Friday, September 30, 2022

Prayers for the Royal Family

 From the London Gazette 30 September 2022:-

Warrants Under the Royal Sign Manual


The King has been pleased by Royal Warrant under His Royal Sign Manual dated 17th September 2022 to alter prayers for the Royal Family, in form following:

WHEREAS it is provided by section 1(7) of the Church of England (Worship and Doctrine) Measure 1974 that in the prayers for or referring to the Sovereign or other members of the Royal Family contained in any form of service authorised for use in the Church of England, the names may be altered, and any other necessary alterations made, from time to time as the circumstances require by Royal Warrant, and those prayers as so altered shall be used thereafter:

NOW, therefore, WE by this Our Royal Warrant declare Our Will and Pleasure as follows:

That in every prayer for or referring to Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and contained in any form of service authorised for use in the Church of England instead of the word “Queen” the word “King”, instead of the word “Elizabeth” the word “Charles” and instead of the words “Sovereign Lady” the words “Sovereign Lord” be inserted;

That in every prayer for the Royal Family contained in any form of service authorised for use in the Church of England, instead of the words “Philip Duke of Edinburgh, Charles Prince of Wales” the words “Camilla the Queen Consort, William Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales” be inserted; and

That in all prayers so altered, such change of the pronouns “She” and “Her” be made as will by those alterations be rendered necessary.

Given at Our Court at Saint James’s

the 17th day of September 2022

In the first Year of Our Reign

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Jane Lucinda Naylor-Leyland 1955-2022

 Jane Lucinda Naylor-Leyland [nee Christian], who died 23 September, 2022, aged 67, was the wife of David George Edward Naylor-Leyland [born 13 Oct, 1955], scion of the baronets of that name.

She was born Jane Lucinda Christian [29 Apr, 1955], daughter of Lt-Col John Monsell Christian [1911-74], and his wife the former Catherine Barford; and married David Naylor-Leyland, in 1978. Her husband is a son of Michael Montague George Naylor-Leyland [1926-2012], and his wife the former Jacqueline Marie Françoise Floor, by whom she had issue, two sons, John [born 1984], and Frederick [born 1987], and a daughter, Victoria [born 1982].


The 18th Baron Zouche 1943-2022

The Lord Zouche, 18th Baron, died 21 September, 2022. He was 79.

His peerage was created in 1308, by Writ of Summons, for his ancestor William La Zouche, who was born circa 1276, and has descended through the female line from that family, through Bisshopp, Curzon and Frankland.

The 18th Baron was born James Assheton Frankland, 23 February, 1943, son of Maj the Hon Sir Thomas William Assheton Frankland, 11th Baronet [born 11 Aug, 1902], son of Sir Frederick William Francis George Frankland, 10th Baronet [1868-1937], and his wife Mary Cecil Curzon [1875-1965], in her own right Baroness Zouche.

James Frankland succeeded to his father's baronetcy, aged only one, 5 Aug, 1944, when the 11th baronet was killed in a motoring accident. On 25 September, 1965, he succeeded to the Barony of Zouche of Haryngworth on the death of his paternal grandmother.

Lord Zouche, of The Abbey, Charlton Adam, Somerset, was a Captain in the 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars, and served as ADC to the Gov of Tasmania 1965-68. He was a direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell.

He married 15 Dec, 1978, Sally Olivia Barton, daughter of Roderic Barton, of Pulham St Mary, Norfolk, by whom he had issue, a daughter, the Hon Victoria Lucy Frankland [born 23 Nov, 1982], and a son, the Hon William Thomas Assheton Frankland [born 23 July, 1984], who now succeeds as 19th Baron Zouche, and the 13th baronet, of Thirkelby, created in 1660.


Valerie Nina Dudley Ryder (nee Soames) 1928-2022

 Valerie Nina Dudley Ryder (nee Soames), who died 18 September, 2022, aged 94, was the widow of Capt Edward Dorian Dudley Ryder, Irish Guards (1924-84), scion of the Earls of Harrowby.

She was born in 1928, daughter of John Beecroft Soames (1884-1951); and married 20 Marcn, 1948, Capt Edward Dudley Ryder [born 20 Aug, 1924], son of Maj Henry Dudley Ryder, MC [1894-1958], and his wife the former Dorothy Marion Streatfeild, scion of that landed gentry family, by whom she had issue, a son, Nicholas [born 10 June, 1960], and two daughters, Jennifer [born 19 Jul 1949], and Vanessa [born 14 Apr 1951].


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Parliament and the demise of the Crown

 A number of events take place in Parliament after the death of the King or Queen Regnant. Some of these are prescribed in legislation; others are a matter of custom and can vary with each demise.

1. Adjournment and reconvening of Parliament

Until 1707, Parliament was immediately dissolved upon the demise of the crown. The Succession to the Crown Act 1707 changed this, stipulating that the parliament could continue for six months following the demise of the crown and that it would immediately meet if it had been adjourned or prorogued. Erskine May states that “the demise of the crown is the only contingency upon which Parliament is required to meet without summons in the usual form”.

The Representation of the People Act 1867 removed the requirement for Parliament to be dissolved at all as a result of the death of the monarch.

The Succession to the Crown Act 1707 provides that if Parliament is adjourned or prorogued when the monarch dies it must meet again as soon as possible.

On 6 February 1952, a Wednesday, the death of King George VI was publicly announced at 10.45am. Both Houses convened at 2.30pm and the death was announced simultaneously in both Houses. The sitting of the House of Commons was then suspended until 7pm that evening, after the first part of the accession council. The House of Lords was adjourned until 7pm.

Both Houses had risen for the day when the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced at 6.30pm on 8 September 2022. Both Houses then met at 12pm the following day, a Friday, for tributes to the late Queen. Both Houses had been scheduled to sit on that day for consideration of private members’ bills. Both Houses met again on Saturday 10 September 2022 for further tributes.

The Representation of the People Act 1985 sets out what is to happen if the death of the monarch occurs after Parliament has been dissolved but before polling day. In this situation, polling day and the first meeting of the new parliament are postponed by 14 days. If the demise occurs between polling day and the date of meeting appointed in the dissolution proclamation, neither the Representation of the People Act 1985 nor the Succession to the Crown Act 1707 applies.

2. Oath taking

Historically, members of both Houses have taken a new oath before participating in parliamentary business after a demise of the crown. However, this is not a legal requirement. In 1937, following the accession of George VI, the then attorney general, Sir Donald Somervell, stated his opinion that the obligation to take a new oath after a demise of the crown was customary rather than statutory:

The obligation to take a fresh oath to the new sovereign after a demise of the crown in my opinion ceased to be statutory in the eighteenth century. Since then, however, it has been continued by custom of Parliament. Nothing has been suggested to me which would lead me to suppose that the House desires any change.

Erksine May also states that there is no statutory obligation to take the oath after a demise.

The House of Lords requires peers to take a new oath before participating in parliamentary business. The ‘Companion to the Standing Orders and Guide to the Proceedings of the House of Lords’ states that “the oath of allegiance must be taken or solemn affirmation made by all members before they can sit and vote in the House: on introduction; in every new parliament; after a demise of the crown”. The taking of a new oath is optional for MPs.

After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, senior ministers and office holders in both Houses took a new oath in the sittings immediately following the demise.

3. Presentation of addresses

In 1956 and 2022, both Houses agreed messages of condolence to be presented to the new monarch.

After the death of King George VI, on 11 February 1952, the House of Commons received a message from the new Queen. It read:

I know that the House of Commons mourns with me the untimely death of my dear father. In spite of failing health he upheld to the end the ideal to which he pledged himself, of service to his peoples and the preservation of constitutional government. He has set before me an example of selfless dedication which I am resolved, with God’s help, faithfully to follow.

The House of Lords received the same message.

Following the reading of this message in the House of Commons chamber, the then prime minister, Winston Churchill, moved an humble address to the new Queen and also moved motions that messages of condolence be sent to the Queen Mother and Queen Mary, mother of the late King. Similarly, motions on the presentation of an humble address to the Queen and messages of condolence to the Queen Mother and Queen Mary were agreed in the House of Lords. These messages were conveyed in person to the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 13 February 1952.

Messages of condolence to King Charles III following the death of Queen Elizabeth II were delivered in person. Both Houses agreed messages of condolence to the new King in the form of an humble address following members’ tributes. These were presented to King Charles III at a ceremony in Westminster Hall on 12 September 2022. The King then immediately responded to the addresses.

4. Lying in state

The modern custom for deceased sovereigns to lie in state at the Palace of Westminster began upon the death of King Edward VII. After his death in 1910, King Edward VII’s body was taken in procession from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, where he lay in state for three days and the public were admitted to Westminster Hall to view the coffin. The bodies of King George V and King George VI also lay in state in Westminster Hall where the public were admitted, for four and three days respectively. An estimated 750,000 people attended the lying in state of King George V. Nearly 305,000 people filed past the coffin of King George VI; the queue was approximately four miles long.

After Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral her body lay at rest at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh from 11 to 13 September 2022. The public were permitted to file past the coffin. Her body was then taken to London, where it lay in state in Westminster Hall for nearly five days, from late afternoon on 14 September to the early hours of 19 September 2022. Approximately 250,000 members of the public viewed Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin. At its longest, the queue was 10 miles long. The whole lying in state of Queen Elizabeth II was also broadcast live. In the first two days, over 7.5 million people watched the live stream of the lying in state.

Since King George VI, there have been three further occasions on which public figures have lain in state in Westminster Hall: Queen Mary, wife of King George V and mother of King George VI, in 1953; Sir Winston Churchill, in 1965; and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002.

The tradition of members of the royal family participating in vigils for the sovereign’s lying in state was started after the death of King George V, when the new King, Edward VIII, spontaneously decided that he and his brothers would join the guard standing vigil on the catafalque. During the lying in state of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002, her four grandsons took part in the vigil. This practice has become known as the Vigil of the Princes.

On 16 September 2022, Queen Elizabeth II’s four children held a vigil around the coffin in Westminster Hall. They had also held a vigil by the coffin as it laid in rest in Edinburgh before being transferred to London. On 17 September 2022, the late Queen’s eight grandchildren also held a vigil around the coffin.

Following the lying in state, the monarch’s body departs Westminster Hall for the funeral. The funerals of King George V and King George VI both took place at Windsor Castle. The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II was held at Westminster Abbey. This was followed by a committal service at Windsor Castle. It has been suggested that Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was held at Westminster Abbey to accommodate the approximately 2,000 people who attended, including members of the royal family, heads of state from around the world, prime ministers and government representatives.

[House of Lords Library: Emily Haves]


Faire/Fitzherbert engagement

 The engagement was announced 28 September, 2022, between Oliver William H. Faire [born 1992], younger son of Mr Henry Faire (born 1958), of Birdbrook, Essex, and his wife the former, Virginia Bullard (born 1992), and Philippa Fitzherbert [born 10 February, 1995], scion of the Barons Stafford, twin daughter [with a sister Emily], of the Hon Philip Basil Fitzherbert [born 7 Oct, 1962], of Swynnerton, Staffordshire, and his wife the former Caroline Hadcock.

Philippa Fitzherbert is a granddaughter of the 14th Baron Stafford [1926-86].


