Saturday, November 27, 2021

Russell/Scott engagement

 The engagement was announced 27 November, 2021, between Edward Simon Chick Russell [born 1993], son of Maj Jeremy A.N. Russell [born 1956], late the Royal Green Jackets, of Compton Valence, co Dorset, and his wife the former Theresa Nicola Chick [born 23 Nov, 1960], and Olivia V. [Lillie] Scott, daughter of Mr & Mrs David Scott, of Beckley, Oxfordshire.

Edward Russell is descended from the Innes baronets, of Balvenie.


Laing/Bentley engagement

 The engagement was announced 27 November, 2021, between Hector Grant Laing [born 1988], son of the Hon Mark Hector Laing [born 1951], of Dunphail, Moray, and his wife the former Susanna Anson Crawford, & Josephine Elizabeth Bentley [born 1993], daughter of David G. Bentley, of Midhurst, West Sussex, and his wife the former Jane Bull.

Hector Laing is a grandson of the life peer the Baron Laing of Dunphail [1923-2010], and his wife the former Marian Clare Laurie, scion of the Laurie baronets.


Arthur Henry Rupert Henniker-Major [born 2021]

Sophie L. Henniker-Major [nee Short], wife of George Richard Henniker-Major [born 1985], scion of the Barons Henniker, gave birth to a son, Arthur Henry Rupert, 23 November, 2021, a brother for Eliza Beatrice Mary, who was born 18 September, 2019.

George is a son of John Alexander Henniker-Major [born 1952], of Great Easton, Leicestershire, by his wife the former Mary Mathiesen.

Sophie Henniker-Major is the elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Andrew Short, of Woking.

7th Baron Henniker > Hon Richard Henniker-Major > John Henniker-Major > George Henniker-Major > Arthur Henniker-Major [b 2021]


Friday, November 26, 2021

Ian Bayley Curteis 1935-2021

 Ian Curteis, who died 24 November, 2021, aged 86, was a dramatist and tv director.

He was married three times. His first wife from 1964 was Joan Macdonald. His second wife from 1985 to 2001 was the novelist Joanna Trollope, CBE [born 9 December, 1943]. He married 2ndly, 20 October, 2001, as his third wife, and as her second husband, Deirdre, Baroness Grantley [born 13 Feb, 1935], widow of the 7th Baron Grantley [1923-1995], of Markenfield Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, and daughter of the 5th Earl of Listowel [1906-97], and the former Judith Marffy-Mantuana [1903-2003]. 

Ian Bayley Curteis was born in London on 1 May 1935, and began his career as an actor, joining Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in the mid-1950s, and later working in this profession in regional theatres, and as a stage director or producer. His career in television began as a script reader for both the BBC and Granada Television. Curteis joined the staff of the BBC as a trainee director in 1964. The Projected Man (1966), which he directed, is his only cinema film. Around the same time Curteis directed an episode of the BBC2 anthology series, Out of the Unknown, William Trevor's "Walk's End". Both projects had a problematic production; Curteis has disputed the claims of the producers of both.

Switching to a career as a television dramatist from the late 1960s onwards, Curteis wrote for many series of the time, including The Onedin Line and Crown Court. Meanwhile, Curteis was writing television plays - he preferred the term over "drama documentaries" - with historical themes. Philby, Burgess and Maclean was commissioned by Granada, and broadcast in 1977. In autumn 1979 came Churchill and the Generals, Suez 1956, and the 8-part series Prince Regent, about George IV. Lost Empires, a television adaptation of J. B. Priestley's novel followed in 1986.

The Falklands Play, originally scheduled for production in 1985, was eventually broadcast in 2002. At the time production was cancelled, Curteis blamed a "liberal conspiracy" at the BBC. A BBC commission for a dramatisation of the Yalta Conference in 1945 was cancelled in 1995, Curteis alleged, because of his politically conservative presentation of events. A stage play, The Bargain (2007), dealing with a fictionalised account of the meeting between Robert Maxwell and Mother Teresa in 1988 was adapted for BBC Radio in 2016.


Lyra Celia Cookson [born 2021]

 The Hon Mary Henrietta Cookson [née Vestey, born 1988], wife of Edward Peter Cooksoon (born 1988), and scion of the Barons Vestey, gave birth to a daughter,  Lyra Celia, 18 November, 2021.

Mary Cookson is a daughter of the late 3rd Baron Vestey, GCVO (1941-2021), of Stowell Park, Gloucestershire, by his second wife the former Celia Elizabeth Knight (1949-2020).

Edward Cookson is a son of Robert Cookson, of Manor Farm, Upper Slaughter, by his wife the former Hon Angela Mary Martyn-Hemphill (born 26 January, 1953), daughter of the 5th Baron Hemphill [1928-2012].


Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Isabel Charlotte Rose Quine 2003-2021

Isabel Charlotte Rose Quine, who died 11 November, 2021, aged 17, was a descendant of the Engleheart landed gentry family, and the Barons Clifford of Chudleigh.

She was born 20 November, 2003, daughter of Adrian Francis Quine [born 10 June, 1967], and his wife the former Madeleine Margaret Ranicar [born 28 September, 1962].

Sir John Engleheart >Henry Engleheart > Francis Engleheart > Penelope Engleheart > Adrian Quine > Isabel Quine.

6th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh > Hon Christina Clifford > Sir Frederick Weld > Cecily Weld > Filumena Mayne > Penelope Engleheart > Adrian Quine > Isabel Quine.


Procter Naylor, OBE 1937-2021

Procter Naylor, OBE, died 12 November, 2021, aged 84.

He was born in 1937, son of Frank Armitage Naylor [1903-52], of Leeds, West Yorkshire, and his wife the former Dorothy Elizabeth Mathers [1903-82]; married 23 September, 1966, Mary Letitia Salusbury-Trelawny [born 11 December, 1937], scion of the baronets of that name, daughter of James Reginald Dorrington Salusbury-Trelawny [1908-80], and his wife the former Muriel Mary Wrixon-Becher [1909-70], scion of the Wrixon-Becher baronets; by whom he had two sons, Edward [born 1969], and William [born 1977], and a daughter, Harriet [born 1967].

The funeral takes place at St Mary Magdalene, Bildeston, Suffolk, 29 November 2021.



Webb/Probert engagement

 The engagement was announced 24 November, 2021, between Guy A. Webb, son of Mr Anthony Webb, of Canterbury, Kent, and Mrs Sarah Webb, of Ticehurst, East Sussex, and Isobel Loveday Probert [born 1991], scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Geoffrey Thomas Carwardine Probert, of Bures, Suffolk, and his wife the former Penelope Anne Bevan [born 2 March, 1955], scion of the Bevan landed gentry family, and descended from the Viscounts Molesworth.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

[Mary P] Rosamunde Lyell [died 2021]

 [Mary P] Rosamunde Lyell died 16 November, 2021, aged 96. She was the widow of Malcolm Lyell [1922-2011], scion of that landed gentry family, of Kinnordy, co Forfar.

She was the former Mary P. Rosamunde Wilmer and married in 1949, Malcolm Charles Alastair Lyell [born 9 January 1922], the son of Angus Lyell, MC, a partner in the private banking house Child & Co. Malcolm’s great-great-uncle was Sir Charles Lyell [1st and last Bt],the Victorian geologist and mentor of Charles Darwin. 

Her husband, who was managing director of Holland & Holland for 25 years and became the doyen of the London gun trade, and died 18 January, 2011.

Rosamunde Lyell leaves two daughters, Caroline [born 1953], and Harmony Joanna [born 1956], wife of Charles William Heathcoat-Amory, scion of the baronets of that name.


Sir John Carden, 8th Baronet 1953-2021

Sir John Carden, 8th Baronet, died at Chichester, Sussex, 12 November, 2021. He was 67.

John Craven Carden was born 17 November, 1953, son of Derrick Charles Carden, CMG [1921-2006], and his wife the former Elizabeth Anne Russell [1924-99]; married in 1983, Celia Jane Cameron Howitt [born 1952], daughter of Angus Cameron Howitt [1922-2001] amd his wife the former Sylvia Mildred R. Venables [1925-99], by whom he has a son, Patrick.

He succeeded to the baronetcy [of Templemore, co Tipperary, created in 1787], on the desth of his kinsman, the 7th baronet, 4 April, 2008.

He is succeeded by his son, Patrick John Cameron Carden [born 7 March, 1988].


Philippa Barder [née Verey] 1940-2021

 Philippa Barder, who died 20 November, 2021, aged 81, was a scion of the Verey landed gentry family.

Philippa Verey was born in 1940, daughter of Colonel Henry Philip Verey, TD [1909-84], and his wife the former Joan Audrey Potter [1914-87]; married 1962, Richard Charles Romilly Barder, by whom she had two sons, Edward and Charles.


Colonel John Willian Henry Eustace 1938-2021

Colonel John William Henry Eustace, who died at Dublin, 18 November, 2021, aged 83, was a scion of that Irish landed gentry family; born 10 June, 1938, son of William Desmond Eustace [1912-1990], and his wife the former Grace Moira Alley; married 25 May, 1968, Penelope Mary Josephine [Penny] Gray [1946-2004], daughter of Capt Frederick Gray and his wife the former Josephine Clappen, by whom he had two sons, Andrew and Alexander, and two daughters, Sarah and Jessica.


