Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Townshend/Roscoe engagement

 The engagement was announced 19 January, 2022, between Alexander George Rupert Townshend [born 1991], son of Robert Charles Townshend [born 1956], of Wetheringsett, co Suffolk, and his wife the former Fiona Elizabeth Mary Fraser [born 1957], & Isabel Charlotte Roscoe [born 18 January, 1991], daughter of Andrew Roscoe, of Ashtead, Surrey, and his wife the former Elizabeth A. Rooks [born 1961].

Alexander Townshend's descent from the Rowley baronets:

Sir Charles Samuel Rowley, 6th Baronet > Alethea Susan Rowley > Robert Townshend > Alexander Townshend.


Bloemers/Fane engagement

 The engagement was announced 19 January, 2022, between Hemmo Synco Bloemers [born 1990], son of the late Dirk Bloemers and Mrs Alexandra Bloemers [nee Klaassen], and the Lady Daisy Caroline Fane [born 18 January, 1989], only child of the 16th Earl of Westmorland [born 1 Aug, 1951], and the Countess of Westmorland [nee Caroline Eldred Hughes].

The Milton Abbey educated Hemmo Bloemers is a yacht broker. Lady Daisy is managing director of Molino Recruitment Ltd.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Pandora Rose Freeland [born 2022]

 Clare Elizabeth Freeland [nee Pelly, born 8 June, 1984], wife of William Robert Freeland [born 1984], and scion of the Pelly baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Pandora Rose, 11 January, 2022, a sister for Matilda Pelly Elizabeth, who was born 6 March, 2020.

William Freeland is a son of Richard Freeland. Clare is a daughter of [John] Henry Patrick Fuller Pelly [born 27 September, 1953], by his wife the former Susan Elizabeth Briggs.


James William Lancelot Lowther 2000-2022

James William Lancelot [Will] Lowther, who died unexpectedly in hospital, 11 January, 2022, aged 21, was a scion of the Earls of Lonsdale. He was a nephew of the 9th Earl, and was in line to inherit the family peerages.

He was born 27 October, 2000, the elder son of the Hon James Nicholas Lowther [born 4 December, 1964], and his wife the former Vanessa Catchpole [born 1967], and was a grandson of the late 7th Earl of Lonsdale [1922-2006].

Will Lowther's father, James, is the heir presumptive to his half-brother, the 9th Earl of Lonsdale [born 9 July, 1957]. Will is survived by his parents and siblings, Matilda [born 1995], Ishbel [born 1997], and Flynn St George Lowther, born 10 March, 2005, who is now the eventual heir to the Lonsdale peerages.


Monday, January 17, 2022

Michael Frankland Good 1943-2022

 Michael Frankland Good, who died 13 January, 2022, aged 78, married in 1990, as her third husband, Lamorna Alice St Aubyn [born 11 Feb, 1944], scion of the Barons St Levan, of St Michael's Mount, Penzance, former wife of [1] Capt David Julian Cotton, and [2] Peregrine Edward Grenfell Lort-Phillips, scion of that landed family, and daughter of Roger St Aubyn [1906-85], and his first wife the former Baroness Sophie Helene von Puthon [who died 2000].


Selwyn Sharpe/Douglas engagement

The engagement was announced 17 January, 2022, between Jasper William Selwyn Sharpe [born 15 June, 1995], son of Richard Charles Selwyn Sharpe, of Finghall, North Yorkshire, and his wife thr former Fleur Josephine Butler [born 24 April, 1967], scion of the Baron Butlerof Saffron Walden, and Erica Douglas, daughter of Mr & Mrs Alan Douglas, of Chislehurst, co Kent.

'Rab' Butler, The Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, KG [1902-82] > Hon Samuel Butler [1936-2015] > Fleur Butler [b 1967] > Jasper Selywn Sharpe [b 1995]


Frida Cecily Alexandra Jaffray [born 2022]

The Lady Olivia Alice Jaffray [born 16 April, 1990, nee Marquis], wife of William Lawrence Paget (Will) Jaffray (born 5 March, 1990), scion of the Jaffray baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Frida Cecily Alexandra, 14 January, 2022.

Lady Olivia is the eldest daughter of the 3rd Earl of Woolton (born 24 May, 1958) by his former wife the former Hon Sophie Frederika Birdwood (born 29 July, 1964, now the Hon Mrs Montgomery), daughter of the 3rd Baron Birdwood [born 22 Nov, 1938].

Lady Olivia's step-father, David Montgomery, is a former editor of the News of the World and Chief Executive of the Mirror Group of newspapers.

Will Jaffray is the third son of Sir William Jaffray, 5th Baronet (born 1 Nov, 1951), and Cynthia Ross, Lady Jaffray [nee Corrington].


Sunday, January 16, 2022

[Clifford] William Squire, CMG, LVO 1928-2022

 [Clifford] William Squire, CMG, LVO, who has died aged 93, was a retired diplomat.

He was born 7 Oct, 1928, at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, son of Clifford John Squire and his wife Eleanor.

He served as a Second lieutenant, British Army, 1947-1949. Member of Travellers. Career:- Assistant district officer Nigerian Administrative Service, Nigeria, 1953-1959. Secretary of embassy British Foreign Service, Bucharest, United Nations New York City, Bangkok, 1959-1972. Counsellor Foreign Office, London, 1972-1976, British Embassy, Washington, 1976-1979; Ambassador to Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea Dakar, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, 1979-1982. Under secretary Foreign Office, London, 1982-1984. Ambassador British Embassy, Tel Aviv, 1984-1988.

