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Saturday, July 02, 2022

Bethell/Webb engagement

 The engagement was announced 2 July 2022, between Christopher Frederick Bethell [born 1988], scion of the Bethell landed gentry family, of Rise, son of William Anthony Bethell [born 18 May, 1957], of Arnold, Yorkshire, and his wife the former Elizabeth Anne Madden [born 1952], scion of that Irish landed gentry family, and Nicki G. Webb, daughter of Mr Michael Webb and Mrs Christopher Roupell, of Kintbury, Boxford.

William Pleydell-Bouverie, 7th Earl of Radnor > Lady Jane Pleydell-Bouverie > William Bethell > Christopher Bethell

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Rupert Aubrey Michael Kerr [born 2022]

Sophie Louise E. Kerr [born 1987, nee Neech], wife of Robert John Edward Kerr (born 1987), scion of the Marquesses of Lothian (Marquess, Scotland, cr 1701), gave birth to a son, Rupert Aubrey Michael, 27 June, 2022, a brother for Hugh Cornelius William, who was born 5 Aug 2019.

Sophie is the elder daughter of Mr Richard E. Neech, of Letheringsett Hill, Norfolk, by his wife the former Margaret A.L. Edmonds. 

Robbie Kerr is the elder son of William Walter Raleigh Kerr (b 1950), of Melbourne, Derbyshire, by his wife the former Griselda Mary Hamilton-Baillie, scion of the Earls of Haddington.

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Hon Michael Christopher Gilbey 1949-2022

 The Hon Michael Christopher Gilbey, scion of the Barons Vaux of Harrowden, died 24 June, 2022. He was 72.

He was born 29 December, 1949, a younger son of the 10th Baron Vaux of Harrowden [1915-2002], and his wife the former Maureen Pamela Gilbey [1919-1999]; married 21 Aug, 1971, his cousin, Linda Gilbey [born 14 Oct, 1952], daughter of Arthur Sebastian Gilbey [1919-64], and his wife the former Jennifer Beryl Bruce [1924-1991]; by whom he had issue, three sons, Henry [b 7 Feb, 1973], Julian [b 1 May 1975], and William [b 18 Jul 1979].

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Friday, July 01, 2022

The Lady Sylvia Maltby 1934-2022

 The Lady Sylvia Maltby, who died 29 June, 2022, aged 88, was a scion of the Earls of Malmesbury.

She was the former Lady Sylvia Veronica Anthea Harris, 17 May, 1934, elder daughter of the 6th Earl of Malmesbury [1907-2000], and his 1st wife the former Hon Diana Claudia Patricia Carleton [1912-90], daughter of the 2nd Baron Dorchester [1876-1963].

She married 28 July, 1956, John Newcombe Maltby, CBE [1928-98], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Air Vice-Marshal Sir Paul Copeland Maltby, KCVO, KBE, CB, DSO, AFC, DL [1892-1971], by whom she had issue, a son, William [born 5 Sept, 1959], and two daughters, Caroline [born 14 May, 1957], and Sophie [born 11 Nov 1963].

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Alison Audrey Primrose Windham 1928-2022

Alison Audrey Primrose Windham [nee Curtis], who died 29 June 2022, aged 94, was the widow of William Ashe Dymoke Windham, of Glasbury, Powys, a scion of the Smith-Bowyer baronets.

She was the former Alison Audrey Primrose Curtis [born 23 Feb 1928], scion of the Curtis baronets, daughter of Maj. Philip Pinckney Curtis [1884-1974], and his wife the former Hélène Ellinor Clare Kidston [d 2005], scion of that landed gentry family, and married 9 June, 1956, William Windham, a British Olympian, having rowed for GB at the 1952 Olympic Games, born 2 April, 1926, the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Steuart Windham [1873-1958], of Shefford, Bedfordshire, and his wife the former Marjorie Russell Dymock [d 1971]. Her husband died 5 January, 2021, aged 94. 

Mrs Windham leaves issue, two sons, Ashe [b 1957], and Charles [b 1960], and a daughter, Emma [b 1959].

Her elder son, Capt Ashe George Russell Windham, LVO, Irish Guards [b 11 July, 1957], was Temp Equerry to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1980-82, and Exra Equerry to Her Majesty until her death in 2002.

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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Maj. George Richard Howard-Vyse 1927-2022

 Major George Richard Howard-Vyse, who died 23 June, 2022, aged 94, was head of that landed gentry family, formerly of Stoke.

He was born 31 December, 1927, the elder son of Lt-Col. George Aubrey Howard-Vyse, JP [1874-1953], of Nuwith House, Masham, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Mary Frances Helena Dalton [1900-75], scion of that landed gentry family, of The Hutts, Grewelthorpe.

He was educated at Wellington, and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and served in the Royal Artillery.

He married 27 Aug, 1960, Helen Jane [who died 22 Jan, 2021], elder daughter of Arthur Poyntz Bower [1896-1970], of Croft-on-Tees, Darlington, by his wife the former Edith Mary Turner [1896-1984].

H eis succeeded as head of the family by his son, Charles Aubrey [born 1962].

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The 2nd Viscount Dilhorne 1932-2022

 The 2nd Viscount Dilhorne died 25 June, 2022. He was 90.

John Mervyn Manningham-Buller was born 28 February, 1932, son of Reginald Edward Manningham-Buller, MP, KC, PC [1905-80], sometime Conservative MP for Daventry and later Northampton, Law Lord, and Lord Chancellor in the administrations of Harold Macmillan and Sir Alec Douglas-Home 1962-64. 

His father, who succeeded as Sir Reginald Manningham-Buller, 4th Baronet, in 1956, was created 1st Baron Dilhorne in 1962, and advanced to a viscountcy two years later, as 1st Viscount Dilhorne.

John Manningham-Buller's mother was the Lady Mary Lilian Lindsay [1910-2004], daughter of the 27th Earl of Crawford & Balcarres [1871-1940], and his wife the former Constance Lilian Pelly [d 8 Jan 1947], scion of the Pelly baronets.

He succeeded his father as 2nd Viscount Dilhorne and a baronet, 7 September, 1980. 

He married firstly, 8 Oct, 1955 [div 1973] Gillian Stockwell, daughter of Colonel George Cochrane Stockwell, JP, of Alresford, Hampshire, and his wife the former Evelyn Dorothy Heywood; married 2ndly, 17 Dec, 1981, Professor Susannah Jane Gilchrist [nee Eykyn], former wife of Colin Gilchrist, and daughter of Commander William Canning Eykyn, RN.

Viscount Dilhorne leaves two sons and a daughter from his first marriage. The elder son, Major the Hon James Edward Manningham-Buller succeeds to the family honours.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Oscar David James Moore-Gwyn [born 12/06/2022]

 _. Laura Serena Moore-Gwyn [nee Brown, born 1987], scion of the Brown baronets, and wife of George Augustus Joseph Moore-Gwyn [born 1987], scion of that landed family, gave birth to a son, Oscar David James, 12 June, 2022, a brother for Theodora Serena, who was born 3 June, 2019.

George Moore-Gwyn is the son of David John Howel Moore-Gwyn [born 1947], head of that landed family, by his wife the former Alison Frances White, LVO.

Laura is a daughter of James Benedict Brown [born 1956], by his wife the former Patricia Jardine Paterson.

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Wilfred Charles Gordon Lennox [born 20/06/2022]

Susannah Clare Gordon Lennox (nee Coy, born 1984), wife of Hamish Charles Gordon Lennox (born 11 June, 1980), scion of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon, gave birth to a son, Wilfred Charles, 20 June, 2022, a brother for Barnaby Charles, who was born 16 September, 2018.

Hamish Gordon Lennox, a descendant of King Charles II, is the son of Capt Michael Charles Gordon Lennox, OBE, RN (born 30 September, 1938), by his wife the former Jennifer Susan Gibbs, CVO (born 12 May, 1944), sometime Lady-in-Waiting to the late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and then to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, scion of the Barons Aldenham & Hunsdon.

Susannah Gordon Lennox is a daughter of (Robert) Michael John Coy (born 1944), by his wife the former Janet M. Knight.

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Savile/Warren engagement

 The engagement was announced 29 June, 2022, between Johnny B. Savile, son of the late Keith Savile and Mrs Philippa Savile, of Tooting Bec, London, and Iona Katharine Warren [born 7 June, 1998], descended from the Kleinwort baronets, daughter of Charles Raymond Warren [born 14 Dec, 1963], of Cupar, Fife, and his wife the former Sarah Elizabeth Mather. 

Sir Alexander Kleinwort, 1st Baronet > Ernest Kleinwort > Gillian Kleinwort > Charles Warren > Iona Warren

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Wheeler-Carmichael/Sherwood engagement

 The engagement was announced 29 June, 2022, between Guy Thomas Wheeler-Carmichael [born 1992], descended from the Carmichael baronets, son of George Alexander Wheeler-Carmichael [born 10 Sept, 1959], of Hyde, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Marianne Jean Law [born 23 July, 1960] & Anna Lucinda Sherwood [born 1993], daughter of Simon E.H. Sherwood, of Bredenbury, Herefordshire, and his wife the former Hon Lucy Jane Hamilton-Russell [born 13 September, 1961], daughter of the late 10th Viscount Boyne [1931-95].

Guy Wheeler-Carmichael's descent from the Barons Ellenborough:-

Henry Law, 7th Baron Ellenborough > Hon Cecil Law > Marianne Law > Guy Wheeler-Carmichael

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Eva Piroska Astor [born 29/05/2022]

  Lucy India Clare Astor [nee Ponsonby, born 1991], wife of Thomas David Astor [born 1987], scion of the Barons Astor of Hever, gave birth to a daughter, Eva Piroska, 29 May, 2022.

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

Lucy Astor, is a scion of the Ponsonby baronets, a daughter of Luke Arthur Ponsonby [born 15 July, 1957], of Ledwell, co Oxford, by his wife the former Nicola J. Guy, and 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], and is a great-granddaughter of the 6th Marquess of Ormonde [1893-1971].

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The Lady Gillian Mora Katherine Smith 1935-2022

 The Lady Gillian Smith [née Cecil], who died 17 June, 2022, aged 87, was a scion of the Marquesses of Exeter.

She was born Lady Gilliam Moyra Katherine Cecil, 8 March, 1935, daughter of the British Olympian, the 6th Marquess of Exeter [1905-1981], of Burghley House, Stamford, and his first wife the Lady Mary Theresa Montagu-Douglas-Scott [1904-1984], daughter of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry [1864-1935].

She married firstly, 23 Nov, 1954 [div 1978], Sir Giles Henry Charles Floyd, 7th Baronet [born 27 February, 1932], son of Sir John Duckett Floyd, 6th Bt [1903-1975], and his wife the former Jocelin Evadne Wyldbore-Smith [died 17 Jan, 1976]; she married 2ndly, 1979, George Michael Kertesz, son of Zultan Kertesz; and married 3rdly, 15 April, 2008, as his sedcond wife, Jeremy Fox Eric Smith [1928-2021], scion of that landed gentry family, brother of Fortune, Duchess of Grafton, GCVO [1920-2021], and son of Capt Evan Cadogan Eric Smith, and his wife the former Helen Williams.

From her first marriage she had two sons, David Henry Cecil Floyd [born 2 Apr, 1956], and the late Henry Edward Cecil Floyd [1958-2013].

Lady Gillian attended the 1953 Coronation as a train bearer to Lady Patricia Ramsay [aka Princess Patricia of Connaught]

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Chloe Nadine Emily Tulloch [born 4/06/2022]

 Mary Catherine Tulloch [nee Bonsor, born 1987], wife of Archie Seton Tulloch [born 1987], and scion of the Bonsor baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Chloe Nadine Emily, 4 June, 2022, a sister for Nina Catherine, who was born 30 December, 2020.

Archie Tulloch is a son of Edward Archibald Tulloch [born 1946], of Hopefield, East Lothian, and his wife, Catherine.

Mary Tulloch is the daughter of Sir Nicholas Cosmo Bonsor, 4th Baronet [born 9 December, 1942], of Liscombe, Buckinghamshire, and his wife the former Hon Nadine Marisa Lampson [born 23 Aug, 1948], daughter of the 2nd Baron Killearn [1919-1996].

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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Kock/Henley engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 June, 2022, between Dr Loren S. Kock, son of Professor Richard A. Kock, of Harrietsham, Kent, and his wife the former Katharine L. Marburg, and Joanna Katharine Henley [born 1992], scion of the Barons Henley, daughter of [Robert Anthony] Nigel Henley [born 23 Aug, 1942], of Boldre, Hampshire, and his 2nd wife the former Anne Beadle, daughter of James Beadle.

