Monday, July 31, 2023

Baroness Renwick (died 2023)

 Homayoun, Baroness Renwick, who died 5 July, 2023, aged 83, was the second wife, and widow, of the 2nd Baron Renwick (1935-2020).

Lady Renwick was an Iranian-born socialite who interviewed Ayatollah Khomeini before making her home in Britain, where she was dubbed ‘the caviar queen’

Sh was born 11 July, 1939, as Homayoun Pakzad, one of five children of Major Mahmoud Yazdanparast Pakzad and his wife Nusrat al-Muluk. 

She married firstly, in 1960 (divorced 1986), Youssef (Joe) Mazandi, of Los Angeles, California, United States; and married 2ndly, 12 June, 1989, as his second wife, Harry Andrew Renwick, 2nd Baron Renwick (born 10 Oct, 1935), son of the 1st Baron Renwick, KBE (1904-73), and his 1st wife the former Dorothy Mary Parkes. The 2nd Baron Renwick died 2 August, 2020. 

She leaves two children from her first marriage, Shariar Mazandi, an artist and hotelier, and Yassi Mazandi Castilla, a sculptor and artist in Los Angeles.


Sunday, July 30, 2023

Coates/Stanley marriage

 The marriage has recently taken place at Ely Cathedral between Tristram St John R. Coates [born 1994], younger son of Nicholas John Coates, of Northington House, Overton, and his wife the former Virginia Anne Julia Frances de Stacpoole [born 28 January, 1963], scion of that Irish landed gentry family who hold a Papal dukedom, & [Portia Ruth] Isobel Stanley [born 19 April, 1995], scion of the Earls of Derby, only daughter of the Hon Peter Hugh Charles Stanley, DL [born 4 March, 1964], of New England Stud, Newmarket, & his wife the former Hon Frances Caroline Burke Roche, DL [born 31 March, 1965], daughter of the late 5th Baron Fermoy [1939-1984].

In Aug 2021 Tristram's elder brother, Jolyon [b 21 May, 1992], announced his engagement to Isabel Rose [Wizz] Douglas-Hamilton [born 1991], a granddaughter paternally of the 14th Duke of Hamilton [1903-73].

The bride is a second cousin of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex. Her grandfather, the late Lord Fermoy, was a brother of the Hon Mrs Frances Shand Kydd [1936-2004], mother of Diana, Princess of Wales [1961-97].


Saturday, July 29, 2023

Monty Christopher Osgood Hanbury (born 2023)

 Victoria [Tori] Hanbury [nee Bigge, born 1989], wife of George Christopher Osgood Hanbury [born 6 Nov, 1987], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Monty Christopher Osgood, 19 July, 2023, a brother for Ned William Hunter Osgood, born 2 Jan 2018, Rhoda Willow, to be known as Willow, born 18 March, 2020, and Tiggy Rose, who was born 30 September, 2021.  

George Hanbury is a son of Maj Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury (b 1944), of Shefford Woodlands, Berkshire, by his wife the former Bridget Anne Birch, & Victoria is a daughter of Peter William Bigge [born 1956], of Whorlton, co Durham, by his wife the former Michele Louise Kitson [born 1960].


Max John Miles Farnfield (born 2023)

 Rebecca Rose [Rosie] Farnfield [née Miles, born 1987], wife of Sam Patrick Farnfield [born 1988], gave birth to a son, Max John Miles, 14 May, 2023, a brother for Ottilie Rose Jean, who was born 3 July, 2021.

Rosie Farnfield is a descendant of the Greenwell and Buxton baronets, a daughter of Richard John Miles [born 1957], and his wife the former Juliet Caroline Frances Rigby.

Sam Farnfield is a son of Ian Murray Farnfield [b 1955], and his wife the former Janet Elizabeth Harper [b 1957].

Sir Bernard Greenwell, 2nd Baronet [1874-1939] > Joyce Marjorie Greenwell [b 1903] > Christopher Miles [b 1928] > Richard Miles [b 1957] > Rosie Miles [b 1987] > Max Farnfield [b 2023]

10th Baron Herries of Terregles [1804-76] > Hon Bernard Constable-Maxwell > Mary Constable-Maxwell [1893-1953] > Jean Buxton [b 1930] > Richard Miles [b 1957] see above.


Montgomery/Youngs engagement

 The engagement was announced 29 July, 2023, between Alistair Youngs, only son of Peter Youngs, of Southsea, Hampshire, and his wife Heather, & Katherine Frances (Lily) Montgomery (born 1985), daughter of Bruce Stuart Irlam Montgomery, of Crondall, Hampshire, and his wife the Hon Bridget Ann Fisher (born 24 December, 1956), daughter of the 3rd Baron Fisher (1921-2012), and his 1st wife the former Elizabeth Ann Penelope Holt.


Rowan Alexander Sampson (born 2023)

 Lily Annabel Mary Sampson (nee Bristow, born 1989), wife of Hamish A. Sampson, gave birth to a son, Rowan Alexander, born 12 July, 2023, brother for Wilbur Riley, who was born 21 Nov, 2021.

Hampish is a son of Mr and Mrs Nigel Sampson, of Thorpe Underwood, North Yorkshire.

Lily is a daughter of Mr Timothy Dominic Ian James Bristow [born 1 July, 1959], of the Isle of Wight, and his former wife the former Annabel J.D. Palmer [now Mrs Richard Fife, of Great Langton, North Yorkshire].

Lily Bristow's grandfather, James Percy Bristow married in 1958, the Hon Caroline Jean Lawson Johnston [born 25 Dec, 1935], daughter of the 2nd Baron Luke [1905-96].


Colonel Greville Wyndham Tufnell, CVO, DL 1932-2023

Colonel Greville Wyndham Tufnell, CVO, DL, Grenadier Guards, who died 10 July, 2023, aged 91, was a scion of that landed gentry family, and was the step-grandfather of (Count) Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, husband of Princess Beatrice.

Colonel Tufnell died in a nursing home in Cirencester. He was Regimental Lieutenant Colonel of the Grenadier Guards for two years from 1976-78, at a time when it was a full-time appointment for a serving officer. He was born in April 1932 and the son of Major Kenneth Edward Mortimer Tufnell, MC (1902-1976).

He was married twice; firstly, 2 March, 1962, as her second husband, the Hon Anne Rosemary Trench (1936-1992), widow of Capt Timothy Patrick Arnold Gosselin, Scots Guards (who died 17 March, 1961), and daughter of the 5th Baron Ashtown (1901-79), and his wife the former Ellen Nancy Garton (died 1949); he married secondly, 1994, Mrs Susan Arnot Burrows (nee Heath, who died 1 Nov, 2018, aged 87), widow of Robert David Burrows (1929-1993).

He leaves three daughters from his first marriage, Caroline (1963-2018), Belinda (born 18 Jun 1964), and Georgina (born 27 Oct, 1968). His step-daughter, Nicola Diana (Nikki) Burrows, MBE (born 1956 - now Nikki Williams-Ellis) is the mother of Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi (born 1 Nov, 1983), husband of HRH Princess Beatrice (b 8 Aug, 1988).

After Eton College he followed his uncle into the Regiment (Capt Neville Tufnell, in his youth a first class cricketer, later a Gentleman Usher to HM King George VI), joining the 3rd Battalion on the Canal Zone in August 1952, based at Deversoir on the Great Bitter Lake for two years. This was a different age; the effective strength of the Regiment (as at 31 March 1952) was 134 officers and 3197 Other Ranks, including 614 National Servicemen and his early career was a busy and challenging one.