Younger/Hilliard engagement

 The engagement was announced 28 September, 2022, between the Hon Alexander William George Younger [born 13 November, 1993], son and heir of the 5th Viscount Younger of Leckie [born 11 Nov, 1955], of Dorton, Buckinghamshire, and his wife the former Jennie Veronica Wootton, and Florence E. Hilliard, eldest daughter of Dr Timothy Hilliard, of Poole, Dorset, and Mrs Hilliard.


Lord Brougham and Vaux marries

 The marriage took place 14 September, 2022, between the 5th Baron Brougham & Vaux [born 2 Aug, 1938], son of the late 4th Baron Brougham & Vaux [1909-67], and his wife the former Jean Follett [1915-92], and Mrs Sezgin Patterson [nee Murad].

It is Lord Brougham & Vaux's third marriage. He married firstly, 23 July, 1963 [div 1967], Olivia Susan Gray, daughter of Rear-Admiral Gordon Thomas Seccombe Gray, CB, DSC [1911-97]; and married secondly, 17 January, 1969 [div 1981], Catherine Jill Gulliver, daughter of William Gulliver.


Henry Christopher John Hanmer (born 2022)

 Harriet Hanmer [nee Matthews], wife of Thomas Wyndham William Hanmer [born 10 May, 1989], scion of the Hanmer baronets, gave birth to a son, Henry Christopher John, 7 September, 2022, a brother for Griffin Wyndham Roger, who was born 7 July, 2020.

Thomas Hanmer is the son and heir of Sir Wyndham Richard Guy Hanmer, 9th Baronet [born 27 Nov, 1955], of Flintshire, by his wife the former Elizabeth Taylor.

Harriet Hanmer is the only daughter of Mr & Mrs Roger Matthews, of Fradswell, Staffordshire.


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Louis Leo James d'Erlanger-Bertrand [born 2022]

Georgia d'Erlanger-Bertrand [nee Graham], wife of Oliver Alexander [Ollie] d'Erlanger-Bertrand [born January 1992], gave birth to a son, Louis Leo James, in Aug 2022.

Ollie is a son of Mr Leo Alexandre d'Erlanger-Bertrand [born 1963], of Wiltshire, by his wife the former Beverley Osborne. Ollie d'Erlanger-Bertrand is a grandson of Alain Bertrand by his wife the former Tessa Edwina May d'Erlanger [who died 2008], and a great-nephew of Rodolphe d'Erlanger, who married Lady Caroline Cholmondeley [b 1952], dau of the 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley [1919-90].

Georgia is a daughter of Mr & Mrs James Graham, of London.


John Rupert Malise Harvey 1935-2022

John Rupert Malise Harvey died 21 September, 2022, aged 87. 

He was born in 1935, son of Major William F.J. Harvey, and his wife the former Enid Catherine Margaret Deas Dewar [1899-1977], scion of the Dewar of Durie Scottish landed gentry family; he was twice wed.


Monday, September 26, 2022

O'Donovan/Trollope-Bellew engagement

 The engagement was announced 26 September, 2022, between Joshua Matthew C. [Josh] O'Donovan [born 1993], son of Cornelius O'Donovan [born 1960], of Thirsk, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Cathryn Murgatroyd, & Emma Louise Trollope-Bellew [born 1993], scion of that landed family, daughter of Anthony Henry Trollope-Bellew [born 1953], of Crowcombe, Somerset, and his wife the former Annabel Claire Collier [born 1968].


Lady Mary Russell (nee Baillie-Hamilton) 1934-2022

 The Lady Mary Russell, who died 18 September, 2022, aged 88, was one of Queen Elizabeth II's Maids of Honour at the Coronation 1953, and was a scion of the Earls of Haddington.

The Queen's Maids of Honour were aged between 19 and 23 at the time of the Coronation, 2 June, 1953, all just a few years younger than the Queen. The ladies were surprised and enthused in equal measure to receive the invitation from Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk. ‘I was completely gobsmacked,’ uttered Lady Mary, in a later television documentary.

They have described themselves as the 'Spice Girls' of their day - the 'lily white' Maids of Honour chosen to accompany the Queen on her Coronation Day.

Lady Rosemary Spencer-Churchill(born 24 July, 1929), Lady Jane Vane-Tempest-Stewart (born 11 Aug, 1932), Lady Anne Coke (born 16 July, 1932), Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton (1934-2022), Lady Moyra Hamilton (1930-2020) and Lady Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (born 1 Dec 1934) were chosen for their 'decorative' beauty as well as their ability to carry the Queen's heavy train.

All six were reunited at Westminster Abbey in 2013 to celebrate sixty years since that momentous day.

"It was overwhelming and moving – especially during the anointing" recalled Lady Mary of the day. "Of all the girls our age in the country we six girls were chosen to carry the Queen's train and that meant a great deal."

She was Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton, born 13 January, 1934, daughter of the 12th Earl of Haddington (1894-1986), and his wife the former Sarah Muriel Josephine Cook [who died 14 Dec, 1995]; and married firstly, 21 July, 1954 [div 1965], [John] Adrian Bailey (1930-2021), son of Ronald Graham Bailey [1904-67], and his wife the former Annette Winifred Robertson; and married 2ndly, 1 Oct, 1965, David Vernon Russell [born 1929], son of Brigadier Hugh Edward Russell, DSO [1896-1941], and his wife the former Muriel Dorothy Vernon Summers. 

She leaves issue from her first marriage, William [born 1957], Philip [born 1959], and a daughter, Arabella [born 1955], wife of the 3rd Viscount Chandos [born 12 Feb 1953]; and from her second marriage, a son, Jason [born 1966], and a daughter, Mariana [born 1968].

The funeral takes place on 10 October, 2022, at Our Lady of Lourdes, Hungerford.


Marina Rose Françoise Brown [born 2022]

 Emily Christine Rose Brown [nee Colville, born 1986], wife of Tom W. Brown, and scion of the Barons Clydesmuir, gave birth to a daughter, Marina Rose Françoise, 14 September, 2022, a sister for Rory Andrew William, born in 2017, and for Oscar Louis Alexander, born 17 June, 2020.

Tom is a son of Colonel David Brown, of Pen Selwood, Somerset. His wife is a daughter of the Hon Andrew John Colville [born 1953], by his wife the former Elaine Genevieve Davy.

The infant is a great-grandson of the 2nd Baron Clydesmuir, KT, CB, MBE, TD [1917-96].


Saturday, September 24, 2022

Flower/Thompson-Royds engagement

The engagement was announced 24 September, 2022, between the Hon Harry William Warburton Flower [born 11 January, 1977], younger son of the 11th Viscount Ashbrook [born 9 Dec, 1935], of Arley, Cheshire, and his wife the former Zoë Mary Engleheart [born 9 Oct, 1938], and Katherine Louise [Katie] Thompson-Royds [born 1985], daughter of Timothy Christopher Thompson-Royds [born 8 January, 1950], of Newnham, Northamptonshire, descended from the Thompson baronets, and his wife the former Anne Hedley [born 1959], descended from the Earls Waldegrave.



The Dowager Marchioness of Bath 1943-2022

The Dowager Marchioness of Bath, who died 17 September, 2022, in Paris, aged 78, was the widow of the eccentric aristocrat the 7th Marquess of Bath [1932-2020], and was the former chateleaine of Longleat, one of the great houses of Britain. Her husband was a tabloid favourite, not only for his picturesque appearance and peculiar artistic tastes but for his string of mistresses, whom he referred to as his wifelets (he reckoned there to have been around 74 of them).

The Marchioness was the former Anna Gaël Gyarmathy [the actress Anna Gaël], and was born in Budapest, 27 September, 1943, daughter of Laszlo Izsak Gyarmathy, of Los Angeles, California.

Her films and tv credits include Mademoiselle de la Ferté (1965), The Love Factor [1969], and Nana [1970], Red Haired Revolver [1973], Karetekas and Co [TV mini series 1973], Bedmania [1974], Blue Blood [1974], Dracula and Son [1976], Maxim's Porter [1976], Holiday Hotel [1978], Sweeney 2 [1978], and We're Not Angels ... Neither Are They [1981].

She married 9 May, 1969, the then Alexander George Thynne [later Thynn], styled Viscount Weymouth, son and heir of the 6th Marquess of Bath [1905-92], and his first wife the former Hon Daphne Winifred Louise Vivian [1904-97], daughter of the 4th Baron Vivian [1878-1940]. 

The Marquess of Bath admitted that he married partly in order to father a legitimate heir for the family estate, and after fulfilling this duty the Marchioness led a separate life with her own lover in Paris, returning to Longleat for occasional weekends.

Her husband, beloved by the tabloid press as 'the Loins of Longleat' succeeded his father as 7th Marquess of Bath, 30 June, 1992. The family seat at Longleat is one of the best examples of Elizabethan architecture in Britain set in 9,000 Wiltshire acres. Lord Bath died from Covid-19, 4 April, 2020.

The Dowager Marchioness of Bath is survived by a daughter, Lady Lenka Abigail Thynn [born 20 Oct, 1969], and by a son, Ceawlin Henry Laszlo Thynn, the 8th Marquess of Bath [born 6 June, 1974].


Friday, September 23, 2022

Elizabeth Dawn Murray 1931-2022

 Elizabeth Dawn Murray [nee Harman], died 12 September, 2022. 

She was the former Elizabeth Dawn Harman, born in 1931, scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Herbert Donald Harman [1895-1954], and his wife the former Dorothy Fleming [1905-83]; and married in 1974, as his second wife, Edward William Atholl Murray [born 30 June, 1927], scion of the Dukes of Atholl, son of Stracey Montagu Atholl Murray [1888-1970], and his wife the former Irene Margaretta Waring [who d 1952]. No issue of the marriage.


The Baron Sheikh 1941-2022

 The Baron Sheikh, who died 22 September, 2022, aged 81, was a British politician and businessman. He was formerly an insurance broker and underwriter.

Mohamed Sheikh was born in Kenya, 13 June, 1941, and raised in Uganda. He arrived in the UK in 1962 and later studied at the Holborn College of Law, Languages and Commerce and the City College of London. Sheikh then received training at a major insurance company, Sun Alliance and London Group. Previously, he was the chairman and Chief Executive of Lloyd's Brokers, Camberford Law PLC. He was later the Chairman of companies relating to Property and other businesses.

Sheikh was appointed a life peer in 2006 after he was nominated by Michael Howard MP, then Leader of the Conservative Party. The life barony conferred upon Mohamed Iltaf Sheikh was gazetted on 6 June 2006 by the name, style and title of Baron Sheikh, of Cornhill in the City of London.

He has founded and Co-Chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Islamic and Ethical Finance in British Parliament. He is co-chair of the APPG on Turkey and the Prevention of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. He is also a vice-chair of the APPGs on Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.


Lindesay-Bethune/O'Connor engagement

  The engagement was announced 23 September, 2022, between the Hon David Nigel Lindesay-Bethune [born 12 May, 1993], second son of the 16th Earl of Lindsay [born 19 November, 1955], of Upper Largo, Fife, and the Countess of Lindsay [nee Diana Mary Chamberlayne-Macdonald, born 12 Sept, 1961], and Katherine S. O'Connor, eldest daughter of Martin Bradley O'Connor II, of New Vernon, New Jersey, United States, and his wife the former Jane Sarkin.

David Lindesay-Bethune is a twin brother of Lady Charlotte, wife of His Royal Highness Prince Jaime of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Noto [born 26 June 1992].