Robert, 2nd Baron Henley > Rev Hon Robert Henley > Capt Charles Beauclerk Henley > Robert Stephen Henley > Robert Anthony Nigel Henley > Joanna Katharine Henley

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Macpherson/McEwen engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 June, 2022, between Robert J Macpherson, son of Ms Eva Mnich and the late James Macpherson, of London, and Sabrina Caroline McEwen [born 1988], daughter of Christopher Angus McEwen, of East Bergholt, Suffolk, and his wife the former Coral Anne Chichester [born 7 January, 1954], daughter of Sir Edward John Chichester, 11th Baronet [1916-2007], and his wife the Hon Anne Rachel Pearl Douglas-Scott-Montagu [1921-2015], daughter of the 2nd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu [1866-1929].

Walter, 5th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry > Henry, 1st Baron Montagu of Beaulieu > John, 2nd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu > Anne Douglas-Scott-Montagu > Coral Chichester > Sabrina McEwen

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Sebastian Yorke 1934-2022

 Sebastian Yorke, who died 17 June, 2022, aged 88, was a scion of the Earls of Hardwicke [descended from the 1st Earl].

He was born 24 January, 1934, son of Henry Vincent Yorke [1905-1973], [the novelist Henry Green] and his wife the former Hon Adelaide Mary Biddulph [1901-1985], daughter of the 2nd Baron Biddulph [1869-1949]; and married firstly, 18 November, 1957] [div 1962], the Hon Emma Christina Tennant [1937-2017], daughter of the 2nd Baron Glenconner [1899-1983], and his second wife, the former Elizabeth Powell [died 2014]; married 2ndly, 1969 [div], Evelyn Barrau, daughter of Lewis Barrau; married 3rdly, 1993, Margaret A. Hick, who survivies him.

He leaves a son from his first marriage, Matthew Henry Yorke [born 24 November, 1958].

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Hon Alexander Knatchbull [born 2022]

 Ambre Knatchbull [born 24 July, 1984], wife of the Hon Nicholas Charles Louis Norton Knatchbull, [born London, 15 May, 1981], scion of the Earls Mountbatten of Burma, has given birth to a son and heir, Alexander Knatchbull.

Nicholas, who does not use the courtesy title of Baron Brabourne, is the 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]. He married at the family seat, Broadlands, Hampshire, 20 May, 2021, Ambre Pouzet, a French-born behavioural therapist, a 'mer-lesque' performing mermaid, according to the Daily Mail.

Nicholas's grandfather, Admiral of the Fleet the 1st Earl, beloved by the royal family as 'Uncle Dickie' was born 25 June, 1900.

Nicholas Knatchbull, a future 4th Earl Mountbatten of Burma is a godson of HRH The Prince of Wales. The birth of a son further secures the future of the earldom [created Peerage of the UK, 28 Oct 1947],  the Barony of Romsey [created Peeerage of the UK, 28 Oct, 1947], the Barony of Brabourne [created Peerage of the UK, 26 May 1880], and the Baronetcy, of Mersham Hatch [Baronet of England, created 4 Aug, 1641]

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Cator/Taylor engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 June, 2022, between Samuel Charles Cator [born 1992], scion of that landed gentry family of Woodbastwick Hall, son of the late Charles Cator [1959-2015], of Ranworth Norfolk, by his wife the former Jane Culverwell, and Miss Lavinia Anne Taylor [born 1994], daughter of Mr Christopher Compton Taylor [born 1955], of Sherriff Hutton, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Jose Heather Stead [born 1959].

Samuel Cator's paternal grandfather, Francis Cator [1928-2007], married the Hon Jacquetta Storey [1930-2021], daughter of the life peer, the Baron Buckton [1896-1978], who was also a baronet.

Samuel's great-great aunt, Elizabeth Cator [1899-1959], was wife of the Hon Michael Bowes-Lyon [1893-1953], brother of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, &c.

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Haddock/Colacicchi marriage

 The marriage took place 20 June, 2022, at Our Lady of Victories Church, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, between Charles Dominic O. Haddock [born 1993], youngest son of Mr & Mrs Neil Haddock, of London, and Caroline Daisy Colacicchi [born 1993], daughter of William M. Colacicchi [born 1954], of Bringhurst, Leicestershire, by his wife the former Clare Elizabeth Vivienne Clutterbuck [born 1958], scion of that landed gentry family.

The bride is a younger sister of Cecilia Mary Elizabeth Fitzalan Howard, Countess of Arundel & Surrey [born 1988], wife of the Duke of Norfolk's heir, and is a granddaughter paternally of Count Paul Edward Colacicchi.

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Friday, June 24, 2022

[William] Lawrence Banks, CBE, DL 1938-2022

 [William] Lawrence Banks, CBE, DL, died 14 June, 2022. 

He was born in 1938, son of Richard Alford Banks, CBE [1902-1997], and his first wife the former Lillian Jean Walker [1912-74]; and married 1963, Elizabeth Christina Saunders [born 30 September, 1941], daughter of Capt Leslie Swain Saunders, DSO, RN [1896-1988], head of that Scots landed gentry family, and his wife the former Elizabeth Culme-Seymour [1904-1963], daughter of Vice-Admiral Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, 4th Baronet, KCB, MVO [1867-1925]. He leaves two sons, Richard and Edward.

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Dame Elish Angiolini invested a Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Thistle

The Court Circular of 23 June 2022, reports that Dame Elish Angiolini QC was received by The Queen when Her Majesty invested her with the Insignia of a Lady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.

The appointment of Dame Elish was announced earlier this month. She was born 24 June 1960, and is a Scottish lawyer who was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011.  Dame Elish served as Lord Advocate of Scotland between 2006 and 2011 as the first woman to hold the post and was also the first woman to hold the role of Solicitor General of Scotland, between 2001 and 2006.  Dame Elish has led multiple government inquiries, and in November 2021 it was announced that she would head up the independent inquiry into the murder of Sarah Everard.

Since 2012, Dame Elish has served as Principal of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University since 2017. She holds a visiting professorship at the University of Strathclyde, an honorary professorship at the University of Aberdeen and served as Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland for eight years.

It is expected that the latest appontment to the Order of the Thistle will be installed at a ceremony in Edinburgh next month.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Mahé/Servaes engagement

 The engagement was announced 23 June, 2022, between Corentin Mahé, son of M. Christophe Mahé of Nantes and Mme Ghislaine Mahé of La Baule, Brittany, and Alice Harriet Servaes [born 1984], daughter of James William Servaes [born 14 Apr, 1948], of Mettingham, Suffolk, and his wife the former Harriet Barclay [born 1956], scion of that landed family of Higham.

Alice Servaes descends from the Vestey baronets:-

Sir Edmund Vestey, 1st Bt > Percy Charles Vestey > Patricia Vestey > James Servaes > Alice Servaes

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The Baroness Greengross, OBE 1935-2022

 The Baroness Greengross, OBE, who died 23 June, 2022, aged 86, was an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords from becoming a life peer in 2000 until her death.

Sally Ralea Greengross [née Rosengarten], was born 29 June 1935. Awarded an OBE in the 1993 New Year Honours, Greengross was raised to the peerage as Baroness Greengross, of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in 2000, sitting as a crossbencher.

Baroness Greengross was an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords from 2000 until her death in 2022 and Co-Chaired five All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Dementia, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bladder and Bowel Continence Care, Social Care and Ageing and Older People. She was the Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Choice at the End of Life and Longevity, and was the Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities. She was also Chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum. In December 2006, it was announced that she would be a Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 

In 1959, she married Sir Alan David Greengross [1929-2018], who served as the final leader of the Conservative Party on the Greater London Council (GLC).

Baroness Greengross leaves three daughters and one son. Her husband died in August 2018. She was an honorary associate of the National Secular Society.

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Rollo Basil Arthur Beale [1982-2022]

  Rollo Basil Arthur Beale, who died 7 June, 2022, aged 40, was descended from the Barons Vestey.

He was born in 1982, son of Stephen Dudley Norman Beale [born 1950], and his second wife the former Jo-Anna Mary Munt Cook, daughter of Arthur Harry Cook, of Wavendon, co Buckingham. He was unm.

William, 1st Baron Vestey > Hon George Ellis Vestey > Alice Vestey > Stephen Dudley Norman Beale > Rollo Beale [d 2022]

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Crosbie Dawson/Cox engagement

 The engagement was announced 23 June, 2022, between Robert Hugo Crosbie Dawson [born 1992], son of the late Thomas Crosbie Dawson [1956-2021], and his wife the former Hon Katherine Jane Joicey [born 20 Apr, 1959] [now the Hon Mrs Crosbie Dawson, of Pawston House, Mindrum, Northumberland], and Edwina Georgina S. Cox [born 1992], daughter of Maj Christopher John Godman Cox [born 13 March, 1957], of Banks Fee Farm, Longborough, Gloucestershire, and his wife, the former Charlotte A.J. MacEwen [born 1960]

Robert Crosbie Dawson is a grandson maternally of the late 4th Baron Joicey [1925-1993].

Edwina Cox is a descendant of the 3rd Baron Foley.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The Baroness Peyton of Yeovil 1921-2022

 The Baroness Peyton of Yeovil, who died 16 June, 2022, aged 101, was the widow of John Peyton, the Baron Peyton of Yeovil, PC [1919-2006].

Her husband was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Yeovil for over 31 years, from 1951 to 1983, and an early and leading member of the Conservative Monday Club. He served as Minister of Transport (later renamed Minister of Transport Industries in the Department of the Environment) in Edward Heath's administration from 1970 to 1974. He was a candidate for leader of the Conservative Party in 1975, losing to Mrs Margaret Thatcher.

Lady Peyton was born 12 February, 1921, as Mary Constance Wyndham, scion of the Barons Leconfield, daughter of Brigadier-General the Hon Everard Humphrey Wyndham, MC [1888-1970], and his wife the former Ruth Constance Astley [1900-84], scion of the Astley baronets. She was a granddaughter of the 2nd Baron Leconfield [1830-1901], and his wife the Lady Constance Evelyn Primrose [died 27 June, 1939], scion of the Earls of Rosebery.

Mary Wyndham married firstly, as his second wife, 20 June, 1945 [div 1966], Ralph Hamilton Cobbold [1906-87], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Col. Ralph Cobbold [who later assumed the surname of Sawle] [1869-1965], and his wife the former Minnie Diana Pitt [1865-1936]; she married 2ndly, 27 July, 1966, as his second wife, the abovementioned John Wynne William Peyton, MP, PC [born 13 Feb, 1919], son of Ivor Eliot Peyton [1863-1938], and his wife the former Dorothy Helen Elphinstone [1888-1977].

Her second husband was created a life peer as Baron Peyton of Yeovil, on leaving the House of Commons in 1983, and he died 22 November, 2006.

Lady Peyton of Yeovil leaves two children from her first marriage, David Cobbold [born 5 Oct, 1946], and Charlotte Ruth Cobbold [born 20 Aug, 1949].

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Jack John Huxley Astor [born 2022]

 Georgina India R. Astor [born 1985, nee Wells], wife of James Edward Astor [born 10 January, 1976], scion of the Viscounts Astor, gave birth to a son, Jack John Huxley, 8 May, 2022, a brother for Margot Ines, born 19 September, 2019, and a half-brother for Olivia Alexandra, born in 2010, to Suzanne Lundgren Lloyd.

Georgie Astor is a daughter of Christopher Gerard Wells [born 1949], of Burbage, co Wiltshire, and his wife the former Annabelle L Howard [born 1955].

James Astor is a son of Michael Ramon Langhorne Astor [born 29 September, 1946], and his partner Pauline Murray-Jones.

Waldorf Astor, 2nd Viscount Astor > Maj Hon Sir John Jacob Astor > Michael Ramon Langhorne Astor > James Edward Astor > Jack John Huxley Astor [born 2022]

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Lady Arabella Avice Diana Sackville 1958-2022

 The Lady Arabella Sackville, who died 18 June, 2022, aged 63, was a scion of the Earls De La Warr [Peerage of Gt Britain, cr 1761].

Lady Arabella Avice Diana Sackville was born 20 June, 1958, the only daughter of the late 10th Earl De La Warr [1921-1988], and his wife the former Anne Rachel Devas [who died 9 May, 2012]. Her father, the 10th Earl, died by his own hand, 9 Feb, 1988, aged 66. Her mother was descended maternally from the Campbell Bannerman landed gentry family.

