj William Coulson [b 1989]


Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Rev Pat Allerton marries Kirsty Turnbull

 _.The marriage has taken place in July, 2021, at Longparish, Hampshire, between the Rev Patrick Nicholas Orde Allerton [born 1979], Vicar of St Peter's, Notting Hill, London, son of Jeremy W. Orde Allerton [born 1944], of Dorchester, Dorset, and Mrs Lindy Ball [nee Martineau], of Salisbury, Wiltshire, and Kirsty Turnbull, daughter of Mr & Mrs David Turnbull, of Yateley, Hampshire.

Rev Pat Allerton's mother is a scion of the Marineau landed gentry family, of Clapton Court, and is a distant kinsman of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Both he and the future Queen are six generations in descent from David Martineau and his wife the former Sarah Meadows.

Old Etonian Allerton, described as London's 'hot priest' spent much of 2020 trying to lift the spirits of Londoners in his parish by offering a mobile church service in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rev Pat Allerton, now known as the "Portable Priest" has been visiting streets in Notting Hill to deliver prayer and hymns through loudspeakers.


Charles Alexander Robinson [born 2021]

 Philippa [Philly] Robinson, wife of Patrick Robinson [born 12 June, 1987], descended from the Viscounts Portman, gave birth to a son, Charles Alexander, at Bath, 16 July, 2021, a brother for Sophie Elizabeth [who was born 11 Dec, 2018].

Philly Robinson is a daughter of Mr Ian Smith and Miss Eirlys Lloyd.

Paddy Robinson is the third son of [Anthony] Henry Robinson and his wife the former Hon Claire Elizabeth Portman [born 1 Oct, 1959], daughter of the 9th Viscount Portman [1934-1999].


Sauré Baroness Tweedsmuir 1935-2021

 Sauré, Baroness Tweedsmuir, who died 10 July, 2021, was the third wife and widow of the late 3rd Baron Tweedsmuir [1916-2008].

She was the former Sauré Cynthia Mary [Sally] Tatchell, daughter of Maj Gerald Edward Tatchell [1902-40], and his wife the former Cynthia Mary Hurlstone Hortin [1908-93]; married 20 July, 1960, as his third wife, the then Hon William de l'Aigle Buchan [born 10 Jan, 1916], second son of John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir [1875-1940], the politician & writer [The Thirty Nine Steps, &c] by his wife the former Susan Charlotte Grosvenor [died 1977], scion of the Barons Ebury.

Her husband was a younger brother of the 2nd Baron Tweedsmuir [1911-96], whom he succeeded as 3rd Baron, 20 June, 1996, and died 29 June, 2008.

Lady Tweedsmuir leaves a son, the Hon Alexander Edward Buchan [born 10 March, 1961].


Monday, July 19, 2021

Ruth Davidson's life peerage gazetted

 The life peerage awarded to Ruth Davidson has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links, of Lundin Links in the County of Fife.

Baroness Davidson of Lundin Links (born 10 November 1978) is a Scottish politician who served as Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party from 2011 to 2019 and was the Leader of the Conservative Party in the Scottish Parliament from 2020 to May 2021. She served as a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Glasgow from 2011 to 2016 and for Edinburgh Central from 2016 to 2021.


Frederick Edward Guest 1938-2021

 Frederick Edward Guest, who died in New York, United States, 8 July, 2021, aged 83, was a scion of the Viscounts Wimborne.

He was born 13 February, 1938, son of Winston Frederick Churchill Guest [1906-82], and his first wife, the Woolworths heiress, Helena Woolworth McCann; married 1stly, 21 Aug, 1963, Stephanie Wanger [born 26 June, 1943], daughter of Walter Wanger, film producer, and his wife the former Joan Bennett [1910-90], the actress; married 2ndly, in 1988, Carol Baldoff, daughter of Frank Baldoff.

He leaves four children from his first marriage, Frederick, Andrew, Victoria and Vanessa.

Ivor Guest, 1st Baron Wimborne [1835-1914] > Hon Frederick Guest [1875-1937] > Winston Guest [1906-82] > Frederick Guest [1938-2021]

John Spencer-Churchill, 7th Duke of Marlborough [1822-83] > Lady Cornelia Spencer-Churchill [1847-1927] > Hon Frederick Guest [1875-1937] > Winston Guest [1906-82] > Frederick Guest [1938-2021].


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Viscount Woodstock marries Rebecca Newton

 The marriage took place 1 July, 2021, at Crear, Argyll & Bute, between William Jack Henry Bentinck, styled Viscount Woodstock [born 19 May, 1984], son and heir of the 12th Earl of Portland [born 1 June, 1953], and his wife the Countess of Portland [nee Judith Ann Emerson, born 10 Oct, 1952], and Rebecca C. Newton, daughter of Mr Christopher Newton of Saintfield, Co. Down, and Mrs Deborah McCloy, of Mojcar, Spain.

