Sunday, April 07, 2024

The 4th Baron Holmpatrick 1955-2024

 The 4th Baron Holmpatrick died 21 March, 2024. He was 69.

The peer was a descendant of the Iron Duke, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.

Hans James David Hamilton was born 15 March, 1955, son of the 3rd Baron Holmpatrick (1928-1991), and his wife the former Anne Loys Roche Brass (who died 1998); and succeeded to the peerage (created in 1897), on his father's death, 15 February, 1991.

Lord Holmpatrick married 19 July, 1984, Mrs Gill Francesca Anne du Feu, 1st daughter of Squadron Leader Kenneth James Toby Harding, DFC, RAF, of Binisafua, Minorca, Spain, by whom he had issue an only son, the Hon James Hans Stephen Hamilton (born 6 October, 1982).

The peerage now passes to his brother the Hon Ion Henry James Hamilton (born 12 June, 1956).


Saturday, April 06, 2024

Lord Hoyle, JP 1930-2024

 The Lord Hoyle, JP, life peer and former Labour MP, died 6 April, 2024, aged 94.

Eric Douglas Harvey Hoyle, Baron Hoyle was born 17 February, 1930. He was chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 1992 to 1997 and a lord-in-waiting from 1997 to 1999. A member of the Labour Party, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Nelson and Colne from 1974 to 1979 and Warrington North from 1981 to 1997.

Doug Hoyle first stood for Parliament at Clitheroe in 1964, but came second. In 1970, he first fought Nelson and Colne, and was defeated by the Conservative incumbent David Waddington by 1,410 votes. He fought the seat again in February 1974, and reduced Waddington's margin to 177. He was finally elected at the general election of October 1974 for Nelson and Colne by 669 votes; this was the first Labour gain to be announced on election night. Hoyle narrowly lost his seat at the general election of 1979, but returned to Parliament in 1981 when he saw off a strong challenge from Roy Jenkins in a traditionally safe Labour seat. This was a notable by election in Warrington when enthusiasm for the newly created Social Democratic Party was at its peak. Constituency boundaries were redrawn for the general election of 1983, when he became MP for Warrington North.

Hoyle retired from the House of Commons at the general election of 1997, and on 14 May 1997, he was created a life peer as Baron Hoyle, of Warrington in the County of Cheshire. He retired from the Lords on 25 June 2023.

Lord Hoyle was a son of William Hoyle and his wife Leah Ellen. He married in 1953, Pauline Spencer (who died in 1991). His only son is Sir Lindsay Hoyle, MP (born 10 June, 1957), who has been Member of Parliament for Chorley since 1997 and Speaker of the House of Commons since 2019.


Thursday, April 04, 2024

Lord Clinton, 22nd Baron 1934-2024

 Lord Clinton, the 22nd Baron, JP, DL, holder of one of England's oldest peerages, died 2 April, 2024, aged 89. He was the largest landowner in Devon.

Gordonstoun educated Lord Clinton, who took his seat in the House of Lords in 1965, was a member of the Prince of Wales's Council 1968-79, a JP for Bideford 1963-83, and a deputy Lieutenant of Devon from 1977.

Lord Clinton was seated at Heanton Satchville a historic manor near Okehampton, North Devon. With origins in the Domesday manor of Hantone, it was first recorded as belonging to the Yeo family in the mid-14th century and was then owned successively by the Rolle, Walpole and Trefusis families. The mansion house was destroyed by fire in 1795. In 1812 Lord Clinton purchased the manor and mansion of nearby Huish, renamed it Heanton Satchville, and made it his seat. The nearly-forgotten house was featured in the 2005 edition of Rosemary Lauder's "Vanished Houses of North Devon".

Lord Clinton was born Gerard Nevile Mark Fane, 7 October, 1934, the only son of Capt Charles Nevile Fane (1911-1940), and his wife the former Gladys Mabel Lowther; and was a grandson of the Hon Hon Harriet Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusis (1887-1958), the elder daughter and co-heir of the 21st Baron Clinton, GCVO, PC, JP, DL (1863-1957); and he succeeded to the barony (created in 1298/99) on the termination of the abeyance of the peerage, 18 March, 1965.

Lord Clinton assumed the additional surname of Trefusis in addition to his patronymic, in 1958.

He married 18 July, 1959, Nicola Harriette Purdon Coote (born 6 January, 1937), eldest of the five daughters of Major Charles Robert Purdon Coote (1875-1954), of Ballyclough Castle and Bearforst, County Cork, by his wife the former Noel Margaret Jephson Stracey (1908-2009), scion of the Stracey baronets, by whom he had issue, a son, Charles, and two daughters, Caroline (born 23 May, 1960), and Henrietta (born 31 Jan, 1964.)

The son, the Hon Charles Patrick Rolle Fane Trefusis (born 21 March, 1962), now succeeds as 23rd Baron Clinton.


Sir William Mark Charles Garthwaite, 3rd Baronet

  Sir Mark Garthwaite, 3rd Baronet, died 23 March, 2024. He was 77.

Sir Mark was educated at Gordonstoun and the University of Pennsylvania (BSc)

William Mark Charles Garthwaite was born 4 November, 1946, son of Sir William Francis Cuthbert Garthwaite, 2nd Baronet, DSC (1906-1993), and his 2nd wife the former Patricia Beatrice Eden Neate (1916-2002); and succeeded to the baronetcy (cr UK, 1919), on his father's death, 15 December, 1993.

He married in 1979, Victoria Lisette (Vicki) Tuzo (born 1952), the only child of General Sir Harry Crauford Tuzo, GCB, OBE, MC (1917-1998), by whom he had issue, a son, William (born 14 May, 1982), and two daughters, Rosie Francesca (born 1980), a journalist, and Jemima Victoria (born 1984).


Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Charles Alexander Nicholas Clifford (born 2024)

The Hon Mrs Alexander Clifford, wife of Lord Clifford of Chudleigh's heir, the Hon Alexander Clifford, gave birth to a son, Charles Alexander Nicholas, 12 January, 2024.

Mrs Clifford is the former Lucy Jane Lenygon (born 1986), daughter of Mr Nicholas J. Lenygon (born 1954) and Mrs Sarah J. Lenygon (nee Murray).

Alexander Clifford (born 24 September, 1985), is the elder son and heir of the 14th Baron Clifford of Chuldeigh (b 17 Mar, 1948) (Peerage of England, cr 1672), of Ugbrooke Park, Chudleigh, Devon, by his former wife (Muriel) Suzanne Austin. 


Saturday, March 30, 2024

Hon Rosemary Ethel Coupar Maitland 1931-2024

 The Hon Rosemary 'Romaire' Maitland, who died 27 March, 2024, aged 93, was the last surviving daughter of the 1st (and last) Baron Abertay, KBE, JP, DL (1875-1940).

She was born Rosemary Ethel Coupar Barrie in 1931, middle daughter of the 1st Baron Abertay and his wife the former Ethel Broom, and married 1952, John Stuart Maitland (who died 2008), by whom she had issue, three sons and one daughter.

The barony of Abertay became extinct with her father's death, 6 Dec, 1940.


Harry Alexander Lowe (born 2024)

  Clementine Mary R. Lowe (born 1991, née Francklin), wife of Frederick James Lowe (born 1991), gave birth to a son, Harry Alexander, 12 March, 2024.

Clementine Lowe is a daughter of William Alexander Mavourn Francklin (born 1958), scion of that landed gentry family, and his wife the former Celina Lucinda Palmer (born 15 May, 1961), scion of the Palmer baronets, daughter of Sir Geoffrey Christopher John Palmer, 12th Baronet (born 30 June, 1936).

Fred Lowe is descended from the Baker baronets:-

Sir George Edward Dunstan Sherston Baker, 4th Baronet > Henrietta Baker > Michael Chapman > Nicola Chapman > Fred Lowe


Clover Coco Bewley Macpherson (born 2024)

 Rosie Jean B. Macpherson [née Atkinson, born 1989], wife of Charles Edward Ian Macpherson [born 1989], gave birth to a daughter, Clover Coco Bewley, 25 March, 2024, a sister for Milo (born 2020), and Albie (born 2022).

Rosie is a daughter of Nigel Atkinson. Charles Macpherson is a son of Nigel Charles Blake Macpherson, and his wife the former Georgina Lily Fleur Mountain [born 1 Aug, 1959], scion of the Mountain baronets, daughter of Sir Denis Mountain, 3rd Baronet [1929-2005].


Friday, March 29, 2024

Major Michael Thomas Noel Hamilton Wills, LVO 1940-2024

Major Tom Wills, Coldstream Guards, scion of the Wills baronets, died 20 March, 2024. He was 83.

He was owner of Miserden Park, a grand Jacobean manor with expansive, intricately laid out grounds near Stroud in Gloucestershire. He was High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1985, and appointed Exon HM Body Guard of the Yeomen of the Guard in 1993

He was born 31 May, 1940, (twin with a brother Frederick), a son of Major Michael Desmond Hamilton Wills, MC (1915-1943), Coldstream Guards, and his wife Mary Margaret Mitford (1916-2006), scion of that landed gentry family. His mother married 2ndly, 1947, Colonel Sir Martin St John Valentine Gibbs, KCVO, CB, DSO (1917-1992, of The Manor House, Ewen, near Cirencester.

Wills married in 1982 (div 1992), Penelope Howard-Baker (born 1953), daughter of Benjamin Howard-Baker, of Glascoed Hall, Llansilin, Shropshire, by his wife the former Ann Layfield, by whom he had issue, a son, Nicholas James Noel Hamilton Wills (born 1983), now of Miderden, and a daughter, Camilla Jane Hamilton Wills (born 1985).

Miserden was built in the early 17th century by the Sandys family. The natural scenery of Miserden, where it’s situated, is spectacular: its gardens overlook the River Frome and a deer park, while its grounds incorporate woodland and farmland. This magical, multifaceted estate in a Cotswolds hamlet, also called Miserden, has evolved gradually as successive owners have left their mark on it.

In the 1920s, Edwin Lutyens made a significant contribution to Miserden, which scooped the Historic Houses Garden of the Year Award in 2018; this has been presented annually since 1984 and is sponsored by Christie’s. In 1919, (Frederick) Noel Hamilton Wills (1887-1927), (grandfather of Maj Tom), bought the property in 1913 — and commissioned Lutyens to design a new east wing with an arched loggia after the house was badly damaged by a fire. He also created a loggia and a striking topiary yew walk featuring crenellations echoing those of the loggia.

It seems to run in the Wills family to be green-fingered. Tom Wills, a grandson of Noel and his wife the former Margery Fraser moved into the estate after his grandmother died in 1980 and devoted himself for 40 years to maintaining her legacy, while making his own additions, largely inspired by his passion for trees and forestry. In 2013, he planted a circle of lime trees opposite the house to mark the centenary of the Wills family owning Miserden. He also established its arboretum, planting about 75 per cent of its trees.

Maj Tom Wills was appointed LVO by Queen Elizabeth II.

 A private funeral for family and those of Miserden village, by invitation, will be held on Wednesday 10 April, 2024. There will be a Memorial Service at the Parish Church of St John Baptist, Cirencester on Wednesday 15 May, 2024.


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Elisabeth, Baroness Amherst of Hackney 1943-2024

 Elisabeth, Baroness Amherst of Hackney, who died 18 March, 2024, aged 80, was the widow of the 4th Baron Amherst of Hackney.

She was born in 1943, a daughter of Hugh Humphrey Merriman, DSO, MC, TD (1910-1983), of Letts Green, Knockholt, Kent, and his wife the former Anne Margaret Holden Illingworth (1914-1998), scion of that landed gentry family; and married 30 March, 1965, the then Hon William Hugh Amherst Cecil (born 28 December, 1940), son and heir of Major the 3rd Baron Amherst of Hackney, CBE (1912-80), and his wife the former Margaret Eirene Clifton Brown (1921-2009). Her husband succeeded his father as 4th Baron, 22 July, 1980, and died 2 April, 2009.

Lady Amherst of Hackney leaves issue, a son, William, the 5th Baron (born 17 July, 1968), and a daughter the Hon Aurelia (who was born 19 July, 1966).


