Friday, May 31, 2024

Walter Maynard 1932-2024

 Walter 'Robin' Maynard, who died at East Hampton, Long Island, New York, 3 May, 2024, was a descendant of the Barons Fermoy, a second cousin of Diana, Princess of Wales.

He was born in 1932, a son of Walter Maynard (1906-1971), and his wife Eileen Burden (1910-1970), a great-granddaughter of the American heiress Frances Ellen Work (1858-1947), wife of the 3rd Baron Fermoy (1852-1920).

The 3rd Baron Fermoy (1852-1920) > Hon Cynthia Roche (1884-1966) > Eileen Burden (1910-70) > Walter Maynard (1932-2024)

The 3rd Baron Fermoy > 4th Baron Femoy (1885-1955) > Hon Frances Roche (1936-2004) > Diana Princess of Wales (1961-97)


Thursday, May 30, 2024

Maj. Michael Christopher Bagshawe, TD 1926-2024

Major Michael Christopher Bagshawe, TD, who died 21 May, 2024, aged 97, was a scion of that landed gentry family; born in 1926, a younger son on Capt Francis Ernest Gisborne Bagshawe (1893-1985), & his wife the former Albinia Marian Paul (1900-1986); and married 23 June, 1951, Patricia Jane Crompton-Inglefield (born 29 November, 1929), scion of that landed gentry family, eldest daughter of Colonel Sir John Frederick Crompton-Inglefield, TD (1904-1988), and his wife the former Rosemary Scott (1903-1978), daughter of Admiral Sir Percy Moreton Scott, 1st Baronet, KCB, KCVO (1953-1924).

Maj. Bagshawe leaves issue, a son, John Nicholas Samuel (born 4 Dec, 1954), and a daughter, Albinia Sarah (born 5 Feb, 1953).

His granddaughter, Hannah Jane Bagshawe (born 1982) is the wife of the actor Eddie Redmayne (born 6 Jan, 1982).


Henry Claude Strathern Evill 1931-2024

Henry Claude Strathern Evill died 25 May, 2024, aged 92. He was a descendant of the Kleniwort baronets.

He was born 29 May, 1931, the third son of Air Chief Marshal Sir Douglas Claude Strathern Evill, GBE, KCB, DSC, AFC, RAF (1892-1971), and his wife the former Henrietta Hortense Kleinwort (1893-1980), second daughter of Sir Alexander Drake Kleinwort, 1st Baronet (1858-1935). He married 16 March, 1960, Irene Joan Moncrieff, daughter of John Gillie Moncrieff, by whom he had issue, a son, Stephen (born 24 July, 1962), and two daughters, Gillian (born 14 Oct, 1960), and Katrina (born 14 Nov, 1964).



Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Barley/Ashby engagement

 The engagement was announced 29 May, 2024, between Max John Roden Barley (born 1989), eldest son of Michael Desmond Tennyson Barley (born 1944), of Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, and his wife the former Richenda Mary Buxton (born 14 January, 1953), scion of the Buxton baronets, & Lydia Alice Charlotte Ashby (born 2 July, 1989), daughter of Philip Stephen Ashby (born 1949), of Bishops Down, Dorset, and his wife the former Favell Margaret Bevan (born 1954), scion of that landed gentry family.


Rosanna Juliet Lamorna Bolitho (born 2024)

Eleanor Charlotte Herschel Bolitho (born 1991), wife of Capt Thomas Alverne Bolitho, of the Grenadier Guards [born 1991], scion of that landed family, gave birth to a daughter Rosanna Juliet Lamorna, 4 May, 2024, a sister for Clementine Elizabeth Herschel, who was born 24 September, 2022.

Capt Bolitho is the elder son of Alverne Robert Bolitho [born 1961], of Petersfield, Hampshire, by his wife the former Annabel Louise Shaw-Baker [born 1962].

Eleanor Bolitho (née Harbage), is a daughter of William John Hirons Harbage, QC [born 1960], of Bulwick, co Northampton, by his wife the former Julia Mary Herschel Dunkerley [born 1960].


Sunday, May 26, 2024

Lady Palmer 1929-2024

 Lady Palmer, who died 18 May, 2024, aged 94, was the widow of Major General Sir Michael Palmer, KCVO, sometime Defence Services Secretary.

She was born Jillean Monica Sherston, 7 August, 1929, scion of the Sherston landed gentry family, second daughter of Capt Geoffrey William Sherston, MC (1891-1944), and his wife the former Monica Dulcibella Barrett (1893-1980), scion of that landed family; and married in 1953, Major Gen Sir (Joseph) Michael Palmer, KCVO (1928-2017), the son of Lieutenant-Colonel William Robert Palmer, DSO and his wife Joan Audrey Palmer (née Smith), by whom she had issue, two sons, Jeremy and Jonathan, and a daughter Deborah.


Saturday, May 25, 2024

Heeney/Leeming engagement

 The engagement was announced 25 May, 2024, between Jack Alexander D. Heeney (born 1994), son of David John Heeney (born 1963), of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and Mrs Carole Anna Heeney (nee Waters), of Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, & Teresa Mary Leeming (born 1994), daughter of Antony Richard Leeming (born 22 June, 1950), of Skirsgill Park, Penrith, Cumbria, scion of the Tempest landed family, by his wife the former Lady Elizabeth Mary Cecilia Bowes Lyon, LVO (born 23 December, 1959), a cousin of the King, elder daughter of the late 17th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne (1928-1987), of Glamis Castle, Forfar, by his wife the former Mary Pamela McCorquodale (b 31 May, 1932), scion of that landed gentry family.

Lady Elizabeth Leeming is an Extra Lady in Waiting to HRH The Princess Royal, and served the late Queen Elizabeth II in the same capacity.



Jonathan Charles Albert Jessel (born 2024)

 Isabel Margaret L. Jessel (nee English, born 1990), wife of Thomas George William [Tom] Jessel [born 17 April, 1990], scion of the Jessel baronets, gave birth to a son, Jonathan Charles Albert (Jonny), 7 April, 2024.

Thomas Jessel is the only son of Mr Alastair John Jessel [born 19 Aug, 1959], of Pembury, Kent, by his former wife the former Gail Alexandra Patridge [now Mrs Peter Hall, of Marden, Kent].

