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].


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.


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.


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.


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


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]


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].


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.


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Edward Christopher Parker-Jervis 1960-2022

 Edward Christopher Parker-Jervis, who died on holiday, in Greece, 20 April, 2022, was a scion of the Viscounts St Vincent. He was 61.

He was born 21 August, 1960, the eldest son of Lieutenant-Commander Christopher Thomas Parker-Jervis, RN [born 20 Dec, 1929], and his wife the former Gillian Bowden; and married in 1990, Sarah Jane Shorrock [born 1962], daughter of the Rev John Musgrave Shorrock, by his wife the former Jane Hayes, by whom he had issue, a son, James Oliver [born 5 May, 1997], and a daughter, Helen Alexandra [born 17 Apr, 1995].

2nd Viscount St Vincent [1767-1859] > Hon Edward Parker-Jervis [1815-96] > Thomas Parker-Jervis [1852-1936] > Humphrey Parker-Jervis [1889-1948] > Christopher Parker-Jervis [1929-  ] > Edward Parker-Jervis [1960-2022]


Boyd-Bowman/Matterson engagement

 The engagement was announced 28 April, 2022, between Thomas Boyd-Bowman, son of Mr & Mrs Robert Boyd-Bowman, of Hanoi, Vietnam, and Annabel Honor H. Matterson [born 1989], descended from the Child baronets, daughter of Charles John Hardwick Matterson [born 26 December, 1960], of Polstead, Suffolk, and his wife the former Elizabeth Caroline McGregor Moffatt [born 1962].

Sir Coles John Child, 2nd Baronet [1906-71] > Honor Diana Child [b 1936-  ] > Charles Matterson [b 1960] > Annabel Matterson [b 1989]


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Miranda Powell-Shedden, MBE, DL 1943-2022

Miranda Powell-Shedden, MBE, DL, died 20 April, 2022, aged 78.

She was born in 1943, daughter of Graham Russell Mitchell, CB, OBE [1905-1984], descended from the Currie and his wife the former Eleanora Patricia Robertson [1908-93]; and married 18 June, 1966, Henry Roscoe George Powell-Shedden [deceased], scion of that landed gentry family, son of George Shedden ffolliott Powell-Shedden, DSO, DFC, RAF [1916-1994], and his wife the former Diana Eve Higgs [1916-1989], by whom she had a son, Piers, and three daughters, Serena, Melanie and Felicity.


Francis Roderick Macleod 1955-2022

 Francis Roderick Macleod, scion of that landed gentry family, of Raasay, died 14 April, 2022. He was 67.

He was born 11 March, 1955, the third son of Major Loudoun Henry Davenport Macleod [1919-1989], and his wife the former Katharine Adair Stride [1924-1982]; and married 1988, Susan Marietta Scaramanga, scion of that landed gentry family, by whom he had issue, a son, Archie [born 1991], and two daughters, Araminta [born 1990], and Iona [born 1993].


Freddie John Somerset Clowes [born 2022]

Olivia Sasha Clowes [nee Shephard, born 1991], wife of Toby Harry Somerset Clowes (born 1990), gave birth to a son, Freddie John Somerset, 18 April, 2022.

Olivia is a daughter of Miles J Shephard (born 1962) of Kingston upon Thames, by his wife the former Alexandra M Stringer (born 1963).

Toby Clowes is a son of George Mark Somerset Clowes (born 1954) of West Woodhay, Berkshire, by his wife the former Lady Rose Nevill (born 1950). Toby is a grandson maternally of the 5th Marquess of Abergavenny, KG (1914-2000) and of Patricia Marchioness of Abergavenny, DCVO (1915-2005), Lady of the Bedchamber to HM The Queen.


Jake Robert James Dashwood [born 2022]

 Rose Katharine Lucy Dashwood [nee Langley, born 1988], wife of James Gordon Robert Dashwood [born 1984], gave birth to a son, Jake Robert James, 3 April, 2022, a brother for Peregrine 'Reggie' Christopher Gordon, who was born 13 Oct, 2020.

James Dashwood is a son of Robert Thomas Dashwood [1955-2015], by his wife the former Georgina M. Harris [born 1956]. He married in 2019, Rose Langley, daughter of Christopher J.M. Langley [born 1946], by his wife the former Diana Constance Mary Crewdson [born 1959], daughter of Wilson Peregrine Nicholas Crewdson [1926-2014], by his wife the Hon Lucy Clare Beckett [1926-1999], daughter of the 3rd Baron Grimthorpe [1891-1963].


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Mary, Baroness Aldenham & Hunsdon 1921-2022

 Mary, Baroness Aldenham & Hunsdon, who died 16 April, 2022, aged 100, was the widow of the [5th] Baron Aldenham and [3rd] Baron Hunsdon.

She was born in the summer of 1921, as Mary Elizabeth Tyser, daughter of Walter Parkyns Tyser [1867-1944], of Gordonbush, Brora, co Sutherland, descended from the Parkyns baronets, and his wife the former Jessie Woodriffe Berkeley Quill; and married 16 July, 1947, the Hon Antony Durant Gibbs [born 18 May, 1922], a son of the 4th Baron Aldenham and [2nd] Baron Hunsdon [1888-1969], and his wife Beatrix Elinor [1890-1978], widow of Algernon Hyde Villiers, and daughter of  Herbert Woodfield Paul, MP [1853-1935], of Forest Row, Sussex. Her husband succeeded his father, 30 May, 1969, in the Aldenham and Hunsdon peerages, and died 25 January, 1986.

The Dowager Lady Aldenham and Hunsdon leaves two sons, Vicary and George, and a daughter, Antonia, and was predeceased by a son, William, who died in 1973 aged 18. The eldest son, Vicary Tyser Gibbs [born 9 June, 1948], succeeded to his father's peerages in 1986.


Jane Armyne Stevens, LVO 1937-2022

 Jane Armyne Stevens, LVO, who died at her home 15 April, 2002, aged 85, was a scion of the Sheffield baronets and a Lady-in-Waiting to the late Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.

She was born 7 March, 1937, the eldest daughter of John Vincent Sheffield [1913-2008], of Laverstoke, Whitchurch, Hampshire, and his 1st wife the former Anne Margaret Faudel-Phillips [who died 8 February, 1969]. Her paternal grandfather was Sir Berkeley Sheffield, 6th Baronet [1876-1946].

Janie Sheffield had a glittering career for nearly eight years working as a model for Sir Norman Hartnell, a leading British designer best known for his work for the royal family. Hartnell gained the royal warrant as dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1940, and royal warrant as dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II in 1957. She served as a Lady-in-Waiting and close confidante to Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon from 1970 until the death of the princess in 2002.

Stevens recalled in Margaret: The Rebel Princess, that HRH asked her to act as her driver when her chauffeur was sick. She had never driven a Rolls Royce before and had no practice. Margaret encouraged Stevens by saying "Janey, you can drive." As the pair departed the gates and were under the arch of Buckingham Palace, Stevens remembers motorcyclists crashing into the side of the Rolls Royce. Margaret responded with "drive, drive on, Janey," and told Stevens not to worry.

Jane Stevens married 14 June, 1956 [divorced 1979], the publisher Jocelyn Edward Greville Stevens, CVO [1932-2014], who was knighted in 1996. Her husband was sometime managing director of Beaverbrook Newspapers, and managing director of the London Evening Standard.