He married firstly, 6 July, 1959, Marie-José Carlier [who died 1973]. Children: Catherine, Stephen, & Anne-Louise. Married 2ndly, 22 May, 1976, Sara Laetitia Hutchison [born 18 July, 1949], scion of the Hutchison baronets, daughter of Michael Duncan Hutchison [1912-2000], and his wife the former Margery Betty Martin [1917-1998], and a granddaughter of Sir Robert Hutchison, 1st Baronet [1871-1960], by whom he had further issue, a son James, and a daughter, Emma. 


The Baron Myners, CBE 1948-2022

 Lord Myners, CBE, a Labour life peer, died 16 January, 2022. He was 73.

Paul Myners, who was born 1 April 1948, was a British businessman and politician. He was the Financial Services Secretary (sometimes referred to as City Minister) in HM Treasury, the UK's finance ministry, during the Labour Government of Gordon Brown. He held the position from October 2008 until May 2010, and was made a life peer in consequence of his appointment, as he was not an elected Member of Parliament. He also served on the Prime Minister's National Economic Council. He sat in the House of Lords as a Labour peer (2008–2014), then a non-affiliated peer, and then as a crossbencher.


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Lady Raikes 1922-2022

 Lady Raikes, who died 9 January, 2022, aged 99, was the widow of Vice Admiral Sir Iwan Raikes, KCB, CBE, DSC [1921-2011], and a scion of the Hunt landed gentry family.

She was born Cecilia Primrose Hunt, in 1922, daughter of Capt Benedict Philip Gerald Hunt [1894-1958], and his wife the former Maud Hallowes [1889-1982], scion of that landed family; and married in 1947, Iwan Geoffrey Raikes, scion of that landed family, son of Admiral Sir Robert Henry Taunton Raikes, KCB, CVO, DSO, RN [1885-1953] and his wife the former Ida Guinivere Evans [1887-1983], by whom she had issue.


The 5th Baron Rankeillour 1940-2022

 The Lord Rankeillour, 5th Baron, died 10 January, 2022. He was 81.

The peerage was created in 1932 for James Fitzalan Hope, a scion of the Marquesses of Linlithgow. He was MP for Sheffield Brightside, a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.

Michael Richard Hope was born 21 October, 1940, son of the Hon Richard Frederick Hope [1901-64], and his wife the former Helen Sybil Mary Lambart [1912-71], scion of the Earls of Cavan.

He was a grandson of the 1st Baron Rankeillour [1870-1949], and nephew of the 2nd Baron [1897-1958], and the 3rd Baron [1899-1967], and a first cousin of the 4th Baron [1935-2005].

He succeeded to the barony [created in 1932], on the death of his cousin, 12 April, 2005.

Lord Rankeillour married 31 March, 1964, Elizabeth Rosemary Fuller [1939-2019], daughter of Col. Francis Henry Fuller, of Genesis Green, co Suffolk, by whom he had issue, a son James, and two daughters, Henrietta and Louise. 

The peerage now passes to his only son, the Hon James Francis Richard Hope, who was born 1 Aug, 1968.


The Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover, KG 1927-2022

 The Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover, KG, Conservative life peer, Senior Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter, and former chairman of one of Britain's biggest supermarket chains, died 14 January, 2022. He was 94.

John Davan Sainsbury was born 2 November, 1927, the son of Alan John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury, a life peer [1902-98], and his wife, Doreen Davan Adams [who died in 1985]. He was a great-grandson of John James Sainsbury [1844-1928], who founded what became the supermarket chain.

John Sainsbury began working in his family’s business in 1950, initially taking on a role in the grocery department before becoming a director in 1958, followed by Deputy Chairman in 1967 – a role which he took over from his father. Then in 1969, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive which he held until his retirement in 1992.

He was knighted in 1980, and created a life peer in 1989, as Baron Sainsbury of Preston Candover. In 1992 he was appointed a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry, and an honour in the Queen's personal gift. At the time of his demise he was the senior Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter.

Lord Sainsbury married in 1963, Anya Linden, the ballerina, by whom he had issue, two sons, John Julian, and Mark, and a daughter, Sarah.


Friday, January 14, 2022

Nicholson/Lambert engagement

The engagement was announced 14 January, 2022, between Rupert Grahame Murray Nicholson [born 1983], son of Grahame Royds Gordon Nicholson, of Haugh, Bradford on Avon, co Wiltshire, abd his wife the former Charlotte Davey Murray [born 1 May, 1954], scion of the Murray of Blackbarony baronets, and Caitlin M. Lambert, daughter of Mr & Mrs David Lambert, of Nobby's Beach, Queensland, Australia.

