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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Death of Angela Jane de Havilland

Angela Jane de Havilland (née Franklin) who died 24 April, 2009, was the 2nd wife, and widow, of Major-General Peter Hugh de Havilland, CBE (b 29 July 1904), Royal Artillery, scion of that LG family, of Havilland Hall, and cousin of the actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine. She was the former Angela Jane Franklin, dau of R. Franklin, and married the Maj-Gen as his 2nd spouse in 1981. (He had married 1stly, 1930, Helen Elizabeth Wrey (d 1976), dau of William Whitmore Otter-Barry (scion of that LG family see 1952 edition). Funeral at Little Horkesley Church, 12th May 2009.

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Lieutenant-Colonel William Forbes of Rothiemay, DSO, dies aged 96

Lieutenant-Colonel William John Herbert Forbes of Rothiemay, DSO (1945), 3rd of Rothiemay, of Dunira, by Comrie, Perthshire, late the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Representor of the House of Forbes of Rothiemay, died at Amesbury Abbey, 26 April, 2009, aged 96. He was b 25 Sept, 1912, son of Cdr William Stronach Forbes, OBE, RN (d 1949), by his wife Helen, scion of the LG family of Strutt of Belper, dau of George Herbert Strutt.

He was a descendant of John Forbes, of Newe (and he was descended from Sir Wm Forbes, of Kynaldy and Pitsligo 1419-46, whose brother Sir Alexander Forbes was cr 1st Lord Forbes - a peerage now extinct).

He married 9 Jul 1941, Diana Burrell de Ker Knox, only child of William Barr Knox, of Ryefield House, Daldry, Ayrshire, by whom he had issue:- (1) Iain William Stronach Forbes, b 1 May, 1942, deceased before 1989 (2) Maj. Anthony David Knox Forbes, Yr of Rothiemay, b 20 March, 1944, d. 9 Sept 2003; married Ryden__,and left issue, a son Iain and a dau, Anneli (3) David Lachlan Forbes, b 20 Oct, 1950 (1) Flavia Margaret Forbes, b 17 Jul 1954

Who succeeds as head of the family? Grandson Iain?

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Lieutenant-Colonel William Forbes of Rothiemay, DSO, dies aged 96

Lieutenant-Colonel William John Herbert Forbes of Rothiemay, DSO (1945), 3rd of Rothiemay, of Dunira, by Comrie, Perthshire, late the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Representor of the House of Forbes of Rothiemay, died at Amesbury Abbey, 26 April, 2009, aged 96. He was b 25 Sept, 1912, son of Cdr William Stronach Forbes, OBE, RN (d 1949), by his wife Helen, scion of the LG family of Strutt of Belper, dau of George Herbert Strutt.


He was a descendant of John Forbes, of Newe (and he was descended from Sir Wm Forbes, of Kynaldy and Pitsligo 1419-46, whose brother Sir Alexander Forbes was cr 1st Lord Forbes - a peerage now extinct).


He married 9 Jul 1941, Diana Burrell de Ker Knox, only child of William Barr Knox, of Ryefield House, Daldry, Ayrshire, by whom he had issue:- (1) Iain William Stronach Forbes, b 1 May, 1942, deceased before 1989 (2) Maj. Anthony David Knox Forbes, Yr of Rothiemay, b 20 March, 1944, d. 9 Sept 2003; married Ryden__,and left issue, a son Iain and a dau, Anneli (3) David Lachlan Forbes, b 20 Oct, 1950 (1) Flavia Margaret Forbes, b 17 Jul 1954

Who succeeds as head of the family? Grandson Iain?

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Colonel Tony King-Harman dies aged 91

Colonel Anthony Lawrence (Tony) King-Harman, OBE, DL, of Ouse Manor, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, scion of the Earls of Kingston, died 25 Apr, 2009, aged 91. He was b 28 Feb 1918, son of Capt Robert Douglas King- Harman, DSO, DSC, RN (b 1891; d 1978) by his wife the former Lily Moffatt; married 21 Dec 1944, Jeanette Stella, nee Dunkerley, by whom he had issue, sons, William and Michael. He was father-in-law of Judy and Barbara and grandfather of Alizé, Bibette, Charles and Jasper.