She leaves two sons, Charles and Rupert, and two daughters, Pandora and Melinda. Three granddaughters are the socialite 'It Girls' Chloe, Poppy and Cara Delevingne.


Monday, April 25, 2022

Emma Charlotte Bromet 1967-2022

 Emma Charlotte Bromet died 20 April, 2022, aged 55.

She was born in Jan 1967, daughter of John Anthony Bromet [1927-2001], and his wife the former Charlotte Imogen Woollcombe Smith [born 30 August, 1943], scion of the Samuel Smith brewing family of Tadcaster, daughter of Geoffrey Roy Holland Smith [1901-64], and his wife the former Rosamond Margaret Stirling Woollcombe [1919-1991], scion of that landed gentry family.


Saturday, April 23, 2022

Sir [Marmaduke] Adrian Francis William Blennerhassett, 7th Baronet [1940-2022]

 Sir Adrian Blennerhassett, 7th Baronet, died 9 April, 2022. He was 81, and had held the baronetcy since his posthumous birth almost eighty two years ago.

Marmaduke Adrian Francis William Blennerhassett was born 25 May, 1940, son of Lieutenant Sir Marmaduke Blennerhassett, 6th Baronet [1902-40], RNVR, who was killed in action on HMS Greyhound at Dunkirk on the day his son and heir was born. His mother was the former Gwenfra Mary Morgan [who died 21 December, 1956].

He was educated at McGill University, Imperial College London [MSc] and Cranfield Business School [MBA]. Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

He married 23 September, 1972, Carolyn Margaret Brown, daughter of Gilbert Brown, of Marston Magna, Somerset, by whom he had issue, a son, Charles Henry Marmaduke [born 18 July, 1975], and a daughter, Celina Mary Charlotte [born 15 October, 1973].

The son, Charles, now succeeds to the baronetcy [created UK, 1809] awarded to his ancestor, Rowland Blennerhassett. The family name is derived from the township of Blennerhassett in Cumberland. Members of the family represented Carlisle in every Parliament from Richard II to James I, and later represented Kerry or the borough of Tralee, Ireland


Hilton Nigel Matthew Seely 1940-2022

 Hilton Nigel Matthew Seely, who died 6 April, 2022, aged 82, was a scion of the Seely baronets.

He was born 2 March, 1940, the second son of Nigel Richard William Seely [1902-43], and his wife Isabella Elinor Margarete von Rieben [who married secondly, in 1949, Edward Bromley Davenport [1909-90], scion of that landed family, and she died 17 Jan, 1957.

He married firstly, 27 January, 1971, Leonie Mary Taylor, daughter of Brig. George Taylor; and married 2ndly, in 1993, Denise Muckle, daughter of Thomas Muckle, of Rothbury, Northumberland. 

Mr Seely leaves two sons, Charles and Dominic, from his first marriage, and a son, Max, from his second marriage.


Cole/de Rohan engagement

 The engagement was announced 23 April, 2022, between Peter H. Cole, son of Mr & Mrs Stephen Cole, of Gosbeck, Suffolk, and Princess Georgia Louise de Rohan [born 1993], elder daughter of Prince Charles Raoul de Rohan [born 1961], of Birley, Herefordshire, and his wife the former Sarah Louise Margerrison [born 1963].

Helene Grafin von Auersperg [1836-97] > Prince Raoul de Rohan [1860-1931] > Prince Charles de Rohan [1894-1965] > Prince Louis de Rohan [1927-1975] > Prince Charles de Rohan [b 1961] > Princess Georgia de Rohan [b 1993]


Vernon/Keatley engagement

 The engagement was announced 23 April, 2022, between William Grierson Vernon [born June 1990], scion of the Vernon baronets, son of [Richard] David Vernon [born 31 May, 1956], of Godalming, Surrey, and his wife the former Rosemary Nicola Myer [born circa 1960], and Sophie Keatley, daughter of the late Richard Keatley, and Sally Rogers, of Budleigh Salterton, co Devon.


Keene/Gordon Lennox engagement

 The engagement was announced 23 April, 2022, between Oliver Stephen Keene [born 1993], youngest son of Mr Richard Miles Keene [born 1957] and Mrs Rachel Amanda Keene [born 12 October, 1960, nee Ogilvie Thompson], and Iona Alice Gordon Lennox [born 1993], scion of the Dukes of Richmond & Gordon, eldest daughter of Angus Charles Gordon Lennox [born 4 February, 1964], and his former wife the former Camilla Douglas Pilkington [born 8 May, 1966], scion of that landed family [now wife of the Hon [Ashley] George Ponsonby [born 17 Nov, 1959], scion of the Barons De Mauley.

The 7th Duke of Richmond > Maj Lord Bernard Gordon Lennox > Lt-Gen Sir George Gordon Lennox > Maj-Gen Bernard Gordon Lennox > Angus Gordon Lennox > Iona Gordon Lennox

Oliver Keene's ducal ancestry:-

The 6th Duke of Buccleuch > Lady Katharine Montagu Douglas Scott > The 4th Viscount Hampden > Hon Tessa Brand > Rachel Ogilvie Thompson > Oliver Keene


Rory Benedict Clifton-Brown [born 2022]

 Georgiana Isabella Clifton-Brown [nee Heneage, born 1988], wife of Edward Robert Clifton-Brown [born 1985], scion of the Brown baronets, gave birth to a son, Rory Benedict, 10 April, 2022, a brother for Arthur Robert, who was born 15 June, 2020.

Edward Clifton-Brown is a son of Sir Geoffrey Robert Clifton-Brown, MP, FRICS [born 23 March, 1953], Conservative MP for The Cotswolds, of Daglingworth, Gloucestershire, by his former wife wife the former Alexandra Mary Peto-Shepherd [born 1955], of Lechlade, Gloucestershire.

Georgiana is a daughter of Robert John Heneage [born 1956], of North Carlton, Lincolnshire, by his wife the former Mayann Louise Milne. The Heneages descend from the Earls of Morton.


Friday, April 22, 2022

Lady Rose Diana Musker [nee Lambton] 1952-2022

 The Lady Rose Diana Musker [nee Lambton], who died 5 April, 2022, aged 69, was a scion of the Earls of Durham.

She was born 26 November, 1952, the third daughter of Antony Claude Frederick Lambton, MP, styled Viscount Lambton [he disclaimed the [6th] Earldom of Durham for life in 1970] [1922-2006], and his wife the former Belinda Bridget Blew-Jones [1921-2003]. Her siblings were [1] Lady Lucinda Lambton [b 10 May, 1943], the writer and broadcaster; [2] Lady Beatrix Lambton [b 23 July, 1949], who married Guy Nevill [1945-93], a godson of the Queen and heir to the title Marquess of Abergavenny; [3] Lady Anne Lambton [b 4 July, 1954], an actress; [4] Lady Isabella Lambton [b 17 May, 1956], wife of Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland, 4th Baronet; and [5] Edward Lambton, 7th Earl of Durham [born 19 Oct, 1961], married to Marina Hanbury [b 26 March, 1982], sister the Marchioness of Cholmondeley [b 15 March, 1984], &c.

Lady Rose married 22 January, 1979 [divorced 1989], as his second wife, [Herbert] Oliver FitzRoy Musker [born 21 November, 1948], scion of that landed gentry family,  second son of Major [Anthony] Dermot Musker [who died as the result of an accident, 8 Aug, 1959], and his wife the Hon Mary Angela FitzRoy [1919-1984], scion of the Viscounts Daventry, descended in the direct male line from the Merrie Monarch King Charles II.