Sir John Murray of Blackbarony, 10th Baronet > Colonel Kenelm Murray > Lt-Col Archibald Murray > Maj Ian Digby Murray > Charlotte Murray > Rupert Nicholson


Agar/Clevely engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 January, 2022, between Charles Christopher Edward Agar [born 29 July, 1989], scion of the Earls of Normanton, son of the Hon Mark Sidney Andrew Agar [born 2 Sept, 1948], of Hilton, Dorset, and his wife the former Arabella Clare Gilbey [born 14 July, 1953], scn of the Gilbey baronets & India Sarah T. Clevely [born 1991], daughter of Rupert Clevely, of River, West Sussex, and his wife the former Joanna Beatrice Taswell Greenwell [born 14 Jan, 1962], scion of the Greenwell baronets, descended from the 1st Bt.

Charles Agar is a grandson of the 5th Earl of Normanton [1910-67].


Colthurst/Lighton engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 January, 2022, between Edward Henry John Colthurst [born 26 February, 1986], scion of the Colthurst baronets, only son of Henry Nicholas Almroth Colthurst [born 10 January, 1959], of Berwick St James, Wiltshire, & his wife the former Sophia Selina Irene Hervey-Bathurst [born 28 Apr, 1961], scion of the baronets of that name, and Celina Hamilton Lighton [born 26 May, 1991], only daughter of Sir Thomas Hamilton Lighton, 9th Baronet [born 4 Nov, 1954], of Stopham, West Sussex, and his wife the former Belinda Jean Fergusson.

Edward Colthurst is a grandson paternally of Sir Richard Colthurst, 9th Baronet [1928-2003], and a grandson maternally of Sir Frederick Hervey-Bathurst, 7th Bt [1934-2011].


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Hon Averil Houston [née Vivian] 1930-2022

 The Hon Averil Houston [née Vivian], who died 1 January, 2022, aged 91, was a scion of the Barons Swansea. She was descended from the 'Iron Duke', Field Marshal The 1st Duke of Wellington.

She was born Averil Vivian, 8 January, 1930, third daughter of Odo Richard Vivian, 3rd Baron Swansea [1875-1934], and his wife the Hon Winifred Hamilton [1884-1944], scion of the Barons Holmpatrick.

She married 27 June, 1953, Alexander William Houston, son of Archibald Houston, of Castle Cary, co Somerset, by whom she had two sons, Peter and Charles, and a daughter, Claire.

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington > Maj-Gen Lord Charles Wellesley > Lady Victoria Alexandrina Wellesley > Hon Winifred Hamilton > Hon Averil Vivian [who died 2022].


The Dowager Baroness Swaythling [died 2021]

The Dowager Baroness Swaythling [née Dreyfus], who died 22 December, 2021, aged 94, was the widow of the 4th Baron Swaythling [1928-1998].

She was the former Christiane Francoise Dreyfus, second daughter of Edgar Dreyfus, of 5, Rue de Chaillot, Paris, and married 14 December, 1951, the then Hon David Charles Samuel Montagu [born 6 Aug, 1928], son of the 3rd Baron Swaythling, OBE [1898-1990], and his 1st wife the former Mary Violet Levy. Her husband succeeded his father, 5 January, 1990, as the 4th Baron Swaythling [cr 1907], and died 1 July, 1998.

The Dowager Lady Swaythling leaves issue, a son, Charles, the 5th Baron [born 20 Feb, 1954], and a daughter, the Hon Nicole [born 8 Nov, 1956], and was predeceased by a daughter, the Hon Fiona [1952-82].


Thomas Crispin [Tommy] Gascoigne [born 2021]

  Emma Jayne Gascoigne [nee Richmond-Watson, born 1985], wife of Frederick William Gascoigne [born 1986], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Thomas Crispin [Tommy], 28 November, 2021.

Emma is a daughter of Colin Woodrow Richmond-Watson [born 1951], and his wife the former Penelope J Cadbury [born 1957], scion of that landed family.

Fred Gascoigne is a son of William Harcourt Crisp Gasgoigne [born 22 November, 1955], and his wife the former Susan Alexandra Williams.

Grosvenor descent of the baby:-

Francis Grosvenor, 4th Baron Ebury > Hon Maud Grosvenor > Hon Elizabeth Harcourt > William Gascoigne > Fred Gascoigne > Tommy Gascoigne


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Sophie Jean Cunliffe-Owen 1965-2022

 Sophie Jean Cunliffe-Owen, who died 8 January, 2022, aged 56, was a scion of the Cunliffe-Owen baronets, born in 1965, a daughter of Sir Dudley Herbert Cunliffe-Owen, 2nd Baronet [1923-83], and his wife [3rd wife] the former Jean Forsyth [who died 27 Apr, 2015].

She was unm.


The Baron Hughes of Woodside 1932-2022

 Lord Hughes of Woodside, Labour life peer, died 7 January, 2022. He was 90.

Robert Hughes was a Labour Party politician and life peer who served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for 27 years, and was also Chair of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) from 1976 until it was dissolved in 1995 after the ending of apartheid in South Africa.

Bob Hughes was MP for Aberdeen North, 1970-97, and was created a life peer on leaving the Commons. He took the title Baron Hughes of Woodside, of Woodside in the City of Aberdeen.


Monday, January 10, 2022

Alexander Rupert Victor Carington [born 2022]

 The Hon Mrs Robert Carington [nee Olga Litchman], wife of the Hon Robert Carington [born 7 December, 1990], scion of the Barons Carington, gave birth to a son, Alexander Rupert Victor, 7 January, 2022.