Thursday, September 22, 2022

Strong/Murray engagement

 The engagement was announced 22 September, 2022, between Oliver Timothy John Strong [born 1994], son of Neil Lawrence Charles Strong, of Ramsdell, Hampshire, and his wife the former Georgia Mary Norman [born 1968], & Isobel Alice E. Murray [born 1996], daughter Graeme Weston Elliot Murray, of Snape, Suffolk, and his former wife the former Serena Alice Fooks [born 1963] [Mrs Serena Johnson, of Knightsbridge], scion of the Fooks landed gentry family.


The Coronation of King Charles III: who can we expect to see?

 We are told in some sources of the media that King Charles III is looking at a greatly slimmed down Coronation, expected to take place within the next twelve months. The practice of inaugurating the new Sovereign, or Head of a people with some special observance has been universal from the earliest times. The character of the observance has varied according to the traditions of the people concerned. It may be a complex of ceremonies extended over a series of days, or just a simple ceremony performed within the space of an hour. It has varied also with the nature of the monarch assumed, whether military or religious, or a combination of the two, or to be solely civil or secular. The obvious appropriateness of the practice is attested by its persistence to the our own time in the 21st century. Not all monarchs in Europe, Scandinavia, or around the world are crowned; but none enters upon the office without formality. Charles III, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northerm Ireland is unique among the rulers of the world in that he will be anointed and crowned with solemn rites and ceremonies which represent more than a thousand years of history and traditions of his people.

Charles III's Coronation will be the first at which the Queen Consort will be crowned since the coronation of the King's grandparents, George VI and Queen Elizabeth, 12 May, 1937. Not all Queen Consorts have been crowned, and we have to look back several centuries for instances where the Queen was not anointed with her husband. King George IV denied his wife, Queen Caroline, a place in Westminster Abbey, and was crowned alone, 19 July, 1821. Weeks later the unfortunate Caroline was dead from a broken heart. 

On 20 October, 1714 King George I was crowned alone, having divorced his wife, Sophia Dorothea, twenty years before. Charles III will be the first of his name to see his wife crowned. Henrietta Maria of France, a Roman Catholic, wife of Charles I was prohibited from participating in the rite. Charles II, restored in 1660, and crowned on St George's Day, 1661, was a bachelor, and married the Roman Catholic Catherine of Braganza in 1662. Catherine, a Roman Catholic, was never crowned.

King Henry VIII was crowned with his first wife Catherine of Aragon, 24 June, 1509. Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn, had her own coronation as Queen Consort, 1 June, 1533.

King Henry VII was crowned 30 October, 1485, before his marriage to Elizabeth of York. He married Elizabeth in 1486, and she was crowned 25 November, 1487.

Elizabeth of York and Anne Boleyn were the last Queen Consorts to be crowned separately from their husbands.

So, who can we expect to participate at the Coronation of the King? The Royal Dukes will be there to 'pay homage' to the King. The Prince of Wales [who is also Duke of Cornwall, Rothesay and Cambridge], will lead here. Royal Dukes are usually the sons or grandsons of the Sovereign. Since the Middle Ages all adult younger sons of the sovereign have been Dukes, with the exception of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Forfar. It is expected that before the Coronation that Edward will be created Duke of Edinburgh, as was agreed on his marriage to Sophie Rhys Jones in 1999. The Duke of Sussex, as the younger son of the Sovereign will also pay homage along with the Dukes of Gloucester and Kent, who are both male line grandsons of King George V. Traditionally, the duke kneels before the monarch and pledge  “to become your liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship; and faith and truth I will bear unto you, to live and die, against all manner of folks.” The Dukes put on their own coronets when the King is crowned with the St Edward's crown. At the 1953 Coronation the Royal Dukes wore Parliamentary robes, but none have been worn since the hereditary element was removed from the House of Lords in 1999.

Princes (who are not peers) and Princesses will be in attendance. The only living adult prince who is not a peer is Prince Michael of Kent, a grandson of George V. The daughters of the Sovereign (Princess Anne, the Princess Royal), and daughters of the sons of the Sovereign, who are princesses of the United Kingdom of Gt Britain and Northern Ireland by birth. They include Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Princess Eugenie, Mrs Jack Brooksbank, and Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy. The children of the Earl of Wessex & Forfar (who fall into this category, but do not use the style and title of Royal Highness) ought to have this precedence at the Coronation, but it remains to be seen what the King's wishes are.

Royal Duchesses will be in the abbey to observe the rite from a gallery above the theatre. The Princess of Wales is expected to be joined by the Duchess of Sussex [a royal duchess despite giving up a working royal role], and the Danish-born Duchess of Gloucester, wife of the King's cousin. The Duchess of Kent, in her 90th year, did not attend the State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, and it is not clear whether she will be present at the King's coronation. Our only 'royal countess', the Countess of Wessex & Forfar will be here with the royal duchesses.

In the ceremony Royal Princesses, and royal duchesses put on their coronets when Queen Camilla is crowned.

As for the clergy, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will take part, and crown the King with St Edward's Crown. The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, will, if tradition is followed, crown Camilla. Other clergy in the abbey will include the Bishop of London, Dame Sarah Mullally, who will make history as the first female bishop to take part in a Coronation service. The Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, will preside over the service. It is the role of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster to instruct the King and Queen in the rites and ceremonies of the service. In addition the Dean assists the Archbishop of Canterbury during the ceremony and holds the Eagle Ampulla containing the oil used for the anointing. By ancient right, the honour of putting the Coronation vestments on the King falls to him. The Bishop of Durham supports the King in the abbey.

At previous Coronations a Court of Claims was set up by Order in Council to hear and determine claims of service to be performed at the Coronation. It is expected that a similar court will soon be established.

The Coronation is organised under the watchful eye of the Earl Marshal. The earliest record of the office of Marshal in the 12th century refers to it as held hereditarily by the family of Marshall, from whom it passed to the Bigods, the Mowbrays, and ultimately the Howards, Dukes of Norfolk. The Earl Marshal, one of the Great Officers of State, Edward, the 18th Duke, is the authority responsible for all questions of Arms, dignities, precedence and honour. In these matters he acts through the Officers of the Heralds' College, of which he is the head. He has entire charge of the organisation of the Coronation Ceremony at which [as Premier Duke in England] he renders home to the King on behalf of all dukes.

Other participants include Garter King of Arms, Norroy and Clarenceux King of Arms, Lord Lyon King of Arms [for Scotland], and the splendidly named Bluemantle Pursuivant.

Garter is under the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, Head of the Heralds' College. His office was founded in 1417 at a Chapter of the Order of the Garter of which he was then made an Officer, and from which his title is derived. As Chief Heraldic Officer of the Crown of England he has control over all Arms, and the right to grant new Arms is vested in him. At the Recognition [when the King is presented to the people] Garter King of Arms precedes the Great Officers of State.

Clarenceux and Norroy King of Arms are the two Provincial Kings of Arms in England subordinate to Garter. Their jurisdictions lie respectively south and north of the River Trent. Norroy is probably the older of them, dating back to the 14th century, and probably earlier. Before the creation of the office of Garter the Provincial Kings of Arms had sole authority of Arms within their provinces, but they now exercise that jurisdiction in conjunction with Garter.

Scotland does not possess a College of Heralds and Lord Lyon King of Arms is supreme. The office is of great antiquity. Lord Lyon played an important part at the Coronation of Robert II, King of Scots, in 1371. At previous Coronations the Lord Lyon has taken his place [together with the Ulster King of Arms and Scottish and Irish Heralds] in the procession on the arrival of the King and Queen at the abbey.

Bluemantle, who was prominent at the Proclamation of King Charles III, at St James's Palace, is also present on Coronation day. His name is derived from royal badges and emblems.

The Lord High Chancellor of England, who ranks immediately after the archbishops, takes part in the ceremony. This role falls to Brandon Lewis, the Justice Secretary. Traditionally he processes in the abbey attended by his Purse Bearer. Previous holders of the office have been peers, and a page carried his coronet. 

The Lord Chief Justice of England takes his place in the procession on the arrival of the King and Queen in Westminster Abbey.

Certain members of the Order of the Garter, though not all, are summoned to represent the body of Knights and Ladies Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. The Queen Consort is a Lady of the Garter. Similarly, some Knights or Ladies of the Order of the Thistle will be present. Knights who are commoners will wear the mantle of the order. Some members of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael & St George, the Royal Victorian Order, and the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire will be invited to attend.

The Master of the Horse is the third of the Great Officers of His Majesty's Household, yielding precedence only to the Lord Chamberlain and the Lord Steward. He has charge of all matters relating to the King's stables, and maintains a large establishment in the Royal Mews, his chief officer being the Crown Equerry. He is responsible for ordering all State processions, in which he rides next behind the sovereign.

Officers of HM's Bodyguard of the Hon Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms - 'the nearest guard' were raised by King Henry VIII in 1509. The corps will be on duty in the abbey and form part of the King's procession.

Officers of the King's Bodyguard of Yeomen of the Guard, instituted by King Henry VII in 1485. They are always on duty at all state occassions, including the State Opening of Parliament and at Coronations, and State funerals.

The Gentlemen of the Royal Company of Archers will be present. King George IV gave them the additional title 'King's Body Guard for Scotland'. They are on duty when the Sovereign is present in Scotland, particularly in Edinburgh.

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, will process into the abbey in the procession of the King and Queen. Members of the Cabinet will be represented, and the Prime Minister, and former holders of that office. The Lord Speaker [an office not in existence in 1953], is expected to process as the representative of the House of Lords. It is not known whether Westminster Abbey will see a vast turn out of peers and peeresses who for hundreds of years attended upon the monarch at his crowning. The removal of the majority of the hereditary peers in 1999 may well have put an end to this practice, and the creation of life peers did not come about until some years after Queen Elizabeth II's coronation. Perhaps a selection of those hereditary peers now elected to the Lords will receive invitations. The Lord Great Chamberlain for King Charles's reign, Lord Carrington, will be present.

Ambassadors will be present in Westminster Abbey. Our ambassadors to foreign courts, and their representatives at the Court of St James.

Governors-General, Lord Lieutenants of counties, and the Lord Mayor of London will be there. The Mayor of London [an office which did not exist in previous reigns] will be in the abbey.

Others who, at past Coronations, were present include the City Marshall, the Elder Brothers of Trinity House, and the Military Knights of Windsor.

Traditionally the King has four Pages of Honour to carry His Majesty's train. This office can be traced back into early English history when youths of noble birth served an apprenticeship to duties of courtesy and chivalry in the Royal family, advancing in time to be squires and knights. In modern times the King's Pages of Honour have been selected from the sons of senior members of the King's household past and present. In days gone by on their retirement at 16, or whenever they grew too big for their state livery, they were entitled to apply for a King's Cadetship with a view to obtaining a Commission in the Regular Army.

The children of HM's Chapels Royal, as the choir boys are called, augment the Westminster Abbey choir at the service.

HM's Bargemaster and Watermen also process into the abbey. The Bargemaster and two Watermen conduct certain portions of the regalia [Crown Jewels] into Westminster.

Sir John Robert Mowbray, 6th and last Baronet 1932-2022

Sir John Robert Mowbray, 6th Baronet, died 15 September, 2022, aged 90.