Lady Rose is survived by two sons, Claud James FitzRoy Musker, and Samuel Anthony Musker, and by a daughter, Lily Mary O. Musker.


David Frederick Maclaren Selby [died 2022]

 David Frederick Maclaren Selby died 16 April, 2022, aged 77.

He married in April, 1970, the Hon Susan Lorna Pennock [born 1948], daughter of the life peer the Baron Pennock [1920-93], and his wife the former Lorna Pearse [1921-2011], by whom he had two sons, Hugo, and Mark, and a daughter, Antonia.


Jonathan Derek Morley 1941-2022

 Jonathan Derek Morley, who died 18 April, 2022, aged 80, was the husband of Davina Sheffield, who was, as one of 'Charlie's Angels' in the 1970s tipped as a possible bride of the Prince of Wales. Mr Morley was a brother of Miranda, Duchess of Beaufort.

He was born at Bath in 1941, son of Brigadier Michael Frederick Morley, MBE [1911-90], of Biddlestone Manor, Chippenham, Witlshire, and his wife the former Primrose Elizabeth Gordon [1912-97], of the Gordon family, of Boveridge Park, Salisbury. He had an elder brother, Michael Frederick David Morley [1939-98], and two sisters, Susan [later Spence], and Miranda Elisabeth [born 1947], who married 2 June, 2000, as his second wife, the 11th Duke of Beaufort [1928-2017], of Badminton House, Gloucestershire.

Jonathan Morley married firstly, 6 September, 1966 [div 1973], the Hon Kirsty Jane Aitken [born 22 June, 1947], eldest daughter of Sir John William Maxwell Aitken, 2nd Baronet [the disclaimed 2nd Baron Beaverbrook] [1910-85], and his second wife, and as her second husband, the former Ursula Jane Kenyon-Slaney [1920-2012]; he married 2ndly, 21 December, 1981, Davina Mary Sheffield [born 1 March, 1951], scion of the Sheffield baronets, daughter of George Berkeley Sheffield [1910-68], and his wife the former Hon Agnes Wilson McGowan [who was murdered 11 March, 1976], daughter of the 1st Baron McGowan [1874-1961].

Jonathan's second wife, Davina Sheffield, had previously in 1975, been introduced to the Prince of Wales, and, on paper, the 24-year-old was certainly a great match for the Prince. The granddaughter of celebrated industrialist Lord McGowan, – she moved in the right circles and was a keen horsewoman. She was also undeniably the prettiest of ‘Charlie’s Angels’, as the press collectively dubbed the women he dated. However, when Davina was introduced to Charles for the first time she was already seeing someone else – Old Harrovian and powerboat racer James Beard. Detailing Charles’s romance with Davina in her 2005 book The Firm, royal expert Penny Junor said Davina initially turned down the Prince’s invite to have dinner with him because of Beard. But ‘[Charles] was so persistent that she eventually succumbed and the boyfriend soon fell by the wayside,’ she wrote. Unfortunately for the new couple, whom Junor described as being ‘very much in love’, the ex didn’t disappear completely. In fact, as rumours that Charles was going to propose began to circulate, Beard became a media target and he was duped by one reporter into sharing details of his relationship with Davina – revealing they’d ‘lived in sin’ together before she dated Prince Charles. This brought the 'royal' romance to an abrupt end. Five years later Jonathan Morley and Davina Sheffield wed in a register office ceremony.

Jonathan Morley leaves issue, two sons from his first marriage to Kirsty Aitken,  _ Dominic Max Michael Morley [born 1967], and Sebastian Finch Morley [born 1969], and three sons from his marriage to Davina Sheffield, Thomas George Jonathan [born 1983], Capt William Frederick Duncan Morley [born 1984], The Blues and Royals, and Henry Quintus Morley [born 1987].


Lane Fox/Allner engagement

 The engagement was announced 22 April, 2022, between Capt George Sackville Lane Fox [born 1992], The Blues and Royals, eldest son and heir of Capt [George Charles] Nicholas [Nick] Lane Fox [born 25 December, 1963], of Bramham Park, near Wetherby, Yorkshire, and his wife the former Hon Rachel Monica Baring [born 29 June, 1967], scion of the Barons Howick of Glendale, and Miss [Elizabeth] Katie Allner [born 14 March, 1990], daughter of Mr Andrew James Allner [born 1953], of Barnes, London, and his wife the former Susan Isabel McCann [born 1956].


Thursday, April 21, 2022

Ophelia Nicola Gabrielle Beedle [born 2022]

 Rowena Kay P. Beedle [nee Chalwin, born 1991], wife of Nicholas Charles A. Beedle [born 1990], and descendant of the O'Brien baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Ophelia Nicola Gabrielle, 9 April, 2022, a sister for Rosie, Sienna and Ivo Simon Nicholas [born 8 Nov, 2019].

Nicholas is a son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Beedle, of London. Rowena is a daughter of Simon William Burgoyne Chalwin [born 1956], of Sedgehill, Dorset, and his wife the former Teresa Mary Young.

Sir Robert O'Brien, 4th Baronet [1901-52] > Patricia O'Brien [died 2010] > Simon Chalwin [b 1956] > Rowena Chalwin [b 1991] > Ophelia Beedle [b 2022]


Colville/Langford engagement

 The engagement was announced 21 April, 2022, between Oliver Mark Sherban Colville [born 18 April, 1996], second son of the Hon [Richmond] James Innys Colville, Master of Colville [born 9 June, 1961], of London, by his wife the former Aurea Katharine Dowson [born 1962], and Fleur Lavinia Langford [born 1996], daughter of Nicholas Richard Langford [born 1961], of France, and his wife the former Marcia J.L. Hennessy.

The 4th Viscount Colville of Culross > Hon James Colville > Oliver Colville


Isabella Celeste Holloway [born 2022]

 Annabel Genevieve Holloway [nee Hayday, born 1987], wife of Edward Charles Holloway [born 1986], gave birth to a daughter, Isabella Celeste, 21 March, 2022, a sister for  Charlotte Aurora.

Annabel is a daughter of Terence John Hayday [born 1947] and Susan Pamela Dean [born 1950].

Edward Holloway is a son of Charles Henry Warner Holloway [born 1950], and his wife the former Georgina Alice Rous [born 22 Aug, 1951], scion of the Earls of Stradbroke.

The 3rd Earl of Stradbroke > Maj Hon Nigel Rous > Georgina Rous > Edward Holloway > Isabella Holloway


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Ian George Hastie [died 2022]

Ian George Hastie died 16 April, 2022. He was 94.

The son of Andrew Hastie he married 17 December, 1960, [Anne Mary] Frederica Dorothy Nevill [born 17 January, 1938], scion of the Earls [later Marquesses] of Abergavenny, daughter of Frederick Reginald Nevill [1880-1949], and his wife the former Jeanne Fageol [died 17 June, 1975], by whom he had issue, two sons, Rupert and James, and a daughter, Caroline.


Palmer/Proudlock engagement

 The engagement was announced 20 April, 2022, between Oliver Victor George Palmer [born 1990], son of James Nicholas Palmer [born 21 May, 1963], and his wife the former Cybele Imogen Bullock [born 1963], and Hannah Lucinda Proudlock [born 1990], elder daughter of James Hamilton Proudlock [born 1963], and his wife the former Joanna Brooks [born 1964].