Isabel is a daughter of the late Jonathan M.S. English [born 1964, d], by his wife the former Hannah I. Tahany [now of Wilton, Wiltshire].

The infant is a great-grandson of Sir Charles John Jessel, 3rd Baronet [born 29 Dec, 1924].


Ludo George Quantrill McCorquodale (born 2024)

 Flora McCorquodale (nee Russell), wife of Malcolm George McCorquodale [born 1989], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Ludo George Quantrill, 30 April, 2024, a brother for Isla Mary Elizabeth, who was born 12 October, 2022.

Flora is a daughter of Brigadier and Mrs Bruce Russell, of Stobo, Peebleshire. Flora's sister, Emily, announced her engagement in 2020, to Rory Lees-Millais (born 1990), scion of the baronets of that name.

Malcolm McCorquodale is a son of Hamish Norman McCorquodale [born 6 Feb, 1945], of Hethe, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Mary Anne Cookson [born 1952], scion of the Cookson landed gentry family.

Malcolm McCorquodale descends from the Barons Luke on his paternal side, and via that family the Barons St John of Bletso. Prominent McCorquodale kin include Mary Pamela McCorquodale [born 31 May, 1932], wife of the 17th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne, a cousin of  the King, and Neil Edmund McCorquodale [born 1951], husband of Lady Sarah Spencer, sister of Diana, Princess of Wales.


Friday, May 24, 2024

Dijkstra/Molson engagement

 The engagement was announced 24 May, 2024, between Auguste A.D. Dijkstra, son of Mr and Mrs Antoine Dijkstra, of Verbier, Switzerland, & Sophie Natasha Molson (born 1995), second but eldest surviving daughter of R. Ian Molson, of Kingham, Oxfordshire, and Mrs Verena Brigid Molson (nee Cayzer, born 8 Feb, 1961), of Chelsea, London, scion of the Barons Rotherwick.


Wingfield Digby/Sewell engagement

 The engagement was announced 24 May, 2024, between Richard Francis Wingfield Digby (born 1989), son of George Richard Wingfield Digby (born18 August, 1955), of Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Frances Jane Henn (born 2 February, 1959), scion of that Irish landed family & Lucinda Charlotte Anne Sewell (born 30 September, 1993), scion of that landed gentry family, third daughter of Mark Geoffrey Sewell (born 27 May, 1955), of Idlicote, Warwickshire, and his wife the former Elizabeth Mary Alexandra Fraser (born 1957), descended from the Seymour Dukes of Somerset.

Lucinda's descent from the 5th Baron Methuen:-

5th Baron Methuen (1891-1975) > Hon Elizabeth Methuen (1928-2017) > Elizabeth Fraser (b 1957) > Lucinda Sewell (b 1993)

Lucinda's Somerset lineage:-

8th Duke of Somerset (1695-1757) > Rev Lord Francis Seymour (1726-99) > Francis Compton Seymour (d 1822) > Henry John Hyde Seymour (1795-1860) > Rev Henry Seymour (1825-1911) > Madeleine St Maur Seymour (1862-1951) > Violet Abel Smith (1896-1972) > Malcolm Fraser (1924-2019) > Elizabeth Fraser (b 1957) > Lucinda Sewell (b 1993)


Eliza Cecilia Lamarque (born 2024), great-granddaughter for the Earl of Rosebery

 Bryony Rose Lamarque (nee Barling, born 1987), wife of Victor George Lamarque (born 1986), gave birth to a daughter, Eliza Cecilia, 15 May, 2024, a sister for Myles Auberon Barling Lamarque, who was born 20 June, 2018.

Victor Barling is a son of William G. Lamarque by his former wife Lady Emma Elizabeth Anne Primrose (born 1962), daughter of the 7th Earl of Rosebery (b 1929).

Bryony Lamarque is a daughter of Mr Justice Sir Gerald Barling (born 1949), by his wife the former Myriam Frances Ponsford.


Thursday, May 23, 2024

(Andrew) Gillies Macbain

 Andrew Gillies Macbain, died 16 March, 2024, aged 81.

He was born 9 January, 1943. He married firstly, 1971 (div) Antonia Peck; married 2ndly, 1985, Rowena Mary Phillida Blunden (born 13 September, 1952), fourth daughter of Sir William Blunden, 6th Baronet (1919-1985), and his wife the former Pamela Mary Purser (1922-2017).


The Queen attends memorial service for Capt Ian Farquhar

 The Queen joined 500 mourners at a memorial service, 23 May, 2024,  at Badminton, Gloucestershire, for her friend Capt Ian Farquhar,  the renowned horseman and legendary hunting figure who died in March, died aged 78.

Queen Camilla attended the service at the church of St Michael and All Angels, close to Badminton House, seat of the Duke of Beaufort. The Queen's former husband, Brigadier Andrew Parker Bowles was among the mourners. 

Capt Farquhar, of the Queen's Own Hussars, died 6 March, 2024, at his home on the King's Highgrove estate. He was a 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.


Fletcher/Haig engagement

The engagement was announced 18 May, 2024, between J.P.G. (Jack) Fletcher, son of Charlie Fletcher and Domenica More Gordon of Inveresk, East Lothian, & Kirsty Louise Haig (born 27 November, 1993), scion of that landed gentry family, elder daughter of Alexander Veitch Haig (born 19 Nov, 1960), of Balfron, Stirlingshhire, by his wife the former Susan Anne Harriet Campbell.


Rudolf Jocelyn Heinrich William Oscar von Vollmar auf Veltheim 1956-2024

 Rudolf Jocelyn Heinrich William Oscar von Vollmar auf Veltheim, who died 14 May, 2024, was descended from the Buxton baronets; born in 1956, son of Albert von Vollmar auf Veltheim (1918-2002), of Chedgrave, Norwich, Norfolk, by his wife, Mrs Victoria Lilian Roden Beeton (1919-1972) , former wife of Commander Arthur Walter Beeton, RIN, and daughter of Capt Roden Henry Victor Buxton, CBE (1890-1990), by his 1st wife the former Dorothy Alina St John (who died 1956).