The Hon Robert Carington is the only son and heir of the 7th Baron Carrington [born 2 Dec, 1948], by his wife the former Daniela Diotallevi. Robert is a grandson of the Tory grandee, Peter, the 6th Baron Carrington, KG [1919-2018].

Olga Carington is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Victor Litchman, of Tallin, Estonia.

Matthew Gloag 1947-2022

 Matthew Gloag, who died 6 January, 2022, aged 74, married in 1971, Elizabeth Anne [Dilly] Moon [born 28 January, 1949], scion of the Moon baronets, daughter of John Richard Philip Moon [1915-1978], and his wife the former Ann Melhuish, by whom he had issue, two daughters, Emma and Sorcha.


Stanley/Reeve-Tucker engagement

 The engagement was announced 10 January, 2022, between [Richard] Hugh Edward Stanley [born 1 May, 1993], scion of the Earls of Derby, son of the Hon Peter Hugh Charles Stanley [born 4 March, 1964], of New England Stud, Newmarket, and his wife the former Hon Frances Caroline Burke Roche [born 31 March, 1965], scion of the Barons Fermoy, & Beatrice Kitty Reeve-Tucker [born 1992], middle daughter of David Wyborn Reeve-Tucker [born 1961], of Perrystone Towers, Herefordshire, and his wife the former Philippa Jane Thompson [born 1961].

Edmund Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy > Edmund Roche, 5th Baron Fermoy > Hon Frances Roche > Hugh Stanley 

Hugh Stanley is a second cousin of TRH The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex. He and the royal dukes are great-grandsons of the 4th Baron Fermoy [1885-1955]


Sunday, January 09, 2022

Sir Nigel Forbes Adam, 5th Baronet 1930-2021

 Sir Nigel Forbes Adam, 5th Baronet, died 8 January, 2022, aged 91.

Sir Nigel was the fifth holder of the baronetcy created in 1917. He succeeded to the title on the death of his elder brother, 22 March, 2019.

He was born 7 December, 1930, third son of Colin Gurdon Forbes Adam [1889-1982], of Skipwith Hall, Selby, co York, and his wife the former Hon Irene Constance Lawley [1889-1976], daughter of the 3rd Baron Wenlock [1849-1912], and his wife the former Lady Constance Mary Lascelles [1852-1932], daughter of the 4th Earl of Harewood [1824-1892].

He married firstly, 7 May, 1954, Teresa Hermione Idena Robertson [1932-2005], daughter of Commander David Lambert Robertson [1905-79], and his wife the former Felicity Douglas Tomlin [1904-92]; married 2ndly, 1987, Mildred Malise Hare Armitage, daughter of Col. George Armitage, and leaves issue from his first marriage.

He is succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Charles David Forbes Adam, who was born 8 Oct, 1957.


Saturday, January 08, 2022

Dru/Mountbatten engagement

The engagement was announced 8 January, 2022, between Alexander Bernard Molyneux Dru [born 25 August, 1991], son of Bernard Auberon Alexander Dru [born 29 December, 1951], of Bickham, Somerset, and his wife the former Catherine Margaret Norden [born 1960], and the Lady Tatiana Helen Georgia Mountbatten [born 16 April, 1990], scion of the Marquesses of Milford Haven and descended from Queen Victoria, daughter of the 4th Marquess of Milford Haven [born 6 June, 1961], and his first wife the former Sarah Georgina Walker [born 1961, now Lady Spencer, of Alresford].

Royal Lineage of the bride-to-be:-

HM Queen Victoria > Princess Alice > Victoria of Hesse > George, 2nd Marquess of Milford Haven > David, 3rd Marquess of Milford Haven > George, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven > Lady Tatiana Mountbatten

Dru descent from the Earls of Carnarvon:-

The 4th Earl of Carnarvon > Hon Aubrey Herbert > Gabriel Mary Hermione Herbert > Bernard Dru > Alick Dru

Sir Michael Eustace George Maxwell, 9th Baronet 1943-2021

 Sir Michael Eustace George Maxwell of Monreith, 9th Baronet, died 28 December, 2021. He was 78.

He was born 28 August, 1943, son of Eustace Maxwell [1913-1971], and his wife the former Dorothy Vivien Bellville [who died 2002], and succeeded to the baronetcy [created Nova Scotia, 1681], in 1987, on the demise of his uncle Sir Aymer Maxwell, 8th Bt.

The Old Etonian, who was a great-grandson of the 7th Duke of Northumberland, was unmarried. He leaves a sister Diana Helmore [born 10 Jan, 1942]. The baronetcy now passes to his distant cousin, John Hamilton Maxwell [born 27 January, 1945].

The funeral takes place at St Ninian's Priory Church, Whithorn, 21 January, 2022.

Henry Percy, 7th Duke of Northumberland > Lady Mary Percy > Eustace Maxwell > Sir Michael Maxwell, Bt


Friday, January 07, 2022

Hector Robert Kerr-Smiley 1937-2021

 Hector Robert Kerr-Smiley, who died 29 December, 2021, aged 84, at Elms Hall, Colne Engaine, Essex, was a scion of the Smiley baronets, and a great-nephew of Ernest Simpson [1897-1958], second  husband of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.