Lady Arabella married 12 Oct, 1981 [div 1988], Count Giovanni Emo Capodilista Maldura, of Palazzo Grazioli, Rome, Italy. She is survived by two brothers, William, the 11th Earl De La Warr, and the Hon Tom Sackville, the former Conservative government minister.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

Edward Pereira 1938-2022

  Edward Pereira, who died 12 June, 2022, aged 83, was head of that landed gentry family, formerly of Caversham Place.

He was born 10 August, 1938, son of Major George Cecil Pereira [1904-76], and his wife the former Nancy Adelaide Bagge [1907-1990], scion of that landed gentry family; and married 1stly, 1965 [div] Mrs Caroline Jennifer Mary Craig [nee Dixon] [1942-2015], daughter of Gerald Dixon, by his wife the former Kathleen MacDermott; married 2ndly, 1997, Penelope A. Wallace.

He leaves three daughters from his first marriage, Natasha Theresa, and Francesca Antonia [twins] born 1967, and Victoria Caroline Monica [born 1969].

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Eva Rose Bowes-Lyon [born 2022]

 Dr Eleanor Bowes-Lyon [nee Harland], wife of Charles David Bowes-Lyon [born 1989], scion of the Earls of Strathmore & Kinghorne, gave birth to a daughter, Eva Rose, 19 June, 2022.

Charles Bowes-Lyon is a son of David James Bowes-Lyon [born 21 July, 1947], of Heriot, Midlothian, by his wife the former Elizabeth Harriet Colville, CVO [born 3 December, 1952], scion of the Viscounts Colville of Culross, and is descended from the 13th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne [1824-1904], who was the paternal grandfather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Charles's mother, Mrs David Bowes-Lyon has been a Lady-in-waiting to HRH The Princess Royal since 1990. She is a goddaughter of HM The Queen, and daughter of the late Sir John [Jock] Colville [1915-87], Private Secretary to the then Princess Elizabeth 1947-49, and later private secretary to Sir Winston Churchill.

Dr Eleanor L. [Ellie] Bowes-Lyon is a daughter of Mr and Mrs David Harland, of Dundrum, Dublin.

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Tallulah Elspeth Dunlop [born 2022]

 Georgina Helen [Georgie] Dunlop [nee Spencer, born 1987], wife of [Robert] James [Jamie] Dunlop [born 1987], gave birth to a second daughter, Tallulah Elspeth, 14 June, 2022, a sister for Coco Florence, who was born 27 July, 2020.

Jamie Dunlop is a son of Robert Andrew Dunlop [born 1948], by his wife the former Catherine Jennifer Ewart, and is a grandson of Maj Roy Dunlop, MBE [1906-91], who married Sheila Gertrude Tollemache Arbuthnot [1917-2019], scion of the Arbuthnot baronets.

Georgie Dunlop is a daughter of Peter Kenneth Spencer and the former Stephanie Moira Russell.

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Bracher/de Abreu marriage

 The marriage took place, at Basílica da Estrela, Lisbon, 4 June, 2022, between Barnaby Alexander Patrick Bracher [born 1993], son of Mr Garnet Piers Bracher [born 1963], of Putney, London, and his wife the former Candida Dorothy Drury-Lowe [born 1963], scion of that landed gentry family, and Madalena de Abreu, daughter of Mr and Mrs Jorge de Abreu, of Estoril, Portugal.

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Caroline Evelyn Hudson 1947-2022

Caroline Evelyn Hudson [nee Loyd], who died 13 June, 2022, aged 75, was a scion of Loyd landed family formerly of Monk's Orchard.

She was born 16 January, 1947, daughter of Capt Edward Percy Canning Loyd [1921-1977], and his wife the former June Cecilia Keppel [1924-2008], scion of the Earls of Albemarle; married 2 May, 1968, Anthony Havelock Hudson [born 25 Apr, 1946], son of Sir Havelock Henry Trevor Hudson [1919-96], and his 1st wife the former Elizabeth Home [1925-2014].

She was a descendant of the 2nd Earl of Albermarle, and a kinswoman of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Dowager Lady McGrigor 1927-2022

 The Dowager Lady McGrigor, who died 11 June, 2022, aged 94, was the widow of Sir Charles McGrigor, 5th Baronet [1922-2007].

She was born Mary Bettine Edmonstone, 28 September, 1927, eldest daughter of Sir Archibald Charles Edmonstone, 6th Baronet, of Duntreath [1898-1954], and his wife the former Gwendolyn Mary Field [who died 27 Nov, 1989], daughter of Marshall Field Jr [1868-1905], the Chicago department store millionaire.

She married 7 June, 1948, Sir Charles Edward McGrigor, 5th Baronet [1922-2007], son of Lt.-Col. Sir Charles Colquhoun McGrigor, 4th Baronet, OBE [1893-1946], and his wife the former Amabel Caroline Somers Cocks [died 1977]; by whom she had issue, two sons, James and Charles, and two daughters, Lorna and Kirsty.

She was widowed, 1 Oct, 2007, and the baronetcy passed to her elder son, James [born 19 Oct 1949].

The funeral service will take place at Glenorchy & Innishail Parish Church, Dalmally, 29 June 2022.

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Studholme/Parkes engagement

 The engagement was announced 18 June, 2022, between Jacob William Richard Studholme [born 11 June, 1993], younger son of Sir Henry William [Harry] Studholme, 3rd Baronet [born 31 January, 1958], of Perridge House, Longdown, co Devon, and his wife the former Sarah Lucy Rosita Deans-Chrystall, and Laura C.V. Parkes, elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Tim Parkes, of Berghersh Place, Witnesham, co Suffolk.

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Mrs Randolph Churchill [died 2022]

 Catherine Zoë Spencer Churchill [nee Lancaster], who died from lung cancer, 10 June, 2022, aged 53, was the wife of Randolph Leonard Spencer Churchill [born 22 January, 1965], great-grandson of the Rt Hon Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA [1874-1965], and scion of the Dukes of Marlborough.

She was the former Catherine Lancaster, daughter of Antony Lancaster, of Kensington, and his wife Heather, and married at Westerham, Kent, 21 March, 1992, Randolph Leonard Spencer Churchill, elder son of Winston Spencer Churchill, MP [1940-2010], and his 1st wife the former Mary Caroline ['Minnie'] d'Erlanger.

Mrs Churchill is survived by her husband and son, John Winston [born 30 March, 2007], and three daughters, Serena Barbara [born 12 May, 1996], Zoë [born 29 Oct, 1998], and Alice [born 28 Apr, 2003].

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Birkbeck/Fermor-Hesketh marriage

  The marriage took place, June, 2022, between Oliver Benjamin Birkbeck (born 3 Apr 1973), scion of the Birkbeck landed gentry family and descended from the Royal House, son of John Oliver Charles Birkbeck (born 22 June 1936) of Litcham Hall, Norfolk, by his wife the former Hermione Anne Dawes [born 5 Dec, 1941] {descended from the Armytage Bts} & the Hon Sophia Christian Fermor-Hekseth [born 1984], daughter of the 3rd Baron Hesketh [born 28 October, 1950], and his wife the Hon Claire Georgina Watson [born 7 January, 1952], daughter of the 3rd Baron Manton [1924-2003].

The couple have a son, Frankie, born in 2021.

It is Ollie Birkbeck's second marriage. His first, on 12 May, 2018, was to the Hon Laura Mary Trenchard [born 20 Dec 1987], daughter of the 3rd Viscount Tremchard [born 12 March 1951], and his wife the former Hon Fiona Elizabeth Morrison [born 11 Nov, 1954], daughter of the 2nd Baron Margadale [1930-2003].

Ollie is descended from King William IV and his mistress Dorothea Jordan:-

King William IV > George FitzClarence, 1st Earl of Munster > William FitzClarence, 2nd Earl of Munster > Hon Harold FitzClarence > Lady Wilhelmina Joan FitzClarence > John Oliver Charles Birkbeck > Oliver Benjamin Birkbeck

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Blanca Daphne Leigh c1961-2022

 Blanca Daphne Leigh, died 7 June, 2022. She was a daughter of Paul Wansbrough, and married in 1988, Edward Harold Leigh [born 28 Apr, 1960], second son of Patrick Stephens Leigh [1926-2011], and his wife the former Bridget Anne Hastings [1928-2011], scion of the Earls of Huntingdon, by whom she had four sons, Benjamin [born 1989], Dominic [born 1991], Cosmo [born 1996], and Zak [born 2002].

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

Dean/van Vredenburch engagement

 The engagement was announced 16 June, 2022, between Alastair William M. Dean [born 24 Nov, 1988], son of James FitzRoy Dean [born 4 Aug, 1954], of East Mere, Lincolnshire, and his former wife Charlotte Janet Rose Unwin [born 1963, now Mrs David Barrie, of Binley, Hampshire], and Olivia van Vrendenburch, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Hugo van Vredenburch, of Lucca, Italy.

The 3rd Baron Raglan > Hon Nigel Somerset > Susan Margaret Somerset > James Fitzroy Dean > Alastair Dean

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Lord Bellamy takes his seat

Sir Christopher Bellamy, QC, has been created a life peer on his appointment as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice. His peerage has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Bellamy, of Waddesdon, in the County of Buckinghamshire.

The only previous ‘Lord Bellamy’ was of course a fictional character Viscount Bellamy of Haversham, portrayed by actor David Langton in the long running TV series Upstairs Downstairs.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Brenda Frances Hillier Thorold 1929-2022

 Brenda Frances Hillier Thorold, who died 11 June, 2022, aged 92, was a scion of the Thorold baronets.

Brenda Frances Thorold was born 13 Aug, 1929, daughter of Edward Leofric Thorold [1898-1965], and his first wife the former Phyllis Frances Hills; amd married 1 Nov, 1947, Roy Hillier [1924-73], son of Arthur Charles Hillier, by whom she had two sons, Anthony and Nicholas.

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Mary Robinson [Robin] Hambro [née Boyer] [died 2022]

 Mary Robinson Gillam [Robin] Hambro [née Boyer], who died 14 June, 2022, was the widow of Rupert Nicholas Hambro [1943-2021], scion of that landed gentry family.

She was a daughter of Francis Boyer, of Philadelphia, United States, and married in 1970, Rupert Nicholas Hambro, son of Jocelyn Olaf Hambro [1919-94], and his wife the former Ann Silvia Muir [died 1972], by whom she had a son, Jonathan [born 1974], and a daughter, Flora [born 1976].

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Hon Robert Christopher Clive [Bertie] Wigram 1980-2022

 The Hon Robert Christopher Clive [Bertie] Wigram, who was killed in a road traffic accident, 13 June, 2022, aged 42, was a scion of the Barons Wigram [Baron, UK, cr 1935].

He was born 29 February, 1980, second son of the 3rd Baron Wigram, MVO [born 18 March, 1949], sometime Equerry to HRH The late Duke of Edinburgh, and his wife the former Gabrielle Diana Moore.

The funeral takes place at St Michael and All Angels, Poulton, Cirencester, 30 June, 2022.

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Sunday, June 12, 2022

Holliday/Compton marriage

The marriage took place 11 June 2022, at Ripon Cathedral between Thomas Rhys Holliday [born 1992], younger son of Dr Jonathan J.C. Holliday [born 1956], of Windsor, Berkshire, by his wife the former Gwen M. Lewis, & Alexandra Theodosia Compton [born 23 July, 1992], scion of the Marquesses of Northampton, daughter of Richard Clephane Compton [born 18 April, 1957], of Newby Hall, near Ripon, North Yorkshire, by his wife the former Lucinda Jane Astell Hohler [born 22 December, 1960], scion of that landed gentry family.

Alexandra Compton is a great-great-great granddaughter of the 4th Marquess of Northampton [1818-97]. Her great-grandfather Maj Edward Robert Francis Compton [1891-1977], of Newby Hall, married Sylvia Farquharson of Invercauld [1899-1950], and their elder son, Alwyne Compton [born 1 May, 1919], succeeded his mother in the clan chieftainship and became Alwyne Farquharson, 16th of Invercauld.

Saturday, June 11, 2022

The Queen makes appointments to the Order of the Thistle

 The Queen has made two appointments to the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle. The Rt Hon Dame Elish Angiolini, and the Rt Hon George Reid are the latest recipients of Scotland's highest order of chivalry.

Dame Elish Angiolini QC [born 24th June 1960] is a Scottish lawyer who was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2011.  Dame Elish served as Lord Advocate of Scotland between 2006 and 2011 as the first woman to hold the post and was also the first woman to hold the role of Solicitor General of Scotland, between 2001 and 2006.  Dame Elish has led multiple government inquiries, and in November 2021 it was announced that she would head up the independent inquiry into the murder of Sarah Everard.

