Saturday, October 16, 2021

Saoirse Cara Waldegrave [born 2021]

The Hon Harriet Horatia Waldegrave, scion of the Earls Waldegrave, and her husband David Ring have had a daughter, Saoirse Cara, born 29 September, 2021.

Harriet Waldegrave (born 1988), is a daughter of the Baron Waldegrave of North Hill, PC (life peer - born 15 Aug 1946), of Chewton Mendip, Somerset, by his wife the former Caroline Linda Margaret Burrows (born 14 Aug 1952). Her father, Lord Waldegrave of North Hill, as William Waldegrave MP, was a Cabinet minister in the Thatcher and Major administrations between 1990 and 1997.

Harriet Waldegrave is a granddaughter of the 12th Earl Waldegrave, KG, GCVO (1905-95).

David W.R. Ring is a son of Mr and Mrs Dave Ring, of Dublin.


Henry Alexander van Straubenzee [born 2021]

 _. Daisy Philippa van Straubenzee [nee Jenks, born 1991], wife of Charles Anthony van Straubenzee [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Henry Alexander, 10 October, 2021, a brother for Clover Kitty, who was born 26 February, 2020.

Charlie van Straubenzee is a son of Alexander Henry van Straubenzee [born 1951], by his wife the former Claire Sonia Fenwick [born 1954], scion of that landed gentry family, and a descendant of the 6th Duke of Manchester [1799-1855].

Daisy van Straubenzee is a daughter of Philip Richard Jenks [born 1963], by his wife the former Alexandra Ulrike Wilson-Nicol [born 1963], daughter of Alexander James Wilson-Nicol [born 1933], by his wife the former Christiane F. von Canstein.

The infant is named Henry in honour of father Charlie's later brother, Henry, who died tragically in December, 2002, aged 18.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks in 2018.


Friday, October 15, 2021

Sir Gerrard Charles Peat, KCVO 1920-2021

 Sir Gerrard Peat, KCVO, who has died aged 101, was a partner in KPMG Peat Marwick (formerly Peat Marwick Mitchell), & Co., Chartered accountants, 1956-87, Auditor to the Queen's Privy Purse, 1980-88 [Assistant Auditor, 1969-80].

Gerrard Charles Peat was born 14 June, 1920, son of Charles Urie Peat, MC, MP [1892-1979], of Wycliffe Hall, and the former Ruth Pulley, and was educated at Sedbergh. He was a grandson of Sir William Barclay Peat, CVO [1852-1936], who was descended from the Barclays banking dynasty.

Career: FCA [1961], served in WW2 in the RAF and ATA [pilot] 1940-45; and Underwriting Member of Lloyd's from 1973; Member of the Corporation of the City of London, 1973-78, &c.

Gerrard Peat was appointed KCVO in 1988.

He married in 1949, Margaret Josephine Collingwood, by whom he had issue, one son, Sir Michael Peat, GCVO [born 16 Nov, 1949], sometime Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to HM The Queen, and principal private secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.


James Stephen [Jim] Woodhouse 1933-2021

 James Stephen Woodhouse, who died 11 September, 2021, aged 88, was headmaster of Rugby School, who at 34 was the youngest to hold the post since Thomas Arnold.

He was born 21 May, 1933, son of the Rt Rev James Walker Woodhouse, Bishop of Thetford [1884-1955] and his wife the former Kathleen Mry Harnett [1896-1958], and married in 1957, Sarah Maud Blount [born 1935], daughter of Maj Hubert Blount, MC [1910-79], of Cley Old Hall, Holt, Norfolk, and his wife the former Marion Emily Barclay [1906-90], scion of the Barclays of Higham, landed gentry, by whom he had issue, three sons, John, Michael and William, and a daughter, Hannah.


Wallace/Ellis engagement

 The engagement was announced 15 October, 2021, between Alexander Ian Agnew Wallace [born 1992], eldest son of [John] Benjamin Agnew Wallace [born 24 May, 1958], of Congham, Norfolk, and his wife the former Katherine Victoria Harriet Baillie [born 5 November, 1962], and Rachael Sophie L. Ellis [born 1991], daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Alan Ellis, of Penton Mewsey, Hampshire, and his wife the former Emma L. Pilkington.

Alexander Wallace descends paternally from the Haworth-Booth landed gentry family, the Barons Bagot and the Earls of Jersey, and descends maternally from the Barons Burton.


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Thomas Crosbie Dawson 1956-2021

 Thomas Crosbie Dawson, who died 8 October, 2021, aged 65, was a scion of the Dawson landed gentry family.

He was born 20 September, 1956, son of Major Robert Clarkson Crosbie Dawson [1916-96], and his wife the former Gillian Sutton [1921-87], scion of the Sutton baronets, and married in 1984, the Hon Katherine Jane Joicey [born 20 Apr, 1959], daughter of the 4th Baron Joicey [1925-1993], and his wife the former Elisabeth Marion Leslie-Melville [1928-2003], scion of the Earls of Leven & Melville, by whom he had issue, a son Robert [born 1992], and two daughters, Lucy [born 1987], and Helen [born 1989].


Barnes/Bence-Trower engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 October, 2021, between Joshua Edward Vignoles Barnes [born 1992], elder son of Jeremy Edward Barnes, of Bristol, and his wife the former Camilla Imogen Vignoles, and Olivia Rose Bence-Trower [born 21 January, 1992], scion of that landed family, daughter of Nicholas Alexander Bence-Trower, of London, and his wife the former Nicola Sophie Bell.


Lt-Col Henry George Dormer 1924-2021

 Lieutenant-Colonel Henry George Dormer, late the Royal Artillery, died 9 October, 2021. He was 97.

He was born in 1924, a son of Henry James Dormer [1890-1967], of Sudbury, Suffolk, and his wife the former Annie Hume [1890-1970]; and married 24 August, 1957, Susan Louise Everard [born 9 November, 1935], daughter of Sir Nugent Henry Everard, 3rd Baronet [1905-84], and his wife the former Frances Audrey Jesson [1905-75], by whom he had issue, two daughters, Sara and Charlotte.


