Wednesday, May 31, 2023

James Driscoll Griffin 1926-2023

 James Driscoll Griffin died at Lyme, Connecticut, United States, 14 May, 2023, aged 97.

He was born at West Lafayette, Indiana, 31 January, 1926, son of Edwin G. Griffin, of Evanston, Illinois; and married 18 June, 1960, the Lady Jane Bingham (born 13 October, 1932), elder daughter of the 6th Earl of Lucan (1898-1964), and his wife the former Kaitlin Elizabeth Anne Dawson (1900-1985), by whom he had issue, three sons, Nicholas, John, and Benjamin, and a daughter, Kaitlin.


The 6th Baron Strathspey 1943-2023

 The 6th Baron Strathspey, who died 26 May, 2023, aged 79, was Chief of the Name and Arms of Grant.

He was the 6th Baron Strathspey (pronounced "Strathspay" - Peerage of the UK, cr 1884), and a Baronet (Nova Scotia, cr 1625), and 33rd Chief of the Clan Grant. His home was at Lochbuie, Isle of Mull, Argyllshire.

James Patrick Trevor Grant of Grant was born 9 September, 1943, son of Lt-Col the 5th Baron Strathspey (1912-1992), and his 1st wife the former Alice Bowe (who died 24 May, 2002), daughter of Francis Bowe, of Timaru, New Zealand. Alice married in 1953, as her 2nd husband, Brig Alasdair Gillean Lorne Maclean of Pennycross (d 1973).

He succeeded his father, 27 January, 1992, as 6th Baron, 18th Baronet, and 33rd Chief of the Clan Grant. He married firstly, 6 Aug, 1966 (div 1984), Linda Pigott, daughter of David Pigott, of Forfarshire; and married 2ndly, 1985 (div 1993), Margaret Drummond, daughter of Robert Drummond, of Fife.

He leaves three daughters from his first marriage, Carolyn (b 4 Mar 1967), Philippa (b 2 Jun 1971), and Victoria (b 30 Mar 1976).

He is succeeded in the family honours by his younger half-brother, the Hon Michael Patrick Francis Grant of Grant (who was born 22 Apr, 1953), who is unmarried.


Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Felix Robert Brandram (born 2023)

  Sophie Amelia Brandram (nee Ferguson, born 13 Oct, 1992), wife of Capt Nicholas George Brandram (b 23 Apr 1982), Scots Guards, gave birth to a son, Felix Robert, 29 May, 2023, in London.

The infant is descended from the Royal House of Greece. Nicholas Brandram is the only son of Richard Paul George Andrew Brandram (1948-2020], by his former wife the former Jennifer Steele (b 1951 - now Mrs Robert Enslow).

Sophie Brandram is a daughter of Jakes D. Ferguson, of Hampshire, and his wife the former Mary V. Mann.

Capt Brandram's paternal grandmother was HRH Princess Katherine of Greece & Denmark (1913-2007), who married Richard Campbell Andrew Brandram (1911-94) and became (by courtesy of King George VI) 'Lady Katherine Brandram'.

Nicholas Brandram's first marriage to Katrina Davis ended in divorce in 2014. He announced his engagement to Sophie Ferguson in May, 2021, and thet married 17 Dec, 2021.


Athena Rainow Twinkerbell Lord (born 2023)

  Lady Philippa Mimi Jacqueline Henrietta Lord (nee Howard, born 1985), wife of Archie Lord, gave birth to a daughter, Athena Rainbow Twinkerbell, 25 February, 2023, a sister for Ottilie Winifred, who was born 16 November, 2018.

Lady Philippa is a daughter of the 21st Earl of Suffolk & Berkshire (1935-2022), of Charlton Park, Malmesbury, by his 3rd wife, the fomer Linda Jacqueline Paravicini (born 1950, an ex wife of Viscount Bridport).


Vincent Sam Quick (born 2023)

 The Lady Natasha Rose Catherine Linda Quick (nee Howard, born 1987), wife of Charles William H. Quick [born 1985], gave birth to a son, Vincent Sam, 15 May, 2023.

Lady Natasha is the younger daughter of the 21st Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire [1935-2022], of Charlton Park, Wiltshire, and his third wife, the former Linda Jacqueline Paravicini [born 1950], previously the wife of the 4th Viscount Bridport, and descended from the Swinnerton Dyer baronets.

Charles Quick is a son of the late Michael Quick, and his wife nee Browning, of Banwell Farm, South Mundham, West Sussex.


Pamela Mary Trowbridge (nee Bradshaw) (died 2023)

 Pamela Mary Trowbridge (nee Bradshaw), who died 30 April, 2023, aged 71, was the wife of Keith Trowbridge, a descendant of the Viscounts Charlemont. She was a daughter of Philip Bradshaw and married in 1980, (Richard) Keith Giles Trowbridge (born 23 Aug, 1950), son of Fl-Lieut Robert Hender Trowbridge (d 1993), and his wife the former Hon Dorothy Frances Lucy St George Caulfeild (1915-2006), daughter of the 12th Viscount Charlemont (1887-1979). She leaves issue, two daughters, Laura (born 1986), and Emma (born 1988).


Hon Carolyn Mary Ponsonby 1938-2023

 The Hon Carolyn Mary Ponsonby, who died 26 May, 2023, aged 84, was a scion of the Barons Sysonsby.

She was born 9 November, 1938, the only daughter of Lieutenant-Col Edward Gaspard Ponsonby, the 2nd Baron Sysonsby, DSO (1903-1956), and his wife the former Sallie Whitney Sanford (who died 1979). 

Following her father's death, 21 January, 1956, her mother married as her 3rd husband, 15 Feb, 1958, Maj Edward Robert Francis Compton (1891-1977), of Newby Hall, Ripon, scion of the Marquesses of Northampton.

Carolyn's grandfather, Frederick Edward Grey Ponsonby, 1st Baron Sysonsby, GCB, GCVO, PC (1867-1935), courtier, scion of the Earls of Bessborough, was a godson of the German Emperor Frederick III and the Empress Victoria. The 1st Baron was Equerry-in-Ordinary to Queen Victoria from 1894 to 1901, as Assistant Keeper of the Privy Purse and Assistant Private Secretary to Queen Victoria from 1897 to 1901, to King Edward VII from 1901 to 1910 and to King George V from 1910 to 1914; as Keeper of the Privy Purse from 1914 to 1935, and as Lieutenant Governor of Windsor Castle from 1928 to 1935.

Carolyn Ponsonby, who never married, was a niece of Loelia, Duchess of Westminster (1902-93), and a sister of John, 3rd Baron Sysonsby (1945-2009). 


Sir Derek Spencer, KC, former Conservative MP

 Sir Derek Spencer, KC, who died 19 May, 2023, aged 87, was Conservative MP for Leicester South 1983-87, and then MP for Brighton Pavilion 1992-97,

He was appointed Solicitor-General in John Major's government in 1992, and knighted.


Monday, May 29, 2023

Sir (George) John Aird, 4th Baronet 1940-2023

 Sir John Aird, 4th Baronet, died 4 May, 2023, aged 83.

Sir John was Chairman and Managing Director of Sir John Aird and Co Ltd 1969-96, and Chairman, Matcon plc from 1981. He was a trainee, Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners 1961-65, and Manager, John Laing and Sons, 1967-69.

George John Aird was born 30 January, 1940, son of Colonel Sir John Renton Aird, 3rd Baronet, MVO, MC (1898-1973), and his wife the Lady Priscilla Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (1909-2002), daughter of the 2nd Earl of Ancaster, GCVO, JP, DL (1867-1951), Joint Hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain, &c.

George John Aird was a godson of King George VI, and he served as a Page to his maternal grandfather, the Earl of Ancaster, at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 2 June, 1953. He was a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II, 1955-1957.

He married firstly, 31 Aug, 1968, Margaret Elizabeth Muir (born 1 Aug, 1946), daughter of Sir John Harling Muir, 3rd Baronet (1910-94), and his wife the former Elizabeth Mary Dundas, scion of the Marquesses of Zetland; he married 2ndly, 2011, Xiao Fen Wang, daughter of Professor Jin Fen Wang, of Beijing.

Sir John leaves issue from his first marriage, a son, Dr James John Aird, and two daughters, Rebecca (born 22 July, 1970), and Belinda Elizabeth (born 14 May, 1972). The son, born 12 June, 1978, succeeds as 5th Baronet.