Since 2012, Dame Elish has served as Principal of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University since 2017. She holds a visiting professorship at the University of Strathclyde, an honorary professorship at the University of Aberdeen and served as Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland for eight years.

Sir George Reid [born 4th June 1939] is a Scottish politician, international aid director and academic.  He was knighted in 2012 for services to Scottish politics and public life.  He is currently a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Professorial Teaching Fellow at the University of Stirling. 

In 2008 Sir George was appointed Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and then served as Lord Lieutenant of Clackmannanshire from 2011 to 2014.  He was elected Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament in 2003, following his elections as MSP for Ochil that year, for Mid-Scotland and Fife in 1999 and as MP for Clackmannan and East Stirlingshire in 1974.

Between Westminster and Holyrood, Sir George worked for 14 years in disasters and conflicts worldwide as Director of Public Affairs of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva and as Director of the Global Campaign for the Victims of War. Since retirement from politics, he has been appointed an Electoral Commissioner and has chaired governance reviews in the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Welsh Parliament and of the National Trust for Scotland. 

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Smyth-Osbourne/Holt engagement

 The engagement was announced 10 June, 2022, between Archie Alexander Smyth-Osbourne [born 1994], scion of that landed gentry family, youngest son of Charles William Smyth-Osbourne [born 7 March, 1959], of Sulgrave, Northamptonshire, and his wife the former Joanna Mary Cubitt [born 27 May 1960], scion of the Barons Ashcombe, and Sasha Euphemia Holt [born 1993], elder daughter of Stephen J Holt [born 1957], of Holdenby, Northamptonshire, and his wife the former Euphemia Catherine N. Wrathall.

Henry Cubitt, 2nd Baron Ashcombe >Hon Charles Cubitt>Sir Hugh Cubitt>Joanna Mary Cubitt>Archie Smyth-Osbourne

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Michael Oliver Watson 1926-2022

 Michael Oliver Watson, who died 9 June, 2022, aged 95, was a scion of the Barons Manton [Peerage of the UK, cr 1922]. He was born 20 December, 1926, son of the Hon Alastair Joseph Watson [1901-55], and his wife the former Joan Cobbold [1902-88], scion of that landed gentry family; and married 7 December, 1950, Virginia Hoare[1927-2001], scion of that landed gentry family, by whom he had issie, two sons, Alastair [born 7 Nov, 1958], and George [born 16 Feb, 1962], and a daughter, Amanda [born 19 Dec, 1956].

Michael Watson was a grandson of the 1st Baron Manton [1873-1922].

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Sir William Reardon-Smith, 4th Baronet 1937-2022

 Sir William Antony John Reardon-Smith, 4th Baronet, died 8 June, 2022. He was 84, 

Sir William was born 20 June, 1937, son of Sir William Reardon Reardon-Smith, 3rd Baronet [1911-95], and his 1st wife the former Nesta Florence Phillips [who died as result of an accident, 9 Sept, 1959]; and succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his father, 13 June, 1995.

He married 4 Aug, 1962, Susan Wight Gibson, daughter of Henry Wight Gibson,  by whom he had issue. The baronetcy now devolves upon his eldest son, William Nicholas Henry, who was born 10 June, 1963.

The baronetcy was created in 1920, for his ancestor, another Sir William, a shipowner.

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Thursday, June 09, 2022

Revel Sarah Albert [nee Guest] 1931-2022

 Revel Sarah Albert, OBE [nee Guest], the film producer, who died 8 June, 2022, aged 90, was a sion of the Barons Wimborne, and a cousin of Sir Winston Churchill.

She was born 14 September, 1931, daughter of the Hon Oscar Montague Guest [1888-1958], and his wife the former Kathleen Susan Paterson [1902-81]; and married 22 Aug, 1963, Robert Alan Albert, son of James Albert, wby whom she had issue, a son, Justin [born 19 Feb, 1965], and a daughter, Corisande [born 10 Mar 1967].

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Bowen/Pantin engagement

 The engagement was announced 11 June, 2022, between Sir George Edward Michael Bowen, 5th Baronet [born 27 December, 1987], son of the late Sir Mark Edward Mortimer Bowen, 4th Baronet [1958-2014], and Lady Bowen [nee Kerry Tessa Moriarty], of London, & Katherine Fretigny Pantin [born 1992], daughter of David F. Pantin, of London, and his wife the former Lorraine B. Mosley.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2022

Gabrielle De Trafford [nee Boone] [died 2022]

 Gabrielle De Trafford [nee Boone], died 1 June, 2022.

She was the former Gabrielle Boone, daughter of Major Ronald Edward Boone [1912-1997], of Rockcliffe House, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire, and his wife Susan Margaret Rose Kennard [1915-82], of the Kennard baronets; and married 24 September, 1966, Anthony Charles Everard De Trafford [1935-2018], scion of the baronets of that name, son of Hubert Edmund Francis De Trafford [1893-1974], and his wife the Hon Cecilia Victoria Strickland [1897-1982], daughter of the 1st [and last] Baron Strickland [1861-1940].

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James Spearman 1964-2022

 James Spearman, who died 5 June, 2022, aged 57, was a scion of the Spearman baronets.

He was born 6 November, 1964, fourth son of Sir Alexander Cadwallader Mainwaring Spearman, Kt [1901-82], sometime Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby, and his 2nd wife the former Diana Josephine Ward [1921-2004], scion of the Ward baronets.

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Honor Gladstone [born 2022]

 Evelyn Louise Gladstone [nee Milligan, born 1983], wife of John Berenger Gladstone [born 3 March, 1983], scion of the Gladstone landed family of Capenoch, gave birth to a daughter, Honor, 19 May, 2022, a sister for Isla Clementine [born 19 Jan 2012], and twins William and Cecily [born 6 Nov, 2013].

Evelyn Gladstone is a daughter of Iain Anstruther Milligan, QC [born 1950], and his wife the former Zara Ann Louise Spearman [born 27 May, 1956], scion of the Spearman baronets.

John Berenger Gladstone is a son of Robert Hamilton Gladstone [born 17 July, 1953], head of that landed gentry family, and his wife the former Margaret Jane Bradford [born 6 Dec, 1953], scion of the Bradford baronets.

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Haldane/Bell engagement

 The engagement was announced 8 June, 2022, between Alexander Robert Haldane [born 1995], son of Robert Mungo John Haldane [born 21 June, 1952], of Auchterarder, Perthshire, scion of that landed gentry family, and his wife the former Elizabeth Marion Eyres [born 1955], scion of that landed gentry family, and Leonora Ianthe Bell [born 10 June, 1995], daughter of Timothy Francis Bell, of Swinbrook, co Oxford, and his wife the former Eliza Fitzalan-Howard [born 17 November, 1964], scion of the Dukes of Norfolk.

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Sir Henry Charles Grattan-Bellew, 5th Baronet 1933-2022

 Sir Henry Grattan-Bellew, 5th Baronet, died 5 June, 2022. He was 89.

Sir Henry was born 12 May, 1933, son of Lt.-Col. Sir Charles Christopher Grattan-Bellew, 4th Baronet [1887-1948], and his wife the former Maureen Peyton Segrave, daughter of Sir Thomas Segrave; and was a baronet for 73 years having succeeded his father, 6 November, 1948. 

He was three times wed, firstly, 27 April, 1956 [div 1966], to Naomi Morgan, daughter of Dr Charles Cyril Morgan; married 2ndly, 1967 [div 1974] Gillian Hulley; married 3rdly, 1978, Elzabe Amy Body, daughter of Henry Gilbert Body. 

He is succeeded in the baronetcy by the only son of his second wife, Patrick Charles, born 7 Dec, 1971.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Antony Francis [Tony] Barrow 1937-2022

 Antony Francis Barrow, who died 6 June, 2022, was a scion of the Barrow baronets.

He was born in 1937, second son of Alfred Francis Lendon Barrow [1904-89], and his wife the former Ruth Mary Milsum [1914-2010]; and married in 1962, Alexa Skelton, daughter of Raleigh Skelton, by whom he had issue, a son, Kevin [born 1963], and a daughter, Katherine [born 1965].

Sir Francis Barrow, 4th Baronet > Alfred Barrow > Antony Barrow [d 2022]

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Count Manfredi della Gherardesca 1961-2022

Count Manfredi della Gherardesca, who died 31 May, 2022, aged 60, at home at Castagneto Carducci, Italy, was the son of Count Palatine Guelfo della Gherardesca.

He was born in Florence, 5 Aug, 1961, and married at the Brompton Oratory, 26 September, 1998,  Maria Theodora Marjorie Grafin zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Scharffeneck [aka Dora Löewenstein] [born 11 July, 1966], daughter of Rupert Prinz zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Scharffeneck  [1933-2014], who assumed the title Prinz zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Freudenberg, and his wife the former Josephine Lowry-Corry [born 26 Jan, 1931], scion of the Earls of Belmore. Prinz Rupert was the long-time financial manager of The Rolling Stones.

Manfredi della Gherardesca began his career in the art world as director of the L’Antiquaire & the Connoisseur Gallery in New York, followed by stints at Citibank’s private art advisory wing and as chairman of Sotheby’s Italy. He established MDG Fine Arts in London in 2000, and brought collectors together with galleries, institutions and auction houses. In 2016 he expanded into design and interiors, and he arranged a number of exclusive properties. He later ran his own art and design consultancy to help others navigate the maze that is the contemporary art market. He was also an art curator.

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Alfred Lionel Yonge-Clarke [born 2022]

 Charlotte Emma Rosealeen Yonge-Clarke [nee Yonge, born 1988], wife of Thomas Richard [Tom] Yonge-Clarke [born 1988], gave birth to a son, Alfred Lionel, 11 May, 2022.

Tom is a son of Timothy Clarke and his wife the former Emma Murdoch. Charlotte is a daughter of Nicholas Patrick Yonge [born 1951], scion of that landed family, and his wife the Hon [Victoria] Sally Cooke [born 1956], daughter of the life peer the Baron Cooke of Islandreagh, OBE, DL [1920-2007], and his wife the former Alison Sheila Casement [1923-2015], scion of that landed gentry family.

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Monday, June 06, 2022

Ann Allen [née Roberts] 1936-2022]

 Ann Allen [née Roberts], who died 19 May, 2022, aged 85, was a scion of the Roberts baronets.

She was born 24 May, 1936, daughter of William Denby Roberts [1909-1966], and his wife the former Helen Fyans Fenwick [1910-1962]; and married 20 May, 1967, Richard Staines Allen [b 1930], by whom she had a son, Adrian [born 12 Nov, 1967], and two daughters, Alison [b 9 Jul 1975], and Sophie [b 18 Jul 1979].

Sir James Roberts, 1st Bt > Bertram Roberts > William Denby Roberts > Ann Roberts [ d 2022]

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Lieutenant-Col. Patrick Charles Coote Kaye [1938-2022]

 Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Charles Coote Kaye,who died 26 May, 2022, aged 83, was descended from the Coote baronets.

He was born 17 July, 1938, son of Major Ronald Lesley Downing Kaye [1899-1982], and his wife the former Evelyn Gertrude Eyre Coote [1900-1960]; and married 1965, Fay Elizabeth Mew[born 1939], daughter of Joseph Harrie Mew [1901-1982], and his wife the former Joan Cecil Gold Watney [1911-1982], scion of that landed brewing family, by whom he had two sons, James and Ben.

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Albie Oliver Bewley Macpherson [born 2022]

 Rosie Jean B. Macpherson [née Atkinson, born 1989], wife of Charles Edward Ian Macpherson [born 1989], gave birth to a son, Albie Oliver Bewley, 24 May, 2022, a brother for Milo, who was born in 2020.

Rosie is a daughter of Nigel Atkinson. Charles Macpherson is a son of Nigel Charles Blake Macpherson, and his wife the former Georgina Lily Fleur Mountain [born 1 Aug, 1959], scion of the Mountain baronets, daughter of Sir Denis Mountain, 3rd Baronet [1929-2005].

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Jane Taylor Hoyer Millar 1931-2022

 Jane Taylor Hoyer Millar [née Aldington], died 20 May, 2022.

She was born in 1931 a daughter of Colonel Harold John Aldington [1902-1976], of Henley-on-Thames, and his wife the former Ivy Margaret Taylor [1902-66]; and married 1956, Gurth Christian Hoyer Millar [1928-2014], kinsman of the Barons Inchyra, son of Major Edward George Hoyer Millar [1900-1949], by his wife the former Phyllis Edith Amy Wace [1900-57], scion of that landed gentry family, by whom she had two sons and a daughter.