After instructing at the Guards Depot and then two years as ADC to Maj Gen Geordie Gordon Lennox in the 3rd Division, he became Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion in 1959, based in Hubbelrath. Following attendance at the Staff College in Camberley, he returned to the 2nd Battalion in London; in 1965 he was one of four Grenadier officers to stand vigil during the Lying-in-State of Sir Winston Churchill in Westminster Hall. By the late 1960’s he was The Captain and this included a memorable nine-month unaccompanied tour to Sharjah. He went on to command the 1st Battalion from 1971-73, initially employed on Public Duties in Chelsea Barracks, later in Munster as a Mechanized Battalion. During his command there were two lively emergency tours to Northern Ireland, the first starting in August 1971, when the battalion moved at a week’s notice to Belfast. While there, it took part in some of the most bitter fighting ever seen in the City and the first live round was fired in action by a Grenadier since 1961.

Colonel Tufnell retired from the Army after completing his tour as Regimental Lieutenant Colonel, but he remained active in Gloucestershire and he served as President of the Cheltenham and District Branch of the Association for many years . He became Lieutenant of the Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard and was appointed CVO in 2001. 


Friday, July 28, 2023

Harrap/Hopkins engagement

 The engagement was announced 28 July, 2023, between Gilbert William Frederick Harrap (born 1987), second son of Giles Thresher Harrap (1948-2017), of Bentley, Hampshire, & his wife the former Sona Sophia Gladstone (born 14 June, 1952), scion of that landed gentry family, & Courtney M. Hopkins, daughter of Mr Robert Hopkins of Palm Springs, California, and Mrs Karna Rincon of Santa Barbara, California.


Thursday, July 27, 2023

Cecily Constance Hamilton Stubber (born 2023)

 Camilla Julia Margaret Hamilton Stubber (nee Trotter, born 1983), wife of Henry James Hamilton Stubber (born 1984) scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a third daughter, Cecily Constance, 28 March, 2023, a sister for Nina Cecily, who was born 13 November, 2018, and for Nancy Georgina, born 23 December, 2020.

Henry Hamilton Stubber is a son of Mr James Hamilton Stubber, of Aughentaine, County Tyrone, by his wife the former Carola E. A. Savill.

Camilla Hamilton Stubber is a daughter of the late Martin Frederick Trotter (who d. 2009) by his wife  the former Georgina Lavinia Blunt (born 1945), daughter of Sir Richard Blunt, 11th Baronet.


Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Jake Henry Basil Duffell (born 2023)

[Eleanor] Rose Duffell [nee Buckmaster, born 1986], wife of Charles Basil Royson [Charlie] Duffell, gave birth to a son, Jake Henry Basil, 5 July, 2023, a brother for Sam Henry, who was born 31 May, 2021.

Charlie Duffell is a son of Lieutenant-General Sir Peter Royson Duffell, KCB, CBE, MC [born 1939], of Britford, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Ann Murray Woodd [born 1948], scion of that landed gentry family.

Rose Duffell is a daughter of Henry G. Buckmaster, of Little Blakenham, Suffolk, and his wife the former Julia Mary Hobhouse [born 26 September, 1956], scion of the Hobhouse baronets, daughter of Hugh Cam Hobhouse [1917-87], by his wife the former Aline Hunter Blair [1921-2010].


Donald Maclaren, The Maclaren of Maclaren 1954-2023

Donald Maclaren of Maclaren, Chief of the Name & Arms of Maclaren, died 22 July, 2023, aged 68.

The Maclaren of Maclaren's home was at Balquhidder, Perthshire, Scotland.

He was born in 1954, son of Donald Maclaren of Maclaren (1910-1966), Chief of the Clan Maclaren (whose chieftainship was recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms, 7 February, 1958), and his wife the former Margaret Sinclair Miller; & married 1978, Maida-Jane Aitchison, by whom he had issue. His son, Florian (born 1981), succeeds to the clan chieftainship.


Sir Edward Geoffrey Lake, 11th Baronet 1928-2023

 Sir Edward Lake, 11th Baronet, died 17 July, 2023, his 95th birthday.

Sir Edward, of High Acre, Cowgill, Dent, Cumbria, was registered as a Member, Associaiton of Occupational Therapists, in 1964.

Edward Geoffrey Lake was born 17 July, 1928, the third son of Capt Sir Atwell Henry Lake, 9th Baronet (1891-1972), and his wife the former Kathleen Marion Turner, and succeeded to the baronetcy (created GB, 1711), on the demise of his elder brother, Sir Atwell Graham Lake, 10th Baronet, 25 May, 2013.

He married 28 August, 1965, Judith Ann Fox, daughter of John Fox, by whom he had issue, a son, Mark, and a daughter, Sophie Louise (born 6 January, 1971). His son, who was born 26 October, 1968, succeeds to the baronetcy.


Sir Edward Geoffrey Lake, 11th Baronet 1928-2023

Sir Edward Lake, 11th Baronet, died at Cowgill, near Dent, Cumbria, on his 95th birthday, 17 July, 2023.

Edward Geoffrey Lake was born 17 July, 1928, the third son of Capt Sir Atwell Henry Lake, 9th Baronet CB, OBE, RN (1891-1972), and his wife the former Kathleen Marion Turner.

He succeeded to the baronetcy (cr GB, 1711), on the death of his elder brother, Sir (Atwell) Graham Lake, 10th Baronet, 25 May, 2013.

He married 28 August, 1965, Judith Ann Fox, daughter of John Fox, by whom he had a son and a daughter. The son, Mark Winter Lake, born 26 October, 1968, succeeds to the baronetcy.


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Hon Caroline Seebohm 1940-2023

 The Hon Caroline Seebohm, who died 22 July, 2023, aged 82, was a daughter of the life peer, the Baron Seebohm.

She was born 14 November, 1940, daughter of the Baron Seebohm (1909-1990), and his wife the former Evangeline Hurst; and married 1stly, in 1962 (div 1967) Roger John Smith' married 2ndly, 1974 (div 1993), to Walter Heulings Lippincott Jr. She leaves two children from her second marriage, Sophie Lippincott Ferrer and Hugh Lippincott.



de Lantsheere/Williams-Ellis marriage

 HRH Princess Beatrice, Mrs Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi was present and her her daughter Sienna a bridesmaid at the marriage which has taken place between Raoul de Lantsheere, younger son of Mr and Mrs Jean-François de Lantsheere, and Phoebe Constance Mary Williams-Ellis [born 1994], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of David Hugo Martyn Williams-Ellis and his former wife Mrs Serena Jane Clare Williams-Ellis [nee Stapleton, born 17 July, 1961], descended from the Ley baronets.

The bride is a step-daughter of Mrs Nicola Diana Williams-Ellis, MBE [nee Burrows], who is mother of Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, husband of Princess Beatrice.

Phoebe Williams-Ellis's descent from the Ley baronets:-

Sir Gerald Ley, 3rd Baronet [1902-80] > Annabel Alison Ley [b 1939] > Serena Stapleton [b 1961] > Phoebe Williams-Ellis


Saturday, July 22, 2023

Barney Bear Tyrwhitt-Drake (born 2023)

 Emily Alexandra M. Tyrwhitt-Drake [nee Moore, born 1988], wife of Jack Montague F. Tyrwhitt-Drake [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Barney Bear, 17 July, 2023, a brother for Tiggy, who was born 22 June, 2020, and for Effie Margo, born 30 September, 2021.

Jack is the youngest son of William Thomas Perceval Tyrwhitt-Drake [born 10 Sept, 1942], of East Meon, Hampshire, head of that landed gentry family, by his wife the former Philippa J.M. Bibby [born 1957].

Emily is the eldest daughter of Dr Simon P.G. Moore, of Chiswick, London, and Dr Anna C. Moore [nee Thompson].


Thursday, July 20, 2023

Josephine Anne Jeffcock (née Warde-Norbury) 1932-2023

Josephine Anne Jeffcock, who died 3 July, 2023, aged 90, was a scion of the Warde-Norbury landed gentry family.

