Saturday, September 18, 2021

Nina Antoinette Lucas 1971-2021

 Nina Antoinette Lucas, who died 30 August, 2021, was a scion of the Lucas baronets, born in 1971, daughter of Charles Evelyn Penn Lucas [born 27 June, 1943], and his wife the former Antoinette Maria von Westenholz [born 1947].

Deirdre Kathleen Woodall [née Child] 1934-2021

 Deirdre Kathleen Woodall, who died 2 September, 2021, aged 86, was a scion of the Child baronets.

She was born 13 September, 1934, daughter of Sir Coles John Child, 2nd Baronet [1906-71], and his wife the former Sheila Mathewson [who died 1 May, 1964]; and married 23 May, 1959, Antony Edward Woodall [1931-2018], son of Edward Corbet Woodall, OBE [1903-1972], and his wife the former Janet Inez Crawley [1906-64], a scion of the Crawley-Boevey baronets, by whom she had issue, three sons, James [born 1960], Andrew [born 1963], and Edward [born 1967].


Fraser/Mountain marriage

 The marriage took place 17 September, 2021, at St Mary's Church, Old Alresford, near Winchester, Hampshire, between Charles Torquhil de Montalt Fraser [born 2 Oct, 1960], descended fromm the Viscounts Molesworth, son of the late Maj Michael Quintin Fraser, and Mrs Fraser, of Craigantaggart House, Dunkeld, Perthshire, and Nathalie Frances Mountain [born 6 July, 1970], scion of the Mountain baronets, daughter of Nicholas Brian Edward Mountain [born 15 Feb, 1936], of Lower Lanham, Old Alresford, Hampshire, by his wife the former Penelope Shearme.

Charles Fraser, High Sheriff of West Sussex 2006-07, married firstly, in 1988, as her second husband, the Hon Lucy Pearson [born 11 Apr, 1954], daughter of the 3rd Viscount Cowdray [1910-1995].

Nathalie Mountain is a granddaughter of Sir Brian Mountain, 2nd Baronet [1899-1977].


Page/Percy marriage

 The marriage took place 17 September, 2021, at Chelsea Old Church, London, between Phineas Page [born 1983], son of David Page [born 1953], and _______, and Sabrina Catherine Percy [born 11 February, 1990], the model, scion of the Dukes of Northumberland, daughter of Richard John Percy [born 28 September, 1957], and his former wife the former Deborah Patricia Norman [born 1959].

Sabrina is a granddaughter of the late Gerald Percy [1928-2005], and his second wife, Jennifer Home-Rigg, who was later wife of the 6th Marquis of Bute [1933-93].

Henry Percy, 7th Duke of Northumberland [1846-1918] > Lord William Percy [1882-1963] > Gerald Percy [1928-2005] > Richard Percy [b 1957] > Sabrina Percy [b 1990]


Friday, September 17, 2021

Baroness Murton of Lindisfarne [died 2021]

 The Baroness Murton of Lindisfarne, who died 13 September, 2021, aged 95, was the widow of the Conservative life peer, the Baron Murton of Lindisfarne, OBE, TD, PC [1914-2009].

The former Pauline Teresa Keenan, daughter of Thomas Keenan, of Johannesburg, she married Lord Murton of Lindisfarne, as his second wife, in 1979.

Her husband was the former Lt-Col Henry Oscar Murton, only son of the late Henry Edgar Crossley Murton, of Hexham, Northumberland, was created a life peer in 1979 as Baron Murton of Lindisfarne, of Hexham, co Northumberland. Murton served as Conservative MP for Poole from 1964 to 1979, and was a government whip in the administration of Sir Edward Heath and later a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from 1973 to 1979, and was later a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords. He was appointed as a Privy Counsellor in 1976, and died 5 July, 2009.


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Wood/Stampa Orwin engagement

  The engagement was announced 16 September, 2021, between Robert [Bertie] Wood [born 1991], eldest son of Giles Powlett Clairmont Wood [born 3 November, 1954], and his wife the former Frances Mary Catherine Stewart, & Katinka Stampa Orwin [born circa 1994], daughter of Major Jeremy Stampa Orwin [1967-2017], and his wife Countess [Alexandra] Dominie Stampa [born 1967].

Bertie Wood is descended from the William-Powlett family, who descended from the Earls of Portsmouth.


Vere Nicoll/Harrison engagement

 The engagement was announced 16 September, 2021, between Frederick John Vere Nicoll [born 1993], son of Nigel Edward Vere Nicoll (b 3 Apr 1947), of Meon Stoke, Hampshire, by his former second wife the former Catharine Euphan Waterer, and Dr Elizabeth P [Beth] Harrison, daughter of Mr & Mrs Robert Harrison, of Crickhowell, Powys.

Freddie Vere Nicoll's paternal grandfather, Raymond Guy Vere Nicoll, MC [b 1915], married in 1939 (div 1952) Mary Elizabeth Madden (b 4 Aug 1920), a goddaughter of HM Queen Mary, 4th dau of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Charles Madden, 1st Baronet, GCB, OM, GCVO; & is descended from a sister of the 6th & last Viscount Saye & Sele, &c.

