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


Thursday, January 18, 2024

Thomas John Brooke Henson, MC 1931-2024

_.Thomas John Brooke Henson died 11 January, 2024, aged 92. Born in 1931 son foDavid Barrs Henson (1907-80), and his wife the former Olivia Brooke, & he married in 1961 (div) Jennifer Caswell Cornelius (born 1938), daughter of Leonard Raymond Cornelius (1907-1988), and his wife the former Betty Kathleen Caswell (1916-2010), by whom he had issue, a son, Rupert Cornelius Brooke Henson (born 1962), and a daughter, Lucy Caswell Horlick (born 1964).

His granddaughter, Olivia Henson, is the bride-to-be of the 7th Duke of Westminster.



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.


Frederick Martin Johnnie Charteris (born 2023)

 Rose Susanna Charteris (born 1992), scion of the Barons Ampthill, and wife of Michael John Samuel Charteris (born 27 July, 1990), scion of the Earls of Wemyss & March, gave birth to a son, Frederick Martin Johnnie, 10 November, 2023.

Rose is a daughter of the Hon John Hugo Trenchard Russell [born 13 October, 1950] , of Dorset, and Mrs Susanna Russell [nee Merriam], of London; and Michael is a son of Mr Martin Ian Charteris [born 31 May, 1960], of Harare, Zimbabwe, by his wife the former Dr Helen Heath.


Saturday, January 13, 2024

Lila Iris Nancy Birrell (born 2023)

 Camilla Birrell (née Davidson-Houston, born 1988), wife of Henry James F. Birrell [born 1989], gave birth to a daughter, Lila Iris Nancy, 31 December, 2023.

Henry Birrell is a son of Christopher Ros Stewart Birrell [born 1954], of Cucklington, Somerset, by his wife the former Emma G.A. Breton [born 1956].

Camilla Sophie E. Birrell is a scion of that landed gentry family, the elder daughter of Patrick Elrington O'Reilly-Blackwood Davidson-Houston [born 1954], of Colkirk, Norfolk, by his wife the former Angelina F. Nelson-Sullivan [born 1958].


Hay-Drummond-Hay/Hazell engagement

 The engagement was announced 13 January, 2024, between Edward John Hay-Drummond-Hay (born 7 June, 1994), scion of the earls of  Kinnoull, son of (Robert) Simon Hay-Drummond-Hay (born 23 Aug, 1967), of Keasden, North Yorkshire, and his wife the former Julia Elizabeth Roberts, & Annabelle L.G. Hazell (born 1995), daughter of Benedict Michael Hazell (born 1963), of Chelsea, London, and his wife the former Lisa G. Brassington.


Casper Felix Ribaroff (born 2023)

Gemma Clare Ribaroff (born 1992, nee Mostyn-Owen), wife of Dr George A. Ribaroff, gave birth to a son, Casper Felix, 9 December, 2023.

Dr Ribaroff is the eldest son of Alexander and Denise Ribaroff, of St George's, Bermuda.

Gemma Ribaroff is a scion of the Mostyn-Owen landed gentry family, daughter of Owen William Luxardo Mostyn-Owen [born 1961], by his wife the former Candida Zoe Pryce-Jones [born 1963], a granddaughter of the life peer, Baron Caccia [1905-90].

The bride-to-be is a niece of Allegra Mostyn-Owen, first wife of the Rt Hon Boris Johnson, Prime Minister.


Thursday, January 11, 2024

Colonel the Hon Peter Trustram Eve, OBE 1930-2023

Colonel the Hon Peter NantonTrustram Eve, OBE, Royal Green Jackets (Rifle Brigade), who died 30 December, 2023, aged 93, was a scion of the Barons Silsoe, and heir presumptive to his nephew, the 3rd Baron.

He was educated at Oxford University, MA 1960); and was commissioned  into the Royal Green Jackets, Lieutenant-Colonel, 1973; OBE (1978). 

He was born 2 May, 1930, second son of the 1st Baron Silsoe, GBE, MC (1894-1976), who was appointed chairman of the War Damage Commission (1941), and the War Works Commission (1945), Local Government Boundary Commission (1945) and Central Land Board (1947), &c, by his wife the former Marguerite Meredith Nanton (1900-1945).