Viscount Woodstock's father is the actor Timothy Bentinck [David Archer in the long running radio drama The Archers], and the Earl of Portland is head of the House of Bentinck


Iola Angela Chastel de Boinville [born 2021]

 Serena Louise Chastel de Boinville [nee Cookson, born 1986], wife of Nicolai (Nico) Chastel de Boinville, gave birth to a daughter, Iola Angela, in Gloucestershire, 24 June, 2021, a sister for Antigoni Shaunagh, who was born 3 July, 2019.

Nico Chastel de Boinville, jockey, is a scion of that landed family, of Walkern Hall, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, son of Mr Simon Murdoch Chastel de Boinville, of Baughurst, Hampshire, and the late Mrs Shaunagh Chastel de Boinville (d 2016).

Serena Chastel de Boinville is descended from the Barons Hemphill, daughter of Robert Edwin Cookson (descended from the Viscounts Falmouth), by his wife the former Hon Angela Mary Martyn Hemphill (b 1953), daughter of the 5th Baron Hemphill.


Friday, July 16, 2021

Hon Katya Middleton [née Grenfell] 1957-2021

 The Hon Katya Middleton, who died 8 July, 2021, aged 64, was a scion of the extinct Barons St Just.

She was born Katherine Grenfell 23 May, 1957, daughter of Peter Grenfell, 2nd and last Baron St Just [1922-84], and his second wife the former Maria Britneva [1921-1994].

She married firstly 1981 [div 1985], the Hon Oliver John Gilmour [born 18 Dec, 1953], scion of the Gilmour baronets, son of the life peer the Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar, PC [1926-2007] [who was also the 3rd Baronet], and his wife the former Lady Caroline Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott [1927-2004], daughter of the 8th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry [1894-1973]. She married 2ndly, 1990, Roger Nicholas Middleton.

She leaves a daughter, Natalia [born 1981], from her first marriage, and two daughters from her second marriage.


Charlotte Mary Frances Lucas-Scudamore 1949-2021

 Charlotte Mary Frances Lucas-Scudamore, who died at her home in Herefordshire, 11 July, 2021, aged 72, was a descendant of the extinct Earls of Chesterfield.

She was born in 1949, the daughter of John Harford Stanhope Lucas-Scudamore [1902-76], of Kentchurch Court, Herefordshire, and his wife the former Lady Evelyn Patricia Mary Scudamore-Stanhope [born 7 May, 1917, d   ], only child of the 12th and last Earl of Chesterfield [1889-1952], and his wife the former Lorna Marie Lever, daughter of William Henry Lever, of Wellington, New Zealand.

She married 1stly in Oct 1971 [div], Carlo Nardi Barbieri, of Florence, Italy; married 2ndly, 1978, Gerald Francis Bruce Manley [born 1940], scion of that landed gentry family, son of William Arthur Reginald Ivor Manley [1912-73], of Bacton, Herefordshire, and his wife the former Gwendoline Deidamia Trewhella [1910-98].

She leaves issue, two daughters from her first marriage, Carolina [born 1972]  and Cammilla [born 1973], and a son from the second marriage,  Harry Rupert Scudamore Manley [born in 1979].


Thursday, July 15, 2021

Michael Sinclair Ward Hunter 1947-2021

 Michael Sinclair Ward Hunter, who died at Chichester, 1 July, 2021, aged 74, was a descendant of the Ward baronets.

He was born 17 Apr, 1947, son of Patrick Sinclair Hunter [1915-81], and his wife the former Eileen Dorothea Ward [1922-2019]; married 1970, Carol Rosemary Shorter [born 1947], daughter of Charles Shorter, and his wife the former Phyllis Lawton, by whom he had two sons, Piers and Charles, and a daughter, Victoria.

Rt Hon Sir Joseph George Ward, 1st Baronet [1856-1930] > Gladstone Ward [1891-1965] > Eileen Ward [1922-2019] > Michael Hunter [1947-2021]


Helen Shirley Reed [nee Naumann] 1936-2021

 [Helen] Shirley Reed [nee Naumann] died 24 June, 2021, aged 85.

She was born in 1936, a daughter of Charles Cecil Naumann [1897-1946], and his wife the former Helen Margaret Tetley [1901-71]; married 1 June, 1957, Martin David Reed [1932-2020], son of Christian William Lawrence Paul Reed [1902-84], and his wife the former Gabriela Olga Margaret Milne-Watson [1901-2001], daughter of Sir David Milne-Watson, 1st Baronet [1869-1945]. The marriage was childless.

A celebration of both Martin’s and Shirley’s life will be held at St John the Baptist, Kirdford on 8 September, 2021.

2nd Viscount Combermere [1818-91] > Hon Susan Stapleton-Cotton [d 1916] > Cecil Hester Lennox Peel [died 1951] > Christian Reed [d 1984] > Martin Reed [d 2020] = Shirley Naumann [d 2021]


Moya Lennox Birtwistle 1917-2021

 Moya Lennox Birtwistle, who died at home in Vancouver, 9 July, 2021, aged 103, was a kinswoman of the Marquess of Sligo.