Hon Victoria Marion Ann Tower [nee Lever] 1945-2021

 The Hon Victoria Marion Ann [known as Plum] Tower, who died 4 October, 2021, aged 76, was an Extra Lady in Waiting to HRH The Princess Royal, and a scion of the extinct Viscounts Leverhulme.

She was born the Hon Victoria Marion Ann Lever, 23 September, 1945, second of the three daughters of the 3rd [and last] Viscount Leverhulme, KG [1915-2000], and his wife the former Margaret Ann Moon [died 1973].

Victoria Lever  inherited a share in the vast estate of her father, which consists of a series of family trusts created from the Lever family's Port Sunlight fortune. The assets at stake are composed of a 10,000-acre estate in the Wirral and a large area of land in Scotland, as well as property in London. 

She married 1stly, 27 September, 1966 [div 1973], John Richard Walter Reginald Carew Pole, [later Sir John Carew Pole, 13th Baronet, born 2 Dec, 1938], son of Sir John Gawen Carew Pole, 12th Bt [1902-93], and his wife the former Cynthia Mary Burns [died 1977]; married 2ndly, 3 Oct, 1975, [Robert] Gordon Lennox O'Reilly Apsion [1943-2013]; and married 3rdly, in 1990, Brigadier Peter Tower.

She was appointed an Extra Lady in Waiting to HRH The Princess Royal in 1974.

She leaves three children from her second marriage, two sons, Philip and Robert, and a daughter, Victoria.

The funeral takes place at All Saints' Church, Thornton Hough, the Wirral, 1 Nov, 2021.



Theodore David Richard Skinner [born 2021]

Francesca Katherine Charteris Skinner [born 1987], wife of Miles David R Skinner (born 1986), gave birth to a son, Theodore David Richard, 5 Oct, 2021.

Francesca is a daughter of Richard William Lewis Groves, of Fontmell Parva, Dorset, by his wife the former Helen Mary Keppel Charteris (b 1956), scion of the Earls of Wemyss & March, dau of David Nigel Charteris (1920-2007), by his first wife the former Eupehmia Mary Inglis (1924-69), dau of Major-General Sir (John) Drummond Inglis, KBE, CB, MC (1895-1985), &c.

Miles Skinner is a son of the late David J Skinner by his wife the former Dominique G.R. Bates (b 1959), of Haslemere, Surrey.  


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Baroness Lee of Trafford [died 2021]

 Baroness Lee of Trafford, who died 1 October, 2021, aged 82, was the wife of life peer, the Baron Lee of Trafford [born 21 June, 1942].

She was the former Anne Monique Bakirgian, and married the then John Robert Louis Lee in 1975, son of Basil Lee [1911-83], and the former Miriam Farber [1911-81]. Her husband was Conservative MP for Nelson and Colne 1979-83, and for Pendle 1983-92, and was created a life peer in 2006 after joining the Liberal Democrats.

She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Deborah and Elspeth.


Hugo Anthony Meynell 1936-2021

 Hugo Anthony Meynell, who died 1 October, 2021, aged 85, was a scion of the Meynells of Langley, born 23 March, 1936, the posthumous son of Capt Godfrey Meynell, VC, MC [1904-1935], and his wife the former Sophia Patricia Lowis [1905-91], and married in 1962, Anne Kirtland, by whom he had issue.


Ann Watson [née Forbes-Robertson] 1929-2021

 Ann Watson [née Forbes-Robertson], who died 10 August, 2021, aged 92, was a scion of the Forbes-Robertson landed gentry family.

Born in 1929, she was a daughter of Colonel James Forbes-Robertson, VC, DSO, MC [1884-1955], and his wife, the former Hilda Forster [1893-1976], scion of the Forster baronets, daughter of Sir Ralph Collingwood Forster, 1st [and last] Baronet [1850-1930].

She married in 1951, Capt John Douglas Watson, MBE [deceased], son of Lieutenant-Colonel D.P. Watson, DSO, of Weymouth, Co Dorset, by whom she had a son, James [born 1955, deceased], and a daughter, Sally [born 1952].


Monday, October 11, 2021

Nolan/von Matuschka engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 October, 2021, between Felix Wei An Nolan [born 1992], younger son of the Hon Michael Alfred Anthony Nolan [born 17 June, 1953], of Brook Green, London, and his wife the former Adeline Mei Choo Oh, and Gräfin Amelie von Matuschka [born 1994], daughter of Karl-Joseph Graf von Matuschka [born 1960], of Moone, Ireland, and his wife the former Jennifer Clare Young [born 1963].

Felix Nolan is a grandson of the life peer the Baron Nolan [1928-2007], and his wife the former Margaret Noyes [who died 2019], descended from the Mayne landed family, the Welds of Chideock, and the Barons Clifford of Chudleigh.

The 'royal' German ancestry of the bride-to-be:-

Friedrich Karl II Clodwig Konstantin Adolf Fst zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst [1846-1924] >Friedrich Karl III Ludwig Philipp Ernst Franz Joseph Fst zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst [1908-82]  >Amélie zu Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst [1936-85] >Karl-Joseph von Matuschka [b 1960] >Amelie Grafin von Matuschka [b 1994]

Fursdon/Waite engagement

The engagement was announced 11 October, 2021, between Charles McCreath Fursdon [born 19 Dec, 1986], scion of that landed family, youngest son of [Edward] David Fursdon [born 1952], of Cadbury, Devon, and his wife the former Catriona Margaret McCreath [born 1955], & Laura J. Waite, daughter of Mr & Mrs Peter Waite, of Plaistow, West Sussex.



Alwyne, Lady Gillett 1931-2021

 Alwyne, Lady Gillett, who died 21 August, 2021, in Zurich, was the second wife, and widow, of Sir Robin Gillett, 2nd Baronet, a former Lord Mayor of London.

She was the former Alwyne Winifred Hay, daughter of James McDonald Hay, and married 1stly, 1954, John Lant. Her second husband, from 1963, was Judge Albert Edward Cox [1916-1992]; and married 3rdly, 8 July, 2000, Sir Robin Danvers Penrose Gillett, 2nd Baronet, GBE [born 9 Nov, 1925], son of Sir Sydney Harold Gillett, 1st Bt [1890-1976], and his wife the former Audrey Isabel Mark-Wardlaw [who d 1962].