Freddie's mother, Catharine, was married firstly, in 1977 [div 1983] to the Hon John Edward Malet Vaughan [born 3 Oct, 1952], a younger son of the 8th Earl of Lisburne [1918-2014].


Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Elizabeth Gwendoline Dunbar-Nasmith, OBE [nee Bowlby] 1927-2021

 Elizabeth Gwendoline Dunbar-Nasmith, OBE, who died 8 September, 2021, aged 94, was a scion of the Bowlby landed gentry family, born in March, 1927, daughter of Henry Russell Bowlby [1890-1965], and his wife the former Hermione Hester Isobel Wisden [1898-1981], descended from the Cotton baronets.

She married 8 Apr, 1951, Rear-Admiral David Arthur Dunbar-Nasmith, CB, DSC [1921-97], scion of that landed family, son of Admiral Sir Martin Eric Dunbar-Nasmith, VC, KCB, KCMG [1883-1965], and his wife the former Beatrix Justina Dunbar-Dunbar-Rivers [1897-1962], by whom she had issue, two sons and two daughters, of which one son and one daughter predeceased her.


[Mary] Virginia Seymour 1932-2021

 Virginia Seymour, who died 7 September, 2021, aged 89, was a scion of the Marquesses of Hertford, and a granddaughter of the 3rd Duke of Abercorn.

Mary Virginia Seymour was born 27 May, 1932, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Reginald Henry Seymour, KCVO [1878-1938], the courtier who served as Equerry to HM King George V, 1916-36, and to HM Queen Mary, 1936-38, by his second wife, the former Lady Katharine Hamilton, DCVO [1900-1985], Woman of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, 1937-60, and Extra Woman of the Bedchamber from 1960 to 1985.

Virginia Seymour was a first cousin of the 8th Earl Spencer, father of Diana, Princess of Wales. Her elder half-brother Major Raymond Seymour, held the rare distinction of having served as page of honour to three monarchs: George V, Edward VIII and George VI. As such he was one of the train bearers to George VI at the 1937 Coronation. He was then attached to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's Household from 1954 until her death in 2002.

Miss Seymour's funeral takes place at Chichester Cathedral, 1 Oct, 2021.


Weir/Gyngell engagement

 The engagement was announced 15 September, 2021, between Oliver Michael Weir [born 1994], son of Andrew Bruce Weir, of Wimbledon, London, and his wife the former Verena Grace Russell [born 1962], and Amy Scarlett Gyngell [born 1994], daughter of Bruce D.A. Gyngell [born 1963], of Fetcham, Surrey, and his wife the former Sara J. Slatter [born 1963].

Oliver Weir is descended from the Law Lord the Baron Russell of Killowen [1832-1900], who was ancestor of the Russell baronets.


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Allhusen/Sutardja engagement

 The engagement was announced 8 September, 2021, between Matthew John Oliver Allhusen [born 28 November, 1991], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Christian Henry Allhusen [born 1956], of Bradenham, Norfolk, and his wife the former Penelope Amanda Rae [born 1959], and Auriel V.F. Sutardja, daughter of Mr and Mrs Hartanto Sutardja, of Jakarta, Indonesia.


Jackson-Stops/Gredley-Nurse engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 September, 2021, between William Archie [Billy] Jackson-Stops [born 1989], scion of that landed gentry family, younger son of Timothy William Ashworth Jackson-Stops [born 1942], of Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, by his wife the former Jennifer Anne V. [Jenny] MacArthur, and Lily R. Gredley-Nurse [born 11 March, 1983], younger daughter of the late Mr Peter Kenneth Berkeley Nurse [1941-89] and Mrs Rowena Jane Gredley [nee Sutton], of Dullingham, Newmarket, Suffolk.


The Duke of Roxburghe marries Annabel Green

  _. The marriage took place at the weekend, at Floors Castle, between the 11th Duke of Roxburghe [born 18 February, 1981], of Floors Castle, Kelso, elder son of the late 10th Duke of Roxburghe [1954-2019], and his first wife the former Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor [born 8 Feb, 1953], and Miss Annabel Green [born 1989], daughter of the late Mr Ian Green and Mrs Patrick Quirk.

The South African born Duchess is now chatelaine of the magnificent Floors Castle, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland and family home of the Dukes of Roxburghe. The castle was built for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe in 1721.

The Duke was one of Britain's most eligible bachelors,  and served in the army with his childhood friend the Duke of Sussex. He inherited his father's title and £100m estate in 2019. The duke, when Marquis of Bowmont, was also once fined for riding the Tyne and Wear Metro without a £1 ticket, but chose to pay the £10 fine rather than end up on 'loser posters' put up around the city.

Charles Roxburghe attended Eton College before following in his father's footsteps by going to Sandhurst after which he served during the Iraq War. Rather than sitting around 'like a hawk' however, Charles runs his own chauffeur business, Capstar, which retrains wounded former servicemen and women, according to the Evening Standard. 

It is the second marriage for Charles Robert George Innes-Ker, 11th Duke of Roxburghe. He married firstly, 22 July, 2011, the Hon Charlotte Susanna Aitken [born 1982], daughter of the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook [born 29 Dec, 1951]. This childless marriage ended in divorce in 2013, and Charlotte is now wife of Francesco Bellasi.