Sunday, May 28, 2023

The 3rd Baron Kirkwood 1931-2023

 The 3rd Baron Kirkwood died at Sheffield, South Yorkshire, 15 April, 2023. He was 91.

Lord Kirkwood was senior lecturer of Metallurgy, 1974-1987 at Sheffield University, South Yorkshire, and was registered as a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.). He was a consultant at Sheffield University from 1987. His home for many years was at 56 Endcliffe Hall Avenue, Sheffield.

David Harvie Kirkwood was born 24 November, 1931, son of the 2nd Baron Kirkwood (1903-70), and his wife the former Eileen Grace Boalch (died 6 May, 1999); and was educated at Rugby and Trinity Hall Cambridge (MA, PhD); lecturer in Metallurgy at Sheffield University, 1962; Warden of Stephenson Hall, Sheffield University 1974-80; Member of the Select Committee on Science and Technology, House of Lords 1987-92, and 1996-99.

He succeeded his father, 9 March, 1970, in the peerage which was created in 1951 for his grandfather, David Kirkwood, PC (1872-1955), Labour MP for Clydebank, Dumbarton Burghs 1922-50, and for East Dumbarton 1950-51.

He married 31 July, 1965, Judith Rosalie Hunt, daughter of John Hunt, of Leeds, West Yorkshire, by whom he had issue, three daughters, Ruth Emily (born 17 Sept, 1966), Anne Judith (born 24 Apr, 1969), and Lucy Jennifer (born 28 July, 1972).

He is succeeded as 4th Baron by his younger brother, the Hon James Stuart Kirkwood (born 19 June, 1937).


Saturday, May 27, 2023

The former wife of the 13th Duke of Manchester has died aged 73

 The first wife of the 13th Duke of Manchester has died at the age of 73.

The former Marion Johanna Stoner (born Hamburg 1 February, 1950), the daughter of Fritz Stoner and his wife Maria. She emigrated with her parents to Australia in 1954. 

She married in 1984 in Melbourne, Australia, the then Alexander Charles David Drogo Montagu (born 11 Dec, 1962), son of the then Lord Angus Charles Drogo Montagu (born 9 Oct, 1938), and his wife the former Mary Eveleen McClure. Marion's husband was a grandson of the 10th Duke of Manchester (1902-77), and nephew of the 11th Duke (1929-85).

The 11th Duke of Manchester died in 1985, and her husband's father succeeded to the family peerages. Alexander Montagu was then styled Viscount Mandeville, as heir to his father's dukedom.

Marion's marriage, a violent one, ended in divorce in 1996, Alexander Montagu having married bigamously, in 1992, Wendy Dawn Buford. With the death of the 12th duke, 25 July, 2002, Alexander succeeded as 13th Duke of Manchester (cr 1719), 16th Earl of Manchester, co. Lancaster [E., 1626], 16th Baron Kimbolton of Kimbolton, co. Huntingdon [E., 1620], 16th Viscount Mandeville [E., 1620] , &c. 

Marion was unsure of the validity of her divorce in 1996. If the marriage was not dissolved then she became Duchess of Manchester on 25 July, 2002. If the divorce was legal, then she was in fact Marion, Viscountess Mandeville from 1985. Her former husband was styled Viscount Mandeville by courtesy, from 1985 until succeededing to the dukedom.


Robert Peter Agnew 1953-2023

 Robert Peter Agnew died 16 May, 2023. 

He was born in 1953, the son of Sydney Alexander Agnew (1924-2003); and married 1982, Anna Margaret Pepys (born 25 July, 1956), scion of the Earls of Cottenham, daughter of the Rt Rev George Christopher Cutts Pepys (1914-74), a former Bishop of Buckingham, by his wife the former Elizabeth Margaret Ekin (1924-2009), by whom he had issue, two sons, Alexander (b 1984), Thomas (b 1987), and a daughter, Eleanor (b 1990).


Jago Henry Frederick Hodgson (born 2023)

 The Hon Mrs Barnaby Hodgson [nee Megan Grace Sandow, born 1990], wife of the Hon Barnaby Peter Granville Hodgson [born 1986], gave birth to a son, Jago Henry Frederick, 18 May, 2023, a brother for Hector James Granville, who was born 17 March, 2020.

Barnaby Hodgson is a son of the life peer Baron Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, CBE [born 1942], of London, by his wife the life peeress Baroness Hodgson of Abinger, CBE [born 1954].

Megan Hodgson is a daughter of Frederick K. Sandow, of Taunton, Somerset, by his wife the former Joanna P. Richards.


Cosmo Balthazar Patrick Dodd-Noble (born 2023)

 Emily Kate L. Dodd-Noble [nee Rowlinson, born 1984], wife of Harry Thomas B. Dodd-Noble [born 1985], gave birth to a son, Cosmo Balthazar Patrick, 6 April, 2023, a brother for Bertie-Fox Burlington Leo, who was born 14 August, 2021.

Harry Dodd-Noble, a descendant of the Merrie Monarch Charles II, is a son of (Simon) Thomas Antony (Tom) Dodd-Noble (b 17 Feb, 1955), of Oxfordshire,  by his former wife the former Carolyn A. Botting (now Mrs Carrie Stewart, of London), and is a grandson of Adrian Dodd-Noble (1922-2013) (a grandson maternally of the Baron Kirkley). by his 1st wife the former Lady Elizabeth Theresa Boyle (1920-81), sister of the 13th & 14th Earls of Cork & Orrery.

Emily Dodd-Noble is a daughter of Mr Stephen R. Rowlinson, of East Sussex, by his wife the former Kathleen A. McGowan.


Hon Lady Dundas 1924-2023

 The Hon Lady Dundas died 22 May, 2023, aged 98.

She was the widow of Sir Hugh Dundas, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC, a fighter pilot in the Second World War and later senior a senior broadcasting executive. She was a scion of the Barons Trevethin & Oaksey.

The former Hon (Enid) Rosamond Lawrence, she was born 19 June, 1924, the second daughter of the 3rd Baron Trevethin &  1st Baron Oaksey, DSO, PC, DL (1880-1971), the senior British judge at the Nuremberg trials after the Second World War, and his wife the former Marjorie Frances Alice Robinson (who died in 1984); and married 28 January, 1950, Group Capt Hugh Spencer Lisle Dundas (born 22 July, 1920), sciom of the Earls (later Marquesses) of Zetland, son of Frederick James Dundas (1877-1950), and his wife the former Sylvia Mary March Phillipps (who died 30 Dec, 1976),s cion of that landed gentry family.

Her husband  joined Rediffusion Ltd in 1961, becoming a director in 1966, and served as Chairman of Thames Television until 1987. He died 10 July, 1995.

The Hon Lady Dundas leaves issue, a son James (born 4 Nov, 1950), and two daughters, Sarah Jane (b 15 Jan, 1953), and Amanda (b 28 March, 1956).


Friday, May 26, 2023

Wills/Kainradl engagement

 The engagement was announced 26 May, 2023, between the Hon Robert Anthony Hamilton Wills (born 20 Oct, 1983), son and heir of the 3rd Baron Dulverton (born 2 May, 1944), of Batsford, Gloucestershire, and of his first and former wife Rosalind, Baroness Dulverton (nee van der Velde), of Marbella, Spain, & Sophie Elizabeth Kainradl (born circa 1985), daughter of Mr Peter Kainradl, of Chesham Bois, Buckinghamshire, and his wife the former Josephine Alice Danneman (born 21 March, 1951).


Gillian Elizabeth Pole-Carew (died 2023)

 Gillian Elizabeth Pole-Carew (nee Burton) died 20 May, 2023. She was 91.

The former Gillian Elizabeth Burton, daughter of Clive Mence Burton, of Cape Province, South Africa, she married 3 April, 1954, Christopher Gerald Pole-Carew (born 17 May, 1931), scion of the Pole baronets, son of Maj Gerald Ayshford Pole-Carew (1887-1969), and his wife the former Eileen Flora O'Callaghan (1893-1989). Her husband died 12 Feb, 2020, aged 88.

Mrs Pole-Carew leaves issue, a son, Peregrine (born 2 Sept, 1957), and two daughters, Delia (born 13 Feb, 1955), and Camilla (born 12 May, 1961).