She was born Moya Lennox Browne, 31 December, 1917, daughter of Percy Frederick Browne [1872-1959], and his wife the former Ruth Reynolds [1881-1957]; married 2 March, 1944, Richard Read Birtwistle [1916-83], son of Henry Haydock Birtwistle [1883-1946], and his wife the former Mary Read [1886-1962], by whom she had a daughter, Susan [born 7 May, 1947].

Peter Browne, 2nd Earl of Altamont [1731-80] > Rt Hon Denis Browne [1763-1828] > John Browne [1798-1862] > Percival Browne [1841-1919] > Percy Browne [1872-1959] > Moya Browne [1917-2021]


McMullan/Hughes engagement

 The engagement was announced 15 July, 2021, between Alexander William Hugh McMullan [born 15 April, 1991], descended from the Barran baronets, son of Edward B. McMullan [born 1960], of London, and his wife the former Annabelle Clare Barran [born 11 Dec, 1960], & Shannon L. Hughes, youngest daughter of Mr William Hughes, of Connecticut, USA, and Mrs Menekse Robinson, of New Jersey, USA.

Sir John Barran, 1st Baronet [1821-1905] > Sir Rowland Barran, Kt [1858-1949] > Hugh Barran [1889-1975] > Hugh Barran [1929-2004] > Annabelle Barran [b 1960] > Alexander McMullan [b 1991]


Capt Jeremy Chilton Dreyer, RN, LVO 1935-2021

  Capt Jeremy Chilton Dreyer, RN, LVO, died 11 July, 2021. He was a scion of the landed gentry family of that name, and a former assistant Clerk of the Course at Ascot Racecourse.

He was born in London in 1935, son of Admiral Sir Desmond Parry Dreyer, GCB, CBE, DSC, RN [1910-2003], former Second Sea Lord, Principal Naval ADC to the Queen, and Gentleman Usher to the Sword of State, and his first wife the former Elisabeth May Chilton [1908-58]; and married in 1960, Antoinette Marion [Toni] Cornwall-Stevens [born 1937], daughter of William Cornwall-Stevens [1903-83], and his wife the former Eileen Hollis Llewellyn [1905-66], by whom he had issue, two sons and two daughters.

He was appointed LVO in 1996.


Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Sir Nicholas Proctor Goodison 1934-2021

 Sir Nicholas Proctor Goodison, who died 6 July, 2021, aged 87, was a businessman and former chairman of the London Stock Exchange.

He was born 16 May, 1934, son of Edmund Harold Goodison [died 1977], and his wife the former Eileen Mary Carrington Proctor [1898-1975]; married 18 June, 1960, Judith Nicola Abel Smith [born 21 January, 1939], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Robert Eustace Abel Smith ]1909-1940], and his wife the former Mary Sidney Clive [1910-90], scion of the Clive landed gentry family, and had issue, a son, Adam, and two daughters, Katharine and Rachel.


Cooper/Trefgarne marriage

 The marriage took place 1 May, 2021, at Kensington Town Hall, between Mr Stephen Manfred Cooper and the Hon Mary Elizabeth Trefgarne [born 12 July, 1946], daughter of the 1st Baron Trefgarne [1894-1960], and his wife the former Elizabeth Churchll [died 1987], daughter of Charles Edward Churchill.


Max Julian Bobby de Segundo [born 2021]

 _. Kate de Segundo [born 1985, née Guinness], wife of Julian W.A. de Segundo [born 1985], and scion of the Barons Moyne, gave birth to a son, Max Julian Bobby, 30 June, 2021, a brother for Louis Walter Sempill [born 11 March, 2018], and for Orla Kate Hendrika [born 3 December, 2019].

Kate de Segundo is a daughter of the Hon Kieran Arthur Guinness [born 11 February, 1949] and Vivienne van Amerongen.

2nd Baron Moyne [1905-1992] > Hon Kieran Guinness [b 1949] > Kate Guinness [b 1985] > Max de Segundo [b 2021]


Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Tuttiett/Paget: forthcoming marriage

 The marriage will shortly take place between Oscar William Tuttiett [born 1988], Burberry model, son of James E. Tuttiett [born 1963] and his wife the former Amelia J Bruce [born 1964], and the Lady Clara Elizabeth Isis Paget [born 12 September, 1988], the actress and model, daughter of the 8th Marquess of Anglesey [born 13 November, 1950], and his wife the former Georgeanne Elizabeth Elliott Downes.

The couple announced their engagement in February, 2019.


Mary Lorne Heriot-Maitland 1945-2021

 [Mary] Lorne Heriot-Maitland, died suddenly, 8 July, 2021. She was 76, and a scion of the Earls of Lauderdale.

She was born 16 Apr, 1945, daughter of Richard Ogilvy Heriot-Maitland [1913-72], and his wife the former Patricia Bevis [died 15 June, 2002]. She leaves two brothers, Lewis [born 1943], and Patrick [born 1947].


