Tuesday, May 24, 2022

The Baroness Sharples 1923-2022

 The Baroness Sharples, who died 19 May, 2022, aged 99, was a Conservative party politician, elevated to the Lords following the assassination of her husband, Sir Richard Sharples, Governor of Bermuda.

Pamela Newall was born 11 February, 1923, daughter of Keith William Newall, and was educated at Southover Manor School in Lewes, East Sussex.

Pamela Newall served in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force from 1941 to 1946, and was the last woman to sit in Parliament who had served in the armed forces in the Second World War.

Member of the Review Body on Armed Forces Pay, 1979-81; Trustee, Wessex Medical Trust from 1997.

She married firstly, in 1946, Sir Richard Christopher Sharples, KCMG, OBE, MC [1916-1973], by whom she had two sons and two daughters. Her husband was shot on 10 March 1973 at the Governor's mansion in Pembroke, Bermuda. She married 2ndly, in 1977, Group Capt Patrick David de Laszlo [1909-1980], son of the portrait painter, Philip de Laszlo [1869-1937]; she married 3rdly, 1983, Robert Douglas Swan [died 1995].

Pamela Sharples was created a life peer on 18 June 1973 as Baroness Sharples, of Chawton, in the County of Hampshire.


Elizabeth Margaret Bolitho [nee Creswell] 1926-2022

 Elizabeth Margaret Bolitho [nee Creswell], died 11 May, 2022, aged 96.

She was born in Chile, in 1926, daughter of Rear-Admiral George Victor Creswell, CB, DSO [1889-1967], of Rivers Hall, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, Surrey, and his wife the former Katherine Stuart [1889-1972]; and married 29 September, 1953, Major Simon Edward Bolitho, MC, DL [1916-1991], scion of that landed gentry family, of Trengwainton, Penzance, Cornwall, son of Lt-Col Sir Edward Hoblyn Warren Bolitho, KBE, CB, DSO [1882-1969], sometime Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Cornwall, and his first wife the former Agnes Johnson [died 1950], by whom she had issue, sons Edward and Alverne, and daughters, Mary Anne and Loveday. Her elder son, Col Edward Bolitho, OBE [born 30 Dec, 1955], is Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall.


Monday, May 23, 2022

Willoughby John Giddy Perera [born 2022]

Frances Heather Perera [nee Trivett, born 1989], wife of Robert Edward C. Perera [born 1989], descended from the Howard-Vyse landed family, gave birth to a son, Willoughby John Giddy, 4 May, 2022.

Frances is a daughter of Roger William Trivett [born 1960], and his wife the former Jill Collings [born 1964].

Robert Perera is a son of the Rev George Perera, and his wife the former Elizabeth Howard-Vyse [born 11 Dec, 1945], scion of that landed gentry family.

Henry Willoughby, 8th Baron Middleton > Col Hon Claude Willoughby > Mary Bridget Willoughby > Elizabeth Howard-Vyse > Robert Perera > Willoughby Perera


Clifton-Brown/Sundstrom engagement

  The marriage took place 14 May, 2022, at Little Bradley Hall, between George Ronald Clifton-Brown [born 8 March, 1992], scion of the Brown baronets, son of [Ronald] Colin Clifton-Brown [born 1963], and his wife the former Emily Joan Oliver [born 1965], & Brittany Sundstrom.

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


Inigo Christopher Rupert Anthony Cordle [born 2022]

 Madelaine Emily [Maddie] Cordle [nee Chesterton, born 1986], wife of Hugo Andrew Cordle [born March, 1995], gave birth to a son, Inigo Christopher Rupert Anthony, 8 May, 2022, a brother for Romy Lita Camilla, who was born 23 May, 2021.

Hugo is the middle son of Rupert Alister Peter John Cordle [born 14 May, 1959], of London, by his wife the former Camilla Ann Wigram [born 3 Dec, 1966] [Mrs Camilla Cordle, of Newbury, Berkshire].

Maddie Cordle is the eldest daughter of Christopher Chesterton, of South Newington, Oxfordshire, by his wife, the former Lita Calder.