He was born 1 March, 1932, son of Sir George Robert Mowbray, 5th Baronet (1899-1969), and his wife the former Diana Margaret Hughes (1905-96), daughter of Sir Robert Hughes, 12th Baronet, and succeeded to the baronetcy (created 1880), on his father's death, 9 November, 1969.

Sir John married 3 July, 1957, Lavinia Mary Hugonin [1936-2020], daughter of Lt-Col Francis Edgar Hugonin [1897-1967], and his wife the former Joan Mary Pennyman [1904-67], descended from the Heron-Maxwell baronets, by whom he had three daughters.

His wife died 31 December, 2020. The baronetcy now becomes extinct.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Jack Francis McPhee (born 2022)

 Laura Juliette McPhee (born 1988, née Crichton) wife of Andrew McPhee, gave birth to a son, Jack Francis, 30 Aug, 2022, at Brisbane, Australia, a brother for Charlie.

Andrew McPhee is the youngest son of the late Rev Jeffrey McPhee, and Mrs Marina McPhee, of New South Wales, Australia.

Laura McPhee is a scion of the Earls of Erne, daughter of Hugh Patrick George Crichton [born 9 Aug, 1949], and his wife the former Kerry Kyle-Little.

The 4th Earl of Erne > Col Hon Sir George Crichton > Patrick Henry Douglas Crichton > Hugh Patrick George Crichton >Laura Juliette Crichton > Jack Francis McPhee


Tuesday, September 20, 2022

The Countess of Dysart 1949-2022

 The Countess of Dysart, MBE, wife of the the 13th Earl of Dysart, died as the result of a motor accident, 16 September, 2022. She was 73.

The Countess, a Scottish Highland community figure was killed in a crash on the A9. She was driving an Audi A4 which collided with a coach at Slochd, near Aviemore, on 16 September, 2022. She died at the scene. Lady Dysart with her husband the earl built up the Rothiemurchus estate as a tourist attraction for its outdoor activities and wildlife conservation. Her family said she was a "life force who will be hugely missed". The Countess was also a board figure at Maggie's cancer charity and was awarded an MBE for services to NHS Scotland.

She was the former [Wendy] Philippa Chance, the only daughter of John Wybergh Chance, of Llanvapley Court, Monmouthshire, and married 8 May, 1971, the then John Peter Grant yr of Rothiemurchus [born 22 October, 1946], son of Lt-Colonel John Peter Grant, 15th of Rothiemurchus, MBE [1915-87], of the Lovat Scouts, and his wife the Lady Katherine Greaves [1918-2011], whose mother, Wenefryde, was in her own right, Countess of Dysart and Lady Huntingtower, created 1643, in the Peerage of Scotland.

Her husband's mother succeeded as 12th Countess of Dysart, in her own right, in December, 2003, and died 8 November, 2011.

The Countess is survived by her husband and by a son, James, styled Lord Huntingtower [born 14 Sept, 1977], and two daughters, Lady Louisa [born 9 June 1975], and Lady Alexandra [born 3 July 1985].

The funeral takes place at The Doune of Rothiemurchus, 29 September, 2022.


The Coronation of King Charles III

 Rumours abound regarding the date of King Charles III's Coronation. Saturday June 3 2023 is a date circulating on social media, coming via Bloomberg News. The date is significant because it is the anniversary of the birth, in 1865, of King George V, founder of the Royal House of Windsor, and the great-grandfather of His Majesty the King. Friday June 2 2023, is the 70th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

In modern times the Sovereign has chosen the date of his his/her Coronation after consulting the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In recent history the date chosen for the Westminster Abbey ceremony has been in late spring or summer. The Coronation of King George IV, took place on 19 July, 1821. Since then all Coronations have taken place in Spring or Summer months. George IV's successor, his brother, William IV, was crowned on 8 September, 1831. Queen Victoria, George V, and Elizabeth II were crowed in June, and Edward VII, whose Coronation was planned for June 1902, was crowned in August, due to a sudden illness.

In modern times the lapse of time between the accession of the monarch and the Coronation has been a year to 18-months. The late Queen ascended the throne on 6 February, 1952, and was crowned sixteen months later on 2 June, 1953. George VI, who succeeded to the throne on the abdication of his elder brother, Edward VIII, chose to be crowned on the date set for his brother's crowning, and was crowned, speedily for modern times, after 5 months.

Of our monarchs since William the Conqueror in 1066, only three were never crowned. The 'Boy King' Edward V, murdered in the Tower of London in 1485, Lady Jane Grey, executed in 1553, and Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne in December, 1936.

Monarchs in the Middle Ages were often crowned days or weeks after succeeding to the throne for obvious reasons. The anointing and crowning of the monarch was hurried through to lend him immediate credence and authority, in an age where the succession was not as secure as it is nowadays.

 William the Conqueror was crowned on Christmas Day 1066, weeks after usurping the Crown at the Battle of Hastings. King Stephen was crowned on Boxing Day 1135, three weeks after becoming King. Edward I, unusually, waited almost 2 years to be crowned from Nov 1272 to Aug 1274.

It is thought that the Duke of Norfolk, whose role as Earl Marshal it is to organise great state occasions, has a detailed plan for Charles III's coronation already in place. The Earl Marshal is reported to have had lengthy meetings with the Royal Household in the years since he succeeded as Duke of Norfolk in 2002.

A summer Coronation is surely being considered, and in the summer of 2023. I cannot imagine that the public will be asked to throng the streets and flood into London in their thousands during an autumn or winter month. I cannot see King Charles III, now 73, waiting for 18 months or two years go in State to Westminster Abbey for his crowning, which therefor gives the authorities a very short time period for fixing the date which will fall between late April and mid-September next year. Charles III's beloved grandfather, George VI, was crowned on 12 May, a Friday in 2023. The seventieth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation, 2 June, is also a Friday. Queen Victoria was crowned on 28 June, 1838, and that date in 2023, is a Wednesday. 

The next Coronation will be the first where the Queen Consort is also crowned in almost a century. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were crowned in 1937. 

The Coronation date is always proclaimed with ceremony, and a Coronation Commission convened. In 1952 the commission opened in April, with the Duke of Edinburgh in the chair. Other committees were chaired by the then Duke of Norfolk. We await his Majesty's decision with anticipation. 

From Accession to Coronation:-

William the Conqueror - 14 Oct-25 Dec 1066

William II - 9 Sept 1087-26 Sept 1087

Henry I - 2 Aug 1100-6 Aug 1100

Stephen - 1 Dec 1135-26 Dec 1135

Henry II - 25 Oct 1154-19 Dec 1154

Richard 1 - 6 July 1189-3 Sept 1189

John - 6 Apr 1199-27 May 1199

Henry III - 19 Oct 1216-28 Oct 1216

Edward I -16 Nov 1272-19 Aug 1274

Edward II -7 July 1307 - 25 Feb 1308

Edward III - 25 Jan 1327-2 Feb 1327

Richard II -21 June 1377-16 July 1377

Henry IV -30 Sept 1399-13 Oct 1399

Henry V -20 March 1413-9 Apr 1413

Henry VI -31 Aug 1422-6 Nov 1429

Edward IV- 4 March 1461-28 June 1461

Edward V - 9 Apr 1483- not crowned

Richard III -26 June 1483 -6 July 1483

Henry VII - 22 Aug 1485-30 Oct 1485

Henry VIII -21 Apr 1509-24 June 1509

Edward VI - 28 Jan 1547-20 Feb 1547

Lady Jane Grey - not crowned

Mary I - 19 July 1553-1 Oct 1553

Elizabeth I - 17 Nov 1558-15 Jan 1559

James I - 24 March 1603-25 July 1603

Charles I -27 March 1625-2 Feb 1626

Charles II -8 May 1660-23 Apr 1661

James II - 6 Feb 1685-23 Apr 1685

William & Mary -13 Feb 1689-11 Apr 1689

Anne - 8 Mar 1702-23 Apr 1702

George I - 1 Aug 1714-20 Oct 1714

George II - 11 June 1727-11 Oct 1727

George III - 25 Oct 1760-22 Sept 1761

George IV - 29 Jan 1820-19 July 1821

William IV - 26 June 1830-8 Sept 1831

Victoria - 20 June 1837-28 June 1838

Edward VII - 22 Jan 1901-9 Aug 1902

George V - 6 May 1910-22 June 1911

Edward VIII - 20 Jan 1936 - not crowned

George VI - 11 Dec 1936-12 May 1937

Elizabeth II - 6 Feb 1952-2 June 1953

Charles III - 8 Sept 2022-

Max Alexander Christopher Kelly [born 2022]

Celia Anne Kelly [nee Pelly, born 16 July, 1990], wife of Thomas Alexander Noel Kelly [born 1990], and scion of the Pelly baronets, gave birth to a son, Max Alexander Christopher, 6 September, 2022, a brother for Cosmo John Benedict, who was born 22 February, 2021.

Celia is a daughter of John Marriott Pelly [born 23 Feb, 1953], of Battersea, London, and his wife the former Caroline Mary Griffith.

Thomas Kelly is the eldest son of Mr Benedict Bernard Noel d'Aremberg Kelly (b 3 July, 1960), of Nether Wallop, Hampshire, by his wife the former Elizabeth Eaglestone.

Thomas Kelly is a grandson of the Lady Mirabel Magdalen Kelly [1931-2008], nee Fitzalan Howard, who was a sister of the 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG [1915-2002], Earl Marshal and Premier Duke in the Peerage of England, &c.


Mark Singleton Evans, MBE (c1934-2022)

 Mark Singleton Evans, MBE, died 14 September, 2022, aged 88.

He was a son of Arthur Singleton Evans, of Torquay, Devon, and married 15 Dec, 1962, Belinda Jane Cayley [born 6 Aug, 1940], fourth of the seven daughters of Maj Sir Kenelm Henry Ernest Cayley, 10th Baronet [1896-1967], & his wife the former Frances Elizabeth Edwyna Brewis [1908-1974], by whom he had issue, two sons, Nicolas [born 15 Dec 1963], and Alexander [born 10 March, 1970], and a daughter, Amanda [born 9 Jan 1966].


Barbara Anne Buxton [nee Lloyd] 1932-2022

 Barbara Anne Buxton [nee Lloyd], died 14 September, 2022, aged 90. She was born 2 June, 1932, daughter of Capt Cyril Gascoigne Lloyd [1887-1965], and his wife the former Violet Madge Preston, scion of the Preston baronets; and married 30 March, 1967, Andrew Edward Buxton [born 3 March, 1935], scion of the Buxton baronets, son of Maj. Desmond Gurney Buxton [1898-1987], and his wife the former Rachel Mary Morse [died 1994], and had issue, a son, Harry [born 23 Oct, 1972], and two daughters, Laura [born 31 May, 1968], and Nicola [born 1971].


Monday, September 19, 2022

Hamish Angus Kempsey Scott [born 2022]

  Annabel Rose Scott (born 1993, née Kempsey) wife of Angus Michael David Scott [born 1993], scion of that Scottish landed gentry family, of Glenaros, gave birth to a son, Hamish Angus Kempsey, 11 September, 2022.

Annabel is a daughter of Richard Kempsey and his wife the former Janet Edwards. Angus is the son and heir of Colum Basil Scott [born 1954], by his wife the former Sarah Louise Credland.