He married 29 April, 1961, Petronilla Letiere Sheldon Elliott (1928-2023), daughter of Jannion Steele Elliott (who died 1942), of Dowles Manor, Bewdley, Yorkshire, by his wife the former Doris Amie Sheldon (1889-1974). His wife died 1 March, 2023, aged 94.

Colonel Trustram Eve leaves issue, two sons, Richard (born 9 March, 1963), and Nicholas (born 14 November, 1965).


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Capt Nigel Crichton Pease 1934-2023

 Capt Nigel Pease, who died 30 December, 2023, aged 89, was a scion of the Pease baronet.

He was born in 1934, son of Maj Philip Ivan Pease (1900-1964), and his wife the former Doris Madeline Crichton (1904-1993), scion of the Earls of Erne; and married in 1963, Ailsa Smith-Maxwell (desceased), daughter of John Douglas Hamilton Smith-Maxwell (1902-1959), and his wife the former Winifred Joan Formby(1904-2000), scion of that landed gentry family, by whom he had issue, a daughter, Karen Ailsa Pease (born 1970).


The 7th Baron Kenyon 1972-2023

Lord Kenyon, the 7th Baron, in the Peerage of Great Britain (cr 1788), died 27 December, 2023. He was 51.

Lloyd Nicholas Tyrell-Kenyon was born 9 April, 1972, the elder son of the 6th Baron Kenyon (1947-2019), of Gredington, Whitchurch, co Salop, and his wife the former Sally Carolyn Matthews, daughter of Jack Frank Page Matthews, of Bury St Edmunds, co Suffolk.

He succeeded his father, 17 August, 2019, as 7th Baron Kenyon (Peerage of GB, cr 1788), and seventh Baronet (of Gredington, cr GB 1784). 

Lord Kenyon was unmarried and the peerage and baronetcy now pass to his younger brother, the Hon Alexander Simon Tyrell-Kenyon, who was born 29 November, 1975.


Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Shelley/Morris engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 January, 2024, between Jack Alexander Stewart Shelley (born 1995), scion of the Shelley baronets and the Marquesses of Salisbury, son of Philip John Shelley (born 14 September, 1966), of Bury St Edmunds, co Suffolk, and Mrs Joanne Marie (Jo) Shelley (nee England), of Cambridge, & Eleanor M. Morris, daughter of Dr Michael Morris and Mrs Alison Morris, Royal Tunbridge Wells.


Sir William Burton Nigel Goring, 13th Baronet 1933-2024

 Sir William Goring, 13th Baronet, died at his home 1 January, 2024. He was 90.

He was born 21 June, 1933, son of Major Frederick Yelverton Goring (1893-1938), and his wife the former Freda Margaret Ainsworth (1905-1993); & he succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his uncle, Sir Forster Gurney Goring, 12th Bt, 1 May, 1956.

Sir William was thrice wed, firstly, 24 September, 1960 (div 1993) the Hon Caroline Elizabeth Thellusson (1941-2010), daughter of the 8th Baron Rendlesham (1915-1999), and his 1st wife the former Margaret Elizabeth Rome; married 2ndly, 25 October, 1993, as her second husband, Mrs Judith Rachel Walton (nee Morris) (1940-1995); and married 3rdly, 1998, as her second husband, Stephanie Carter (born 1948), daughter of George Carter, DFC. 

He is succeeded in the baronetcy (cr England, 1678), by his fourth cousin once removed, Richard Harry Goring (born 10 September, 1949).


Maltby/Hunter engagement

 The engagement was announced 9 January, 2023, between George William de Blaquire Maltby (born 1989), scion of that landed gentry family, son of William John Maltby (born 5 September, 1959), of Baughurst, Hampshire, and his wife the former Sarah Catherine Ekins (born 1961); & Isabel Hunt, daughter of Mr John Hunter, of Blewbury, Oxfordshire, and Mrs Simon Hoskyns, of Fulham, London.

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Sir Joseph Gurney Pease, 5th Baronet 1927-2023

 Sir Joseph Pease, 5th Baronet, died 26 December, 2023. He was 96.

The baronet was President of the North-West Regional Liberal Party, 1970-71, and author of A Wealth of Happiness and Many Bitter Trials, published in 1992.