Sir Robin was Lord Mayor of London 1976-77, and died 21 Apr, 2009.


Saturday, October 09, 2021

Brooke/Close engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 October, 2021, between George Francis Geoffrey Brooke [born 10 September, 1991], son and heir of Sir Francis George Windham Brooke, 4th Baronet [born 15 October, 1963], of Glenbevan, Croom, County Limerick, and his wife the Hon Lady Brooke [nee the Hon Katharine Elizabeth Hussey, born 1 Feb, 1964], and Emily Anne K. Close [born 1990], the only daughter of Thomas D. Close, of Horsham, West Sussex, and his wife the former Sarah Pool.

George Brooke is a grandson maternally of Lady Susan Hussey, GCVO [nee Waldegrave] [born 1 May, 1939] Woman of the Bedchamber to Her Majesty The Queen.

12th Earl Waldegrave, KG [1905-95] > Lady Susan Waldegrave [b 1939] > Hon Katharine Hussey [b 1964] > George Brooke [b 1991]


Cohen/Gamon engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 October, 2021, between Rupert Lionel Cohen [born 1986], younger son of Sir Jonathan Lionel Cohen, QC [born 8 May, 1951], of London, and his wife the former Bryony Frances Carfrae, and Emma Florence Gamon [born 1991], younger daughter of Charles W.T. Gamon [born 1956], of Leigh, Kent, and his wife the former Michele S. Arthur.

Lionel Leonard Cohen, Baron Cohen, PC [1888-1973] [Law Lord] > Hon Leonard Cohen [1922-2007] > Sir Jonathan Cohen [b 1951] > Rupert Cohen [b 1986]


Amelia FitzGerald [born 2021]

 _. Laura Caroline [Flo] FitzGerald [nee Tellwright, born 1987], wife of Edward FitzGerald [born 1988], scion of the Dukes of Leinster, gave birth to a daughter, Amelia, 2October, 2021, at Bury St Edmunds, a sister for Eve, who was born 24 March, 2020.

Edward FitzGerald is heir presumptive to his uncle the 9th Duke of Leinster [born 7 Apr, 1948], and is the only son of the late Capt Lord John FitzGerald (1952-2015), by his wife the former Barbara Zindel.

Flo FitzGerald is the younger dau of Mr (William) Kirkland Tellwright [born 1956], of Shropshire, by his wife the former Hon Caroline Fiona Fitzherbert (b 1956), second daughter of the 14th Baron Stafford (1926-86).


Tiggy Rose Hanbury [born 2021]

 Victoria [Tori] Hanbury [nee Bigge, born 1989], wife of George Christopher Osgood Hanbury [born 6 Nov, 1987], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Tiggy Rose, 30 September, 2021, a sister for Ned, who was born 2 January, 2018, and for Rhoda Willow, to be known as Willow, who was born 18 March, 2020.

George Hanbury is a son of Maj Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury (b 1944), of Shefford Woodlands, Berkshire, by his wife the former Bridget Anne Birch, & Victoria is a daughter of Peter William Bigge [born 1956], of Whorlton, co Durham, by his wife the former Michele Louise Kitson [born 1960].


Friday, October 08, 2021

Julian John Evelyn Shuckburgh 1940-2021

 Julian John Evelyn Shuckburgh, who has died aged 81, was a publisher and Bach scholar, and a grandson maternally of the 3rd Viscount Esher [1881-1963].

He was born 30 July, 1940, son of Sir [Charles Arthur] Evelyn Shuckburgh, GCMG, CB [1909-1994], and his wife the former Hon Nancy Gladys Brett [1918-99]; and married firstly, in 1963 [div 1970], Faith Beatrice Wright, daughter of Sir Paul Herve Giraud Wright, KCMG OBE [1915-2005] and his wife the former Beatrice Frederika Rathbone, MBE [1910-2003]. He married secondly, in 1975,  Sarah Elizabeth Willcocks, daughter of Sir David Valentine Willcocks, CBE, MC [1919-2015] and his wife the former Rachel Gordon Blyth.

He leaves a son, Benjamin and a daughter, Matilda, from his first marriage, and a son, Alexander, and two daughters, Amy and Hannah, from his second marriage.


Tara Louise Winifred Elliot [nee Weldon] 1943-2021

 Tara Elliot, who died 5 October, 2021, aged 78, was a scion of the Weldon baronets.

She was born Tara Louise Winifred Weldon, 27 September, 1943, daughter of Sir Thomas Brian Weldon, 8th Baronet [1905-79], and his wife the former Marie Isobel French [died 25 Feb, 2015], scion of the Barons De Freyne.

She married 20 January, 1967, Alan Christopher Elliot, by whom she had issue, a son, Dominic [born 1975], and three daughters, Sacha [born 1968], Larissa [born 1970], and Natalya [born 1978].


Thursday, October 07, 2021

Major Michael Giles Neish Walker, CBE 1933-2021

 Maj. Michael Giles Neish Walker, CBE, died 29 September, 2021, aged 88.

He was born 28 August, 1933, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir William Giles Newsom Walker [1905-89], and his wife the former Mildred Brenda Nairn [1906-83], daughter of Sir Michael Nairn, 2nd Baronet [1874-1952], and his wife the former Mildred Margaret Neish [died 16 Oct, 1953]; and married 27 January, 1960, Margaret Ruby Hills [born 25 Sept, 1934], daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John David Hills [1895-1975], and his wife the former Lady Rosemary Ethel Baring [1908-2004], daughter of the 2nd Earl of Cromer [1877-1953], and his wife the former Lady Ruby Florence Mary Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound [1886-1961], scion of the Earls of Minto.

He leaves three children, two sons, Simon and Geordie, and a daughter, Nicola.