Oliver Palmer is descended from the Dukes of Marlborough and Viscounts Churchill, viz-

George, 4th Duke of Marlborough > Francis, 1st Baron Churchill > Francis, 2nd Baron Churchill > Victor, 1st Viscount Churchill > Hon Sarah Spencer > James Palmer > Oliver Palmer


Joanna Lennox Stockdale 1946-2022

 Joanna Lennox Stockdale [neé Harvey], who died 31 March, 2022, aged 76, was the former wife of Frederick Minshull Stockdale [1947-2018], scion of the Stockdale baronets.

She was born in 1946 as Joanna Lennox Harvey, daughter of Capt Roger Lennox Edward Harvey [1913-76], and his wife the former Diana Eira Claide Mainwaring [1914-92], scion of the Mainwaring baronets, and married 25 November, 1970 [div 1989], Frederick Minshull Stockdale [born 20 May, 1947], younger son of Sir Edmund Villiers Minshull Stockdale, 1st Baronet [1903-1989], sometime Lord Mayor of London, by his wife the former Hon Louise Fermor-Hesketh [1911-1994], daughter of the 1st Baron Hesketh [1881-1944], by whom she had issue, three sons.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Hon Mrs Andrew Bonar Law [died 2022]

 The Hon Mrs Andrew Bonar Law [née Neill], died 12 April, 2022. 

The former Joanna Margarette Neill, a daughter of Raymond Neill, of Fairview, Delgany, County Wicklow, she married 11 March, 1961, the Hon Andrew Bonar Law [born 27 July, 1933], second son of the 1st Baron Coleraine [1901-1980], and his wife the former Mary Virginia Nellis [died 3 Apr, 1978], and a grandson and namesake of the former Prime Minister the Rt Hon Andrew Bonar Law, MP, PC [1858-1923].

Mrs Bonar Law leaves issue, a son, Richard [born 19 Feb, 1963], and a daughter, Charlotte [born 2 April, 1964].


Helena Isabel Willan [born 2022]

 _. Laura Helena Ruth Willan [nee Massey, born 1986], wife of Andrew Hugh Willan [born 1986], gave birth to a daughter, Helena Isabel, 31 March, 2022, a sister for Martha Clare, who was born 2 Aug, 2018, and for Nicholas Andrew, born 22 May, 2020.

Andrew Willan is the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Michael Willan, of Bramshott, Hampshire, and Laura is a daughter of Peregrine Tatton Eyre Massey [born 1952], of Woodchurch, Kent, scion of the Barons Massy, by his wife the former Deirdre Mary Drummond [born 1953], scion of the Earls of Perth.


Saturday, April 16, 2022

Killick/Butler engagement

 The engagement was announced 16 April, 2022, between Guy Richard C. Killick [born 1992], eldest son of Marcus C. Killick, OBE [born 1962], and his former wife, the former Jillian Wendy Sowerby [born 1965, now Jill Mortimer, Conservative MP for Hartlepool], and the Hon Alexa Stirling Hadley Butler [born 16 February, 1997], eldest daughter of the 18th Viscount Mountgarret [born 15 April, 1961], and his former wife the former Laura Brown Gary Williams, daughter of Albert Dickens Williams, of Lake Forest, Illinois, United States.


Poppy Florence Hough [born 2022]

Eliza Daisy Hough [née Lawson, born 1991], wife of William Edward Gordon Hough [born 1990], gave birth to a daughter, Poppy Florence, 8 April, 2022, a sister for Ottilie Mabel, who was born 6 September, 2020.

Eliza is a daughter of Timothy Guy Lawson [born 1960], by his wife the former Hon Miranda Jane Newall [born 25 February, 1959], scion of the Barons Newall, daughter of the 2nd Baron Newall [born 23 June, 1930].

William Hough is a son of Robert Gordon Hough [born 1949], by his wife the former Jacqueline [Jackie] Fayter [born 10 June, 1951], the tennis player.


Catherine Scrope 1936-2022

 Catherine Scrope, who died 6 April, 2022, aged 86, was a scion of the Scropes of Danby.

She was born in Jan 1936, daughter of Ralph Henry Scrope [1905-1981], and his wife the former Lady Beatrice Anne Savile [1910-1973], daughter of the 6th Earl of Mexborough [1868-1945], and his wife the former Hon Margaret Eva de Burgh Knatchbull-Hugessen [1883-1957], daughter of the 2nd Baron Brabourne, JP, DL [1857-1909].

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.

Catherine 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.


Hon George John Done Bruce 1930-2022

 The Hon George Bruce, who died 7 April, 2022, aged 92, was a scion of the Lords Balfour of Burleigh. He was President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, 1991-1994.

George John Done Bruce was born 28 March, 1930, the second son of the 7th Lord Balfour of Burleigh [1883-1967], and his wife the former Violet Dorothy Evelyn Done [died 28 Oct, 1976]; and married in 2007, Mrs Jeanne Cowles Fleischmann, widow of Peter F. Fleischmann, of New York. His wife died in 2010.


Françoise Fox-Pitt-Rivers [died 2022]

 Françoise Fox-Pitt-Rivers [née Geoffroy], who died 15 April, 2022, was the third wife and widow of Professor Julian Alfred Fox-Pitt-Rivers [1919-2001], the social anthropologist and ethnographer, scion of that landed gentry family.

The former Françoise Geoffroy, she married in 1971, as his third wife, Prof Julian Fox-Pitt-Rivers [born 16 March, 1919], son of George Henry Lane Fox-Pitt-Rivers [1890-1966], and his first wife the former Hon Emily Rachel Forster, daughter of the 1st [and last] Baron Forster [1866-1936]. 

Her husband died 12 Aug, 2001.


Hon Mrs [Joan] Elizabeth Aitken 1936-2022

 The Hon Mrs [Joan] Elizabeth Aitken, who died 15 April, 2022, aged 85, was the socialite wife of former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken, and previously wife of actors Richard Harris and Sir Rex Harrison.

She was born 1 May, 1936, as Joan Elizabeth Rees-Williams, the daughter of David Rees-Williams, MP, PC [1903-76], Labour MP for South Croydon, 1945-50, and a member of the U.K. Mission to Sarawak in 1946.  He was chairman of the Burma Frontier Areas Committee Enquiry in 1947, and held the office of Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Colonies in 1947. Rees-Williams held the office of U.K. Delegate to the United Nations from 1950, and was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Commonwealth Relations in 1950, and raised to the peerage as Baron Ogmore in that year. Her mother was Alice Alexandra Constance Wills [who died in 1998].

Elizabeth Rees-Williams married firstly, 9 February, 1957 [divorced 1969], the actor of stage and screen Richard St John Harris [1930-2002], by whom she had issue, three sons, Damian, Jared, and Jamie. She married secondly, 26 Aug, 1971 [divorced 1975], as his fifth wife, the actor of stage and screen Rex Carey Harrison [later Sir Rex Harrison] [1908-90]. She married thirdly, in 1981 [divorced 1985], as his second wife, Peter Michael Aitken [born 20 February, 1946], scion of the Barons Beaverbrook. She resumed the surname of Harris by deed poll in 1986. She married fourthly, 25 June, 2003, as his second wife, Jonathan William Patrick Aitken [born 30 Aug, 1942], cousin of her third husband, scion of the Barons Beaverbrook.