She was born Josephine Anne Norbury, 8 August, 1932, the only daughter of Major Harold George Norbury, DL, JP (1899-1974), of Hooton Pagnell Hall, Doncaster, who assumed by Royal Licence 1958 the additional surname of Warde before that of Norbury, by his wife the former Mary Betty Warde-Aldam (1909-1978), scion of that landed gentry family; and married 14 December, 1963, David Philip Jeffcock (1933-2002), of Caroline Terrace, London SW1, scion of that landed family, son of William Philip Jeffcock (1891-1963), of Worlingham Grove, Beccles, Suffolk, and his wife the former Margaret Renee Cayley (1892-1975), scion of the Cayley baronets, by whom she had issue, two sons, John and George, and and two daughters Venetia and Cordelia.


Susan, Lady Glyn 1923-2023

 Susan, Lady Glyn, who died at Villeneuve-Loubet, Alpes Maritimes, France, 4 July, 2023, aged 100, was the widow of Sir Anthony Geoffrey Leo Simon Glyn, 2nd Baronet.

Lady Glyn was a poet and stained glass designer. She was born Susan Eleanor Williams, 17 May, 1923, the elder daughter of Colonel Sir Rhys Williams, 1st Baronet, MP (1865-1955), and his wife the former Juliette Evangeline Glyn (1898-1964); and married 2 Oct, 1946, her 1st cousin, Capt Sir Anthony Glyn, 2nd Baronet (1922-1998), of the Welsh Guards, son of Sir Edward DAVSON, 1st Bt (1875-1937), and his wife the former Margot Elinor Glyn (1893-1966), daughter of the novelist Elinor Glyn (1864-1943).

Her husband died 20 January, 1998. She was the mother of two daughters, Caroline Mary (1947-1981) and Victoria Ann (b 22 Jan 1951).


Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Walter Anthony Gilbey 1935-2023

 Walter Anthony Gilbey, who has died aged 88, was a scion of the Gilbey baronets.

He was born 26 February, 1935, a son of Sir Henry Walter Gilbey, 2nd Baronet (1859-1945), and his second wife the former Marion Robert; and educated at Eton. He married 20 April, 1964, Jenifer Mary Price (born 6 January, 1944), daughter of James Timothy Noel Price, and his wife the Hon Anne Margaret Younger, daughter of the 2nd Viscount Younger of Leckie.

The Old Etonian was a long time Tynwald representative, and he served as a Member of the House of Keys for Glenfaba, Isle of Man, for almost 20 years.

He is survived by his wife and children, - son, Walter (born 20 Jan, 1966), and daughters, Caroline (born 2 Oct, 1967), and Sarah (born 3 Nov, 1969),


David William Leslie Medlicott Vereker 1930-2023

 David William Leslie Medlicott Vereker, who died 9 July, 2023, aged 92, was a scion of the Viscounts Gort.

He was born 19 October, 1930, second son of Capt Stanley Lloyd Medlicott Vereker (1899-1967), and his wife the former Elaine Eileen Edwards (1898-1982); and married 24 April, 1964, Jane Elizabeth Gairdner (born 1935), daughter of Alan Campbell Gairdner (1900-1977), and his wife the former Elizabeth Rosemary Crimp, by whom he had two sons, William (b 19 Dec, 1966), and Henry (b 2 Jun 1969).

The 3rd Viscount Gort (1790-1865) > Hon John Vereker (1822-1891) > Maj John Vereker (1863-1940) > Capt Stanley Vereker (1899-1967) > David Vereker (1930-2023)


Hon Simon Campden Buxton 1943-2023

 The Hon Simon Campden Buxton, who died 7 July, 2023, aged 80, was a scion of the Barons Noel-Buxton. He was a TV producer. 

He was born 9 April, 1943, the second son of the 2nd Baron Noel-Buxton (1917-1970), and his first wife the former Helen Nancy Connal (1919-1949); and married 1981, Alison Liddle, daughter of S.J. Liddle, of Exmouth, Devon, by whom he had issue, a son, Christopher John (born 11 June, 1988), and a daughter, Katherine Helen (born 1983).

He was a younger brother of the 3rd Baron (1940-2013), and heir presumptive to his nephew, the 4th Baron (born 17 Apr, 1975)


Tuesday, July 18, 2023

The Dowager Countess of Iddesleigh, OBE, DL 1934-2023

 The Dowager Countess of Iddesleigh, OBE, DL, who died 11 July, 2023, was the widow of the 4th Earl of Iddesleigh.

She was born in 1934 as Maria Luisa (Mima) Alvarez-Builla y Urquijo (Condesa del Real Agrado, in Spain, a title created in 1771), the only daughter of Don Gonzalo Alvarez-Builla y Alvera and of Maria Luisa de Urquijo, Marquesa de Olias (a Spanish title cr 1652). Her mother, the Marquesa de Olias married 2ndly, 2 Jan, 1938, the 9th Viscount Exmouth (1908-1970).

She married 20 July, 1955, Stafford Henry Northcote, styled Viscount St Cyres (born 14 July, 1932), son and heir of the 3rd Earl of Iddesleigh (1901-1970), and his wife the former Elizabeth Susan Angela Mary Lowndes (died 1991), scion of that landed gentry family. Her husband succeeded his father, 16 February, 1970, as 4th Earl of Iddesleigh (Peerage of the UK cr 1885) and Viscount Saint Cyres (Peerage of the UK cr 1885), and as the 11th Baronet (cr 1641). 

The family home was Shillands House, Upton Pyne, near Exeter. The 4th Earl of Iddesleigh, Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Devon, died 8 July, 2004.

The Countess is survived by a son, John, 5th Earl of Iddesleigh (born 15 February, 1957), and a daughter, Lady Mary Louise Northcote (born 14 April, 1959).

Lady Iddesleigh was appointed OBE and served as a deputy lieutenant of Devon from 1987.


Lieutenant-Colonel George Arthur Alston-Roberts-West, CVO, DL 1937-2023

 Lieutenant-Colonel George Arthur Alston-Roberts-West, CVO, DL, who died 16 July, 2023, aged 85, was a scion of that landed gentry family, and a former senior member of the Royal Household.

George West, as he was often known, served as a member of the Royal Household as Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office from 1987 to 1990.

Alston-Roberts-West trained at the RMA, Sandhurst, and was then commissioned into the Grenadier Guards in December 1957. He saw service in England, Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus. He retired from the army in 1980. On 10 February 1981, Alston-Roberts-West was appointed Assistant Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office.He served as an Extra Equerry to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, from 1982. In December 1987, he was appointed as Comptroller of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, in succession to Sir John Johnston. He was succeeded by Malcolm Ross on 1 January 1991.

In November 1988, he was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Warwickshire. He was appointed CVO in 1988.

He was born 23 November, 1937, the second son of Major William Reginald James Alston-Roberts-West (1900-1940), of Alscot Park, Stratford-upon-Avon, of the Genadier Guards, who was killed in action 21 May, 1940, and his wife the former Constance Isolde Grosvenor (1900-1987).

He married 20 May, 1970, Hazel Elizabeth Margaret Cook, sometime Lady-in-Waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales, daughter of Sir Thomas Russell Albert Cook (1902-1970), sometime head of that landed gentry family, of Sennowe Park, Guist, Norfolk, & Conservative MP for North Norfolk, 1931-45, and his wife the former Gweneth Margaret Evan-Jones (1908-1999).


Monday, July 17, 2023

Cherry Anne Palmer (née Gibbs) 1928-2023

Cherry Anne Palmer (née Gibbs), died 12 July, 2023, aged 95.

She was born in 1928, daughter of Capt Arthur Gibbs, and married 14 July, 1949, William Alexander Palmer, CBE, DL (1925-2020), scion of the Barons Palmer and sometime chairman of the family biscuit manufacturing company Huntley & Palmers. She was widowed 31 October, 2020.

Mrs Palmer leaves two sons, Howard (born 24 Jun 1954), and John (born 20 Apr, 1957), and two daughters, Serena (born 17 May 1950), and Alexandra (born 9 Apr 1952).


The Baroness Williams of Elvel 1929-2023

 The Baroness Williams of Elvel, who died 15 July, 2023, aged 93, was the widow of the life peer the Baron Williams of Elvel, CBE, PC, and was mother of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

She was born Jane Gillian Portal, 11 December, 1929, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Gervas Edward Portal (1890-1961), and his wife the former Iris Mary Butler (died 2002), and a sister of R.A. Butler, KG, PC, the Conservative politician (the Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, &c). She was a niece of Viscount Portal of Hungerford.