Lady Anne Elizabeth Grania Phipps 1965-2024

 The Lady Anne Elizabeth Grania Phipps, who died 18 March, 2024, aged 58, was the seventh and youngest child of the 4th Marquis of Normanby, KG, CBE (1912-1994), of Mulgrave Castle, Whitby, by his wife the former Hon Grania Maeve Rosura Guinness, OBE (1920-2018), scion of the Barons Moyne.

She was unmarried. The funeral Service and Interment take place on Thursday 4th April 2024, at St Oswald's Church, Lythe, Whitby, North Yorkshire.


Sunday, March 24, 2024

(Helen) Vernon Bruce 1927-2024

 (Helen) Vernon Wallop Bruce, who has died aged 96, was a scion of the Earls of Portsmouth.

She was born 16 December, 1927, the second daughter of Vice-Admiral Sir Peveril Barton Reibey William-Powlett, KCB, KCMG, CBE, DSO (1898-1985), and his wife Helen Constance Forbes Crombie (1903-1965); and married 17 May, 1951, Lieutenant-Commander Henry Victor Bruce of Salloch, RN, DL (1924-2011), a scion of the Earls of Elgin & Kincardine, eldest son of Capt the Hon John Bernard Bruce, RN (1892-1971), and his wife the former Helen Rachel Rawstorne (who died 1983), by whom she had issue, two sons, Peveril John Bruce of Salloch (born 6 Oct, 1953), and Maj-Gen Alastair Andrew Bernard Reibey Bruce of Crionaich, OBE, Governor of Edinburgh Castle, journalist, TV correspondent and herald (born 25 June, 1960), and two daughters, Robina Helen (born 27 May, 1952), and Lucinda Jane (born 1 January, 1956).


Saturday, March 23, 2024

Husmann/Cooke-Yarborough engagement

 The engagement was announced 23 March, 2024, between Hans Husmann, only son of Mr and Mrs Uwe W Husmann of Hansestadt Stralsund, Western Pomerania, Germany, and Eliza Flora Cooke-Yarborough (born 1993), elder daughter of Sir Anthony Edmund Cooke-Yarborough, 13th Baronet (born 6 August, 1956), of Barford St Michael, Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Joanna Susan Northrop (born 1957).


Wills/Thompson engagement

 The engagement was announced 23 March, 2024, between George Edmund Hamilton Wills (born 1993), scion of the Barons Dulverton, second son of Christopher Aubrey Hamilton Wills (born 21 February, 1953), of Litchfield, Hampshire, and his wife the Lady Katharine Anne Meade (born 10 Aug, 1959), scion of the Earls of Clanwilliam, & Emma V.B. Thompson, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Michael Gavin Thompson, of Wadhurst, East Sussex.

George Wills is a grandson maternally of the late 6th Earl of Clanwilliam (1914-1989).


Erskine-Hill/Connell engagement

 The marriage took place, 2 March, 2024, between Robert Benjamin (Ben) Erskine-Hill (born 6 August, 1986), son and heir of Sir Alexander Roger Erskine-Hill of Quothquhan, 3rd Baronet (born 15 Aug, 1949), of Blairgowrie, Perthshire, and his wife the former Sarah Anne Sydenham Clarke, & Rebecca Dominique Connell (born 1988).


Thursday, March 21, 2024

Lord Vivian engaged to Saweda Kamara

 The engagement was announced 21 March, 2024, between Charles Crespigny Hussey Vivian, 7th Baron Vivian (born 20 December, 1966), son of the late 6th Baron Vivian (1935-2004), and his first wife the former Catherine Joyce Hope (born 1939), scion of that landed gentry family, & Saweda Kamara, only daughter of the late Mr Alex Kamara and Mrs Jeanette Eccles-James (née Smythe-Macaulay), of Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Lord Vivian is the 7th Baron (Peerage of the UK, cr 1841), and a Baronet (cr 1828). His mother married secondly, as his 2nd wife, 5 June, 1972, the 8th Earl of Mexborough (born 16 May, 1931).

Lord Vivian married firstly in 2011 (div), Mrs M. Elizabeth Wimpress, daughter of Gregory Vatterott of St Louis, Missouri, USA. He has no children, and the heir presumptive to his peerage and baronetcy is his cousin, Thomas Crespigny Brabazon Vivian (born 17 January, 1971).


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Tessa Tiggy Elizabeth Ponsonby (born 2024)

  Joanna Kate Ponsonby [nee Sutton, born 1987], wife of Frederick Edward Ponsonby [born 1986], scion of the Ponsonby baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Tessa Tiggy Elizabeth, 5 March, 2024, a sister for Archie Jonathan Charles, who was born 19 September, 2019, and for Penelope Sylvia Mary, born 5 August, 2021. 

Fred Ponsonby is a younger son of Sir Charles Ponsonby, 3rd Baronet [born 1951], of Woodstock, co Oxford, by his wife the former Mary Priscilla Bromley Davenport, scion of that landed gentry family.

Joanna Ponsonby is a daughter of Robert Hiles Sutton [born 1954], of Newton Valence, co Hampshire, by his wife the former Caroline Jane Dewey [born 1955], daughter of Sir Anthony Dewey, 3rd Baronet [1921-2016].


Son and heir for Viscount and Viscountess Newport

  Eliza Bridgeman, styled Viscountess Newport, wife of Alexander Michael Orlando Bridgeman, styled Viscount Newport [born 6 September, 1980], has given birth to a son and heir, Archibald Henry Orlando (Archie), 19 March, 2024.

Viscoutess Newport (born 1991, nee Eliza Liepina), was educated at Auckland University, New Zealand. The Newports married at Weston Park, Shropshire, 14 May, 2022.

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


Monday, March 18, 2024

Bridget Rose Dugdale 1941-2024

 Rose Dugdale, the English aristocrat who led a notorious IRA art heist, died 18 March, 2024, at the age of 82.

The death of the disinherited heiress comes just days before a film about her life is to be released in cinemas.

Bridget Rose Dugdale, the rebellious former debutante from Devon turned her back on a life of privilege to join the IRA in the 1970s, and went on to mastermind a multimillion-pound fine art heist. She was born in Devon, 25 March, 1941, scion of a landed gentry family, daughter of James Dugdale (1904-1991), a millionaire Lloyd's underwriter, of Yarty Farm, Axminster, and his wife the former Caroline Edith Sutton Timmis (1903-1986). 

Her grandfather was Major James Gordon Dugdale, DSO, MVO, MC (1874-1955), of The Abbey, Cirencester.

The Oxford graduate was the ringleader of the 1974 IRA raid on the Russborough House estate in Co Wicklow, in which 19 valuable paintings were stolen.

She was involved in other IRA operations, including a failed bid to drop bombs on to a police station in Northern Ireland using a helicopter hijacked in Co Donegal.

The republican bombmaker was convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison for her IRA activities. She was pregnant at the time and gave birth to a son inside Limerick prison.

The film telling the story of the art heist, Baltimore, will be released in cinemas this Friday.

Actress Imogen Poots plays Rose Dugdale in the thriller directed by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy.

She had been living in a care home in Dublin in recent years.

Sinn Fein TD for Dublin South Central, Aengus O Snodaigh, extended his sympathies to her friends and family.

Rose was a committed republican and was unflinching in her beliefs

Aengus O Snodaigh, Sinn Fein TD

He said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rose Dugdale this morning, and on my own behalf and that of Sinn Fein I wish to offer heartfelt condolences to her friends, family and party members.

“Rose was a committed republican and was unflinching in her beliefs, and Ireland has today lost a committed republican and activist, and Sinn Fein a valued comrade.”

He added: “Rose for many decades lived in Dublin, in the south inner-city, Drimnagh, and in recent years in a nursing home in Chapelizod, and was an active member of Sinn Fein.

“She was extremely committed to her community, both in her work for Sinn Fein, where she was a hugely popular figure locally and nationally, but also in a wide variety of community groups.

“She was also a great educator of Sinn Fein activists and representatives, many of whom benefited from her vast knowledge and life experiences, and who are all feeling the loss of a dear friend and comrade today.”

She was mother of a son, Ruairi, fathered by Eddie Gallagher, who was born 3 Oct, 1975.


Saturday, March 16, 2024

Lieutenant-Col John Rochfort Yerburgh 1931-2024

Lieutenant-Colonel John Rochfort Yerburgh, who died 3 February, 2024, aged 92, was a scion of that landed family (later Barons Alvingham).

He was born 14 September, 1931, the eldest son of the Rev Oswald Rochfort Yerburgh (1900-1966), and his wife the former Cicely Joan Savile (1901-1981), scion of that landed gentry family; and married 17 August, 1963, Gillian Elizabeth Clifford (1944-2023), daughter of Derek Plint Clifford (1915-2003), of Hartlip Place, Sittingbourne, Kent, and his wife the former Betty Norah Pierson (1917-1984), by whom he had issue, Toby William Rochfort (born 9 Oct, 1965), and a daughter, Sophia Jane Clifford (born 8 January, 1967).


Audley Mark Mackworth-Praed 1955-2024

 Audley Mark Mackworth-Praed, who died 8 March, 2024, aged 68, was a scion of that landed gentry family, sometime of Mickleham.

He was born 8 September, 1955, second son of Major Humphrey Mackworth-Praed (1919-1995), and his wife the former Penelope Tompson (1922-2010), scion of that landed family; and married in 1983, Debra Woodwards, by whom he had issue, Kelly, Verity, Meredith and Alex.



Life peerages gazetted

Crown Office

THE KING has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 7 March 2024 to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon the following:

In the forenoon

Franck Robert Marie Petitgas, by the name, style and title of BARON PETITGAS, of Bosham in the County of West Sussex.

In the afternoon

Sydney John Peter Booth, by the name, style and title of BARON BOOTH, of Houghton-le-Spring in the City of Sunderland.

Crown Office

THE KING has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 8 March 2024 to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon the following:

In the forenoon

John Charles Fuller, O.B.E., by the name, style and title of BARON FULLER, of Gorleston-on-Sea in the County of Norfolk.

In the afternoon

Stuart Adam Marks, C.B.E., by the name, style and title of BARON MARKS OF HALE, of Hale in the County of Greater Manchester

THE KING has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 11 March 2024 to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon the following:

In the forenoon

Paul Alexander Cyril Goodman, by the name, style and title of BARON GOODMAN OF WYCOMBE, of High Wycombe in the County of Buckinghamshire.

In the afternoon

James Gerard Jamieson, by the name, style and title of BARON JAMIESON, of Maulden in the County of Bedfordshire.

THE KING has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 12 March 2024 to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon the following:

In the forenoon

The Honourable Rosamond Mary Monckton, M.B.E., by the name, style and title of BARONESS MONCKTON OF DALLINGTON FOREST, of Earlsdown in the County of East Sussex.

In the afternoon

John Hannett, O.B.E., by the name, style and title of BARON HANNETT OF EVERTON, of Bramley-Moore Dock in the City of Liverpool.

Crown Office

THE KING has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 13 March 2024 to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon the following:

In the forenoon

Carmen Ria Smith, by the name, style and title of BARONESS SMITH OF LLANFAES, of Llanfaes in the County of Ynys Môn.

In the afternoon

Jane Ramsey, by the name, style and title of BARONESS RAMSEY OF WALL HEATH, of Dulwich in the London Borough of Southwark.

Crown Office

THE KING has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Realm dated 14 March 2024 to confer the dignity of a Barony of the United Kingdom for life upon Ayesha Yousef Hazarika, M.B.E., by the name, style and title of BARONESS HAZARIKA, of Coatbridge in the County of Lanarkshire

Caspar Thomas Maclaren Coghill (born 2024)

 Marina Alice Victoria Coghill (born 1989, nee Fairfax), wife of James Coghill, gave birth to a son, Caspar Thomas Maclaren, 4 March, 2024, a brother for Astrid Mary Ulla (born 2022).

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

Marina, a scion of the Lords Fairfax of Cameron, is the econd daughter of the Hon Hugh Nigel Thomas Fairfax [born 29 March, 1958], of London, by his wife the former Victoria Janet Neave [born 1959], scion of the Neave baronets.

Marina Fairfax is a granddaughter of the late 13th Lord Fairfax of Cameron [1923-64], by his wife the former Sonia Helen Gunston [died 2017], sometime Lady of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth II.