In 2015 the Duke had a daughter, Eugenie, with fashion designer Morvarid Sahafi. 

The Duke of Roxburghe succeeded to the title on his father's death, 29 Aug, 2019. The 10th duke died from cancer aged 64. The Duke is also Marquess of Bowmont and Cessford, Earl of Roxburghe, Earl of Kelso, Earl Innes, Viscount Broxmouth, Lord Roxburghe, Lord Ker of Cessford and Cavertoun, Lord Ker of Cessford and Overton, and is the premier Baronet of Nova Scotia, and Chief of the Clan Innes. 

Charles Roxburghe's mother, Lady Jane, is a daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster [1910-79], and is now the wife of Edward William Dawnay [born 10 Feb, 1950], scion of the Viscounts Downe. Lady Jane’s sister, Leonora, Countess of Lichfield, is the former wife of the late society photographer, Patrick Lichfield, and lady-in-waiting to the Princess Royal.

The Duke of Roxburghe has a brother, and current heir presumptive, Lord Edward Innes-Ker [born 2 Feb, 1984], known as Ted, and a sister Rosanagh [born 16 Jan, 1979], a bridesmaid at the wedding of HRH The Duke of York and Miss Sarah Ferguson, in 1986 [it was at a  Floors Castle house party where Prince Andrew is said to have proposed to Sarah]. Rosanagh is Viscountess Grimston, wife of the Earl of Verulam's son and heir, Viscount Grimston.

The Duke has two half-siblings, Lady Isabella Innes-Ker [born 7 Sept, 1994], and Lord George Innes-Ker [born 20 Nov, 1996], from his father's second marriage to Virginia Wynn-Williams.


Marianne Adele Hermione Ford 1937-2021

Marianne Adele Hermione Ford died 3 May, 2021, aged 83. She was descended from the Dukes of Somerset.

She was born 11 November, 1937, the eldest child of Sir [Richard] Brinsley Ford, CBE [1908-99], and his wife the former Joan Mary Vyvyan, scion of the Vyvyan baronets.

She married 1966 [div 1973] Patrick Martin Laver [1932-2006], son of James Laver [1899-1975], and his wife the former Bridget Veronica Turley [1899-1971], by whom she had one daughter.

Edward St Maur, 12th Duke of Somerset [1804-85] > Lady Helen St Maur [d 1910] > Rosamund Ramsden [1872-1911] > Sir Brinsley Ford [1908-99] > Marianne Ford [1937-2021]


Godman-Dorington/Marshall engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 September, 2021, between Hamish Godman-Dorington [born 1992], descended from the Forwood baronets, youngest son of William Godman-Dorington [born 1960], of Graffham, west Sussex, and his wife the former Amanda Elizabeth Forwood [born 30 Apr, 1963], Laura Marshall, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Ian Marshall, of Cladymilltown, Co Armagh.

Hamish Godman-Dorington is a grandson maternally of Sir Peter Noel Forwood, 4th [and last] Baronet [1925-2019].


Fikry/Campbell engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 September, 2021, between  Alexander James E. Fikry [born 1988], elder son of Mr Karim [Kim] Fikry, of Bushley, Worcestershire, and his wife nee Jill Esdale, and Kate Emily Dennistoun Campbell [born 25 February, 1990], eldest daughter of Sir Roderick Duncan Hamilton Campbell of Barcladine, 9th Baronet [born 24 February, 1961], of Oban, Argyll, and his wife Lady Campbell [nee Jean Caroline Bicknell].


Monday, September 13, 2021

Charlotte Johnson Wahl 1942-2021

 Charlotte Maria Offlow Johnson Wahl, who died in London, 13 September, 2021, aged 79, was mother of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

She was born in 1942 as  Charlotte Offlow Fawcett, daughter of Sir James Edmund Sandford Fawcett [1913-91], and his wife the former Frances Beatrice Lowe [1913-2001] . She married firstly in 1963 [divorced 1979], Stanley Patrick Johnson [born 18 Aug 1940], descended from the Royal House of Wurttemberg, and from George II, King of Gt Britain, son of [Osman] Wilfred Johnson [formerly Kemal] [1909-92], and his wife the former Irene Williams [1907-87]. She married 2ndly, in 1988, New York born Professor Anthony Nicholas Maria Wahl [1928-96].

Charlotte Johnson Wahl, an artist, leaves issue, three sons, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson [b 1964], Leo Johnson [born 1967], and Jo Johnson, the Baron Johnson of Marylebone [born 1971], and a daughter, the journalist and writer, Rachel Johnson [born 1965].


Landman/Younger engagement

 The engagement was announced 8 September, 2021, between Samuel Rowland Landman [born circa 1992], eldest son of Rory Buchanan Landman [born cira 1961], of Chrishall, Cambridge, and his wife the former Anna-Louise Baynham [born 1963], and the Hon Alice Elizabeth Younger [born 25 February, 1992], younger daughter of the 5th Viscount Younger of Leckie [born 11 Nov, 1955], of Dorton, Buckinghamshire, and his wife the former Jennie Veronica Wootton [born 1956].


Frederick Christopher Geoffrey Amery [born 2021]

 Rachel Amery [née Cooper], wife of Edward Mark Richard Amery [born 24 March, 1975], gave birth to a son, Frederick Christopher Geoffrey, 15 July, 2021, a brother for Charles Thomas David [who was born in 2017].