He was born 26 August, 1937, the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel Cyril Hugh Kerr-Smiley [1906-80], and his wife the former Agnes Sorel-Cameron [1909-86], scion of that landed gentry family, descended from the Barons Tollemache; and married 29 March, 1962, Eleanor Jill Wadlow [1937-2019], daughter of Commander Peter Van Breda Wadlow, RN, of Godalming, Surrey, by whom he had issue, two sons, Simon [born 1964], and Christopher [born 1967], and a daughter, Charlotte [born 1963].

His wife died 8 Nov, 2019.

His Simpson descent:-

Ernest Louis Simpson [father of THE Ernest Simpson] > Maud Simpson [sister of THE Ernest Simpson] > Cyril Hugh Kerr-Smiley > Hector Kerr-Smiley [d 2021]

His descent from the Smiley baronets:-

Sir Hugh Smiley, 1st Baronet > Maj Peter Kerr-Smiley, MP > Cyril Kerr-Smiley > Hector Kerr-Smiley

Stephen Hattersley Smith 1932-2021

 Stephen Hattersley Smith died at his home in Otley, West Yorkshire, 31 December, 2021. He was 89.

Born in October 1932, the son of Richard Hattersley Smith, of Shoebridge Houser, Eastburn, West Yorkshire, he married 19 September, 1959, [Eileen Marjorie] Clare Prince-Smith [1932-2012], daughter of Sir William Prince-Smith, 3rd Baronet [1898-1964], and his wife the former Marian Marjorie Lean [who died 1 Feb, 1970].

His wife died 17 Oct, 2012, aged 80.

He leaves issue, a son Christopher [born 1963], and two daughters, Jane [born 1961], and Vanessa [born 1965].

Thursday, January 06, 2022

William Campbell Rough Bryden, CBE 1942-2022

 William Campbell Rough Bryden, CBE [known as Bill Bryden], the stage and film director and screenwriter, died 5 January, 2022.

He was born 12 April, 1942, son of George Bryden, and married firstly, 24 July, 1970 [div 1988] the Hon [Monica] Deborah Morris [born 24 February, 1950], daughter of the late 3rd Baron Killanin [1914-1999], and his wife the former Mary Sheila Cathcart Dunlop, MBE; and married 2ndly, Feb 2009, the actress Angela Douglas [born 29 Oct, 1940], widow of the actor Kenneth More, CBE [1914-1982], and daughter of Peter and Ethel McDonagh.

He leaves issue by his first wife, a son, Dillon [born 1972], and a daughter, Mary [born 1975].


Lady Morgan 1922-2021

 Lady Morgan, who died 29 December, 2021, aged 99, was the widow of Rear Admiral Sir Patrick Morgan, KCVO, CB, DSC [1917-89], sometime commanding office of Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia.

She was the former Mary Hermione Fraser-Tytler, born in 1922, scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Neil Fraser-Tytler, DSO, TD [1889-1937], and his wife the former Christian Helen Shairp, CBE, TD [1897-1995], of that landed gentry family, and married in 1944, Rear Admiral Sir Patrick Morgan, who commanded the Royal Yacht Britannia, 1965-70. Her husband died 20 May, 1989.

Her husband was appointed CB in 1967, and KCVO upon his retirement.

She was the mother of three sons, Nicholas, Christopher and Neill, and a daughter, Elisa.

Lineage from the Erskine baronets:-

Sir Thomas Erskine, 2nd Bt > Harriet Caroline Erskine > Christian Helen Shairp > Mary Hermione Fraser-Tytler


Thornton-Berry/Whitcombe engagement

 The engagement was announced 6 January, 2022, between Capt [Charles] Archie Thornton-Berry, the Royal Dragoon Guards [born May, 1993], scion of that landed gentry family, younger son of Adrian Trevor Thornton-Berry [born Apr 1961], of Swinithwaite, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Bridget J. Collin [born 1959], and Isobel Madeleine Whitcombe [born 22 September, 1992], elder daughter of Nicholas P. Whitcombe, of Dalham, Suffolk, and his wife the former Emma Sophia Fearnley-Whittingstall [born 30 May, 1961], scion of that landed gentry family.


Reuben Vivian Strangways Morrison [born 2021]

 Lucy Georgina Morrison [nee Kennard, born 1987], wife of Simon George Strangways Morrison [born 9 August, 1984], gave birth to a son, Reuben Vivian Strangways, 30 December, 2021.

Simon Morrison is the son of Mr Guy Martin James Morrison, of Evancoyd Court, Powys, by his former wife the former Hon Charlotte Anne Monckton-Arundell [now the Hon Charlotte Townshend, of Melbury House, Dorset, born 16 April, 1955].

Lucy Morrison is a daughter of Mr Vivian Adam Mytton Kennard [born 1958], of Chilfrome House, Dorset, and his wife the former Georgina Eleanor M. Ames [born 1961].

Simon Morrison is the heir to the Melbury estate inherited by his mother in 1989. His mother, who married secondly, in 1995, James Reginald Townshend, is a daughter of the 9th Viscount Galway [1929-1971], by his heiress wife the former Lady Theresa Jane Fox-Strangways [1932-1989], who was the only surviving child of the 7th Earl of Ilchester [1905-1964], of Melbury House.


Some thoughts on Prince Andrew: his styles and titles

 Some thoughts on what might become of Prince Andrew, particularly his royal styles, and titles and his peerages. 

