Monday, November 22, 2021

George Edward Hugh Brooksbank 1949-2021

 George Edward Hugh Brooksbank, who died 18 November, 2021, aged 72, was a scion of the Brooksbank landed gentry family, of Healaugh, Tadcaster, and father-in-law of Princess Eugenie.

He died just days before the christening at Windsor of his grandson, August, son of Princess Eugenie and his son, Jack, who was born in February.

Mr Brooksbank, whon had homes in Wandsworth, London, and Bordeaux, France, had been in poor health after spending weeks in intensive care with coronavirus at the start of the pandemic in April.

He was born 8 February, 1949, son of Stamp Godfrey Brooksbank [1922-2017], and his wife the former Celia Dorothy Coke [1919-96], scion of the Earls of Leicester. 

He was a grandson maternally of Maj Sir John Spencer Coke, KCVO [1880-1957], a courtier, who served as Gentleman Usher to King George VI.

The Brooksbank family, long seated at Healaugh, Tadcaster, co York, have a line of descent from the Earls of Harewood. The landed gentry family received a baronetcy in 1919.

The Old Etonian married in 1985, Nicola Newton [born 1953], daughter of Michael Anthony Fendall Newton [1923-2006], of Balcombe, West Sussex, a descendant of the Meyrick baronets, by his wife the former Joanna Holland, descended from the Houssemayne du Boulay landed gentry family.

George Brooksbank, a retired chartered accountant and company director, is survived by his wife, and two sons, Jack [born 1986], and Thomas [born 1988], and two grandchildren, Wilfred [born in 2020 to Thomas and his wife Amy], and August [born in 2021, to Jack and Princess Eugenie].


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