Joseph Gurney Pease was born  16 November, 1927, son of Sir Alfred Edward Pease, 2nd Baronet (1857-1939), and his third wife the former Emily Elizabeth Smith (1897-1979), and was a half-brrother of Sir Edward Pease, 3rd Bt (1880-1963), and brother of Sir Alfred Pease, 4th Bt (1926-2008), and succeeded to the baronetcy, 23 September, 2008.

He married 24 June, 1953, Shelagh Munro Bulman, daughter of Cyril Gounod Bulman (1898-1977), of Great Langdale, Ambleside, and his wife Sarah Jane Armstrong (1897-1983); by whom he had issue, a son, Charles Edward Gurney Pease (born 17 July, 1955), and a daughter, Jane Elizabeth Gurney Pease (born 15 June, 1957). The baronetcy (created UK, 1882), now passes to his only son.


Hon James Donald Diarmid Ogilvy 1934-2024

The Hon James Ogilvy, who died 3 January, 2024, aged 89, was a scion of the Earls of Airlie, and a younger brother of the late Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy, KCVO.

Mr Ogilvy, sometime of Sedgebrook Manor, co. Lincoln, served as a Page of Honour to HM King George VI 1947-51. He was commissioned into the Scots Guards, and was a stockbroker with Rowe & Pitman.

James Donald Diarmid Ogilvy was born 28 June, 1934, the third son of the 12th Earl of Airlie, KT, GCVO, MC (1893-1968), a Representative Peer for Scotland 1922-63; a Lord-in-Waiting to King George V 1926-29; KCVO 1929; Lord Lieutenant of Angus 1936-67; Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother 1937-65; GCVO 1938; Knight of the Thistle 1942; Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle 1956-66, &c, and his wife the former Lady Alexandra Marie Bridget Coke (1891-1984), scion of the Earls of Leicester.

His elder brother, the Hon Angus Ogilvy (1928-2004), married 24 Apr, 1963, HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent (b 25 Dec, 1936), daughter of HRH Prince George, 1st Duke of Kent, son of HM King George V.

He married firstly, 2 July, 1959 (div) Magdalen Jane Ruth Ducas (1938-2001), daughter of Robert Ducas (1901-1978), and his wife the former Magdalen Mary Charlotte Stourton (1899-1981), scion of the Barons Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton, daughter of Major Herbert Marmaduke Joseph Stourton (1873-1932), and his wife the former Hon Frances Mary Winifred Southwell (1874-1950), scion of the Viscounts Southwell; and married 2ndly, 1980, as her third husband, Lady Caroline Child-Villiers (born 9 Apr, 1934), former wife of (1) the 6th Earl of Minto, OBE, DL (1928-2005), and (2) the Hon John Douglas Stuart (1925-1990), scion of the Viscounts Stuart of Findhorn, and daughter of the 9th Earl of Jersey (1910-98), and his first wife the former Patricia Kenneth Richards (1914-2017).

From his first marriage he leaves two sons, Shamus and Diarmid, and two daughters, Laura and Emma.



Monday, January 08, 2024

Jonathan Hiatt Nicolson Dermot Irwin 1941-2023

Jonathan Irwin, bloodstock luminary, died 10 December, 2023, aged 82.

Jonathan Hiatt Nicolson Dermot Irwin was born 21 June, 1941, the only child of John Irwin, an actor, and the actress Philippa Hiatt (1918-2016); and married 1stly, in Feb 1964 (div 1989), the Hon Mikaela Rawlinson (born 1941), daughter of the life peer the Baron Rawlinson of Ewell, PC, QC (1919-2006), the barrister and Conservative politician, by his 1st wife the former Haidee Kavanagh; he married 2ndly, in 1991, Mary Ann O'Brien, from a racing family, daughter of Phonsie O'Brien and niece of Vincent O'Brien.

From his first marriage he had issue, four sons, Charles, Luke, Jago and Samson, one of whom died young. From his second marriage he leaves two daughters, and was predeceased by two sons.

His second son, Luke (born 18 Sept, 1967), is the husband of Alice Rosalind Elliot (born 1977), daughter of the late Simon John Elliot (1940-2023), and his wife the former (Sonia) Annabel Shand (born 2 Feb, 1949), sister of Her Majesty Queen Camilla.


