Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The 3rd Baron Monk Bretton, DL 1924-2022

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

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

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


Sir Richard Baker Wilbraham, 8th Baronet 1934-2022

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, May 30, 2022

Wadham-Smith/French marriage

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


Sunday, May 29, 2022

A Guinness for Lord Lieutenant

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

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

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

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

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


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Raef Peregrine George McCloud [born 2022]

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

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

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

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


Mills/Mackaness engagement

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


Son and heir for the Earl and Countess of Belfast

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

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

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


Deverell/Pickup engagement

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

John Deverell's Acland descent:-

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


The Lady Kenya Tatton-Brown 1923-2022

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

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

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

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


Friday, May 27, 2022

Cutmore-Scott/Davy marriage

 The marriage took place in May, 2022, in Norfolk, between Samuel Mark [Sam] Cutmore-Scott [born 1984], son of Robert M.C. Scott and his wife the former Joanne J. Cutmore, & Chelsy Davy [born 13 Oct, 1985], daughter of Charles Davy [born 1952], and his wife the former Beverley Donald.

Chelsy Davy is a former girlfriend of HRH The Duke of Sussex.


Faber/Weatherall engagement

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

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

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


Lucy Jane Newton [nee Otter] 1932-2022

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

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

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


John Wentworth Beaumont 1989-2022

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

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


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Sir Edward Evans-Lombe 1937-2022

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

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

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


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

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

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


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Angus Peregrine Oliver Bowyer [born 2022]

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

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

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


Denham/Toogood engagement

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

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


Alexander William Houston 1928-2022

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

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

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


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Tollemache/Cadbury marriage

  The marriage took place in May, 2022, between David Charles John Tollemache [born 1989], scion of the Tollemache barons, middle son of the Hon Hugh John Hamilton Tollemache [born 17 Feb, 1946], of Stow-on-the Wold, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Rosanne Cayzer [born 1956], scion of the Barons Rotherwick, & Jemima Clare B. Cadbury [born 13 Aug, 1992], scion of the eponymous chocolate dynasty, daughter of [George] Justin Peter Cadbury [born 13 Apr, 1951], of Blewbury, Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Michelle Pearson-Cooper.

The 4th Baron Tollemache [1910-75] > Hon Hugh Tollemache [b 1946] > David Tollemache [b 1989]


Hon James Freddie Montagu Stopford (born 2022

 Shona Elizabeth Stopford, by courtesy Viscountess Stopford, wife of James Richard Montagu Stopford, by courtesy Viscount Stopford (born 30 March, 1988), gave birth to a son, the Hon James Freddie Montagu, 22 May, 2022.

Viscount Stopford is the son and heir of the 9th Earl of Courtown (born 19 March, 1954), and his wife the former Elisabeth Dorothy Dunnett.


The Baroness Sharples 1923-2022

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

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

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

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

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

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


Elizabeth Margaret Bolitho [nee Creswell] 1926-2022

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

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


Monday, May 23, 2022

Coughlin/Welby marriage

 The marriage took place 21 May, 2022, between Cosmo Cornelius Coughlin [born 1993], only son of Vincent A. Coughlin, QC [born 1957], of Hitcham, Suffolk, by his wife the former Elizabeth Anne Ray, and Isadora Barbara Pia Welby [born 1993], scion of the Welby baronets, the youngest daughter of Charles William Hodder Welby [born 6 May, 1953], of Stroxton, Lincolnshire, by his wife the former Suzanna Fiona Stuart-Routledge.

The bride is a granddaughter of Sir Richard Bruno Gregory Welby, 7th Baronet [born 11 March, 1928].