Sunday, September 18, 2022

Heaven/Macmillan engagement

The engagement was announced 17 September, 2022, between Thomas Richard Gyde Heaven [born 1983], eldest son of Nicholas R.G. Heaven, of Bude, Cornwall, and his wife the former Elizabeth R. Clancy [born 1958], and Alice Charlotte Rose Macmillan [born 1987], scion of the Earls of Stockton, younger daughter of the Hon Adam Julian Robert Macmillan [1948-2016], and his wife the former Sarah Anne Mhuire MacGreevy.

9th Duke of Devonshire > Lady Dorothy Macmillan = Harold Macmillan (Prime Minister) > Maurice Macmillan MP > Adam Macmillan > Alice Macmillan


Michael Alexander Edward Mackenzie 1949-2022

 Michael Alexander Edward Mackenzie, died 8 September, 2022, aged 73.

He was born 23 Aug 1949, son of William Alexander Fitzroy Mackenzie [1921-2004], and his wife the former Elizabeth Anne Tunnicliffe [1926-2018], descended from the Barons Stourton; and married 27 Oct, 1973, Louise Lees Baugh, by whom he had three sons, Edward [born 1976], Christopher [born 1977], and Frederick [born 1981].


Hugo Georg John Tassilo von Reutter [born 2022]

Rachel Anne von Reutter [née Carson, born 1983], descended from the Earls of Elgin & Kincardine, wife of Georg Thaddeus Leslie Heinrich Paul von Reutter [born 1984], descendant of the Royal House of Austria, gave birth to a son, Hugo Georg John Tassilo von Reutter, 1 September, 2022, a brother for Clara, Josephine and Maximilian.

10th Earl of Elgin & Kincardine > Hon James Bruce > Janet Clare Bruce > Rachel Anne Carson > Hugo von Reutter


Quicke/Wrightson engagement

The engagement was announced 15 September, 2022, between Andrew Charles Quicke [born 1936], scion of that landed gentry family, elder son of Commander John Quicke, RN [1902-79], of Ashbrittle, Somerset, and his wife the former Diana Elena Harris, a descendant of the Viscounts Sidmouth, and Miss Priscilla Wilmot Wrightson [born 1942], daughter of Anthony Gilchrist Wrightson [1907-74], of London, and his wife the former Elizabeth Wilmot Bernays [1908-82].

4th Viscount Sidmouth > Hon Marjorie Ruth Addington > Diana Elena Harris > Andrew Quicke


Rev. Honor Mary Meynell [died 2022]

 The Rev Honor Mary Meynell [nee Davis], who died in September, 2022, was a daughter of Major J.H.A. Davis, of Ballysculty co Antrim; and married, 11 June, 1960, Godfrey Meynell, MBE [born 20 July, 1934], head of that landed gentry family, of Meynell Langley, Derbyshire, son of Captain Godfrey Meynell, VC, MC [1904-1935], and his wife the former Sophia Patricia Lowis [1905-1991], by whom she had issue, a son, Godfrey [born 14 Jan, 1964], and two daughters, Diana Violet [born 14 Jan 1962], and Catherine [born 1966].


Friday, September 16, 2022

The 17th Earl of Buchan 1930-2022

 The Earl of Buchan, who died suddenly 11 September, 2022, aged 92, was the 17th holder of the ancient Scottish peerage created in 1469. Malcolm Harry Erskine was born 4 July, 1930, son of the 16th Earl of Buchan (1899-1984), and his wife the former Christina Baxendale (died 1994).

He succeeded 26 July, 1984, as the 17t Earl of Buchan, Baron Erskine of Restormel Castle, co. Cornwall [Peerage of the U.K., 1806]  and Lord Auchterhouse [Scotland., cr 1469], and Lord Cardross [Peerage of Scots, cr 1610].

Lord Buchan, of Newnham House, Basingstoke, Hampshire, married 21 February, 1957, Hilary Diana Cecil Power [born 1930], the only daughter of Sir Ivan Power, 2nd Baronet (1904-54), and his wife the former Nancy Hilary Griffiths (1906-94). The Countess died earlier this year, 10 March, 2022.

The Earl leaves two sons, Henry (born 1960) and the Hon Montagu (born 1966), and two daughters, Lady Seraphina (born 1961), and Lady Arabella (born 1969). The elder son, Henry Thomas Alexander Erskine, styled Lord Cardross (born 31 May, 1960), now succeeds to the peerages.


Grace Teresa Eve Kennard (born 2022)

 Kiloran Rose Kennard [nee Howard, born 1988], wife of Charles Geoffrey Chandos Kennard [born 1987], and scion of the Earls of Carlisle, gave birth to a daughter, Grace Teresa Eve, 7 September, 2022, a sister for Skye Philippa Rose, who was born 30 May, 2020.

Kiloran is a daughter of Henry James [Jamie] Howard [born 1956], of Ulva, Argyll, by his first & former late wife Philippa Charlotte Balfour Paul [1959-2006], scion of that Scots gentry family.

Charles Kennard is a son of [Jeremy] David Kennard [born 1949], of Bridport, Dorset, by his wife the former Teresa Chandos Lynch [born 1952], and is descended from the Delves Broughton baronets.


Angela Janice Mary Godman (died 2022)

 Angela Janice Mary 'Jan' Godman (nee Rowson), who died 3 September, 2022, was the wife of Desmond Frederick Shirley Godman (born 31 Jan, 1927), scion of that landed gentry family.

She was the only daughter of the Rev. John Corbett Rowson, of Stourton Rectory, Wiltshire, and married 26 Nov, 1954, Desmond Godman, son of Edward Shirley Rowson (1876-1951), of Great Rissington, Cheltenham, and his wife the former Isabel Myrtle Annesley, scion of the Viscounts Valentia.

Mrs Godman leaves issue, two sons and two daughters.



The Hon Lady Keswick 1942-2022

The Hon Lady Keswick, who died 13 September, 2022, aged 79, was a scion of the Lords Lovat, a society figure, and sometime political adviser to Kenneth Clarke, & director of the Centre for Policy Studies.

The Hon Annabel Thérèse Fraser was born 15 Oct, 1942, second daughter of the 15th Lord Lovat [1911-1995], and his wife the former Rosamond Broughton [1917-2012], scion of the Broughton baronets; and married firstly, 14 September, 1964 [div 1978] Hugh William Mackay, 14th Lord Reay [1937-2013], son of  Æneas Alexander Mackay, 13th Lord Reay [1905-63], and his wife the former Charlotte Mary Younger; married 2ndly, 1985, Sir Henry Neville Keswick [born 1938, knighted in 2009], taipan of the Far Eastern trading house Jardine Matheson, son of Sir William Johnston Keswick [1903-90], and his wife the former Mary Ethelreda Lindley [1911-2009].

The Hon Lady Keswick is survived by her husband Sir Henry, and by a daughter, the Hon Laura [born 1966] and two sons, Æneas Simon Mackay, 15th Lord Reay [born 20 March, 1965], and the Hon Edward [born 1974]


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Rupert Charles Edward Field-Marsham 1938-2022

 Rupert Charles Edward Field-Marsham, of died at Sandford, Ontario, 10 September, 2022, aged 84, was a scion of the Earls of Romney.

He was born 5 February, 1938, son of Charles Austin Field-Marshall, of the Life Guards (1910-41), and his wife the former Joan Helen Nevill (1906-98), scion of the Marquesses of Abergavenny; and married 1stly, 20 Sept, 1963 (div 1973), Marilyn Muriel Maughan, daughter of Dr George Maughan; married 2ndly, 15 June, 1973, Lindsay Ruth Dale-Harris, daughter of Robert Dale-Harris, and leaves issue, two sons from the first marriage, Robert (b 12 Jul 1964), and Rupert (b 29 Jan 1968), and three sons from the second marriage, George (b 4 Apr 1975), Mark (b 1977), and Jacob (b 1979).


Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Catto/Castellanos O'Shea engagement

 The engagement was announced 27 Aug, 2022, between Alastair Gordon Chatto [born 6 March, 1986], scion of the Barons Catto, son of the Hon Alexander Gordon Catto [born 22 June, 1952], of Sudgrove, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Elizabeth [Lizzie] Scott Boyes, and Ms Maria Castellanos O'Shea, daughter of Jaime and Patricia Castellanos of Madrid, Spain.


Martin Robert Kenyon 1929-2022

 Martin Robert Kenyon, a scion of the Barons Kenyon, died 7 September, 2022. He was 92.

He was born 11 November, 1929, son of William Patrick Kenyon [1898-1992], and his wife the former Joan Mary Batchelor; and married 6 March, 1975 [div.] as her first husband, Mary Anne Southby [born 1 Aug, 1946], scion of the Southby baronets, by whom he had issue, two daughters, Eliza [born 16 Feb, 1976], and Nina [born 1977].

The 1st Baron Kenyon > Hon Thomas Kenyon > John Robert Kenyon  > Eustace Alban Kenyon > William Patrick Kenyon > Martin Robert Kenyon


Critchley/Deacon engagement

 The engagement was announced 14 September, 2022, between Charles M. Critchley, younger son of Mr & Mrs William Critchley, of Highbury, London, & Georgia Florence Deacon [born 1991], daughter of John Paul Deacon, of Shaftesbury, Dorset, and his wife the former Charlotte Jeradine Hay [born 12 February, 1959], scion of the Marquesses of Tweeddale.

George Hay, 7th Marquess of Tweeddale > Gen Lord James Hay > James Gordon Hay > Maj Malcolm Vivian Hay of Seaton > Maj Peter Brian Hay > Charlotte Jeradine Hay > Georgia Florence Deacon


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Maximilian Christopher Frederick Soames [born 2022]

Georgina Caroline Angela Soames [nee Reeves, born 1984], wife of Christopher Michael Soames [born 1983], scion of that gentry family of Hamsell Manor formerly of Sheffield Park, gave birth to a son, Maximilian Christopher Frederick, 27 July, 2022, a brother for Barnaby William, who was born 25 September, 2020.

Christopher Soames is a son of Michael Sidney Soames [1950-2013], and his wife the former David John Capron [1931-2003].

Georgina is a descendant of the Dukes of Devonshire, daughter of Frederick John Reeves [born 1947], and his wife the former Diana Grace Angela Cavendish [born 1954].


Monday, September 12, 2022

Serena Alice Henrietta Wolrige Gordon [born 2022]

 Harriet Sophie A. Wolrige Gordon (nee McMillan, born 1992), wife of Henry Conolly Robert [Harry] Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, yr, [born 10 May, 1990], gave birth to a daughter, Serena Alice Henrietta, 6 September, 2022.

Harriet is a daughter of Cedric Vincent Bayley McMillan (born 1961), of Cranford Farm, Braishfield, Hampshire, and his wife the former Anne Nuttall.

Harry Wolrige Gordon, scion of that Scots landed gentry family, is the elder son of Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon, 11th of Esslemont and 22nd of Hallhead [born 19 June, 1961], of Ellon, Aberdeenshire, by his wife the former Angela Clare Frisby [born 17 Aug, 1963], descended from the Marquesses of Bristol.

Harry Wolrige Gordon is a kinsman of HM The Queen in his descent from the Abel Smith family. His grandfather, Robert Wolrige Gordon, 10th of Esslemont and 21st of Hallhead [1928-95], married Rosemary Jane Abel Smith [born 1 March, 1936], scion of that landed family, daughter of Vice-Admiral Sir Conolly Abel Smith, GCVO [1899-1985], by his wife the former Lady Mary Elizabeth Carnegie [1899-1996], daughter of the 10th Earl of Southesk [1854-1941].