Lady Iona Murray marries Capt Barnaby Spink

The marriage took place 18 September, 2021, at Scone Palace, between Capt Barnaby Frederick J Spink (born 1992), son of [Andrew David] Jonathan Spink [born Oct 1960], of Kimbolton, and his wife the former Kathryn Anne Armstrong [born 1963], & the Lady Iona Margaret Sophia Murray (born 13 March, 1992), daughter of the 8th (and ninth) Earl of Mansfield and Mansfield (born 17 October, 1956) of Scone Palace, Perthshire, and the Countess of Mansfield (nee Sophia Mary Veronica Ashbrooke (born 22 January, 1959).


Owen/Cazalet engagement

 The engagement was announced 7 Oct, 2021, between John W. Owen, youngest son of Mr & Mrs John Owen, of Acton Pigott, Shropshire, and Fleur Lucy Cazalet [born 1989], daughter of Mr & Mrs Julian Cazalet, of Holland Park, London.


Toom/Daniell engagement

The engagement was announced 7 Oct, 2021, between Eerik T. Toom, elder son of Mr and Mrs Taavi Toom, of Vormsi, Estonia, and Georgina Lucy [Georgie] Daniell [born 1993], scion of that Irish landed gentry family, daughter of Anthony Hamilton Daniell [born 1954], of Shaftesbury, Dorset, by his wife the former Sarah Hunter Jones.


Edward Geoffrey Clifton-Brown 1928-2021

Edward Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, who died 30 September, 2021, aged 93, was a scion of the Brown baronets.

He was born 22 July, 1928, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Geoffrey Benedict Clifton-Brown [1899-1983], and his wife the former Robina Margaret Hill Sutton [1898-1978]; and married 1stly, 17 Oct, 1953 [div 1958] Jillian Mary Walkinshaw [1932-2009], descended from the Barons Basing, daughter of David Walkinshaw [1900-1967], and his wife the former Barbara Betty Coode Coode-Adams [1906-95], scion of that landed gentry family; married 2ndly, 17 Sept, 1960, Sarah Simonetta Francis, daughter of Roger Herbert Francis.

He leaves a son, James and a daughter, Margaret, from his first marriage, and two daughters from his second marriage, Louise and Sarah.



Dora Johnstone 1927-2021

Dora Johnstone, of Cornaa Mill, Maughold, Isle of Man, who has died, was the widow of Fitzroy Johnstone [1922-79], scion of the Johnstone baronets, and descended from the Dukes of Beaufort.

She was the former Dora Lofthouse, daughter of Alexander Lofthouse [1898-1959], and his wife the former Alice Barlow; and married in 1956, Major Fitzroy Montague Veitch Johnstone [born 29 May, 1922], son of Major Fitzroy Augustus Beauclerk Johnstone [1878-1931], and his wife the former Alida Helen Veitch [who d 25 Aug 1968], by whom she had a son, [Fitzroy] Jonathan [born 1957], and two daughters, Judith [born 1959], and Jennifer [born 1962].


Hon Sophie Elizabeth Ankaret Sabbage [née Edwards] 1966-2021

 The Hon Sophie Elizabeth Ankaret Sabbage [née Edwards], who died 1 October, 2021, aged 55, was a daughter of the life peer the Baron Crickhowell [1934-2018], who, as Nicholas Edwards, was Conservative MP for Pembroke, and Secretary of State for Wales in the Thatcher administraion.

She was born in 1966, daughter of the then Roger Nicholas Edwards, and his wife the former Ankaret Healing, and married in 2008, John Sabbage, son of Henry Sabbage, by whom she had a daughter, Gabriella.


Sir Mervyn Tregonwell Medlycott, 9th Baronet 1947-2021

 Sir Mervyn Medlycott, 9th [and last] Baronet, died 22 June, 2021. He was 74.

Mervyn Tregonwell Medlycott was born 20 February, 1947, son of Thomas Anthony Hutchings Medlycott [1909-70], and his wife the former Cecilia Mary Eden [died 2002].

Mervyn Medlycott, who was unmarried, succeeded to the baronetcy [created in 1808], on the demise of his uncle, Sir James Medlycott, 8th Baronet, in 1986.

On his death, at the Manor House, Sandford Orcas, Dorset, the baronetcy became extinct.


Sir Dennis Walters, MBE, 1928-2021

 Sir Dennis Walters, MBE, who died 1 October, 2021, aged 92, was a former Conservative MP for Westbury.

Dennis Murray Walters was born 28 November, 1928, son of Douglas Walters, and his wife the former Clara Pomello. He was Conservative MP for Westbury, 1964-92, appointed MBE in 1960, and knighted in 1988.

He was thrice wed: firstly in 1955 [div 1969] to Vanora McIndoe, daughter of Sir Archibald McIndoe, CBE, FRCS [1900-60]; married 2ndly, in 1970 [div 1979], as her second husband, Celia Mary Sandys [born 18 May, 1943], daughter of the life peer the Baron Duncan-Sandys, CH, PC [1908-87], and his first wife, the former Diana Spencer-Churchill [1909-63], scion of the Dukes of Marlborough, daughter of the Rt Hon Sir Winston Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, &c [1874-1965]; married 3rdly, in 1981 [div 2004], Bridgett Shearer.

Sir Dennis leaves issue, a son and a daughter from his first marriage, and a son by his second wife, and a son and a daughter by his third wife.


Effie Margo Tyrwhitt-Drake born 2021

Emily Alexandra M. Tyrwhitt-Drake [nee Moore, born 1988], wife of Jack Montague F. Tyrwhitt-Drake [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Effie Margo, 30 September, 2021, a sister for Tiggy, who was born 22 June, 2020.

Jack is the youngest son of William Thomas Perceval Tyrwhitt-Drake [born 10 Sept, 1942], of East Meon, Hampshire, head of that landed gentry family, by his wife the former Philippa J.M. Bibby [born 1957].

Emily is the eldest daughter of Dr Simon P.G. Moore, of Chiswick, London, and Dr Anna C. Moore [nee Thompson].


Sir Andrew Ronald Emilius Laurie, 8th Baronet 1944-2021

 Sir Andrew Laurie, 8th Baronet, died 3 September, 2021. He was 76.