Richard James Cary Elwes 1951-2021

 Richard James Cary Elwes, scion of that landed gentry family, of Roxby, died suddenly 7 July, 2021. He was 70.

He was born in 1951 the son of Robert Cary Elwes [1904-87] and his wife the former Elizabeth Anne Crawley [1914-2001], scion of that landed family; and firstly in 1986, Selinda M.A. Goodman, by whom he had a son Thomas and a daughter, Emily; and married 2ndly, in 1997, Joelle Madeleine Mary Wallace [born 1955].


Catherine Priscilla Astley Cave-Browne-Cave 1937-2021

 Catherine Priscilla Astley Cave-Browne-Cave who died in Menorca, 13 June, 2021, aged 84, was scion of the baronets of that name.

She was born 27 February, 1937, daughter of Cecil Beckwith Cave-Browne-Cave [1871-1953], and his wife the former Edith Beatrice Evans [1895-1948], and married 14 Oct, 1958 [div], David Edward Stuart Bates, by whom she had a daughter, Joanna [b 23 July, 1959].

The funeral will take place on 14 July 2021 at All Saints Church, Middleton Stoney. 


Bromfield/Daniel engagement

 The engagement was announced 10 July, 2021, between Jamie Bromfield, son of Mr & Mrs Charles Bromfield, of Wield, Hampshire, and Katie Daniel [born 31 December, 1987], daughter of Dr Christopher Daniel [who died in 2000], and his wife the former Lucy Anne Tudway Quilter [born 6 May, 1961], scion of the Quilter baronets.


Morant/Peel engagement

 The engagement was announced 13 July, 2021, between Hubert George H.J. Morant [born 26 April, 1993], son of Simon Nicholas Gale Morant [born 19 June, 1943], of Buckland Marsh, Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Jacqueline Susan Rich, and the Lady Antonia Mary Catherine Peel [born 14 December, 1991], scion of the Earls Peel, daughter of the 3rd Earl Peel, GCVO, PC, DL [born 3 Oct, 1947], former Lord Chamberlain, of Gunnerside, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, and his second wife the former Hon Charlotte Clementine Soames [born 17 July, 1954], scion of that landed gentry family, and a granddaughter maternally of the Rt Hon Sir Winston Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA [1874-1965].


Saturday, July 10, 2021

Robert Ernest James Philippi 1932-2021

 Robert Ernest James Philippi died at Winchester, 6 July, 2021.

He was born in 1932, son of Colonel George Philippi, MC [1890-1933], of Crawley Lodge, Winchester, and his wife the former Isabel Bittencourt; he married 4 July, 1974, Carola Eloise Ramsden [1938-2009], scion of the Ramsden baronets, former wife of George Fillmore Miller III, and daughter of John St Maur Ramsden [1902-48], and his wife Lady Catherine Mary Clementina Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby [1906-96], daughter of the 2nd Earl of Ancaster [1867-1951].

He leaves a son, James Jeremy George Philippi [born 10 June, 1975], and a step-son, Maj Sebastian St Maur Miller [born 1965], who is one of the co-heirs to the Barony of Willoughby de Eresby.


Friday, July 09, 2021

Ruth Mary Butler-Stoney 1932-2021

Ruth Mary Butler-Stoney, who died 7 July, 2021, aged 88, was the widow of Charles Butler-Stoney [1925-91], descended from the Viscounts De Vesci.

She was the former Ruth Mary King, born in 1932, daughter of Arthur Gregory King and his wife the former Dorothy Greenman, and married 25 Apr, 1964, Charles Butler-Stoney [born 10 Dec, 1925], son of Maj Richard Brooke Butler-Stoney [1887-1974], and his wife the former Isabel Beatrice Fitzherbert [1887-1976].

By her husband, who died 26 May, 1991, she leaves a son, Peter and a daughter, Elizabeth.

Thomas Vesey, 1st Viscount De Vesci [1735-1804] >Rev Hon Arthur Vesey [1773-1832] > Frances Vesey [d 1908] > Henry Fitzherbert [1847-1924] > Isabel Fitzherbert [1887-1976] > Charles Butler-Stoney [1925-91] = Ruth King [1932-2021]


Felton/Villiers-Smith engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 July, 2021, between Alexander Christopher James Felton [born 1988], of Eastry, Kent, son of Christopher J.N. Felton, and his wife the former Louise J Cowdrey [born 1961], & Catherine Joan Villiers-Smith [born 1993], of Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, descended from the Earls of Clarendon, daughter of Charles Francis Villiers-Smith [born 30 Apr, 1965], and his wife the former Eileen Kavanagh.