Sunday, September 11, 2022

Rear Admiral Martin La Touche Wemyss, CB 1927-2022

 Rear Admiral Martin La Touche Wemyss, CB, who died 10 September, 2022, aged 94, was a scion of the Wemyss landed gentry family; born 5 December, 1927, son of Commander David Wemyss, DSO, DSC, RN (1900-1989), and his first wife, Edith Mary Digges La Touche (who died 1930); and married 1stly, 1951 (div 1973) Anne Hall; and married 2ndly, 1973, Elizabeth Loveday Alexander, and leaves issue from both marriages.

He was appointed CB in 1981.


Saturday, September 10, 2022

Astrid Mary Ulla Coghill [born 2022]

Marina Coghill (nee Fairfax, born 1989) wife of James Coghill, gave birth to a daughter, Astrid Mary Ulla, in Hong Kong, 7 September, 2022.

Marina, scion of the Lords Fairfax of Cameron, is the second daughter of the Hon Hugh Nigel Thomas Fairfax [born 29 March, 1958], of London, by his wife the former Victoria Janet Neave [born 1959], scion of the Neave baronets, and is a granddaughter of the late 13th Lord Fairfax of Cameron [1923-64], by his wife the former Sonia Helen Gunston [died 2017], sometime Lady of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

James Coghill is a son of Mr & Mrs Richard Coghill, of Hong Kong.


Victoria, Lady Sebright 1937-2022

 Victoria, Lady Sebright, who died 1 September, 2022, aged 85, was the third wife, and widow, of Sir Hugo Giles Edmund Sebright, 14th Baronet.

She was born Victoria Rosamond White, 5 July, 1937, daughter of Capt Richard Taylor White [1908-1995], scion of the White baronets, and his wife the former Gabrielle Ursula Style [1911-1999]; and married firstly, 1 May, 1965 [div.], David Ashton-Bostock [1932-2002], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Commander John Bostock, DSO, of Wormshill House, Sittingbourne, Kent; she married 2ndly, 1984, Sir Hugo Sebright, 14th Bt [born 2 March, 1931], son of Lt-Col Sir Giles Sebright, 13th Baronet [1896-1964], and Margery Hilda Fremantle, former wife of the actor Raymond Massey, and daughter of Admiral Sir Sydney Fremantle. Sir Hugo died in 1985.

Lady Sebright leaves a daughter, Sophia, from her first marriage.


Thursday, September 08, 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

 ELIZABETH II, By the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her Other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, died at Balmoral Castle, Deeside, 8 September, 2022, aged 96. Her Majesty had reigned for 70 years.

Her Majesty Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, elder daughter of His late Majesty King George VI and of Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes Lyon (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1900-2002) , daughter of the 14th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne.

Her Majesty was born at 17, Bruton Street, London SW1, 21 April, 1926; she ascended the Throne, 6 February, 1952, proclaimed QUEEN, 8 February, 1952, and crowned at Westminster Abbey, 2 June, 1953; declared in Council 9 April, 1952, that she and her children would be known as the House and Family of WINDSOR,  and further 8 February, 1960, that her descendants, other than descendants enjoying the style, title, or attribute of HRH and the titular of Prince or Princess, and female descendants who marry, and their descendants shall bear the name of Mountbatten-Windsor; &c.

Honours : Hon BMus, London 1946; FRS, 1947; Hon DCL, Oxford, 1948; Hon LLD, Edinburgh; Hon MusD, Wales, 1949; Hon LLD, London, 1951; Hon FRCS and FRCOG 1951; was Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom; Colonel-in-Chief: of the Life Guards, Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons); Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers & Greys), The Queen's Royal Lancers, the Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Engineers, Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, Welsh Guards, Royal Welch Fusiliers, Queen's Lancashire Regiment, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's), Royal Green Jackets, Adjutant Gen Corps, The Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomary, Corps of the Royal Military Police, Calgary Highlanders, Canadian Forces Mil Engineers Branch, King's Own Calgary Regt, Gov-Gen's Foot Guards, Canadian Grenadier Guards, le Regiment de la Chaudiere, R New Brunswick Rgt, 48th Highlanders of Canada, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's), Royal Australian Engineers, Royal Aust Inf Corps, Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps, R Australian Army Nursing Corps, RNZ Engineers, RNZ Inf Regt, RNZ Army Ordnance Corps, Malawi Rifles, R Malta Artillery, Capt-Gen Royal Artillery, Hon Artillery Co, Combined Cadet Force, Royal Candadian Artillery, Royal Observer Corps, Royal Canadian Air Force Aux, Aust Citizens Air Force, Territorial Air Force of New Zealand; Hon Air Commodore RAF Marham; Commandant-in-Chief, RAF College Cranwell; Hon Commr Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Master of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, Head of the Civil Defence Corps.

Her Majesty was Sovereign of all the Orders of Knighthood, Order of Merit, Royal Order of Victoria and Albert, Order of the Crown of India, Order of the Companions of Honour, Distinguished Service Order, Imperial Service Order, and Order of Canada, Sovereign Head of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, Order of Australia, and The Queen's Service Order of New Zealand, ; she received the Freedom of the Drapers' Co, and the Royal Borough of Windsor, 1947, Burgess of the Royal Borough of Stirling, and Cities of London and Cardiff 1948, and Cities of Edinburgh and Belfast 1949;  Order of the Elephant of Denmark 1947, Grand Cordon of the Order of El Kemal of Egypt 1948, Grand Cross (or Cordon) Legion of Honour of France 1948, Order of Ojaswi Rajanya of Nepal1949, Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion 1950, Order of the Seraphim of Sweden 1953, Grand Collar of the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero of Panama 1953, Chain of the Order of El-Hussein Ibn Ali of Jordan 1953, Grand Collar of the Order of Idris of Libya 1954, Chain and Collar of the Order of the Seal of Solonon of Ethiopia 1954, Grand Cross, with Chain, of the Order of St Olav of Norway 1955, Grand Sash with Cross of the Three Orders of Christ, Aviz and Santiago of Portugal 1955, Grand Order of the Hashimi, with Chain, of Iraq 1956, Chevalier with Grand Cross and Grand Cordon of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy 1958, Special Grand Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany 1958, Grand Cross with diamonds of the Order of the Peruvian Sun 1960, Nishan-i-Pakistan 1960, Grand Collar of the Order of the Liberator General San Martin of Argentina 1960, Order of the Royal House of Chakri of Thailand 1960, Mahendra Chain of Nepal 1961, Grand Collar of the Order of Independence of Tunisia 1961, Collar of the Order of White Rose of Finland 1961, Grand Cross of the Order of Senegal 1961, Grand Cordon of the Order of Knighthood of the Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia 1961, Grand Cross of the National Order of the Ivory Coast 1961, Collar and Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum of Japan 1962, Grand Band of the Order of the Star of Africa of Liberia 1962, Grand Cross of the Order de la Valeur Camerounaise 1963, Grand Cordon of the Order of Leopold of Belgium 1963, Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer of Greece 1963, Grand Cross with Chain of the Order of the Falcon of Iceland 1963, Chain of Honour of Sudan 1964, Grand Collar of the Order of Merit of Chile 1965, Grand Cordon of the Austrian Order of Merit 1966, Grand Cordon of the Southern Cross of Brazil 1968, Grand Commander of the National Order of The Niger [Nigeria] 1969, Order of Al Nahayyan (First Class) of Abu Dhabi 1969, Grand Cross of the Equatorial Star of Gabon, Order of the Supreme Sun of Afghanistan 1971, Order of the Golden Lion of the House of Nassau of Luxembourg 1972, Order of the Great Yugoslav Star 1972, Darjah Utama Seri Mahkota Negara of Malaysia 1972, Order of Temasek of Singapore 1972, Most Esteemed Family Order (1st Class)Darjat Kerabat Yan Amat Di-Homali Darjah Pertama of Brunei 1972, Distinguished Order of Ghaazi in the Maldive Islands 1972, Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya 1972, Grand Collar of the National Order of the Aztec Eagle of Mexico 1973, Grand Cordon of the National Order of the Lepoard of Zaire 1973, Star of Indonesia (First Class) 1974, Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of Gambia 1974, Chain of the Order of the Seraphin of Sweden 1975, Collar of the Order of the Nile of Egypt 1975, Order of the Star of the Socialist Republic of Romania 1st Class 1978, Great Collar of the Order of St Tiago da Espada of Portugal 1978, Necklace of Mubarak Al Kabir of Kuwait 1979, Order of the Khalifa Necklace of Bahrain 1979, Collar of the Order of King Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia 1979, Collar of Independence of Qatar 1979, Order of Oman 1st Class 1979, Order of the Lion of Malawi 1st Class 1979, Presidential Order of Botswana 1979, Collar of the Grand Cordon of the Most Venerable Order of Knighthood of the Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia 1979, Grand Cordon of the Order of the Republic of Tunisia 1980, Collar de la Classe Exceptionelle of the Order of El Mohammedi of Morocco 1980, Order of Al Said of Oman 1982, Order of the Solomon Islands 1st Class 1982, and additional insignia  (sash and badge) of the Order of Qeladet El-Hussein Ibn Ali ( Jordan) 1984, Dominica Award of Honour 1985, The Trinity Cross Medal of the Order of Trinity (TC) (Gold) of Trinidad and Tobago 1985, Collar of the Order of Carlos III of Spain 1986, Grand Order of Mungunghwa of the Republic of Korea 1986, Order of the Golden Fleece of Spain 1988, Grand Star of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1989, Chain of the Federation of the United Arab Emirates 1989, Grand Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland 1991, Grand Cross of the Order of Merit(Hungary) 1991, Royal Family Order of the Sultan of Brunei 1992, Brunei Silver Jubilee Medal 1992, Grand Collar of the Order of Boyaca (Colombia) 1993.

Queen Elizabeth II had worn the Garter’s insignia for longer than any other person in the history of the Order of the Garter, extending over more than 670 years, although it was only as recently as July 2022 that she surpassed the record of 74 years that was set by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, who received that royal mark of favour from his mother Queen Victoria in 1867 and died in 1942.

Her Majesty married at Westminster Abbey, 20 November, 1947, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT, OM, GBE, AC, QSO, PC, [born at Corfu, 10 June 1921- died at Windsor Castle, 9 April, 2021, aged 99].

Her Majesty is survived by her four children:-

His Majesty King Charles III [born 14 November, 1948], HRH The Princess Royal [born 15 Aug, 1950], HRH The Duke of York [born 19 February, 1960], and HRH The Earl of Wessex & Forfar [born 10 March, 1964].


Christopher Chenevix Coote 1946-2022

  Christopher Chenevix Coote, who died 15 August, 2022, aged 76, was a scion of the Coote baronets; he was born 17 May, 1946, son of Commander Dermot Chenevix Coote, RN [1915-2005], and his wife the former Cheryl Bridge, daughter of William Bridge, by whom she had issue, two sons, James [born 1971], and Timothy [born 1973].


Gemmell/Farquhar engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 September, 2022, between George Neil Gemmell, son of David Stewart Gemmell [born 1946], of Delvine, Scotland, and his former wife Mary-Ann Stewart-Richardson [born 15 March, 1961], scion of the Stewart-Richardson baronets [now Lady Williams, of Broomfield House, Barbados], & Rose Katherine Farquhar [born 1983], scion of the Farquhar baronets, daughter of Capt Ian Walter Farquhar, LVO, Queen's Own Hussars [born 11 Dec, 1945], of Happylands House, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Pamela Jane Chafer.