Marina Fairfax Fashion Consultancy was founded in 2019 by Marina Fairfax after 12 years in the international modelling business.  Based in Hong Kong and working on an international level, Marina Fairfax Fashion Consultancy’s  aims to connect the international modelling and fashion industry to Hong Kong and Asia. Covering different aspects of the fashion industry from scouting, placement, development, casting and production. 


Hon Henry Peter David Hives (born 2024)

 _. The Lady Hives, wife of Lord Hives, Matthew Peter Hives, the 3rd Baron, gave birth to a son, the Hon Henry Peter David, 9 March, 2024, a brother for the Hon Florence Harriet Hives, (born 13 July, 2020), and Sybil Dinah.

Matthew Peter Hives was born 25 May, 1971, son of the Hon Peter Anthony Hives [1921-74], by his wife the former Dinah Wilson-North, and is a grandson of the 1st Baron Hives, CH, MBE [1886-1965].

Matthew Hives succeeded his uncle, 8 Oct, 1997, as 3rd Baron Hives. He married in 2017, Dr Davina Meredith, youngest daughter of Mr David Meredith, of Shinrone, Co Offaly and Mrs Sandra Meredith, of Birr, Co Offaly.


Hon Mikaela Irwin (née Rawlinson) 1941-2024

 The Hon Mikaela Irwin, who died 6 March, 2024, aged 82, was a daughter of the life peer, Lord Rawlinson of Ewell.

She was born Mikaela Rawlinson in 1941, the eldest child of Peter Anthony Grayson Rawlinson, PC, QC (1919-2006), and his first wife the former Haidee Kavanagh. Her father was Conservative MP for Epsom 1955-1978, Solicitor General and later Attorney General, PC (1964), created a life peer in 1978 as Baron Rawlinson of Ewell.

She married in February, 1964 (div 1989), as his first wife, Jonathan Hiatt Dermot Nicolson Irwin (1941-2023), son of the actor John Irwin, by whom she had issue, four sons, Charles (born 1965), Luke (born 1967), Jago (born 1972), and Samson (born 1982).

Her second son, Luke Irwin, is married to Alice Elliot, niece of HM Queen Camilla.


Richard Keith Campbell-Walter 1941-2024

 Richard Keith Campbell-Walter, who died 1 March, 2024, aged 82, was a scion of the Campbell-Walter of Airds Bay landed gentry family, and descended from the Campbell baronets.

He was born 3 March, 1941, the elder son of Rear Admiral Keith McNeil Campbell-Walter, CB (1904-1976), ADC to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, and his wife Frances Henriette Campbell (1904-1997).

Richard's elder sister is the fashion model Fiona Campbell-Walter (born 25 June, 1932), a great beauty, photograped by Cecil Beaton. She appeared on the cover of Life magazine and Vogue, and who married 17 September, 1956 (div 1965), the Baron Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon  (1921-2002), the Dutch-born Swiss industrialist, heir to a great German fortune.

Richard Campbell-Walter married 10 August, 1963, (Marion) Clare Minter (born 1942), daughter of Frederick George Minter (1916-1998), and his wife the former Kathleen Patricia Sale (1915-1984), and a granddaughter of Sir Frederick Albert Minter GCVO JP (1887-1976) a civil engineer most notable for his restoration of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in the 1930s. 

Campbell-Walter leaves a son, Jamie (born 16 Dec 1972), and two daughters, Lavinia (born 12 July, 1964), and Petrina (born 28 July, 1967).


Friday, March 15, 2024

Greeves/Hazlerigg engagement

 The engagement was announced 15 March, 2024, between Thomas Charles Peroni (Tom) Greeves (born 1993), son of Toby V. Greeves, of Taplow, Buckinghamshire, and his wife the former Charlotte A. Peroni, and the Hon Viola Camilla Alice Hazlerigg (born 1 July, 1993), third daughter of the late 3rd Baron Hazlerigg (1951-2022), of Noseley Hall, and his first wife Laura Dugdale (born 20 September, 1963), of Notting Hill, London, scion of the Dugdale baronets.


Thursday, March 14, 2024

Sir Jonah Walker-Smith, 2nd Baronet 1939-2024

 Sir Jonah Walker-Smith, 2nd Baronet, a barrister and sometime a Recorder of the Crown Court, died 9 March, 2024, aged 84.

He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, 1963, and appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1980.

John Jonah Walker-Smith was born 6 September, 1939, son of Derek Colclough Walker-Smith, TD, QC, PC (born 13 Apr, 1910), and his wife the former Dorothy Etherton (who died 8 March, 1999), scion of that landed gentry family. His father was Conservative MP for Hertfordshire East 1955-83, Minister of Health, 1957-60, created a baronet, 18 Aug, 1960, and a life peer, as Baron Broxbourne, on quitting the Commons, 21 September, 1983.

Jonah Walker-Smith succeeded to his father's baronetcy, 22 January, 1992. He married 26 Oct, 1974, Aileen Marie Smith, daughter of Joseph Smith, by whom he had issue, a son, Dan, and a daughter, Charmian (born 23 Aug, 1977).

The son, Daniel Derek Walker-Smith (born 26 March, 1980), succeeds as third baronet.


Wednesday, March 13, 2024

The Baron Marks of Hale: life peerage gazetted

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Stuart Adam Marks, CBE, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Marks of Hale, of Hale in the County of Greater Manchester.

Lord Marks of Hale is a technology businessman and philanthropist. He is a senior treasurer of and a donor to the Conservative Party, having given £119,500 to the party since 2013. Marks was appointed CBE in the 2019 Birthday Honours for voluntary political service, and was nominated for a life peerage by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.


The Baron Fuller: life peerage gazetted

 The barony awarded for life on Mr John Charles Fuller, OBE, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Fuller, of Gorleston-on-Sea in the County of Norfolk.

John Fuller is the Leader of North Norfolk Council, a Conservative, and will sit on the Tory benches in the House of Lords.


Peter Booth's life peerage gazetted

 The life barony recently awarded to Sydney John Peter Booth, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Booth, of Houghton-le-Spring in the City of Sunderland.

Peter Booth is a design and retail businessman and national chairman of the Conservative National Convention. He will sit on the Tory benches in the House of Lords.


Life peerage gazetted: Baron Petigas

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Franck Robert Marie Petitgas has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Petigas, of Bosham in the County of West Sussex.

The peer (born 25 February 1961), is a French banker based in the United Kingdom. Formerly head of international at Morgan Stanley, he is a special adviser on business and investment to British prime minister Rishi Sunak and has been a member of the House of Lords since 2024. He was born on 25 February 1961 in Nantes, France, to Victor and Denise Petitgas. He was educated at ESCP Business School in Paris. Lord Petitgas worked at S. G. Warburg & Co. from 1986 before joining the investment bank Morgan Stanley in 1993. In 2005 he was appointed a co-head of European banking, and became the firm's head of investment banking in 2007. He retired from Morgan Stanley in November 2022, but remained a senior adviser to the company.

Petitgas was appointed to a four-year term as a trustee of the Tate Galleries in February 2008. He is a collector of contemporary Latin American art.

In April 2023, British prime minister Rishi Sunak appointed Petitgas a business and investment adviser as Sunak sought to increase business investment and deliver on the government's economic pledges. Petitgas has donated £35,000 to the Conservative Party.

Lord Petitgas was appointed a knight (chevalier) of the Legion of Honour in France's 2012 New Year honours. 


Baron Shamash, of West Didsbury in the City of Manchester

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Mr Gerald David Shamash, has veen gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Shamash, of West Didsbury in the City of Manchester. Lord Shamash will sit on the Labour benches in the House of Lords.

Lord Shamash (born 1947), is a lawyer, and has acted as a solicitor for the Labour Party since 1990,  having worked for the party since at least 1983. He advised Labour during the Cash-for-Honours and parliamentary expenses scandals, and acted for public figures affected by the phone-hacking scandal. At the 1979 general election, Shamash stood unsuccessfully as a Labour Party candidate in the safe Conservative seat of Shoreham. He was subsequently elected a member of Barnet London Borough Council at the 1986 and 1990 council elections, representing the ward of Burnt Oak for two terms. Shamash has served as a magistrate in London since 1985. Shamash was nominated by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.


Life peerage conferred on Charles Banner has been gazetted

 The life peerage recently conferred upon Charles Banner, KC, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Banner, of Barnt Green in the County of Worcestershire, 8 March, 2024.

Lord Banner (born 3 June 1980), is a lawyer, born to Edward Banner and Rachel Banner (née Macfarlane). He read classics (literae humaniores) at Lincoln College, Oxford, graduating in 2002. He then studied for the Postgraduate Diploma in Law at City, University of London, and graduated from King's College London in 2004 after studying EU law. He was called to the bar of England and Wales in 2004 and of Northern Ireland in 2010. Banner was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2019; at the age of 38, he was the youngest barrister to be appointed in that year.

Nominated by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Banner now sits on the Conservative benches, where it was announced that Lord Banner would lead the review into national infrastructure projects to streamline their procedure and cut down legal challenges.


Sunday, March 10, 2024

The Baron McAvoy, KBE, PC 1943-2024

 The Baron McAvoy, KBE, PC, who died 8 March, 2024, aged 80, was, as Tommy McAvoy, a Labour and Co-operative politician, MP for  for Glasgow Rutherglen from 1987 to 2005, and Rutherglen and Hamilton West from 2005 to 2010.

McAvoy held several positions in the Government Whips' Office in the administrations of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, serving as Comptroller of the Household from 1997 to 2008 and Treasurer of the Household from 2008 to 2010. He entered the Lords after choosing not to seek re-election to the Commons, where he served as an Opposition Spokesperson for Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as a Senior Whip. McAvoy held the position of Lords Opposition Chief Whip from 2018 to 2021 after serving as Deputy Chief Whip from 2015 to 2018.

He was sworn of the Privy Council in 2003, appointed KBE in 2022, and created a life peer as Baron McAvoy, of Rutherglen in Lanarkshire, in 2010.   


The King has filled vacancies in the Order of the Thistle

 His Majesty The King has been graciously pleased to appoint four new members to the Most Ancient & Most Noble Order of the Thistle:

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh (on the occasion of his 60th birthday). The King's youngest brother is already a Knight of the Garter. In recent years the monarch has bestowed honours on Edward on the occasion of his birthday. The prince was bestowed with the Earldom of Forfar (in the Peerage of the United Kingdom), in 2017, and last year he was created Duke of Edinburgh, but in a break with tradition the peerage was awarded for his life only, and will not be inherited by his son, James. However, Edward’s subsidiary peerages will pass to James on the the Duke of Edinburgh’s death. 

Awarding honours to members of the royal family as birthday presents is an old tradition favoured by Queen Victoria and King George V. In 1928 the king gave the dukedom of Gloucester, Earldom of Ulster and Barony of Culloden to his third son, Prince Henry, on his 28th birthday.

Professor Baroness Black of Strome (born 7 May, 1961), is a Scottish forensic anthropologist, anatomist and academic. She was the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University and is past President of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. From 2003 to 2018 she was Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee. She is President of St John's College, Oxford.

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws (born 12 May, 1950), Scottish barrister, broadcaster and Labour member of the Lords, a lifer.

Professor Sir Geoff (Godfrey Henry Oliver) Palmer, Kt (2014), OBE (2003) b in Jamaica 1940, m 1969 Margaret Ann Wood, and has a son and a daughter. He is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a human rights activist.

Appointments to the Order of the Thistle are entirely in the personal gift of the Sovereign.

The Most  Ancient and Most  Noble Order of the Thistle represents the highest honour in Scotland. Revived by King James VII, the Order has a complement of 16 Knights (KT)


Granddaughter for Earl Spencer

Lady Kitty Spencer, 33 year-old daughter of the Earl Spencer has revealed that she and her husband Michael Lewis, 64, are the parents of a baby daughter. The announcement appeared on Lady Kitty's Instagram account on Mother's Day.

Lady Kitty Eleanor Spencer [born 28 December, 1990], is the eldest daughter of the 9th Earl Spencer [born 20 May, 1964], of Althorp, Northamptonshire, and his first wife the former [Catherine] Victoria Lockwood [born 1964], and is a niece of Diana, Princess of Wales [1961-97]. Lady Kitty wed Michael Lewis at the Villa Aldobrandini, Rome, in June, 2021. 