She married firstly, 23 April, 1955 (div 1959), Gavin Bramhall Welby (1914-1977); and married 2ndly, 1975, Charles Cuthbert Powell Williams, who was born 9 February, 1933, the son of N.P. Williams by his wife the former Muriel de Lerisson Cazenove, scion of that landed family. Her 2nd husband was Chairman of the Prices Commission 1985-92; appointed CBE in 1980, and created a life peer in 1985, and sat in the Lords on the Labour benches as Baron Williams of Elvel. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 2013, and died 30 Dec, 2019.

Whilst wife of Gavin Welby she had a relationship with Sir Anthony Montague Browne, KCMG, CBE (1923-2013), sometime private secretary to the Rt Hon Sir Winston Churchill, KG, by whom she had one son (who took her husband's surname) - the Most Rev and Rt Hon Justin Portal Welby (born 6 January, 1956), 105th Archbishop of Canterbury since 2013.


Sunday, July 16, 2023

Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE (1946-2023)

 Jane Birkin, the English-French singer and actress, who died 16 July, 2023, aged 76, attained international fame and notability for her decade-long musical and romantic partnership with Serge Gainsbourg. She also had a prolific career as an actress in British and French cinema.

In 1969, Gainsbourg and she released the duet "Je t'aime... moi non plus" ("I love you ... me neither"). Gainsbourg originally had written the song for Brigitte Bardot. Birkin has said it was “jealousy” that drove her to sing the song. The song caused a scandal for its sexual explicitness, and was banned by radio stations in Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom. 

She was a scion of the Birkin baronets and a descendant of the Dukes of Bedford, and from King Charles II.. She was a first cousin once removed of Freda Dudley Ward (nee Birkin) (1894-1983), for several decades the mistress of the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor).

She was born Jane Mallory Birkin, 14 December, 1946, the elder daughter of Lieutenant-Commander David Leslie Birkin, RN, DSC (1914-1991), and his actress wife, the former Judy Mary Gamble (1916-2004) (known as Judy Campbell).  Judy's roles include Joanna in Noel Coward's Present Laughter, and Ethel in his The Happy Breed. The song 'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square', was written for her.

Jane Birkin married 16 October, 1965 (div 1968), the composer John Barry Prendergast (aka John Barry), OBE (1933-2011), by whom she had a daughter, Kate Barry (1967-2013).

Jane Birkin had a romantic and creative relationship with French musician Serge Gainsbourg, whom she met on the set of the film Slogan in 1968. They were together for 12 years but never married, despite rumours and misreporting to the contrary. They had a daughter, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg (born 1971). On 4 September 1982, she gave birth to her third daughter, Lou Doillon, from her relationship with director Jacques Doillon.

Jane Birkin's studio albums include: Je t'aime... moi non plus (1969, with Serge Gainsbourg), Di doo dah (1973), Lolita Go Home (1975), Ex fan des sixties (1978), Baby Alone in Babylone (1983), Lost Song (1987), Amours des feintes (1990), Versions Jane (1996), À la légère (1999), Rendez-vous (2004), Fictions (2006), Enfants d'Hiver (2008), Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le symphonique (2017), Oh! Pardon tu dormais… (2020).

She was appointed OBE in 2001.

Descent from the Dukes of Bedford-

The 6th Duke of Bedford > Lord Charles James Fox Russell > Rev Henry Charles Russell > Olive Russell > David Leslie Birkin > Jane Birkin


Saturday, July 15, 2023

Beatrice Mary Lucinda Mahony (born 2023)

 Harriet Mary C. Mahony (nee Walsh), wife of Dermot Edward Struan Mahony (born 16 November, 1988), scion of that Irish landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Beatrice Mary Lucinda, 15 May, 2023.

Harriet is a daughter of Jeremy Walsh, of Stockland, Devon, and his wife the former Mary M. Hardwick.

Dermot is a son of Stephen Dominic Patrick Mahony (born 1956), and his wife the former Lucinda Margaret Ann Robertson (born 23 July, 1960), a great-granddaughter of the 1st Baron Forres.

Dermot Mahony is a descendant of the Barons Forres:-

The 1st Baron Forres (1860-1931) > Hon Gerald Williamson (1893-1966) > Hersey Williamson (1920-2012) > Lucinda Robertson (b 1960) > Dermot Mahony (b 1988) > Beatrice Mahony (b 2023)


George Castell Bacon (born 2023)

Camilla Emily Charlotte Bacon (née Carter, born 1991), wife of Thomas Castell Bacon [born 1992], scion of the Bacon baronets, gace birth to a son, George Castell, 30 June, 2023.

Thomas Bacon is the youngest son of Sir Nicholas Hickman Ponsonby Bacon, 14th and 15th Baronet [born 15 May, 1953] of Raveningham Hall, Norfolk, and his wife the former Susan Henrietta Dinnis.

Camilla Bacon is the younger daughter of Robert George Russell Carter, of Letheringsett, Norfolk, and his wife the former Charlotte M.L. Miller.

Sir Nicholas Hickman, who as a boy was a Page of Honour to the Queen, is England's Premier Baronet.

The Carters are members of the Prince and Princess of Wales's Norfolk circle, dubbed the 'Turnip toffs' by organs of the Press. Camilla's sister stood as a sponsor at Prince George's christening.

Camilla Carter's elder sister Sophie [born 14 Oct, 1982], is the wife of Robert Snuggs. The Waleses attended the wedding of Sophie and Robert Snuggs at Letheringsett, Norfolk, in September, 2018, and Princess Charlotte acted as a bridesmaid to her godmother. Prince George was a page boy. 

Sophie Snuggs gave birth to a daughter, Amalia Rose Charlotte, 21 June, 2019.


Frederick Oswald Richmond (Ozzie) Jenkins (born 2023)

 Harriett Elizabeth Jenkins (nee Baker Baker, born 6 May, 1987), wife of Edward Jenkins, and scion of the Baker Baker landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Frederick Oswald Richmond (to be known as Ozzie), 30 June, 2023.

Harriett Jenkins is a daughter of William George Baker Baker (born 1955), and his wife the former Sarah M.B. Lloyd.

Harriett is a descendant of the Viscounts Strathallan (now Earls of Perth), viz:-

The 6th Viscount Strathallan (1767-1851) > Hon Sir Edmund Drummond (1814-95) > Admiral Edmund Drummond (1841-1911) > Constance Dora Drummond > Anne Bruen (b 1914) > William George Baker Baker (b 1955) > Harriett Baker Baker


Anthony Grahame Loriston-Clarke (died 2023)

 Anthony Grahame Loriston-Clarke died 11 July, 2023.

He was the husband of Anne Jennifer (Jennie) Symes-Bullen (born 1943), scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John Fitzherbert Symes-Bullen (1896-1966), head of that family, of Catherston, and his wife the former Anne Harris-St John (1912-1963), scion of that landed gentry family, by whom he had two daughters, Anne and Lizzie.


Mathers/Hurley engagement

 The engagement was announced 15 July, 2023, between George E. Mathers, elder son of Mr & Mrs George Mathers, of Straid, County Antrim, & Charlotte Lauren Sasha Hurley (born 1992), eldest daughter of Guy John Desmond Hurley, of Portsalon, County Donegal, and his former wife the Lady Samantha Clare Barbara Feilding (born 28 November, 1966 - now Lady Samantha Macdonald Johnston, of London), daughter of the 11th Earl of Denbigh & Desmond (1943-1995).


Charles Ludwig Langton Cobbe 2012-2023

 Charles Ludwig Langton Cobbe, who died 8 July, 2023, aged 11, was a scion of that Irish landed gentry family. He was a great-grandson of the 20th Viscount Dillon.