Thursday, May 25, 2023

Coulthard/Davies engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 May, 2023, between Harry Caldecott Coulthard (born 1991), son of Michael William Coulthard (born 1958), of Ardnacille, Isle of Scalpay, and Mrs Coulthard, & Mollie Scarlett Davies (born 5 Oct, 1989), younger daughter of Mark Edward Trehearne Davies, CVO (born 20 May, 1948), of Admington Hall, Warwickshire, and his wife the former Antonia Catharine Chittenden (born 1960).

Mollie's brother, Hugo (born 1989), married 20 Aug, 2021, the Lady Jemima Juliet Herbert (born 4 Oct, 1989), daughter of the late 17th Earl of Pembroke (1939-2003), of Wilton House, Salisbury.


Palmer/Thrower engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 May, 2023, between Charles Henry Somerset Palmer (born 12 Oct, 1992), son and heir of Sir Robert John Hudson Palmer, 9th Baronet (born 20 Dec, 1960), of Wandsworth, London, and his wife the former Lucinda Margaret Barker (born 1961), and Naomi Louise Thrower (born 1992), daughter of Philip Andrew Thrower (born 1962), of Woking, Surrey, and his wife the former Susan Mackay.


Capel/Pleydell-Bouverie engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 May, 2023, between Edward J.S. Capel, son of Mr Jonathan Capel and Mrs Alexandra Nielsen, of Australia, and the Lady Hope Pleydell-Bouverie (born 4 November, 1997), elder daughter of the 9th Earl of Radnor (born 5 January, 1955), of Longford Castle, Wiltshire, and his wife, the Countess of Radnor ( the former Melissa Stanford).


Alan Stobart Monckton 1934-2023

 Alan Stobart Monckton, DL, who died 21 May, 2023, aged 88, was a scion of the Viscounts Galway.

Sometime of Stretton Hall, Staffordshire, he was a former High Sheriff of Staffordshire, and a deputy lieutenant of the county. 

He was born 5 September, 1934, son of Reginald Francis Percy Monckton (1896-1975), of Somerford Hall, Staffordshire, and his wife the former Sheila Stobart (who died 25 March, 1999).

 He married 30 September, 1961, Joanna Mary Bird, daughter of George Carlos Bird, of Appleton, Abingdon, Berkshire, by whom he had issue, three sons, Piers (b 23 Oct, 1962), Simon (1967-69), and Toby (b 26 Feb, 1970), and two daughters, Davina (b 21 May, 1964), and Sophie (b 13 Nov, 1967).

He had a ducal ancestry:-

Hugh, 1st Duke of Northumberland > Algernon Percy, 1st Earl of Beverley > Rt Rev Hon Hugh Percy > Algernon Charles Heber Percy > Evelyn Mary Heber-Percy > Reginald Monckton > Alan Monckton (d 2023)


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Elizabeth Sarah Rose More Nisbett (born 2023)

India More Nisbett (née Williamson), wife of Charles Nielson George More Nisbett (born 1984), scion of that Scottish landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth Sarah Rose, 20 May, 2023.

India, from Houston, Texas, married circa 2021, Charles More Nisbett, younger son of (George) Alan More Nisbett (born 1940), of The Drum, Edinburgh, and his wife the former Patrea Evelyn MacDonald.

 Charles More Nisbett is a great-great grandson of Lady Agnes Dalrymple, daughter of the 9th Earl of Stair.


Octavia Lily Pleydell-Bouverie (born 2023)

Imogen Nadia Pleydell-Bouverie [born 1987, nee Oates], wife of Edward Richard Pleydell-Bouverie [born 1984], scion of the Earls of Radnor, gave birth to a daughter, Octavia Lily, 20 May, 2023, a sister for Charles Sebastian, who was born 17 May, 2020.

Imogen is a daughter of John Oates, of Barnard Castle, and Mrs Claire Oates [nee Bromley], also of Barnard Castle, co Durham.

Edward is the second son of Rupert William Pleydell-Bouverie (b Dec 1950), of Monkwood, Alresford, Hampshire, by his wife the former Evelyn Marie Conlon.


Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Otto John de Savary Symondson (born 2023)

 Amber Camilla C. Symondson (née de Savary), wife of Angus John Symondson (born 1988), gave birth to a son, Otto John de Savary, 5 May, 2023, a brother for Siena Rose (born 19 August, 2019).

Amber Symondson is a daughter of Peter de Savary (1944-2022), the multi-millionaire businessman, sometime of Skibo Castle, Dornoch, Sutherland, and his 3rd wife the former Lana Paton.

Angus Symondson is a son of Robin Francis Symondson (born 9 March, 1957), a scion of the Innes of Balvenie baronets, and his wife the former Alison Gaddie.


Monday, May 22, 2023

Archibald Andrew Ian Fleming 1934-2023

 Archibald Andrew Ian Fleming, who died 26 April, 2023, aged 88, was a grandson of the 1st Baron Inverforth.

He was born 25 October, 1934, son of Archibald Robert Cecil Fleming (who died 5 Aug,1969), and his wife the Hon Alexandra Cora Wilmer Weir (1902-1971), fifth daughter of the 1st Baron Inverforth (1865-1955), and his wife the former Anne Dowie (died 12 June, 1941).

He was unmarried.


Saturday, May 20, 2023

Martin Louis Amis 1949-2023

 Martin Amis, the acclaimed author, died 19 May, 2023. He was 73.

Amis was best known for his novels Money (1984) and London Fields (1989). He received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his memoir Experience and had been listed for the Booker Prize twice (shortlisted in 1991 for Time's Arrow and longlisted in 2003 for Yellow Dog). Amis served as the Professor of Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing at the University of Manchester until 2011. In 2008, The Times named him one of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945.

He was born 25 Aug, 1949, son of the writer Sir Kingsley Amis, CBE (1922-1995), and his first wife the former Hilary Ann Bardwell (1928-2010). His parents, who wed in 1948, and divorced when Martin was 12. His mother, Hilly, later married as her 3rd husband, 18 February, 1977, Alastair Ivor Gilbert Boyd, 7th Baron Kilmarnock (1927-2009).

He married firstly, 1984 (div 1993), Antonia Phillips; married secondly, 1996, Isabel Fonseca (born 1961), and American-Uruguayan writer. He leaves two sons from his first marriage, two daughters from his second marriage, and a daughter from his relationship with the late Lamorna Seale.


Ludo Ranulph Edwin Cazalet (born 2023)

 Dr Rowena S.E. Cazalet (née Jones), wife of Peter Thomas Grenville (Tom) Cazalet (born 3 April, 1987), scion of that landed gentry family of Fairlawne, gave birth to a son, Ludo Ranulph Edwin, 2 May, 2023, a brother for Rufus Hugh Grenville, who was born 24 Aug 2017, and for Frederick Milo Theodore, who was born 6 Nov 2019.

Peter Thomas Grenville Cazalet is a son of Peter Charles Grenville Cazalet (born 1959), and his wife the former (Victoria) Jane Perry.

Dr Rowena Cazalet is a daughter of  Mr Barry Jones, of Lower Swell, Somerset. 


Hon Virginia Yvonne Price (nee Lloyd-Mostyn) 1946-2023

 The Hon Virginia Yvonne Price, who died 22 April, 2023, aged 77, was a scion of the Barons Mostyn.

She was born 24 March, 1946, daughter of the 5th Baron Mostyn (1920-2000), and his wife Yvonne Margaret Johnson (who died 3 May, 3004, having married 2ndly, 6 July, 1960, as his 2nd wife, Sir William Wrixon-Becher, 5th Bt ((1915-2000)).

Virginia Lloyd-Mostyn married firstly, 13 Dec, 1973 (div 1983), John Robert Hodgkinson, son of Lieutenant-Col Reginald Hodgkinson, of Shennington House, Ettington, Warwickshire ; married 2ndly, 30 March, 1983, James Richard Kenrick Price, QC (born Sept, 1948), son of Lieutenant-Col Kenrick Jack Price, DSO, MC (1912-82), and his wife Juliet Slessor (1924-2019), daughter of Marshal of the RAF Sir John Slessor, GCB, DSO, MC (1897-1979).

She leaves issue from her first marriage, two sons, Dominic (b 10 Nov 1974), and Thomas (b 5 May, 1976).