Morgan/Chetwynd-Talbot [nee Toulmin] engagement

The engagement was announced 8 September, 2022, between Giles Dilwyn Morgan [born 1971], and Mrs Penelope Jane Chetwynd-Talbot [born 1972], former wife of Nicholas John Chetwynd-Talbot (born 1971), a scion of the Earls of Shrewsbury & Talbot, daughter of [George] Michael Toulmin [born 1943], of Thorp Arch Hall, near Wetherby, and his wife the former Sandra J Rawkins.


Loveys Jervoise/Pope engagement

The engagement was announced 8 September, 2022, between John Arthur (Jack) Loveys Jervoise (born 22 August, 1992), son of John Tristram Loveys Jervoise (born 1962), scion of that landed gentry family, of Herriard Park, Hampshire, and his wife the former Sara Frances Cleal Scammell (born 1962), & Kate Frances Pope (born 1992), daughter of Roger John Pope (born 1957), of East Allington, Devon, and his wife the former Colleen Yvonne Carter (born 1960).


Julia Kathleen Carruthers (nee Gorst) 1925-2022

 Julia Kathleen Carruthers (nee Gorst), died 31 August, 2022, aged 96.

She married in 1954, as his second wife, Squadron Leader Hew Douglas Carruthers, RAF [1914-2008], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Lieutenant-Col Francis John Carruthers,CB [1868-1945], and his wife the former Olive Christian Johnstone-Douglas (1878-1977).


Callander/Baldwin engagement

 The engagement was announced 8 September, 2022, betweeen Ludovic George Callander [born 1990], son of John Callander, of Fulham, London, and his wife the former Alice Camilla Twiston-Davies, scion of that landed gentry family & Isabelle Rose Baldwin [born 1992], daughter of Christopher William Kennard Baldwin [born 1945], of Robertsbridge, East Sussex, and his wife the former Emma Margaret Crossman [born 1959], scion of that landed gentry family and a granddaughter maternally of Field Marshal the 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis.


Angela Mary McAlpine [nee Hickie] 1951-2022

 Angela Mary McAlpine [nee Hickie, born 1951], who died 26 August, 2022, was a scion of the Hickie Irish landed gentry family; born in 1951, daughter of George Charles Hickie [1917-1985], and his wife the former Elizabeth Frances Crist [1924-2014]; and married in 1983, Adrian Neil Raeburn McAlpine, DL [born 23 December, 1944], of Hungerford, Berkshire, scion of the McAlpine baronets, son of  Lt.-Col. Malcolm Hugh Dees McAlpine [1917-2012], and his wife the former Sheila Margaret Price [who died 2006], by whom she had issue, a son, Angus [born 1993], and two daughters, Antonia [born 1984], and Olivia [born 1986].


David de Cardonnel ffolliot Rhys Wingfield 1933-2022

 David de Cardonnel ffolliot Rhys Wingfield, who died 25 August, 2022, aged 89, was a scion of the Viscounts Powerscourt.

He was born 6 April, 1933, the third son of Lt.-Col. Mervyn Edward George Rhys Wingfield [1972-1952], and his wife the former Florence Marguerite Erle Benson [who died 1990]; married in 1982, Mrs Mary Ann E.I. Harrison. No issue.

The 4th Viscount Powerscourt > Rev Hon Edward Wingfield > Edward ffolliott Wingfield > Edward Rhys Wingfield > Mervyn Edward George Rhys Wingfield > David de Cardonnel ffolliot Rhys Wingfield [died 2022]


Wednesday, September 07, 2022

The 7th Baron Sudeley 1939-2022

 Lord Sudeley, the 7th Baron, who died 5 September, 2022, aged 83, was a peer for 81 years.

He was Lay Patron of the Prayer Book Society, President of the right-wing Monday Club, and a Vice-Chancellor of the Monarchist League. His death leaves only two peers who have held their titles for over 80 years, Viscount Gormanston, and His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent.

Merlin Charles Sainthill Hanbury-Tracy was born 17 June, 1939, son of Capt [Michael] David Charles Hanbury-Tracy [born 29 March, 1909, died 22 Aug, 1940, from wounds received at Dunkirk], and his wife the former Colline Amabel St Hill, scion of the Sainthill landed gentry family, widow of Lt-Col Frank King, DSO, OBE, and only daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Collis George Herbert St Hill, of the Royal Devon Yeomanry.

Merlin Hanbury-Tracy succeeded to the peerage, created in 1838, on the death of a cousin, the 6th Baron, who died at sea on active service, 26 August, 1941.

He married three times, firstly, 18 January, 1980 [divorced 1988], as her second husband, the Hon Elizabeth Mairi Keppel [1941-2014], scion of the Earls of Albemarle, former wife of Alastair Michael Hyde Villiers [1939-2005], scion of the Earls of Clarendon, and daughter of Derek William Charles Keppel, styled Viscount Bury [1911-68], and his wife the former Lady Mairi Elizabeth Vane-Tempest-Stewart [1921-2009], daughter of the 7th Marquess of Londonderry [1878-1949]. He married 2ndly, in 1999 [div.] Margarita Kellett, and thirdly, in 2010, Tatiana Dudina, who survives him.

Lord Sudeley leaves no issue, and is succeeded by a great-great-great-grandson of the 2nd Baron Sudeley and a third cousin once removed, Nicholas Edward John Hanbury-Tracy [born 13 January, 1959].


Roderick John Ropner 1962-2022

 Roderick John [Roddy] Ropner, who died 4 September, 2022, aged 60, was a scion of the baronets of that name.

He was born 24 February, 1962, the second son of [William Guy] David Ropner [1924-2015], and his wife the former [Mildred] Malise Hare Armitage [who married 2ndly, in 1987, Sir Nigel Forbes Adam, 5th Baronet]. He married in 2005, Kumiko, daughter of Shizuharu Hirakawa of Kyoto, Japan. No issue.

The funeral takes place in Japan this week followed by a memorial service in Yorkshire later.

Sir Emil Ropner, 1st Bt > William Ropner > Sir Wm Guy Ropner > [Wm Guy] David Ropner > Roddy Ropner


Tuesday, September 06, 2022

Edward Felix Cassel Du Cane [born 2022]

 The Hon Bathsheba Anna Cassel (b 1981), wife of Peter Du Cane (born 1986), scion of that landed family, gave birth to a son, Edward Felix Cassel, 26 August, 2022, a brother for John Francis [born 2013], and for Wilfred Francis Cassel [born 14 June, 2018].

Peter Du Cane is the son of Charles Antony Du Cane (born 1940); The Hon Bathsheba Cassel is a daughter of the life peer, Baroness Mallalieu (b 1945), and her husband Sir Timothy Cassel, 4th Baronet (b 1942).


Mary Jane Cowley Clementi [born 2022]

Alice Margaret Clementi [nee Stein], wife of Thomas Cowley Clementi [born 1979], descended from the Earls of Chichester, gave birth to a daughter, Mary Jane Cowley, 3 September, 2022.

Alice is a daughter of Nigel M. Stein and his wife the former Jane Lennon. 

Tom Clementi is a son of David Cecil Clementi [born 25 Feb, 1949], and his wife the former Sarah Louise Cowley [born 1947]. 

2nd Earl of Chichester > Rt Rev Hon John Pelham > Henry Francis Pelham > Sir Edward Henry Pelham > Susan Pelham > David Cecil Clementi > Thomas Clementi > Mary Clementi [born 2022]


Musgrave/Farquhar engagement

 The engagement was announced 6 September, 2022, between Rory Nicholas E. Musgrave [born 1991], son of Major Nicholas P.C. Musgrave [born 1948], and his wife the former Clare E. Nesbitt, and Araminta Claire Farquhar [born 17 October, 1991], scion of the Farquhar baronets, daughter of Richard Charles Farquhar [born 7 Apr, 1962], and his wife the former Emma de Hoghton Reeves [born 18 Oct, 1963], descended from the de Hoghton baronets.

Sir Walter Farquhar, 3rd Baronet > Guy William John Farquhar > Peter Guy Powlett Farquhar > Richard Charles Farquhar > Araminta Farquhar


Monday, September 05, 2022

Hatvany/Burton engagement

The engagement was announced 3 September 2022, between Benedict Xavier Hatvany [born 22 July, 1994], son of Judge Peter Galbraith Mark Hatvany, of Box, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Anastasia Cecilia Mary Swan [born 26 July, 1966], scion of that landed gentry family, & Sophie Mary Burton [born 7 July, 1993], twin daughter of Charles Philip Henry Burton [born Dec, 1962], of Barcombe, East Sussex, and his wife the former Susanna L. Buller.

Benedict Hatvany is a grandson maternally of the late Sir Conrad Marshall Swan, KCVO [1924-2019], sometime Garter Principal King of Arms, and descended from the Earls of Iddesleigh.

The 3rd Earl of Iddesleigh > Lady Hilda Susan Mary Northcote > Amastasia Swan > Benedict Hatvany


Alexander Charles Robert Sutherland, styled Lord Strathnaver 1981-2022

 Alexander Charles Robert Sutherland, styled Lord Strathnaver, son and heir of the 25th Earl of Sutherland, and heir to the Dunrobin Castle estate, the most northerly stately home in Scotland, has died tragically. He was 40.

Lord Strathnaver was found at the bottom of 30ft cliffs at Thurso East, near the ruined 19th century Thurso Castle in Caithness. Thurso Lifeboat was launched at 11.30pm on Saturday 3 September, 2022,  after reports of a person on the rocks.

A friend said that Lord Strathnaver, who would have celebrated his 41st birthday next month, had been attending the Tunes in the Dunes music festival at Dunnet - mainland Britain's most northerly point - at the weekend. A keen surfer, he also had a house a few miles away at Thurso East, which is a top UK surfing location.

Lord Strathnaver's cousin, Jamie Sutherland Janson, who went to fight against the Islamic State and Levant [Isil] in Syria, took his own life in September, 2019, months after returning from Syria. He was 44.

Lord Strathnaver was born 1 October, 1981, the only son of the 25th Earl of Sutherland [Peerage of Scotland created in 1235] [born 7 January, 1947], and his second wife, the former Gillian Murray. The Earl is Chief of the Clan Sutherland.

His father, the 25th holder of the peerage, succeeded to the titles on the death of his mother, who was 24th Countess of Sutherland in her own right, 9 December, 2019. The Countess left an estate of £18m. The Earldom of Sutherland is one of Scotland's senior earldoms, and the family homes are the magnificent Dunrobin Castle, and the House of Tongue, at Golspie.

Lord Strathnaver was the Earl of Sutherland's only son. The 25th Earl has two daughters from his first marriage in 1968, to Eileen Elizabeth Baker [born Florida, 1943], daughter of Richard Wheeler Baker, of Princeton, New Jersey, which ended in divorce in 1980. The are Lady Rachel Elizabeth Sutherland [born 10 Aug, 1970], and Lady Rosemary Millicent Sutherland [born 10 Sept, 1972]. The Earl also leaves a daughter from his second marriage in 1980, to the current Countess, the former Gillian Murray, Lady Elizabeth Murray St Clair Costin [born 24 April, 1984].

