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Thursday, January 12, 2017

John Ralph Stourton (1930-2017)

_.John Ralph Stourton, who died 5 January, 2017, aged 86, was a scion of the Barons Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton, and a cousin of England's Premier Baron.

Mr Stourton's sister Mary married the 5th Earl of Gainsborough, and another sister, Monica, married Henry Greig, son of King George VI's aide, Sir Louis Greig.

He was born 25 March, 1930, second son of the Hon John Joseph Stourton (1899-1992), by his first wife the former Kathleen Alice Gunther; educated at Eton; Lieut, Grenadier Guards; Director, Liebig's Extract of Meat Co 1957-68, Brooke Bond Liebig 1968-74, Interocean Shipping Agency 1974-92, &c.

He married (1) 11 Dec, 1958 (div 1965) Virginia Hordern; married (2) 26 July, 1967, Caroline Honor O'Dwyer, and leaves issue, a daughter from the first marriage, & a daughter from the second marriage.

A Service of Thanksgiving is to be held at Christ Church, East Stour, Gillingham, Dorset, 28 January, 2017.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Lady Anne-Louise Mary Hamilton-Dalrymple (1932-2017

_. The Lady Anne-Louise Hamilton-Dalrymple, who died at her home, at Leuchie, North Berwick, East Lothian, 7 January, 2017, aged 84, was the wife of  Sir Hew Fleetwood Hamilton-Dalrymple, GCVO, 10th Baronet (b 9 Apr 1926), and was a scion of the Earls of Albemarle.

She was born Lady Anne-Louise Mary Keppel, 17 March, 1932, the only child by his second wife of the 9th Earl of Albemarle (1882-1979), by his 2nd wife the former Diana Cicely Grove (Countess of Albemarle, DBE); married 25 Sept, 1954, Maj Hew Fleetwood Hamilton-Dalrymple, who succeeded his father in 1959 as the 10th baronet.

Lady Anne-Louise leaves issue, three sons, Hew (b 1955), the Rev John (b 1957), and William (b 1965).

Funeral Mass at the Catholic Church, Law Road, North Berwick, 16 January, 2017.


Innes-Ker/Brook engagement

_. The engagement was announced 11 January, 2017, between Lord Edward Arthur Gerald (Ted) Innes-Ker (b 2 Feb 1984), second son of the 10th Duke of Roxburghe (b 18 Nov, 1954), by his former wife the former Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor (b 8 Feb 1953) (now Lady Jane Dawnay), & Celia Margaret Brook (b 1987), daughter of Mr Andrew M. Brook and Mrs Veronica M. Brook (nee Bowring).


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ralph Newman Gilbey (1925-2016)

_. Ralph Newman Gilbey, who died at Yeovil, 22 December, 2016, aged 91, was a scion of the Gilbey baronets, and father of James Gilbey, Princess Diana's "Squidgy".

He was born 2 March, 1925, second son Francis Newman Gilbey, OBE, by his wife the former Mary Jump; married 10 Oct, 1949, Barbara Scott, by whom he had issue, three sons, Thomas, Francis and James, and a daughter, Helen.

The funeral ~ a double funeral with that of his son Francis who survived him by only a week ~ is to take place at the Church of St Luke & St Teresa, Wincanton ~ on 16 January, 2017.


Francis Newman Gilbey (1953-2016)

_.Francis Newman Gilbey, who died at Yeovil, 29 Dec, 2016, aged 63, was a scion of the Gilbey baronets, and a brother of James Gilbey -- Princess Diana's "Squidgy".

He was born 12 May, 1953, second son of Ralph Newman Gilbey (1925-2016), by his wife the former Barbara Scott. Unm. He died a week after his own father's demise.

The funeral takes place at the Church of St Luke & St Teresa, Wincanton, 16 January, 2017.


Monday, January 09, 2017

Patricia Lady Ropner (d 2016)

_. Patricia Lady Ropner, who died 28 November, 2016, was the widow of Sir Robert Ropner, 4th Baronet.

She was the former Patricia Kathleen Schofield, daughter of William Edward Schofield, of West Malling, Kent, and married Robert Ropner in 1943. He succeeded his father as 4th baronet in 1962, and died 12 January, 2004.

Lady Ropner leaves a son, Sir Robert, the 5th baronet, and a daughter, Serena.

Funeral at All Saints Church, Fulham, 12 Dec, 2016.


Colonel Henry Owen Hugh Smith 1937-2016

_. Colonel Henry Owen Hugh Smith, The Blues & Royals, who died 1 December, 2016, aged 79, was a distant cousin of HM The Queen, and a scion of the Smith landed family, formerly of Midhurst.