Sir Thomas Buxton, 4th Bt (1865-1919) > Capt Roden Buxton (1890-1990) > Victoria Buxton (1919-72) > Rudolf von Vollmar auf Veltheim (1956-2024)


Zoe May Pobar (born 2024)

 Laura Juliette McPhee (née Crichton, born 1988), has given birth to a daughter, Zoe May Pobar, 21 May, 2024, in Brisbane. Laura, a scion of the Earls of Erne, is a daughter of Hugh Patrick George Crichton (born 9 Aug, 1949), and his wife the former Kerry Kyle-Little. She married in 2016, Andrew N. McPhee, son of the Rev Jeffrey McPhee, by whom she has a son, Charles Jeffrey McPhee (born 2017). Laura also has issue, a son, from her relationship with _____Pobar, Jack Francis Pobar (born 30 Aug, 2022).


Sir John Brewer Sutherland, 3rd Baronet 1931-2024

 Sir John Sutherland, 3rd Baronet, of Belford, Northumberland, died 11 May, 2024, aged 92.

John Brewer Sutherland was born 19 Oct, 1931, son of Sir (Benjamin) Ivan Sutherland, 2nd Baronet (1901-80), and his 1st wife the former Marjorie Constance Daniel Brewer (who died 3 May, 1980), and succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 6 November, 1980, but chose not to use the title.

The baronetcy was created in 1921 for Sir Arthur Munro Sutherland, KBE, chairman of Newcastle Commercial Exchange, Lord Mayor of Newcastle, and President of the Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdon, and High Sheriff of Northumberland.

John Sutherland was twice wed, firstly, 20 Nov, 1958, Alice Muireall Henderson (who died 21 September, 1984), daughter of William Stamford Henderson, of Usan, Makerstoun, Kelso, Roxburghshire; and married 2ndly, 20 Jan, 1988, (Ailsa) Heather Gray, daughter of David Alexander Gray, of Langley Mill, Lanchester, Co Durham.

He leaves issue by his first wife, three sons, Peter, Christopher and Robert, and a daughter, Susan. The eldest son, Peter William Sutherland (born 18 May, 1963), succeeds to the baronetcy.


Nicholas Mark Percy Faber (born 2024)

Stella Nony Faber (née Weatherall, born 1991), wife of Luke Christopher Michael Faber (born 1990), gaveb birth to a son Nicholas Mark Percy (Nicky), 29 April, 2024.

Stella is a scion of the Keswick family (of Jardine Matheson), daughter of Percy Weatherall (born 1957), and his wife the former Clara Mary Johnston (born 1960).

Luke Faber is a descendant of the Dukes of Devonshire, and a great-grandson of Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, OM, PC, FRS (1894-1986).

9th Duke of Devonshire (1868-1938) > Lady Dorothy Cavendish (1900-86) > Lady Caroline Macmillan (1923-2016) > Mark Faber (1950-1991) > Luke Faber (b 1990)


Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Nina Mary Ally Boyle (born 2024)

 Ayesha Boyle (nee Ally), wife of Richard Piers Boyle [born 1988], scion of the Earls of Cork and Orrery, gave birth to a daughter, Nina Mary Ally, 18 April, 2024.

Ayesha is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Dwight Ally. Richard Boyle is a son of the Hon Robert William Boyle [born 1948], by his wife the former Fiona Mary St Aubyn [born 1952], scion of the Barons St Levan, and a grandson paternally of the 14th Earl of Cork & Orrery [1916-2003], and a great grandson maternally of the 3rd Baron St Levan [1895-1978], of St Michael's Mount, Penzance.


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Rory Lewis David Jerome More O'Ferrall 1947-2024

Rory Lewis David Jerome More O'Ferrall, Knight of Honour & Devotion, Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and Malta, died in Marbella on 14 May, 2024, aged 76. He was a scion of that Irish landed gentry family.

He was born in 1947, son of Major George Anthony More O'Ferrall (1907-1982), and his wife the former Elizabeth Crosby Lockwood (1911-2012). He leaves a partner, Andrew McCullough.

More O'Ferrall, sometime of the De Beers diamond mining group where he spent 36 years, was an advocate for ethical practices and sustainable development. He played a crucial role in creating the World Diamond Council (WDC) and shaping the Kimberley Process to ensure ethical diamond sourcing.

After leaving De Beers Group, Rory continued his mission with the The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI), supporting small-scale diamond miners. He also remained an Honorary Life Member of the World Diamond Council. 

More O'Ferrall has numerous family connections with the peerage and landed gentry. One cousin Susan Angela More O'Ferrall, married the 3rd Baron Beaverbrook, and another, Theresa More O'Ferrall,  married the 4th Viscount Allendale. A cousin, Edward More O'Ferrall married Lady Elizabeth Hare, daughter of Lord Listowel.


Monday, May 20, 2024

Keith Norman Guy Hungerford 1946-2024

 Keith Norman Guy Hungerford, who died 8 May, 2024, at Balmain, New South Wales, aged 77, was a scion of the Hungerford landed family (also see Burke's Irish Family Records).

He was born 8 June, 1946, son of Anthony Guy Hungerford (1912-1992), and his wife the former Meredyth Effie Thompson (died 29 Mar, 2007); and married 28 February, 1970, Carole Babington, daughter of Norman Babington, by whom he had issue, including son, Josslyn (born 17 January, 1975).


Sunday, May 19, 2024

Makim/Weiss marriage

 The marriage took place in Germany, 11 May, 2024, between Seamus Makim (born 1981), son of William Alex Makim, and his former wife Jane Louisa Luedecke (nee Ferguson, born 26 Aug 1957), & Sibylle Weiss.

Seamus Makim, a scion of the Fergusons of Dummer (landed gentry) is a descendant of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry, and a nephew of Sarah Duchess of York.


Merle, Lady Hope (died 2024)

Merle, Lady Hope, who died 7 May, 2024, was the widow of Sir John Hope, 18th Baronet.

The former Merle Pringle Douglas was a daughter of Robert Douglas, of Holbrook, Suffolk, and married 29 June, 1968, John Carl Alexander Hope of Craighall (born 10 June, 1939), son of Sir Archibald Hope of Craighall, 17th Baronet (1912-1987), and his wife the former Ruth Chamberlin Davis. Her husband succeeded his father in the baronetcy (cr NS 1628), 27 July, 1987, and died 30 Oct, 2007.

Lady Hope is survivved by a daughter, Natasha (born 1971), and a son, Sir Alexander Archibald Douglas Hope of Craighall, 19th Baronet (born 16 March, 1969).