1st Earl of Clarendon [1709-86] > Hon George Villiers [1759-1827] > Hon Edward Villiers [1806-43] > Ernest Villiers [1838-1921] > Adela Villiers [b 1872] > Stephen Villiers-Smith > Timothy Villiers-Smith [b 1935] > Charles Villiers-Smith [b 1965] > Catherine Villiers-Smith [b 1993]

2nd Baron Northbourne [1846-1923] > Hon Cuthbert James [1872-1930] > Olivia James [b 1909] > Timothy Villiers-Smith [b 1935] > Charles Villiers-Smith [b 1965] > Catherine Villiers-Smith [b 1993]


Thursday, July 08, 2021

Michael Henry Eustace 1940-2021

 Michael Henry Eustace, who died 1 July, 2021, aged 81, was a scion of that Irish landed gentry family. 

He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Green Jackets, and was later an agriculturist with ICI.

He was born 23 January, 1940, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Gerard Henry Eustace [1909-73], and his wife the former Joan Norah Glenn. He married 28 July, 1962, Anne Mary Wight-Boycott [born 1941], scion of that landed family, daughter of Denys Reginald Wight-Boycott [1908-88], and his wife the former Mary Ethel Sumner-Barrett [1912-2010], by whom he had issue, a son, Richard, and a daughter, Mary.

A Requiem Mass takes place on 23 July, 2021, St Thomas More R C Church, 105 London Rd, Twyford, Berkshire.

Rev Sir Thomas Bridges, 7th Baronet [1805-95] > Emily Bridges [died 1915] > Henry Eustace [1863-1926] > Gerald Eustace [1909-73] > Michael Eustace [1940-2021]


Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Lord Elystan-Morgan 1932-2021

 Lord Elystan-Morgan, Labour life peer, has died aged 88.

Dafydd Elystan Elystan-Morgan was born 7 December, 1932, son of Dewi and Olwen Morgan, and was educated at Ardwyn Grammar School, Aberystwyth; University College Wales, Aberystwyth, &c.

Career: Admitted a solicitor, 1957; Partner in the North Wales [Wrexham] Firm of Solicitors 1958-68; Barrister-at-Law, Gray's Inn, 1971; a Recorder of the Crown Court 1983-87; Labour MP for Cardiganshire, 1966-Feb 1974; Chairman of the Welsh Parliamentary Labour Party 1967-68, and 1971-74; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Home Office in the Wilson Government 1968-June 1970; front bench Opposition Spokesman on Home Affairs, 1970-72, on Welsh Affairs 1972-74, on Legal and Home Affairs in the House of Lords 1981-85; Contested [Labour] Cardigan, Oct 1974; contested Anglesley, May 1979; President of the Welsh Local Authorities Association, 1967-73. In 1987 he was appointed a Circuit Judge, &c.

Elystan Morgan assumed the addition surname of Elystan in 1981 and was raised to the peerage of life as Baron Elystan-Morgan, of Aberteifi, in the County of Dyfed.

He married in 1959, Alwen Roberts [died 19 Dec, 2006], daughter of William Roberts, by whom he had a son and a daughter.


Kershaw/Sheldon engagement

 The engagement was announced 7 July, 2021, between Peter Lewis Kershaw [born 30 Sept, 1991], son of Richard Kershaw, of Great Budworth, Cheshire, and his wife the former Marie Naylor, & Louisa Margaret Sheldon [born 1992], daughter of Timothy James Sheldon [born 1958], of Spexhall Hall, Suffolk, and his wife the former Jane Mary Buxton [born 10 June, 1959], sciom of the Buxton baronets.

The bride-to-be descends from the Lords Herries of Terregles and the Lords Lovat.


Campbell-Schofield/Acland engagement

The engagement was announced 7 July, 2021, between Captain Tom Campbell-Schofield, Welsh Guards, elder son of Dr and Mrs Nicholas Campbell-Schofield, of Great Shelford, Cambridge, & Tara Katherine Elisabeth Acland [born 1990], scion of the Acland baronets, elder daughter of Capt Michael Christopher Dyke Acland [born 20 Aug, 1958], of the Isle of Wight, and his wife the former Miranda Jane Elisabeth Bradshaw [born 1958].

Sir Henry Acland, 1st Baronet [1815-1900] > Alfred Dyke Acland [1858-1937] > Lt-Col Arthur Acland [1897-1992] > Martin Acland [1932-2014] > Michael Dyke Acland [b 1958] > Tara Acland [b 1990].


Diana Edith Tunnicliffe 1929-2021

 Diana Edith Tunnicliffe [nee Du Cane] who died 30 June, 2021, aged 91, was descended from the Marquesses of Ormonde, and was sometime aunt by marriage of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

She was born 10 November, 1929, scion of a landed gentry family, daughter of Commander Peter Du Cane, RN, CBE [1901-84], of East Hoe Manor, Hambledon, Hampshire, and his wife the former Victoria Geraldine Pole-Carew [1904-87], scion of the baronets of that name, and a granddaughter of the 3rd Marquess of Ormonde [1844-1919].

She married firstly, 17 January, 1952 [divorced 1957], the Hon Jeremy John Cubitt [1927-58], scion of the Barons Ashcombe. The four-year old Camilla Shand [later Duchess of Cornwall] was a bridesmaid.