Saturday, January 06, 2024

Georgina Alexandra Leanda March Phillipps de Lisle (born 2023)

Daisy Frederica March Phillipps de Lisle [nee Tregear, born 1990], wife of Dominic Robert Peter March Phillipps de Lisle [born 1990], scion of that landed family, gave birth to a daughter, Georgina Alexandra Leanda, 9 December, 2023, a sister for Cosima Annabel Edith, who was born 2 June, 2021.

Daisy is a daughter of [Vyvian A] Gordon Tregear and his wife the former [Susan] Alexandra Symington [born 1951].


Hon Diana Birtwistle (née Barnewall) 1929-2023

 The Hon Diana Birtwistle, who died 26 December, 2023, aged 94, was a scion of the Barons Trimlestown.

She was born Diana Barnewall, 13 October, 1929, daughter of the 19th Baron Trimlestown (1899-1990), and his wife the former Muriel Schneider (1894-1937); and married 30 October, 1954, Anthony Gerard Astley Birtwistle (1928-2021), son of James Astley Birtwistle (1889-1975), and Muriel Mary Marwood (1892-1988), by whom she had issue, four daughters, Caroline (b 24 Jul 1955), Emma (b 6 Nov 1957), Lucinda (b 28 Aug 1960), and Sophia (b 3 March, 1964).


Sir John Maxwell Macdonald of Largie and of Pollok, 12th Baronet 1936-2023

 Sir John Maxwell Macdonald of Largie and of Pollok, 12th Baronet, died 24 December, 2023, aged 87.

He was born 22 May, 1936, son of John Maxwell Macdonald (1908-1995), head of that landed gentry family, and his wife Dame Anne Stirling-Maxwell, 11th Baronetess (1906-2011), who was recognised by Lyon Court in 2005 as 11th holder of the baronetcy (formerly Stirling-Maxwell) under the 1707 remainder, succeeding her father in 1956. One of the few baronetcies descendible to females.

He succeeded to his mother's baronetcy, 21 April, 2011. 

Sir John married 18 July, 1964, Eleanor Ruth Laird, daughter of T.B. Laird, of Taylor's Wynd, Forfar, Angus, by whom he had issue, two sons, John and Angus, and a daughter, Victoria. 

He is succeeded in the baronetcy (cr Nova Scotia, 1682), by his elder son, John Ranald (Jock) who was born 16 September, 1965.


Friday, January 05, 2024

Susan Kathleen Lowther-Pinkerton 1924-2023

Susan Kathleen Lowther-Pinkerton died 24 December, 2023, aged 99.

The former Susan Kathleen Leslie-Smith was born in 1924, a daughter of Brigadier Colin Leslie-Smith (1887-1942), and his wife the former Kathleen Sophie Moxon (1899-1983); and married in 1953, Anthony Hull Lowther-Pinkerton (1928-1992), son of Anthony Trevor Hull Lowther-Pinkerton (previously Pinkerton) (1891-1955), and his wife the former Dorothy Mary Golding Lowther (1896-1965), scion of that landed gentry family, and descended from the Ponsonby Viscounts Duncannon.

She leaves issue a son, Anthony James (Jamie) Lowther-Pinkerton, LVO, MBE (born 1960), sometime an extra equerry to the Prince and Princess of Wales, and a daughter Sarah Louise (born 1960).


Thursday, January 04, 2024

Gillian Mary, Lady Birkmyre 1930-2023

 Gillian Mary, Lady Birkmyre, widow of Sir Archibald Birkmyre, 3rd Baronet, died 24 December, 2023, aged 93.

She was born Gillian Mary Downes in 1930, daughter of Eric Mytton Downes, OBE (1901-1963), and his wife the former Ella Mary Ball (1899-1959); and married 2 May, 1953, Archibald Birkmyre (born 12 February, 1923), son of Sir Henry Birkmyre, 2nd Baronet (1898-1992), and his wife the former Doris Gertrude Smith (1901-1992), by whom she had issue, a son, James, and two daughters, Alison and Serena.

Her husband succeeded his father, 10 March, 1992, as third baronet, and died 7 May, 2001, when he was succeeded by their son, Sir James Birkmyre, 4th Baronet (born 29 February, 1956).



Sir Michael Jeremiah Colman, 3rd Baronet 1928-2023

 Sir Michael Colman, 3rd Baronet, who died 26 December, 2023, aged 95, was a member of the eponymous mustard manufacturing family; a director of Reckitt & Colman plc 1970-85, chairman 1986-95.