Howell/Godson engagement

 The engagement was announced 20 May, 2023, between Thomas P.L. Howell (born 10 Aug, 1990), son of Philip Luard Howell (born 23 Nov, 1955), of Hadleigh, Suffolk, and his wife the former Stephanie Fernandez, & Annabel Elizabeth Godson (born 1990), daughter of Richard Godson, of Swineshead, Lincolnshire, and Mrs Meg Godson (nee Maclure), of Welby, Lincolnshire.

Thomas Howell is descended from the Buxon baronets:-

Sir Edward Buxton, 2nd Bt > Henry Edmund Buxton > Rosalind Upcher Buxton > Dr Paul Howell > Philip Luard Howell > Thomas Howell


Clementine Thea MacHale (born 2023)

Isabella Louise MacHale (nee Kerr-Smiley, born 19 February, 1990), wife of Thomas E. MacHale, gave birth to a daughter, Clementine Thea, 4 May, 2023.

Thomas MacHale is the younger son of Mr & Mrs Joseph MacHale, of Wonston, Hampshire.

Isabella MacHale is a scion of the Smiley baronets, elder daughter of Mark Alexander Kerr-Smiley [born 30 March, 1961], of Kensington, London, and his wife the former Manuela Maria Raquez.

Sir Hugh Smiley 1st Bt-->Peter Kerr-Smiley [1879-1943]-->Cyril Kerr-Smiley [1906-80]-->Peter Kerr-Smiley [b 1934]-->Mark Kerr-Smiley [b 1961]-->Isabella Kerr-Smiley [b 1990] > Clementine MacHale [b 2023].


Theodore Sebastian Phoenix Sewell (born 2023)

  Fiona Elizabeth Jane [Effie] Sewell [nee Reeve, born 4 June, 1986], wife of Bertie Sewell, descended from the Williams-Wynn baronets, gave birth to a son, Theodore Sebastian Phoenix, 30 March, 2023, a brother for Maximilian William Wynn, who was born 16 January, 2022.

Effie is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Simon Reeve, of Horton, Wiltshire. Bertie is a son of Major David Nigel Wynn Sewell [born 4 Apr, 1953], of Upper Tysoe, co Warwick, and his wife the former Julia Stephens.

Sir Owen Watkin Williams-Wynn, 8th Baronet [1891-1949] > Joan Williams-Wynn > Maj David Sewell [b 1953] > Bertie Sewell > Theodore Sebastian Phoenix Sewell  [b 2023]


Elizabeth, Viscountess Colville of Culross 1934-2023

 Elizabeth, Viscountess Colville of Culross, who died 16 May, 2023, aged 88, was the first wife of the late 4th Viscount Colville of Culross, QC (1933-2010), a Conservative politician and judge.

She was the former (Mary) Elizabeth Webb-Bowen, born 11 December, 1934, daughter of Colonel Mostyn Hird Wheeler Webb-Bowen (1894-1983), and his wife the former Evelyn Florence Lane (1910-2001); and married 4 October, 1958 (div 1973), as his first wife, John Mark Alexander Colville, 4th Viscount Colville of Culross, QC (born 19 July, 1933), son of the 3rd Viscount (1888-1945), and his wife the former Kathleen Myrtle Gale (1905-1986). The 4th Viscount, who had succeeded his father, 14 March, 1945, died 8 April, 2010.

Viscountess Colville leaves issue, four sons, Charles, Richmond, Alexander and Rupert. The eldest son, Charles Mark Townshend Colville, is 5th Viscount Colville of Culross (born 5 Sept, 1959).


Jane Oriana Mary Grafftey-Smith (nee Pollen) 1942-2023

 Jane Oriana Mary Grafftey-Smith (nee Pollen), who died 9 May, 2023, aged 81, was a scion of the Pollen baronets.

She was born 28 February, 1942, daughter of Sir John Michael Hungerford Pollen, 7th Baronet (1919-2003), and his 1st wife the former Angela Mary Oriana Russi (who died 1990); and married 28 March, 1962, Roger Tilney Grafftey-Smith (1932-2012), son of Sir Laurence Bartom Grafftey-Smth, KCMG, KBE (1892-1989), the diplomat who served as High Commissioner for the UK to Pakistan from 1947 to 1951 and Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1945 to 1947, and his 1st wife the former Vivien Alderson,. Her husband, who died 12 April, 2012, was the uncle of Toby Grafftey-Smith (1970-2017), keyboardist and songwriter with Jamiroquai.

Jane Grafftey-Smith leaves issue, two sons, Simon & Max, and a daughter, Selina. 


Friday, May 19, 2023

Esther Julia Xanthe Whitaker (born 2023)

 Dr Sophie Alexandra Mary Whitaker (born 1981, nee Crichton), scion of the Earls of Erne, and wife of Harry James Ingham Whitaker (b 16 March, 1984), gave birth to a daughter, Esther Julia Xanthe, 22 April, 2023, a sister for Hera Elizabeth Ingham (who was b in 2015), and for Caspar Alexander Vesey (born 30 July, 2018).

Harry Whitaker is the son and heir of Sir John James Ingham (Jack) Whitaker, 4th Baronet (cr 1936) (born 23 Oct, 1952), of Babworth Hall, Retford, Nottinghamshire, by his wife the former Elizabeth Jane Ravenscroft Starke.

Dr Sophie Whitaker is a daughter Adrian David Crichton (born 1952), by his wife the former Janet (Janey) C.E. Wauchope (b 1954).


Peerage for King's former private secretary

 Sir Edward Young, who served Queen Elizabeth II as her principal private secretary from 2017 until her death, since when fulfilling the same role for King Charles III, has retired from the position and has been created a life peer.

Sir Edward has also been advanced from KCB to GCB, and appointed a Lord in Waiting to His Majesty The King.

Edward Young was born 24 October, 1966, son of Dr Edward Young, and his wife the former Sally Rougier Chapman. He was recruited to the Royal Household in 2004, serving as Queen Elizabeth II's Assistant and then Deputy Private Secretary until his promotion to Private Secretary in 2017. After the death of the Queen in 2022, Young served as joint principal private secretary to King Charles III until his resignation in May 2023.

Young was appointed LVO in 2010, CVO in 2015, KCVO in 2020, GCVO in 2023, and GCB in 2023.


Thursday, May 18, 2023

Fiona, Baroness Montagu of Beaulieu 1943-2023

 Fiona, Baroness Montagu of Beaulieu died at her home in London, 14 May, 2023.

She was the second wife, and widow, of the 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu (1926-2015), of Palace House, Beaulieu, Hampshire.

She was born in 1943 in Southern Rhodesia, as Fiona Margaret Herbert, daughter of Richard Lionel Deane Herbert, of Clymping, Sussex, and his wife, Isobel, and married 26 September, 1974, as his second wife, Edward John Barrington Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu (born 20 Oct, 1926), son of the 2nd Baron (1866-1929), and his second wife the former Alice Pearl Crake.

 Lady Montagu of Beaulieu worked as a film production assistant in Britain before marrying Lord Montagu, and as chatelaine of Palace House she became a champion of the newly established Countryside Education Trust, raising considerable funds for the charity, particularly through an annual Christmas Fair which she organised at Palace House.

She served as an international advisor to the World Centre of Compassion for Children, was a trustee of Vision-in-Action, led by Yasuhiko Kimura, and became a Patron of the Relational Thinking Network. She was instrumental in the foundation of the Club of Budapest, an informal association of people in art, literature and culture, and was appointed their first global ambassador. This gave rise to the formation of the World Wisdom Council which promotes the idea of change through a new dimension of consciousness.

Lady Montagu was widowed 31 Aug, 2015 and thereafter lived in London. She is survived by a son, the Hon Jonathan Deane Douglas-Scott-Montagu (born 11 Oct, 1975), and two step-children, Ralph, 4th Baron Montagu of Beaulieu (born 13 March, 1961), and the Hon Mary Douglas-Scott-Montagu  (born 16 Nov, 1964).


Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Lady Elliott 1927-2023

Lady Elliott, who died 1 May, 2023, aged 96, was a scion of the Butler landed gentry family, of Ewart Park.