Edward Amery is descended from the Earls of Donoughmore:-

6th Earl of Donoughmore [1875-1948] > Hon David Hely-Hutchinson [1911-84] > Kathryn Hely-Hutchinson [born 1944] > Edward Amery [b 1975] > Frederick Amery [born 2021]


Prior-Palmer/Tyler engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 September, 2021, between George Erroll Owen Prior-Palmer [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Simon Erroll Prior-Palmer [born 5 February, 1951], of Appleshaw, Hampshire, and his wife the former Lady Julia Margaret Violet Lloyd George [born 19 May, 1958], scion of the Earls Lloyd George of Dwyfor, and Elizabeth Rose Tyler [born 1988], daughter of Richard M. Tyler, of Aylsham, Norfolk, and his wife the former Griselda Jane More [born 22 June, 1951].

George Prior-Palmer is a grandson maternally of the late 3rd Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor [1924-2010].


His Honour Charles William Byers 1949-2021

His Honour Judge Charles William Byers, who died 31 August, 2021, was a son of the life peer, the Baron Byers, OBE, PC, DL [1915-84], the Liberal party politician as Frank Byers, and his wife the former Joan Elizabeth Oliver.

He married in 2002, Mary L.E. Ilett, by whom he had two sons, Jonathan and George.


William Nicholas George Burt [born 2021]

 Virginia Burt [nee Naylor-Leyland, born 16 Apr 1983], wife of James Ivor Geoffrey Burt [born 1984], gave birth to a son, William Nicholas George, 26 August, 2021, a brother for Edward Charles Geoffrey [who was born 2018].

Virginia Burt is a daughter of Sir Vivyan Naylor-Leyland, 3rd Baronet [1924-87], and his third wife the former Jameina Flora Reid [born 1954].

James Burt is a son of Charles Ivor Angus Burt [born 1957], and his former wife the Hon Vanessa Mary Linda Russell [born 18 September, 1960], daughter of the 4th Baron Ampthill [1921-2011], and his first wife the former Susan Mary Sheila Winn [1923-2001], scion of the Barons St Oswald.


The Hon Lady Mather 1925-2021

 The Hon Lady Mather, who died 30 August, 2021, aged 95, was the widow of Sir Carol Mather, MP [1919-2006], the right-wing Conservative MP for Esher, and was a scion of the Barons Cromwell.

She was born Philippa Selina Bewicke-Copley, 5 December, 1925, daughter of the 5th Baron Cromwell [1893-1966], sometime Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, and his wife the former Freda Constance Cripps [1898-1979]; and married 13 January, 1951, [David] Carol MacDonell Mather [born 3 January, 1919], son of Loris Emerson Mather, CBE. Her husband was Tory MP for Esher, 1970-87, and was Vice-Chamberlain of the Household [a Govt Whip], 1981-83, and Comptroller of the Household [a senior Govt Whip] 1983-86. Carol Mather was knighted in 1987, and died 3 July, 2006.

Lady Mather leaves a son and two daughters, and was predeceased by a third daughter in 2018.


Sunday, September 12, 2021

James Middleton has married Alizée Thevenet in France

The marriage took place 11 September, 2021, at Bormes-les-Mimosas, Cote d'Azur, France, between James William Middleton [born 15 April, 1987], only son of Michael Francis Middleton [born 23 June, 1949], by his wife the former Carole Elizabeth Goldsmith [born 31 January, 1955], and Alizée Thevenet [born circa 1990], daughter of Jean-Gabriel Thevenet.

James is the brother of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, GCVO, and descends from the Conyers baronets.

Sir Thomas Conyers, 9th Baronet [1731-1810] > Jane Conyers [1758-1813] > Jane Hardy [1795-1864] > Anthony Liddle [1817-57] > Jane Liddle [1839-81] > John Harrison [1874-1918] > Thomas Harrison [1904-76] > Dorothy Harrison [1935-2006] > Carole Goldsmith [b 1955] > James Middleton [b 1987]


India Hicks has married David Flint Wood

 _. After a partnership of a quarter of a century and four children, India Hicks and David Flint Wood have married. David Flint Wood announced the news of his wedding to the late Lord Mountbatten's granddaughter on instagram.

The nuptials took place 10 September, 2021, at St Bartholomew's Church, Brightwell Baldwin, Oxfordshire, close to the home of India's mother, Lady Pamela Hicks.

Writer India Amanda Caroline Hicks [born 5 September, 1967], whose home is at Harbour Island, the Bahamas, is a granddaughter of the 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, a cousin of the British Royal Family, and was a bridesmaid at the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer and the Prince of Wales in 1981.

India is the younger daughter of the late designer David Nightingale Hicks [1929-98], and his wife the Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Mountbatten [born 19 Apr, 1929], who was Earl Mountbatten's younger daughter.

David Flint Wood [born 3 March, 1961], is a son of Derek and Wendy Flint Wood, is a former Saatchi & Saatchi advertising executive. Flint Wood and India Hicks have four children, Felix, Amory, Conrad, and Domino. Some years ago the Flint Woods became the legal guardians of a Bahamian, Wesley.