Saturday, May 18, 2024

Evans/Sells engagement

The engagement was announced 18 May, 2024, between Michael J.A. Evans, elder son of Major and Mrs Christopher Evans, of Noddsdale, Ayrshire, & Rosanna Mary Sells (born 30 June, 1991), daughter of Oliver Matthew Sells, KC (born 1950), of Flitcham, Norfolk, by his wife the former Lucinda Jane Mackworth-Young (born 4 January, 1957), descended from the Earls of Rothes.

The 20th Earl of Rothes (pronounced 'Rothez') 1902-1975 > Lady Evelyn Leslie (1929-2011) >  Lucinda Mackworth-Young (b 1957) > Rosanna Sells (b 1991)


Angela, Lady Buchan-Hepburn (died 2024)

Angela, Lady Buchan-Hepburn, who died 12 May, 2024, was the widow of Sir Ninian Buchan-Hepburn, 6th Baronet, and mother of the Duchess of Northumberland.

She was (Mary) Angela Scott, daughter of Thomas Ian Scott, of Balfunning, Balfron, Stirlingshire, & his wife, Charlotte, and was three times married, firstly to Jack Walch Lyne, secondly,  to John Miller Richard, and thirdly, in 1991, as his second wife, Sir Ninian Buchan Archibald John Buchan-Hepburn, 6th Baronet (born 8 Oct, 1922), son of Sir John Buchan-Hepburn, 5th Bt (1894-1961), and his wife the former Jessie Lawrence Smith (died 8 Mar 1961). Her 3rd husband succeeded to his father's baronetcy, 8 Feb, 1961, and he died 22 Feb, 1992.

Lady Buchan-Hepburn leaves issue, (Isobel) Jane, Duchess of Northumberland (born 11 May, 1958), Simon John Miller Richard (born 11 Mar 1960), and Nicola Denise Richard (later Davies) (born 22 Jan 1962), and was predeceased by a daughter, Dorinda.


Friday, May 17, 2024

Dr William Gerard Noel 1965-2024

 Dr William Gerard Noel, who died following an accident,  29 April, 2024, aged 58, was a scion of the Earls of Gainsborough.

The Anglo-American historian died after being hit by a van in Edinburgh. He was struck by a white Citroen Relay van on Trinity Crescent on 10 April. The 58-year-old was taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh where he died.

Dr Noel, who was previously honoured by the Obama administration for his commitment to open science, was Associate Librarian for Special Collections at Princeton University at the time of his death. He was an eminent scholar of medieval manuscripts best known for directing a project in which the latest technology was used to decipher lost works of Archimedes of Syracuse, the Greek mathematician and inventor who lived in the third century BC.

He was born 1 August, 1965, the second son of Capt Henry Methuen Noel (1927-1998), and his wife the former Helen Elizabeth Anne Hutchison (1935-1992); and married in 2007, Carol Lynn Ransom, wby whom he had a son, Henry Mehtuen Ransom, born in 2010.


Frederick Cresswell Macrae Clementi (born 2024)

 Alice Margaret Clementi [nee Stein], wife of Thomas Cowley Clementi [born 1979], descended from the Earls of Chichester, gave birth to a son, Frederick Cresswell Macrae, 25 April, 2024, a brother for Mary Jane Cowley, who was born 3 September, 2022.

Alice is a daughter of Nigel M. Stein and his wife the former Jane Lennon. 

Tom Clementi is a son of David Cecil Clementi [born 25 Feb, 1949], and his wife the former Sarah Louise Cowley [born 1947]. 

2nd Earl of Chichester > Rt Rev Hon John Pelham > Henry Francis Pelham > Sir Edward Henry Pelham > Susan Pelham > David Cecil Clementi > Thomas Clementi > Frederick Clementi [born 2024]


Mawicke/Dove engagement

 The engagement was announced 17 May, 2024, between Jason D. Mawicke, son of Mr Daniel Mawicke, of Florida, and Mrs Kathryn Hall, of Connecticut, United States, & Elizabeth Fay Dove (born 1994), daughter of Anthony Edward Dove (born 1946), of Warrington, Cheshire, and his wife the former Julia Maria Williams.

The bride-to-be is descended from the Barons Carrington:-

The 5th Baron Carrington (1891-1938) > Hon Elizabeth Carington > Anthony Dove (b 1946) > Elizabeth Dove (b 1994)


Harbord/Brook engagement

 The engagement was announced 17 May, 2024, between James Henry Sebastian Charles Harbord (born 1988), scion of the Barons Suffield, son of Jeremy Julian Harbord (born 22 May, 1953), of Netheravon, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Monique Katherine Marie Fetherstonhaugh (born 15 Aug, 1953), & Charlotte E.L. Brook, daughter of Mrs Alison Brook, of Heathfield, East Sussex, and the late Mr David Brook, of Frensham, Surrey.

The 3rd Baron Suffield (1781-1835) > Hon Ralph Harbord (1833-78) > Edward Ralph Harbord (1870-1950) > Ralph Evelyn Harbord (1915-1993) > Jeremy Harbord (b 1953) > James Harbord (b 1988)


Norman/Martin engagement

The engagement was announced 17 May, 2024 between Antony Norman (born 10 March, 1995), eldest son and heir of Sir Nigel James Norman, 4th Baronet (born 5 February, 1956), of Wilcote, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Juliet Clare Louise Baxendale, & Alice V. Martin, daughter of Mr and Mrs Roy Martin, of Barnes, London.

The 2nd Earl Annesley (1745-1824) > Hon Robert Annesley (1773-1845) > James Annesley (1799-1859) > Capt Francis Annesley (1845-78) > Lt-Col James Annesley (1868-1919) > Patricia Annesley (b 1904) > Sir Mark Annesley, 3rd Bt (1927-2013) > Sir Nigel Norman 4th Bt (b 1956) > Antony Norman (b 1995)


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The 8th Marquess of Ailesbury 1926-2024

 The Marquess of Ailesbury, 8th holder of the Peerage (created 1821), died 12 May, 2024, following a fall at his London home. He was 98.

The peer fell out of his window at his home while letting his cat out. He died on impact on a concrete patio. By unhappy coincidence, 86 years ago, his mother was killed falling from a window at the Savoy Hotel. 