Andrew Ronald Emilius Laurie was born 20 October, 1944, son of Ronald Edward Laurie [1911-52], and his wife the former Rosemary Lilian Fullerton [died 1995], and succeeded to the baronetcy, created in 1834, on the death of his kinsman, 27 December, 2017.

He married 11 Apr, 1970, Sarah Anne Patterson, daughter of C.D. Patterson, by whom he had issue, two sons, John and Michael.

He is succeeded in the baronetcy by his elder son, John Christopher Emilius Laurie, who was born 12 June, 1971.


Alwyne Arthur Compton Farquharson of Invercauld, MC 1919-2021

 Capt Alwyne Farquharson of Invercauld, MC, 16th Chief of the Name and Arms of Farquharson, died 6 October, 2021. He was 102.

Alwyne Farquharson held the rare distinction of having been landlord to the Queen [who, for some years, leased grouse moors close to Balmoral from the Farquharson estate].

Captain in the Royal Scots Greys he was awarded the MC in 1945.

He was born Alwyne Arthur Compton, 1 May, 1919, scion of the Marquesses of Northampton, elder son of Maj Edward Robert Francis Compton [1891-1977], of Newby Hall, near Ripon, and Torloisk, Aros, Isle of Mull, and his 1st wife Sylvia Farquharson [1899-1950], of that Scots landed gentry family.

In 1949 he assumed the surname of Farquharson and was recognised as such by the Lord Lyon King of Arms. He was Scotland's longest serving clan chief who served as the head of Clan Farquharson for more than seven decades.

He married firstly, 3 Feb, 1949, as her third husband, Mrs Frances Strickland Lovell Gordon [died 1991], whose 1st husband was Hon James Henry Bertie Rodney [1893-1933], and 2nd husband was Charles Gordon. She was a daughter of Robert Pollard Oldham, of Seattle, United States.

He married 2ndly, 1993, Mrs Patricia Gabrielle Estelle Parry de Winton, widow of Nicholas John Denny Parry de Winton, scion of that landed gentry family, and daughter of Henry Simms Norman Simms-Adams.

Alwyne Farquharson leaves no issue from either marriage and is survived by Madame Patricia Farquharson. 

On his 102nd birthday in May he handed over the chieftainship of the Clan Farquharson to his great-nephew, Philip Compton, who assumed the surname of Farquharson of Invercauld.


Tuesday, October 05, 2021

The Countess of Crawford & Balcarres has died aged 96

 The Countess of Crawford & Balcarres, who died 2 October, 2021, aged 96, was the wife of the 29th Earl of Crawford [and 12th Earl] of Balcarres, KT, GCVO, PC, DL [born 5 March, 1927].

Her husband is 29th Earl of Crawford (Scotland, let. pat. 21 Apr 1398), 12th Earl of Balcarres (Scotland, let. pat. 9 Jan 1650/51), 37th Lord Lindsay of Crawford (Scotland, let. pat. bef. 1143), 13th Lord Lindsay of Balcarres (Scotland, let. pat. 27 Jun 1633), 12th Lord Balniel (Scotland, let. pat. 9 Jan 1650/51), 5th Baron Wigan, of Haigh Hall in the County of Lancaster, (United Kingdom, let. pat. 5 Jul 1826), Baron Balniel, of Pitcorthie in the County of Fife (United Kingdom Life Peerage, let. pat. 24 Jan 1975), and Head of the House of Lindsay, Premier Earl of Scotland on Union Roll.

The earl was created, 24 Jan 1975, Baron Balniel, of Pitcorthie in the County of Fife (Life Peer).

Lord Crawford and Balcarres was Lieut, Grenadier Guards 1945-49; Deputy Lieutenant of Fifeshire 1953; Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Hertford 1955-74 and for Welwyn and Hatfield 1974; Parliamentary Private Secretary to Financial Secretary of the Treasury 1955-57 and to Minister for Housing and Local Government 1957-60; Minister of State, Ministry of Defence 1970-72 and Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1972-74; Privy Councillor 1972; First Crown Estate Commissioner 1980-85; Lord Chamberlain to HM The Queen Mother 1992-2002; Knight of the Thistle 1996; GCVO 2002.

She was the former Ruth Beatrice Meyer-Bechtler, daughter of Leo Meyer-Bechtler, of Zurich, and married the then Robert Lindsay, styled Lord Balniel, 27 December, 1949, son of the 28th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres [1900-75], and his wife the former Mary Katherine Cavendish [died 1994], scion of the Dukes of Devonshire, by whom she had issue, two sons, Anthony, styled Lord Balniel [born 24 Nov, 1958], and the Hon Alexander Lindsay [born 18 Mar 1961], and two daughters, Lady Bettina Drummond-Hay [born 26 June, 1950], and Lady Iona Mackworth-Young [born 10 Aug, 1957].


Sunday, October 03, 2021

Hon Patricia Anne Kidston [nee Manners] 1927-2021

 The Hon Patricia Anne Kidston, who died 11 September, 2021, aged 94, was a scion of the Barons Manners. She was a great-granddaughter of the statesman, the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury.

She was born Patricia Anne Manners, 13 May, 1927, daughter of the 4th Baron Manners [1897-1972], and his wife the former Mary Edith Gascoyne-Ceil [1900-94], scion of the Marquesses of Salisbury.

She married 6 April, 1946, John Bonham Kidston [1922-1968], scion of that landed gentry family, son of George Jardine Kidston [1873-1954], and his wife the former Lilian Frances Bonham [1883-1953], scion of the Bonham baronets, by whom she had two sons, Francis [born 12 May 1947], and Jonathan [1949-2012], and a daughter, Virginia [1953-2005].

Robert, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury [1830-1903] > Lord Rupert Gascoyne-Cecil [1863-1936] > Mary Gascoyne-Cecil [1900-94, see above]


Saturday, October 02, 2021

Frederick Charles Theodore [Freddy] Markham 1949-2021

 Frederick Charles Theodore [Freddy] Markham, who died 27 September, 2021, aged 72, was a scion of that landed gentry family, son of Canon Gervase Markham, MBE [1910-2007], and his wife the former Barbara Mary Dalzell Banks [1916-92]; he married in 1976, Suzanna Pauline Steel, daughter of Ian Steel, of Kirkwood, Lockerbie, Dumfries.