He was born 7 June, 2012, the second son of Henry Frederick Hugh Cobbe (born 1975), and his wife the former Maria Zahn.

The 20th Viscount Dillon (1911-79) > Hon Isabel Dillon (b 1942) > Henry Cobbe (b 1975) > Charles Cobbe (2012-2023)


Bennett/Haining marriage

 The marriage took place 8 July, 2023, at St Mary's, Linton, Cambridgeshire, between Jonathan Ronald Sebastian Bennett (born 1991), descended from the Bazley baronets, son of Henry Christopher Bennett (born 26 June, 1946), and his wife the former Sarah Margaret Diana Bowles (born 9 July, 1949), & Saskia Julia Eastwood Haining (born 1992), daughter of Andrew Haining (born 1959), and his wife the former Alexandra Caroline Mackay White (born 1961).

Jonathan Bennett's descent from the Earls Cawdor:-

The 2nd Earl Cawdor > Lady Rachel Campbell > Ruth Howard (descended from the Dukes of Norfolk) > Rachel Bazley > Henry Bennett > Jonathan Bennett

Jonathan's Bazley descent:-

Sir Thomas Bazley, 2nd Baronet > Gardner Sebastian Bazley > Rachel Bazley (see above)


Friday, July 14, 2023

The Hon Judith Haslam (nee Browne) 1934-2023

 The Hon Judith Haslam, who has died aged 88, was a scion of the Barons Oranmore & Browne.

She was born 23 September, 1934, third daughter of the 4th Baron Oranmore & Browne (1901-2002), and his 1st wife the former Mildred Helen Egerton (1903-80), scion of the Earls of Ellesmere, and she was an elder half-sister of the Hon Tara Browne (1945-66), the Guinness heir, immoratlised by the Beatles in their song 'A Day in the Life' -- 'he blew his mind out in a car...'. (her father's second wife was heiress Oonagh Guinness (1910-95).

She married 6 June, 1958, (Ralph) Michael Haslam (1931-2022), son of William Heywood Haslam (1891-1981), and his 2nd wife the former Diamond Louise Constance (known as Diana) Ponsonby, MBE (born 23 June, 1897, in Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee year, died 1990), scion of the Earls of Bessborough, by whom she had two sons, Christopher (born 29 June, 1960), and David (born 2 March, 1962), and a daughter, Carina (born 29 Oct, 1965).



Thursday, July 13, 2023

The Baron Rosenfield

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Daniel Robert Rosenfield, has been gazetted in the name style and title of Baron Rosenfield, of Muswell Hill in the London Borough of Haringey, 12 July, 2023.

Lord Rosenfield (born May 1977) is a political adviser and civil servant who served as the Downing Street Chief of Staff from January 2021 to February 2022. Between July 2007 and April 2011, he served as the principal private secretary to chancellors Alistair Darling and George Osborne, and subsequently as a managing director for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

He was ennobled by Boris Johnson in his resignation honours list.


Jocelyn Ishabel Ann Floyd (nee Macleod) 1946-2023

 Jocelyn Ishabel Ann Floyd, who died 9 July, 2023, aged 76, was a descendant of the Wills baronets (now Barons Dulverton).

She was born 10 July, 1946, the second daughter of Sir John Macleod, TD (1913-1984), sometime MP for Ross and Cromarty, by his wife Rosemary Theodora Hamilton Wills (1913-1994); and married 1stly, 2 February, 1967 (div) David Algernon Fleming (born 24 Nov, 1938), son of Capt Michael Valentine Paul Fleming (1913-1944), and his wife the former Letitia Blanche Borthwick (1913-2001), scion of the Borthwick baronets; married 2ndly, 1978, as his second wife, John Edmund Kincaid Floyd (born 8 September, 1936), third son of Sir John Duckett Floyd, 6th Baronet (1903-1975), and his wife the former Jocelin Evadne Wyldbore-Smith (1907-1976), scion of the baronets of that name; and had issue by her first marriage, Lara (born 18 Jan, 1968), Annabel (born 28 Dec, 1968), and Katrina (born 23 Sept, 1971).



Lanyon/Lewis engagement

 The engagement was announced 13 July, 2023, between William Patrick Lanyon (born 1988) son of Richard Patrick Lanyon (born 1951), of Manningfold Abbots, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Bridget Nelita Cheyne (born 5 December, 1955), scion of the Cheyne baronets, and Virginia M. Lewis, daughter of Mr and Mrs Edward Lewis, of The Haven, Dilwyn, Herefordshire. 

Sir Joseph Cheyne, 2nd Baronet > Brig William Watson Cheyne > Bridget Cheyne > William Lanyon


Tatiana Cleone Anne Augur (née Wheaton-Smith) (died 2023)

 (Tatiana) Cleone Anne Augur (née Wheaton-Smith), died 19 June, 2023, aged 79.

Cleone Augur was the great-granddaughter of Harry Selfridge, who revolutionised British shopping with his Oxford Street department store. Selfridge's daughter, Rosalie, married Russian emigre, Prince Serge Wiasemsky de Bolotoff.

She was a daughter of Major Craig Wheaton-Smith (1917-2002), of Wenham, Massachusetts, USA, a scion of the Craig baronets, and his wife Princess Tatiana Rosemary Wiasemsky (1919-98), daughter of Prince Serge Wiasemsky de Bolotoff (1888-1977), & his wife the former Rosalie Dorothea Selfridge (1893-1977); and married 1stly, 11 August, 1967 (div 1985), Richard Timothy George Mansfield Parker, then styled Viscount Parker (born 31 May, 1943), son and heir of the 8th Earl of Macclesfield (1914-1992), of Shirburn Castle, Watlington, co Oxford, and his wife the Hon Valerie Mansfield (died 1995). Her former husband succeeded his father, 7 December, 1992, as 9th Earl of Macclesfield (Peerage of GB, cr 1721), and as Viscount and Baron Parker, also in the peerage of Gt Britain. She married 2ndly, 1997, Frank Augur.

She leaves issue from her first marriage - three daughters, Lady Tanya Parker (b 27 Aug, 1971), and twins, Lady Katherine and Lady Marion Parker (born 19 June, 1973).


Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Bourbon-Parma/MacMahon marriage

 The marriage took place 3 June, 2023, between Prince Amaury Yves Michel Marie Joseph of Bourbon-Parma (b 30 October 1991), son of Prince Charles-Emmanuel Joseph Jacques Hély of Bourbon-Parma (b 3 June 1961), and Baroness Constance de Ravinel (b 18 July 1971), and Pélagie Jeanne Marie Marguerite Charlotte Natalie de MacMahon (born 24 June, 1990), scion of the Barons Strange, daughter of Philippe de MacMahon, 4th Duc de Magenta (born 15 May 1938), and his second wife the Hon Amélie Margaret Mary Drummond (born 2 July, 1963), daughter of Capt Humphrey Drummond of Megginch, MC (who died 2009), and his wife (Jean) Cherry Drummond, suo jure Baroness Strange (16th holder of the title) (1928-2005).


Charlotte Owen becomes the youngest life peer in history

The life peerage recently conferred upon Charlotte Kathryn Tranter Owen, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Owen of Alderley Edge, of Alderley Edge in the County of Cheshire, 12 July, 2023.

Charlotte Owen (born 1993) is a former special adviser to Boris Johnson. She is a Conservative member of the House of Lords and is the youngest life peer in British history.


Baron Houchen of High Leven

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Mr Ben Houchen, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Houchen of High Leven, of Ingleby Barwick in the Borough of Sockton-on-Tees, 12 July, 2023.

Lord Houchen of High Leven (born 9 December 1986), is a Conservative Party politician who was elected as Tees Valley Mayor in May 2017 after winning the 2017 mayoral election, defeating Labour candidate Sue Jeffrey by 2.2 per cent in the second round. He was re-elected in 2021, defeating the Labour candidate, Jessie Joe Jacobs.

Lord Houchen represents the five Tees Valley local authority areas of Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Cleveland, Hartlepool and Darlington. He also acts as chairman of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the body tasked with driving economic growth and job creation in the area.