The Marquess, whose home was in Savernake Forest, Marlborough, Wiltshire, was Marquess of Ailesbury (1821), Earl of Cardigan (1661), Earl of Ailesbury (1776), Earl Bruce (1821), Viscount Savernake (1821), Baron Brudenell (1627/8), Baron Bruce (1746), a Baronet in England (1611), & 30th Hereditary Warden of Savernake Forest.

Michael Sydney Cedric Brudenell-Bruce was born 31 March, 1926, elder son of the 7th Marquess of Ailesbury (1904-1974), and his 1st wife the former Joan Houlton Salter, daughter of Stephen Salter, of Pondwell House, Ryde, Isle of Wight. 

Michael's mother, the then Countess of Cardigan, who had recently returned from South Africa, was killed in July, 1937, when she fell from a seventh floor window at the Savoy Hotel, London, where she was staying alone. The countess, wearing an evening dress, fell near three children who were playing in the street. A coroner returned a verdict that Lady Cardigan had committed suicide whilst of unsound mind.

Michael Brudenell-Bruce succeeded his father in the family honours, 15 July, 1974.

Lord Ailesbury was three times wed. He married firstly, 17 March, 1952 (div 1961), Edwina Sylvia de Winton Wills (1933-2023), the second daughter of Lt Col Sir (Ernest) Edward de Winton Wills, 4th Baronet (1903-1983), of Hazelwood, by his first wife Sylvia Margaret Ogden (died 1946); and married 2ndly, 10 July, 1963 (div 1974), Juliet Adrienne Lethbridge Kingsford, daughter of Edward Hilary Lethbridge Kingsford; and married 3rdly, 18 September, 1974 (div 1992), Caroline Elizabeth Romilly (former wife of Simon Romilly, 1st son of Eric Carnegie Romilly, of Bradfield Court, Bodenham, co. Hereford), only daughter of Cmdr Owen Francis MacTier Wethered, RN, of Remnantz, Marlow, co. Buckingham. 

The Marquess leaves a son from his first marriage, David, Earl of Cardigan, and two daughters, Lady Sylvia (b 19 Jun 1954), and Lady Carina (b 13 Jan 1956); and he leaves two daughters from his 2nd marriage, Lady Louise (b 13 Jul 1964), and Lady Kathryn (b 24 Aug 1965).

The son, David Michael James Brudenell-Bruce, styled Earl of Cardigan (born 12 Nov, 1952), now succeeds as 9th Marquess of Ailesbury.


Peter Phillips and his latest girlfriend's family and background

 Peter Phillips, 46 year-old nephew of the King, the late Queen's eldest grandchild has been seen on the arm of a new girlfriend. The lady, Harriet Sperling, described in the Sun newspaper as "a paediatric and specialist nurse and freelance writer in her 40s" was with Phillips last week at the Badminton Horse Trials where she was introduced to Queen Camilla.

Harriet wrote in March this year of the struggles, and joys, of her life as a single parent bringing up her young daughter. She highlights how while 'parenting solo can be tough' it 'can also be the most beautiful, precious relationship.' Harriet said: 'In the earlier years of my journey as a single mother to my daughter, resources were scarce, and the future was uncertain. 'Yet, in the absence of material security, I discovered the strength and life that comes from true selfless love. A love that is able to be solely devoted to your child.'

Harriet's life as a struggling single parent belies her aristocratic and distinguished ancestry. The NHS nurse was born Harriet Eleanor Sanders, her birth registered at Swindon, in the first quarter of 1980, daughter of solicitor Rupert Hugh Sanders (1944-2023), and his wife the former Mary Elizabeth Hoskins (born 1950), daughter of Richard Samuel Hoskins (1912-78), of Park Corner, Cirencester, and his wife (nee Wakefield).

Harriet's mother featured in Tatler in 1971 on their 'Girls in Pearls' page following the announcement of her engagement to Rupert Sanders, whose ancestry is rich in the landed 'beerage' and stockbroking.

Harriet's grandfather Maj Geoffrey Thomas St John Sanders (1911-86), a High Sheriff of Gloucestershire, married Eleanor De Zoete (1910-78), of the Mill House, Radwell, scion of the De Zoete stockbroking dynasty, daughter of the Old Etonian stockbroker and famed England cricketer Herman Walter De Zoete (1877-1957).

Herman De Zoete was a right-handed batsman who bowled both slow left-arm orthodox and left-arm medium pace, and played for Cambridge University in the 1890s. He was part of the De Zoete & Bevan stockbroking family who were bought out by Barclays Bank in 1986. De Zoete married in Essex in 1903, Dorothy Courage (1877-1972), scion of the Courage landed gentry family, whose fortune was based on brewing from the 18th century. 

Dorothy Courage was the tenth child of Edward Courage (1832-1904), of Shenfield Place, Essex, and Hanover Square, London, an old Harrovian, head of the Courage landed gentry family, by his wife the former Helen Rosa Marshall (1837-96), a scion of that landed gentry family.

Harriet has siblings: Nicholas (born 1975), Louisa (born 1976), and Rebecca (born 1986).


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Belinda Bellville 1930-2024

 Belinda Bellville, who died 5 May, 2024, aged 94, founded the fashion house Bellville et Cie (later Bellville Sassoon), whose young, fresh designs became a staple in the wardrobes of society ladies, brides-to-be and members of the Royal family over four decades. She was a scion of a landed gentry family.

Daily Telegraph: Dubbed “Belinda Bellville, the top peoples’ darling” by the press, her patrons included Princesses Margaret and Alexandra, the Duchess of Kent, and, a little further down the social scale, Audrey Hepburn, Julie Christie, Jackie Kennedy and Catherine Deneuve.

“Titled ladies applaud the titled models” reported the Daily Mail of one of her early shows in the 1950s. “200 women crowd into an elegant drawing room in Park Lane to see 18-year-old Lady Beatty and five other models show off the latest creations of Belinda Bellville. The Duchess of Westminster, the Countess of Derby, Lady Rupert Nevill, Lady Oppenheimer, and Lady Ebury squeezed on to little gilt chairs. The less fortunate had to strain to see from the corridor outside. The street was jammed with Bentleys and Rolls-Royces.”