Tony King-Harman was a grandson of Sir Charles Anthony King-Harman, KCMG (1851-1939), by his wife the former Constance Biddulph (d 1961).

Funeral at St Peter's Church, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, Friday 15th May.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Colonel John Evelyn Baring Hills, DL, TD, dies at 69

Col. John Evelyn Baring Hills, DL, TD, late the 17/21st Lancers and Royal Wessex Yeomanry, died suddenly 26 April, 2009, at the age of 69. He was b 16 May 1939, son of Lt.-Col. John David Hills (d Jul 1975), by his wife the former Lady Rosemary Ethel Baring (b 17 December 1908; d 14 Apr 2004), dau of the 2nd Earl of Cromer (1877-1953), by his wife the former Lady Ruby Florence Mary Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound (b 26 September 1886; d 5 Nov 1961), dau of the 4th Earl of Minto (1845-1914). Colonel John Hills was educated at Eton College; Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.), 1989.He served as High Sheriff of Gloucestershire in 1990. Major, 17th/21st Lancers. He was Honorary Aide-de-Camp to HM Queen Elizabeth II between 1990 and 2003.Colonel, Royal Wessex Yeomanry (Territorial Army). He married 6 Mar 1964, Katherine Adrian Alderson-Smith, daughter of G. F. Alderson-Smith, by whom he had a son (John) George Baring Hills b on 24 March 1966, and a dau, Veronica Adrian Harriet (Wonkie)Hills, who was b 23 August 1968. He also leaves grandchildren, Rosie and Jack.

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Burne/Trenchard wedding

The marriage took place 25 April 2009, at St Mary's Church, Standon, between Captain Thomas Burne, The Blues and Royals, son of Mr Simon Burne, of Woodcock Farmhouse, Charlton, Wiltshire, and the late Mrs Eugénie Burne, and the Hon Katherine (Katie) Clare Trenchard (b 1980), elder daughter of the 3rd Viscount Trenchard, of Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire, and Viscountess Trenchard.

Thomas Edward Francis BURNE was b 1980. His mother, Eugénie Nancy b 1947 was the dau of Lt-Cdr Hon Douglas David Edward VIVIAN DSC RN (1915-73) & Mary Alice dau of Francis John Gordon BORTHWICK (scion of L Borthwick) and she married Simon Burne in 1966 (divorced 1988) he was son of Brig John Richard Burne, of Grove Cottage, Chiddingfold, Surrey. Eugénie's father was the second son of the 4th Baron Vivian of Glyn and of Truro (UK cr 1841) (the first son by) and his 2nd wife Nancy Lycett (dau of Sir Edward Lycett Green, 2nd Bt).

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Grandson for Viscount Ullswater

The Hon Emma Stewart-Smith (née Lowther), daughter of the 2nd Viscount Ullswater, and wife since 2000 of Mr Christian (Christy) Stewart- Smith, gave birth to a son, 23 April, 2009.

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Ogilvy/March Phillipps de Lisle engagement

The engagement was announced 28 April 2009, between Shamus Diarmid Ogilvy (b 24 Jan 1966), scion of the Earls of Airlie, elder son of of the Hon James Donald Diarmid Ogilvy (b 28 Jan 1934), of Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire, by his late wife the former Magdalen Jane Ruth (June) Ducas (b 2 June 1938, d 3 Nov 2001), descended from the Barons Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton; and Alexandra Elizabeth Hope March Phillipps de Lisle (b 12 Jul 1972), scion of that LG family, elder daughter of the late Julian Peter Alexander March Phillipps de Lisle (b 2 Feb 1936; d 19 Dec 1993) of Lisle, of Medbourne, Leicestershire, by his 2nd wife the former Diana Barbara Welchman.