Francis Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford [1812-84] > Lady Constance Seymour [1852-1915] > Winifred Barne [1881-1967] > Rev Gervase Markham [1910-2007 - see above]

Burial and thanksgiving at the Church of St. Laurence, Morland, on 12 October, 2021.  


Lady Leng [nee Pearson] 1930-2021

 Lady Leng, who died 8 September, 2021, aged 90, was a second cousin of the Queen.

The former Virginia Rosemary Pearson was born in 1930, daughter of Major Archibald David Barclay Pearson [1899-1982], scion of that landed gentry family, and his wife the former Hilda Constance Helen Blackburn [1902-86]; and married in 1951 [div 1981] General Sir Peter Leng, KCB, MBE, MC [1925-2009], by whom she had three sons and two daughters.

Claude, 13th Earl of Strathmore [1824-1904] > Lady Constance Bowes Lyon [1865-1951] > Hilda Blackburn [1902-86] > Virginia Pearson [1930-2021]

A Memorial Service is to take place at St John The Baptist Church, Stockton, Wilts, 22 October 2021.


Anthony Gerard Astley Birtwistle 1928-2021

 Anthony Gerard Astley Birtwistle died 26 September, 2021, aged 93. He was born in 1928, son of James Astley Birtwistle [1889-1975], and his wife the former Muriel Mary Marwood [1892-1988]; married 30 Oct, 1954, the Hon Diana Barnewall [born 13 Oct, 1929], daughter of the 19th Baron Trimlestown [1899-1990], and his wife the former Muriel Schneider [1894-1937], by whom he had issue, four daughters, Caroline [b 1955], Emma [b 1957], Lucinda [b 1960], and Sophia [b 1964].


Rev Canon [Edward] Gregory Ambrose Wilford Page-Turner 1931-2021

 The Rev Canon Edward Gregory Ambrose Wilford Page-Turner, who died 19 September, 2021, aged 89, was head of that landed gentry family of Ambrosden; born in 1931, son of Frederick Ambrose Wilford Page-Turner [1882-1936], and his wife the former Marguerite Farndon Morris [1910-2004].

A  Thanksgiving requiem service takes place at St Mary’s Church Beaminster, 28 October, 2021.


Shaw/Pratt engagement

 The engagement was announced 2 October, 2021, between T.W. [Tom] Shaw, only son of the late Barry Shaw and Mrs Shaw, of Amport, Hampshire, and Rebecca Rose Pratt [born 1993], scion of that landed gentry family, of Ryston Hall, younger daughter of Nicholas Julian Hedley Pratt [born 1958], of Ryston, Norfolk, and his wife the former Julia M. Fawcett.


McPherson/Stevens engagement

 The engagement was announced 2 Oct, 2021, between Rory John McPherson [born 2 Nov, 1989], only son of Malcolm William McPherson, of Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, and his late wife the former Hilary Ann Cobb, & Olivia Catherine Anne Stevens [born 1989], younger daughter of Julian Bryan Stevens, of Clanfield, Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Elizabeth Margaret Moira Bevis [born 29 Aug, 1960].

Olivia Stevens is descended from the Earls of Haddington:-

6th Earl of Haddington [1680-1735] > Charles, Lord Binning [1697-1732] > Hon George Baillie [1721-97] > George Baillie [1763-1841] > Hon John Baillie [1810-88] > Cecilia Baillie [1846-1914] > John Barstow [1872-1914] > John Barstow [1905-77] > Elizabeth Barstow [b 1933] > Elizabeth Bevis [b 1960 see above]


Antony Lansdowne Granville 1945-2021

 Antony Lansdowne Granville, who died 18 September, 2021, was a scion of the Granvilles of Wellesbourne, born in 1945, son of Lieutenant-Col John Granville [1913-84], and his wife the former Helen Briar Rose [1915-95], daughter of Sir Frank Stanley Day Rose, 2nd Baronet [1877-1914]; married in 1970, Harriet Anne Horlick [born 6 June, 1950], daughter of Sir John Horlick, 5th Baronet [1922-95], and his wife the former June Cory-Wright [1926-2006], by whom she had a son, Edward [born 1972], and a daughter, Matilda [born 1975].



Rev William Lister Archibald Pryor 1939-2021

 The Rev William Lister Archibald Pryor, who died 25 September, 2021, aged 82, was a scion of the Pryor landed gentry family, born in 1939, son of the Rev Archibald Selwyn Pryor [1903-44], and his wife the former Elizabeth Guliema Lister [1906-93]; married 27 Oct, 1962, Elizabeth Laura Buxton [1941-2018], scion of the Buxton baronets, daughter of Lieutenant-Col. Desmond Gurney Buxton [1898-1987], and his wife the former Rachel Mary Morse [1906-94], of that landed gentry family, by whom he had issue, three sons and a daughter.


Scott-Bowden/Barge engagement

 The engagement was announced 2 October, 2021, between Arthur James Scott-Bowden [born 1993], third and youngest son of Major James Russell Scott-Bowden, the Welsh Guards [born 1958], of Alderley, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Nicola Jane Shepherd, and Lydia C.G. Barge, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Henry Barge, of Auchtermuchty, Fife.

Arthur Scott Bowden is descended from the Price baronets:--

Sir Francis Caradoc Rose Price, 5th Baronet [1880-1949] > Helen Price [1920-2010] > Maj. James Scott-Bowden [see above]


Tinúviel Joanna Margaret Vyner Compton [born 2021]

 Fleur Aline Isabel Compton [born 1989, nee Stuart-Wortley Hunt], wife of Orlando Edward de Grey Compton (born 1986), scion of the Marquesses of Northampton, gave birth to a daughter, Tinúviel Joanna Margaret Vyner, 28 September, 2021.

Fleur is a scion of the Earls of Wharncliffe, only daughter of John Wortley-Hunt, of Marshall, Texas, and Lady Rowena Montagu Stuart Wortley (born 14 June, 1961), of Wortley, South Yorkshire, daughter of the late 4th Earl of Wharncliffe (1935-87).