Elizabeth Aitken is survived by her fourth husband and her three sons, Damian Harris [born 2 Aug 1958], Jared Harris [born 24 Aug 1961], and Jamie Harris [born 15 May, 1963].


Nias/Whitbread engagement

 The engagement was announced 16 April, 2022, between Oliver C. Nias, son of Simon Richard Nias [born 1963], of Frome, Somersetm, and his wife the former Denise Ann White [born 1957], and Catherine Helen [Biba] Whitbread [born 2 January, 1994], daughter of Charles Edward Samuel Whitbread [born 3 January, 1963], of Southill Park, Bedfordshire, of that landed gentry family, and his wife the former Jane Elizabeth Evans.

The 20th Baron Clinton > Hon Robert Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis > Helen Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis > Sir Samuel Whitbread > Charles Whitbread > Catherine [Biba] Whitbread


Alfred Richard Henry Liddell-Grainger [born 2022]

Elizabeth Anne Liddell-Grainger [born 1985, nee Wilks] wife of Peter Richard Liddell-Grainger [born 6 May, 1987], scion of that landed family, gave birth to a son, Alfred Richard Henry, 4 April, 2022.

Elizabeth Liddell-Grainger is a daughter of Dr Peter Robert Wilks, of Sandhill, co Surrey, by his wife the former Victoria Anne Morgan Woollam [born 1954].

Peter Liddell-Grainger is a son of Ian Richard Peregrine Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, of Bicknoller, co Somerset [born 23 February, 1959], by his wife the former Jill Nesbitt [born 1956],

Peter Liddell-Grainger is a great-great-grandson of Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone [1883-1981], who was a granddaughter of HM Queen Victoria.


The Baron Plumb, DL 1925-2022

 The Lord Plumb, DL, a life peer, died 15 April, 2022, aged 97.

Charles Henry Plumb was born 27 March 1925. He was a British politician and farmer who went into politics as a leader of the National Farmers' Union. He later became active in the Conservative Party and was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He served as an MEP from 1979 to 1999, and was President of the European Parliament from 1987 to 1989, the only Briton to hold the post.

Friday, April 15, 2022

Hon Thomas Ian Brassey 1934-2022

 The Hon Thomas Ian Brassey, scion of the Barons Brassey of Apethorpe, died 7 April, 2022. He was 87.

He was born 14 June, 1934, the second son of the 2nd Baron Brassey of Apethorpe, MC, TD [1905-1967], and his 1st wife the former Crystal Gloria Gore [1906-1962]; and married 28 September, 1960, Valerie Christine Finlason, daughter of Alan David Finlason [1904-1980], and his wife the former Norah Christine Tutin [1908-1964], by whom he had a son, Thomas [b 20 Oct, 1971], and three daughters, Miranda [born 25 Feb, 1963], Louise [b 27 Oct, 1964], and Davina [born 24 Sept, 1969].


Thursday, April 14, 2022

Joan Isabella Bishop (nee Montagu Stuart Wortley) 1928-2022

 Joan Isabella Bishop (nee Montagu Stuart Wortley), who died at the Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, USA, 12 April, 2022, aged 93, was a scion of the Earls of Wharncliffe and aunt of the US-born 5th Earl.

She was born 20 July, 1928, the second daughter of Ralph Montagu Stuart Wortley (1897-1961), and his wife the former Isabella Wood; and married 1 Dec, 1951, Harry Atwood Bishop Jr (who died 1993), son of Harry Atwood Bishop, of Gorham, New Hampshire, United States, by whom she had issue, two sons, Harry Atwood 'Woody' Bishop III (born 1 Feb, 1957, deceased), and Alan Stuart Wortley Bishop (born 3 Jun 1959), and two daughters, Wendy Ann Isabella (now Mrs Gillespie) (b 16 Jun 1952), and Linda Walters (born 16 Oct, 1953).


Lighton/Rose engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 April, 2022, between James Christopher Hamilton Lighton [born 20 Oct, 1992], son and heir of Sir Thomas Hamilton Lighton, 9th Baronet [born 4 February, 1954], of Stopham, West Sussex, and his wife the former Belinda Jean Fergusson, & Xinlan Imogen Meng Rose [born 1993], only daughter of Jonathan Rose, of Marylebone, Londdon, and Mrs Wei Rose [nee Meng].


Julia Cecil [nee Murless] 1942-2022

 Julia Cecil [nee Murless] who died 13 April, 2022, aged 80, was the first of the three wives of the legendary race horse trainer, Sir Henry Cecil [1943-2013], and was a popular Newmarket trainer in her own right.

The Wensleydale-born Julia Murless was born 14 February, 1942, daughter of the racehorse trainer Sir [Charles Francis] Noel Murless [1910-1987], of Warren Place, Newmarket, and his wife [nee Carlow]; and married 18 October, 1966 [divorced 1990], as the first of his three wives, Henry Richard Amherst Cecil [born 11 January, 1943], scion of the Barons Amherst of Hackney, a posthumous twin son of Lt-Col Henry Kerr Auchmuty Cecil [1914-killed in action 1942], and his wife the former Elizabeth Rohays Mary Burnett [1916-93], scion of the Burnett of Leys baronets, by whom she had issue, a son, [Arthur] Noel Amherst Cecil [born 3 Feb, 1973], and a daughter, Katrina Henrietta Amherst [Katie] Cecil [born 17 June, 1971]. Her former husband was knighted in 2011, and died 11 June, 2013.


Teddy and Bertie Orr Ewing [born 2022]

 Emma Clare Orr-Ewing [nee McDowell], wife of Jack Alexander Bodley Orr-Ewing (born 1987), scion of the Orr Ewing baronets, gave birth to twin sons, Edgar William Bodley [Teddy], and Albert John Bagshawe [Bertie], 8 April, 2022, brothers for Martha Josephine Mildred, who was born 10 July, 2020.

Jack is the younger son of the Hon Robert James Orr-Ewing (b 1953), of Holland Park, London, by his wife the former Susannah Scott, daughter of Mark Bodley Scott.

Emma Orr-Ewing is the eldest daughter of Mr Christopher McDowell, of Berkhamsted, and Mrs Janey McDowell, of Henley-on-Thames.

Jack Orr-Ewing is a grandson of the Baron Orr-Ewing, OBE, life peer, descended from the Orr Ewing baronets.


Morris-Eyton/Cornell engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 April, 2022, between Thomas Hugo [Tom] Morris-Eyton [born 1991], scion of that landed gentry family, son of [Robert] Anthony Morris-Eyton [born 1957], of Calvington, Shropshire, and his wife the former Clare L. Stuttaford, and Dr Isabel A. Cornell, daughter of Mr & Mrs Peter Cornell, of Horizons, Guernsey, Channel Islands.

The 7th Earl of Roden > Lady Marcia Valda Jocelyn > Jean Jocelyn Miles > Robert Anthony Morris-Eyton > Tom Morris-Eyton


Michael Alastair Rumbold 1943-2022

 Michael Alastair Rumbold, who died 6 April, 2022, aged 78, was a scion of the Rumbold baronets.

He was born 6 July, 1943, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Alastair Gordon Rumbold [1914-1992], and his wife the former Tania Borzakovsky; amd married in 1976, Katharine Mary Cagney, daughter of Donal John Cagney, of Broadstairs, Kent, by whom he had issue, a son, Angus Michael [born 1982], and two daughters, Victoria [born 1977], and Lucinda [born 1979].