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Death of Richard Hambro, of the banking dynasty, aged 62

Richard Alexander Hambro, who died 25 April, 2009, aged 62, was a scion of the LG family of that name.

He was b 1 Oct, 1946, second son of Jocelyn Olaf Hambro (1919-94), by his 1st wife the former Ann Silvia Muir (d 1972), and was educated at Eton & München Universität, Munich, Bavaria.

He married 1stly, 1973 (div 1982), the Hon Charlotte Clementine Soames (b 17 Jul 1954, who married 2nd 15 Apr 1989, the 3rd Earl Peel), dau of the Baron Soames (life peer) (1920-87), by his wife the former Mary Spencer-Churchill (b 15 Sept 1922), dau of the Rt Hon Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965); married 2ndly, 1984 (div 1992), Juliet Mary Elizabeth Harvey, daughter of Major Thomas Cockayne Harvey by his wife the former Lady Katharine Mary Coke, dau of the Earl of Leicester; married 3rdly, 1993, Mary Briggs.

He is survived by his third wife and an only child of the 1st marriage, Clementine Silvia Hambro (b 1976), who married 3 Nov, 2006, Orlando Gregory Fraser (b. 1967), scion of the Lords Lovat. He also leaves a granddaughter, Ruby Elizabeth Mary Fraser, b 19 March, 2007.


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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Isma Lutyens (1931-2009)

Isma Rosemary Lutyens (née Crompton-Inglefield), who died 24 April, 2009, aged 77, was born 18 May, 1931, 2nd dau of Colonel Sir John Frederick Crompton-Inglefield, by his wife the former Rosemary Scott (1903-78), daughter of Rear-Admiral Sir Percy Moreton Scott, 1st Baronet (1853-1924), by his wife Teresa Roma Dixon-Hartland. Isma married (i) 21 Dec, 1953, Lt.-Cdr. John Anthony Stuart Crawford (d as the result of an accident, 29 Jan 1967), son of Captain John Stuart Crawford; married (ii) Charles Lutyens.She leaves issue, Alison Jane Crawford, b 9 Nov, 1957, and Alistair John Stuart Crawford, b 16 Jan 1959. Funeral at Church of St Peter & St Paul, Hambledon, 1st May, 2009.

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Joan Margaret Morgan-Grenville (1936-2009)

Joan Margaret Morgan-Grenville (nee Freeman), who died 23 April, 2009, aged 72, was the wife of a scion of the Lords Kinloss (Lordship, S, 1602), and was a scion of the Freeman Baronets (cr 1945). She was b 1936 as Joan Margaret Freeman, dau of Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Rhodes Freeman, GCB, DSO, MC, 1st Baronet; married 1955, John Richard Bine Morgan-Grenville (b 1927), son of Capt the Hon Robert Wm Morgan- Grenville (1892-1988), by his 2nd wife the former Elizabeth Hope Bine Renshaw, dau of Sir Chas. Renshaw, 1st Baronet. She leaves issue. Funeral at All Hallows, Tillington at.— 1st May, 2009.

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Chittenden/Crofton-Atkins engagement

The engagement was announced 25 Apr 2009, between Oliver H. Chittenden, son of Mr Hilary Chittenden by his former wife the former Sylvie Marie-Therese Wichard (now wife of the 3rd Baron Rathcavan) of Cleggan Lodge, Ballymena, Co Antrim, and Emily C. Crofton-Atkins, scion of that LG family, middle daughter of Mr and Mrs Peter Crofton- Atkins, of Milton Lilbourne, Wiltshire..—

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Thomas James Lane Fox

Hatty Lane Fox (née Madden) wife of Oliver Lane Fox, scion of that LG family, of Bramham Park, gave birth to a son, Thomas James, 14 Apr, 2009, a brother for Esme, Georgia, and for Molly (b 2003, d 2008)

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Isabel Sarah Susanna Russell

Georgina N. Russell (née Dancy), wife of Capt. James Peter Faber Russell (b. 1980), of the Coldstream Guards, scion of the Barons Ampthill (descended from the Dukes of Bedford), gave birth to a daughter, Isabel Sarah Susanna, 15th April, 2009.