He was born 19 June, 1937, the second son of Lt-Cdr Colin Edward Smith, RN, by his wife the former Hon Elizabeth Dulcie Hotham, a sister of the 7th Baron Hotham, and had siblings, Andrew (b 1931), and Sarah (b 1932). He was educated at Ampleforth. Unm.


Christopher John Reith 1928-2016

__. Mr Christopher John Reith, who died 23 October, 2016, aged 88, was the son of Lord Reith, first Director General of the BBC, & he disclaimed this barony for life on his father's demise.

Christopher John Reith was born 27 May, 1928, son of then then John Reith by his wife the former Muriel Katharine Odhams. His father was created a Baron of the UK in 1940, and died 16 June, 1971.

Christopher Reith disclaimed the barony of Reith for life, 21 April, 1972. He married in 1969, {Penelope} Margaret Ann, elder dau of the late Henry Rowland Morris, of Beeston, Nottinghamshire, by whom he had issue, a son James, and a daughter, Julie. The son, born 2 June, 1971, succeeds as 3rd Baron Reith.


Anne Duchess of Leinster (d 2016)

From the Times of 10 December 2016: LEINSTER  Anne, Duchess of Leinster, peacefully on 4th December 2016, aged 94. Beloved wife of the late Gerald, 8th Duke of Leinster, mother of Maurice, 9th Duke and the late Lord John FitzGerald. Funeral to take place on Thursday 22nd December, at 2.30pm, St James' Church, Ramsden. Family flowers only. Donations welcome to The Injured Jockeys Fund, c/o R H Barker, Harcourt Road, Wantage, Oxon.

She was d of Lt-Col Philip EUSTACE SMITH MC (1889-1935) of Rothley Crag, Cambo, Northumberland, and Eleanor CLAYTON (1887-?). She m 1946, as his 2nd w, Maj 8th Duke of LEINSTER (1914-2004) and had two sons including the present 9th Duke of Leinster. Her 2nd son, Lord John FitzGERALD, d in 2015, and it's his only son Edward (b 1988 and unm) who is hp to his uncle. Others in line to the dukedom are:

2. Peter Charles FitzGERALD (b 1925)
3. Stephen Peter FitzGERALD (b 1953, unm) son of Peter Charles.

Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury (d 2016)

From the Telegraph and Times of 14 December 2016: SALISBURY  Marjorie Olein, Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, peacefully at home. Beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Born 15th July 1922: died 12th December 2016. The funeral will take place at midday on Saturday, 17th December at Hatfield Parish Church. There will be no memorial service. Flowers welcome, to be delivered to Hatfield House.

She was d of Capt Hon Valentine Maurice WYNDHAM-QUIN (1890-1983), scion of the DUNRAVEN and MAYO earls, and Marjorie Elizabeth PRETYMAN (1897-1969), scion of the BRADFORD & SCARBROUGH earls, etc etc. She me 1945 the 6th Marquess of SALISBURY and had six sons and a dau.

Lady Elizabeth Longman 1924-2016

From the Telegraph of 10 December 2016: LONGMAN Elizabeth Mary (née Lambart) died peacefully at home on 8th December 2016, aged 92. Dearly loved mother of Caroline, Jane and Emma, grandmother and great-grandmother. Funeral at St John's Church, Bishopstone, near Salisbury SP5 4AS at 12 noon on Tuesday 20th December. No flowers. Donations, if desired, to RSPB.

She was d of 10th Earl of CAVAN and (1865-1946) and his 2nd w Lady (Hester) Joan BYNG (d 1927) d of 5th Earl of STRAFFORD and Emily Georgina KERR (d 1929, 1st d of Adm Lord Frederick KERR). She m 1949  her 1st cousin once removed, Mark Frederick Kerr (1916-72), s of Lt-Col Henry Kerr LONGMAN DSO MC (1881-1958) and Mary Frances (d 1941) 4th d of Admiral Lord Frederick Herbert KERR (1818-96, s of 6th Marquess of LOTHIAN and his w a gd of 3rd Duke of BUCCLEUCH &c &c), and _ RUSSELL, and had three daus. Her grandchildren include the Marchioness of CHOLMONDELEY (b 1984) and the Countess of DURHAM (b 1982).

Queen MARY and The Princess ROYAL, Countess of HAREWOOD were godparents and she was a bridesmaid at the wedding of The QUEEN (who is godmother to Lady Elizabeth's eldest dau). As was Hon Mary Rhodes, news of whose death we posted recently.