Michael Lewis [born at Cape Town, South Africa, 27 Jan, 1959], is a son of Stanley Lewis [1933-2009].

The baby picured is, in my estimation, already three or four months old. The infant is the first grandchild for the 9th Earl Spencer and his former wife.


Saturday, March 09, 2024

The Baroness Moyola (died 2024)

 Baroness Moyola, who died 7 March, 2024, aged 94, was the widow of the late Baron Moyola, life peer, who as James Chichester-Clark served as prime minister of Northern Ireland.

She was Moyra Maud de Burgh Morris, daughter of Brigadier Arthur de Burgh Morris, CBE, DSO, of Carrigans, County Donegal. Her first husband, Captain Thomas Haughton from Cullybackey, was among 27 people killed in Northern Ireland's worst air disaster, the devastating plane crash at Nutts Corner, Northern Ireland, in 1953, in which she was one of only eight survivors. The Vickers Viking aircraft travelling from London struck a pole while landing at the Co Antrim airfield and lost control, crashing into a building. Moyra was pregnant at the time and was seriously injured, suffering a broken neck.

She married 2ndly, in 1959, the then Major James Dawson Chichester-Clark (born 12 Feb, 1923), whose family were seated at Moyola Park, County Londonderry, son of Capt James Lenox-Conyngham Chichester-Clark (1884-1933), and his wife the former Marion Caroline Dehra Chichester (1904-1976), scion of the Marquesses of Donegall. Her husband was Unionist MP for South Derry, and Prime Minister of Northern Ireland 1969-71. He was created Baron Moyola, of Castledawson in the County of Londonderry [U.K. Life Peer] on 20 July 1971, and died 17 May, 2002.

Lady Moyola leaves issue, a son from her first marriage, Michael Thomas Haughton (born 7 June, 1953), and two daughters from her second marriage, the Hon Fiona (born 28 Apr, 1960), and the Hon Tara (born 8 July, 1962).


Tristram Roger Dymoke Powell 1940-2024

 Tristram Powell, who died 1 March, 2024, aged 83, was head of the landed gentry family of Powell of the Chantry, was a renowned TV director who flourished in the golden age of BBC arts coverage.

Tristram Roger Dymoke Powell was born 25 April, 1940, elder son of Anthony Dymoke Powell, CH, CBE (1905-2000), the writer, by his wife Lady Violet Georgiana Pakenham (1912-2002), daughter of the 5th Earl of Longford, KP, MVO.

He married 25 April, 1968, the artist Virginia Beatrice Lucas (born 1939), daughter of Archibald Julian Lucas (died 1946), by his wife the Hon Madelina Victoria Margaret Grenfell (1904-1982), daughter of Field Marshal the 1st Baron Grenfell, GCB, GCMG, PC (1841-1925), by whom he had issue, a son Archibald John Llewellyn Powell (born 1970), and a daughter, Georgia (born 18 Feb, 1969), wife of the 12th Duke of Beaufort (born  22 May, 1952).

Powell made films with Alan Bennett, Philip Roth and Michael Palin, secured a rare interview with Marcel Duchamp and was painted by Lucian Freud. He was a film, television and occasional stage director who became a great favourite with artists and writers during the heyday of BBC Television arts documentaries in the 1960s and 1970s. Moving on from such series as Omnibus and Arena, he collaborated with leading writers on television and radio dramas and demonstrated a gift for suspense, directing episodes of such series as Law and Order, Foyle’s War, Lynda La Plante’s Trial and Retribution, Judge John Deed and Kavanagh QC.


Friday, March 08, 2024

Matthew Glyn Francis Hoare (born 2024)

 Hannah Venetia Yusuf-George, wife of Rollo Lupton Hoare [b 1987], scion of that landed family, gave birth to a son, Matthew Glyn Francis, 29 February, 2024, a brother for Michael Llyr George, who was born 25 August, 2021.

Rollo Hoare is a son of the late Michael Rollo Hoare [1944-2001], of Dogmersfield, Hampshire, by his former second wife the former Caroline J. Abele [Mrs Caroline Hoare, of Chelsea].

Hannah Yusuf-George is a daughter of Mr Evan George and Ms Denise Yusuf, of Streatham, London.


Capt Ian Walter Farquhar, LVO 1945-2024

 Capt Ian Farquhar, LVO, of the Queen's Own Hussars, who died 6 March, 2024, aged 78, at his home on the King's Highgrove estate, was a great friend of the King and Queen and a scion of the Farquhar baronets.

Old Etonian Farquhar, a friend of the King and Queen for many years, and sometime equerry to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, was a renowned huntsman with the Beaufort Hunt, where he was master for 34 years, and served in the Queen's Own Hussars, a cavalry regiment. He rented a farmhouse on the King's country estate in Gloucestershire.

Walter Ian Farquhar was born 11 December, 1945, the third son of Sir Peter Walter Farquhar, 6th Baronet (1904-1986), and his wife the former Elizabeth Evelyn Hurt (who died 30 Oct, 1983); and he married 18 November, 1972, Pamela Jane (Pammie), daughter of Charles Chafer, a master of the Derwent Hunt, of Pickering, North Yorkshire, by whom he had issue, three daughters, Emma (born 1977), Victoria (born 1979), and Rosanne (known as Rose) (born 1983). The Prince of Wales briefly dates Rose Farquhar in 2000 after he had finished his A-levels at Eton.

'The Captain', as he was known, was appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for his time as equerry to the Queen Mother, a distant cousin.


Thursday, March 07, 2024

Lady Samuel (died 2024)

 Lady Samuel, who died 22 February, 2024, aged 79, was the second wife of Sir John Samuel, 5th Baronet.

The former Elizabeth Ann Curry was born c.1944, a daughter of Major R.G. Curry, and married 1stly, Gianfranco Molinari, of Rome, and married 2ndly, 2 March, 1982, Sir Jon Michael Glen (John) Samuel, 5th Baronet (born 25 January, 1944), son of Sir John Oliver Cecil Samuel, 5th Bt (1916-1962), and his wife the former Charlotte Mary Hoyt (1916-2006).

She leaves two daughters from her first marriage, Sara & Margot.


Robin Neill Lochnell Malcolm, 19th of Poltalloch, Chief of the Clan Malcolm 1934-2024

Robin Neill Lochnell Malcolm, 19th of Poltalloch and Chief of the Clan Malcolm, who died 2 March, 2024, aged 90, was a second cousin of King Charles III. 

He was born 11 Februuary, 1934, the second but only surviving son of Colonel George Ian Malcolm, 18th of Poltalloch (1903-1976), and his first wife Enid Sybil Gaskell, and a grandson of Sir Ian Zachary Malcolm of Poltalloch, KCMG (1868-1944), who married 30 June, 1902, Jeanne Marie Langtry, MBE (who died 15 Feb, 1964, aged 82), officially the only daughter of Edward Langtry (1847-97), by his wife Emily Charlotte Le Breton (1853-1929) (the actress Lillie Langtry).

His grandmother, Jeanne Marie, was in fact the illegitimate daughter of Lillie Langtry and Prince Louis of Battenberg, GCB, GCVO, KCMG, PC, ADC (1854-1921), who in 1917, was created 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, and was the maternal grandfather of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021), &c.

Robin Malcolm was educated at Eton, and served as a Second Lieutenant in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He married 27 January, 1962, Susan Hillary Phillipa Freeman (1939-2004), younger daughter of Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfred Rhodes Freeman, 1st Baronet, GCB, DSO, MC (1888-1953),and his second wife Elizabeth Richmond, MBE, by whom he had issue, two sons, Ian and Andrew, and two daughters, Kirsty and Josephine. The eldest son, Ian Rory (born 5 March, 1963), succeeds as 20th of Poltalloch, and hereditary Chief of the Clan Malcolm.


Wednesday, March 06, 2024

Donald Cameron of Lochiel's life peerage gazetted

The life peerage conferred upon Donald Andrew John Cameron of Lochiel, 28th Chief of the Clan Cameron, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Cameron of Lochiel, of Achnacarry in the County of Inverness, 4 March, 2024.

Donald Cameron was appointed a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office on 9 February 2024.

Lord Cameron of Lochiel graduated from the University of Oxford with a first class honours degree in Modern History. He qualified as an advocate in 2005 and was appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government from 2009 to 2016. He was elected a Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Highlands and Islands region from 2016 to 2024.

Lord Cameron (born 26 November, 1976), is the 28th Chief of the Clan Cameron, son of the late Donald Angus Cameron 27th of Lochiel (1946-2023), and his wife the former Lady Cecil Nennella Therese Kerr (born 22 April, 1948), daughter of the 12th Marquis of Lothian (1922-2004). He is married to Sarah Maclay, and is the father of five.

He took his seat in the House of Lords supported by Lord Cameron of Dillington and Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton.


Diana Baring (née Crawfurd) 1938-2024

 (Elizabeth) Diana Baring, who died 20 February, 2024, was the wife of Nicholas Baring, of the banking dynasty, scion of the Barons Revelstoke. She was a literary agent.

She was the former Elizabeth Diana Crawfurd, born in 1938, at Peshawar, daughter of Brigadier Charles Hamilton Payne Crawfurd (who died 1943), and his wife Hilda Rosabel Whidborne (1906-59), and married 28 October, 1972, Nicholas Hugo Baring (born 2 January, 1934), sometime managing director of Baring Brothers, son of Francis Anthony Baring (1909-1940), and his wife the Lady Rose Gwendolen Louisa McDonnell, DCVO (1909-1993), Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II, daughter of the 7th Earl of Antrim (1878-1932). Her husband was a second cousin of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Mrs Baring leaves issue, three sons, Francis (born 4 Sept, 1973), Tobias (born 10 Feb, 1976), and Edward (born 11 Apr, 1979).


Clementina Ithaca Alice Clifford (born 2024)

 _.Laura Lucy Clifford (nee Hurst-Bannister, b 1983), wife of Christopher Rollo Clifford (born 28 November, 1982), scion of the Barons Clifford of Chudleigh, gave birth to a daughter, Clementina Ithaca Alice, 27 February, 2024, a sister for Leo Richard Hugh, who was b 5 December, 2013, and Hubert Rollo Barnabas Clifford, who was born 5 August, 2016.

Christopher, a scion of the Barons Clifford of Chudleigh, is a son of the Hon Rollo Hugh Clifford (born 15 March, 1954), and his first wife the former Fiona Margaret Palethorpe-Todd (daughter of the film star Richard Todd). He married in 2011, Laura Lucy Hurst-Bannister, daughter of Barnabas Hurst-Bannister (b 1952), and his wife the former Elizabeth Perks (born 1955),



Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Martha Charlotte Marigold Morant (born 2024)

Lady Antonia Mary Catherine Morant (nee Peel, born 14 December, 1991), wife of Hubert George H.J. Morant (born 26 April, 1993), gave birth to a daughter, Martha Charlotte Marigold, 22 February, 2024.

Hubert, scion of the Morant landed gentry family, is a son of Simon Nicholas Gale Morant (born 19 June, 1943), of Buckland Marsh, Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Jacqueline Susan Rich. 

Lady Antonia is a daughter of the 3rd Earl Peel, GCVO, PC, DL [born 3 Oct, 1947], former Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth II, whose home is at Gunnerside, Swaledale, North Yorkshire, by his second wife the former Hon Charlotte Clementine Soames [born 17 July, 1954], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of the life peer, the late Baron Soames, GCMG, GCVO, CH, CBE, PC (1920-87), and a granddaughter maternally of the Rt Hon Sir Winston Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA [1874-1965].

Sir Winston and his wife Clementine had a daughter, Marigold, who died in infancy in 1921.


Harry David Bowes Lyon (born 2024)

Dr Eleanor Bowes-Lyon [nee Harland], wife of Charles David Bowes-Lyon [born 1989], scion of the Earls of Strathmore & Kinghorne, gave birth to a son, Harry David, 3 March, 2024, a brother for Eva Rose, who was born 19 June, 2022.

Charles Bowes-Lyon is a son of David James Bowes-Lyon [born 21 July, 1947], of Heriot, Midlothian, by his wife the former Elizabeth Harriet Colville, CVO [born 3 December, 1952], scion of the Viscounts Colville of Culross, and is descended from the 13th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne [1824-1904], who was the paternal grandfather of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Charles's mother, Mrs David Bowes-Lyon, was appointed a Lady-in-waiting to HRH The Princess Royal in 1990. She is a goddaughter of HM Queen Elizabeth II, and daughter of the late Sir John [Jock] Colville [1915-87], Private Secretary to the then Princess Elizabeth 1947-49, and later private secretary to Sir Winston Churchill.