Jamie Russell is the 2nd son of the Hon. John Hugo Trenchard Russell (b. 1950), and Mrs Russell, of Ringstead, Dorset, & Georgina N. Dancy, elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Jonathan Dancy, of Newick, Sussex.

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Harry Walter Blaise Byng

Annabel Byng (nee Hardman), b. 1971, wife of Thomas Francis Edmund Wentworth Byng (b. 1970), gave birth to a son, Harry Walter Blaise,17 April, 2009, a brother for Rose Florence Eve, who was b. 31 December, 2004, and for John Edmund Julian, b 26 October, 2006.

Tom Byng is a son of Mr Julian Michael Edmund Byng, (b. 1928), & Mrs Byng (nee Wellesley-Wesley). His father was born Julian Michael Edmund Lafone, son of Michael Wm. M. Lafone, who m. 1928, Lady (Florence) Elizabeth Alice Byng, daughter of the 6th Earl of Strafford, of Wrotham Park, Hertfordshire. Julian Lafone assumed the surname of Byng in lieu of his patronymic, by deed poll, (enrolled at the College of Arms) 1952.

Annabel Byng is a daughter of Blaise Noel Anthony Hardman by his wife Caroline Marion Cameron (b. 1943), daughter of the late Colonel Sir Donald Cameron of Lochiel, KT, CVO, TD, Chief of the Clan Cameron, by his wife, Margaret Doris Gathorne-Hardy (scion of the Earls of Cranbrook).

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Tom Walford

Lara Katherine (Lally) Walford (née Chetwynd-Talbot, b. 1973), scion of the Earls of Shrewsbury, wife of Nicholas Walford, gave birth to a son, Tom, 19 April, 2009, a brother Ella and for Sam.

Nick Walford is the son of Mr Robert Walford, of Upavon, Wiltshire, and Mrs Richard Besley, of Suffolk, and Lally is a daughter of Major Mark Patrick Chetwynd-Talbot (b. 1941), late the Coldstream Guards, of Coxwold, North Yorkshire, by his wife, the former Elizabeth Anne Bateman.

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Ken Annakin, film director, dies aged 94

Ken Annakin, OBE, the film director (Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines/Battle of the Bulge), who died 22 April, 2009, aged 94, was b 10 Aug 1914.

He was a nephew of the 1st (and last) Viscount Snowden (cr 1931, ext. 15 May 1937). Annakin's father was a brother of Ethel Annakin, who, in 1905, married the Labour politician, and future viscount, Philip Snowden.

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Davina Alice Louisa Dalrymple

Emma R. Dalrymple (née Woods), wife of the Hon. David Hew Dalrymple (b. 1963) scion of the Earls of Stair & kinsman of HM The Queen, gave birth to a daughter, Davina Alice Louisa, 19 April, 2009, a sister for Alexander John Peter, who was b 29 April, 2007.

David Dalrymple is the 2nd son of the 13th Earl of Stair, KCVO, MBE (1906-96), by his wife the former Davina Katharine Bowes Lyon (b 1930); & David's maternal grandfather was the Hon. Sir David Bowes Lyon, KCVO (1902-61), younger brother of Queen Elizabeth, consort of HM King George VI.

Mrs Dalrymple is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Peter Woods, of Betchworth, Surrey.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Arbuthnott/Hilton engagement

The engagement was anounced 24 Apr, 2009, between Lieut. Hugh Frederick Archbibald (Hughie) Arbuthnott (b 1982), scion of the Viscounts of Arbuthnott (cr S, 1641), son of Hugh Andrew Arbuthnott (b 1948), of La Almuña, Spain, by his wife, the former Elizabeth Jane Showers, and Clare B. Hilton, daughter of Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Hilton, of Keyworth, Nottinghamshire.