Orlando Compton is the elder son of Richard Clephane Compton (born 18 Apr, 1957), of Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, by his wife the former Lucinda Jane Astell Hohler [born 22 Dec, 1960], scion of that landed family.


Friday, October 01, 2021

Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi [born 2021]

 _. Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi [born 8 Aug, 1988], and Mr Edoardo Alessandro M. Mapelli Mozzi [born London 1 November, 1983], have named their infant daughter Sienna Elizabeth.

Baby Sienna was born on 18 September, 2021, at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital at 23:42 and weighed in at 6lb 2oz.

Sienna Mapelli Mozzi , the latest addition to the Royal House of Windsor is 11th in line of succession to the throne.

Edo Mapelli Mozzi is the son of Count Alessandro [Alex] Mapelli Mozzi [born 1951], by his former wife the former Nicola Diana Burrows [born Feb 1956] [now Mrs Nikki Williams-Ellis, MBE].

Princess Beatrice is the elder daughter of HRH The Prince Andrew, Duke of York [born 19 February, 1960], by his former wife the former Sarah Margaret Ferguson [born 15 October, 1959].

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh joined the Duke of York at the scaled down Covid-secure wedding of their granddaughter and Edo Mapelli Mozzi at the Chapel Royal in Windsor Great Park, in July, 2020. Around twenty guests attended the wedding.

Edoardo's maternal grandmother, the former Susan Arnot Heath, married firstly, Robert David Burrows [Edo's grandfather], and married secondly, Lieutenant-Col Greville Wyndham Tufnell, CVO [born 1932], of the Grenadier Guards, who has close associations with the Royal Household.

Count Edoardo Alessandro M Mapelli Mozzi (known as Edo) was born in Westminster, 1st November, 1983, son of Count Alessandro (Alex) Mapelli Mozzi, and his former wife the former Nicola Diana [Nikki] Burrows. He has an elder sister Natalia Alice, born in 1981, wife of Mr Tod Yeomans.

His father, who was born in 1951, is a British Olympian, an Alpine skier, took part in several events at the 1972 Olympic Games.

Edo's grandfather was Count Gian Paolo Mapelli Mozzi (1922-80), Italian aristocrat, who married Gigliola Stoppani. Count Gian Paolo was a son of Count Luigi Mapelli Mozzi (1894-1948), who married Nobile Maria Mercedes Baroli.

Count Luigi was a son of Count Paolo Mapelli Mozzi (1854-1921), who married Enrichetta Tarsis dei Conti di Castel d'Agogna (1866-1941). Count Paolo was the son of Count Alessandro Mapelli Mozzi (1815-79) who married Nobile Ippolita Giulino dei Conti di Vialba.

The Mapelli Mozzi name came about from the marriage of Count Alessandro's father, Nobile Gerolamo Mapelli (1785-1842) with Angela Mozzi.

Edo's mother married as her second husband Christopher M.H. Shale, a British businessman and Conservative politician, friend of former prime minister David Cameron. Mr Shale died from natural causes at Glastonbury, in June, 2011. Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and their parents the Duke and Duchess of York attended Mr Shale's funeral. Mrs Shale married thirdly, the sculptor David Williams-Ellis, a great nephew of Clough Williams-Ellis, the architect.

Mrs Williams-Ellis was awarded the MBE in David Cameron's resignation honours.

Edo has a half-brother, Albemarle Christopher M.H. Shale, ten years his junior.

The Mapelli Mozzi family have several connections to the British aristocracy. Edward Ankarcrona, son of Countess Margaretha Mapelli Mozzi [previous wife of Edo's father], married 28 Oct, 2006, Lady Lucinda Sarah Catherine Savile [born 3 Apr, 1973], a daughter of the Earl and Countess of Mexborough.

Although he enjoys the title of "Count" he is a British subject and technically cannot use a foreign title in this country. Foreign styles and titles were confined to those who received a Royal Warrant from King George V in 1932.

 Edo has a son, Christopher Woolf "Wolfie", born in 2016, from a previous relationship.

Sienna is the 12th great-grandchild for Her Majesty the Queen:-

1. Savannah Anne Kathleen Phillips, born 29 December, 2010

2. Isla Elizabeth Phillips, born 29 March, 2012

3. Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, born 22 July, 2013

4. Mia Grace Tindall, born 17 January, 2014

5. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge, born 2 May, 2015

6. Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge, born 23 April, 2018

7. Lena Elizabeth Tindall, born 18 June, 2018

8. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, born 6 May, 2019

9. August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, born 9 February, 2021

10. Lucas Philip Tindall, born 21 March, 2021

11. Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, born 4 June, 2021

12. Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi, born 18 September, 2021


Zoë Hyde-Thomson [nee d'Erlanger], JP 1930-2021

 Zoë Hyde-Thomson [nee d'Erlanger], who died 27 September, 2021, aged 91, was born 7 February, 1930, a daughter of Baron Robin Emile Frederick Regis d'Erlanger, MC [1896-1934], and Myrtle Farquharson of Invercauld [1897-1941], who was recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms as Chief of the Name and Arms of Farquharson of Invercauld, and was killed by enemy action, 11 May, 1941.

Zoë d'Erlanger married 26 Oct, 1950, Paul Cater Hyde-Thomson [1927-2012], son of Robert Hyde-Thomson [1890-1970], and his wife the former Joan Perronet Sells [1891-1972], by whom she had a son, Henry, and four daughters, Catherine, Philippa, Eleanor and Lucy.

She was widowed 23 Apr, 2012.

The funeral service takes place at St Andrew’s Church, North Kilworth, 12 October 2021.


Malcolm Offord's life peerage

 A Conservative party donor who failed to win election to Holyrood in May, 2021, is to be made a Scotland Office minister. Businessman Malcolm Offord will be given a peerage to allow him to take up the UK government role.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said Mr Offord "will bring to bear a wealth of valuable business experience" as the country recovers from the pandemic. 

The move has drawn accusations of "cronyism" from the SNP, who said it showed "contempt for democracy".