The Hon Jeremy Cubitt died tragically, 12 Jan, 1958, aged 30. He was the younger son of the 3rd Baron Ashcombe [1899-1962], and his wife the former Sonia Rosemary Keppel [1900-86], and was a brother of the Hon Rosalind Cubitt [1921-94], mother of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

Diana married 2ndly, 1957 [divorced 1980], Nigel Arthur Tunnicliffe [1928-82], descended from the Lords Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton, son of Maj Eric Charlton Tunnicliffe, and his wife the former Barbara Bertha Mary Stourton [1900-80].

Diana Tunnicliffe leaves a daughter from her first marriage, Sarah Cubitt [born 1953], and a daughter from the second marriage, Brigid Tunnicliffe [born 1963], and was predeceased by a daughter, Joanna Tunnicliffe who died in infancy in 1958.


Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Bruce/Knott marriage

 The marriage took place 3 July, 2021, between Major General Alastair Andrew Bernard Reibey Bruce of Crionaich, OBE, KStJ, DL [born 25 June, 1960], and his partner of 20 years, Stephen Knott, son of Mr & Mrs Michael Knott, of County Down.

Alastair Bruce is the Governor of Edinburgh Castle, Fitzalan Pursuivant Extraordinary, Extra Equerry to the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Forfar, and godfather to Viscount Severn, grandson of the Queen, &c.

He commentates on Royal, Religious and National Events for Sky News, and was previously engaged by the BBC, and was historical adviser to several feature films and the ITV series Downton Abbey. He has commentated on many major state events in the United Kingdom, including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Royal Wedding in 2011, the Papal Visit in 2010, and the deaths and funerals of the Princess of Wales in 1997, the Queen Mother in 2002 and the Duke of Edinburgh in 2021.

Bruce is a scion of the Earls of Elgin & Kincardine, younger son of Lieutenant Commander Henry Victor Bruce [1924-2011], and his wife the former Helen Vernon Wallop William-Powlett [born 16 Dec, 1927], scion of the Wallops Earls of Portsmouth.

Victor Bruce, 8th Earl of Elgin & 12th Earl of Kincardine [1849-1917] > Capt Hon John Bruce [1892-1971] > Lt-Cdr Henry Bruce [1924-2011] > Maj Gen Alastair Bruce [born 1960].


The life peerage awarded to Sir Simon Stevens has been announced

The life peerage awarded to Sir Simon Stevens has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Stevens of Birmingham, of Richmond upon Thames in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Simon Laurence Stevens, who was born 4 August 1966, is a British health manager and public policy analyst serving as the eighth Chief Executive of the National Health Service in England since 2014. He previously served as an executive at the UnitedHealth Group from 2004 to 2014, an American for-profit managed health care company which offers health care products and insurance services. A former member of the Labour Party, he was a councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth from 1998 to 2002.

Lord Stevens was appointed CE of NHS England by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron and retained by his successors Theresa May and Boris Johnson. He will step down from his role on 31 July 2021, and has been appointed a Life Peer for his services during the coronavirus pandemic.


Marion Caroline Marsham 1939-2021

 Marion Caroline Marsham, who has died aged 81, was a scion of the Earls of Romney, descended from the 3rd Earl.

She was born 10 Oct, 1939, eldest child of Peter Marsham, and his wife the former Margaret Harrel, daughter of Benjamin Harrel. She married firstly, 7 Oct, 1961 [div 1978], Richard Naylor; married 2ndly, 1981 [div 1989], Dr George Richard Castellain Walton. She leaves two sons, and a daughter from her first marriage. She reverted to her maiden name following her second divorce.

The 4th Duke of Buccleuch [1772-1819] >Lady Margaret Montagu-Scott [1811-46] > Rev Hon John Marsham [1842-1926]  > Cyril Marsham [1871-1943] >  Peter Marsham [1912-  ] > Marion Marsham [1939-2021]


Helen Lefroy 1921-2021

 Helen Lefroy, a publishing executive and stalwart of the Jane Austen Society, died 17 May, 2021, aged 100. She was a scion of the Maxwell-Lefroy family, of Itchel Manor.

She was born 18 Apr, 1921, daughter of Capt Cecil Maxwell-Lefroy, CMG, RN [1876-1931], head of that landed family, and his wife Beatrice Wild Clegg [1886-1968].

Her ancestor the Rev George Lefroy was a neighbour of the Rev George Austen, both rectors of adjoining parishes in late 18th-century Hampshire: Austen at Steventon, Lefroy at Ashe. Austen’s daughter was Jane Austen, who was encouraged in her early writing by Lefroy’s wife, Anne.



Nicoletta, Lady Lindsay of Dowhill [died 2021]

 Nicoletta, Lady Lindsay of Dowhill, who died 15 June, 2021, was the widow of Sir Ronald Lindsay of Dowhill, 2nd Baronet.