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Benjamin Daniel Clark

The Hon Emma Clark (née Tufton, b 1976), wife of Martin G.M. Clark, & scion of the Barons Hothfield, gave birth to a son, Benjamin Daniel, 18 April, 2009.

Martin Clark is the only son of Dr Paul Clark and Mrs Pené Clark, both of Milton Keynes, and Emma is the only daughter of the 6th Baron Hothfield, of Drybeck Hall, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, by his wife Lucinda Marjorie Gurney (descended from the extinct de Bathe Baronets).

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Elizabeth (Elsie) Katherine Barnett

Augusta Mary (Gussy) Barnett (née Peto, b 1977), wife of William G. Barnett, & scion of the Peto Baronets (cr 1927), gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth (Elsie) Katherine, 17 April, 2009.

Will Barnett is the eldest son of the late Charles Barnett and Mrs Barnett, of Northumberland, and Augusta is a daughter of Jonathan Basil Morton Peto (b. 1942), of Woodbridge, Suffolk, by his wife the former Hon. Selina Lilian Hughes-Young (b. 1944), daughter of the 1st Baron St Helens, MC, by his wife Elizabeth Blakiston-Houston, of the Baronets of that name.


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Flora Francesca Macpherson-Grant

Victoria Macpherson-Grant (b 1973, née Bowden), wife of Guy Ewan Macpherson-Grant of Ballindalloch (b. 1968), gave birth to a daughter, Flora Francesca, 9 April, 2009, a sister for Iona Mary Clare, who was b 30 May, 2007.

Guy was a Page of Honour to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1981-83, & is the elder son of Mr Oliver Henry Russell (b. 1942), scion of the Barons Ampthill and of the Dukes of Bedford, of Ballindalloch, Banffshire, by his wife, the former Clare Nancy Macpherson-Grant (b. 1944), and Victoria is a daughter of Mr Aubrey Francis Houston Bowden (b. 1940), scion of the Bowden Baronets (cr. 1915), of Winkfield, Berkshire, by his wife, the former Mary Julia Colville (b. 1947), scion of the Viscounts Colville of Culross.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lady Berthon, widow of Vice Admiral Sir Stephen Berthon, dies

Lady Berthon, (née Elizabeth Anne Leigh-Bennett), who died 19 April, 2009, was wife of the late Vice Admiral Sir Stephen Berthon, KCB (b 24 Aug 1922; d 31 Jan 2007).

She leaves issue, Hermione, Simon, Venetia and Mark.

Lady Berthon was the dau of Henry Wolley Leigh-Bennett (d 1951, formerly Leigh, LG 1952 edn) and Elma Rose PRICE (1886-1969, a gt grand dau of Sir Rose Price 1st Bt (UK cr 1815) & 13th Baron of Dunsany (I c 1462)

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Death of Laura Jane Montagu Douglas Scott, aged 64

Laura Jane Montagu Douglas Scott (née Harmsworth), who died 15 April, 2009, aged 64, was the wife of David Henry George Montagu Douglas Scott (1945-2001), scion of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry, and was a descendant of the Boothby Baronets. She was born 24 October 1944. 3rd dau of St. John Bernard Vyvyan Harmsworth (1912-95), by his wife the former Jane Penelope Boothby (b 1914), scion of the Boothby Baronets; and married David Montagu Douglas Scott, 10 Jun 1967. She leaves issue, 2 daughters, (i) Lucy Rose, b 18 May 1969, and (ii) Harriet Mary, b 1972. She also leaves grandchildren, Alfie, Henry, John and Will. Funeral private.

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Sir Robin Gillett, former Lord Mayor of London, dies aged 83

Sir Robin Gillett, 2nd Baronet, who died 21 April, 2009, aged 83, was Lord Mayor of London, 1976-77.