Hugo Cordle is descended from the Barons Bethell. His grandfather, the late John Howard Cordle [1912-2004], sometime MP for Bournemouth East and Christchurch, married Venetia Maynard, descended from the Viscounts Powerscourt.

Hugo's aunt, the former Marina Cordle [born 6 May, 1960], is Viscountess Cowdray, wife of the 4th Viscount [born 17 June, 1944].

Maddie Cordle, is owner and founder of luxury fashion and lifestyle boutique, Baar & Bass.


Twins for the Hon Orlando and Mrs Bridgeman

 Jacquetta Lucy Eyre Bridgeman [born 1984, nee Straker], wife of the Hon Orlando Henry Geoffrey Bridgeman [born 11 April, 1983], scion of the Viscounts Bridgeman, gave birth to twin daughters, 12 May, 2022.

Orlando Bridgeman is the fourth and youngest son of the 3rd Viscount Bridgeman [born 5 December, 1930], by his wife the former [Victoria] Harriet Lucy Turton, scion of that landed family.

Jacquetta Bridgeman is a  scion of the Straker landed gentry family, eldest daughter of Nicholas David Barclay Straker [born 6 May, 1952], by his wife the former Victoria Eyre Gray [born 15 July, 1958].


Fenella Rose Arabella Agar [born 2022]

  Tessa Agar [nee Parkes], wife of Max John Andrew Agar [born 6 Apr, 1986], scion of the Earls of Normanton, gave birth to a daughter, Fenella Rose Arabella, 6 May, 2022, a sister for Rory Mark Arthur, who was born 2 August, 2020.

Max Agar is the elder son of the Hon Mark Sidney Andrew Agar [born 2 Sept, 1948], of Dorset, by his wife the former Arabella Clare Gilbey [born 14 July, 1953], and is a grandson of the late 5th Earl of Normanton [1910-67].

Tessa Agar is a daughter of Mr Christopher Parkes, of Oxfordshire, and Mrs Sheridan Parkes, of Surrey.


Sir Christopher John Ashford Harris, 3rd Baronet 1934-2022

 Sir Christopher Harris, 3rd Baronet, died at Masterton, New Zealand, 22 April, 2022. He was 87.

Christopher John Ashford Harris was born 26 August, 1934, son of Sir Jack [Wolfred] Ashford Harris, 2nd Baronet [1906-2009], of Waikanae, Wellington, New Zealand, and his wife the former Patricia Penman, of Wahroonga, Sydney, New South Wales.

He succeeded his father, who died 26 Aug, 2009, aged 103. The baronetcy was created in 1932 for his grandfather the Rt Hon Sir Percy Harris, MP for Harborough 1916-18, and for SW Div of Bethnal Green 1922-45, who served as Liberal Chief Whip, 1935-45.

He married 24 April, 1957, Anna Karen de Malmanche, daughter of F. de Malmanche, of Auckland, New Zealand, by whom he had issue, a son and two daughters. The son, Andrew Frederick Ashford Harris, born 17 March, 1958, now succeeds to the baronetcy.


Sunday, May 22, 2022

Eddie Nesbitt [born 2022]

 Hermione Rose Nesbitt [née Winterton, born 1987], wife of Benjamin Patrick A [Benji] Nesbitt [born 1987], gave birth to a son, Eddie, 28 April, 2022, a brother for Charlie Michael, who was born 27 April, 2020.

Benjamin is a son of David Cosby Patrick Nesbitt [born 1953], by his wife the former Carol Veronica Hunter [born 1956], and Hermione is a daughter of Michael John Willoughby Winterton [born 1956], by his wife the former Olivia Hughes-Onslow [born 1960], descended from the Earls of Onslow.


Inigo Charles Patrick Stenning [born 2022]

 Dr the Hon Clarissa Mary Stenning [nee Martyn-Hemphill, born 1986], wife of Jonathan Christopher M [Jonno] Stenning [born 1985], gave birth to a son, Inigo Charles Patrick, 4 May, 2022, a brother for Sienna Frances Sybil, who was born in 2018, and for Elora Isabella Edna, who was born in 2020. 

Dr the Hon Clarissa Stenning is a daughter of the 6th Baron Hemphill [born 1954], by his wife the former Sarah Jane Frances Lumley [born 1956], and Jonno Stenning is a son, of Christopher J.W. Stenning, by his wife the former Ruth Draper.