Sir Horace Rumbold, 8th Baronet > William Edwin Rumbold > Alastair Gordon Rumbold > Michael Rumbold [1943-2022]


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Coats/Lane Fox engagement

 The engagement was announced 13 April, 2022, between James Michael [Jamie] Coats [born 1987], scion of the Coats baronets, son of Nicholas James [Nico] Coats [born 19 April, 1952], of Fulham, London, and his wife the former Belinda McKechnie [born 1957], & Sophie Grey Lane Fox [born 1991], scion of that landed gentry family, of Bramham Park, daughter of Capt Nicholas James [Nick] Lane Fox [born 25 December, 1963], and his wife the former Hon Rachel Monica Baring [born 29 June, 1967], scion of the eponymous banking family, daughter of the 2nd Baron Howick of Glendale [born 30 December, 1937].


Thomas Frankland [born 2022]

 The Hon Mrs William Frankland [nee Anna Elizabeth R. Holder, born 1984], wife of the Hon William Thomas Assheton Frankland [born 23 July, 1984], gave birth to a son, Thomas, 9 April, 2022, a brother for Tallulah Grace, who was born 22 May, 2020.

Anna Frankland is a daughter of Derek Holder [born 1948], of Malvern, Worcestershire, by his wife the former Cheryl R. McCann [born 1952].

The Hon William Frankland is the son and heir of the 18th Baron Zouche [born 23 Feb, 1943], of Charlton Adam, Somerset, and Baroness Zouche [nee Sally Olivia Barton].

The peerage [pronounced 'Zooch'] is of great antiquity, and was created in the Peerage of England in 1308. William Frankland is also heir to his father's baronetcy [created in 1660].

The infant is a future 20th Baron Zouche.


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Baroness Knight of Collingtree, DBE 1923-2022

 The Baroness Knight of Collingtree, DBE, who died 6 April, 2022, aged 98, was a Conservative peer, and as Dame Jill Knight, was Conservative MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, 1966-97.

She was born Joan Christabel Jill Christie, 9 July, 1923.  In 1941, she joined the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF). Her unit served in Amiens, moving later to Hamburg, following the British advance, performing ground control of aircraft. She also appeared on British Forces Network radio. 

She married 14 June 1947, Lt James Montague "Monty" Knight, RN.

Jill Knight was elected Conservative MP for Birmingham Edgbaston in 1966, a seat she held until she stood down at the 1997 election. She was appointed MBE in 1964, and advanced to DBE in 1985, and on leaving the Commons she was created a life peer as Baroness Knight of Collingtree, of Collingtree in the County of Northamptonshire. She retired from the Lords in 2016.

Jill Knight was a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Race Relations and Immigration, 1969–72. For more than two decades she was an active member of the Conservative Monday Club and was an outspoken opponent of the Irish Republican Army. Following the February 1972 Aldershot bombing by the IRA she called for legislation to outlaw the IRA, and attacked supporters and sympathisers on the mainland. She was on the Select Committee for the Council of Europe from 1977, the Select Committee for Home Affairs from 1980 to 1983, Lady Chairman of the Lords and Commons All-Party Child and Family Protection Group from 1978, on the Conservative Back-bench Health and Social Services Committee from 1982 and Secretary to the 1922 Committee from 1983 to 1987. Knight was President of the West Midlands Conservative Political Centre from 1980 to 1983, and Lady Chairman of the Western European Union Relations with Parliaments Committee from 1984 to 1988. She also served on the Council of Europe (1977–88), and as Chairman of the British Inter-Parliamentary Union (1994–97).

She was Vice-Chairman of the Association of Conservative Peers from 2002 to 2005.


Bianca Carla Guinness de Capell Brooke 1941-2022

 Bianca Carla Guinness de Capell Brooke [née della Pura Onorati], died 8 April, 2022, aged 80.

She was born 26 July, 1941 in Padova, Provincia Di Padova, Veneto, Italy, daughter of Renzo Della Pura Onorati [1904-75] and his wife Isabella Rappini Di Casteldelfino [1913-86]; and married 17 September, 1966, Hugh Welby Guinness de Capell Brooke [1937-2014], a scion of the Guinness baronets and the De Capell Brooke Bts (ext), son of Gerald Richard de Capell Guinness (1889-1975), by his wife the former Desiree Anne Edna Welby (b 17 May, 1904), scion of the Welby-Gregory baronets. Her husband assumed the surname of de Capell Brooke in lieu of that of Guinness on succeeding to the estate of his cousin, Arthur de Capell Brooke, 1st Baron Brooke of Oakley. By her husband, who died 30 July, 2014, she had issue, a son, Alexander (born 27 May, 1968), and a daughter, Carolina (born 22 August, 1970).

Mrs Guinness De Capell Brooke was descended from Caroline Bonaparte, sister of Napoleon I, Emperor of France, &c.


Monday, April 11, 2022

Lady Oppenheimer 1926-2022

 Lady Oppenheimer, who died 6 April, 2022, aged 95, was the widow of Sir Michael Oppenheimer, 3rd and last Baronet [1924-2020].

She was born [Laetitia] Helen Lucas-Tooth, 30 December, 1926, the elder daughter of Sir Hugh Vere Huntly Duff Munro-Lucas-Tooth, 1st Baronet [1903-85], Conservative MP for Hendon, 1945-70, by his wife the former Laetitia Florence Findlay [d 5 July, 1978], daughter of Sir John Findlay, 1st Baronet [1866-1930], &c

She married 12 July, 1947, Sir Michael Bernard Grenville Oppenheimer, 3rd Baronet [born 27 May, 1924], who had succeeded to the baronetcy, 26 Sept, 1933, son of Sir Michael Oppenheimer, 2nd Baronet [1892-1933], and his wife the former Caroline Magdalen Harvey [1899-1971], daughter of Sir Robert Grenville Harvey, 2nd Baronet [1856-1931].

Lady Oppenheimer was widowed, 17 April, 2020. She leaves issue, three daughters, Henrietta [born 24 Dec, 1954], Matilda [born 12 Jan, 1956], and Xanthe [born 13 July, 1958].


Saturday, April 09, 2022

Cox/Plastun engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 April, 2022, between Thomas Gerrard Kennedy Cox [born 31 October, 1995], son of Simon Cox [born 10 Oct, 1962], of Hyde Park, London, and his wife the former Antonia N. Feuchtwanger [born 1963], and Iryna Plastun, daughter of Dr Mariia and Dr Victor Plastun, of Crimea.

The 1st Marquess of Stafford > Lady Anne Leveson-Gower > Granville Harcourt Vernon > Rev Evelyn Harcourt Vernon > Edward Harcourt Vernon > Egerton Harcourt Vernon > Pamela Harcourt Vernon > Simon Cox > Thomas Cox


Bairstow/Stewart engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 April, 2022, between Captain David Bairstow, younger son of Mr and Mrs Roland Bairstow, of Cockle Bay, Auckland, New Zealand, and Anna Rebecca Watson Stewart [born 1 May, 1987], daughter of Sir [John] Simon Watson Stewart of Balgownie, 6th Baronet [born 5 July, 1955], of Chiswick, London, and his wife the former Dr Catherine Stewart Bond.