Robin Danvers Penrose Gillett was born 9 Nov 1925, the son of Sir (Sydney) Harold Gillett, 1st Bt, MC, who was Lord Mayor of London, 1958-59.

He was educated at the Nautical College, Pangbourne, and Hill Crest School. He married in 1950, Elizabeth Marion Grace, the elder dau of John Findlay, JP, of Busby House, Lanarks, and is now succeeded in the baronetcy (cr 1959) by his elder son, Nicholas Danvers Penrose Gillett, born 24 September, 1955.


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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Death of Isabel Susan Ridley

Isabel Susan Ridley (née Spencer- Nairn) who died 16th April, 2009, was a scion of the Spencer-Nairn Baronets (cr 1933). She was b 1937, dau of Capt Robert Frank Spencer-Nairn (b 1910), late The Black Watch, who was a son of the 1st Baronet; by his 1st wife the former Caroline Isabel Chadwick; married 1966, Brig Nicholas John Ridley, late the Queen's Own Highlanders, descended from the Christison Baronets, by whom she had issue. Funeral Service on Monday 27th April 2009 at Holy Trinity Melrose.

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Birth of Rose Catherina Grafftey-Smith

Gabriella Diana Grafftey-Smith (nee Crewe-Read), b. 1974, wife of Toby Grafftey-Smith, gave birth to a dau, Rose Catherina, 16 April, 2009, a sister for Anastasia and Dylan Gabriel.
Gabriella is a daughter of David Offley Crewe-Read (b. 1944), by his wife Lisa, and is a granddaughter of Colonel John Offley Crewe-Read who married in 1940, the Hon. Diana Mary Wroughton (b. 1920), dau of the 1st (and last) Baron Robins (who d. 1962).

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Moira Cooke-Hurle dies aged 87

Moira Cooke-Hurle (nee King), who has died aged 87, was widow of Maj Frederick Joseph Cooke-Hurle (b 6 Jun 1914; d 17 Jan 1969), scion of the Cooke-Hurle LG family of of Startforth Hall, Barnard Castle, Co Durham; the former Moira Bernadine King, she married Maj Cooke-Hurle, 30 Dec, 1946; and leaves issue, two sons, (i) Robin Edward, b 26 Dec 1948 & Charles Frederick Cooke-Hurle, b 31 Jul 1951, & daughters-in- law Patrizia and Jo, & grandchildren, Clare, Tim and Mary and great- granddaughter Emily. Funeral Service, 24 April 2009, at St. Mary's Church, Copythorne, Cadnam.

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Sir David Mansel Lewis, KCVO, dies aged 81

Sir David Courtenay Mansel Lewis, KCVO, BA, JP, who died 17 April, 2009, aged 81, was Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, 1979-2002 (Lieutenant 1974-79; HM Lieutenant for Carmarthenshire, 1973-4); JP; cr KCVO, 1995; b 25 Oct 1927, son of Charlie Ronald Mansel Lewis by his wife the formerLilian Georgina Warner, dau of Col Sir Courtenay Warner, 1st Baronet, CB. He married 15 Apr, 1953, the Lady Mary Rosemary Marie- Gabrielle Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, b 11 June 1930, 4th dau of the 3rd Earl of Wharncliffe (1892-1953), by his wife the former Lady Maud Lillian Elfreda Mary Wentworth-Fitzwilliam. He is survived by Lady Mary and by three children, (i) Patrick, b 25 Nov 1953; (ii) Catherine, b 9 Nov 1955; & (iii) Annabel, b 10 Jul 1962. Funeral Service at All Saints Church, Goring Road, Llanelli, Friday 24th April 2009, and Committal at St Paul's Church, Manordeilo. Memorial Service to be announced at a later date.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Benjamin Lascelles, cousin of Queen, marries Colombian Carolina Velez Robledo

The marriage took place at Harewood House, Leeds, 18 April, 2009, of the Hon Benjamin George Lascelles (b 23 Nov 1978), scion of the Earls of Harewood, and a great- great grandson of HM King George V and Queen Mary, 1st son of David Henry George Lascelles, styled Viscount Lascelles (born 21 October 1950), by his 1st wife the former Margaret Rosalind Messenger (b 1948); & Carolina Velez Robledo.