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Lila Alice Colquhoun [born 2022]

 _. Abby Colquhoun [nee Charles, born 1982], wife of Andrew John Colquhoun [born 1983], descended from the Greenwell baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Lila Alice, 27 May, 2022, a sister for Angus Michael Alastair, who was born 30 April, 2021.

Abby is a daughter of Michael R. Charles, of Thorpe Satchville, Leicestershire.

Andrew Colquhoun is a son of Alastair Peter Colquhoun [born 3 May, 1941], of Winchester, Hampshire, and his wife the former Elisabeth Stanning.

Sir Bernard Greenwell, 2nd Baronet [1874-1939] > Ruth Greenwell [1916-2003] > Alastair Colquhoun [b 1941] > Andrew Colquhoun [b 1982] > Angus Colquhoun [b 2021]

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The 3rd Baron Swinfen 1938-2022

 Lord Swinfen, the 3rd Baron, died 5 June, 2022. He was 83.

Lord Swinfen was one of the 42 hereditary peers elected to the House of Lords following the Blair reforms of 1999.

Roger Mynors Swinfen Eady was born 14 December, 1938, son of the 2nd Baron [1904-1977], and his 1st wife the former Mary Aline Farmar [died 30 Dec, 2002]; and succeeded to the peerage on the death of his father, 19 March, 1977.

The peerage was created in 1919 for his grandfather Charles Eady, a Lord Justice of Appeal 1913-18, and Master of the Rolls, 1918-1919, who died  a couple of weeks after his peerage had been conferred.

The 3rd Baron married 24 October, 1962, Patricia Anne Blackmore, daughter of Frank Blackmore, of Dundrum, co Dublin, by whom he had issue a son, Charles, and three daughters, Georgina, Katherine and Arabella. The son, the Hon Charles Roger Peregrine Swinfen Eady, who was born 8 March, 1971, now succeeds to the peerage.

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Friday, June 03, 2022

Polhill/Halmshaw engagement

 The engagement was announced 3 June, 2022, between Harry Nathaniel Frederick Polhill [born Aug 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Julian Arthur George Polhill [born 1956], of Renhold, Bedfordshire, head of that family, and Mrs Claire Polhill [nee Johnson], of Keysoe, Bedfordshire, & Eloise Victoria Halmshaw [born 1990], daughter of Christopher Cole Halmshaw [born 1954], of Redbourne, Lincolnshire, and his wife the former Victoria Elizabeth Wardell [born 1954].

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Polhill/Halmshaw engagement

 The engagement was announced 3 June, 2022, between Harry Nathaniel Frederick Polhill [born Aug, 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Julian Arthur George Polhill [born 1956], of Renhold, Bedfordshire, and Mrs Claire Polhill [nee Johnson], of Keysoe, Bedfordshire, and Eloise Victoria Halmshaw [born 1990], daughter of Christopher Cole Halmshaw [born Oct 1954], of Redbourne, Lincolnshire, and his wife the former Victoria Elizabeth Wardell [born Feb 1954].

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Thursday, June 02, 2022

Duchess of Cornwall has been invested as a Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter

  The Duchess of Cornwall was received by The Queen June 1, 2022, when Her Majesty invested Her Royal Highness with the Insignia of a Lady Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

It was announced on 1 January, 2022, that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall was to become a Royal Lady of the Most Noble of the Garter. 

The appointment of Camilla to England's highest order of chivalry is a clear indication of the Queen's trust and confidence in her daughter-in-law. No wife of an heir to the throne has been so honoured in modern times. Recent tradition has seen the honour bestowed only on the Queen Consort.

In 1901 King Edward VII broke with tradition and gave the Garter to his wife, Queen Alexandra, in the days immediately after succeeding to the throne. Edward's son, King George V followed his father's example, and gave the Garter to his wife Queen Mary, when he succeeded to the throne in 1910. King George VI in turn bestowed the honour upon his Queen, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, when he succeeded his brother following the abdication in 1936.

Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, later Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was given the Garter on the eve of his marriage to the then Princess Elizabeth, in November, 1947. Camilla's honour comes almost 17 years after her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

This mark of the Queen's favour comes six years after she appointed Camilla to the Privy Council, also an unprecedented move. It is believed that the Queen honoured her daughter-in-law in order to ensure that Camilla would be be enabled to attend an Accession Council, and thereby present to see her husband take the oath as King following the Queen's death.

'Garter Day' in June usually precedes the start of Royal Ascot. Camilla will join the ranks of royal Knights/ladies, including the Princess Royal, appointed in 1994, and the Queen's cousin, Princess Alexandra, appointed in 2003, the Dukes of Kent, Gloucester, York and Cambridge, and the the Earl of Wessex and Forfar. Prince Harry, a Knight of the Royal Victorian Order, is not a KG.

It has not been announced whether the Duchess of Cornwall will use the postnominals LG [for Lady of the Garter] or KG [for Knight of the Garter]. The Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra chose to use 'KG'.

Wednesday, June 01, 2022

Frederick Lloyd Wilmoth [born 2022]

 Charlotte Wilmoth [nee Hearn], wife of George James Wilmoth [born 27 February, 1980], gave birth to a son, Frederick Lloyd, 25 May, 2022, a brother for Oscar Logan, who was born 28 February, 2020.

George Wilmoth is a son of Charles John Maitland Wilmoth, and his wife the former Fiona Susan Scott-Bowden [born 14 Oct, 1952], descended from the Price baronets.

Sir Francis Rose Price, 5th Baronet > Helen Joyce Price > Fiona Susan Scott-Bowden > George Wilmoth > Frederick Wilmoth

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Bevan/Ffennell engagement

 Th engagement was announced 1 June, 2022, between Hector H. Bevan, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Hugh Bevan, of Farringdon, Hampshire, and Georgina E.C. Ffennell [born 1992], younger daughter of Simon Walter Hugh Ffennell [born 10 De, 1956], descended from the Earls of Harrowby, and his wife the former Lucinda Mary Ringrose-Voase [born 20 June, 1961], scion of that landed gentry family.

Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby >  Hon Frederick Dudley Ryder > Rev Algernon Dudley Ryder > Lt Col Hugh Dudley Ryder > Jane Christine Ryder > Simon Ffennell > Georgina Ffennell

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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The 3rd Baron Monk Bretton, DL 1924-2022

 The 3rd Baron Monk Bretton, DL, who died 26 May, 2022, aged 97, was a peer for almost 89 years, having succeeded to the title, 29 July, 1933. He was the longest ever holder of a peerage, and sat in the Lords from 1948 to 1999.

John Charles Dodson was born 17 July, 1924, son of the 2nd Baron Monk Bretton, CB [1869-1933], and his wife the former Ruth Brand [who died 5 Aug, 1967], scion of the Viscounts Hampden. He succeeded to the peerage at the age of 9. The barony of Monk Bretton was created in 1884 for his grandfather, John Dodson, who was Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons 1865-72;  Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1873-74;  President of the Local Government Board 1880-82, 1874-80;  Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1882-84, &c.

The 3rd Baron, who lived near Lewes, Sussex, married 29 January, 1958, Zoë Diana Mary Alicia Scott, daughter of Ian Douglas Murray Scott, by whom he had two sons, Christopher and Henry. The peerage now devolves upon his elder son, the Hon Christopher Mark Dodson, who was born 2 Aug, 1958.

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Sir Richard Baker Wilbraham, 8th Baronet 1934-2022

 Sir Richard Baker Wilbraham, 8th Baronet, died 26 May, 2022. He was 88.

He was born 5 February, 1934, son of Sir Randle John Baker Wilbraham, 7th Baronet [1906-80], and his wife the former Betty Ann Torrens [who died 2 Oct, 1975]; and succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 24 February, 1980.

The baronetcy was created in 1776 for his ancestor Sir George Baker [1723-1809], physician to the Household of King George III and Queen Charlotte.

He served in the Welsh Guards 1952-54; was with J Henry Schroder Wagg & Co 1954-89; Director Westpool Investment Trust 1974-92; Director, Brixton Estate 1985-2001 [Deputy Chairman 1994-2001]; Director, the Really Useful Group plc, 1985-90; Director, Charles Barker Group, 1986-89; Director, Grosvenor Estates Holdings 1989-99 [Deputy Chairman 1989-99]; Director, Severn Trent 1989-94; a Church Commissioner, and Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate 1981-99; Governor of Harrow School; Deputy Chairman, Bibby Line Group, 1989-92, and Chairman, Bibby Line Group 1992-1997, &c.

Sir Richard, of Rode Hall, Scholar Green, Cheshire, married 2 March, 1962, Anne Christine Peto Bennett, daughter of Charles Peto Bennett, of La Haute, Fliquet, Jersey, and his wife the former Fru Farnes, a Norwegian, by whom he had issue, a son, Randle, and three daughters, Sibella, Charlotte, and Alice. The son, Randle [born 28 May, 1963], now succeeds to the baronetcy.

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Wadham-Smith/French marriage

 The marriage took place 21 May, 2022, at Camborne Register Office, between David B. Wadham-Smith [born 1944], son of Walter Mervyn Wadham-Smith, CBE, and his wife the former Frances Dolores D'Albani, & the Lady Sarah Mary Essex French [born 22 May, 1953], second daughter of the late 3rd and last Earl of Ypres [1921-1988], and his 1st wife the former Maureen Helena Kelly [born 1922 -  ], daughter of Henry John Piers Kelly [1897-1969], of the US Foreign Service, of Stow Bedon Hall, Attleborough, Norfolk.


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Sunday, May 29, 2022

A Guinness for Lord Lieutenant

 The Queen has been pleased to appoint Lady Emma Barnard, DL, as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the County of West Sussex.

Lady Emma Barnard DL was High Sheriff of West Sussex in 2017-18. She lives at Parham House, near Pulborough, an Elizabethan house with award-winning gardens owned by a charitable trust, and is Chairman of Parham Park Ltd, which maintains Parham and opens it to the public.

Lady Emma is Patron of the British Evacuees Association and the Coroner’s Court Support Service, and in June 2022 will come to the end of a six year term as Chair of the Patrons of the National Gallery, London.  She is a trustee for a college fund of Lincoln College, Oxford. In West Sussex, she is an Ambassador for the Sussex Community Foundation and President of the Mary How Trust.  Other organisations she supports include the West Sussex Ambulance Retirement Association, The Association of Sussex Artists and Kamelia Kids Day Nursery in Goring-by-Sea.

She was born Lady Emma Lavinia Guinness, 7 December, 1963, elder daughter of the 3rd Earl of Iveagh [1937-1992], and his wife the former Miranda Daphne Jane Smiley [1940-2010], scion of the Smiley baronets; and married 4 Dec, 1995, James Barnard, son of Geoffrey Barnard.

Lady Emma is the mother of two sons, Benjamin and Arthur.

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

Raef Peregrine George McCloud [born 2022]

 Isabel Charlotte Alice McCloud [née Tanner, born 10 June, 1993], wife of Hugo Patrick R. McCloud [born 1988], gave birth to a son, Raef Peregrine George, 17 May, 2022.

Isabel McCloud is a daughter of Nicholas Shelley Tanner [born 7 January, 1955], descended from the Shelley baronets, and his wife the former Melanie Anne Challis [born 1957].

Hugo McCloud is a son of Kevin McCloud, MBE [born 8 May, 1959], the designer, writer and television presenter, and his wife the former Catherine Brown.

Sir Timothy Shelley, 2nd Bt > John Shelley [brother of the poet, Percy Shelley] > George Ernest Shelley > George Edward Shelley > Iris Gwendolin Shelley > Nicholas Shelley Tanner > Isabel Tanner > Raef McCloud

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Mills/Mackaness engagement

 The engagement was announced 28 May, 2022, between Frederick L. Mills, eldest son of Mr & Mrs David Mills, of Highgate, London, and Anastasia A.T. Mackaness, scion of that landed gentry family, of Boughton Hall, co Northampton, eldest daughter of the late Brigadier James Mackaness [who was b 6 Feb, 1945], and his wife the former Susan Pike.

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Son and heir for the Earl and Countess of Belfast

 Oilbhe Chichester, styled Countess of Belfast, wife of James Arthur Chichester, styled Earl of Belfast (born 19 Nov, 1990), gave birth to a son and heir, Arthur Humphrey John, styled Viscount Chichester, 16 May, 2022.

The Countess of Belfast is the former Oilbhe Cahill Reid, daughter of the late Mr Charles Reid and Dr Mairead Cahill and step daughter of Mr James Watson, ,of Roscommon.

The Earl of Belfast is the son and heir of the 8th Marquess of Donegall (b 9 May 1952), of Roxburghshire, by his wife the former Caroline Mary Philipson [born 1959], descended from the Macdonald-Buchanan family.