Walter Nicholas Murray Lawrence 1935-2021

 Walter Nicholas Murray Lawrence,who died 15 November, 2021, aged 86. He was a scion of the Lawrence baronets; born 8 February, 1935, son of Capt [Henry Walter] Neville Lawrence [1891-1959], and his wife the former Sarah Schuyler Butler [1895-1947]; and married 29 Apr, 1961, Sally Louise O'Dwyer [1936-2008], by whom he had two daughters, Sarah [born 1962], and Catherine [born 1964].

Sir Walter Lawrence, 1st Baronet > Henry Lawrence > Murray Lawrence [1935-2021]


[John] Adrian Bailey 1930-2021

 [John] Adrian Bailey died 18 November, 2021. He was born in 1930 a son of Ronald Graham Bailey [1904-67] and his wife the former Annette Winifred Robertson; married 1stly, 21 July, 1954 [div 1965] the Lady Mary Baillie-Hamilton [born 13 January, 1934], one of the Queen's train bearers at the Coronation, 1953, daughter of the 12th Earl of Haddington [1894-1986], and his wife the former Sarah Cook [died 1995]; married 2ndly, 1978, Verity Elizabeth Raymond, daughter of N.J.B. Raymond, of Winslade Down House, Basingstoke, Hampshire; and married 3rdly, Sabina _______.

He leaves issue from his first marriage, sons, William [born 1957] and Philip [born 1959], and a daughter, Arabella [born 1955], wife since 1985 of the 3rd Viscount Chandos, and a son, Jonathan [born 1971], from his second marriage.

The funeral service takes place on 9 December 2021, at Chelsea Old Church.


Monday, November 22, 2021

Hon Iris Irene Adele Dawnay, LVO 1923-2021

The Hon Iris Dawnay, LVO, who died 18 November, 2021, aged 98, was a scion of the extinct Viscounts Ingleby, and a Lady-in-Waiting to the late Princess Margaret.

Iris Irene Adele Peake was born 25 July, 1923, daughter of the then Osbert Peake [1897-1966], who was Conservative MP for Leeds North, 1929-55, and for Leeds North East, May-Dec 1955, & Under Secretary of State for Home Affairs 1939-44, Financial Secretary to the Treasury 1944-45, and Minister for National Insurance 1951-55 [and Pensions 1953-55], and raised to the peerage of Viscount Ingleby, of Snilesworth, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, 1956.

Her mother was Lady Joan Rachel de Vere Capell [1899-1979], daughter of the 7th Earl of Essex [1857-1916], and his wife the former Adela Grant [who died in 1922].

At the close of the Second World War Iris Peake worked as a secretary with MI6 to liaise with the Special Operations Executive [SOE] in locating British airmen who were missing in northern Europe. It was at MI6 that she came into contact with the notorious double agent George Blake.

She was appointed a Lady-in-Waiting to the young Princess Margaret in 1952, and accompanied the Queen's younger sister on many royal engagements for the next decade. She was appointed LVO in 1957. From 1962 until 1963 she was an Extra Lady-in-Waiting to the princess.

Iris Peake's relationship with Capt Oliver Dawnay, CVO [1920-88], the married equerry and former private secretary to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, caused something of a palace scandal in 1962. Dawnay divorced his wife, Lady Margaret [who died in Oct 2021], and married Iris Peake, 8 Dec, 1963. She then left Princess Margaret's household.

She was widowed 18 March, 1988, when her husband, a scion of the Viscounts Downe, died aged 67.

Iris Dawnay, who had homes at Marlborough, Wiltshire, and in London's Onslow Square, leaves a daughter, Emma Jane Clarissa [born 30 June, 1964], and two step-sons Charles and Ivo, and a step-daughter, Charlotte.

The funeral takes place at St Michael's Church, Tidcombe, 8 December, 2021.



George Edward Hugh Brooksbank 1949-2021

 George Edward Hugh Brooksbank, who died 18 November, 2021, aged 72, was a scion of the Brooksbank landed gentry family, of Healaugh, Tadcaster, and father-in-law of Princess Eugenie.

He died just days before the christening at Windsor of his grandson, August, son of Princess Eugenie and his son, Jack, who was born in February.

Mr Brooksbank, whon had homes in Wandsworth, London, and Bordeaux, France, had been in poor health after spending weeks in intensive care with coronavirus at the start of the pandemic in April.

He was born 8 February, 1949, son of Stamp Godfrey Brooksbank [1922-2017], and his wife the former Celia Dorothy Coke [1919-96], scion of the Earls of Leicester. 

He was a grandson maternally of Maj Sir John Spencer Coke, KCVO [1880-1957], a courtier, who served as Gentleman Usher to King George VI.