Dr Eleanor L. [Ellie] Bowes-Lyon is a daughter of Mr and Mrs David Harland, of Dundrum, Dublin.


Son and heir for the Duke & Duchess of Roxburghe

 The Duchess of Roxburghe, wife of the 11th Duke of Roxburghe, of Floors Castle, Kelso, gave birth to a son and heir, Frederick Charles Ian Innes- Ker, 28 February, 2024.

The infant will take the courtesy title Marquis of Bowmont and Cessford.

The Duchess of Roxburghe is the Duke’s second wife and is the former Annabel Green, daughter of Ian Green. She married in September 2021, Charles Robert George Innes-Ker, 11th Duke of Roxburghe (born 18 February, 1981), owner of the magnificent Floors Castle, and a close friend of the Prince of Wales.

The 11th Duke is the elder son of racehorse owner Guy, the 10th Duke (1954-2019), and his first wife the Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor (born  8 Feb, 1953), daughter of the late 5th Duke of Westminster. The 10th Duke of Roxburghe died of cancer, 29 Aug, 2019.

Army officer the 11th Duke of Roxburghe married firstly, 22 July, 2011 (div 2013) the Hon Charlotte Aitken (born 15 Feb, 1982), daughter of the Conservative politician the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook. The Duke is father of a daughter, Eugenie Isabella, born in 2016 to the fashion designer Morvaid Sahafi. 

Young Frederick is heir to some of Scotland’s senior peerages and the Premier baronetcy in the Nova Scotia creation. He is destined to be 12th Duke of Roxburghe (Peerage of Scotland cr 1707), 12th Marquis of Bowmont & Cessford (cr Scot 1707), 16th Earl of Roxburghe (cr Scot, 1616), 12th Earl of Kelso (Scot 1707), 7th Earl Innes (cr UK 1837), 12th Viscount Broxmouth (Scot, 1707), 16th Lord Roxburghe (cr Scot1600), 16th Lord Ker of Cessford & Cavertoun (Scot, cr 1616), 12th Lord Ker of Cessford & Overton (Scot 1707), and 13th Baronet (cr 1625).


Monday, March 04, 2024

Ingilby/Chitty engagement

 The engagement has been announced between Richard Joseph Frederick Ingilby (born 9 Dec, 1994), fourth son of Sir Thomas Colvin William Ingilby, 6th Baronet (born 17 Jul 1955), of Ripley Castle, near Harrogate, and Lady Ingilby (nee Emma Clare Roebuck Thompson), and Miss Laura Chitty.


Friday, March 01, 2024

The Baroness Henig, CBE, DL 1943-2024

 Baroness Henig, CBE, DL, who died 29 February, 2024, aged 80, was an academic historian and a Labour party politician.

Ruth Beatrice Henig, Baroness Henig (née Munzer) was born 10 November 1943. Her parents were Jewish refugees who came to the United Kingdom from the Netherlands in 1940. Henig was married in 1966 to fellow academic Stanley Henig, who shortly afterward became a Labour member of Parliament. They had two children and divorced in 1993. Their son, Simon Henig, is the former leader of the Durham County Council, former chair of the North East Combined Authority, and a lecturer in politics at Sunderland University. She remarried in 1994 to Jack Johnstone.

Henig was educated at Wyggeston Girls Grammar School in Leicester, and at Bedford College, London, where she graduated in 1965 with a B.A. in history. She was awarded a PhD in history from Lancaster University in 1978, where she was a lecturer in Modern European History.

Henig served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities from 1997 to 2000, and in April 2006, she was one of six people to receive the first Honorary Fellowships of Lancaster University.

She was appointed CBE in 2000, and on 8 June 2004 was raised to the peerage for life as Baroness Henig, of Lancaster in the County of Lancashire. She became a deputy speaker of the House of Lords in 2018.


Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Baron Cormack, DL, FSA, FRHistS 1939-2024

 The Lord Cormack, a Conservative life peer, politician, historian, journalist and author, died 25 February, 2024. He was 84.

Patrick Thomas Cormack, served as an MP for 40 years, from 1970 to 2010, as Tory MP for Cannock at the 1970 general election. Following boundary changes he was elected for South West Staffordshire in 1974, renamed South Staffordshire in 1983. He was elected chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee in 2005. He was also twice a candidate for the Speakership of the House of Commons. After standing down from the House of Commons in 2010, he served as an active life peer in the House of Lords.

Prior to 1970, Cormack was a member of the Bow Group and the Conservative Monday Club, resigning from both at the end of 1971.

Cormack took an active interest in historical issues, particularly those related to English Heritage. He was also a knowledgeable Parliamentary historian. He wrote many books on subjects ranging from the history of Parliament, British castles, English cathedrals, and a book on William Wilberforce.

Lord Cormack was a trustee of the Churches Preservation Trust from 1972 until his death. He was a council member of British Archaeology since 1979, and was also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass for the same length of time. From 1983 to 1993, he was Trustee on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He was a consultant and adviser to FIRST, an international affairs organisation, since 1985. He was a vice-president of the Royal Stuart Society and the Heritage Crafts Association. A committed Christian, Cormack was a rector's warden at Parliament's parish church, St Margaret's, Westminster, from 1978 to 1990. He served as president of the British Association of Friends of Museums from 2023 until his death in 2024. He was a longstanding Vice President of the National Churches Trust, and was President of the Prayer Book Society for many years.

Cormack was created a life peer on 18 December 2010, as Baron Cormack, of Enville in the County of Staffordshire. He sat on the Conservative benches in the House of Lords. Cormack opposed the Coalition's plans to reform the House of Lords, speaking out against them numerous times in the chamber.


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Mary Grizel Sackville Hamilton (nee Boyle) 1924-2024

 (Mary) Grizel Sackville Hamilton, who died at York, 9 February, 2024, aged 99, was a scion of the Boyle Earls of Glasgow.

Mary Grizel Boyle was born 2 November, 1924, the elder daughter of Colonel Cecil Alexander Boyle DSO (1888-1941), and his wife the former Gladys Mary Benn (who died 1976); and married 10 December, 1947, Lieutenant-Colonel James Berkeley Sackville-Hamilton (1923-2014), of Acklam Grangle, near Malton, scion of the Viscounts Boyne, son of Colonel Sackville William Sackville Hamilton (1882-1956), and his wife the former Margaret Dowell Hester (died 1993), by whom she had issue, three sons, Charles, Andrew and Nigel, and a daughter, Patricia.


Iona, Duchess of Argyll 1945-2024

 Iona, Duchess of Argyll, widow of the 12th duke, and former chatelaine of Inveraray Castle, died 22 February, 2024, aged 78.

For almost 30 years she was chatelaine of the Scottish ancestral seat of the Campbells, and presided over the restoration of much of the castle’s interior after a catastrophic fire in the 1970s. The Gothic-revival mansion is set within 60,000 acres of moorland and farmland.

The society beauty was born 22 June, 1945, as Iona Mary Colquhoun, the only daughter of Sir Ivar Colquhoun of Luss, 8th Baronet (1916-2008), Scottish landowner, and his wife the former Kathleen Nimmo Duncan (who died 17 Apr, 2007); and she married 4 July, 1964, Ian Campbell, styled Marquess of Lorne (born 28 Aug, 1937),  son of the 11th Duke of Argyll (1903-73) and his second wife, Louise Hollingsworth Morris Clews (who died 10 Feb, 1970). The 11th duke’s third wife was the notorious Margaret Whigham, from whom he was divorced in 1963.

Her husband succeeded his father, 7 April, 1973, as 12th Duke of Argyll. He died of complications following surgery, 21 April, 2001.

The duchess leaves issue, a son Torquhil, the 13th Duke of Argyll (born 29 May, 1968), who is married to Eleanor Cadbury, and a daughter, Lady Louise Burrell (born 26 October, 1972).


Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Thomas Henry Robin Kingston 1978-2024

A tragedy for the Kent branch of the Royal Family. Tom Kingston, husband of Lady Gabriella Windsor, has died aged 45. 

Thomas Henry Robin Kingston was found dead at his Gloucestershire home, 26 February, 2024. The coroner has been informed and an inquest will take place.

Queen Elizabeth II was present at the marriage which took place on Saturday 18 May, 2019, at St George's Chapel, Windsor, of Mr Kingston [born 22 June, 1978], son of Mr [William] Martin Kingston, QC [born 1949] by his wife the former Jill Mary Bache [born 1950], & the Lady Gabriella Marina Alexandra Ophelia [Ella] Windsor [born 23 April, 1981], only daughter of HRH Prince Michael of Kent [b 4 July, 1942], by his wife the former Baroness Marie-Christine Agnes Hedwig Ida von Reibnitz [b 20 Jan, 1945].

The couple had no children. 


Sir (James) Andrew Gardiner Baird, 11th Baronet 1946-2024

 Sir Andrew Baird, 11th Baronet, died 18 February, 2024. He was 77.

James Andrew Gardiner Baird, was born 2 May, 1946, son of Sir James Richard Gardiner Baird, 10th Baronet (1913-1997), and his wife the former Mabel Ann (Gay) Tempest Gill (who died 2010), daughter of Algernon Gill, of Toronto; and succeeded to the baronetcy (cr 1696) on his father's demise, 13 March, 1997.

He married in 1984 (div 1988), Jean Margaret Jardine (born 2 March, 1951), daughter of Brigadier Sir Ian Liddell Jardine, 4th Baronet (1923-1982), and his wife Priscilla Daphne Scott-Phillips (who died 13 April, 2012), by whom he leaves issue, one son, Alexander Baird (born 28 May, 1986), who now succeeds as 12th baronet.


Monday, February 26, 2024

The 4th Baron Rothschild, OM, GBE, CVO 1936-2024

 The Lord Rothschild, OM, GBE, CVO, fourth Baron in the Peerage of the UK, died 26 February, 2024, aged 87.

Jacob Rothschild broke with his family bank to found his own financial empire in the City of London, and was a philanthropist, seated at Stowell Park, near Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild was born 28 April 1936, son of the 3rd Baron Rothschild, GBE, GM (1910-1990), and his 1st wife the former Barbara Judith Hutchinson.

He succeeded his father, 20 May, 1990, as fourth Baron Rothschild in the peerage of the UK (created 1885) and as the 5th Baronet (created 1847), and as the 6th Baron Rothschild in the Austrian Empire (created 1822).

Lord Rothschild was appointed GBE in 1998, and was appointed to the Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, and in 2020 he was appointed CVO.

He married 20 October, 1961, Serena Mary Dunn (1935-2019), scion of the Dunn baronets, daughter of Sir Philip Gordon Dunn, 2nd Baronet, and his wife the former Lady Mary Sybil St Clair-Erskine, a daughter of the 5th Earl of Rosslyn.

Lord Rothschild leaves issue, a son the Hon Nathaniel Philip Victor James Rothschild (born 12 July, 1971), and three daughters, Hannah, Beth and Emily.

His only son succeeds to the the baronies and baronetcy.


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Earl of Bective engaged

 The engagement was announced 24 February, 2024, between Thomas Rupert Charles Christopher Taylour, styled Earl of Bective (born 18 June, 1989), son and heir of the 7th Marquess of Headfort (born 1959), of Oxfordshire, and his late wife the former Susan Jane Vandervell (1960-2008), & Florence Lucy Greensted (born 1993), daughter of Jonathan (Jack) Greensted (born 1963), also of Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Shelley Edgson (born 1960).

The Marquess of Headfort (who was born 10 Feb, 1959) is a peer of the UK as Baron Kenlis. The marquesate was created in 1800 in the Peerage of Ireland.

It was the fourth marquess who famously wed, in 1901, the Irish Gaiety Girl Rosie Boote (1878-1958). The marriage of the peer  with the comely actress caused something of a stir in Edwardian high society.


Saturday, February 24, 2024

Hon Peggy Repard (née Bowyer) 1925-2024

The Hon Peggy Repard, who died 17 February, 2024, aged 88, was a scion of the Barons Denham.