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Deverell/Pickup engagement

 The engagement was announced 28 May, 2022, between [John] Conrad Christopher Deverell [born 1993], son of Brigadier John Duncan Deverell [born 1 May, 1955], the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and his wife the former Susanne Christiana Kampert, & Emma L. Pickup, daughter of Colonel and Mrs Richard Pickup.

John Deverell's Acland descent:-

Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt > Arthur Dyke Troyte > John Edward Acland > Victoria Troyte Acland > Elizabeth Duncan > John Deverell > Conrad Deverell

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The Lady Kenya Tatton-Brown 1923-2022

 The Lady Kenya Tatton-Brown, who died 21 May, 2022, aged 98, was a scion of the Earls Kitchener of Khartoum.

She was born Kenya Eleanor Kitchener, 12 July, 1923, daughter of Henry Franklin Chevallier Kitchener, styled Viscount Broome [1878-1928], and his wife the former Adela Mary Evelyn Monins [1893-1986], and was a granddaughter of the 2nd Earl Kitchener of Khartoum [1846-1937], who was the elder brother of Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, the 1st Earl [1850-1916] [a rare case of an elder brother succeeding a younger sibling by special remainder].

Kenya Kitchener served in the WRNS during the Second World War, and was later a chartered physiotherapist. She was raised to the rank of an Earl's daughter in 1938 following her brother's succession to the family honours.

She married 8 November, 1947, John Stewart Tatton-Brown [1905-1971], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Eden Tatton-Brown, CMG [1878-1961], and his wife the former Pauline Stewart-Jones, by whom she had issue, three daughters.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Faber/Weatherall engagement

 The engagement was announced 27 May, 2022, between Luke Christopher Michael Faber [born 1990], second son of Mark James Julian Faber [1950-1991], the cricketer, and his wife the former Anne Griffith [now Mrs Alexander Muir, wife of Alexander Pepys Muir, a grandson maternally of the 10th Duke of Marlborough], & Stella Nony Weatherall [born 1991], daughter of [Edward] Percy Keswick Weatherall, of Holywood, Dumfries, and his wife the former Clara Mary Johnston [born 1960].

Luke Faber is a great-grandson of the former Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, OM, PC, FRS [1894-1986].

Stella Weatherall is descended maternally from the Paget baronets, and paternally from the Keswick landed family. Stella's aunt, Isobel Weatherall, was the first wife of the late 18th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne.

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Lucy Jane Newton [nee Otter] 1932-2022

 Lucy Jane Newton [nee Otter], who died 20 May, 2022, aged 89, was descended from the Troubridge baronets, the Earls of Albemarle, and King Charles II &c.

She was born 20 December, 1932, fourth daughter of Lieutenant-Col. Robin Otter, MC [1888-1965], and his wife the former Mary Laura Troubridge [1894-1982], and married 1 Oct, 1955, Francis Denzil Newton [who died 7 Aug, 2013], by whom she had issue, a son, Thomas [born 29 Apr, 1958], and two daughters, Charlotte [born 25 Oct, 1956], and Sarah [born 20 Dec, 1959, deceased]

King Charles II > 1st Duke of Richmond >Lady Anne Lennox > George Keppel, 3rd Earl of Albemarle > William Keppel, 4th Earl of Albemarle > Rev Hon Thomas Keppel > Augusta Keppel > Marianne North > Lt-Col Robin Otter > Lucy Jane Otter [d 2022]

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John Wentworth Beaumont 1989-2022

 John Wentworth Beaumont, who died suddenly 22 May, 2022, aged 32, was a scion of the Viscounts Allendale.

He was born in 1989, the second son of the Hon Mark Henry Beaumont [born 21 July, 1950], and his wife the former Diana Elizabeth Benson, and was a grandson paternally of the late 3rd Viscount Allendale [1922-2002].

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Sir Edward Evans-Lombe 1937-2022

 Sir Edward Evans-Lombe, a former High Court judge, and head of that landed gentry family, died 20 May, 2022. He was 85.

Edward Evans-Lombe was Called to the Bar by The Inner Temple in 1963 and took silk 1978. He was appointed as a High Court judge in 1993 and as a member of the Competition Appeal Tribunal in 2004. He retired as a judge in 2008. He was elected a Governing Bencher of the Inn of the Inner Temple in 1985.  He was knighted in 1993.

He was born 10 Apr, 1937, son of Vice-Admiral Sir Edward Malcolm Evans-Lombe, KCB [1901-74], and his wife the former Diana Vivien Katharine Mackeson [1905-87]; and married 2 Apr, 1964, Frances Marilyn Mackenzie, daughter of Robert Ewen Mackenzie, of Minster Yard, Lincoln, by whom he had a son and three daughters. The son, Nicholas [born in 1966], succeeds as head of the landed gentry family,

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Mary Campbell Balfour [nee Penney] [1928-2022]

 Mary Campbell Balfour [nee Penney] died 18 May, 2022.

She was born Mary Campbell Penney in 1928, daughter of Major-General Sir [William] Ronald Campbell Penney, KBE, CB, DSO, MC [1896-1964], and his wife the former Shirley Gurner [1902-60], and married in 1951, Michael John Balfour [born 17 Oct 1925], scion of that Scots family of Balfour of Balbirnie [from whom descends the Earl of Balfour], son of Duncan Balfour and his wife the former Jeanne Picot, by whom she had issue.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Angus Peregrine Oliver Bowyer [born 2022]

 Verena Elpseth Crawley Bowyer [born 1992, nee Smith], wife of Robert J. Bowyer, and scion of the Woollcombe landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Angus Peregrine Oliver, 16 May, 2022.

Robert Bowyer is a son of Mr & Mrs Jonathan Bowyer, of Coniston, Cumbria.

Verena Smith is the eldest daughter of Oliver Geoffrey Woollcombe Smith [born 12 August, 1947], of Healaugh, near Tadcaster, Yorkshire, scion of the Samuel Smith brewing family, by his wife the former Priscilla Mary Elspeth Crawley [born 1959].

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Denham/Toogood engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 May, 2022, between Alfred Kenneth Harvey Denham [born 1995], son of Charles Patrick H. Denham [1957-2011], and his wife the former Susannah M. Torr [born 1961], and Alexandra Kate Toogood [born 1994], daughter of Michael William Toogood, of London, and his wife the former Katharine Margaret Chetwynd [born 24 June, 1965], scion of the Viscounts Chetwynd.

The 8th Viscount Chetwynd > Hon John Chetwynd > Richard Chetwynd > Katharine Chetwynd > Alexandra Toogood

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Alexander William Houston 1928-2022

Alexander William Houston, died 18 May, 2022. He was 94.

He was born in 1928, son of Archibald Houston, of Ansford Lodge, Castle Cary, Somerset, and married 27 June, 1953, the Hon Averil Vivian [1930-2022], third daughter of the 3rd Baron Swansea [1875-1934], and his wife the Hon Winifred Hamilton [1884-1944], daughter of the 1st Baron Holmpatrick [1839-98], and his wife the former Lady Victoria Alexandrina Wellesley [1847-1933], scion of the Dukes of Wellington, &c. The Hon Averil Houston died 1 January, 2022.

Bill Houston leaves issue,  two sons, Peter [born 11 Jul 1954], and Charles [born 16 Oct 1959], and a daughter, Claire [born 26 Aug 1956].

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Baroness Sharples 1923-2022

 The Baroness Sharples, who died 19 May, 2022, aged 99, was a Conservative party politician, elevated to the Lords following the assassination of her husband, Sir Richard Sharples, Governor of Bermuda.

Pamela Newall was born 11 February, 1923, daughter of Keith William Newall, and was educated at Southover Manor School in Lewes, East Sussex.

Pamela Newall served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force from 1941 to 1946, and was the last woman to sit in Parliament who had served in the armed forces in the Second World War.

Member of the Review Body on Armed Forces Pay, 1979-81; Trustee, Wessex Medical Trust from 1997.

She married firstly, in 1946, Sir Richard Christopher Sharples, KCMG, OBE, MC [1916-1973], by whom she had two sons and two daughters. Her husband was shot on 10 March 1973 at the Governor's mansion in Pembroke, Bermuda. She married 2ndly, in 1977, Group Capt Patrick David de Laszlo [1909-1980], son of the portrait painter, Philip de Laszlo [1869-1937]; she married 3rdly, 1983, Robert Douglas Swan [died 1995].

Pamela Sharples was created a life peer on 18 June 1973 as Baroness Sharples, of Chawton, in the County of Hampshire.

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Elizabeth Margaret Bolitho [nee Creswell] 1926-2022

 Elizabeth Margaret Bolitho [nee Creswell], died 11 May, 2022, aged 96.

She was born in Chile, in 1926, daughter of Rear-Admiral George Victor Creswell, CB, DSO [1889-1967], of Rivers Hall, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Surrey, and his wife the former Katherine Stuart [1889-1972]; and married 29 September, 1953, Major Simon Edward Bolitho, MC, DL [1916-1991], scion of that landed gentry family, of Trengwainton, Penzance, Cornwall, son of Lt-Col Sir Edward Hoblyn Warren Bolitho, KBE, CB, DSO [1882-1969], sometime Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Cornwall, and his first wife the former Agnes Johnson [died 1950], by whom she had issue, sons Edward and Alverne, and daughters, Mary Anne and Loveday. Her elder son, Col Edward Bolitho, OBE [born 30 Dec, 1955], is Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Willoughby John Giddy Perera [born 2022]

Frances Heather Perera [nee Trivett, born 1989], wife of Robert Edward C. Perera [born 1989], descended from the Howard-Vyse landed family, gave birth to a son, Willoughby John Giddy, 4 May, 2022.

Frances is a daughter of Roger William Trivett [born 1960], and his wife the former Jill Collings [born 1964].

Robert Perera is a son of the Rev George Perera, and his wife the former Elizabeth Howard-Vyse [born 11 Dec, 1945], scion of that landed gentry family.

Henry Willoughby, 8th Baron Middleton > Col Hon Claude Willoughby > Mary Bridget Willoughby > Elizabeth Howard-Vyse > Robert Perera > Willoughby Perera

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Clifton-Brown/Sundstrom engagement

  The marriage took place 14 May, 2022, at Little Bradley Hall, between George Ronald Clifton-Brown [born 8 March, 1992], scion of the Brown baronets, son of [Ronald] Colin Clifton-Brown [born 1963], and his wife the former Emily Joan Oliver [born 1965], & Brittany Sundstrom.

Sir Wm Brown, 1st Bt > Alexander Brown > James Clifton-Brown > Edward Clifton-Brown > Geoffrey Clifton-Brown > Robert Clifton-Brown > Colin Clifton-Brown > George Clifton-Brown

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Inigo Christopher Rupert Anthony Cordle [born 2022]

 Madelaine Emily [Maddie] Cordle [nee Chesterton, born 1986], wife of Hugo Andrew Cordle [born March, 1995], gave birth to a son, Inigo Christopher Rupert Anthony, 8 May, 2022, a brother for Romy Lita Camilla, who was born 23 May, 2021.

Hugo is the middle son of Rupert Alister Peter John Cordle [born 14 May, 1959], of London, by his wife the former Camilla Ann Wigram [born 3 Dec, 1966] [Mrs Camilla Cordle, of Newbury, Berkshire].

Maddie Cordle is the eldest daughter of Christopher Chesterton, of South Newington, Oxfordshire, by his wife, the former Lita Calder.

Hugo Cordle is descended from the Barons Bethell. His grandfather, the late John Howard Cordle [1912-2004], sometime MP for Bournemouth East and Christchurch, married Venetia Maynard, descended from the Viscounts Powerscourt.

Hugo's aunt, the former Marina Cordle [born 6 May, 1960], is Viscountess Cowdray, wife of the 4th Viscount [born 17 June, 1944].

Maddie Cordle, is owner and founder of luxury fashion and lifestyle boutique, Baar & Bass.

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Twins for the Hon Orlando and Mrs Bridgeman

 Jacquetta Lucy Eyre Bridgeman [born 1984, nee Straker], wife of the Hon Orlando Henry Geoffrey Bridgeman [born 11 April, 1983], scion of the Viscounts Bridgeman, gave birth to twin daughters, 12 May, 2022.

Orlando Bridgeman is the fourth and youngest son of the 3rd Viscount Bridgeman [born 5 December, 1930], by his wife the former [Victoria] Harriet Lucy Turton, scion of that landed family.

Jacquetta Bridgeman is a  scion of the Straker landed gentry family, eldest daughter of Nicholas David Barclay Straker [born 6 May, 1952], by his wife the former Victoria Eyre Gray [born 15 July, 1958].