Amelia Charlotte Campbell [born 2022]

 Georgina Charlotte Campbell [born 1989, nee Rumbellow] wife of Robert Francis [Robbie] Campbell [born 1988], scion of that landed family, gave birth to a daughter, Amelia Charlotte, 4 March, 2022.

Robbie is the third son of Ian Adair Campbell and his wife the former Nicola Frances Grant-Dalton [born 15 February, 1957], scion of that landed family, of Brodsworth Hall.

Georgina Campbell is a daughter of James W. Rumbellow [born 1945], and his wife the former Sarah Milward [Sally] Sawbridge-Erle-Drax [born 1948], scion of that landed gentry family, 


Hugo John Mavourn Francklin [born 2022]

  Chloe Charlotte Francklin [nee Maier, born 1989], wife of Henry Alexander John Francklin [born 1988], gave birth to a son, Hugo John Mavourn, 30 March, 2022, a brother for Edward Thomas Philip, who was born 29 October, 2019.

Henry is a son of William Alexander Mavourn Francklin, of Wicken House, co Northampton, by his wife the former Celina Lucinda Palmer [born 15 May, 1961]. scion of the Palmer baronets, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Palmer, 12th Baronet [born 30 June, 1936], by his wife the former Clarissa Mary Villiers-Smith [born 1938].

Chloe Francklin is a daughter of Thomas Maier.


Rudolph Valentine Carter [born 2022]

Simonne Alexandra Carter [nee Waller, later Beresford, born 1989], wife of Christopher Neil Carter, gave birth to a son, Rudolph Valentine, 5 April, 2022.

Christopher is the younger son of Mr Neil Carter, of Merton, co Oxford, and his wife Priscilla.

Simonne Carter is a daughter of Peter Waller and his former wife the former Evelyne D. Hoskin.

Simonne Carter took the name Beresford in lieu of Waller on her mother's second marriage in 1993 to Valentine Tristram de la Poer Beresford [born 10 Oct, 1965], of  Dorchester, Dorset, scion of the Marquesses of Waterford.


James Edward Fetherston-Dilke [born 2022]

 Victoria Fetherston-Dilke [nee Silcock], wife of Edward Charles Fetherston-Dilke [born 1986], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, James Edward, 28 March, 2022, a brother for Isabella Rose, who was born 1 September, 2019.

Edward is a son of Michael Charles Fetherston-Dilke [born 1948], by his wife the former Rosemary Ann Keith [born 1951], descended from the Mann baronets.

Sir Edward Mann, 1st Bt > Maj William Edgar Mann > Penelope Jane Mann > Rosemary Anne Keith > Edward Fetherston-Dilke > James Edward Fetherston-Dilke


Martha Morven Alexandra Valentine [born 2022]

 Henrietta Valentine, wife of Patrick J. Valentine, gave birth to a daughter, Martha Morven Alexandra, 4 April, 2022, a sister for William Pridmore John [Bill] Valentine, who was born 5 February, 2020.

Patrick Valentine is the eldest son of Mr Richard Valentine, of London, and Mrs Gavin MacEchern, of Gloucestershire. He married firstly, at Alnwick, 26 February, 2011 [div] the Lady Catherine [Katie] Sarah Percy [born 23 June, 1982], elder daughter of the 12th Duke of Northumberland [born 16 Nov, 1956], of Alnwick Castle.


Friday, April 08, 2022

Archie Philip William Benyon [born 2022]

Sarah Benyon [nee Procter], wife of the Hon Harry C.W. Benyon, descended from the Earls of Clarendon, gave birth to a son, Archie Philip William, 7 April, 2022.

Harry is the eldest son of the life peer the Baron Benyon [born 1960], of Englefield, Berkshire, by his former wife the former Emma Helen Villiers [born 16 Oct, 1963], scion of the Earls of Clarendon.

Sarah Benyon is the younger daughter of Mr & Mrs Philip Procter, of Skelton, York.

Harry Benyon is a grandson paternally of the late Sir William Benyon [1930-2014], a descendant of the Marquesses of Salisbury. His mother, Emma, is now the Baroness Grimthorpe, of Newmarket, Suffolk, second wife of the 5th Baron Grimthorpe [born 10 Nov, 1954]. Lady Grimthorpe is a descendant of the 1st Earl of Clarendon.


Sarah Jane Dundas 1953-2022

 Sarah Jane [Sally] Dundas, who died in Toronto, 10 March, 2022, aged 69, was a scion of the Earls [later Marquesses] of Zetland.

She was born 15 January, 1953, elder daughter of Sir Hugh Spencer Lisle Dundas, CBE, DSO, DFC, DL, RAF[1920-1995], and his wife the Hon Enid Rosamond Lawrence [born 19 June, 1924], daughter of Geoffrey Lawrence, 3rd Baron Trevethin & 1st Baron Oaksey, DSO, PC, KC [1880-1971], the Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, &c.

She married in Oct, 1977 [divorced 1994], Terence McGlade, son of Eugene McGlade, by whom she had issue, two daughters, Victoria Rose Clare [born 1983], and Charlotte Amanda [born 1984].

Lawrence Dundas, 1st Earl of Zetland [1766-1839] > Hon John Charles Dundas [1808-66] > Hon John Charles Dundas [1845-92] > Frederick James Dundas [1877-1950] > Sir Hugh Dundas [1920-95] > Sally Dundas [1953-2022]



Simon Patrick Crichton 1956-2022

 Simon Patrick Crichton, who died 1 April, 2022, aged 65, was a scion of the Earls of Erne.

He was born 28 August, 1956, third son of Colonel Richard John Vesey Crichton [1916-2002], late the Coldstream Guards, and his wife the former Yvonne Avril Catherine Worthington [d 2017]; and married in 1983, Fiona Jane Midwood, daughter of Colin Midwood, by whom he had issue, two sons, Edward [born 1989], Charles [born 1992], and a daughter, Georgina [born 1986].

The 4th Earl of Erne > Col Hon Sir George Crichton > Col Richard Crichton > Simon Crichton [d 2022]


Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Christina Teresa Stobart 1938-2022

 Christina Teresa Stobart, who died 30 March, 2022, aged 83, was a scion of the landed gentry family of that name; born 16 November, 1938, the elder daughter of Anthony Brydges Stobart [1903-1989], of The Tyddyn, Mold, Flintshire, by his wife Grafin Julia Helene Anna Maria Marzani [1911-1983], elder daughter of Graf Julius Albert Bernard Marzani, of Daiano, Villa Lagarina, Italy.

She was sister of Henry Albert [Harry] Stobart [born 25 June, 1940], and Christopher Gervas Stobart [b 29 Aug, 1941], and Janet [born 30 Oct, 1944].


Nicholas John Johnston 1929-2022

 Nicholas John Johnston, died 11 March, 2022. 

He was born in 1929, son of Capt Archibald Edward Johnston, CBE, RN [1885-1967], and his wife the former Isabel Pamela Shand [1895-1987]; he married 1958, Susanna Maria Chancellor [1935-2022], scion of that landed gentry family, who predeceased her husband by one week, daughter of Sir Christopher John Chancellor, CMG [1904-89], head of that family, and his wife the former Sylvia Mary Paget [1901-96], scion of the Paget baronets, and married 1958, Nicholas John Johnston [born 1929], scion of an Irish landed family, son of Capt Archibald Edward Johnston, CBE, RN [1885-1967], and his wife the former Isabel Pamela Shand [1895-1987], by whom she had four daughters, Clara [b 1960], married to a Weatherall whose sister married the late Earl of Strathmore; Lily [b 1962]; Rose [b 1963], and Silvy [b 1968], married to a Weatherall [brother of her sister's husband].