She was the former Nicoletta Storich, daughter of Capt Edgar Storich, of the Royal Italian Navy, and married 11 January, 1968, Ronald Alexander Lindsay [born 6 Dec, 1933], son and heir of Sir Martin Lindsay of Dowhill, 1st Baronet [1905-81], and his wife Joyce Emily Lindsay [1904-98], scion of the Earls of Crawford & Balcarres, a granddaughter of the 26th Earl.

Her husband succeeded his father in the baronetcy, 5 May, 1981, and died 6 March, 2004, aged 70.

Lady Lindsay is survived by three sons and a daughter. Her eldest son is Sir James Lindsay of Dowhill, 3rd Bt.

A funeral will be held on 16 July 2021 at St Paul’s Church Knightsbridge.


Damaris Anne Kennedy Hayman 1929-2021

 Damaris Anne Kennedy Hayman, the actress, who died 3 June, 2021, aged 91, was a scion of that landed gentry family, born 16 June, 1929, daughter of Capt Perceval Mills Cobham Hayman [1883-1974], and his second wife the former Agnes Vera Kennedy [1893-1983].

She was a character actress often cast in upper class and eccentric roles.


Anne Young [nee Evans-Freke] 1933-2021

 Anne Young [nee Evans-Freke] who died 27 June, 2021, aged 87, was a scion of the Barons Carbery, a granddaughter of the 9th Baron.

She was born in 1933, daughter of Major the Hon Ralfe Evans-Freke [1897-1969], and his second wife the former Phyllis Thorpe [1908-77]; and married in 1957, Ross Young [1933-2009], son of Albert Edwyn Hamlyn Young [1904-65], and his wife the former Hilda May Gerrish [1904-88], by whom she had a son, and two daughters.


Monday, July 05, 2021

Fiona Bamford [née Douglas-Nugent] 1929-2021

 Fiona Bamford, who died 18 June, 2021, aged 92, was a scion of the Douglas-Nugent landed gentry family, born in 1929, daughter of Arthur Charles Douglas-Nugent [1894-1963], and his wife the former Margaret Grizel Rainey-Robinson [1906-2003], scion of that landed gentry family; married 1967, as his second wife Anthony Frederick Mabford [1930-2005], son of Colonel Reginald Mayall Bamford [1892-1983], and his wife the former Emily Mary Roche [1894-1980].

 A Thanksgiving Service takes place at St Peter's, South Chailey, 6 Aug, 2021.


Brown/Pettit engagement

 The engagement was announced 3 July, 2021, between Oliver Brown, son of Mr & Mrs Neil Brown, of Edinburgh, and Annabel Kathleen Pettit [born 1992], descended from the Irish landed family of FitzGerald, daughter of Mr Timothy Pettit [born 1959], and his wife the former Susan Butterfield.


Christopher Joseph Charlie [Kit] Cameron [born 2021]

 Sarah Elizabeth Cameron on Lochiel [nee Maclay, born 1977] wife of Donald Andrew John Cameron, Younger of Lochiel [born 1976], and scion of the Barons Maclay, gave birth to a son, Christopher Joseph Charlie [Kit], 20 March, 2021, a brother for Donald Fergus Ralph [born 2010], and for Finnian Angus Peter [born 2012], for Rose [born 2014], and for Ossian Francis Robert [born 2018].

Sarah Cameron is a daughter of the Hon Angus Maclay [born 1945], and his first wife the Hon Elizabeth Victoria Baillie [born 1950], scion of the Barons Burton.

Donald Cameron, younger of Lochiel, heir to the Cheiftainship, is the son of Donald Cameron, The Cameron Lochiel [born 1946], and his wife the former Lady Cecil Nennella Therese Kerr [born 1948], daughter of the late 12th Marquis of Lothian [1922-2004].


Lang/Stopford engagement

 The engagement was announced 2 July, 2021, between John Lang, son of the late Mr David Lang and Lady Smith, and stepson of Sir Lockwood Smith, of Matakohe, New Zealand, & Dr Isabella Frances Stopford [born 1992], scion of the Earls of Courtown, daughter of Brigadier James Richard Hugh Stopford [born 1961], of Warminster, Wilts, and his wife the former Michelle Reeves [born 1963].


Georgina Mary Gabrielle Clayton [née Buchanan] 1932-2021

 Georgina Mary Gabrielle Clayton, who died at Edinburgh, 13 June, 2021, aged 88, was a scion of the Buchanan baronets. She was born 15 December, 1932, daughter of Major Sir Charles James Buchanan, 4th Baronet [1899-1984], and his wife the former Barbara Helen Stanley [1906-86], scion of the Earls of Derby; she married 16 Apr, 1966, Michael Denzil Grierson Clayton [1931-91], son of [John] Derrick Grierson Clayton [1903-73], and his wife the former Audrey Villiers [1905-81], scion of the Earls of Clarendon.

She leaves a son, Roger [born 1969], and a daughter, Harriet [born 1971].