India Hicks, a great-great-great granddaughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Sarah Greenwell [nee Carson] [died 2021]

Sarah Greenwell, who died 4 September, 2021, aged 87, was a granddaughter of the Law Lord the Baron Carson of Duncairn.

She was the former Sarah Greenwell, daughter of Capt the Hon Walter Seymour Carson, RN [1890-1946], and his wife the former Violet Taswell Richardson [1893-1968], and married 22 July, 1955, as his second wife, Basil Evelyn Greenwell [1915-1990], scion of the Greenwell baronets, by whom she had issue, two sons, Simon and Giles, and two daughters, Joanna and Virginia.



Dinkel/Constable-Maxwell engagement

 The engagement was announced 11 September, 2021, between Henry Michael G. Dinkel [born 1988], elder son of Mr Philip C. Dinkel, of Rencomb, Gloucestershire, by his wife the former Lucia Stevens, and Theresa Maria Constable-Maxwell [born 10 July, 1995], scion of the Lords Herries of Terregles, younger daughter of Thomas Bernard Constable-Maxwell [born 1 December, 1966], and his wife the former Alice Ellinor Mary Cotterell [born 23 May, 1966], scion of the Cotterell baronets.


Friday, September 10, 2021

Sir Timothy James Alan Colman, KG 1929-2021

Sir Timothy Colman, KG, who died at his Norfolk home, 9 September, 2021, aged 91, was a member of the Colmans mustard family, a Knight of the Garter, and a cousin [by marriage] of the Queen.

Timothy James Alan Colman was born 19 September, 1929, son of the cricketer Geoffrey Russell Rees Colman [1892-1935], by his wife the former Lettice Elizabeth Evelyn Adeane, scion of that landed gentry family.

He was educated at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, and joined the Royal Navy, leaving as a lieutenant in 1953, before commencing a business career. He subsequently joined the Castaways' Club. Colman was chairman of the Eastern Counties Newspaper Group from 1969 to 1996. He was appointed a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in 1996.

Colman was a yachtsman, and claimed the record for the world's fastest yacht at 26.3 knots with Crossbow, a proa outrigger, at the inception of the World Sailing Speed Record Council in 1972. He increased the record to 31.2 knots three years later, and then in 1980 his catamaran Crossbow II extended the record to 36 knots.It held the record for six years until being beaten by the sailboard of Pascal Maka of France. Colman was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron.

He married 10 November, 1951, Mary Cecilia Bowes-Lyon [born 30 Jan, 1932], a first cousin of Her Majesty the Queen, a twin daughter of Capt the Hon Michael Claude Hamilton Bowes-Lyon [1893-1953], who was an elder brother of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, by his wife the former Elizabeth Margaret Cator [1899-1959], scion of that Norfolk landed gentry family. His wife, Mary, an extra lady in waiting to Princess Alexandra, was raised to the rank of an earl's daughter, in 1974, two years after the succession to the earldom of Strathmore and Kinghorne, of her brother, Fergus.

Lady Mary Colman died 2 January, 2021, at the Colman family home at Bixley Manor.

Sir Timothy's death leaves five vacancies among the Knights Companion of the Order of the Garter, following the deaths of Lord Carrington, Field Marshal Lord Bramall, Lord Ashburton, and Sir Antony Acland [who predeceased him by one day]. No new knights were appointed during the Covid crisis, but it is expected that Her Majesty will make further appointments in her 2022 jubilee year bringing the number to full capacity of 24.

Sir Timothy leaves issue, two sons, James and Matthew, and three daughters, Sarah, Sabrina and Emma. The elder daughter, Sarah Troughton, is Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire.


Sir Antony Acland, KG, GCMG, GCVO 1930-2021

 Sir Antony Acland, KG, GCMG, GCVO, died 8 September, 2021. He was 91. 

Sir Antony was a diplomat and former Provost of Eton College, and a Knight of the Garter.

He was born Antony Arthur Acland, 12 March, 1930, scion of the Acland baronets, son of Brigadier Peter Bevil Edward Acland [1902-93], sometime High Sheriff of Devon and vice-Lord Lieutenant of the county, by his wife the former Bridget Susan Barnett [died 1996].

After studying at the Middle East Centre for Arab Studies, Acland was posted to Dubai and then Kuwait, then back to the Foreign Office as Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (Selwyn Lloyd, then the Earl of Home) 1959–62. He then served at the UK Mission to the UN, first in New York 1962–66, then at Geneva 1966–68. Back at the FCO he was head of the Arabian department 1970–72.

Acland was Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (Sir Alec Douglas-Home, then James Callaghan) 1972–75. He was Ambassador to Luxembourg 1975–77 and to Spain 1977–79. He was Deputy Under-Secretary at the FCO 1979–82, a post which then entailed chairing the Joint Intelligence Committee. In 1982 he was promoted to Permanent Under-Secretary and head of the Diplomatic Service. Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in April 1982 and Acland came into collision with the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, over the diplomatic response. 

Acland was Ambassador to the United States at Washington, D.C., 1986–91, then retired from the Diplomatic Service and was Provost of Eton College 1991–2000.

Acland was a member of the Founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford, helping to raise funds for the Institute's building and library.