In July, 1986, on his marriage to Sarah Ferguson, HRH The Prince Andrew was created Baron Killyleagh, Earl of Inverness and Duke of York, all in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, with remainder to the heirs male of his body 'lawfully begotten' (that is legitimate). The earldom and dukedom had previously been held, until his accession, by the Queen's father, King George VI. The peerages are destined to become extinct on Andrew's death because his daughters cannot inherit under the terms of the Letters Patent. The Dukedom of York, traditionally bestowed on the sovereign's second son, would one day be expected to be conferred on the second son of a future monarch, such as Prince Louis of Cambridge. But is the historic York title now tainted?

There is no precedent for the removal of peerages other than by specific Acts of Parliament, or by attainder. The term “attainder” derives from the Norman-French “attaindre”, meaning to convict. It deprived those subjected to it of all civil rights and rendered their descendants ineligible to inherit. Attainder was regularly imposed by the Plantagenet Kings and later by the Tudors in abundance upon troublesome peers seen as a threat to the Crown.

Under King William III eighteen people fell victim to attainder, and King George I penalised 56 individuals alleged to have participated in the 1715 Jacobite Rising; and one attainder under King George II, was directed against 43 people involved in the rising of 1745, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Attainder as a penalty was abolished in 1870 and the Acts of Attainder imposed on those who participated in the rebellions of 1715 and 1745 were repealed in 1977, but the peerages of the rebels were not restored to their heirs.

The Duke of York's own ancestors could be said to have gained the throne of Gt Britain because of attainder.  The Act of Settlement which, when first implemented in 1714, excluded the first 53 heirs to the throne on the grounds of Roman Catholicism, and saw the succession of George, Elector of Hanover to the throne left vacant by the death of his distant cousin, Queen Anne.

The Titles Deprivation Act of 1917 was enacted to remove peerages and royal titles held by enemies of the United Kingdom in the First World War. Several of King George V's royal cousins, living in Germany, and on the side of Germany in the conflict, fell victim to this act.

It is an anomaly that although the Queen is 'fountain of all honour' with the power to create peerages and award knighthoods, it seems it isn't straightforward when it comes to the removal of peerages. For the Duke of York to be deprived of his three peerages an Act of Parliament would necessarily have to be brought before the House of Commons and then the Lords, and then the act would receive Royal Assent from his mother, the Queen.

Orders of Knighthood can however be struck off by the Queen without specific legislation. The Duke of York is a Royal Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter and a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order. Knighthoods are always withdrawn for those found guilty of serious crime. In its long history many Knights of the Garter have been deprived of the Garter, most recently in May, 1915, when King George V struck the names of seven German and Austrian royals (some of whom had never been British) from the roll of Garter knights. Similarly, Prince Andrew's membership of the Royal Victorian Order can be rescinded by order of the Queen.

The Duke of York's styles and titles of Royal Highness and Prince of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland can be withdrawn by Royal Royal Warrant, Letters Patent, or Orders in Council. For instance in 1996 the Queen issued Letters Patent removing the HRH from former wives of male descendants of the sovereign who enjoy the princely style and title. Letters Patent specifically naming Prince Andrew would be required here.

But, what then for the Queen's second son? If no longer a prince or a duke what would he be? As the younger son of the late Duke of Edinburgh he would be Lord Andrew Albert Christian Edward Mountbatten-Windsor. When King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson, his future status caused much rancour. Immediately after signing the instrument of abdication he fell into a no mans land regarding his status. Was he Mr Edward Windsor? It was pointed out that he was born the son of a duke [his father was Duke of York at the time of his birth] and therefore might be 'Lord Edward Windsor', but but very soon it was decided that the former King Emperor was 'The Prince Edward'. His dukedom of Windsor followed some months later.

Until the birth of Prince Andrew's great-nephew, Archie, in 2019, all sons of dukes were without exception afforded the courtesy title of 'Lord', and daughters 'Lady'. However, when the Duchess of Sussex gave birth to Archie it was announced that the Queen's great-grandson would be known as Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, with no courtesy title. Similarly the Sussex's daughter, Lilibet, has been born without the appellation of 'Lady'.

We are in unprecedented territory now. Andrew may well spend the rest of his days as a Prince of the UK, and as a Royal Duke, or as Mr Mountbatten-Windsor. All depends on the outcome of the law suit against him, future declarations from his mother The Queen, and of course the swell of public opinion.


Wednesday, January 05, 2022

The Baroness Grade, widow of of the impresario Lew Grade, has died aged 100

 The Baroness Grade, who has died aged 100, was the widow of Lew Grade, the life peer as the Baron Grade [1906-98].

She was the former Kathleen Sheila Moody, daughter of John Moody, and was a rising teenage singing star when she met the young Lew Grade [formerly Winogradsky], son of Isaac Winogradsky, a young talent agent and future impresario and media proprietor. They married in 1942.

Lord and Lady Grade had an adopted son, Paul Nicholas Grade [born 1952].

She was a sister-in-law of the life peer the Baron Delfont [1909-94], and an aunt of the the life peer the Baron Grade of Yarmouth, CBE [b 8 March, 1943].


Timothy Peter Hanbury 1943-2021

 Timothy Peter Hanbury, who died in Sydney, New South Wales, 28 December, 2021, aged 78, was a scion of the Hanbury landed gentry family of Kingston Maurward.