When Lady Pamela Mountbatten married David Hicks in 1960, her wedding trousseau was designed by Bellville – as was the dress worn by her bridesmaid Princess Anne. The designer Cath Kidston, whose mother was Belinda’s first cousin, recalled being told how when Belinda went to Buckingham Palace for the fitting of the dress – a yellow ruffled affair – the Queen came along to see it and said “It’s very nice”, then turned to Belinda and said, “Will it wash?”

In 1963 The Sunday Times reported that Bellville had just completed its 80th wedding dress of the season with 20 more to finish by October. By the end of the decade, a survey by Tatler showed that Bellville et Cie had made more society wedding dresses than any other couture house had over 30 years.

In 1970 Belinda Bellville went into partnership with David Sassoon and the business expanded into a full-blown couture house. In 1981 Belville Sassoon created the outfit that Lady Diana Spencer wore when her engagement to Prince Charles was announced, and went on to create her wedding trousseau and her going away outfit. Between 1981 and 1993 Bellville Sassoon created more than 70 outfits for the Princess of Wales.

The oldest of three children, Belinda Bellville was born 29 March, 1930. Her father was Anthony Seymour Bellville (1902-70), whose family wealth came from Keen’s mustard. Her mother was Audrey Dorothy Kidston (1907-97), member of that landed gentry family, whose family owned Clyde Shipping.

She grew up in Leicestershire where her parents were part of a fashionable set – keen on racing cars, aeroplanes and horses. Summers were spent at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight, where her parents sailed and had parties on their yacht Mahelah, a converted Thames barge equipped with a grand piano and cast iron bath.

During the war, her father joined the RNVR and had the deck of the boat covered in concrete to transform it into an anti-aircraft platform from which he would shoot at doodle bugs – like shooting high pheasants, he claimed.

To avoid the bombs, the rest of the family moved to a house on the river Wye, near Builth Wells, where they enjoyed riding Welsh ponies in the mountains, fishing for salmon and collecting gulls’ eggs.

Belinda’s interest in fashion was inspired by her (divorced and remarried) paternal grandmother, Gladys Hermione “Cuckoo” Chester Master, who had run a dress shop in Savile Row in the 1920s. With clothes rationed during the war, Belinda helped her mother make garments out of whatever they could find, including old curtains.

Towards the end of the war, Belinda did a short stint at Miss Faunce’s school at Wimborne St Giles, Dorset. Six foot tall and elegant, in 1947 she was presented at court.

Determined to forge her own career in fashion at a time when there were few opportunities to study for design qualifications, Belinda Bellville dabbled in fashion journalism, assisted a fashion photographer and worked for a clothes shop in Bond Street.

She married 30 July, 1952, (Thomas) David Whately, MC (1924-2008), a partner in a firm which made mobiles and abstract sculptures for advertising, and later a financier, son of Brevet-Maj Ernest George Whately (who died 1969, and his wife the former Edith Winifred Rhoda Milburn.

The following year, aged 23, she founded Bellville et Cie in partnership with Sydna Scott, who had a shop in Kinnerton Street, Knightsbridge. “The space was so small, it had an outside loo and I used to visit the neighbouring pub to design and sketch the dresses,” she recalled.

Needing money to invest in the business, Belinda sold a Citroen car that her brother Jeremy had given her for a wedding present, for £500; astonishingly it was the only capital the company ever needed.

In 1953 Belinda Bellville held her first show at Cuckoo Leith’s house in Manchester Square, with her sister Camilla and friends as models. People queued up to see it, and the show was a riotous success, featuring in Illustrated magazine. Orders flooded in and by 1957 her collection included millinery, cocktail dresses, ball gowns and, most famously, wedding dresses.

Later she moved to new premises at 14 Motcombe Street, Belgravia, where she employed 40 people, serving an upper-class clientele. “Belville understood that Cheltenham racecourse is a draughty place and would always know to within an inch how much decolletage the Duchess would stand at dinner,” observed The Times.

In 1958 she was joined by David Sassoon, who had impressed her with his designs at a Royal College of Art degree show. Belinda, he recalled later, “had no formal training but she had great taste; she understood the moods of fashion, had a great love of fabric and a very good colour sense. Socially she knew all the right people and brought in a lot of royals.”

“Boutique”, Bellville’s ready-to-wear collection, was launched in 1963 and in 1965 Vogue Patterns invited Bellville et Cie to join their pattern books. By 1970 Bellville Sassoon, as the company was now called, had a staff of over 100.

Belinda Bellville stepped back from the company in 1982, but remained a consultant. She moved with her family to a house outside Shaftesbury in Dorset, while the company continued to flourish under David Sassoon.

The family moved to North Norfolk in 2001 and her husband David died in 2008. Belinda survived major brain surgery in 2011, but continued to live happily in Norfolk, always commenting on the fashion choices of her visitors.

She is survived by three daughters, Sophia Louise (born 29 Aug 1955), Victoria Mary (b 2 May, 1959), married to Thomas Lowther (b 2 Apr 1966), scion of the Earls of Lonsdale, and Polly Maria (b 30 May, 1967), the Countess of Leicester, wife of the 8th Earl of Leicester (b 6 July, 1965).


Monday, May 13, 2024

Mary Anne Vere Makgill Crichton Maitland 1935-2024

Mary Anne Vere Makgill Crichton Maitland died 25 April, 2024, aged 88.

She was born 13 August, 1935, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Herbert Harberton Eales, MC (1895-1941), and his wife the former Vere Edith Ogilvy (1912-2000), scion of the Ogilvy baronets; and married thrice (1) 27 Apr, 1957 (div 1973), Major Charles Pepler Norton, TD (1926-1994); & married 2ndly, 1980, as his 2nd wife, Capt James Quintin Penn Curzon (1923-1985), scion of the Earls Howe; & married 3rdly, 1987, as his second wife, Major (John) David Makgill Crichton Maitland, CVO, DSO (1925-2015), scion of the Earls of Lauderdale.

She leaves two sons and two daughters from her first marriage, Anthony (b 1958), Julian (b 1959), and Marina (b 1961), and Josephine (b 1964).