He married firstly, 6 Nov, 1956, Clare Anne Verdon [who died 1984], daughter of Francis Reynolds Verdon, of Sidbury, Devon; married 2ndly, in 1987, Mrs Jennifer McGougan, daughter of Colonel Richard Charles Dyke.

He was appointed CMG in 1976, advanced to KCMG in 1982, and and further advanced to GCMG in 1986. He was appointed KCVO in 1976, and advanced to GCVO in 1991. Sir Antony was appointed a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter in 2001.

Sir Antony's death leaves four vacancies among the Knights Companion of the Order of the Garter, following the deaths of Lord Carrington, Field Marshal Lord Bramall, and Lord Ashburton.

Sir Antony leaves two sons, Simon and Nicholas, and a daughter, Katherine, from his first marriage.


Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Rosamund, Lady Gladstone 1939-2021

Rosamund Anne, Lady Gladstone, who died 1 September, 2021, aged 81, was the widow of Sir William Gladstone, 7th Baronet [1925-2018].

She was the former Rosamund Anne Hambro, born 27 September, 1939, a sion of the eponymous banking family, daughter of Maj Robert Alexander Hambro [1910-43], and his wife the former Barbara Jessia Hardy ['Baba'] Beaton [1912-73], and was a niee of Sir Cecil Beaton [1904-80], the photographer.

She married 10 September, 1962, [Erskine] William Gladstone [born 29 Oct, 1925], son of Charles Andrew Gladstone [1888-1968] and his wife Isla Margaret Erskine Crum [died 1987]. Her husband succeeded his uncle, Sir Albert Gladstone, 6th Bt, 2 March, 1967, and died 29 March, 2018.

Lady Gladstone leaves two sons, Charles and Robert and a daughter, Victoria. The elder son is Sir Charles Gladstone, 8th Bt [born 11 Apr 1964].


Monday, September 06, 2021

Hon Gaia Inigo Young 1995-2021

 The Hon Gaia Inigo Young, who died suddenly, 21 July, 2021, aged 25, was a daughter of the life peer, the Baron Young of Dartington [1915-2002], and his third wife the former Dorit Uhlemann.


Hill/Wolstenholme engagement

 The engagement was announced 4 September, 2021, between Harry S.H. Hill, elder son of Mr Simon Hill, of Clapham, London, and Mrs Mark Lawson-Statham, of Burcot, Oxfordshire, & Edwina Lavender [Teddy] Wolstenholme [born 1991], younger daughter of [Anthony] Richard Ashmore Wolstenholme [born 1956], of Thompson, Norfolk, and his wife the former Katharine Juliet Garnier [born 16 Oct, 1958].

Some of Teddy Wolstenholme's aristoratic ancestry:-

The 8th Baron Walsingham [1884-1965] > Hon Lavender de Grey [1923-2010] > Katharine Garnier [b 1958] > Edwina Wolstenholme [b 1991].


Roderick Francis Loder-Symonds 1938-2021

 Roderick Francis [Roddy] Loder-Symonds died 25 August, 2021, aged 82. He was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He was born in 1938, a son of Brigadier Robert Guy Loder-Symonds, DSO, MC [1913-45], and his wife the former Merlin Audey Allen [1915-88]; married 1967, Caroline Anne Beebee [born 1940], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Commander Meyrick Frederick Legge Beebee, RN [1910-88], and his wife the former Jean Mary Joy Walker, by whom he had two sons, Robert and James, and a daughter, Sacha.


Taylor/Dobson engagement

 The engagement was announced 4 September, 2021, between Alexander William John Taylor [born 1990], son of [Alexander] Julian Taylor and his wife the Hon Catherine Victoria Elliott [born 1962], and Sophie A.H. Dobson, daughter of the late Roger Dobson and Mrs Kate Dobson, of Upper Farringdon, Hampshire.

Alexander Taylor is a grandson maternally of the late life peer the Baron Elliott of Morpeth [1920-2011], who as Robert Elliott was Conservative MP for Newcastle upon Tyne, and sometime deputy speaker of the House of Lords, &c.


Rupert Bode Peveril Mulvaney [born 2021]

 Louisa Judith Mulvaney [nee Whitworth, born 1984], wife of the Rev Jamie E.J. Mulvaney, gave birth to a son, Rupert Bode Peveril, 25 August, 2021.

The Rev Jamie Mulvaney is the youngest son of Mr & Mrs Bruce Mulvaney, of Canterbury, Australia.

Louisa Mulvaney is a daughter of the Rev Canon Patrick John Whitworth, descended from the Marquesses of Bristol, by his wife the former Olivia Helen Judith Colman [born 7 Aug 1956], scion of the Colman baronets. Louisa is a granddaughter maternally of Sir Michael Jeremiah Colman, 3rd Baronet [b 7 July, 1928]. Her great-grandfather, Aymer William Whitworth, married Alice Ruth Patience Hervey, scion of the Marquesses of Bristol.


Floyd/Wills engagement

The engagement was announced 4 September, 2021, between James Robert Floyd [born 1981], scion of the Floyd baronets, son of Robert Charles Floyd [born 6 January, 1949], of Great Chalfield, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Patricia Jan Vigors [born 1949], & Emma P. Wills, daughter of Mr & Mrs James Wills, of Groton, Suffolk.