She was born 18 May, 1925, daughter of the then George Edward Wentworth Bowyer, MC, DL (born 16 January, 1886), Conservative MP for Buckingham 1918-1937, and his wife the former Hon Daphne Freeman-Mitford (1895-1996), scion of the Barons Redesdale. Her father was created a baronet in 1933, and raised to the peerage, as Baron Denham, 1937. She married 24 April, 1947, Commander (John) David Latimer Repard, OBE, DSC, RN (1921-2011), son of William John Repard, of Many Waters, Bexhill, Sussex, by whom she had issue.


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Lady Middleton 1926-2024

Lady Middleton, who died 10 February, 2024, aged 97, was the widow of Sir Lawrence Middleton, 10th (and last) Baronet (1912-1999).

The former Primrose Adams was born in 1926, daughter of Capt Lawrence Haynes Adams (c1881-1949), of Margate, Kent, by his wife the former Muriel Annie Staples Morbey (1886-1975); and married firstly, 1950 (div) Alexander Douglas Frederick Campbell (1927-2004), by whom she had issue; married 2ndly, 1984, Norman George Westcombe; and married 3rdly, in March, 1984, the then Lawrence Monck Middleton (born 23 Oct, 1912), of Belsay Castle, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, son of Hugh Jeffrey Middleton (1879-1914), and his wife the former Mary Katharine Long (1878-1949). Her husband succeeded as 10th baronet, in 1993, on the death of his elder brother, Sir Stephen, 9th Bt, and he died 16 March, 1999 when the baronetcy (created in 1662) became extinct.

Lady Middleton leaves issue, Alex, Katie and Niall, from her marriage to Alexander Campbell.



Sunday, February 18, 2024

Michael Rhodes is on holiday

 To regulars who look in on this blog — please note I am away from my desk, reference books, and English newspapers until approximately March 8, 2024. My sincere apologies. Normal services will be resumed in March.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Ruth Porter's life peerage has been gazetted

 The life peerage recently awarded to Ruth Porter has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baroness Porter of Fulwood, of Fulwood in the City of Sheffield.

Ruth Oates Porter is a former political adviser who served as Downing Street Deputy Chief of Staff under Prime Minister Liz Truss from September to October 2022. She previously worked as a special adviser in various government departments. Baroness Porter spent several years working for think-tanks including the Maxim Institute in New Zealand where she was a policy analyst from 2004 to 2007 and then as Communications Manager from 2007 to 2009. She was the Programme Manager at techUK from July 2009 to February 2010 and then was the Communications Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs from March 2010 to December 2013. She became the Head of Economics and Social Policy at Policy Exchange in January 2014 and held the position for 8 months until August of the same year.

Porter was a special adviser between 2014 and 2017, in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to Environment Secretary Liz Truss from 2014 to 2015, then to Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling from 2015 to 2016, and then returned to Truss in the Ministry of Justice from 2016 to 2017.

From September to October 2022, Porter served as the Downing Street Deputy Chief of Staff under Liz Truss. She had previously run the Truss election campaign alongside Mark Fullbrook.

Porter was nominated by Liz Truss for a life peerage in her list of resignation honours. She was created Baroness Porter of Fulwood, of Fulwood in the City of Sheffield, on 13 February 2024.


Friday, February 09, 2024

Life peerage conferred on Chief of the Clan Cameron

 The King has been pleased to approve the following appointment:

Donald Cameron of Lochiel MSP as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office. Cameron (born 26 November, 1976), is the 28th Chief of the Clan Cameron, son of the late Donald Angus Cameron 27th of Lochiel (1946-2023), and his wife the former Lady Cecil Nennella Therese Kerr (born 22 April, 1948), daughter of the 12th Marquis of Lothian (1922-2004).

His Majesty has been pleased to confer a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on Donald Cameron.


New political peerages announced

 The King has been graciously pleased to signify His intention of conferring the following Peerages of the United Kingdom for Life.


Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street


9 February 2024

The King has been graciously pleased to signify His intention of conferring Peerages of the United Kingdom for Life upon the undermentioned:

Nominations from the Leader of the Conservative & Unionist Party:

Charles Banner KC - Barrister at Keating Chambers and interim chair of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

Peter Booth – Design and Retailing businessman and National Chairman of the Conservative National Convention.

Cllr John Fuller OBE – Leader of South Norfolk Council and Chairman of Brineflow Limited.

Paul Goodman – Journalist and former MP for Wycombe. Former Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government.

Cllr James Jamieson – Councillor on Central Bedfordshire Council and Former Leader. Former Local Government Association Chairman.

Stuart Marks CBE – Technology entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Senior Treasurer of the Conservative Party.

Rosa Monckton MBE – Founder of Tiffany & Co in the UK, and of the learning disability charity Team Domenica.

Franck Petitgas – Former President of Morgan Stanley International. Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Business and Investment.

Nominations from the Leader of the Labour Party:

John Hannett OBE - General Secretary of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers and a member of ACAS.

Ayesha Hazarika MBE – Political commentator and broadcaster. Former special adviser to Gordon Brown, Harriet Harman and Ed Miliband.

Jane Ramsey - Chair of the Young Epilepsy. Formerly Senior Adviser on Standards and Ethics to the Labour Party.

Gerald Shamash – Partner at Edwards Duthie Shamash’s Parliamentary, Electoral and Media Law practice and solicitor to the Labour Party.

Nominations from the Leader of the Plaid Cymru:

Carmen Smith – Public Affairs Adviser. Former Chief of Staff for the Welsh Senedd group

Matthew Elliott's life peerage gazetted

 The life peerage recently awarded to Matthew Elliott, has been gazetted in the name, style, and title of Baron Elliott of Mickle Fell, of Barwick-in-Elmet in the City of Leeds.

Elliott was nominated by Liz Truss for a life peerage in her list of resignation honours. His nomination resulted in complaints to the House of Lords Appointments Commission over the funding of one of his pro-Brexit campaigns.

Matthew Jim Elliott (born 12 February 1978), is a British political strategist and lobbyist who has served as the chief executive of a number of organisations and been involved in various referendum campaigns, including Vote Leave. Elliott was the founder and has served as chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance in 2004, Big Brother Watch and Business for Britain. He has also worked as a political strategist, acting as campaign director for the successful NOtoAV campaign in the 2011 Alternative Vote referendum. In 2015, Elliott became the chief executive of Vote Leave, the official organisation advocating for a 'leave' vote in the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum. He was described as " of the most successful political campaigners in Westminster today." In 2018, The Guardian described him as a central figure in "a network of opaquely funded organisations", mostly based at 55 Tufton Street, that "centre around... the TaxPayers’ Alliance – a pressure group that he founded – and Brexit Central, an anti-EU website of which [he was then] editor-in-chief".

Lord Elliott has been described by the BBC as "one of the most effective lobbyists at Westminster", and in 2010 was named by Total Politics as one of the top 25 political influencers in the UK. In 2017 he was placed at number 85 in commentator Iain Dale's list of the "Top 100 Most Influential People on the Right". Since 2014, Elliott has been married to Sarah Elliott (née Smith), who became the chairwoman of Republicans Overseas UK in 2017. The couple have two daughters and live in South London as of 2019. Elliott was previously married to Florence Heath from 2005 to 2012.


Wednesday, February 07, 2024

Hon Ivo Adam Rex Mosley 1951-2024

 The Hon Ivo Mosley, who died 31 January, 2024, aged 72, was a scion of the Barons Ravensdale and Mosley baronets. He was a writer, poet and potter, and grandson of the politician Sir Oswald Mosley.

Ivo Adam Rex Mosley was born 14 April, 1951, the second son of the 3rd Baron Ravensdale (1923-2017), and his first wife the former Rosemary Laura Salmond (1928-1991); and married 10 September, 1977, Xanthe Jennifer Grenville Oppenheimer (born 13 July, 1958), daughter of Sir Michael Bernard Grenville Oppenheimer, 3rd Baronet (1924-2020), and his wife the former Laetitia Helen Lucas-Tooth (1926-2022), scion of the Lucas-Tooth baronets, by whom he had issue, four sons, Nathaniel (born 1982), Felix (born 1985), Scipio (born 1988), and Noah (born 1990).


Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Baron Moynihan of Chelsea, OBE - life peerage gazetted

 The life barony awarded to Jonathan Patrick Moynihan, has been gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Moynihan of Chelsea, of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, 6 February 2024.

Jon Moynihan (born 21 June 1948), is a British businessman,  & venture capitalist. He served as the CEO and executive chairman of PA Consulting Group from 1992 to 2013.Moynihan was the main fundraiser of Liz Truss's leadership campaign in the July–September 2022 Conservative Party leadership election, which led to Truss becoming prime minister in September 2022. 

Moynihan was against the view that a budget could not be produced without an accompanying Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecast. He said: "This whole idea that you have to get the tick of approval from the OBR, which has been consistently wrong in its financial forecasts is, in my view, anti-democratic." The bypassing of the OBR was said to be one of the causes of the failure of Truss's and Kwarteng's September 2022 mini-budget, which attempted to rip up decades of "Treasury orthodoxy". In a commentary Moynihan asserted that the prime cause of market disruption at the time was the Bank of England's bungling. Moynihan was nominated by Truss for a life peerage in her list of resignation honours.


Sunday, February 04, 2024

Elfreda Violet van Straubenzee (born 2024)

Daisy Philippa van Straubenzee [nee Jenks, born 1991], wife of Charles Anthony van Straubenzee [born 1988], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Elfreda Violet, 30 January, 2024, a sister for Clover Kitty, who was born 26 February, 2020, and for Henry Alexander, born 10 October, 2021.

Charlie van Straubenzee is a son of Alexander Henry van Straubenzee [born 1951], by his wife the former Claire Sonia Fenwick [born 1954], scion of that landed gentry family, and a descendant of the 6th Duke of Manchester [1799-1855].

Daisy van Straubenzee is a daughter of Philip Richard Jenks [born 1963], by his wife the former Alexandra Ulrike Wilson-Nicol [born 1963], daughter of Alexander James Wilson-Nicol [born 1933], by his wife the former Christiane F. von Canstein.

The infant is named Henry in honour of father Charlie's later brother, Henry, who died tragically in December, 2002, aged 18.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended the wedding of Charlie van Straubenzee and Daisy Jenks in 2018.


Saturday, February 03, 2024

Evelyn Duchess of Sutherland 1929-2024

 Evelyn, Duchess of Sutherland, who died 27 January, 2024, aged 94, was the widow of the 6th Duke of Sutherland (1915-2000), of Mertoun, St Boswell's, Roxburghshire.

She was the former Evelyn Mary Moubray, born 20 October, 1929, the eldest daughter of Major Robert Moubray, DL (1895-1961), head of that Scottish landed gentry family, and his wife the former Claire Wilhelmina Maud Morrison-Bell (1907-2004), scion of the baronets of that name; and married 16 August, 1979, as his second wife, John Sutherland Egerton, 6th Duke of Sutherland (born 10 May, 1915), son of the 4th Earl of Ellesmere (1871-1944), and his wife Lady Violet Lambton (1880-1976), scion of the Earls of Durham. 

Her husband died 21 September, 2000. He was 6th Duke of Sutherland (United Kingdom, let. pat. 28 Jan 1833); 8th Marquess of Stafford (Great Britain, let. pat. 1 May 1786); 9th Earl Gower (Great Britain, let. apt. 8 Jul 1746); 6th Earl of Ellesmere (United Kingdom, let. pat. 6 Jul 1846) 9th Viscount Trentham, of Trentham in the County of Stafford; (Great Britain, let. pat. 8 Jul 1746); 6th Viscount Brackley, of Brackley in the County of Northampton; (United Kingdom, let. pat. 6 Jul 1846); 10th Baron Gower, of Sittenham in the County of York (England, let. pat. 16 Mar 1702/3); 14th Baronet, styled "of Sittenham, co. York" (England, let. pat. 2 Jun 1620)


Thursday, February 01, 2024

Viscount Melgund engaged

 The engagement was announced 1 February, 2024, between Gilbert Francis Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, styled Viscount Melgund (born 15 August, 1984), son and heir of the 7th Earl of Minto (born 1 Dec, 1953), of Minto, Hawick, Roxburghshire, and the Countess of Minto (nee Diana Barbara Trafford, born 1953); and Kirsty Ramshaw (born 1989), daughter of Paul Ramshaw, of Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, and his wife the former Karen Hayes.