3rd Baron Pender (d 2016)

The 3rd Baron Pender (John Willoughby Denison-Pender) died on Dec. 17, 2016. He is succeeded by his son Henry John Richard (b. 1968).


Sir John Oakeley, 8th Baronet (d 2016)

From the Telegraph of 21 December 2016: OAKELEY  Sir John Oakeley, Bart, aged 84, passed away peacefully on 19th December 2016. An International yachtsman who represented GB in the Mexico '68 and Munich '72 Olympics; world champion in a multitude of dinghies and keelboats during his long and successful career. Beloved husband, father and grandfather. A great man who will be dearly missed. For details regarding funeral arrangements please email

He was s of Sir Edward Atholl OAKELEY 7th Bt (1900-87) and his 2nd w Patricia Mabel Mary BIRTCHNELL (d c1986). He m 1958 Maureen Frances d of John COX of Hamble, Hampshire and had a son and a dau. His son succeeds him:

[Sir] Robert John Atholl OAKELEY [9th Bt] (b 1963), has yet to establish his claim and appear on The Roll of the Baronetage. He m 1989 Catherine Amanda d of William KNOWLES FRCS and had issue:

William Robert Atholl (b 1995), heir apparent, unm.

Olivia Kate (b 1993) unm

FitzGerald/Tellwright engagement

_. The engagement was announced 24 Dec, 2016, between Mr Edward FitzGerald (b 1988), scion of the Dukes of Leinster and heir pres to his uncle, the 9th Duke of Leinster, only son of the late Capt Lord John FitzGerald (1952-2015), by his wife the former Barbara Zindel, & Flo Tellwright, yr dau of Mr (William) Kirkland Tellwright, of Shropshire, by his wife the former Hon Caroline Fiona Fitzherbert (b 1956), second dau of the 14th Baron Stafford (1926-86).


Lady Fraser, LT (d 2016)

_.Lady Fraser, Lady of the Thistle, died on Christmas Day, 2016.

Charles Belloc Lowndes ( d 2016)

_. Charles Belloc Lowndes, who died tragically, 20 Dec, 2016, aged 49, was a scion of that landed family, son of Richard Belloc Lowndes by his wife the former Charlotte Anne Formby, father for Kiki and Hen. Former husband of Portia.

He was brother of Camilla, Jamie, Justin, Adrian and Arabella. His mother later wed Timothy Seymour Bathurst, son of Group Capt Peter Bathurst and the former Lady Elizabeth Gore-Langton, scion of the Earls Temple of Stowe, &c.

Funeral to be held in Chicago, USA, 3 Jan, 2017.


Campbell Adamson/de Haan engagement

The engagement was announced 2 January, 2017, between James William Campbell Adamson (b 1989), son of Hugh A. Campbell Adamson, of Stracathro, Angus, by his wife the former Hon Alison Mary Elliott (b 1957), daughter of the life peer Baron Elliott of Morpeth, & Miss Hannah G. de Haan (descended from the Earls of Plymouth), twin daughter of Mr Archer de Haan and Mrs Vivien de Haan, of Bromfield, Shropshire.


Grace Countess of Dudley (d 2016)

_. Grace Countess of Dudley,who died 29 December, 2016, was the third wife and widow of the 3rd Earl of Dudley (1894-1969).

She was the former Grace Maria Kolin, dau of Dr Michael Kolin, of Dubrovnik, and married (1) Prince Stanislas Radziwill, and (2), 17 July, 1961, as his third wife, Eric, Earl of Dudley, a great friend of King Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor). Her 2nd husband died 26 Dec, 1969.

Lady Dudley leaves a son from her first marriage, Prince John Radziwill.

The funeral takes place at the Church of Sacre-Coeur in Ouchy, Lausanne, on Wednesday 4 January, 2017.


Beatrix Storm Cornwall Legh (b 2016)

__. Victoria Cornwall Legh (nee Jones), wife of the Hon Kenelm Michael Cornwall-Legh (b 12 Apr, 1978), scion of the Barons Grey of Codnor, gave birth to a dau, Beatrix Storm, 27 December, 2016.

Kenelm Cornwall Legh is the 2nd son of the 6th Baron Grey of Codnor, DL (b 14 May, 1936), (Peerage of England cr 1397), of High Legh House, Knutsford, Cheshire, by his wife the former Joanna Storm Cayley (b 1947), scion of the Cayley Baronets (cr 1661).

Victoria Cornwall Legh is the eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Howard Jones, of Foxton, Cambridge.