Sir Henry Floyd, 4th Baronet [1855-1915] > Charles Floyd [1905-71] > Robert Floyd [b 1949] > James Floyd [b 1981]


Friday, September 03, 2021

Patricia 'Patsy' Gethin [nee Sweeney] [died 2021]

Patricia 'Patsy' Gethin, who died 6 August, 2021, was the wife of Alexander Willoughby [Alec] Gethin, scion of the Gethin baronets, descended from Sir Richard Gethin, 3rd Bt.

She was the former Patricia Sweeney, daughter of Alfred Sweeney, of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, and married 11 June, 1964, Alexander Willoughby Gethin [born 26 March, 1935], son of Capt Richard Gethin [1886-1976], and his wife Mary Hunter Bond [died 1972], by whom she had issue, three daughters, twins, Alexandra and Frances [born 14 Mar 1965], and Elizabeth [born 17 Apr 1970].

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Jill Annette Davidge [died 2021]

 Jill Annette Davidge [nee Wiltshire], who died 18 August, 2021, aged 85, was the widow of Christopher Guy Vere Davidge, descendant of many aristocratic families.

Jill Wiltshire married firstly, 1973, David Levanthal. She married 2ndly, in 1993, as his second wife, Christopher Guy Vere Davidge [born 5 Nov, 1929], son of Cecil Vere Davidge [1901-81], and his wife the former Ursula Catherine Smyth [1898-1948]. Her husband died 22 Nov, 2014.

Sir George Gunning, 5th Baronet [1828-1903] > Emma Gunning [d 1933] > Ursula Smyth [1898-1948] > Christopher Davidge [1929-2014]

The funeral Service takes place at Little Houghton Church,  on Tuesday 7 September, 2021.


Saumarez Smith/Gibbs engagement

The engagement was announced 1 September, 2021, between Otto Livingstone Saumarez Smith [born 1987], son of Sir Charles Robert Saumarez Smith, CBE [born 28 May, 1954], of Stepney, London, and his wife the former Romilly Le Quesne Savage [born 1954], & Clemency Columba Alice Gibbs [born 1992], scion of the Barons Aldenham & Hunsdon, daughter of Patrick Michael Evan Gibbs [born 24 April, 1962], of Camden, London, and his wife the former Catherine Barroll [born 1963].


Wendy, Lady Williams [died 2021]

 Wendy, Lady Williams, who died 16 August, 2021, aged 92, was the widow of Sir Robin Williams, 2nd Baronet.

She was Wendy Adele Marguerite Alexander, daughter of Felix Joseph Alexander, of Hong Kong and London, and married, 19 February, 1955, Sir Robin Philip Williams [born 27 May, 1928], son of Sir Herbert Geraint Williams, 1st Baronet [1884-1954], and his wife the former Dorothy Frances Jones [who died 1957], by whom she had two sons, Sir Anthony Williams, 3rd Bt [born 22 Dec, 1958], and Stephen Williams [born 1 May, 1962].

Her husband died in 2013.


Robin Harvey Combe 1934-2021

 Robin Harvey Combe, who died 28 August, 2021, aged 87, was a scion of that landed family and a grandson of the 4th Earl of Leicester, of Holkham Hall.

Mr Combe, a JP for Norfolk, lived sometime at the Manor House, Burnham Thorpe, King's Lynn, Norfolk, and latterly at the Bayfield Hall estate, near Holt, Norfolk.

He was born 2 January, 1934, son of Capt Simon Harvey Combe, MC [1903-65] and his wife the former Lady Silvia Beatrice Coke [1909-2005], daughter of the 4th Earl of Leicester [1880-1949], and his wife the former Marion Gertrude Trefusis [1882-1955], scion of the Barons Clinton.

He married 21 January, 1960, Olga Wise, daughter of R.J. Wise, by whom he had issue, two sons, Roger and Simon, and two daughters, Carey and Silvia.


McLean/Trotter engagement

 The engagement was announced 2 September, 2021, between Jocky L. McLean, son of Señor and Señora Leonardo McLean, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Hebe Florence Trotter [born 1994], elder daughter of James William Dale Trotter [born 18 January, 1964], of Staindrop, County Durham, and his wife the former Nicola Mahaffy.

Hebe Trotter is descended from the Holcroft baronets:-

Sir Reginald Holcroft, 2nd Baronet [1899-1978] > Mary Holcroft [b 1939] > James Trotter [b 1964] > Hebe Trotter [b 1994]

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Fiona McLeod Brookes [née Innes] 1939-2021

 Fiona McLeod [Fi] Brookes [née Innes] died 25 August, 2021, aged 82.

She was born 6 August, 1939, daughter of Neil McLeod Innes of Thursater [1903-89], by his wife the former Nancy Audrey Stephens [died 1987]; and married 1stly, 20 February, 1960, Simon Noel Chick [1932-1982], son of William Noel Chick [1905-88], of Wynford Eagle, Dorset, by his wife the former Joan Legge [1901-83]; married 2ndly, 1986, Barry Gray Brookes [who died 1995].

She leaves gthree daughters from her first marriage, Theresa, Philippa and Sarah.