Viscount Melgund is heir to the earldom of Minto (Peerage of the UK,  cr 1813), to the viscountcy of Melgund (Peerage of the UK cr 1813), the Barony of Minto (Peerage of GB cr 1797), and the baronetcy of Headshaw (cr Nova Scotia, 1700).


Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Eliza Lily Clowes (born 2024)

 Olivia Sasha Clowes (nee Shephard, born 1991), wife of Toby Harry Somerset Clowes (born 1990), gave birth to a daughter, Eliza Lily, 25 January, 2024, a sister for Freddie John Somerset, who was born 18 April, 2022.

Toby Clowes is a son of George Mark Somerset Clowes (born 1954) of West Woodhay, Berkshire, by his wife the former Lady Rose Nevill (born 1950).

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

Toby Clowes is a grandson maternally of the 5th Marquess of Abergavenny, KG (1914-2000) and of Patricia Marchioness of Abergavenny, DCVO (1915-2005), Lady of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth II.


Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Heidi Katherine Stirling Home Drummond Moray (born 2024)

 Annabel Flora Stirling Home Drummond Moray (nee Edwards, born 1993), wife of Capt James Oliver Stirling Home Drummond-Moray [born 1992], Scots Guards, scion of that landed family, of Abercairny, gave birth to a daughter, Heidi Katherine, 6 January, 2024.

James is a son of Capt David Maurice Stirling-Home-Drummond-Moray [born 6 March, 1945], late the Scots Guards, of Crieff, Perthshire, and his wife the former Iona Barber.

Annabel is a daughter of Nicholas Edwards, of Hawkhurst, Kent, and his wife [nee Macleod].

Capt James Drummond-Moray is a descendant of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry:-

6th Duke of Buccleuch [1831-1914] > Lord George Montagu Douglas Scott [1866-1947] > Jeanetta Montagu Douglas Scott [1906-97] > David Stirling Home Drummond Moray [b 1945] > James Stirling Home Drummond Moray [b 1992] > Heidi Stirling Home Drummond Moray (b 2024)


Monday, January 29, 2024

John Richard Purey-Cust 1934-2024

 John Richard Purey-Cust, who died 23 January, 2024, at Gore, New Zealand, aged 89, was a scion of the Barons Brownlow, and was heir presumptive to his kinsman, the 8th Baron.

He was born 30 June, 1934, son of Brigadier Richard Brownlow Purey-Cust, CBE, DSO, MC (1888-1958), and his wife the former  Gertrude Patricia Zoë Birch (who died in 1993), and was educated at Eton, & was a forester, whose home for many years was at Gore, New Zealand. He was unmarried.

From 2021 he was heir presumptive to his kinsman, the 8th Baron Brownlow (born 9 July, 1974).


Thursday, January 25, 2024

Merle Aurelia Barrington (nee Ropner) 1939-2024

 Merle Aurelia Barrington (nee Ropner), who died 18 January, 2024, aged 84, was a scion of the Ropner shipping family, born 12 Oct, 1939, elder daughter of Sir Leonard Ropner, 1st Baronet, DL (1895-1977), Conservative MP for Barkston Ash 1931-64, and his wife the former Esme Barbara Robertson (1910-1996); and was twice wed, 1stly, 29 Sept, 1960 (div 1968), Christopher John Spence (1937-2021), of Chievely Manor, Newbury, son of Brigadier Ian Fleming Morris Spence, OBE, MC, TD, and his wife the former Ruth Peacock; married 2ndly, 6 Sept, 1968, Major Lawrence Hew Williams Barrington (1928-1998), scion of the Barrington baronets, son of Richard Irving Williams Barrington (1892-1928), and his wife Constance Elizabeth Mary Manders (who died 1972).

From her first marriage she had a son, Jeremy (1964-1982), and a daughter, Miranda (born 6 Jan, 1963), and from her second marriage she leaves a son, Shaun (born 9 July, 1969).


The Baron Tomlinson 1939-2024

 Lord Tomlinson, a Labour Co-operative politician life peer, died 20 January, 2024, aged 84.

John Edward Tomlinson was born 1 Aug, 1939, and was Labour MP for Meriden, 1974-79; and MEP for Birmingham West 1974-99; and was PPS to the Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, 1975-76; Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1976-79; Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Development 1977-79; and created a life peer in 1998, as Baron Tomlinson, of Walsall in the County of West Midlands.


Charles Robert Acland 1937-2024

 Capt Charles Robert Acland, Grenadier Guards, who died 22 January, 2024, aged 86, was a scion of the Acland baronets. He was born 17 September, 1937, third son of Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur William Acland, OBE (1897-1992), and his wife the former Violet Gwendolen Grimston (1903-1984), scion of the Earls of Verulam, and was unmarried.


Lady Harvie-Watt (died 2024)

 Lady Harvie-Watt (née de Chollet), who died 18 January, 2024, aged 83, was the wife of Sir James Harvie-Watt, 2nd Baronet.

The former Roseline Gladys Virginia de Chollet, daughter of Baron Louis de Chollet, of Switzerland, and his wife Frances Winslow Parker, of Boston, United States, married 28 May, 1966, James Harvie-Watt (born 25 Aug, 1940), son of Sir George Steven Harvie-Watt, 1st Baronet, QC, TD, DL (1903-1989), and his wife Jane Elizabeth Taylor (1908-2003). Her husband succeeded to the baronetcy in 1989.

Lady Harvie-Watt leaves issue, a son, Mark Louis (born 19 Aug 1969), and a daughter, Isabelle Frances (born 19 March, 1967).


John Seymour Alliott (born 2023)

Alexandra Kate (Ali) Alliott (née Fortescue, born 1991), wife of (Richard) Frederick C. Alliott [born 1991], and scion of the Earls Fortescue, gave birth to a son, John Seymour, 19 December, 2023.

Frederick Alliott is a son of George B. Alliott [born 1958], of Aldbury, Hertfordshire, by his wife the former Catherine M. Coles [born 1959].

Ali Fortescue is a daughter of the Hon Seymour Henry Fortescue [born 1942], of Canonbridge, co Hereford, by his second wife the former Jennifer Ann Simon [born 1954].

Ali's half sister is Her Serene Highness the Hereditary Princess zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg. Alexandra is a cousin of the 8th Earl Fortescue.


The Baron Bhatia, OBE 1932-2024

Lord Bhatia, OBE, life baron, died 12 January, 2024, aged 91, was an Ismaili Muslim businessman born in East Africa who was ennobled in recognition of his charitable work since arriving in Britain in 1972. Appointed one of Tony Blair’s “people’s peers” in 2001, Amir Bhatia derived much of his influence from chairing the UK arm of Industrial Promotion Services, the Geneva-based conglomerate managing the Aga Khan’s global business empire.

Appointed OBE in 1997, and created a life peer in 2001 as Baron Bhatia of Hampton in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. In October 2010, Lord Bhatia was suspended from the House of Lords for eight months due to the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal.] After that, he sat in the Lords as a non-affiliated member. In December 2013, BBC Newsnight reported that Lord Bhatia had been accused by the Ethnic Minority Foundation of misappropriating £600,000 from the charity. Lord Bhatia was suing the charity for unfair dismissal, and his lawyers said that the allegations were confusing the historical position with the present dispute.

Amirali Alibhai Bhatia was born 18 March, 1932.


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Lady Harriot Tennant, MBE (nee Pleydell-Bouverie) 1935-2024

 Lady Harriot Tennant, MBE, sometime chairman of Chelsea Physic Garden, scion of the Earls of Radnor, died 5 January, 2024, aged 88.

Harriot Pleydell-Bouverie was born 18 December, 1935, fourth daughter of the 7th Earl of Radnor, KG, KCO (1895-1968), of Longford Castke, Salisbury, and his wife the former Helena Olivia Adeane (1902-1985), scion of that landed gentry family; and married 11 December, 1965, Mark Iain Tennant of Balfluig (1932-2020), of Balfluig Castle, Aberdeen, scion of the Barons Glenconner, son of Major John Tennant (1899-1967), and his first wife the Hon Antonia Mary Roby Benson (1903-1977), daughter of the 1st Baron Charnwood (1864-1945); by whom she had issue, a son, Lysander (born 1968), and a daughter, Sophia (born 1967).



The Dowager Duchess of Rutland 1937-2024

 The Dowager Duchess of Rutland, who died 21 January, 2024, aged 86, was the second wife and widow of the 10th Duke of Rutland, mother of the 11th Duke, and daughter of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll.

She was for forty years the chatelaine of Belvoir Castle, Rutland.

She was born 19 June, 1937 at Frances Helen Sweeny, daughter of Charles Francis Sweeny (1909-1993), the American golfer and socialite, and his 1st wife (Ethel) Margaret Whigham (1912-1993), the Scottish debutante, who after her divorce from Sweeny married secondly, 22 March, 1951, as his third wife, the 11th Duke of Argyll (1903-1973), and went through a scandalous divorce from the peer in 1963.

Frances Sweeny, a beautiful debutante in the 1950s married 15 May, 1958, as his second wife, Charles John Robert Manners, the 10th Duke of Rutland, CBE (1919-1999), of Belvoir Castle, Rutland, by whom she issue three sons, David Charles Robert, the 11th Duke (born 8 May, 1959), Lord Robert George Manners (1961-1964), and Lord Edward John Manners (born 29 May, 1965), and a daughter, Lady Helen Theresa Margaret Manners (born 11 November, 1962).

She was widowed 2 January, 1999, and took the style Dowager Duchess of Rutland.

Her grandchildren include the socialites Lady Violet, Lady Alice and Lady Eliza Manners, Charles, styled Marquis of Granby, and Lord Hugo Manners, twins Ivor and Warwick Chipman, and twins Ivo and Vesey Manners.


Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Raphael Emilio Francis Faggionato (born 2024)

 The Hon Leonora Cicely Faggionato [nee Gummer, born 1982], wife of Thomas Faggionato, gave birth to a son, Raphael Emilio Francis, 2 January, 2024, a brother for Celeste and Giles.

Thomas is a son of Mrs Anne Faggionato, of Monaco, and Leonora is the elder daughter of the life peer Baron Deben (born 1939), of Winston, Suffolk, by his wife the former Penelope Jane Gardner (born 1943).


Capt Michael Charles Gordon Lennox, RN 1938-2024

 Capt Michael Charles Gordon Lennox, OBE, RN, who died 10 January, 2024, aged 85, was a scion of the Dukes of Richmond and Gordon, a descendant of the 7th Duke.

He was born 30 September, 1938, 1st son of Rear-Admiral Sir Alexander Henry Charles Gordon Lennox, KCVO, CB, DSO (1911-1987), and his wife the former Barbara Steele (1913-87); and married 1974, Jennifer Susan (Jenny) Gibbs (born 12 May, 1944), scion of the Barons Aldenham, daughter of Capt the Hon Vicary Paul Gibbs (1921-1944), and his wife Jean Frances Hambro (1923-2017) (she married 2ndly in 1946, Rev the Hon Andrew Charles Victor Elphinstone (1918-1975), a first cousin of HM Queen Elizabeth II).

His wife, Dame Jennifer Susan Gordon Lennox, DCVO, was a Woman of the Bedchamber to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and later to HM Queen Elizabeth II, and was appointed CVO, and advanced to DCVO in the honours list following the demise of the late Queen.

Capt Gordon Lennox leaves issue, a son Hamish Charles (born 11 June, 1980), and two daughters, Lucinda Jean (born 19 Sept, 1975), and Charlotte Louise (born 18 Sept, 1978).


Monday, January 22, 2024

Kit Thomas Charles Copley (born 2024)

   Zoë Mary Copley [nee Manners, born 14 November, 1989], wife of Jack Copley [born 1989], gave birth to a son, Kit Thomas Charles, 8 January, 2024, a brother for Martha Florence Sarah, who was born 6 June, 2021.

Jack A.T. Copley is a son of Robert Copley, of London, descended from the Earls of Loudoun, and Mrs Diana Copley (nee Wingfield), of Great Barrington, Gloucestershire, a scion of the Viscounts Powerscourt.