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Fenella Rose Arabella Agar [born 2022]

  Tessa Agar [nee Parkes], wife of Max John Andrew Agar [born 6 Apr, 1986], scion of the Earls of Normanton, gave birth to a daughter, Fenella Rose Arabella, 6 May, 2022, a sister for Rory Mark Arthur, who was born 2 August, 2020.

Max Agar is the elder son of the Hon Mark Sidney Andrew Agar [born 2 Sept, 1948], of Dorset, by his wife the former Arabella Clare Gilbey [born 14 July, 1953], and is a grandson of the late 5th Earl of Normanton [1910-67].

Tessa Agar is a daughter of Mr Christopher Parkes, of Oxfordshire, and Mrs Sheridan Parkes, of Surrey.

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Sir Christopher John Ashford Harris, 3rd Baronet 1934-2022

 Sir Christopher Harris, 3rd Baronet, died at Masterton, New Zealand, 22 April, 2022. He was 87.

Christopher John Ashford Harris was born 26 August, 1934, son of Sir Jack [Wolfred] Ashford Harris, 2nd Baronet [1906-2009], of Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand, and his wife the former Patricia Penman, of Wahroonga, Sydney, New South Wales.

He succeeded his father, who died 26 Aug, 2009, aged 103. The baronetcy was created in 1932 for his grandfather the Rt Hon Sir Percy Harris, MP for Harborough 1916-18, and for SW Div of Bethnal Green 1922-45, who served as Liberal Chief Whip, 1935-45.

He married 24 April, 1957, Anna Karen de Malmanche, daughter of F. de Malmanche, of Auckland, New Zealand, by whom he had issue, a son and two daughters. The son, Andrew Frederick Ashford Harris, born 17 March, 1958, now succeeds to the baronetcy.

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Eddie Nesbitt [born 2022]

 Hermione Rose Nesbitt [née Winterton, born 1987], wife of Benjamin Patrick A [Benji] Nesbitt [born 1987], gave birth to a son, Eddie, 28 April, 2022, a brother for Charlie Michael, who was born 27 April, 2020.

Benjamin is a son of David Cosby Patrick Nesbitt [born 1953], by his wife the former Carol Veronica Hunter [born 1956], and Hermione is a daughter of Michael John Willoughby Winterton [born 1956], by his wife the former Olivia Hughes-Onslow [born 1960], descended from the Earls of Onslow.

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Inigo Charles Patrick Stenning [born 2022]

 Dr the Hon Clarissa Mary Stenning [nee Martyn-Hemphill, born 1986], wife of Jonathan Christopher M [Jonno] Stenning [born 1985], gave birth to a son, Inigo Charles Patrick, 4 May, 2022, a brother for Sienna Frances Sybil, who was born in 2018, and for Elora Isabella Edna, who was born in 2020. 

Dr the Hon Clarissa Stenning is a daughter of the 6th Baron Hemphill [born 1954], by his wife the former Sarah Jane Frances Lumley [born 1956], and Jonno Stenning is a son, of Christopher J.W. Stenning, by his wife the former Ruth Draper.

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Inigo Geoffrey Hilton Probert [born 2022]

 Georgina M. Probert [nee Brennan], wife of Thomas Henry Carwaradine Probert [born 1985], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Inigo Geoffrey Hilton, 1 May, 2022, a brother for Magnus Oliver Carwardine, who was born 9 Feb, 2018, and for Joseph Ynyr Harlakenden, who was born 29 April, 2020.

Tom Probert is a son of Geoffrey Thomas Carwardine Probert, by his wife the former Penelope Anne Bevan [born 1955], descended from the Viscounts Molesworth, daughter of Michael Guy Molesworth Bevan [1926-1992].

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Bernard Noël David George Terrence Kelly [died 2022]

 Bernard Noël David George Terrence Kelly, who died 16 May, 2022, aged 92, was a scion of that Irish landed gentry family of Tara House.

He was a son of the late Sir David Victor Kelly, GCMG [1891-1959], diplomat, sometime British Ambassador to the USSR and to Turkey, by his wife the former Marie-Noële Jourda de Vaux, daughter of the Comte de Jourda de Vaux, of Brussels; and married 11 July, 1952, the Hon Mirabel Magdalen Fitzalan Howard [1931-2008], fourth daughter of the 3rd Baron Howard of Glossop [1885-1972], and his wife Mona Josephine Tempest Stapleton, suo jure Baroness Beaumont [1894-1971]. 

His wife was raised to the rank of a duke's daughter on the succession to the dukedom of Norfolk of her brother, Miles, 4th Baron Howard of Glossop [1915-2002], who became 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO. Lady Mirabel died 25 July, 2008.

Bernard Kelly leaves issue, Dominic [b 1953], Anthony [b 1955], Crispin [b 1956], David [b 1959], Benedict [born 1950] , Anne-Louise [b 1962], Sophie, Sebastian [b 1972] and Justin [b 1974].

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Arthur Rupert Roland Cadbury [born 2022]

Antonia Jane Cadbury [née Kenning, born 1986], wife of Rupert Justin Egbert Cadbury [born 1987], scion of that landed gentry family, of Northfield, gave birth to a son, Arthur Rupert Roland, 4 May, 2022, a brother for Louella Poppy Honora, who was born 9 July, 2020.

Rupert is a son of [George] Justin Peter Cadbury [born 1951], of the eponymous chocolate making dynasty, and his wife the former Michelle Pearson-Cooper.

Antonia is a daughter of Stephen J.D. Kenning, and his wife the former Janice Rogers.

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Baroness Afshar, OBE 1944-2022

 The Baroness Afshar, OBE, a Crossbench life peer, died 12 May, 2022. She was 77.

Haleh Afshar was a professor of politics and women's studies at the University of York, England, and a visiting professor of Islamic law at the Faculté internationale de droit comparé (international faculty of comparative law) at Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France. Afshar served on several bodies, notably the British Council and the United Nations Association, of which she was honorary president of international services. She was appointed to the board of the Women's National Commission in September 2008. She served as the chair for the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. Afshar was a founding member of the Muslim Women's Network. She served on the Home Office's working groups, on "engaging with women" and "preventing extremism together".

She was appointed OBE in the 2005 Birthday Honours for services to equal opportunities. On 18 October 2007 it was announced that she would be made a baroness and join the House of Lords as a cross-bench life peer. She was formally introduced into the House of Lords on 11 December 2007, as Baroness Afshar, of Heslington in the County of North Yorkshire.

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Peter Haig Loyd 1922-2022

 Peter Haig Loyd, who died 13 May, 2022, aged 99, was a scion of that landed gentry family, of Lockinge.

He was born 9 October, 1922, son of Capt Wilfrid Haig Loyd [1893-1971], and his wife the former Emily Charlotte Eileen Oakeley [1896-1978], scion of the baronets of that name; married 1stly, 1950 [div 1957], Suzanne Duncan [b 1928], daughter of Eric McLeod Duncan; married 2ndly, 26 Aug, 1961, Rosemary Joan Moir [1942-97], daughter of John Moir. He married 3rdly, 10 Oct, 1998, Rosemary Anne Markham Crook, daughter of David Moore Crook, DFC [1914-1944], and his wife the former Dorothy Margaret Middleton.

Peter Loyd leaves a son and two daughters from his first marriage, and a son and daughter from his first marriage.

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Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO 1935-2022

 Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO, who died suddenly, 15 May, 2022, aged 87, was a courtier, a former senior member of the Queen's Household.

Sir Shane, an Irish Guards officer, entered royal service in 1975 when appointed Assistant Keeper of the Privy Purse, Duchy of Lancaster, a post he held for 10 years. He then served as Deputy Keeper of the Privy Purse from 1985-88; and was Receiver-General of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1988-96. He was Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the Queen, 1988-96. From 1996 he served as an Extra Equerry to Her Majesty.

Shane Gabriel Basil Blewitt was born 25 March, 1935, son of Colonel Basil Blewitt [1904-72], of Willaston, Cheshire, and his wife the former Claire Kathleen Nowlan [1905-2002], and educated at Ampleforth.

He married 16 June, 1969, Mrs [Monica] Juliet Morrogh Bernard [1939-2020], widow of  Maj John Morrogh Bernard, Irish Guards, and a scion of a landed gentry family, the eldest of five daughters of Major Robert Henry Calvert, of Picts House, Horsham, Sussex, by his wife the former Monica Buxton, scion of the Buxton baronets. Juliet Calvert was a kinswoman of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who is of Calvert descent. [The duchess's great grandmother, Lady Ashcombe, wife of of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe was nee Maud Calvert.] Lady Blewitt died 30 March, 2020, aged 81.

He was appointed LVO in 1981, CVO in 1987, KCVO in 1989, and advanced to GCVO in 1996.

Sir Shane leaves a son, Piers, and a daughter, Davina, and a step-son and step-daughter, Alexander and Katherine Morrogh Bernard.

Sir Shane Blewitt was a member of the Council of King Edward VII Hospital for Officers.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Viscount Newport has married

 The marriage has taken place at Weston Park, Shropshire,  between Alexander Michael Orlando Bridgeman, styled Viscount Newport [born 6 September, 1980], and Miss Eliza Liepina [born 1991].

Viscount Newport is the eldest of the four children of the 7th Earl of Bradford [born 3 Oct, 1947], of Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, Shropshire, and his former 1st wife the former Joanna Elizabeth Miller [now Mrs Philip Porter, of Hungerford, Berkshire].

Eliza Liepina was educated at Auckland University, New Zealand.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Fürstenberg/Melville engagement

  The engagement was announced in May, 2022, between Prince Vincenz Heinrich Egon Joachim Gottfried Hubertus Maria Erwein Fürstenberg [born 16 March, 1985], son of Prince Johannes Joseph Wilhelm Ernst Eduard Egon Eusebius Hubertus Maria Maximilian Bernhard Fürstenberg [born 15 Apr, 1958],  of Weitra, Austria, and the former Veronika Paul [born 15 Sept, 1948], & Georgina Melvilel, daughter of Dr and Mrs David Melville, of Chichester, West Sussex.

Prinz Vincenz is descended from King Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwynn:-

King Charles II > Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans > Lord Sidney Beauclerk > Topham Beauclerk > Mary Day Beauclerk > Amalie von Jenison-Walworth > Karl von Schonburg-Glauchau > Joachim, Graf von Schonburg > Wilhelmine, Grafin von Schonburg > Joachim Egon, Furst von Furstenberg > Johannes von Furstenberg > Vincenz [born 1985]

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Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury 1944-2022

 Major Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury, who died 10 May, 2022, aged 78, was a scion of that landed gentry family. He was born 16 February, 1944, son of Squadron Leader Osgood Philip Villiers Hanbury, DSO, DFC, RAF [1917-1943], and his wife the former Cecil Patricia Harman [1915-2004], scion of that Irish landed gentry family; married 2 Dec, 1969, Bridget Anne Birch, daughter of Charles Francis Birch [1904-74], and his wife the former Catherine Alice Anne John [1909-88], by whom he had two sons, Charles and George, and four daughters, Zahra, Emma, Arabella and Jessica.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Evie Millicent Monckton [born 2022]

 Emma Monckton [nee Forsdick], wife of Dominic Walter Monckton [born 1985], scion of the Viscounts Monckton of Brenchley, gave birth to a daughter, Evie Millicent, 11 May, 2022, at Sydney, New South Wales.

Dominic is a son of the Hon Timothy David Robert Monckton [born 15 Aug 1955], and his wife the former Jennifer Carmody, and is a grandson paternally of the late Maj-Gen the 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley [1915-2006].

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The 2nd Baron Cobbold 1937-2022

 The Lord Cobbold, the 2nd Baron, owner of the magnificent Knebworth House, Hertfordshire, has died aged 84. He was a landowner and banker.

David Antony Fromanteel Cobbold (later Lytton-Cobbold) was born 14 July, 1937, son of Sir Cameron Cobbold (1904-87), scion of that landed gentry family, and his wife the Lady Margaret Hermione Millicent Lytton (1905-2004), daughter of the 2nd Earl of Lytton, KG, GCSI, GCIE, PC (1876-1947), sometime acting Viceroy of India.

David’s father served as Governor of the Bank of England 1949-61, and was raised to the peerage as the 1st Baron Cobbold in 1960, and served as Lord Chamberlain to the Queen’s Household, 1963-71. He was GCVO, and a Knight of the Garter, &c.

He succeeded to his father’s peerage and to the Knebworth estate on his father’s death, 1 Nov, 1987. The Knebworth estate has been in Lord Cobbold’s family since the days of King Henry VII in 1490. He later passed the running of the Knebworth estate to his son and heir.