Saturday, May 11, 2024

Rollins/Berry engagement

 The engagement was announced 11 May, 2024, between Graham Lee Rollins (born 1979), son of Brian S. Rollins, of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, and his late wife the former (Pauline) Elaine Hird (1944-2019), and Alice Elisabeth Berry (born 12 February, 1990), scion of the Viscounts Kemsley, elder daughter of Edward Anthony Morys Berry (born 23 June, 1960), of Bridport, Dorset, and Mrs Joanna Clare Berry (nee Leschallas, born 1960), of Smarden, Kent.

The bride-to-be is a first cousin once removed of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The 4th Baron Fermoy (1885-1955) > Hon Mary Roche (1934-2023) > Edward Berry (b 1960) > Alice Berry (b 1990)


Friday, May 10, 2024

Son and heir for Lord and Lady Hay

Clementine Camilla Curtis Hay, styled Lady Hay [born 1989, nee Travis], wife of Harry Thomas William Hay, styled Lord Hay (b 8 Aug, 1984), gave birth to a son and heir, the Hon Mungo Louis Merlin Hay, 1 May, 2024, a brother for the Hon Persephone Idina Isabelle Hay, who was born 10 July, 2020.

Lord Hay is the son and heir of the 24th Earl of Erroll (b 22 Apr, 1948), (Peerage of Scotland, cr 1452), Hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland, of Woodbury Hall, Bedfordshire, by his wife the former Isabelle Jacqueline Laline Astell Hohler (born 22 August, 1955, died 13 January, 2020), of that landed gentry family.

Clementine Hay is the elder daughter of Professor Simon Piers Leigh Travis, FRCP. of Knights' Spill, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Pamela J. Evans (born 1960).


Thursday, May 09, 2024

Jocelyn Hardwick (born 2024)

 Alexandra Anne Hardwick [nee Bromley-Martin], wife of Charles Cheever Hardwick IV, gave birth to a daughter, Jocelyn, 27 April, 2024, a sister for Charles Cheever Hardwick V,  who was born 17 August, 2021.

Alexandra is a scion of the Bromley-Martin landed gentry family, formerly of Ham Court, the elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Michael Bromley-Martin, of West Wittering.

Charles Hardwick IV is the only son of Charles Hardwick III, of Ramsbury, Wilts, and the late Mrs Hardwick.

The first Charles Cheever Hardwick [who died in 1923] was an importer (Burrs and Hardwick, of Fifth Avenue, New York), having survived the sinking of the Lusitania. He married Charlotte, daughter of Harry T. Ambrose, President of the American Book Co., who built a notable house, the 'Ambrose Mansion' in Orange, New Jersey. Charles Cheever Hardwick Jr was their second son.


Viscount Melgund and Kirsty Ramshaw to marry

  The marriage is to to take place 22 June, 2024, at Ellingham Hall, Northumberland, between Gilbert Francis Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, styled Viscount Melgund (born 15 August, 1984), son and heir of the 7th Earl of Minto (born 1 Dec, 1953), of Minto, Hawick, Roxburghshire, and the Countess of Minto (nee Diana Barbara Trafford, born 1953); and Kirsty Ramshaw (born 1989), daughter of Paul Ramshaw, of Jarrow, Tyne & Wear, and his wife the former Karen Hayes.

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


Wednesday, May 08, 2024

Duke of Westminster and Olivia Henson marry

The Duke of Westminster is marrying Olivia Henson today at Chester Cathedral. The Prince of Wales is acting as one of the duke’s ushers.

The Duke is one of Britain’s wealthiest men, with his calculated wealth of just over £9.7 billion putting him 13th on the 2022 Sunday Times Rich List. Once considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors, he is due to marry Olivia Henson at Chester Cathedral on 7 June, 2024. The King and Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales have been invited to the wedding.

Despite their starry guest list, the couple are surprisingly low-key, and have released just one photograph of themselves together - until now. On 7 May, exactly one month before the nuptials took place, the duke and his bride-to-be visited a number of charities in Chester to see the projects that his organisation, the Westminster Foundation, is funding.

The young duke is a fourth cousin once removed of the King. They both have Romanov blood, the duke via his mother Natalia, and the King via the late Prince Philip's Romanov descent.

A spokesperson for the Duke and Miss Henson said: “The couple have chosen the cathedral for both its beauty and long association with the Grosvenor family, including to the Duke personally. Cheshire is the Grosvenor family’s ancestral home and as Miss Henson’s connection to the region continues to grow, they are keen to plan their wedding there.”

The duke's parents, the 6th Duke and Natalia Phillips married at Chester Cathedral, 7 October, 1978, and the Royal Family were there to celebrate the union of one of Britain's wealthiest men and Natalia, daughter of one of Queen Elizabeth II's great friends, the former Georgina Wernher. The duke's aunt, Lady Leonora Grosvenor, married the late 5th Earl of Lichfield at the cathedral, 8 March, 1975, and another aunt, Lady Jane Grosvenor married the 10th Duke of Roxburghe there, 10 September, 1977.

"The Duke and Miss Henson became engaged at Eaton Hall in April 2023, and have been incredibly grateful for the warm messages of congratulations they have received since then."

One of Britain’s wealthiest men, certainly our richest duke, 33,  is godfather to Prince George of Wales, and a close confidante of the Prince and Princess of Wales. He was born 29 January, 1991, the only son of the 6th duke (1951-2016).

Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, the 7th duke, inherited the Eaton Hall estate near Chester, and large land holdings in London, Lancashire, Scotland, and in Canada, on the death of his late father, who died suddenly on his Abbeystead estate in Lancashire,  9 August 2016. The Westminster fortune is estimated to stand at 9.46 billion. 

The duke’s mother, the former Natalia Ayesha Phillips (born 8 May 1959), descended from the Russia tsars and from Pushkin, is a granddaughter of Lady Zia Wernher, of Luton Hoo, a great friend of the late Queen Elizabeth II. It was at Luton Hoo where the late Queen and her consort spent many wedding anniversaries in the lifetime of Lady Zia, who died in 1977, and her husband Harold, who died in 1973.

The Duke was present at the Coronation of the King and Queen in May last year, and he carried a standard in the procession into Westminster Abbey. 

The duke has three sisters, Lady Tamara van Cutsem (born 20 Dec 1979), wife of another of the King’s godsons, Edward van Cutsem, and Lady Edwina Snow (born 4 Nov, 1981), a criminologist, wife of historian and broadcaster Dan Snow, and Lady Viola Roberts (born 9 Oct, 1992), wife of Dragoon Guards officer, Angus Roberts.