She was born Oonagh Sophia Butler, in 1927, daughter of Sir Nevile Montague Butler, KCMG, CVO (1893-1973), diplomat, sometime ambassador to Brazil, by his wife the former Oonagh Rose McNeile (1898-1979); and married in 1958, Professor Sir John Huxtable Elliott, FBA (1930-2022), sometime professor of History at King's College London, son of Thomas Charles Elliott (1892-1957), and his wife the former Janet Mary Payne (1902-1991).



Arthur James Anthony Leeming (born 2023)

  Marie-Alexandra Ann [Lexie] Leeming [nee Watson, born 1987], wife of William James C. Leeming [born 1986], gave birth to a son, Arthur James Anthony, 13 May, 2023, a brother for Arabella Elizabeth Ann, who was born 15 August, 2020.

Lexie Leeming is a daughter of Mr Michael Watson and Mrs Graeme Sloan, and William Leeming is is a son of James Henry Leeming [born 1952], by his wife the former Anne Elizabeth Abel Smith [born 18 August, 1950], scion of that landed gentry family of Woodall & Goldings.

William Leeming is distant kin of HM The King -- via his Majesty's Bowes Lyon/Abel Smith ancestry.


Monday, May 15, 2023

The Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, CH, PC 1934-2023

 Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, CH, PC, who died 13 May, 2023, aged 89, was a former Conservative MP and Cabinet minister who served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Brooke served as Tory MP for the Cities of London and Westminster seat from 1977 to 2001. He was an  assistant Government Whip, 1979-1981. He was a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury 1981-1983; and was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Education and Science, 1983-1985; Minister of State, H.M. Treasury, 1985-1987; and was Paymaster-General, 1987-1989; Chairman of the Conservative Party, 1987-1989.

 He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1988; and served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland between 1989 and 1992. He was appointed a Companion of Honour (C.H.) in 1992. He held the office of Secretary of State, National Heritage between 1992 and 1994.

Peter Leonard Brooke was born 3 March, 1934, son of the Rt Hon Henry Brooke, CH, PC (1903-1984), also a Conservative MP, who served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster-General from 1961 to 1962 and — following the "Night of the Long Knives" — as Home Secretary from 1962 to 1964, and was created, in retirement, Baon Brooke of Cunmor, a life peerage.

Peter Brooke's mother, Barbara Muriel Matthews, DBE (1908-2000), a joint vice-chairman of the Conservative party for the decade 1954-64, who in 1964 was raised to the peerage for life as Baroness Brooke of Ystradfellte.

He married firstly, 17 March, 1964, Joan Margaret Smith (who died 1985), daughter of Frederick George Smith; and married secondly, in 1991, Lindsay Allinson.

In 2001 he was created a life peer as Baron Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, of Sutton Mandeville in the County of Wiltshire. He was Chairman of the Association of Conservative Peers, and retired from the Lords in 2015.

He leaves issue, three sons from his first marriage, Jonathan, Daniel and Sebastian. Another son died in infancy.


Elinor Josephine Gamble 1961-2023

 Elinor Josephine Gamble, who died 3 May, 2023, aged 61, was a scion of the Gamble baronets; born 25 September, 1961, the younger daughter of Sir David Gamle, 5th Baronet (1933-1984), and his wife the former Dawn Adrienne Gittins; and married in 2002, Luke David Tonkinson (who died in 2009), son of Roger Lloyd Tonkinson, and his wife the former Anne Valerie Chandler, by whom she had issue, a son, Oliver Walcot Gamble Tonkinson.


Hon (Ian) Harry Calthorpe Lawson Johnston 1938-2023

 The Hon Harry Lawson Johnston, who died 2 May, 2023, aged 84, was a scion of the Barons Luke.

Ian Harry Calthorpe Lawson Johnston was born 29 May, 1938, the 2nd son of the 2nd Baron Luke, KCVO (1905-96), and his wife the former Barbara Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe (1911-2006), scion of the baronets of that name, and a granddaughter maternally of the 6th Baron Calthorpe (1829-1910).

He married 4 April, 1970, the Lady (Pamela) Lemina Gordon (born 17 Dec, 1941), daughter of the 12th Marquess of Huntly (1908-87), of Aboyne Castle, Aberdeenshire, by his wife the former Hon Mary Pamela Berry (1918-98), daughter of the 1st Viscount Kemsley (1883-1968), proprietor of the Daily Telegraph.

Harry Lawson Johnstone leaves a widow and a son, Percy (born 6 July, 1971), and a daughter, Henrietta (born 2 May, 1973).


George Maximilian Irvine-Fortescue (born 2023)

 Rosanna Isobel Mary Irvine-Fortescue (born 1987, nee Whittaker), wife of James Ramsay Irvine-Fortescue (born 1987), gave birth to a son, George Maximilian, 27 April, 2023, a brother for Lilianna Lucy (born 9 Dec, 2017), and for Zara Isobel (born 13 Apr, 2020).

James, a scion of the Earls Fortescue, is a son of Alexander Ramsay Irvine-Fortescue (born 13 Dec, 1952), and his wife the former Kathryn Randles.

Rosanna is a daughter of John Whittaker.


Sunday, May 14, 2023

Elizabeth, Lady Hogg (née Falkiner) 1929-2023

 Elizabeth, Lady Hogg (née Falkiner), who died 10 April, 2023, aged 93, was a scion of the Falkiner baronets, and widow of Sir Michael Hogg, 8th Baronet.

Elizabeth Anne Thérèse Falkiner was born 1 December, 1929, the eldest daughter of Lieutenant-Col Sir Terence Edmond Patrick Falkiner, 8th Baronet (1903-87), and his wife the former Mildred Katharine Cotterell (1902-89), scion of the Cotterell baronets; and married 21 January, 1956, Michael David Hogg (born 19 Aug, 1925), son and heir of Sir Arthur Hogg, 7th Baronet (1896-1995), and his wife the former Mary Aileen Hester Lee-Evans (died 1980). Her husband succeeded his father, 31 Oct, 1995, as 8th Baronet, and died 12 July, 2001.

Lady Hogg leaves three sons, Sir Piers Hogg, 9th Baronet (born 25 Sept, 1957), Adam Hogg (b 9 Aug, 1958), and Oliver Hogg (b 27 June, 1961).


Thomas Innes of Learney 1930-2023

 Thomas Innes of Learney, of Learney, Kincardineshire, died 28 April, 2023. He was 93.

He was born 22 January, 1930, son of Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, GCVO (1893-1971), Lord Lyon King of Arms 1945-69, and his wife the Lady Lucy Buchan (1902-2002), daughter of the 18th Earl of Caithness (1862-1947); and married 17 July, 1958, Rosemary Elizabeth Jackson (died 2007), daughter of Brigadier Cecil Vivian Staveley Jackson, CIE (1887-1964), by whom he had a daughter, Maureen Cecelia, born 1 Nov, 1962, who married 1985, Duncan John Cullen Grant (b 26 June, 1957), 3rd son of Sir Francis Grant of Monymusk, 12th Baronet (1914-66).


Saturday, May 13, 2023

Treadwell/Shepherd-Barron engagement

 The engagement was announced 13 May, 2023, between William Patrick John Treadwell (born 30 November, 1994), son of John Treadwell, of Putney, London, and his wife the former Anne Margaret Simonds (born 18 Feb, 1958), & Miss E.C. (Milly) Shepherd-Barron, daughter of Mr & Mrs Andrew Shepherd-Barron, of Leigh, Kent.

Will Treadwell is descended from the Mann baronets:

Sir Edward Mann, 1st Bt > Francis Thomas Mann > Margaret Enid Mann > Anne Margaret Simonds > Will Treadwell


John Louis Bullough of Culcreuch, MBE 1969-2023

 John Louis Bullough of Culcreuch, MBE, died 5 May, 2023. He was 54.

John, of Logie House, Logiealmond, Perthshire, was one of the founding trustees and chairman of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), and was awarded the MBE in the late Queen’s Birthday honours in 2020 for services to emergency healthcare and the community in Perth.

He was a member of the King's Bodyguard for Scotland (Royal Company of Archers).

He was born 2 April, 1969, son of Michael Bullough of Culcreuch, of Huntingtower, Co Perth, and his wife Sandra Lee-Graham; and has siblings Debbie Cave, and Victoria, the Countess of Pembroke & Montgomery, wife of the 18th Earl of Pembroke & Mountgomery (born 18 May, 1978), of Wilton House, Salisbury.