Inigo Geoffrey Hilton Probert [born 2022]

 Georgina M. Probert [nee Brennan], wife of Thomas Henry Carwaradine Probert [born 1985], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a son, Inigo Geoffrey Hilton, 1 May, 2022, a brother for Magnus Oliver Carwardine, who was born 9 Feb, 2018, and for Joseph Ynyr Harlakenden, who was born 29 April, 2020.

Tom Probert is a son of Geoffrey Thomas Carwardine Probert, by his wife the former Penelope Anne Bevan [born 1955], descended from the Viscounts Molesworth, daughter of Michael Guy Molesworth Bevan [1926-1992].


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Bernard Noël David George Terrence Kelly [died 2022]

 Bernard Noël David George Terrence Kelly, who died 16 May, 2022, aged 92, was a scion of that Irish landed gentry family of Tara House.

He was a son of the late Sir David Victor Kelly, GCMG [1891-1959], diplomat, sometime British Ambassador to the USSR and to Turkey, by his wife the former Marie-Noële Jourda de Vaux, daughter of the Comte de Jourda de Vaux, of Brussels; and married 11 July, 1952, the Hon Mirabel Magdalen Fitzalan Howard [1931-2008], fourth daughter of the 3rd Baron Howard of Glossop [1885-1972], and his wife Mona Josephine Tempest Stapleton, suo jure Baroness Beaumont [1894-1971]. 

His wife was raised to the rank of a duke's daughter on the succession to the dukedom of Norfolk of her brother, Miles, 4th Baron Howard of Glossop [1915-2002], who became 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO. Lady Mirabel died 25 July, 2008.

Bernard Kelly leaves issue, Dominic [b 1953], Anthony [b 1955], Crispin [b 1956], David [b 1959], Benedict [born 1950] , Anne-Louise [b 1962], Sophie, Sebastian [b 1972] and Justin [b 1974].


Arthur Rupert Roland Cadbury [born 2022]

Antonia Jane Cadbury [née Kenning, born 1986], wife of Rupert Justin Egbert Cadbury [born 1987], scion of that landed gentry family, of Northfield, gave birth to a son, Arthur Rupert Roland, 4 May, 2022, a brother for Louella Poppy Honora, who was born 9 July, 2020.

Rupert is a son of [George] Justin Peter Cadbury [born 1951], of the eponymous chocolate making dynasty, and his wife the former Michelle Pearson-Cooper.

Antonia is a daughter of Stephen J.D. Kenning, and his wife the former Janice Rogers.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Baroness Afshar, OBE 1944-2022

 The Baroness Afshar, OBE, a Crossbench life peer, died 12 May, 2022. She was 77.

Haleh Afshar was a professor of politics and women's studies at the University of York, England, and a visiting professor of Islamic law at the Faculté internationale de droit comparé (international faculty of comparative law) at Robert Schuman University in Strasbourg, France. Afshar served on several bodies, notably the British Council and the United Nations Association, of which she was honorary president of international services. She was appointed to the board of the Women's National Commission in September 2008. She served as the chair for the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. Afshar was a founding member of the Muslim Women's Network. She served on the Home Office's working groups, on "engaging with women" and "preventing extremism together".

She was appointed OBE in the 2005 Birthday Honours for services to equal opportunities. On 18 October 2007 it was announced that she would be made a baroness and join the House of Lords as a cross-bench life peer. She was formally introduced into the House of Lords on 11 December 2007, as Baroness Afshar, of Heslington in the County of North Yorkshire.


Peter Haig Loyd 1922-2022

 Peter Haig Loyd, who died 13 May, 2022, aged 99, was a scion of that landed gentry family, of Lockinge.

He was born 9 October, 1922, son of Capt Wilfrid Haig Loyd [1893-1971], and his wife the former Emily Charlotte Eileen Oakeley [1896-1978], scion of the baronets of that name; married 1stly, 1950 [div 1957], Suzanne Duncan [b 1928], daughter of Eric McLeod Duncan; married 2ndly, 26 Aug, 1961, Rosemary Joan Moir [1942-97], daughter of John Moir. He married 3rdly, 10 Oct, 1998, Rosemary Anne Markham Crook, daughter of David Moore Crook, DFC [1914-1944], and his wife the former Dorothy Margaret Middleton.