The 2nd Baron Cobbold married 7 January, 1961, Christine Elizabeth Stucley (born 25 Apr, 1940), one of the last Debutantes to be presented to the Queen, third daughter of Major Sir Dennis Frederick Bankes Stucley, 5th Baronet (1907-83), and his wife the Hon Sheila Margaret Warwick Bampfylde (1912-96), daughter of the 4th Baron Poltimore (1882-1965), by whom he had issue, three sons and a daughter.

The eldest son, the Hon Henry Fromanteel Lytton-Cobbold, who was born 12 May, 1962, succeeds as the 3rd Baron Cobbold.

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Monday, May 09, 2022

Maximus Simon Parkinson Scrope [born 2022]

 Rosanna [Posie] Scrope [nee Staveley] wife of [Simon] Harry Richard Scrope [born 1974], head of the landed gentry family of Scrope of Danby, has given birth to a son, Maximus Simon Parkinson.

Harry is the only son of the late Simon Egerton Scrope [1934-2010], of Danby on Yore, and his wife the former Jennifer Jane Parkinson, descended from the extinct Barons Bingley.

Rosanna Lorna Scrope [born 1988], scion of the Staveley landed gentry family, is a daughter of the late Simon Henry Staveley [1949-98], and his wife the former Judy O. Willis Fleming [b 28 June, 1954], scion of that landed gentry family, of Willis Fleming, of Stoneham.

Harry Scrope is a grandson maternally of the late Sir Kenneth Parkinson, Kt [1908-81], sometime chairman of Yorkshire Post Newspapers, and his wife the former Hon Dorothy Lane Fox [1909-80], a daughter of the 1st and last Baron Bingley [1870-1947].

The Scrope family (pronounced "Scroop") are seated at Danby, the family's 1,500-acre estate in North Yorkshire. The family descend from one of Edward the Confessor's Norman favourites, and were thus already settled in England at the time of the Conquest. The family motto, Devant si je puis (Forward if I am able), is a sardonic allusion to their name,which means "crab" in the Norman dialect. Establishing themselves in Wensleydale in the 12th century, Scropes distinguished themselves on the Crusades and in the Hundred Years War, were regularly summoned to medieval parliaments as barons, and have produced five Garter knights, and an Archbishop of York.

The Scrope coat of arms, Azure a bend or, was one of the earliest to be adopted and, to amateurs of heraldry, is a celebrated curiosity. Campaigning in Scotland in 1385, Richard, Lord Scrope of Bolton, was aghast to see it borne by a fellow knight, Sir Richard le Grosvenor. The matter was tried in the Court of Chivalry – John of Gaunt, Harry "Hotspur" and Geoffrey Chaucer all giving evidence on Scrope's behalf.

Depositions were conveniently heard in York Minster, the family burial place, where the Scrope arms were prominently on display, as they were – in glass, alabaster and stone – in more than 40 other churches in Yorkshire. The court's decision in favour of Scrope has long rankled with the Grosvenors. Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, was to name his famous racehorse (the 1880 Derby winner) Bend Or, and it was also his nickname for his grandson, the 2nd Duke, whose chestnut hair reminded him of the horse. For their part, the proud Scropes sport a distinctive family tie, based on their arms, of blue with diagonal gold stripes.

Harry Scrope descends from a junior branch of the family which succeeded to the headship in 1630. Christopher Scrope was by that time a convicted recusant and knew better than to press his claim to the titles and estates. Christopher's son seated himself at Danby-on-Yore, in the heart of the Scrope country, which the family had acquired through an heiress in 1576. Largely rebuilt in the 16th century, Danby Hall incorporates one of the most southerly examples of a peel tower, dating from the early 14th century. A small chamber at the top of the "old Tower" served as a chapel, the only place of Catholic worship for miles around. In the early 1800s a capacious priest's hole was rediscovered at the back of a fireplace. Generations of Scropes were barred, as Catholics, from public office. Their sons were sent abroad, with false identities, for their schooling. Forbidden to own any horse worth more than £5, they depended on kindly Protestant neighbours to hold them in their own names. The Scrope who bred Danby Cade, a famous 18th-century racehorse, was not his legal owner. "Penal times" ended with the passing of the Catholic Relief Act in 1829. Scrope of Danby petitioned in vain for the earldom of Wiltshire, but retained the heraldic supporters (a pair of Cornish choughs) that the family claim by prescription – supporters being an honour usually afforded only to peers and knights grand cross under Royal Warrant.

Rosanna Scrope is a granddaughter of Capt [William Arthur] Miles Staveley [1913-81], scion of the Staveleys of North Stainley Hall, Ripon, and his wife the former Nancy Constance Cail [1914-2007].

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Sunday, May 01, 2022

Bush/Lytton-Cobbold marriage

 The marriage took place at Knebworth, Hertfordshire, 2 April, 2022, between Philip Horatio Bush, son of Mr & Mrs Graham Bush, of Smeeth, Kent, and Morwenna Gray Lytton Cobbold [born 16 Aug, 1989], scion of the Barons Cobbold, daughter of the Hon Henry Fromanteel Cobbold [born 12 May, 1962], by his wife the former Martha Frances Boone.

Morwenna Cobbold is a granddaughter of the 2nd Baron Cobbold [born 14 July, 1937]. Her father is the heir apparent to the peerage.

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Sylvie Grace Pamela Redmayne [born 2022]

 Helena Evelyn Cecily [Nell] Redmayne [nee Fane, born 4 Dec, 1988], wife of Thomas Leo Redmayne [born 1987], gave birth to a daughter, Sylvie Grace Pamela, 16 April, 2022, a sister for Nola Mary Fane, who was born 11 March, 2020.

Tom Redmayne is a son of Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne [born 1938], by his wife the former Patricia A. Burke, and is a younger brother of the actor Eddie Redmayne [born 1982].

Helena Redmayne is a scion of the Earls of Westmorland, daughter of Edward Hugh Reynardson Fane [born 11 June, 1957], by his wife the former Susan Serena [Suki] Mitchell [born 1958].

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Miller/Meade engagement

 The engagement was announced 30 April, 2022, between Bradley Miller, only son of Mr Ian Miller, of Guildford, Surrey, and Mrs Suzanne Miller, also of Guildford, and the Lady Tamara Louise Meade [born 1990], daughter of the 8th Earl of Clanwilliam [born 28 December, 1960], and his first former wife the former Serena Emily Lockhart [born 19 January, 1965], descended from the Lords Gray [now the Hon Mrs Nicholas Jopling, of Cirencester].

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Ottilie Elizabeth Mary Guerin [born 2022]

 Alice Emily Cecilia Guerin [nee Scott, born 1989], wife of Alexandre Miles Philippe Guerin [born 1984], gave birth to a daughter, Ottilie Elizabeth Mary, 21 April, 2022, a sister for Hugo Robert Templer, who was born 25 November, 2020.

Alexxandre Guerin is a son of Benoit-Marie Guerin, of North Yorkshire, and his former wife Caroline Stapylton-Thorley [now Mrs Richard Aubrey-Fletcher, of the baronets of that name].

Alice Guerin is a daughter of [John] Andrew Templer Scott [born 1960], of London, and his wife the former Catherine Frances Faulkner [born 6 April, 1961], descended from the Earls of Denbigh.

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Pamela Winifred Mary Pleydell-Bouverie [nee Macdonald] [died 2022]

 Pamela Pleydell-Bouverie, who died 14 April, 2022, aged 96, was the widow of Bertrand Eric Pleydell-Bouverie [1914-99], scion of the Earls of Radnor.

She was the former Pamela Winifred Mary Macdonald, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Roderick William Macdonald, CIE, CBE, DSO, of Great Braxted, Essex, and married 7 January, 1950, Bertrand Pleydell-Bouverie [born 4 Feb, 1914], son of the Hon Kenelm Pleydell-Bouverie [1852-1921], of Wherwell, Hampshire, and his wife the former Evelyn Bertie Charlotte Maitland Makgill Crichton [died 1936], scion of the Earls of Lauderdale. Her husband died 5 Oct, 1999.

Mrs Pleydell-Bouverie leaves issue, two sons, Rupert and [Nigel] Justin, and a daughter, Prunella.

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Lady Rose Amanda Hare 1935-2022

 The Lady Rose Hare, who died 26 April, 2022, aged 86, was the widow of Sir Thomas Hare, 5th Baronet [1930-93], and daughter of the 9th Earl of Darnley 1886-1955].

She was born Lady Rose Amanda Bligh, 30 July, 1935, daughter of the 9th Earl of Darnley [1886-1955], and his second wife the former Nancy Ellinor Kidston [1901-1991], scion of that landed gentry family; and married 16 Septermber, 1961, Thomas Hare [born 27 July, 1930], son and heir of Sir Ralph Hare, 4th Baronet [1903-1976], and his wife the former Doreen Pleasance Anna Bagge, scion of the Bagge baronets. Her husband succeeded his father in the Hare baronetcy, 30 October, 1976, and died 25 January, 1993.

Lady Rose leaves issue, two daughters, Lucy and Elizabeth.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Christening of Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi

The infant daughter of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was christened with the names Sienna Elizabeth at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, 29 April, 2022.

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, by his former wife the former Nicola Diana Burrows [now Mrs Nikki Williams-Ellis, MBE].

Princess Beatrice is the elder daughter of HRH The Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his former wife the former Sarah Margaret Ferguson.

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


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Dr [Vivien] Anne Ropner

 Dr [Vivien] Anne Ropner, who died 13 April, 2022, aged 91, was a scion of the Ropner baronets.

She was born 19 July, 1930, daughter of Capt [Cuthbert] Maurice Ropner [1905-1945], of the King's Own Scottish Borderers, by his wife the former Dorothea Seymour Bell [1909-94], descended from the Dukes of Argyll. She was unmarried.

John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll [1723-1806] > Lady Charlotte Maria Campbell [1775-1861] > Eliza Maria Campbell [d 1842] > Anne Seymour Gordon Cumming [d 1858]  > Maj Oswin Baker Cresswell [1819-56] > Constance Wilhelmina Baker Cresswell [1855-1947] > Seymour Constance Mangin [1882-1971] > Dorothea Seymour Bell [1909-94] > Dr Anne Ropner [1930-2022]

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Sir Michael Hodson, 6th Baronet 1932-2022

 Sir Michael Robin Adderley Hodson, 6th Baronet, died 8 April, 2022. He was 90.

He was born 5 March, 1932, son of Sir Edmond Adair Hodson, 5th Baronet [1893-1972], and his wife Anne Elizabeth Adderley Cradock [who died 1984].

He succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 7 September, 1972.

He married firstly, 16 December, 1963 [div 1978], Katrin Alex Bernsteil, daughter of Erwin Bernsteil, of Glamorgan, Wales, by whom he had issue; married 2ndly, 1978, Mrs Catherine Denne [nee Seymour] [1936-2021], former wife of David Ralph Denne [born 1931], and daughter of John Henry Seymour, of London, His second wife died 14 April, 2021.

Sir Michael leaves three daughters from his first marriage, Tania [born 1965], Alexa [born 1966] and Jane [born 1970].

He is succeeded in the baronetcy [created in 1787], by his younger brother, Patrick Richard Hodson [born 27 November, 1934].

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Hon Jill Ganzoni 1931-2022

 The Hon Jill Ganzoni, who died 21 April, 2022, aged 91, was a scion of the Barons Belstead. 

She was born 27 March, 1931, the only daughter of the 1st Baron Belstead [1882-1958]. Her father, Francis John Childs Ganzoni, was a Barrister, Inner Temple 1906; served in World War I with the 4th Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment; Member of Parliament (Unionist) for Ipswich 1914-23 and 1924-38; knighted 1921; Chairman Private Bills Committee, House of Commons 1923-38; Parliamentary Private Secretary (unpaid) to the Postmaster-General 1924-29; temporary Chairman of Committees, House of Commons 1932-34; Chairman Kitchen Committee 1932-38, who was raised to the peerage in 1938 &c. Her mother was Gwendolen Gertrude Turner [who died 23 Feb, 1962].

Her brother, John, the 2nd [and last] Baron Belstead [1932-2005], a bachelor, was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department of Education and Science 1970-73; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 1973-74; Under Secretary of State, Home Office 1979-82; Privy Councillor 1981; Minister of State, Foreign Office 1982-83; Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1983-87; Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 1984-88;  Minister of State, Department of the Environment 1987-88; Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords 1988-90;  Paymaster-General and Minister of State for Northern Ireland 1990-92; Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk 1994-2005.

Jill Ganzoni was unmarried.

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