John Bullough married 24 October, 1998, the Lady Georgina Dorothea Mary Murray (born 10 March, 1967), daughter of the 8th Earl of Mansfield (1930-2015), of Scone Palace, Perth, and his wife the former Pamela Joan Foster (1934-2022), by whom he had issue, a son, Hercules William Michael Bullough (born 11 April, 2003).


Barbara Baker-Cresswell (née Scrope) 1937-2023

 Barbara Baker-Cresswell (née Scrope) who died 4 May, 2023, aged 85, was a scion of the ancient landed family of Scrope of Danby.

She was born 27 October, 1937, the third daughter of Ralph Henry Scrope (1905-81), of South Thorpe, Barnard Castle, by his wife the former Lady Beatrice Anne Savile (1910-73), daughter of the 6th Earl of Mexborough (1868-1945); and married 28 July, 1964, Maj Charles Addison FitzHerbert Baker-Cresswell (born 20 March, 1935), of Bamburgh Hall, Bamburgh, Northumberland, head of that landed gentry family, son Capt Addison Joe Baker-Cresswell, DSO, RN (1901-97), of Newton House, Newton-by-the-Sea, Alnwick, and his wife the former Rona Eileen Vaile (1907-97), by whom she had issue, three sons, John (born 1965), Edward (Ned) (born 1967), and Ralph (b    ).

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.

Barbara Baker-Cresswell descended from a junior branch of the Scrope 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.

Friday, May 12, 2023

Lady Slade 1936-2023

Lady Slade, who died 4 May, 2023, aged 86, was the widow of Sir Christopher Slade, PC, a Lord Justice of Appeal.

Lady Slade was of Armstrong-Jones descent and a cousin of the late 1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO.

Jane Gwenllian Armstrong Buckley was born 22 May, 1936, the eldest daughter of the Rt Hon Sir Denys Burton Buckley, MBE (1906-1998), and his wife the former Gwendolen Jane Armstrong-Jones (1905-1985); and married 30 December, 1958, Sir Christopher John Slade (born 2 June, 1927), son of George Slade (1899-1942), and his wife the former Mary Albina Alice Carnegie (1896-1988), by whom she had issue, a son, Richard (born 12 July, 1963), and three daughters, Lucinda (b 15 Nov, 1959), Victoria (b 15 Jan, 1962), and Amelia (b 4 Oct, 1966). Her husband died 7 February, 2022.


Thursday, May 11, 2023

Mahon/Hunter Jones engagement

 The engagement was announced 11 May, 2023, between Joseph N. Mahon, son of Mr and Mrs James Mahon, of Bath, Somerset, and Lucy Claire Hunter Jones (born 1 May, 1994), daughter of Patrick Hunter Jones, of Snape, Suffolk, and his wife the former Julia Mary St Clair-Ford (born 11 March, 1954), daughter of Capt Sir Aubrey St Clair-Ford, 6th Baronet, DSO (1904-1991).


Son and heir for Viscount and Viscountess Tamworth

Camilla Shirley, styled Viscountess Tamworth (b 1985), wife of William Robert Charles Shirley, styled Viscount Tamworth (b 10 Dec, 1984), gave birth to a son and heir, Alfred Richard Robert, 27 April, 2023, a brother for the Hon Francesca Alice Hermione, who was born 7 June, 2016, and for the Hon Amelie Mary Tanya, born 11 December, 2018.

 Viscount Tamworth is the elder son and heir of Robert William Saswalo Shirley, 14th Earl Ferrers (b 29 Dec 1952), of Ditchingham Hall, Norfolk, by his wife the former Susannah Mary Sheepshanks.

 Viscountess Tamworth is the former Camilla Lutyens, descended from the Earls of Lovelace, yst dau of the late Richard David Lutyens (b 1 Jul 1948- d. 1994), and Mrs Richard Lutyens (nee Mary A.J.P. Drabble), of Kensington, London.


Lady Cubitt 1934-2023, widow of Sir Hugh Cubitt, CBE

 Lady Cubitt, who died 30 April, 2023, aged 88, was the widow of Sir Hugh Cubitt, CBE, a cousin of the Queen.

She was born 4 May, 1934, as Linda Ishbel Campbell, a scion of the Barons Colgrain, daughter of the Hon Angus Dudley Campbell, of Nantwich, Cheshire, by his wife the former Joan Esther Sybilla Pakenham (1904-1998), scion of the Earls of Longford; and married 26 June, 1958, Hugh Guy Cubitt, CBE, who was born 2 July, 1928, son of Lieutenant-Col the Hon Charles Guy Cubitt [1903-79], by his wife the former Rosamond Mary Edith Cholmeley [1904-84], scion of the Cholmeley baronets, and was a grandson of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe [1867-1947]. Her husband was elected to Westminster City Council in 1963, and later became its leader. He served as Lord Mayor of Westminster 1977-78. In 1983 he was knighted and served as High Sheriff of Surrey in that year.

Her husband died died 6 February, 2020, aged 91. He was a cousin of Her Majesty Queen Camilla.

Lady Cubitt leanes a son Jonathan (born 4 Nov, 1962), and two daughters, Joanna (born 27 May, 1960) and Victoria (b 1964).


Gerolama, Countess Haig, widow of the 2nd Earl Haig

 Gerolama, Countess Haig, who died 15 Apriol, 2023, aged 85, was the widow of the 2nd Earl Haig (1918-2009), son of the First World War Field Marshal.

 She was Donna Geroloma Lopez y Royo di Taurisano, a daughter of Bartolomeo Lopez y Royo di Taurisano, and married 24 March, 1981, as his second wife, George Alexander Eugene Douglas Haig, 2nd Earl Haig (born 15 March, 1918), son of Field Marshal The 1st Earl Haig, KT, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCIE (1861-1928), and his wife the former Hon Dorothy Maud Vivian (1879-1939), daughter of the 3rd Baron Vivian (1834-93). Her husband died 9 July, 2009. The family seat is at Bemersyde, Melrose, Roxburghshire.


Susan Margaret Wauchope 1941-2023

 Susan Margaret Wauchope (nee Hodgson), who died 15 March, 2023, aged 81, was the widow of Michael Owen Charles Wauchope (1937-2022). She was born in 1941, daughter of Harry Hodgson (1896-1973), of Felixatowe, co Suffolk, and his wife the former May Westmoreland (1906-1999); and married 24 March, 1972, Michael Owen Charles Wauchope (born 1937), son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Edward Wauchope, MC (1896-1969), of Sandhill House, Rogate, Sussex, and his wife the former Elaine Margaret Armstrong-Jones (1895-1965), aunt of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO (1930-2017). Her husband died 13 Oct, 2022.


Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Ralfe Ashton Whistler 1930-2023

 Ralph Ashton Whistler, who died 29 April, 2023, aged 92, was a grandson maternally of the 1st Baron Ashton of Hyde, and was a leading authority on the Dodo.

He was born 9 August, 1930, son of Hugh Whistler (who died in 1943), and his wife the Hon Margaret Joan Ashton (1893-1981), second daughter of the 1st Baron Ashton of Hyde (1855-1933), and his wife the former Eva Margaret James (1855-1938); & married 25 Feb, 1953, Jane McCarthy, daughter of Ivan Agar McCarthy, by whom he had issue, three sons, Brian, Nicholas and John, and two daughters, Clare and Lucy.


Carleton-Smith/Ogilvy engagement

 The engagement was announced 10 May, 2023, between Maximilian H.P. Carleton-Smith, only son of General Sir Mark Alexander Popham Carleton-Smith, KCB, CBE (born 9 Feb, 1964), of Herefordshire, and his wife the former Catherine Nalder, and Tara Clementine Alice (Pom) Ogilvy (born 10 October, 1994), scion of the Ogilvy baronets, second daughter of Alasdair James Eales Ogilvy (born 10 November, 1961), of West Sussex, and his wife the former Fleur S.C. Brooke.


Tuesday, May 09, 2023

Émilie Caroline Capel Cure (born 2023)

Charlotte Capel Cure (nee Craigie), wife of Edward Capel Cure, scion of that LG family of Blake Hall, Ongar, gave birth to a daughter, Émilie Caroline, 20 April, 2023.