He was born 7 July, 1943, third son of John Capel Hanbury [1908-1995], of Ware, co Hertford, and his wife the former Joan Terry Fussell [1909-89]; and married firstly, 1971, Susan-Jane Farrance [born 1943], daughter of Richard Farrance and his wife the former Millicent Harniman; married 2ndly, in 1980, Barbara Jane [Barb] Harrang. 

He leaves issue by his first marriage, a son Richard John [born 1974], and twin daughters, Helen Jane, and Clare Joanne [born 1976].


Esmeralda Serena Juliet Fernández-Armesto [born 2021]

Grace Cristabel Alice Fernandez-Armesto [born 1987, nee Pilkington], wife of Frederico Fernández-Armesto, gave birth to a daughter, Esmeralda Serena Juliet, 31 December, 2021, a sister for Alfredo, who was born 5 July, 2019.

Fred is the son of Prof Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. Grace is a daughter of Michael Charles David Pilkington [born 1948] by his wife the former Clarissa Mary Baring [born 22 September, 1955], scion of the Earls of Cromer.

1st Earl of Cromer > Hon Windham Baring > Robin Windham Baring > Clarissa Baring > Grace Pilkington > Esmeralda Fernández-Armesto [b 2021]


Zara Angela Mary Morant [born 2021]

 Katharine Caroline Morant [nee Nall, born 1986], wife of James Julian Peter Morant [born 1985], and scion of the Nall baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Zara Angela Mary, 23 December, 2021, a sister for Henry George Alexander [Harry] [born 2016], and for Alice Katharine Benetta [born 4 Oct, 2017].

Katharine Morant is a daughter of Alexander Michael Nall [b 3 July, 1956], and his wife the former Caroline Jane Robinson [b 22 March, 1960]. Alexander Nall is the heir presumptive to his brother, Sir Edward Nall, 3rd Baronet [born 24 Oct, 1952].

James Morant is a son of Stephen Peter Morant [born 1950], and his wife the former Benetta Joan Nisbet [born 1952].


Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Philip Pearson Pennant 1952-2021

 Philip Pearson Pennant, who died 1 December, 2021, was a scion of that landed gentry family and descended from the Barons Dynevor. He was 69.

He was born 18 November, 1952, son of Capt Rev Philip Vivian Rogers Pennant, TD [1914-2002] and his wife the former Elizabeth Mary Plumptre [1912-2004], scion of the Barons Fitzwalter. 

He married in 1997, as her second husband, Mrs Juliet Elizabeth Randall Rushbrooke, daughter of Lt-Col. E.H.J. Eve.


Ottilie Rose Warrilow-Wilson [born 2022]

Lady Alicia Rose Warrilow-Wilson [nee Bridgeman, born 27 December, 1990], wife of Dr Philip Warrilow-Wilson, and scion of the Earls of Bradford, gave birth to a daughter, Ottilie Rose, 3 January, 2022.

Lady Alice is the only daughter of the 7th Earl of Bradford (b 3 Oct, 1947), of Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire, by his former first wife, the former Joanne Elizabeth Miller (now Mrs Philip Porter, of Hungerford, Berkshire).

Dr Warrilow-Wilson is the elder son of Simon Philip Wilson, of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, and Mrs Wilson.


Monday, January 03, 2022

Elizabeth Baskerville Russell [nee Mynors] 1940-2021

 Elizabeth Baskerville Russell [nee Mynors], died in December, 2021. She was 81.

She was born 21 August, 1940, daughter of Sir Humphrey Charles Baskerville Mynors, 1st Baronet [1903-89], and his wife the former Lydia Marian Minns [who died in May, 1992].

She married 24 February, 1962, Jeremy Longmore Bedford Russell [1935-2016], son of Harold George Bedford Russell [1886-1957], and his wife the former Lilian Mary Longmore-Mavius [1888-1978], by whom she had issue, a son, Thomas, and a daughter Jennifer.


Robin Angus Graham 1926-2021

Robin Angus Graham, who died 27 December, 2021, aged 95, was a scion of the Dukes of Montrose.

He was born 27 November, 1926, the younger son of Capt Lord Alastair Mungo Graham [1886-1976], and his first wife the former Lady Meriel Olivia Bathurst [1894-1936], scion of the Earls Bathurst.

Robin Graham was a grandson paternally of the 5th Duke of Montrose [1852-1925], and a grandson maternally of the 7th Earl Bathurst [1864-1943].

He was unmarried.



Saturday, January 01, 2022

Baroness Amos appointed a Lady of the Order of the Garter

 It was announced on 1 January, 2022, that Baroness Amos, CH, PC, has been appointed a Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. It is likely that she will be invested and installed at St George's Chapel, Windsor, in June.

Baroness Amos, 67, is a Labour Party politician and diplomat who served as the eighth UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Before her appointment to the UN, she served as British High Commissioner to Australia. She was created a life peer in 1997, serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council from 2003 to 2007. Since September 2020, Baroness Amos has been Master of University College, Oxford, succeeding Sir Ivor Crewe and becoming the first-ever black head of an Oxford college, as well as the first female appointed to the post.

Some organs of the Press reported that Valerie Amos is the first 'black' recipient of England's highest order of chivalry. This is not so. Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, was appointed to the order in 1954. He died in 1975.