The peer was a councillor on Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, representing Yarm ward, between 2011 and 2017. In 2012 he stood as the Conservative parliamentary candidate in the Middlesbrough by-election. In the 2014 European Parliament elections, Houchen was the Conservative candidate for the North East region.

Houchen was selected as the Conservative Party candidate for Mayor of the Tees Valley in December 2016. Upon taking office, he became entitled to the style of Mayor.

He was ennobled in Boris Johnson's controversial resignation honours list.


Son for Boris & Carrie Johnson

  _. Caroline Louise Bevan [Carrie] Johnson [nee Symonds] [born 17 March, 1988],  wife of the Rt Hon [Alexander] Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, PC, MP [born 19 June, 1964], former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and descended from the Royal House of Wurttemberg, gave birth to a son, Frank Alfred Odysseus, 5 July, 2023, a brother Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas, who was born 29 April, 2020, and for Romy Iris Charlotte, who was born 9 December, 2021.

Boris is a son of Stanley Patrick Johnson [born 18 Aug, 1940], by his wife the former Charlotte Maria Offlow Fawcett [1942-2021].

Carrie Symonds, is the illegitimate daughter of Matthew Symonds [born 20 Dec, 1953], by Josephine McAfee, and is a granddaughter of John Cowburn Beavan, Baron Ardwick [1910-94], life peer.

The infant is a direct descendant of the House of Hanover:-

George II, King of Gt Britain & Ireland


Frederick, Prince of Wales


Princess Augusta of Gt Britain & Ireland


Princess Auguste Caroline Friederike Luise of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel


Prince Paul Heinrich Karl Friedrich August of Württemberg


Karolina von Rottenburg 


Hubert Freiherr von Pfeffel


Marie Luise Freiin von Pfeffel


Irene Williams


Stanley Johnson


Boris Johnson


Frank Johnson


Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Ross Kempsell's life peerage gazetted

 The life peerage recently awarded to Ross John Kempsell, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Kempsell, of Letchworth in the County of Hertfordshire.

Lord Kempsell (born 8 May 1992), is a political adviser. He was Political Director of the Conservative Party and Director of the Conservative Research Department. He was nominated for a life peerage by Boris Johnson in the 2022 Prime Minister's Resignation Honours.

Kempsell was educated at The John Henry Newman School in Stevenage and at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he wrote for the weekly student newspaper, Varsity. He was formerly a journalist at the political website Guido Fawkes.


Baron Ranger of Northwood

The life peerage recently conferred upon Mr Kulveer Singh Ranger, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Ranger of Northwood, of Pimlico in the City of Westminster, 11 July, 2023.

Lord Ranger of Northwood, FRSA (born 21 February 1975), is a strategy and communications executive, TechUK board member, and Conservative member of the House of Lords. He was the unsuccessful Conservative candidate in Makerfield at the 2005 general election. He unsuccessfully stood in Syon ward in the 2006 Hounslow London Borough Council election. Lord Ranger became a well known name after he was head hunted to become the Director for Transport Policy by Boris Johnson after Johnson won the Mayoral election in May 2008. His previous experience in implementing the Oyster card system for London was key in him becoming selected by Johnson.

He was ennobled in Boris Johnson's resignation honours list.


The 4th Baron Palmer 1951-2023

 The 4th Baron Palmer, who died 10 July, 2023, aged 71, was a descendant of the founder of Huntley & Palmers, who was elected to the House of Lords in 1999 following the Blair reforms of the Upper house.

He was a Scottish landowner - seated at Manderston, Duns, Berwickshire.

Adrian Bailie Nottage Palmer was born 8 October, 1951, son of the Hon Sir Gordon William Nottage Palmer, KCVO, OBE, JP, DL (1918-89), Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire 1978-89, by his wife the former Lorna Eveline Hope Bailie.

The family fortune was founded in 1822 by his ancestor, George Palmer, who established the famous biscuit firm of Huntley & Palmers.

He succeeded to the peerage (cr 1933) and the baronetcy (cr 1916) on the death of his uncle, the 3rd Baron, 26 June, 1990. He sat as a Crossbench peer and was elected to the Lords in 1999.

He married 7 May, 1977, Cornelia Dorothy Katharine Wadham (born 1953), daughter of Rohan Wadham, DFC. The marriage ended in divorce.

Lord Palmer leaves issue, two sons Hugo and George, and one daughter, Edwina. The elder son who was born 5 December, 1980, succeeds as 5th Baron Palmer.


Monday, July 10, 2023

Baron Bailey of Paddington

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Shaun Bailey has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Bailey of Paddington, of Paddington in the City of Westminster, 10 July, 2023.

Lord Bailey of Paddington (born 30 May 1971) is a politician and former journalist. A member of the Conservative Party, Bailey has been a member of the London Assembly since 2016. He was ennobled in Boris Johnson's resignation honours list.


Benjamin Gascoigne's life peerage gazetted

 The life peerage awarded to Benjamin Alexander Gascoigne in Boris Johnson's recent Resignation Honours list has been gazatted in the name, style and title of Baron Gascoigne, of Pendle in the County of Lancashire, 10 July, 2023.

Lord Gascoigne (born 5 March, 1983), served as Political Secretary to the Prime Minister from 2019 to 2020 and the deputy chief of staff to Prime Minister the Rt Hon Boris Johnson from 2021 to 2022.

 Gascoigne had also been his private secretary when Johnson was Mayor of London, and also served as an adviser when Johnson was Foreign Secretary.


The Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood 1937-2023

 The Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, who died 7 July, 2023, aged 86, was a Law Lord and Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, from 2009 to 2012.

Simon Denis Brown was born 9 April, 1937, son of Denis Baer Brown and Edna Elizabeth Brown (née Abrahams).

Simon Brown was appointed a High Court Judge in 1984 and assigned to the Queen's Bench Division, receiving a knighthood on his appointment. He became a Lord Justice of Appeal, a judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, in 1992 and was swon of the Privy Council in the same year. He was vice-president of the Civil Division from 2001 to 2003. On 13 January 2004, he was appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary, and created a life peer, taking the title Baron Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, of Eaton-under-Heywood, in the County of Shropshire. He retired from the House of Lords on 23 June this year.

He married  31 May, 1963, Jennifer Buddicom, by whom he had two sons and one daughter. 


Soames/Rhodes engagement

 The engagement was announced 10 July, 2023, between William Aldwyn (Sandy) Soames (born 30 January, 1960), of Wandsworth, scion of that landed gentry family, elder son of Robert Harold Soames (1929-2015), of Layer Marney House, near Kelvedon, Essex, and his wife the former Charlotte Susan Scott (1937-1996), and Mrs Nicki Rhodes, also of Wandsworth, SW17.

Sandy Soames married firstly, 1993 (div) the Hon Camilla Mary Lara Crossley (born 27 June, 1967), second daughter of the 3rd Baron Somerleyton, GCVO (1928-2012), of Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk, and his wife the former Belinda Maris Loyd (1939-2018).


Saturday, July 08, 2023

David Beverley Wadham-Smith 1944-2023

David Beverley Wadham-Smith died 29 June, 2023.

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

He leaves issue from a previous marriage, Richard and Kim.


Matilda Selina Gibson Fleming (born 2023)

Joanna Lucy Gibson Fleming (nee Poe, born 10 May, 1994), wife of Hector Gibson Fleming (born 1987), descended from the Marquesses of Hertford, gave birth to a daughter, Matilda Selina, 17 June, 2023.

Hector is a son of James Randolph Gibson Fleming (born 1958), and his wife the former Fiona Lucy Don (born 1962). Joanna is a daughter of Charles A.J. Poe, and his wife the former Susan D.N. Clough.


Nico James Robin Erskine (born 2023)

 Alice Erskine [nee Thornton], wife of Caspar James Piers Erskine [born 1986], scion of the Earls of Mar & Kellie, gave birth to a son, Nico James Robin, 28 June, 2023, a brother for Margot India, who was born 9 June, 2021.