Vivien Eleanor Pleydell-Bouverie 1940-2016

_. Vivien Eleanor Pleydell-Bouverie, who died 27 December, 2016, was the widow of Maj Simon Pleydell-Bouverie (1928-2012), a scion of the Earls of Radnor, and was a scion of the Keane baronets.

She was born 8 July, 1940, a daughter of Sir Richard Keane, 6th Baronet (1909-2010), by his wife the former Olivia Hawkshaw, and married Simon Pleydell-Bouverie, 24 Oct, 1961, by whom she had issue. Her husband died 3 September, 2012.

The service of Thanksgiving takes place at Deddington Church, Oxfordshire, 16 January, 2017.


Lord/Howard engagement

From the Telegraph and Times of 5 January 2017: Mr A. Lord and Lady Philippa Howard - The engagement is announced between Archie, younger son of Mr and Mrs Peter Lord, of Ecchinswell, Hampshire, and Philippa, elder daughter of the Earl and Countess of Suffolk and Berkshire, of Charlton Park, Wiltshire.

Lady Philippa Mimi Jacqueline Henrietta HOWARD (b 1985) d of 21st Earl of SUFFOLK & 14th Earl of BERKSHIRE (b 1935) and his 3rd w Linda Jacqueline (b 1950, formerly Viscountess Bridport) d of Lt-Col Vincent Rudolph PARAVICINI TD (1914-89) of Nutley Manor, Basingstoke, and Jacqueline Christine Swinnerton (1918-2004) d of Sir John Swinnerton DYER MC 12th Bt (1891-ka 1917).

Sir Ilay Campbell of Succoth, 7th Baronet 1927-2017

__. Sir Ilay Mark Campbell of Succoth, 7th Baronet, died at Crarae, by Inveraray, Argyll, 2 January, 2017. He was 89.

Born 29 May, 1927, succeeded his father Capt Sir George Ilay Campbell, 6th Bt, in 1967; married 1961, Matgaret Minette Rohais, only dau of James Alasdair Anderson (descended from the Earls of Halsbury), by whom he had issue, two daughters, Cecilia (b 1963), married to a MacGregor of MacGregor (eld son of the 6th Bt); and Candida (b 1964).

The baronetcy, created in 1808 (UK) now becomes extinct.

The funeral takes place on Wed 11 January, 2017, at Cumlodden Parish Church.


Hon Henry Richard Isaac Thynn (b 2016)

_. Viscountess Weymouth, wife of Viscount Weymouth, son and heir of the Marquess of Bath, had a son (by a surrogate mother) the Hon Henry Richard Isaac Thynn, born at Beverly Hills, California, USA, 30 Dec, 2016.


Thursday, December 01, 2016

Hazlerigg/Braithwaite engagement

--.The engagement was announced 5 Nov, 2016 between the Hon Arthur William Grey Hazlerigg (b 13 May 1987), son and heir of the 3rd Baron Hazlerigg (b 1951), of Noseley, Leicestershire, by his former wife, Laura Dugdale, of Notting Hill, scion of the Dugdale baronets, & Kate S. Braithwaite, daughter of Mr & Mrs Antony Braithwaite, of Haughton, Northumberland.

Raine Countess Spencer 1929-2016

She was d of Capt Alexander (Sachie) George McCORQUODALE (1897-1964), scion of the gentry family of that name, and his 1st w the novelist Dame (Mary) Barbara Hamilton CARTLAND DBE (1901-2000). She m 1st 1948 (div 1976) the 9th Earl of DARTMOUTH (1924-97) and had three sons and a dau, including the present 10th Earl. She m 2nd the 8th Earl SPENCER (1924-92). She m 3rd 1993 (div 1995) Jean-Francois de Chambrun COUNT DE CHAMBRUN. She resumed the style Countess Spencer after her 2nd divorce.