Lord Strathnaver was unmarried. The heir to the peerages is now his eldest half-sister, Lady Rachel, 52.

Lord Strathnavar's younger sister, Lady Elizabeth, is married to Romanian Yacov Costin [born Dec 1971], and they have a son, Isaac Sutherland, born in 2015, a future possessor of the family honours.


The Queen’s prime ministers

 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, KG 26 Oct 1951- 5 Apr 1955

Sir Robert Anthony Eden, KG 6 Apr 1955- 9 Jan 1957

Maurice Harold Macmillan 10 Jan 1957-18 Oct 1963

Sir Alexander Frederick (Alec) Douglas-Home KT 19 Oct 1963-16 Oct 1964

James Harold Wilson 16 Oct 1964-19 June 1970

Edward Richard George Heath 19 June 1970-4 March 1974

James Harold Wilson 4 March 1974-5 Apr 1976

Leonard James Callaghan 5 Apr 1976-4 May 1979

Margaret Hilda Thatcher (nee Roberts) 4 May 1979-28 Nov 1990

John (Roy) Major 28 Nov 1990-2 May 1997

Anthony Charles Lynton (Tony) Blair 2 May 1997-27 June 2007

James Gordon Brown 27 June 2007-11 May 2010

David William Donald Cameron 11 May 2010-13 July 2016

Theresa Mary May (nee Brasier) 13 July 2016-24 July 2019

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson 24 July 2019-6 Sept 2022

Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Truss 6 Sept 2022 -

Archie, Lennox, and Ivar Parry [born 2022]

 Hermione Davina Janet Parry [nee Gibbs, born 1988], scion of the Barons Aldenham, and wife of Robbie Parry, gave birth to triplet sons, Archie Nicholas Merry, Lennox Joseph Eoin, and Ivar James Thomas, 19 August, 2022.

Hermione is a daughter of Aiden Joseph Merry Gibbs [born 9 Feb, 1957], and his wife the former Leonie Patricia Fox-Pitt [born 27 Oct, 1962], scion of that landed gentry family, and descended from the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry:-

The 6th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry > Lord Herbert Andrew Montagu Douglas Scott > Patricia Montagu Douglas Scott > Janet Mary Scrymgeour-Wedderburn > Leonie Fox-Pitt > Hermione Gibbs

Robbie Parry is a son of Nicholas and Priscilla Parry.


Cecily Leonora Harden [born 2022]

Hannah S. Harden [née Cecil-Gurney], wife of Edward Richard Harden [born 1986], gave birth to a daughter, Cecily Leonora, 19 August, 2022, a sister for George Lionel [who was born 26 May, 2016], and for twins, Scarlet Eleanor, and Oscar Edward [born 24 Aug, 2019].

Edward Harden is descended from the Barons Rayleigh, viz:-

The 2nd Baron Rayleigh > Hon Edward Gerald Strutt > Capt Gerald Murray Strutt > Ursula Joyce Strutt > David James Harden > Edward Richard Harden


Sunday, September 04, 2022

Barham/Hall engagement

The engagement was announced 3 September, 2022, between Capt George Wilfrid Barham [born 1994], the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, scion of that landed gentry family, son of Edward George Barham [born 1962], of Hole Park, Kent, by his wife the former Clare Catherine Turnbull [born 27 July, 1966], and Eliza Charlotte Hall [born 20 March, 1995], younger daughter of Edward St John Hall [born 10 August, 1960], of Wiltshire, and his former wife Lucinda Katharine Thring [born 1963], scion of that landed gentry family [now Mrs John Ferguson, of Welford, Berkshire].

Capt George Barham is descended from the Earls of Stamford, viz:-

William Grey, 9th Earl of Stamford > Lady Jane Grey > Oliver Turnbull > Clare Turnbull > George Barham

Eliza Hall is descended from the Marquesses of Dufferin & Ava, viz:-

The 3rd Marquess of Dufferin & Ava > Lady Veronica Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood > Marie Antoinette Hornby > Edward St John Hall > Eliza Hall [the bride to be].


Saturday, September 03, 2022

Gibson/Hanmer engagement

 The engagement was announced 3 September, 2022, between Robert William [Rob] Gibson [born 1994], son of Martin George Selwyn Gibson, of Mildenhall, Wiltshire, by his wife Lucinda C.T. [Ninna] Pepper, and Alicia Marina Hanmer [born 24 May, 1994], daughter of Sir [Wyndham Richard] Guy Hanmer, 9th Baronet [born 27 Nov, 1955], of Hanmer, Flintshire, and his wife the former Elizabeth A. Taylor.


Wonnacott/Graham engagement

 The engagement was announced 3 September, 2022, between Benjamin Paul S. Wonnacott [born 1985], elder son of Timothy Wonnacott [born 12 March, 1951], chartered auctioneer and antiques expert, and his wife the former Helen Mary Mackay, and Caitriana Mary Alice Graham [born 11 April, 1984], scion of the Dukes of Montrose, eldest daughter of Lord Donald Alasdair Graham [born 28 Oct, 1956], and his wife the former Bride Donalda Elpseth Cameron [born 15 Oct, 1956], scion of the Camerons of Lochiel, and granddaughter of the late 7th Duke of Montrose [1907-1992].


Caroline, Lady Ley 1936-2022

 Caroline, Lady Ley, who died 29 August, 2022, aged 85, was widow of Sir Ian Francis Ley, 5th Baronet [1934-2017].

She was born Caroline Margaret Errington, at Bristol, in Oct 1936, daughter of Maj George Henry Errington [1908-89], and his wife the former Margaret Kathleen Bushman; and married 29 July, 1957, Ian Francis Ley [born 12 June, 1934], son of Sir Francis Ley, 5th Baronet [1907-95], and his wife the former Violet Geraldine Johnson [died 1991]. Her husband succeeded his father as 5th baronet, in May, 1995, and died 29 July, 2017.

Caroline, Lady Ley, leaves issue, a son, Sir Christopher Ian Ley, 6th Baronet [born 2 Dec, 1962], and a daughter Virginia Mary [born 1 May, 1960].


Friday, September 02, 2022

Chase/Dashwood marriage

 The marriage has taken place at West Wycombe Park, between James Matthew Chase [born 1990] son of William Leonard Chase [born 1960], of Herefordshire, and his wife the former Sarah Kathleen Cowap [born 1963], and Victoria Lucinda Dashwood [born 21 March, 1991], scion of the Dashwood baronets, the only daughter of Sir Edward John Francis Dashwood, 12th Baronet [born 25 September, 1964], of West Wycombe Park, and Lady Dashwood [nee Lucinda Nell Miesegaes [born 1964].


St Aubyn/Tyser marriage

 The marriage has taken place in Harare, Zimbabwe, between the Hon Felix John St Aubyn [born 16 January, 1992], second son of the 5th Baron St Levan [born 6 June, 1950], of St Michael's Mount, Penzance, Cornwall, by his wife the former Mary Caroline Bennett, and Alice C. Tyser, only daughter of Mr Jonathan Tyser, of Normandy, France, and Mrs Clare Peech, of Hayhill, Zimbabwe.


Eleanor Iona Mackworth-Green [born 2022]

Rose Bettina Natalie Mackworth-Green [born 1987, nee Mackworth-Young], wife of Stephen M. Mackworth-Green [formerly Green], gave birth to a daughter, Eleanor Iona, 24 August, 2022.

Stephen Mackworth-Green, is the youngest son of the late Anthony Green, and Mrs Green, of Devon.

Rose Mackworth-Green. a scion of the Young baronets, is a daughter of Professor Charles Gerard Mackworth-Young [born 6 July, 1954], of London, and his wife the former Lady Iona Sina Lindsay [born 10 Aug, 1957].

Rose is a granddaughter maternally of the 29th Earl of Crawford & Balcarres, KT, GCVO, PC [born 5 March, 1927], and a granddaughter paternally of Sir Robert Mackworth-Young, GCVO [1920-2000], Librarian of Windsor Castle and Assistant Keeper of the Queen's Archives.


Charles Wilson 1935-2022

 Charles Wilson, who died 31 August, 2022, aged 87, was a journalist and newspaper executive. He was editor of The Times 1985-90, and Managing Director of The Mirror Group plc 1992-98.

Born Glasgow, 18 Aug, 1935, he was thrice wed. [1] to the journalist and TV presenter Anne Robinson [born 26 Sept, 1944], and [2] to journalist Sally O'Sullivan, and [3] in 2001, to the Hon Rachel Pitkeathley, daughter of the life peer Baroness Pitkeathley, OBE [born 4 January, 1940].

He leaves a daughter, Emma, to his first wife, and a son, Luke, and daughter, Lily, to his second wife.


Thursday, September 01, 2022

Sylvia Forbes Adam (born 2022)

 Hermione Sylvia A. Forbes Adam (nee Hasell-McCosh, born 1987), wife of [Crispin] Beilby Forbes Adam [born 20 April, 1987], scion of the Adam baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Sylvia, 25 August, 2022.

Beilby Forbes Adam is a son of Charles David Forbes Adam [born 8 Oct, 1957], of Skipwith Hall, North Yorkshire, by his wife the former Rosalind Cecilia Colvile.

Hermione Forbes Adam is the elder daughter of Robert B Hasell-McCosh, of Dalemain, Cumbria, by his wife the former Elizabeth J Halsey.

Beilby Forbes Adam is a grandson of Sir Nigel Colin Forbes Adam, 5th Baronet [born 7 Dec, 1930].


O'Conor/Lane engagement

 The engagement has been announced between Jonathan Michael O'Conor [born c 1990], son of Richard Shawn O'Conor [born 30 September, 1951], of London, and his wife the former Julia Mary Myfanwy Williams [born 13 April, 1952], and Phoebe Lane, eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Benedict Lane, of Essex.

Jonathan O'Conor is a grandson maternally of Sir Michael Osmond Williams, 2nd and last Baronet [1914-2012].


Craig Robert Pickering [died 2022]

 Craig Robert Pickering died 19 Aug, 2022, aged 72. He was born c 1950, son of Raymond Pickering and his wife the former Beryl Young, and married 1990, Margaret Susan Leonora Hanson [born 1 Aug, 1952], daughter of Roy Ian Hanson [1926-1988], and his wife the former Isobel Sophia Biddulph [1916-96], scion of the Barons Biddulph, by whom he had a daughter, Hannah Louise, who was born 19 Feb, 1990.


Howard/Byng engagement

 The engagement was announced 1 September, 2022, between Thomas T. Howard, son of Mr Timothy Howard and Mrs Simon McClean, and the Hon Malaika Anne Byng [born 13 April, 1982], third daughter of the 11th Viscount Torrington [born 13 July, 1943], and Viscountess Torrington [nee Susan Honour Webster [born c 1949], descended from the Marquesses of Conyngham.


Oliver Jake Bashir [born 2022]

Victoria Elizabeth Bashir [nee Moss, born 1986], wife of Aaron Bashir [born 1986], gave birth to a son, Oliver Jake, 26 August, 2022, a brother for Sophie Elizabeth [who was born 27 May, 2019].

Aaron is a son of Mohammed Bashir and Ekjote Sodhi.

Victoria is a daughter of Edward Ian James Gray Moss, and his wife the former Hon Susannah Elizabeth Yerburgh [born 13 June, 1953], daughter of the 2nd Baron Alvingham, CBE [1926-2020].