 Zoë Copley is a scion of the Barons Manners, eldest daughter of Charles Henry Manners (born 1957), of Woodend, Gloucestershire, by his wife the former Nichola Thompson, and is descended from the 1st Baron Manners, a Solicitor General & Lord Chancellor of Ireland, who was a grandson of the 3rd Duke of Rutland.


The 15th Baron Saye & Sele 1920-2024

 The 15th (or 21st) Baron Saye & Sele, who died 20 January, 2024, aged 103, was a land agent who devoted much of his energy to restoring and maintaining Broughton Castle, the beautiful moated medieval mansion near Banbury, Oxfordshire which had been in his family since 1377.

The custodian of Broughton Castle and one of the first soldiers to enter Belsen concentration camp at the end of the Second World War.

The peer served as a major, Rifle Brigade 1941-49; and was a Trustee, Ernest Cook Trust 1960-95 and Chairman of the Trustees 1965-92; he assumed the surname Fiennes in lieu of that of Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes by deed poll 1965; he was a Fellow of Winchester College 1967-83; and served as Deputy Lieutenant, Oxfordshire from 1979; he was a chartered surveyor, &c.

Nathaniel Thomas Allen Fiennes (previously Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes) was born 22 September, 1920, the son of the 14th Baron Saye & Sele, OBE, MC, DL (1885-1968), and his wife the former Hersey Cecilia Hester Butler (who died 31 Oct, 1968); and succeeded as 15th Baron (created E, 1603) on his father's death, 21 October, 1968.

His mother was the daughter of Sir Thomas Butler, Yeoman Usher of the Black Rod. Nathaniel Fiennes was born in his grandfather’s grace-and-favour apartment in the Victoria Tower of the House of Lords, making him – perhaps uniquely – a Lord born in the Lords. 

He married 4 December, 1958, Mariette Helena Salisbury-Jones, DL, the only daughter of Major General Sir (Arthur) Guy Salisbury-Jones GCVO CMG CBE MC, of Mill Down, Hambledon, co. Hampshire, by his wife Hilda Violet Helena de Bunsen, dau. of Rt Hon Sir Maurice William Ernest de Bunsen, 1st Bt. GCMG GCVO CB, by whom he had issue, four sons, Richard, Martin, Thomas and William, and a daughter, Susannah, the artist. His eldest son, the Hon Richard Fiennes predeceased him 13 Apr, 2001. The second son, the Hon Martin Guy Fiennes (born 27 Feb, 1961), succeeds as 16th Baron Saye & Sele, and custodian of Broughton Castle, Banbury.


Saturday, January 20, 2024

Frederick Peter Riou Prior (born 2023)

 Isabel Maria Prior (born 1991, nee Boycott), wife of Oliver James Leathes Prior [born 1991], gave birth to a son, Frederick Peter Riou, 27 December, 2023.

Oliver is a son of the Hon Jeremy James Leathes Prior [born 1962], of Wissett, Suffolk, by his wife the former Camila Sarah Benson [born 1963], scion of that landed gentry family, and is a grandson of the late life peer, the Baron Prior, PC [1927-2016].

Isabel is a daughter of the late Peter Boycott and of Mrs Peter Boycott, of Swalcliffe, co Oxford.


The 21st Baron Trimlestown 1930-2024

 Lord Trimlestown, who died 10 January, 2024, aged 93, was the 21st Baron in the Peerage of Ireland created in 1461.

Raymond Charles Barnewall was born 29 December, 1930, the second son of the 19th Baron Trimlestown (1899-1990), and his wife the former Muriel Schneider (1894-1937); and succeeded to the barony on the demise of his elder brother, Anthony, the 20th Baron, 19 August, 1997.  The peerage was created in 1461 for his ancestor Robert Barnewall, a supporter of Richard, Duke of York, who knighted him. He served on the Council of Ireland from 1461.

Lord Trimlestown survived his sister, the Hon Diana Birtwistle, by only two weeks. She died on Boxing Day 2023.

Lord Trimlestown, of Chiddingfold, Surrey, was unmarried, and the ancient peerage now becomes extinct, or dormant. There is no obvious heir presumptive, but a successor may be found amongst the descendants, if any, of Thomas Barnewall, of Bloomsbury, London, a cousin of the 17th and 18th Barons Trimlestown.


Friday, January 19, 2024

Beckett/Maltby engagement

 The engagement was announced 19 January, 2023, between Walter Gervase Beckett (born 16 January, 1987), son and heir of Sir Richard Gervase Beckett, 3rd Baronet (born 27 March, 1944), of Rievaulx, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Elizabeth Ann Waterhouse (born 24 June, 1951), scion of that landed gentry family; & Poppy Elizabeth Maltby (born 1994), 2nd daughter of William John Maltby (born 5 September, 1959), of Baughurst, Hampshire, and his wife the former Sarah Catherine Ekins (born 1961).

Poppy Maltby is a great-granddaughter of the 6th Earl of Malmesbury:-

6th Earl of Malmesbury > Lady Sylvia Harris > William Maltby > Poppy Maltby


Walter Beckett is a great-grandson of the 10th Duke of Marlborough:-

10th Duke of Marlborough > Lady Caroline Spencer-Churchill > Elizabeth Waterhouse > Walter Beckett


Hon Mrs Matthew Beaumont 1932-2024

 The Hon Mrs Matthew Beaumont died 14 January, 2024, aged 91. She was a scion of the Cuthbert landed gentry family, of Beaufront Castle.

She was born Belinda Jane Elizabeth Cuthbert, 6 Aug, 1932, elder daughter of Major Harold David Cuthbert (1909-1959), head of that Northumberland family, and his 1st wife the former Bridget Sibyl Milnes Coates (1910-2010), scion of the Milnes Coates baronets;  and married 13 Oct, 1973, as his second wife, the Hon Matthew Henry Beaumont (1933-2017), fourth son of the 2nd Viscount Allendale, KG, CB, OBE, MC. DL (1890-1956), and his wife the former Violet Lucy Emily Seely (1897-1979), scion of the Seely baronets. No issue of the union.



Priscilla Smith (née Bagot) 1939-2024

Priscilla Smith (née Bagot), who died 12 January, 2024, aged 84, was a descendant of the Barons Bagot.

She was born in 1939, the eldest daughter of Oliver Robin Bagot (who was born Gaskell, scion of that landed gentry family) (1914-2000), and his wife the former Annette Dorothy Stephens (1917-2003); and married 1stly, 17 September, 1960 (div 1964), Edward Humphry Tyrrell Wakefield (born 11 July, 1936) (later Sir Edward Wakefield, 2nd Baronet), son of Sir Edward Wakefield, 1st Bt (1903-1969), and his wife the former Constance Lalage Perronet Thompson (1906-2001); married 2ndly, 1967, Erik George Sebastian Smith (1931-2004). She leaves two daughters from her second marriage, Miranda and Susan.



Sir John Ernest Michael Conant, 2nd Baronet 1923-2024

 Sir John Conant, 2nd Baronet, landowner and farmer, died 10 January, 2024, aged 100. 

Educated at Eton and Corpus Christie College, Cambridge (BA in agriculture); he served in the Grenadier Guards 1942-45; at CCC Cambridge 1946-49; he farmed in Rutland from 1950, and was High Sheriff of Rutland in 1960. His home was near Oakham in Rutland.

He was born 24 April, 1923, son of Sir Roger John Edward Conant, 1st Baronet, CVO (1899-1973), and his wife the former Daphne Lorraine Learoyd (1898-1976); and succeeded to the baronetcy (cr 1954), on his father's demise, 1973.

He married firstly, 16 September, 1950, Periwinkle Elizabeth Thorp (1929-1985), daughter of Dudley Barker Thorp (1880-1950), of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, and his wife the former Doris Thorp (1889-1969); married 2ndly, 1992, Mrs (Mary) Clare Attwater, younger daughter of William E. Madden, of Petersfield, Hampshire.

He leaves issue from his first marriage, two sons, Simon and William, and two daughters, Fiona and Melanie, from his first marriage (and one son deceased). His eldest surviving son, Simon Edward Christopher Conant (born 13 Oct, 1958), succeeds as 3rd baronet.



William George Clifton-Brown (born 2024)

 Brittany Clifton-Brown (nee Sundstrom), wife of George Ronald Clifton-Brown [born 8 March, 1992], scion of the Brown baronets, gave birth to a son, William George, 18 January, 2024.

George is a son of [Ronald] Colin Clifton-Brown [born 1963], and his wife the former Emily Joan Oliver [born 1965].

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


Wednesday, January 17, 2024

John Michael Meade 1935-2024

 John Michael Meade, who died 6 January, 2024, aged 88, was a scion of the Earls of Clanwilliam.

He was born 5 September, 1935, son of Major John Windham Meade (1894-1984), and the former Grace Dorothea de Salis (1902-1977), scion of that landed gentry family; and married 23 January, 1967, Princess Valentina Nikolaevna (Valentine) Galitzine (born 8 January, 1932), daughter of Prince Nikolai Emanuelevich Galitzine (1879-1958), and his wife Countess Irena Dimitrievna Tatistchev (1900-1983), by whom he had issue, a son, Nicholas (born 20 Nov, 1969), and three daughters, Tatiana (Tania) (born 3 Feb, 1968), Catherine (twin, born 3 Feb, 1968) and Elizabeth (born 1971).

His daughter, Tatiana, married in 1994, her kinsman Prince Andrei Mikhailovitch Galitzine.



Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Robin Arthur Elidyr Herbert, CBE 1934-2024

Robin Arthur Elidyr Herbert, CBE, who died 12 January, 2024, was a president of the Royal Horticultural Society.

His home was at Llanover is set in the Usk Valley beneath the Black Mountains in Monmouthshire, South Wales. The 18-acre Grade II listed garden, set within a beautiful park, features a walled Round Garden, two Arboreta and extensive herbaceous  borders and lawns. The Rhyd-y-Meirch (Ford of the Stallions) stream flows the entire length of the garden, tumbling into ponds, over cascades and beneath flagstone bridges.  Llanover Garden was established in the late 18th century by Benjamin Waddington, Robin Herbert's great-great-great-grandfather. 

He was born in 1934, scion of that landed gentry family, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Arthur Herbert, GCIE (1895-1943), and his wife the former Lady Mary Theresa Fox-Strangways (1903-1948), daughter of the 6th Earl of Ilchester, GBE (1874-1959). He married firstly, 1960 (div 1988), Margaret Griswold Lewis, daughter of the Hon Geoffrey Whitney Lewis (1910-92), and his wife the former Elizabeth Merrill Locke (1914-2009); & married secondly, in 1988, Philippa King.

From his first marriage he leaves issue, two sons, Benjamin (born 1963), and Richard (born 1969), and two daughters, (Helen) Elizabeth (born 1962), and Susannah Mary (born 1966).

His daughter, Elizabeth Murray, is now chatelaine of Llanover.


Brind/Dallas engagement

 The engagement was announced 16 January, 2024, between Benjamin H. Brind, elder son of Oliver Brind, of Hammersmith, London, and his wife the former Karen Taylor, and Josephine Juliet Dallas (born 1997), eldest daughter of James Alexander (Jim) Dallas (born 1964), of Hammersmith, and his wife Dr the Hon (Annabel) Frances Goodhart (born 30 August, 1967), daughter of the life peer the late Baron Goodhart, QC (1933-2017), and his wife the former Hon Celia McClare Herbert (born 25 July, 1939), daughter of the 2nd Baron Hemingford (1904-1982).


Giles William Pitman 1938-2024

 Giles William Pitman, who died 9 January, 2024, aged 85, was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He was born 5 September, 1938, the second son of Major John Pitman (1907-1943), and his wife the former Elizabeth Cattanach Donaldson (1908-1997); and married 20 July, 1961, Jane Mary De Pree (born 14 November, 1940), 1st daughter of Major George De Pree (1909-1992), and his wife the former Barbara Jean Stewart (1915-2001), scion of the Earls of Galloway, by whom he had issue, two sons, George Eustace (born 22 Aug 1963), and John Struan (born 1 Apr 1969), and one daughter, Kate Jane (born 8 January, 1965).

Giles Pitman's sister, Lavinia (born 18 Apr 1941), married 22 June, 1964, the 5th Baron Fermoy (1939-1984), uncle of Diana, Princess of Wales.