Caspar is a son of Robin David Erskine [born 1948], and his wife the former Belinda Anne Bates [born 1957], a granddaughter maternally of Sir Christopher Musgrave, 6th Baronet [1892-1956].

Alice Erskine is a daughter of James Thornton, of Nuffield, co Oxford.


Todd/Walker-Heneage marriage

The marriage took place 1 June, 2023, at Kardamyli, Greece, between Alexander Todd and Eliza May Walker-Heneage (born 19 May, 1993), scion of that landed gentry family.

Eliza is the elder daughter of James Arthur Walker-Heneage (born 1957), and his wife the former Charlotte Elizabeth Shott.

Eliza descends from the Lords Saltoun:-

The 19th Lord Saltoun (1851-1933) > Hon Mary Alexandra Fraser (1891-1969) > Elizabeth Mary Wardlaw-Ramsay (b 1934) > James Arthur Walker-Heneage (b 1957) > Eliza Walker-Heneage (b 1993)


Manning/Spens marriage

 The marriage took place 8 July, 2023, at Lincoln's Inn, London, between James E. Manning, son of Mr Michael Manning and Mrs Angela Manning, and Flora Susan Andrena Spens (born 7 January, 1989), daughter of the late Michael Patrick Spens of Wormiston (1939-2014), scion of that landed family, and his 2nd wife Dr Janet Margaret Mackenzie (born 1956).


Osborne/Rogers marriage

 The marriage took place, 8 July, 2023, at St Mary's Church, Bruton, Somerset, between the Rt Hon George Gideon Oliver Osborne, PC [born 23 May, 1971], former Conservative MP for Tatton 2001-2017, and Chancellor of the Exchequer 2010-2016, scion of the Osborne baronets, son and heir of Sir Peter Osborne, 17th Baronet [born 29 June, 1943], and his wife the former Felicity Alexandra Loxton-Peacock, & Thea Rogers [born 1982]. 

George Osborne married firstly, 4 Apr 1998 [divorced] the Hon Frances Victoria Howell [born 18 Feb, 1969], daughter of the life peer the Baron Howell of Guildford [born 18 Jan 1936], and his wife the former Cary Davina Wallace, by whom he has issue, a son, Luke [born 2001], and a daughter, Liberty [born 2003]. 

George and Thea have a son, Beau (born in 2021).


Friday, July 07, 2023

Jane Elizabeth Granville (née Crichton) 1949-2023

 Jane Elizabeth Granville (née Crichton), who died 3 July, 2023, aged 73, was a scion of the Earls of Erne.

She was born 9 August, 1949, daughter of Patrick Henry Douglas Crichton (1919-1998), and his wife the former Gillian Moyra Cadogan (1922-1998), scion of the Earls Cadogan; and married 1977, Bevil Charles FitzIves Granville (born 3 April, 1944), scion of that landed gentry family, son of Major Richard St Leger Granville (1907-1972), and his wife the former Barbara Lempriere Wells (1908-1983), scion of that landed gentry family, by whom she a son, Harry (born 1979), and a daughter, Camilla (born 1982).


Janet, Lady Samuelson 1932-2023

 Janet, Lady Samuelson, who died 26 June, 2023, aged 91, was the widow of Sir Bernard Samuelson, 5th Baronet (1917-2008).

She was born Janet Amy Elkington in 1932, daughter of Lieutenant-Commander Laurence Garrett Elkington, RN (1896-1964), of Chelsea, and his wife the former Phyllis Amy Vans Agnew (1902-1972), scion of that Scots landed gentry family; and married 26 April, 1952, Bernard Michael Francis Samuelson (born 17 January, 1917), son of Sir Francis Henry Bernard Samuelson, 4th Baronet (1890-1981), and his wife the former Margaret Kendall Barnes (who died 1980). Her husband succeeded in 1981 to the baronetcy (cr UK, 1884), and died 21 Nov, 2008.

Lady Samuelson leaves issue, two sons, James and Edward, and two daughters, Nancy and Angela. The elder son is Sir James Samuelson, 6th Baronet.



Thursday, July 06, 2023

Daughter for Kit Harington and Rose Leslie

  Rose Leslie, actress wife of actor Kit Harington, has given birth to their second child, a daughter.

The couple, who married 23 June, 2018, starred together in the Game of Thrones series. They are parents of a two-year old son.

Christopher Catesby (Kit) Harington (born 26 December, 1986), scion of the Harington baronets, is the younger son of Sir David Richard Harington, 15th Baronet (born 25 June, 1944), by his wife the former Deborah Jane Catesby.

Rose Leslie, is the former Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie (b 9 February, 1987), daughter of Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, 14th of Warthill, by his wife the former Candida Mary Sibyl Weld, scion of that landed family.

Both Kit and Rose have royal ancestry, and both are descended from the Merrie Monarch, Charles II. Kit descends from King Charles II and Louise de Penancoet de la Keroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth, and Rose descends from the monarch and his mistress Barbara Villiers. 

Rose is descended from King Charles II and his mistress Barbara Palmer, Duchess of Cleveland, via their illegitimate daughter, Charlotte Lee, Countess of Lichfield.

Kit's Royal line of descent:-

Charles II-->Charles Lennox 1st Duke of Richmond-->Lady Anne Lennox-->Lady Caroline Keppel-->Elizabeth Adair -->Frances Barrington-->Hon Henry Legge-->Lois Legge-->Lavender Denny-->Sir David Harington-->Kit Harington

Rose's Royal line:-

Charles II-->Charlotte Lee, Countess of Lichfield-->George, 2nd Earl of Lichfield-->Lady Anne Lee-->Thomas Clifford-->Laura Maria Mary Clifford-->Filumena March Phillipps de Lisle-->Humphrey Weld-->Humphrey Joseph Giles Weld-->Candida Weld-->Rose Leslie


Lady Frances Elizabeth Ann Pearson (nee Hay) 1926-2023

 The Lady Frances Pearson, who died 4 July, 2023, aged 96, was a sion of the Marquesses of Tweeddale.

Frances Elizabeth Ann Hay was born 27 October, 1926, the fourth daughter of the 11th Marquess of Tweeddale (1884-1967), and his first wife the former Marguerite Christine Ralli (who died 15 Oct, 1944), scion of the Ralli baronets; and married on her 30th birthday, 27 October, 1956, Nigel Arthur Pearson (1925-1975), son of Sir Neville Pearson, 2nd Baronet (1898-1982), and his wife the Hon Mary Angela Mond (1901-1937), daughter of the 1st Baron Melchett (1868-1930). No issue of the marriage.

Her sisters were (1) Lady Hélène Candida Hay (1913-2011), who married the newspaper proprietor the 2nd Viscount Kemsley, (2) Lady Marguerite Georgina Hay (1916-2003), and (3) Lady Christine Daphne Hay (1919-2000).


Tuesday, July 04, 2023

St Aubyn/Younger engagement

 The engagement was announced 4 July, 2023, between Thomas Piers Lumley St Aubyn (born 25 April, 1991), scion of the Barons St Levan, son of the late Michael Piers St Aubyn (1959-2002), and his wife the former Astrid Elizabeth Lumley (born 1959), now Mrs James Findlay, of Watership Down, Hampshire, & the Hon Emily Evelyn Younger (born 26 September, 1990), elder daughter of the 5th Viscount Younger of Leckie (born 11 November, 1955), of Dorton, Buckinghamshire, and his wife the former Jennie Veronica Wootton (born 1956).

The 1st Baron St Levan (1829-1908) > Hon Lionel St Aubyn (1878-1965) > Geoffrey Piers St Aubyn (1922-64) >  Michael Piers St Aubyn (1959-2002) > Thomas St Aubyn (1991- )


Giordano/d'Abo marriage

 The marriage took place 1 July, 2023, at St Andrew's Church, West Wratting, between Jake Giordano and Miss Celina d'Abo, descended from the Dukes of Rutland, daughter of John Henry Erland d'Abo (born 7 October, 1953), by his wife the former Tatiana Schoeller (a half-sister of Christopher O'Neill, husband of Princess Madeleine of Sweden).