Telegraph obit 22 October 2016:
She was born Raine McCorquodale on September 9 1929, the daughter of Alexander “Sachie” McCorquodale, whose family had made a fortune out of printing, and of Barbara Cartland, who had then hardly embarked upon her career as a romantic novelist.
“What a lovely fat baby,” Princess Elizabeth (born in 1926) is supposed to have observed on seeing the infant Raine...
And so to the Season. “Eternally smiling” and an excellent dancer, Raine was voted Debutante of the Year in 1947. If she was not a flawless beauty, she gave an excellent impression of one. And when she met Gerald Legge, presumptive heir to the Earldom of Dartmouth, on a mountain in Switzerland, she immediately declared herself in love. They were married in 1948 and installed in a large house in Belgravia, with a staff of five...
As late as 1972 Lady Dartmouth was still telling journalists that her husband was “the Rock of Gibraltar and divine; so steady and strong and yet such humour”. A cousin of this paragon, however, observed that in private she was “beastly to him”.
But few read anything into Lady Dartmouth’s appointment of Johnny Spencer (deserted by his wife in 1967) as chairman of the Youth Panel for European Architectural Year. In fact, she had become infatuated with him.
Raine Dartmouth more or less moved into Althorp in 1975, after Spencer succeeded as 8th Earl, and endured as best she could the hostility of his children. In unguarded moments she was less restrained: “I could have them all for breakfast if I wanted to.” She was divorced from Dartmouth in 1976, and shortly afterwards married Spencer....
Raine Spencer’s connection with Althorp was abruptly ended by the death of her husband in March 1992. The new Earl immediately took steps to eradicate her influence.
It was reported, moreover, that when her maid packed her clothes into suitcases bearing the Spencer emblem, the Princess of Wales ordered that they should be removed and put into black bin liners instead.
But Raine Spencer was never one to repine. She had been left very well off, and in May 1993 announced her engagement to a French count, Jean-François de Chambrun...
Within two months the new Contesse de Chambrun was obliged to deny rumours that she was separating from her husband; and within three years the rumours were denied no longer. The parting, it transpired, had been “very amicable”....

Diana Ccountess of Wilton 1931-2016

From the Telegraph and Times of 1 November 2016: WILTON  Diana, Countess of Wilton, aged 85, on the 27th October 2016, at Felley Priory, Nottinghamshire. Widow of the 7th Earl of Wilton and a much loved mother and grandmother. Requiem Mass at the Little Oratory, Brompton Road, London SW7 2RP at 11.30am on the 7th December 2016.

She was d of Roy GALWAY of Berkshire. She m 1st 1953 (div 1961) Alick David Yorke NAYLOR-LEYLAND LVO, scion of the Bts of that name, and had a son and a dau. She m 2nd 1962 7th Earl of WILTON (1921-99), no further issue.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Hon Mark William Vestey 1943-2016

_. The Hon Mark William Vestey, scion of the Barons Vestey {Baron, UK, cr 1922), died at his home in Gloucestershire, 5 November, 2016. He was 73.

He was born 16 Apr, 1943, second son of Capt the Hon William Vestey (1912-44), by his wife the former Helen Pamela Fullerton Melba Armstong (dxescended from Dame Nellie Melba); granted the rank and precedence of the son of a Baron by Royal Warrant in March, 1955 (his father, heir to the 2nd Baron, having been killed in action in WW2; married 1975, Rose Amelia Clifton (b 1952), scion of the Bruce Bts, by whom he had issue.

Mark Vestey was severely injured in a riding accident in 1984 and was wheel-chair bound thereafter.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Isla Beatrice Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce (b 2016)

_. The Hon Joanna Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce (b 1985), wife of the Hon Nicholas Edward Hovell-Thurlow-Cumming-Bruce (born 16 Feb, 1986), gave birth to a daughter, Isla Beatrice, 14 October, 2016.

Nicholas is the son and heir of the 9th Baron Thurlow (b 13 Apr, 1952), (Peerage of GB, cr 1792), of Mapledurham, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Bridget Anne Julia Cheape.

Joanna, a scion of the Earls of Lauderdale (Earl, Scotland, 1624) middle daughter of Patrick Richard Heriot Maitland (born 1947), of Fossway, Kinross, by his wife the former Marilyn Lois Grant.


Rose Elizabeth Mary Crisp (b 2016)

_. The Lady Hermione Mary Annabel Crisp (b 1982, nee Shirley), scion of the Earls Ferrers, and wife of Edward J. Crisp, of Kirby Cane Hall, co Norfolk, gave birth to a daughter, Rose Elizabeth Mary, 9 October, 2016.

Edward Crisp is a son of the late Maj Simon Crisp and the late Mrs Christine Grote Crisp, & Lady Hermione  is the only daughter of the 14th Earl Ferrers (b 29 Dec 1952), of Ditchingham Hall, Norfolk, and the Countess Ferrers (nee Susannah Mary Sheepshanks, scion of that landed family).


Greenall/Corbin engagement

The engagement was announced 26 October, 2016, between Dr the Hon Toby Peter Greenall (b 1988), scion of the Barons Daresbury, third son of the 4th Baron Daresbury (b 18 Jul 1953), of Malpas, Cheshire, by his wife the former Clare Alison Weatherby (descended from the extinct Earls of Clonmell), & Mr George J.R. Corbin, son of Colonel and Mrs David Corbin, of Zeals, Wiltshire.