Willoughby John Giddy Perera [born 2022]

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

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

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

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


Clifton-Brown/Sundstrom marriage

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

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


Inigo Christopher Rupert Anthony Cordle [born 2022]

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

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

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

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

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

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


Twins for the Hon Orlando and Mrs Bridgeman

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

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

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


Fenella Rose Arabella Agar [born 2022]

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Eddie Nesbitt [born 2022]

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

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


Inigo Charles Patrick Stenning [born 2022]

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

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


Inigo Geoffrey Hilton Probert [born 2022]

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

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


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Bernard Noël David George Terrence Kelly [died 2022]

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

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

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

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


Arthur Rupert Roland Cadbury [born 2022]

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

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

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


Friday, May 20, 2022

Baroness Afshar, OBE 1944-2022

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

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

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


Peter Haig Loyd 1922-2022

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

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

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


Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO 1935-2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Viscount Newport has married

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

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

Eliza Liepina was educated at Auckland University, New Zealand.


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Charles Patrick Pelly 1935-2022

 Charles Patrick Pelly, who died 13 May, 2022, who died 13 May, 2022, aged 86, was a scion of the Pelly baronets. He was born 12 Oct, 1935, son of Commander Charles Sinclair Pelly, RN (1902-67), and his wife the former Caroline Mary Facey (died 1992). He married 24 September, 1966, Avis Olga Woon, daughter of Squadron Leader William Henry Tregoning Woon, by whom he had issue, three sons, Nigel (born 5 June, 1968), Stephen (born 28 Jul 1970), and Simon (born 10 May, 1973).


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Chalwin/Temple engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 May, 2022, between Peter John F. Chalwin [born 1992], son of Simon William Burgoyne Chalwin [born 1956], of Sedgehill, Dorset, and his wife the former Teresa Mary Young, and Henrietta E. Temple, daughter of William H.V. Temple [born 1950], of Callaly, Northumberland, and his wife the former Mary J. Gaye [born 1957].

Peter Chalwin is descended from the O'Brien baronets:

Sir Robert O'Brien, 4th Baronet > Patricia O'Brien > Simon Chalwin > Peter Chalwin


Shelley/Daniell engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 May, 2022, between Matthew Shelley, son of Mr & Mrs Peter Shelley, of Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire, and Natasha Annette Daniell [born 1993], daughter of Robert William Blackburne Daniell [born 1956], of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, and his wife the former Sally Pamela Clare Vernon [born 22 Apr 1960], scion of the Vernon baronets.


Fürstenberg/Melville engagement

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

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

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


Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury 1944-2022

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



Sheepshanks/Packshaw engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 May, 2022, between Tom R. Sheepshanks, son of David Richard Sheepshanks [born 30 Oct 1952], of Eyke, Suffolk, and Mrs Sheepshanks, & Olivia Rose Packshaw [born 1989], daughter of Charles M. Packshaw, of Hoo, Suffolk, and his wife [nee Youngman].

Sir Humphrey Noble, 4th Baronet > Lilias Noble > David Sheepshanks >Tom Sheepshanks

The 1st Viscount Chelmsford > Hon Bridget Thesiger > Robin Sheepshanks > David Sheepshanks > Tom Sheepshanks


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Evie Millicent Monckton [born 2022]

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

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


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The 2nd Baron Cobbold 1937-2022

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, May 09, 2022

Sinclair/Tihhonova engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 May, 2022, between the Hon George Henry MacDonald Sinclair [born 1989], younger son of the 3rd Viscount Thurso [born 10 September, 1953], and Viscountess Thurso [nee Marion Ticknor Sage], & Miss E. 'Lisa' Tihhonova, daughter of Mrs Svetlana Tihhonova, of Estonia.


Maximus Simon Parkinson Scrope [born 2022]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, May 01, 2022

Bush/Lytton-Cobbold marriage

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

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


Sylvie Grace Pamela Redmayne [born 2022]

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

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

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


Hon Diana Rosemary Rodney 1924-2022

 The Hon Diana Rosemary Rodney died at Victoria, British Columbia, 26 April, 2022, aged 98. She was a scion of the Barons Rodney.

She was born 19 April, 1924, the elder daughter of the 8th Baron Rodney (1891-1973), and his wife the former Lady Marjorie Lowther (1895-1968), daughter of the 6th Earl of Lonsdale (1867-1953), and was unmarried.