Michael Jeremiah Colman was born 7 July, 1928, son of Sir Jeremiah Colman, 2nd Baronet (1886-1961), and his wife the former Edith Gwendolen Tritton (1902-1980), scion of the Tritton baronets; and succeeded to the baronetcy (UK, cr 1907), on the death of his father, 8 January, 1961.

He married 29 October, 1955, Judith Jean Wallop William-Powlett (born 7 February, 1936), scion of the Earls of Portsmouth, daughter of Vice Admiral Sir Peveril Barton Reibey William -Powlett, KCB, KCMG, CBE, DSO (1898-1985), and his 1st wife the former Helen Constance Forbes Crombie (1903-1965), by whom he had issue, two sons, Jeremiah and John, and three daughters, Olivia, Victoria and Alice.

He is succeeded in the baronetcy by his elder son, Jeremiah Michael Powlett Colman (born 23 January, 1958).


Wednesday, January 03, 2024

General Sir Frank Kitson, GBE, KCB, MC & Bar, DL 1926-2024

 General Sir Frank Edward Kitson, GBE, KCB, MC & Bar, DL, died 2 January, 2024, aged 97. 

Kitson was a British Army officer and writer on military subjects, notably low intensity operations. He rose to be Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces from 1982 to 1985 and was Aide-de-Camp General to HM Queen Elizabeth II from 1983 to 1985.

He was born 15 December, 1926, son of Vice Admiral Sir Henry Karslake Kitson, KBE, CB (1877-1952) and his wife the former Marjorie de Pass, daughter of Sir Eliot Arthur de Pass. His uncle Frank de Pass was the first Jewish recipient of the Victoria Cross.

Kitson joined the British Army as a second lieutenant on an emergency commission in the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) on 23 February 1946. He was appointed to a regular commission as a lieutenant on 10 April 1948 (with seniority from 15 December 1947), and promoted to captain on 15 December 1953. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) on 1 January 1955 for service in the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya, and was awarded a Bar to it on 23 May 1958, for service in the Malayan Emergency the previous year. 

Kitson was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1959 Queen's Birthday Honours. He was promoted major on 15 December 1960, brevet lieutenant-colonel on 1 July 1964, and to the substantive rank on 31 December 1966. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 1968 New Year Honours. He was promoted colonel on 31 December 1969 (with seniority from 30 June 1969), and brigadier on 30 June 1970.

From September 1970, Kitson commanded 39 Airportable Brigade, which comprised eight (frequently changing) battalions on short four-month tours. A further brigade was usually attached as brigade reserve, but this could be employed elsewhere as required. On 15 February 1972 he was promoted Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his operational service in Northern Ireland the previous year. According to Belfast politician Paddy Devlin, Kitson "probably did more than any other individual to sour relations between the Catholic community and the security forces" in Northern Ireland. On 22 January 1976 he became General Officer Commanding 2nd Division, with the acting rank of major-general,with substantive promotion following on 5 April 1976 (and seniority from 2 June 1974), and leading its re-designation as an Armoured Division in Germany before stepping down on 28 February 1978. He was then Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley, 5 March 1978 – 18 January 1980. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 1980 New Year Honours. On 17 March 1980 he was appointed Deputy Commander-in-Chief UK Land Forces and Inspector General Territorial Army, with substantive promotion to lieutenant-general (and seniority backdated to 17 August 1979). He held those appointments until 30 May 1982, and then became Commander-in-Chief, UK Land Forces on 1 July 1982 with local rank of general.

As is traditional for senior officers of the British Army, Kitson held a number of more honorary positions: Colonel Commandant of 2nd Battalion, Royal Green Jackets from 1 January 1979 to 1 January 1987; Honorary Colonel to the University of Oxford Officer Training Corps from 21 July 1982 to 21 July 1987; and Aide-de-Camp General to the Queen from 14 February 1983 to 1985.  In 1985 he was promoted to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE). He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Devon on 19 June 1989. 

In 1962, Kitson married Elizabeth Janet Spencer (born 10 Dec, 1938), whose father, Colonel Charles Spencer, was Colonel of the 12th Royal Lancers. Lady Kitson is descended from the Cavendish Earls of Burlington (and thus descended from the Dukes of Devonshire). Lady Kitson was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of June 2015, for her work with the Army Families Federation. They have three daughters: Catherine Alice, Rosemary Diana and Marion Ruth.


Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Richard Kimber Franklin 1936-2023

Richard Kimber Franklin, actor, who died on Christmas Day, 2023, aged 87, was a grandson maternally of Sir Henry Kimber, 2nd Baronet (1862-1950).

Franklin played Capt Yates in Doctor Who and Denis Rigg in the ITV soap Emmerdale. It was as the on-and-off travelling companion of Jon Pertwee's Doctor Who that he gained a cult following.

Richard Kimber Franklin was born 15 January, 1936, son of Richard Harrington Franklin, a surgeon, and his wife Helen Margaret Kimber, daughter of Sir Henry Dixon Kimber, 2nd Baronet.

Richard Franklin unsuccessfully stood as a parliamentary candidate several times in general elections, for the Liberal Democrats in 1992, UKIP in 2001 and the Silent Majority Party in 2005. He never married.


Dowager Lady Vyvyan 1931-2023

 The Dowager Lady Vyvyan, who has died aged 92, was the third wife and widow of Sir John Vyvyan, 12th Baronet.

The former Jonet Noel Barclay was born 28 August, 1931, elder daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Hubert Barclay, DSO, MC, CStJ (1900-1980), scion of that Scots landed gentry family, and his wife the former Muriel Rose Mitchelson (1905-1965), daughter of Sir Archibald Mitchelson, 1st & last Baronet (1878-1945), &c.

She married in 1958, as his third wife, Major John Stanley Vyvyan (born 20 January, 1916), son of Major-General Ralph Ernest Vyvyan, CBE, MC (1891-1971), and his wife the former Vera Grace Alexander (1894-1956). Her husband succeeded to the baronetcy (created in 1645), on the death of his kinsman, Sir Richard, the 11th Baronet, 15 May, 1978, and died 6 October, 1995.

Lady Vyvyan leaves a daughter, Amanda (born 22 Aug, 1959), and a son, Sir Ralph Ferrers Alexander Vyvyan, 13th Baronet (born 21 August, 1960). 


Monday, January 01, 2024

Lieutenant General Sir (John) Norman Arthur, KCB, CVO 1931-2023

 Lieutenant General Sir Norman Arthur, KCB, CVO, who died 18 December, 2023, aged 92, was a former General Officer Commanding Scotland, and Governor of Edinburgh Castle.

He was born 6 March, 1931, scion of the Barons Glenarthur, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Evelyn Stewart Arthur (1899-1963), and his wife the former Elizabeth Burnett-Stuart (1905-1976), scion of that Scots landed gentry family; and married 1stly, 1 Oct, 1960, Theresa Mary Hopkinson (1938-2011), scion of the Barons Colyton; and married 2ndly, 2012, Jillian Constance Andrews. He leaves issue from his first marriage.

He was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Arthur was commissioned into the Royal Scots Greys in 1951. At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome he was part of the British equestrian team for the three-day event; he withdrew after the cross-country phase. Arthur was appointed Commanding Officer of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in 1972 and mentioned in despatches for service in Northern Ireland in 1974. He became Commander of 7th Armoured Brigade in 1976. Arthur went on to be General Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division in 1980 and Director of Personal Services (Army) in 1983. He was given the colonelcy of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in 1984, a position he held until 1998. He was appointed General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle in 1985; he retired in 1988. In 1996 he became Lord Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway Region, and held this post until succeeded by Malcolm Ross in March 2006.

Rosalind Mary Chetwynd-Talbot (née Bilney) (1932-2023)

 Rosalind Mary Chetwynd-Talbot (née Bilney), died 24 December, 2023, aged 91.

She was born in 1932, at Bicester, daughter of Air Vice-Marshal Christopher Neil Hope Bilney, CB, CBE (1898-1988), and his wife the former Nellie Garner Perren (1896-1983); and married 29 January, 1955, Christopher Patrick Chetwynd-Talbot (1922-2011), scion of the Earls Talbot, son of Gilbert Patrick Chetwynd Chetwynd-Talbot (1886-1958), and his wife the former Alice Alethea Moller, by whom she had issue, a son, Patrick (born 12 Jan, 1958), and a daughter, Harriet (born 23 Dec, 1959).