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].


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

(George Richard) Hugh Bredin 1935-2024

 Hugh Bredin, who died 10 March, 2024, aged 89, was a croquet player, jazz fan, author, illustrator, pen-and-ink cartoonist, contributor to Punch and Private Eye – and, for more than 30 years, a senior copywriter at some of Britain’s largest advertising agencies, including the American-owned J Walter Thompson...

In 1980 he published The Jeeves Cocktail Book: A Guide to Mixed Drinking. By then his art had already been used to launch the popular new “international intrigue” board game Diplomacy which still flourishes today; the design of the game somehow echoed Bredin’s own flamboyance – especially the loud kipper ties made for him by the celebrated Mayfair boutique owner Mr Fish.

George Richard Hugh Bredin was born 3 March, 1935, on the Wirral Peninsula across the Mersey from Liverpool, a descendant of a Huguenot family who had moved from Bordeaux to Ireland in the 17th century and included Picasso’s long-standing lawyer Jean-Denis Bredin. He was son of George Richard Frederick Bredin, CBE (1899-1983), and his wife the former Dorothy Ellison (1896-1997).

His maternal grandfather, Thomas Richard Ellison (1864-1929), had been president of the Liverpool Cotton Exchange. Hugh’s father George would soon serve as governor of the Blue Nile province in Sudan.

Hugh’s early childhood was spent in the hands of his forthright mother who enjoyed golf, bridge and horse racing and once played tennis in Monaco with Charlie Chaplin.

Hugh began his formal education at Mostyn House, Cheshire. Unusually, his nanny, Miss Mowle, went with him to the prep school – she was given the role of under-matron – and was soon called “Nanny” by the entire school.

Bredin had married in 1957 (div) Mary Gabrielle Drew (born 1936), scion of that landed gentry family, a student at the Oxford Theatre School, daughter of Brigadier Alec Wilson Drew, CBE (1902-1970), and his wife the former Edna Susan Moffitt (1905-65); and married 2ndly, in 1967, Nina Violet Tamara Talbot Rice (1941-2004), daughter of Lieutenant-Col David Talbot Rice, CBE, TD (1903-1972), scion of the Barons Dynevor, by his wife the former Tamara Abelson (1904-1993).

He leaves issue from both marriages.


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.