Capt John Murray Neville-Rolfe, RN 1937-2021

 Capt John Murray Neville-Rolfe, RN, who died 28 June, 2021, aged 83, was a scion of that landed gentry family; he was born in 1937, son of Commander Guy Neville-Rolfe, OBE, DSC, RN [1898-1988], and his wife the former Hilda Ruth Wedderspoon Smith; married 1962, Joanna Moultrie, daughter of Cdr John Robert Cary Moultrie [1910-54], by whom he had two sons, Andrew and Michael.


Maidwell-Smith/Condie engagement

  The engagement has been announced between Dr Alexander Maidwell-Smith, son of Dr and Mrs Mark Maidwell-Smith, of Killiow, Cornwall, and Natalie Victoria Condie [born 1992], daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Condie, of Blandford Forum, Dorset, and his wife the former Victoria Karen Gourlay [born 1961], daughter of James Gourlay of Kincraig [1930-2008], 28th Chief of Kincraig.


Sir Peter Frederick Leighton Mills, 3rd Baronet 1924-2021

 Sir Peter Frederick Frederick Leighton Mills, 3rd Baronet, died in Johannesburg, South Africa, 30 June, 2021. He was 96.

He was born 9 July, 1924, son of Sir Frederick Leighton Victor Mills, 2nd Baronet (1893-1955), and his wife the former Dorian Armitage, and succeeded to the baronetcy (UK, 1921), on his father's death, 21 April, 1955.

He married 11 Dec, 1954, Pauline Mary Allen, daughter of Lionel Raymond Allen and his wife the former Yvonne Cooper, by whom he had a son, Michael Victor Leighton Mills (born 30 Aug, 1957), who now inherits the baronetcy.


David Vines White appointed Garter King of Arms

The Queen has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 1 July 2021 to appoint David Vines White, Esquire, lately Somerset Herald, to the office of Garter Principal King of Arms, vacant by the retirement of Sir Thomas Woodcock, KCVO.

David White was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant in 1995 and was promoted to Somerset Herald in 2004. He was the Registrar of the College of Arms from 2014 to 2021.


Saturday, July 03, 2021

The 8th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe 1939-2021

  The Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 8th holder of the peerage, died 12 June, 2021. He was 82.

Lord Mount Edgcumbe [Earldom created 1789], was also Viscount Mount Edgcumbe and Valletort [created 1781].

He was a farm worker in New Zealand, and manager for Lands and Survey, New Zealand , 1975-84, and took up the family seat in Cornwall in 1984. His home was Empacombe House, Cremyll, Cornwall.

He was born 1 June, 1939, the second, but eldest surviving son, of George Aubrey Valletort Edgcumbe [1907-77], and his first wife Meta Blucher, daughter of Robert Charles Lhoyer, of Nancy, France.

He succeeded to the peerages and Cornish estate on the death of his uncle, the 7th Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 9 December, 1982.

He married firstly, 1960 [div 1988], Joan Ivy Wall, daughter of Ernest Wall, by whom he had five daughters. He married 2ndly, in 2017, Beryl Joyce Cottrell.

Lord Mount Edgcumbe is survived by his second wife and five daughters, Lady Valerie, Lady Megan, Lady Tracy, Lady Vanessa and Lady Alison. 

The family honours now devolve upon his half-brother, the Hon Christopher George Mortimer Edgcumbe, who was born in 1950.


Friday, July 02, 2021

The Hon Lady Roberts, DCVO 1949-2021

The Hon Lady Roberts, DCVO, who died 29 June, 2021, aged, 71, was a senior member of the Royal Household, the Curator of the Print Room at Windsor Castle from 1975 and the Royal Librarian from 2002 until her retirement in July 2013. She was a scion of the Barons Aldington.

She was born the Hon [Priscilla] Jane Stephanie Low, 4 September, 1949, daughter of the 1st Baron Aldington [1914-2000], and his wife the former Felicité Ann Araminta MacMichael [1921-2012].

She married 13 December, 1975, Sir Hugh Ashley Roberts, GCVO [born 20 Apr, 1948], who was until 2010, the Director of the Royal Collection, the art collection of the British Royal Family, and Surveyor of the Queen's Works of Art, whose office is responsible for the care and maintenance of the royal collection of works of art owned by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom in an official capacity. Sir Hugh is the son of the Rt Rev Edward James Keymer Roberts [1908-2001], sometime Bishop of Ely, and his wife the former Dorothy Frances Bowser [died 1982].

Jane Roberts was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) in 1984. She was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant (LVO) in 1995, to Commander (CVO) in 2004, and to Dame Commander (DCVO) of the same Order in 2013.

She lived with Sir Hugh at Adelaide Cottage, a grace and favour home near Frogmore House in Home Park, Windsor. 

Lady Roberts is survived by her husband and leaves two daughters, Sophie Jane Cecilia Roberts (born 28 March 1978) and Amelia Frances Albinia Roberts (born 1982).