Mr Offord, who founded the private equity firm Badenoch and Co, stood as a Conservative candidate for the Lothian region in May's Scottish Parliament election.

He previously ran the pro-union No Borders campaign during the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and has donated thousands of pounds to the Conservative party in recent years.

The Edinburgh-based businessman replaces Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid, who was sacked from his Scotland Office junior ministerial role during Boris Johnson's recent Cabinet reshuffle.

Offord's peerage has been gazetted in the name style and title of Baron Offord of Garvel, of Greenock in the County of Renfrewshire.


Major General Mark Jeremy Strudwick, CBE 1945-2021

 Major General Mark Jeremy Strudwick, CBE, died 26 September, 2021. He was 76.

He served as General Officer Commanding Scotland 1997-2000. 

Educated at St Edmund's School in Canterbury and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Strudwick was commissioned into the Royal Scots in 1966. He was twice mentioned in despatches for his service in Northern Ireland. He was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Bn the Royal Scots in 1984 and then became an instructor at the Staff College, Camberley in 1987. In 1990, Strudwick was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and later that same year was appointed Commander of 3rd Infantry Brigade. In 1992, Strudwick was appointed to the office of the Deputy Military Secretary at the Ministry of Defence. He was made Director of Infantry in 1996 and then General Officer Commanding Scotland in 1997; in that role he was simultaneously Governor of Edinburgh Castle. He retired in 2000. He was also Aide-de-Camp to the Queen.

From 2000 to 2012, he was Chief Executive of the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust. He was Chairman of Trustees of the Royal Scots Club Edinburgh.

He was born in 1945, son of Ronald Strudwick and his wife the former Mary Beresford.

Maj-Gen Strudwick married 1stly, 1970, Jane Elizabeth Coleridge Vivers [who died in 2013]; married 2ndly, in St Margaret's Chapel, Edinburgh Castle, 16 May, 2021, Mrs Susan Jennifer Garrett-Cox [born 1943], widow of Martin Hayward Garrett-Cox [1941-2003], and daughter of Douglas Albert Guest, CVO [1916-96], and his wife the former Peggie Florentia Falconer [1918-2009], scion of the dormant Lords Falconer of Halkerton.

He leaves a son, Piers, from his first marriage, and step-children, Jeremy, Robin and Sacha, from his second marriage.


Joan Elizabeth Farquharson [ née Mallet] 1930-2021

 Joan Elizabeth Farquharson died 28 September, 2021, aged 91.

She was born in 1930, a daughter of Sir William Ivo Mallet, GBE, KCMG [1900-88], sometime British Ambassador to Yugoslavia, and his wife the former Marie Aniela Wierusz-Kowalska.

She married in 1955, Robert Alexander Farquharson, CMG [1925-2005], late of Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service, sometime British Ambassador to Yugoslavia, Lord of the Manor of Bockleton, son of Capt John Phelips Farquharson, DSO, OBE, and his wife the former Phyllis Ruth Prescott-Decie.

She was widowed 28 September, 2005. 

Mrs Farquharson leaves two sons and one daughter, and was predeceased by one son.


Thomas Geoffrey Timothy Rose Price 1948-2021

 [Thomas Geoffrey] Timothy Rose Price, who died 23 September, 2021, aged 73, was a scion of the Price baronets, and grandson of Lord Dunboyne.

He was born 16 September, 1948, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Caradoc Rose Price, DSO, OBE [1912-88], and his wife the former Hon Maureen Maude Tower Butler [1919-2007], daughter of the 17th/27th Lord Dunboyne [1874-1945].

He married 17 May, 1975, Leila Anne Katherine Rasch [born 19 May, 1952], scion of the Rasch baronets, daughter of Sir Richard Rasch, 3rd Baronet [1918-96], and his wife the former Anne Mary Dent-Brocklehurst [died 1989], scion of that landed family, by whom she had issue, two sons, Dominic [born 1978], and Patrick [born 1980], and a daughter, Katherine [born 1985].

Tim Rose Price was a nephew of the actor Dennis Price [1915-73].


Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox, CVO 1934-2021

 Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox, CVO, who died 26 September, 2021, aged 87, was widow of the diplomat Lord Nicholas Gordon Lennox, KCMG, KCVO [1931-2004], a British Ambassador to Madrid.

Lady Nicholas, an Extra Lady in Waiting to HRH Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy, from 1990, was honoured by the Queen who appointed her to the Royal Victorian Order.

She was born Mary Williamson, 20 March, 1934, scion of the Williamson baronets, the only child of Brigadier Hudleston Noel Hedworth Williamson, DSO, MC, and his second wife Leila Isabel Lodwick, and married 14 January, 1958, Lord Nicholas Charles Gordon Lennox, second son of the 9th Duke of Richmond & Gordon [1904-89], of Goodwood, Sussex, and his wife the former Elizabeth Grace Hudson [1900-92], by whom she had issue, a son, Anthony [1969-2017], and three daughters, Sarah [born 1960], Henrietta [born 1962], and Lucy [born 1965].

The funeral is to take place at Chichester Cathedral, 11 Oct, 2021.


Tallulah Willa Harrison [born 2021]

 The Hon Clementina Rose Harrison [nee Elphinstone, born 1989], wife of Oliver William Salusbury Harrison [born 1988], and scion of the Lords Elphinstone, gave birth to a daughter, Tallulah Willa, 28 September, 2021.

Clementina Harrison is the only daughter of the late 18th Lord Elphinstone [1953-1994], by his wife the former Willa Mary Gabriel Chetwode [born 1954], scion of the Barons Chetwode [she is now Mrs Thomas Lloyd, of Carmarthenshire].

Clementina is a kinswoman of HM The Queen. Her great-grandfather, the 16th Lord Elphinstone, KT [1869-1955], married in 1910, the Lady Mary Frances Bowes Lyon, DCVO [1883-1961], a sister of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother [1900-2002].

The Harrisons married on 30 October, 2020, at St Matthias Church, Richmond on the Hill.

Oliver Harrison is the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Christopher Harrison, of All Stretton, Shropshire.