Charlotte is the only daughter of Mr and Mrs Ian Craigie, of Killarden, Dunboyne, Co Meath. Edward Capel Cure is the youngest son of the late George Ronald Capel-Cure, of Blake Hall, Ongar, Essex, who died 28 Oct, 2006, aged 70, by his 1st wife, Caroline (d. 1986), daughter of Giles Yarnton Mills.

Edward's grandfather was (George) Nigel Capel Cure, TD, JP, DL, (b. 28 Sept, 1908; died 8 August, 2004) ( descended from Thomas Cure, of Southwark, Surrey, saddler to King Edward VI, Queen Mary I, and Queen Elizabeth I, who was granted arms in 1588), by his wife Nancy Elizabeth Barry (1910-2006), scion of the Barry Baronets (cr. 1899).


Albemarle John Bowes Lyon (born 2023)

Rosanna Eloise (Posy) Bowes Lyon (nee Brinkley, born 23 Aug 1990), wife of the Hon John Fergus [Jock] Bowes Lyon [born 1988], gave birth to a son, Albemarle John, 17 April, 2023.

The Hon John Bowes Lyon is the heir presumptive to the Earldom of Strathmore & Kinghorne, second son of the late 18th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne, DL [1957-2016], and his first wife the former Isobel Charlotte Weatherall (born 1962).

Posy Bowes Lyon is a daughter of John R. Brinkley [born 1951], and his wife the former Jennifer Prest [born 1957].


The Baron Carswell, PC 1934-2023

 The Lord Carswell, PC, life Baron, died 4 May, 2023. He was 88. 

Robert Douglas Carswell, Baron Carswell, PC, was born 28 June 1934. He was a British barrister and judge who served as Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

Carswell was Counsel to the Attorney General for Northern Ireland in the years 1969 and 1971, and Senior Crown Counsel in Northern Ireland from 1979 to 1984. In 1984, he became Judge of the High Court of Justice Northern Ireland, a post he held until 1992. He was Lord Justice of Appeal at the Supreme Court of Judicature in Northern Ireland from 1992 to 1997 and further Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2004. Lord Carswell was made a Queen's Counsel in 1971.


Monday, May 08, 2023

Arthur Nicholas Hamilton Coates (born 2023)

 Isabel Rose Coates (nee Douglas-Hamilton, born 1991), wife of Jolyon Peter De Stacpoole Coates [born 1992], gave birth to a son, Arthur Nicholas Hamilton, 1 May, 2023.

Jolyon is the elder son of Nicholas J. Coates, of Overton, Hampshire, and his wife the former Virginia Anne Julia Frances De Stacpoole [born 28 January, 1963].

Isabel [Wizz] Coates, a scion of the Dukes of Hamilton & Brandon, is daughter of Lord Patrick  George Douglas-Hamilton [born 2 Aug, 1950], of London, and his former wife the former Cecilia Frances Mary Usher [born 12 May, 1969] [now Mrs Matthew Benson, of Barns, Peeblesshire].

Isabel is a granddaughter paternally of the late 14th Duke of Hamilton [1903-73] and his wife the former Lady Elizabeth Ivy Percy [1916-2008], daughter of the 8th Duke of Northumberland [1880-1930].

Jolyon Coates, is descended from an Irish landed family, whose ancestor, Richard Fitzgeorge de Stacpoole [1787-1848] was created a Papal duke by Pope Gregory XVI  in 1831, as 1st Duc de Stacpoole.


Saskia Lily Svanna Bromfield (born 2023)

Katie Bromfield (nee Daniel, born 31 Dec, 1987), wife of Jamie Bromfield, gave birth to a daughter Saskia Lily Svanna, 26 April, 2023.

Jamie is a son of Mr & Mrs Charles Bromfield, of Wield, Hampshire.

Katie is a daughter of Dr Christopher Daniel [who died in 2000], and his wife the former Lucy Anne Tudway Quilter [born 6 May, 1961], scion of the Quilter baronets.


Friday, May 05, 2023

Diana Susan Phillips (nee Hill-Wood) 1943-2023

 Diana Susan Phillips (nee Hill-Wood), who died 20 April, 2023, aged 79, was a scion of the Hill-Wood baronets.

She was born 2 July, 1943, the third daughter of Charles Kerrison Hill-Wood (1907-1988), and his wife the former Cecilia Katharine Smith (1913-1988), scion of that landed family; and married firstly, 4 June, 1966 (div 1971), Lestock Harold George Livingstone-Learmonth (1942-2017), of that landed gentry family, son of Lestock Brian Livingstone-Learmonth, & his first wife the former Nancy Douglas Roffey (who died in 1953); married 2ndly, 6 June, 1975, Ian P.M. Phillips. She leaves a son from her first marriage, (Lestock) Alexander Iain Livingstone-Learmonth (born 25 Sept, 1969), and two sons from the second marriage, Alastair Phillips (born 1980), and Simon Phillips (born 1982).


Sir John Pound, 5th Baronet 1946-2022

 Sir John Pound, 5th Baronet, died 23 August, 2022. He was 75.

John David Pound was born 1 November, 1946, the son of Sir Derek Allen Pound, 4th Baronet (1920-1980), and his wife the former Joan Amy Woodthorpe (1922-2015), and succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's demise, 23 December, 1980.

The baronetcy was created in 1905 for Sir John Pound, Lord Mayor of London, 1904-05.

The 5th baronet was twice married, firstly, 20 July, 1968 (div 1978), to Heather Frances O'Brien Dean; married 2ndly, 1978, Penelope Anne Rayden, and had issue from both marriages. With his first wife he had a son, Robert, and with his second wife he had two sons, Christopher and Nicholas. The eldest son, Robert John Pound, born 12 February, 1973, succeeds to the baronetcy.


Thursday, May 04, 2023

Purvis/Anderson engagement

 The engagement was announced 22 April, 2023, between Lucian A.B. Purvis, descended from the Barons Aldenham, son of Christopher Thomas Bremner Purvis (born 15 Apr, 1950), and his wife the former Phillida Seaward, & Kirstin P.C. Anderson, daughter of John Anderson, and Ms Catherine Descroizilles.


Nicholas Guy Christian Smith (born 2023)

 Dr Alix L.C. Smith (nee Brazier, wife of Matthew John Patrick Smith [born 1988], scion of the Smith landed family of Shottesbrooke, gave birth to a son, Nicholas Guy Christian, 12 April, 2023.

Alix is a daughter of John and Véronique Brazier, of Wimbledon, London. Matthew Smith is a son of Bartholemew Evan Eric Smith [born 1955], of Shottesbrooke, Berkshire, by his wife the former Catherine Nicola Blanche Rowan-Hamilton [born 2 Aug, 1957], scion of that landed family.

Matthew Smith is a grandson of Sir John Lindsay Eric Smith, CBE [1923-2007], by his wife the former Christian Margaret Carnegy [born 1927], scion of the Earls of Northesk.

Matthew is a great-nephew of the late Fortune, Duchess of Grafton, GCVO [1920-2021].


Elisea Winckler (born 2023)

 Irene Alisea Winckler (born 1988, nee Forte), wife of Felix Winckler [born c. 1979], gave birth to a daughter, Elisea, in April, 2023.

Irene is a daughter of the Hon Sir Rocco Giovanni Vincent Forte [born 18 January, 1945], by his wife the former Aliai Giovanna Maria Ricci; and a paternal granddaughter of Charles Carmine Forte, the Baron Forte [1908-2007], life peer.


Chloë Cockerill, MBE (nee Gibson) 1947-2023

  Chloë Cockerill (nee Gibson), MBE, died 14 April, 2023, aged 75.

She was born in 1946 a daughter of Michael William Gibson, and his wife the former Pamela Mary Chard; and married 2 July, 1971, Timothy James Cockerill (born 6 June, 1940), kinsman of the Lewthwaite baronets, son of Colonel William John Cockerill (1910-1982), and his wife the former Ethel Mary Robena Lewthwaite (1909-1987), of the baronets of that name.


Lake/Harington engagement

 The engagement was announced 4 May, 2023, between George Anthony Lake (born 8 Nov, 1991), youngest son of Mark Philip Lake (born 30 May, 1958), of Newmarket, Suffolk, and his wife the former Caroline Hime (born 1959), and Katherine Rose Caroline (Kitty) Harington (born 1994), scion of the Harington baronets, second daughter of Jonathan Edward McCalmont Harington (born 14 March, 1955), of Barnwell, Northamptonshire, and his wife the former Susan Antonia Fenwick (born 1960), a descendant of the Dukes of Manchester.