Knights and Lady Companions of the Order of the Garter number 24. The appointment of Baroness Amos and Sir Tony Blair to the order bring the number of current knights/ladies to 21. Three vacancies remain.


Tony Blair awarded the Order of the Garter

The former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been appointed a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter. It is England's highest order of chivalry and an honour in the Queen's personal gift. 

It has long been tradition for a retiring prime minister to be offered the Garter. Blair left office 13 years ago, in June, 2007. Of the Queen's prime ministers, Churchill [1953], Eden [1954], Wilson [1976], Callaghan [1987], Heath [1992], Thatcher [1995], Major [2005], and now Blair were all elevated to the Order of the Garter.

Anthony Eden, the Queen's second prime minister, holds the distinction of becoming a KG before taking office as premier. James Callaghan, who resigned in 1979, holds the distinction of accepting the accolade before his predecessor but one, Edward Heath, who resigned in 1974.

The Garter is limited to 24 non-royal Knights Companion. The new knights are invested at Windsor at the start of Royal Ascot week in June, and process from the castle to St George's Chapel in their splendid Garter robes.

Former Prime Ministers nearly always collect the Garter. Harold Macmillan declined the honour on his retirement in 1963, but accepted the Order of Merit and many years later an earldom. Alec Douglas-Home was already a Knight of the Order of the Thistle (Scotland's senior order of chivalry) when he became PM in 1963. Harold Wilson collected his Garter star and sash within weeks of his resignation in 1976, but Edward Heath waited 18 years after leaving Number 10 to receive his accolade. James Callaghan was dubbed after 8 years. Margaret Thatcher became a Lady of the Order in 1995, five years after being turned out of office, and her successor, John Major, collected his KG almost eight years after his resignation. The speed of their advancement depends on vacancies occurring, and their willingness to accept at any given time. It was reported over a decade ago that Blair had declined the honour, if only in the short term.

It is not known whether Blair's successor, Gordon Brown, declined the honour, but Brown, a Scot, is likely to be a candidate for the Order of the Thistle.

The appointment of Blair and Baroness Amos to the order brings the number of current knights/ladies to 21. Three vacancies remain. Will David Cameron, a distant cousin of the Queen, who stood down as PM in 2016, and Theresa May, who resigned in 2019, soon follow Blair, into the velvet robes and ostrich feathers? 


Garter for the Duchess of Cornwall

 It was announced on 1 January, 2022, that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is to become a Royal Lady of the Most Noble of the Garter. It is likely that the duchess will be invested at St George's Chapel, Windsor, in June.

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 ususally 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'.


The Dowager Baroness Farnham, DCVO 1931-2021

 The Dowager Baroness Farnham, DCVO, a Lady of the Bedchamber to Her Majesty The Queen for over thirty years, and a friend and confidante of the monarch, died 29 December, 2021. She was 90.

She was born 24 May, 1931, as [Diana] Marion Gunnis, daughter of Nigel Eric Murray Gunnis, MP [1904-1986], and his wife the former Elizabeth Morrison [1909-95], a first cousin of the 1st Baron Margadale, and cousin once removed of the Hon Mary Morrison, DCVO, a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen since 1960.

She was a third cousin of the Queen being descended from Oswald Smith, of the Smith landed family of Midhurst.

She married 19 January, 1959, Barry Owen Somerset Maxwell, 12th Baron Farnham [Peerage of Ireland] [1931-2001]. She was the mother of two adopted daughters, Harriet & Sophia.

Lady Farnham was appointed a Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen in 1987. She was appointed CVO in 1998, and advanced to DCVO in 2010.

She was widowed 22 March, 2001, and the barony of Farnham devolved upon her husband's younger brother, the Hon Simon Maxwell.


Hermione Alice Pipon 1928-2021

  Hermione Alice Pipon, who died 24 December, 2021, aged 93, was a scion of that landed gentry family, and a granddaughter maternally of the 1st Baron Roborough.

She was born 8 May, 1928, younger daughter of Vice-Admiral Sir James Murray Pipon, KBE, CB, CMG, MVO, RN [1882-1976], and his wife the former Hon Bertha Louisa Victoria Lopes [1895-1971], daughter of the 1st Baron Roborough [1859-1938].

She was unm.


Deryn Margaret Pakenham-Walsh [née Fulljames] 1927-2021

  Deryn Margaret Pakenham-Walsh [née Fulljames] died 18 December, 2021. 

She was a daughter of Group Capt R.E.G. Fulljames, NC, and his wife the former [Annie] Muriel Davies, and married in 1951, John Pakenham-Walsh, CB, QC [1928-2017], scion of that landed gentry family, son of the Rev Wilfrid Pakenham-Walsh [1898-1974], and his wife the former Gwendolen Maud Elliott [1899-1990], by whom she had issue, a son, and four daughters.


Unwin/Negretti engagement

The engagement was announced 1 January, 2022, between Henry Peter Vivian Unwin [born 28 Oct, 1987], son of Dr David E.J. Unwin, of Dacre, Cumbria, and his wife the former Gillian [Gilly] M. Franklin, & Melissa Gipsy Negretti [born 1989], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of [Antony] Simon Timothy Negretti [born 1945], of Taynton, co Oxford, and his wife the former Lucinda Gay Lawrence,