The 9th Duke of Rutland > Lady Ursula Manners > John d'Abo > Celina d'Abo.


Hon Valentine Harriet Isabella Dione Arnold-Forster 1930-2023

The Hon Valentine Harriet Isabella Dione Arnold-Forster (née Mitchison), died 27 May, 2023, aged 92.

She was bortn in 1930, a daughter of the life peer the Baron Mitchison, CBE (1894-1970), the Labour politician, and his wife the former Naomi Mary Margaret Haldane, scion of that landed gentry family, (the novelist Naomi Mitchison (1897-1999); and married 12 January, 1955, Mark Arnold-Forster, DSO, DSC (1920-1981), head of that landed gentry family, son of Lieutenant-Commander William Edward Arnold-Forster, RN (1886-1951), and his first wife the former Katharine Laird Cox (1886-1951), by whom she had three sons.


The 4th Baron Baden-Powell 1940-2023

 The 4th Baron Baden-Powell, who died 2 July, 2023, aged 82, was the grandson of the founder of the global Scout movement.

David Michael Baden-Powell was born in Zimbabwe, 11 December,1940, second son of the 2nd Baron Baden-Powell (1913-62), and his wife the former Carine Crause-Boardman (1909-93), and was a younger brother of the 3rd Baron (1936-2019), and succeeded to the peerage (created UK 1929), upon his brother's death, 28 December, 2019.

David Baden-Powell moved to Britain after his father inherited the title in 1949 and migrated to Australia in 1965 where he made a career in insurance. The lifelong scouting enthusiast was honoured for his work for the movement by Scouting associations in Malaysia, Japan and the US. Baden-Powell also served with the Australia Day Council’s Victorian branch and as master of Glen Waverley’s Baden Powell Masonic Lodge.

He married 20 August, 1966, Joan Phillips Berryman, daughter of Horace William Berryman, of Camberwell, Melbourne, Australia, by whom he had issue, three sons, David, Alexander and Myles. The peerage (cr 1929) and baronetcy (cr 1922), now devolve upon the peer's eldest son, the Hon David Robert Baden-Powell, who was born 6 January, 1971.


Mann/Clark marriage

The marriage has taken place between Jack William Mann (born 1982), scion of the Mann baronets, second son of Simon Francis Mann (born 26 June, 1952), of Hampshire, and his former 1st wife Jennifer Catherine Barham (born 1957), scion of that landed gentry family (now wife of Richard Douglas Schuster (born 4 June, 1953), & Isabella Josephine M. Clark (born circa 1993), daughter of Stephen M Clark, of Suffolk, and his wife the former Felicity A. Whalley.

Jack Mann was at the Royal Military College Sandhurst with the Duke of Sussex, and acted as the unofficial ‘best man’ at Prince Harry's wedding to Meghan Markle in 2018.

Sir Edward Mann, 1st Bt > Francis Thomas Mann > Francis George Mann > Simon Francis Mann > Jack William Mann


Sunday, July 02, 2023

The Baron Kerslake 1955-2023

 Lord Kerslake, Crossbench life peer, and sometime senior civil servant died 1 July, 2023. He was 68.

He was a senior civil servant, and was the Head of the Home Civil Service, after the retirement of the former holder, the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Gus O'Donnell on 31 December 2011 until September 2014.

Robert Walter (Bob) Kerslake was born 28 February, 1955. He was raised to the peerage for life in 2015, as Baron Kerslake, of Endcliffe in the City of Sheffield. He was introduced as a crossbench life peer in the House of Lords on 17 March 2015.

He was Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government. In December 2014 he was appointed the Chair of King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to begin in June 2015, and from July 2018 chaired the UK2070 Commission focusing on city and regional inequalities in the UK.


Saturday, July 01, 2023

Michelle Suzanne Isabelle Zanatta (nee Barrington) 1937-2023

Michelle Suzanne Isabelle Zanatta (nee Barrington), who died 21 June, 2023, aged 85, was a scion of the extinct Viscounts Barrington.

She was born 28 September, 1937, the posthumous daughter of Flying Officer Miguel O'Brien Shute Barrington, RAF (born 15 Aug, 1909, killed in a flying accident, 3 July, 1937), and his wife Yvonne Guary-Dommergues (who died 15 July, 1948); and married 1968 (div 1974), Renato Zanatta. No issue.

The 9th Viscount Barrington (1848-1933) > Hon Percy Evelyn Barrington (1884-1911) > Miguel O'Brien Shute Barrington (1909-37) > Michelle Suzanne Isabelle Barrington (1937-2023)


Phoebe Gibara (born 2023)

 Richenda Victoria Amelia Gibara (nee Gurney, born 1986), wife of Theodoros Gibara, gave birth to a daughter, Phoebe, 1 June, 2023.

Theodoros is a son of Mr Dimitri Gibara, of Christchurch, New Zealand, and Mrs Judy Ann, of Bromyard, Herefordshire.

Richenda Gibara, a scion of the Gurney landed gentry family, is the younger daughter of Richard Eustace Thomas Gurney [born 1943], of Heggatt Hall, Horstead, Norfolk, by his wife the former Margaret Elizabeth Diana Agnew [born 1952], scion of the Agnew baronets, a great-granddaughter of Sir John Agnew, 3rd Baronet [1879-1957].

Richenda's paternal grandfather, Samuel Edmund Gurney [1912-90], married in 1939, Alexandra Victoria Seymour [1914-2002], scion of the Marquesses of Hertford, whose mother was a FitzRoy descendant of the Dukes of Grafton, and thus from King Charles II, &c.



Joseph Michael Rizzo (born 2023)

Iona Katherine Rizzo (nee Dent, born 1991), wife of Dominic G. Rizzo, and scion of the Dent landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Joseph Michael, 22 June, 2023.

Dominic is a son of Mr & Mrs Joseph Rizzo, of New Jersey, United States.

Iona is a daughter of Andrew Congreve Dent, of Oxfordshire, by his wife the Lady Rosanagh Elizabeth Angela Mary Taylour [born 20 January, 1961], daughter of the late 6th Marquis of Headfort [1932-2005], by his wife the Hon Elizabeth Angela Veronica Nall-Cain [1938-2017], daughter of the 2nd Baron Brocket [1904-67]. 


Crosthwaite/Denehy engagement

 The engagement was announced 1 July, 2023, between Hugo Edward D. Crosthwaite (born 1993), son of Richard Derek Crosthwaite (born 1954), of Wootton Rivers, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Nicola Jane Tower (born 16 February, 1961), scion of the Tower landed gentry family, & Lydia Mollie Denehy (born 3 April, 1994), daughter of Simon Patrick Bruce Denehy (born 1958), of Mildenhall, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Arabella Napier Fordham (born 1962), scion of that landed gentry family.

Hugo's descent from the Hervey-Bathurst baronets:-

Sir Frederick Hervey-Bathurst, 5th Baronet > Maureen Anthea Selina Hervey-Bathurst > Nicola Jane Tower > Hugo Crosthwaite


Lorcan Frank Blakiston Houston (born 2023)

 Verity Jane Blakiston Houston (nee Allanson, born 1990), wife of Christopher George (Kit) Blakiston Houston, scion of the Blakiston baronets, gave birth to a son, Lorcan Frank, 18 March, 2023.

Verity is a daughter of David Edwin Allanson (born 1955), of Gloucestershire, and his wife the former Caroline Johnson.

Kit Blakiston Houston is the second son of Richard Patrick Blakiston Houston (born 25 July, 1948), of Beltrim, Gortin, County Tyrone, and his wife Dr Lucinda Mary Lavinia Hubbard (born 22 December, 1956).

Kit is a grandson of the late Lady Miriam Hubbard (nee Fitzalan Howard) (1924-1996), sister of the 17th Duke of Norfolk (1915-2002).