Kitty Harington's elder sister, Antonia (born 1991) is a goddaughter of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Kitty's mother, Susan, was a schoolfriend of the deceased princess. Kitty is also a cousin of Kit Harington, the Games of Thrones actor.

George Lake is descended from the Barons Abinger and the Barons Kindersley:-

James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger > Hon Peter Scarlett > Florence Campbell Scarlett > Percy Romilly Walsham > Florence May Walsham > Anthony Walsham Neville Lake > Mark Philip Lake > George Anthony Lake

The 1st Baron Kindersley > Hon Elizabeth Joan Kindersley > Penelope Doune Philipps > Mark Philip Lake > George Anthony Lake

Kitty's descent from the Dukes of Manchester:

The 6th Duke of Manchester >Lord Robert Montagu > Millicent Montagu > Montagu John Fenwick > Anthony Walter Fenwick > Susan Antonia Fenwick > Kitty Fenwick


Colonel Alexander Thomas Lindsay 1936-2023

 Colonel Alexander Thomas Lindsay, 17th/21st Lancers, scion of the Earls of the Earls of Crawford and the Baons Howard De Walden, died 19 April, 2023, aged 86.

He was born 18 December, 1936, the second son of the Hon James Louis Lindsay (1906-1997), sometime MP for North Devon, and his wife the former Hon Bronwen Mary Scott-Ellis (1912-2003), daughter of the 8th Baron Howard De Walden (1880-1946), and twin sister of the 9th Baron (1912-1999).

Alexander Lindsay was a grandson paternally of the 27th Earl of Crawford & Balcarres (1871-1940).

He married 31 December, 1966, (Jessie) Miranda Cecilia Barstow, daughter of Colonel John Andrew Tristram Barstow, DSO, DL, by whom he had issue, three sons, James (born 29 Oct, 1968), Roderick (Rory) (born 27 Sept, 1970), and Felix (born 18 July, 1973).


Wednesday, May 03, 2023

Gustaf Archibald Siegwart Douglas 1938-2023

 Gustaf Archibald Siegwart Douglas, who died 3 May, 2023, aged 85, was a Swedish aristocrat, billionaire businessman, and politician. In August 2022, his net worth was estimated at US$7.2 billion.

Gustaf Douglas descends in the male line from the Douglas Lords Dalkeith, from the youngest son of James Douglas, 1st Lord Dalkeith, ancestor of the 15th century Earls of Morton. All these Douglases were of the Morton branch of the ancient Douglas family.

He was the eldest son of Carl Ludvig Douglas (1908–1961), a Swedish nobleman and diplomat who was the Swedish Ambassador to Brazil, and his Prussian wife Ottora Maria Haas-Heye (1910–2001).

His maternal great-grandfather was Philipp, Prince of Eulenburg (1847–1921), a friend of the Emperor Wilhelm II, whose youngest child Viktoria Ada Astrid Agnes Gräfin zu Eulenburg (1886–1967) married 1909 (divorced 1921) Professor Otto Ludwig Haas-Heye (1879–1959), and had issue, including two daughters. Gustaf descends through both his mother and father from medieval Scandinavian nobility and rulers.

In 1963, he married Elisabeth von Essen, the daughter of Baron Eric von Essen and Louise (née Tamm). Gustaf and Elisabeth Douglas had two children, Carl and Eric. Both serve at different positions within the family group of companies. The Douglas family lived at Rydboholm Castle outside Åkersberga. One of his younger sisters is Rosita, Duchess of Marlborough, the third wife of John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough. Gustaf’s other sister, Princess Elisabeth, Duchess in Bavaria is married to Prince Max, Duke in Bavaria.


Nigel St George Burke 1949-2023

 Nigel St George Burke, who died 5 April, 2023, aged 73, was head of that landed gentry family.

He was born 20 September, 1949, son of Peter Walter Burke (1917-1994), and his wife the former Lucy Heather Burnett; and married Nicola Zoe Winterbottom (born 1963), by whom he had issue, two son, Edward and Dominick, & a daughter, Jo.


Bridget Ramsay (née Hornby) 1932-2023

 Bridget Ramsay (née Hornby), died 21 April, 2023. She was born in 1932 daughter of Ronald Thomas Dyson Hornby (1901-1984), and his wife the former Edith Marjorie Reay-Nadin (1909-1995); she was twice wed, first to Capt Edward Kelly, and secondly, Colonel George Patrick Maule Ramsay (1922-2016), scion of the Earls of Dalhousie. Her second husband died 11 April, 2016, aged 93.


The Menzies of Menzies 1935-2023

 The Menzies of Menzies, clan chief, died 27 April, 2023. He was 88.

David Ronald Menzies of Menzies was born 20 March, 1935, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Ronald Steuart Menzies of Menzies (1884-1961), Chief of the Clam Menzies from 1958 and recognised as the Menzies of Menzies by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, 2 Apr, 1958, by his 2nd wife Sybil Mary Willoughby Boulton.

He served as a Captain, Scots Guards, and married firstly, 17 Nov, 1962, Diana Winifred de Pledge, daughter of T.F. de Pledge, of Port Hedland, Western Australia; married 2ndly, Mignon Margare, which marriage was dissolved in 2000.

From his first marriage he leaves issue, three sons, Robert (born 15 Sept, 1965), who succeeds as clan chief, and twins Simon and Andrew (born 29 Dec, 1966), and from his second marriage, a son, Lachlan (born 21 June, 1980), and a daughter, Miranda (b 27 March, 1984).

Monday, May 01, 2023

The Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry 1954-2023

 The Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, wife of the 10th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry, KT, KBE, CVO, DL, died 30 April, 2023, after a short illness. She was 68.

The chatelaine of four large estates - in central Scotland, the Scottish Borders and rural Northamptonshire. The Duke of Bucceluch is one of Europe's biggest private landowners.

The duchess was born 8 June, 1954, as Lady Elizabeth Marion Frances Kerr, fourth daughter of the 12th Marquis of Lothian (1922-2004), and his wife the former Antonella Newland (1922-2007). Her siblings include the Conservative politician and sometime Cabinet minister 'Michael Ancram' now the 13th Marquis of Lothian (born 7 Jul 1945), and Lady Claire Kerr (born 15 April, 1951), who married the Earl of Euston (1947-2009), and is mother of Henry, 12th Duke of Grafton (b 6 Apr, 1978).

The duchess achieved a bachelor's degree in sociology at the London School of Economics before going on to work on BBC Radio 4's Kaleidoscope programme. She moved to BBC Radio Solway after marrying on 31 Oct, 1981, Richard Walter John Montagu Douglas Scott, styled Earl of Dalkeith (born 14 Feb, 1954), son and heir of the 9th Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry, KT, VRD, JP, DL (1923-2007), and his wife the former Jane McNeill (1929-2011), a Norman Hartnell model.

Her husband succeeded his father, 4 September, 2007, as Duke of Buccleuch [S., 1663] as the 11th Duke of Queensberry [S., 1684], as the 13th Lord Scott of Buccleuch [S., 1606], & 9th Baron Scott of Tindall, Northumberland [E., 1663], as the 12th Earl of Buccleuch [S., 1619],  & the 12th Baron Scott of Quhitchester and Eskdaill [S., 1619], as the 11th Marquess of Dumfriesshire [S., 1684], the 9th Earl of Doncaster, co. York [E., 1663], & the 9th Baron Scott of Whitchester and Eskdale [S., 1663], and the 9th Earl of Dalkeith [S., 1663].

Her main focus was in the arts, with the duchess founding the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The duchess served as the chairwoman of Scottish Ballet and the Heritage Education Trust as well as a trustee of the National Museums of Scotland and the British Museum.

She is survived by the Duke, who was designated to carry the Sceptre with the Cross at the Coronation of the King and Queen next week. She is also survived by two sons, Walter, styled Earl of Dalkeith (born 2 Aug, 1984), and Lord Charles Scott (born in 1987), and by two daughters, Lady Louisa Trotter (born 1982), and Lady Amabel Scott (born 1992).