The Brooksbank family, long seated at Healaugh, Tadcaster, co York, have a line of descent from the Earls of Harewood. The landed gentry family received a baronetcy in 1919.

The Old Etonian married in 1985, Nicola Newton [born 1953], daughter of Michael Anthony Fendall Newton [1923-2006], of Balcombe, West Sussex, a descendant of the Meyrick baronets, by his wife the former Joanna Holland, descended from the Houssemayne du Boulay landed gentry family.

George Brooksbank, a retired chartered accountant and company director, is survived by his wife, and two sons, Jack [born 1986], and Thomas [born 1988], and two grandchildren, Wilfred [born in 2020 to Thomas and his wife Amy], and August [born in 2021, to Jack and Princess Eugenie].


Sunday, November 21, 2021

Double christening at Windsor

 The Queen was present on Sunday 21 November, 2021, at the christening ceremony of two of her great-grandchildren which took place at the All Saints Chapel in Windsor Great Park.

The infant son of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank was christened August Philip Hawke. August, who was born 9 February this year, is currently 13th in line of succession to the crown. Also christened was Zara and Michael Tindall's infant son, Lucas Philip, who was born 21 March, 2021, and is 24th in line of succession.


Hon Mrs Joan Rosemary Raynsford, OBE 1920-2021

The Hon Mrs Joan Rosemary Raynsford, OBE, who died 18 November, 2021, her 101st birthday.

She was born Joan Rosemary Wakefield, 18 November, 1920, the eldest daughter of William Wavell Wakefield, 1st Baron Wakefield of Kendal [1898-1983], and his wife the former Rowena Doris Lewis [1895-1981], and married 18 March, 1944, Capt. Antony Edward Montague Raynsford, RN [1914-93], head of that landed gentry family, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Montague Raynsford, DSO [1877-1964], and his wife the former Daphne Mildred Pemberton, OBE [1888-1976], by whom she had a son, Richard [born 1945], and a daughter, Julia [born 1948].


Chase/Dashwood engagement

The engagement was announced 20 November, 2021, between James Matthew Chase [born 1990] son of William Leonard Chase [born 1960], of Herefordshire, and his wife the former Sarah Kathleen Cowap [born 1963], and Victoria Lucinda Dashwood [born 21 March, 1991], scion of the Dashwood baronets, the only daughter of Sir Edward John Francis Dashwood, 12th Baronet [born 25 September, 1964], of West Wycombe Park, and Lady Dashwood [nee Lucinda Nell Miesegaes [born 1964].


Miles James Leopold Seligman [born 2021]

 Rachel Seligman [nee Burgess] wife of Jocelyn David Seligman [born 1983], gave birth to a son, Miles James Leopold, 10 November, 2021.

Jocelyn is a son of Mark Donald Seligman [born 1956], of Kensington, and his wife the former Louise Angela Mary De Zulueta [born 27 October, 1956], descended from the Barons Windlesham.

Rachel Seligman is a daughter of Paul Burgess, of Carryduff, co Down & Mrs Deirdre Gorman.

2nd Baron Windlesham > Hon Marie Hennessy > Louise de Zulueta > Jocelyn Seligman > Miles Seligman


Saturday, November 20, 2021

London service of Blessing for James Coghill and Marina Fairfax

  A service of Blessing took place, 13 November, 2021, at the Brompton Oratory, between James Coghill, son of Mr & Mrs Richard Coghill, of Hong Kong, & Marina Fairfax [born 1989], scion of the Lords Fairfax of Cameron, second 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.

The bride 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. 

The couple married in Hong Kong, 8 May, 2021.


Hillgarth/du Boisbaudry engagement

 The engagement was announced 20 November, 2021, between Henry William Alexander Hillgarth [born September, 1987], second son of Justin Francis Mariano Sebastian Hillgarth [born Nov 1947], and his wife the former Nobil Donna Antonella Carlotta Maria Grabau di Livorno e di Volterra [born 1952], and Eleanore du Boisbaudry, daughter of the late Comte Loïc du Boisbaudry and of Comtesse Pascale du Boisbaudry.


Josephine Eliza Ducie Vaughan [born 2021]

 Laura Jane Ulla Vaughan [nee Fairfax, born 1987], scion of the Lords Fairfax of Cameron, and wife of [Vaughan] William W. Vaughan [born 1987], gave birth to a second daughter, Josephine Eliza Ducie, 6 October, 2021, a sister for Martha Katherine Victoria, who was born 24 October, 2019.

William Vaughan is a son of Mr David Arthur John Vaughan, CBE QC [born 1938] and Mrs Vaughan.

Laura is a daughter of the Hon Hugh Nigel Thomas Fairfax [born 1958], by his wife the former Victoria Janet Neave, scion of the baronets of that name.