Their is no heir to the dukedom, and a son and heir would secure the peerage and the vast Grosvenor inheritance.

The dukedom of Westminster was the last dukedom to be given outside the confines of the royal family, and was created by Queen Victoria in 1874.

The new duchess (born 1 Sept, 1992), is a senior account manager with Belazu, an ethical food company, in London. She is extremely well connected, with lines of descent from the Hoare banking dynasty, the Marquesses of Britsol, of Ickworth, Suffolk, and the Dukes of Rutland, of Belvoir Castle. She is the elder daughter of Mr Rupert Cornelius Brooke Henson (born 7 September, 1962), of Longworth, Oxfordshire, and his wife the former Caroline Belinda Frisby (born 17 August, 1963), scion of that landed gentry family, descended from the Hoare banking family and the Marquesses of Bristol. Olivia’s uncle, Charles Wolrige Gordon, is the Grand Master of Scottish freemasons, Scotland’s senior freemason. Olivia’s mother is the twin sister of Charles’s wife, Angela Clare Wolrige Gordon.

Olivia has a brother Jasper (born 1994), who announced his engagement last year to the Spanish aristocrat Isabel Rodriguez-Legorburu Cabrera Kabana, and a sister, Emilia (born 1997).

Olivia is a granddaughter paternally of Thomas John Brooke Henson, MC (1931-2024), and his first wife the former Jennifer Caswell Cornelius (born 1938), daughter of Leonard Raymond Cornelius (1907-88), and his wife the former Betty Kathleen Caswell (1916-2010). Her grandparents divorced and in 1983 Mrs Jennifer Henson married Robert Christopher Thoroton Hildyard (1912-86), scion of a Yorkshire landed gentry family, descended from the Foljambe Earls of Liverpool.

The Romanov link:-

Nicholas I, Tsar of Russia (1796-1855) > Grand Duke Michael of Russia (1832-1909) > Grand Duke Michael of Russia (1861-1929)  > Lady Zia Wernher (1892-1977)  > Georgina Wernher (1919-2011)  > Natalia Ayesha Phillips (b 1959), The 7th Duke of Westminster (b 1991)

Nicholas I, Tsar of Russia (1796-1855) > Grand Duke Constantine of Russia (1827-1892) > Grand Duchess Olga of Russia (1851-1926) > Prince Andrew of Greece (1882-1944) > Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021) > King Charles III (b 1948)

Olivia is also descended from the Dukes of Rutland :-

The 5th Duke of Rutland > Lady Katherine Manners > Lord Augustus Henry Charles Hervey > Lady Geraldine Mariana Hervey > Angela Beryl Hoare > Simon Rollo Frisby > Caroline Belinda Frisby > Olivia Grace Henson

Olivia's descent from the Marquesses of Bristol-

Frederick, 2nd Marquess of Bristol > Lord Augustus Henry Charles Hervey >Lady Geraldine Hervey > Angela Beryl Hoare > Simon Frisby . Caroline Frisby > Olivia Grace Henson 

The Duke and Olivia are both 6x great grandchildren of the 5th Earl of Carlisle (making them 7th cousins) and 7x great grandchildren of the 4th Duke of Beaufort (making them 8th cousins).

Olivia is a great-great granddaughter of Henry Hoare (1866-1956), partner in the eponymous family concern -  Hoare's Bank, of Ellisfield Manor, Basingstoke, White Wings, Angmering, Sussex, and La Lucretola, Lago di Como, Italy. The Old Etonian died 29 July, 1956.

Olivia's descent from the Arbuthnot baronets:--

Sir William Arbuthnot, 1st Baronet (1766-1829) > John Alves Arbuthnot (1802-75) > William Arbuthnot (1833-96) > Alice Arbuthnot (b 1869) > Capt William Herbert Fox (1901-40) > Sara Fox (d 2018) > Caroline Frisby (b 1963) > Olivia Henson (b 1992)


Prof Lionel Tarassenko, CBE, appointed a non-party political life peer

 The House of Lords Appointments Commission has today announced that Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci, has been appointed as a non-party-political peer.

As well as being the founding President of Reuben College, Professor Tarassenko is also Pro-Vice Chancellor (without portfolio) at the University of Oxford, and Research Professor in the Department of Engineering Science (where he was the Head of Department from 2014 to 2019). He is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Academy of Medical Sciences and was appointed a CBE for services to Engineering in 2012.

Professor Tarassenko is internationally-recognised for being amongst the first to apply machine learning to real-world problems in the early 1990s. Most of his research since then has been concerned with the application of AI to safety-critical systems, working on jet engine health monitoring (with Rolls-Royce) and on patient monitoring and treatment in the NHS, to improve outcomes from intensive care to community settings.

Professor Tarassenko will join the crossbenches with other independent peers, who provide wide-ranging expertise to the House of Lords, enabling it to provide effective recommendations to policy being implemented by the elected members of the House of Commons.

The new peer married firstly in 1978 (div), the Lady Ann Mary Elizabeth Craven (born 9 Apr, 1959), daughter of the late 6th Earl of Craven (1917-65), and sister of the 7th Earl (1957-83), and 8th Earl (1961-90), by whom he has issue, two sons, Luke and Simon, and a daughter Naomi.


Monday, May 06, 2024

Mary Evelyn (Molly) Lentaigne 1920-2024

Mary Evelyn (Mollie) Lentaigne, who died 29 April, 2024, aged 103, was a British medical artist and Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse who worked at the Queen Victoria Hospital, England, during the Second World War. She is known for the drawings she made there of the surgical procedures of New Zealand plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe who was working on injured servicemen. Around 300 of her drawings are held by the East Grinstead Museum where they form the Mollie Lentaigne Collection.

Mollie was born 6 May, 1920, the elder daughter of Lt. Col. Edward Charles Lentaigne, DSO (1884-1962), and Cecilia Mary Lentaigne (née Bunbury) in Simla, British India. Her brother, second lieutenant John Wilfred O'Neill Lentaigne MC of the Rifle Brigade, died in 1942 at El Alamein. In 1955, she married Timothy Ingram Lock, in Harare, then Salisbury, Rhodesia. They had four sons and two daughters.