Peter Loyd leaves a son and two daughters from his first marriage, and a son and daughter from his first marriage.


Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO 1935-2022

 Major Sir Shane Blewitt, GCVO, who died suddenly, 15 May, 2022, aged 87, was a courtier, a former senior member of the Queen's Household.

Sir Shane, an Irish Guards officer, entered royal service in 1975 when appointed Assistant Keeper of the Privy Purse, Duchy of Lancaster, a post he held for 10 years. He then served as Deputy Keeper of the Privy Purse from 1985-88; and was Receiver-General of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1988-96. He was Keeper of the Privy Purse and Treasurer to the Queen, 1988-96. From 1996 he served as an Extra Equerry to Her Majesty.

Shane Gabriel Basil Blewitt was born 25 March, 1935, son of Colonel Basil Blewitt [1904-72], of Willaston, Cheshire, and his wife the former Claire Kathleen Nowlan [1905-2002], and educated at Ampleforth.

He married 16 June, 1969, Mrs [Monica] Juliet Morrogh Bernard [1939-2020], widow of  Maj John Morrogh Bernard, Irish Guards, and a scion of a landed gentry family, the eldest of five daughters of Major Robert Henry Calvert, of Picts House, Horsham, Sussex, by his wife the former Monica Buxton, scion of the Buxton baronets. Juliet Calvert was a kinswoman of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who is of Calvert descent. [The duchess's great grandmother, Lady Ashcombe, wife of of the 2nd Baron Ashcombe was nee Maud Calvert.] Lady Blewitt died 30 March, 2020, aged 81.

He was appointed LVO in 1981, CVO in 1987, KCVO in 1989, and advanced to GCVO in 1996.

Sir Shane leaves a son, Piers, and a daughter, Davina, and a step-son and step-daughter, Alexander and Katherine Morrogh Bernard.

Sir Shane Blewitt was a member of the Council of King Edward VII Hospital for Officers.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Viscount Newport has married

 The marriage has taken place at Weston Park, Shropshire,  between Alexander Michael Orlando Bridgeman, styled Viscount Newport [born 6 September, 1980], and Miss Eliza Liepina [born 1991].

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].

Eliza Liepina was educated at Auckland University, New Zealand.


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Fürstenberg/Melville engagement

  The engagement was announced in May, 2022, between Prince Vincenz Heinrich Egon Joachim Gottfried Hubertus Maria Erwein Fürstenberg [born 16 March, 1985], son of Prince Johannes Joseph Wilhelm Ernst Eduard Egon Eusebius Hubertus Maria Maximilian Bernhard Fürstenberg [born 15 Apr, 1958],  of Weitra, Austria, and the former Veronika Paul [born 15 Sept, 1948], & Georgina Melvilel, daughter of Dr and Mrs David Melville, of Chichester, West Sussex.

Prinz Vincenz is descended from King Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwynn:-

King Charles II > Charles Beauclerk, 1st Duke of St Albans > Lord Sidney Beauclerk > Topham Beauclerk > Mary Day Beauclerk > Amalie von Jenison-Walworth > Karl von Schonburg-Glauchau > Joachim, Graf von Schonburg > Wilhelmine, Grafin von Schonburg > Joachim Egon, Furst von Furstenberg > Johannes von Furstenberg > Vincenz [born 1985]


Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury 1944-2022

 Major Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury, who died 10 May, 2022, aged 78, was a scion of that landed gentry family. He was born 16 February, 1944, son of Squadron Leader Osgood Philip Villiers Hanbury, DSO, DFC, RAF [1917-1943], and his wife the former Cecil Patricia Harman [1915-2004], scion of that Irish landed gentry family; married 2 Dec, 1969, Bridget Anne Birch, daughter of Charles Francis Birch [1904-74], and his wife the former Catherine Alice Anne John [1909-88], by whom he had two sons, Charles and George, and four daughters, Zahra, Emma, Arabella and Jessica.