Stella Towler [nee Prideaux-Brune] 1931-2021

 Stella Towler, who died 21 March, 2021, was a scion of the Prideaux-Brune landed family, and was descended from the St Aubyn baronets [now the Barons St Levan]. 

She was born 'Stella Prideaux-Brune' at Battle, Sussex, in 1931. Mother's maiden name St Aubyn.

She was a daughter of Hildegarde Ada St Aubyn [b 14 July, 1894-died Apr 1979]. Burke's Peerage doesn't show a marriage for Hildegarde, but her death was registered, in Oxford in 1979, as 'Hildegarde Ada Brune'.

She married in 1964, Eric William Towler, by whom she had issue.


Julia Mary Albu 1937-2021

 Julia Mary Albu, who died 3 August, 2021, aged 84, was a scion of the Albu baronets.

She was born 13 June, 1937, daughter of Sir George Albu, 2nd Baronet [1905-63], and his wife the former Kathleen Betty Dicey [died 1956]; and married 7 February, 1957 [div 1978], the Hon Michael John Harbottle Grimston [1932-97], a younger son of the 1st Baron Grimston of Westbury [1897-1979], and his wife the former Sybil Rose Neumann [died 1977], by whom she had issue, two sons, Simon [b 1960], and Giles [b 1961], and two daughters, Katharine [b 1962], and Sybella [b 1966].


Richard Gordon Fallowfield 1935-2021

 Richard Gordon Fallowfield, died 26 August, 2021, aged 86.

He was born in 1935, son of Capt Walter Herman Gordon Fallowfield [who died 1954], by his wife the former Elizabeth Burnett Baker [1902-56], and married 21 September, 1963, Elfrida Charlotte Eden [born 17 June, 1940], scion of the Eden baronets, daughter of Sir Timothy Eden, 6th & 8th Baronet [1893-1963], and his wife the former Edith Mary Prendergast [died 1990], by whom he had two sons, Timothy [born 1965], and Nicholas [born 1967], and a daughter, Laura [born 1974].


Elisabeth, Countess of Caledon has died aged 93

 Elisabeth, Countess of Caledon, who died 9 August, 2021, aged 93, was the third wife and widow of Major the 6th Earl of Caledon [1920-1980].

She was the former [Marie] Elisabeth Burton Allen, daughter of Maj Richard Burton Allen, of Ballachulish, Argyll, and married firstly, 20 July, 1955 [div 1964], Maj the Hon Iain Maxwell Erskine [1926-95], the Grenadier Guards [later 2nd Baron Erskine of Rerrick], son of the 1st Baron [1893-1980]. She married 2ndly, 4 Aug, 1964, as his 3rd wife, Maj Denis James Alexander [born 10 Nov, 1920], of the Irish Guards, son of Lt-Col the Hon Herbrand Alexander [1888-1965], and his wife the former Millicent Meredyth. Her second husband succeeded his uncle, 10 July, 1968, as 6th Earl of Caledon, and he died 20 May, 1980, aged 59.

Lady Caledon left no issue.


Colonel the Hon Alastair James Calthrop Campbell 1952-2021

 Colonel the Hon Alastair James Calthrop Campbell, who died 24 August, 2021, aged 69, was a younger son of the late Baron Campbell of Croy, PC [1921-2005], who, as Gordon Campbell, was Conservative MP for Moray and Nairn and Secretary of State for Scotland in Edward Heath's government.

He served in the Queen's Own Highlanders and the Royal Company of Archers.

He was born 6 January, 1952, son of the then Gordon Thomas Calthrop Campbell, and his wife the former Nicola Elizabeth Gina Madan.

He married 18 Sept, 1993, Primrose Felicia Palmer [born 18 February, 1960], daughter of William Henry Tugwell Palmer and his wife the former Horatia Mary Felicia Lamb [born 21 Oct 1933], a granddaughter maternally of the 5th Earl of Longford [1864-1915].

Col. Palmer leaves two sons, Ferdinand and Edward, and three daughters, Leonora, Hermione and Venetia.


Lulu Guinness's daughter, Tara, to wed James Kelway-Bamber

 The engagement was announced 1 September, 2021, between James Peter G. Kelway-Bamber [born 1992], only son of Martin Charles Kelway-Bamber [born 31 March, 1955] and his wife the former Philippa N. Kininmonth [born 1958], & Tara Victoria Guinness [born 29 November, 1991], scion of the Barons Moyne, elder daughter of the Hon Valentine Guy Bryan Guinness [born 9 March, 1959], the musician, and his former wife Lulu Guinness, OBE [nee Lucinda Jane Rivett-Carnac, born 29 May, 1960, scion of the Rivett-Carnac baronets], the handbag and accessories designer.

James Kelway-Bamber is descended from the Dukes of Devonshire and Leeds, Marquesses of Northampton, Earls of Durham, &c.

4th Duke of Devonshire [1720-64] > George 1st Earl of Burlington [1754-1834] > Hon Henry Cavendish [1789-1873] > William Cavendish [1817-81] > Henry Cavendish [1854-1928] > Evelyn Cavendish [b 1892] > Anne Stirling [b 1929] > Martin Kelway-Bamber [b 1955] > James Kelway-Bamber [b 1992] 

Tara Guinness, a scion of the brewing dynasty, is a granddaughter of the 3rd Baron Moyne.