Hotham/Pumphrey engagement

 The engagement was announced 6 April, 2022, between Dr William Edward Hotham [born 1995], son of Adrian Hotham, of Thorpe Audlin, West Yorkshire, and his wife the former Susan Cheesbrough, & Kate Annabel Pumphrey [born 6 September, 1995], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Andrew Charles Pumphrey [born 18 September, 1965], of Hanmer, north Wales, and his wife the former Juliet Evelyn Blackett [born 11 November, 1965], scion of the Blackett baronets.


Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Charlotte Louise Bryan 1934-2022

 Charlotte Louise Bryan [nee de Bathe], who died 9 March, 2022, aged 87, was a scion of the De Bathe baronets.

She was born 24 September, 1934, the daughter of Sir Christopher Albert de Bathe, 6th and last Baronet, pilot officer, RAF [Born 1905- killed in action, 3 June, 1941], by his wife the former Edna Winifred Terrell [1904-1988], daughter of Arthur Terrell, of Melbourne, Australia; and married 1967, [Arthur] Cyril Bryan.


Hon Mrs Edward Boscawen 1927-2022

 The Hon Mrs Edward Boscawen [née Warner], died 7 March, 2022. She was 95, and a scion of the Warner baronets.

Anne Philippa Warner was born 27 February, 1927, daughter of Colonel Sir Edward Courtenay Thomas Warner, 2nd Baronet [1886-1953], and his wife wife the Hon Nesta Douglas-Pennant [1888-1970], daughter of the 2nd Baron Penrhyn [1836-1907]. She married 14 July, 1951, the Hon [Henry] Edward Boscawen [1921-2015], third son of the 8th Viscount Falmouth [1887-1962], and his wife the former Mary Margaret Desiree Meynell [1894-1985], scion of the Viscounts Halifax; by whom she had issue, a son, Thomas [born 10 Feb, 1964], and two daughters, Sarah [born 13 March, 1958], and Jessica [born 14 June, 1960].


Andrew Gerard Noel d'Abo 1948-2022

Andrew Gerard Noel d'Abo, who died 8 March, 2022, aged 74, was a scion of that landed gentry family, of West Wratting Park. 

He was born 5 January, 1948, third son of Major Edward Nassau Nicolai d'Abo [1914-2003], and his wife the former Dorothy Primrose Harbord [1919-2011], scion of the Barons Suffield; and married in 1980, Caroline Lydia Susan Burnham, daughter of Edward Burnham, of Haywards Heath, Sussex, by whom he had a son, Robert Edward Louis [Bertie] [b & d 1980], and two daughters, Polly [b 1983], and Phoebe [b 1989].


Sir Charles John Jessel, 3rd Baronet 1924-2022

 Sir Charles Jessel, 3rd Baronet, farmer and nutrition consultant, died 1 April, 2022. He was 97.

Charles John Jessel was born 29 December, 1924, son of Sir George Jessel, 2nd Baronet [1891-1977], and his wife the former Muriel Gladys Chaplin [1884-1948], and he succeeded to the baronetcy [cr 1883], upon his father's death, 18 August, 1977.

Sir Charles, of Hastingleigh, Kent, married firstly, 9 June, 1956, Shirley Cornelia Waters [who died 23 Oct, 1977], daughter of John Waters, of Northampton; married 2ndly, in 1979 [div 1983], Gwendolyn Mary Devereux, daughter of Laurance Devereux, OBE, and widow of Charles Langer.

He served as a Lieutenant in the 15th/19th Hussars throughout the Second World War; Chairman of the Ashford Branch, of the National Farmers' Union 1963-64; Member of the Exec Committee of the Kent Branch of the NFU, 1960-73; President, Kent Branch of Men of the Trees 1979-85; Life Vice-President of the British Society of Dowsers, 1994 [Pres 1987-93]; Member, British Institute for Allergy and Environmental Therapy; a founding Director of the British Assoc of Nutritional Therapists, &c; JP for Kent 1960-78.

Sir Charles leaves two sons, George and Alastair, and a daughter, [Cornelia] Sarah from his first marriage. His elder son, George Elphinstone Jessel [who was born 15 Dec, 1957], now succeeds to the baronetcy.


Rose Amelia Richmond-Watson [born 2022]

Laura Mary Richmond-Watson [nee Innes, born 1987], wife of Mark William Richmond-Watson [born 1987], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Rose Amelia, 21 March, 2022, a sister for Wilfred and Eliza.

Mark R-W is a son of Colin Woodrow Richmond-Watson [born 1951], by his wife the former Penelope Cadbury [born 1957], scion of the eponymous chocolate manufacturing landed family.

Laura Richmond-Watson is a daughter of Peter David Innes [born 1952], a descendant of the Barons Westbury, by his wife the former Carolyn Ann Darley Blackwell [born 1956], daughter of Julian Blackwell, by his wife the former Jocelyn D. Wykeham.


Saturday, April 02, 2022

Metcalfe/Dudgeon engagement

The engagement was announced 2 April, 2022, between Charles Metcalfe [born 1991], eldest son of Toby Prideaux Metcalfe [born Oct 1956], of Newmains Farm, North Berwick, and his wife the former Noreen Margaret Lambert, and Sara Rose Dudgeon [born 1991], daughter of Charles Leighton Dudgeon, of Fala Mains, Blackshiels, and his wife the former Rose Joanna Dalrymple [born 6 May, 1962], scion of the Earls of Stair.


Chande/Cooper engagement

 The engagement was announced 2 April, 2022, between Shaun Harish Chande [born 1986], son of Harish Amratlal Chande [b 1948], and Tejal Sutaria, & Matilda A. [Tilly[ Cooper [born 18 July, 1988], daughter of Richard Devereux Burcombe Cooper [b 1943], and his wife the former Janet Lyle [born 27 September, 1944], scion of the Lyle baronets.


Friday, April 01, 2022

Simon Albemarle John Cator 1937-2022

 Simon Albemarle John Cator, who died at Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Belgium, 14 March, 2022, aged 84, was a scion of that landed gentry family, of Woodbastwick Hall, Norfolk.

He was born 10 July, 1937, son of Lieutenant-Commander Peter Harry Cator, VRD, RNR [1908-79], and his wife the former Kythe Susan Blofeld [1909-94], scion of that landed gentry family; married Christiane van Ussel, by whom he had issue, a son, Nicholas.


Hiscox/Lloyd engagement

 The engagement was announced 1 April, 2022, between Sidney John Hiscox [born 24 January, 1993], youngest son of Robert Ralph Scrymgeour Hiscox, of Rainscombe Park, Marlborough, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Lady Julia Elizabeth Meade [born 31 December, 1953], scion of the Earls of Clanwilliam, & Claudia Suzanne T. Lloyd [born 1992], eldest daughter of John Hardress Wilfred Lloyd, CBE [born 30 September, 1951], of West Hendred, Oxfordshire, head of that Irish landed family, and his wife the former Sarah L. Wallace.

Sidney Hiscox is a grandson maternally of the late 6th Earl of Clanwilliam [1914-1989]