The marriage was a civil ceremony in the gallery at Harewood House.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Birth of a son to Marquess of Lansdowne's nephew and wife

Claire F. Mercer Nairne (nee Aussudre, wife of Samuel George (Sam) Mercer Nairne (b. 1976), scion of the Marquesses of Lansdowne, gave birth to a son, George Yvan, 7 April, 2009, a brother for Violet.

Sam Mercer Nairne is the 1st son of Lord Robert Harold Mercer Nairne (b. 1947), of Meikleour, Perthshire, by his wife, the former Jane Elizabeth Gordon (scion of the Marquesses of Huntly), & Claire is a daughter of the late M. Jean-Charles Aussudre and of Mme Francoise Aussudre, of Bordeaux.

Sam Mercer Nairne is a grandson paternally of the 8th Marquess of Lansdowne, PC (1912-99), and a grandson maternally of Lt-Col Lord Douglas Claude Alexander Gordon, DSO.

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Olympic oarsman Ed Coode's wife gives birth to daughter

Clare K. Coode (née Smales) wife of Edward R (Ed) Coode (b. 19 June, 1975), the Gold Medal winning Olympic oarsman, gave birth to a daughter, Ottilie Mary, 16 Mar, 2009, a sister for Beatrice Mary (Bee), who was b 11 February, 2007.

Ed Coode is the son of Jonathan Arundell Coode (b. 1938), scion of the Coode LG family formerly of Polapit Tamar, and descended from the Neave baronets, and Mrs Coode, of Lanhydrock, Cornwall, and Clare is the daughter of Mr Peter Smales, of Fontmell Parva, Dorset, and Mrs Mary-Joyce Smales, of Lymington, Hampshire.

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Lord Lyell of Markyate's son engaged

_. The engagement was announced 18 Apr 2009, between the Hon Alexander Lyell, son of.—life peer Baron Lyell of Markyate and Baroness Lyell of Markyate (nee Susanna Mary Fletcher), and Lucy H. MacDonald Watson, daughter of Mr and Mrs Robert MacDonald Watson, of Southfields, London.

Baroness Lyell of Markyate (b 26 Jan 1945), is a dau of Charles Montague Fletcher (1911-95), by his wife the former Hon Louisa Mary Sylvia Seely (b 9 Aug 1913, d 14 Jan 1998), dau of the 1st Baron Mottistone (1868-1947).

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Earl of Pembroke & Montgomery engaged to Victoria Bullough

The engagement was announced 16 Apr 2009, between William Alexander Sidney [Herbert], 18th Earl of Pembroke & Montgomery (b 18 May 1978), of Wilton, Wilts, only son of the late 17th Earl of Pembroke & Montgomery (1939-2003), by his 1st wife the former Claire Rose Pelly, scion of the Pelly Barts; & Victoria, A.C. Bullough, youngest daughter Michael Bullough of Culcreuch, of Huntingtower, co. Perth, by his wife Sandra Lee-Graham.

Lord Pembroke's mother married 2ndly, 1984 as his second wife Stuart Wyndham Murray Threipland, of Trafalgar House, Salisbury, co. Wiltshire). Claire is the only dau. of Douglas Gurney Pelly, of Swaynes Hall, Saffron Walden, co. Essex, by his wife Monica Tate, only dau. of Lt Col Arthur Wignall Tate DSO, of Lenwade House, Great Witchingham, co. Norfolk.

Lord Pembroke is 18th Earl of Pembroke (England, let. pat.11 Aug 1551); 15th Earl of Montgomery (England, let. pat. 4 May 1605); 18th Baron Herbert of Cardiff, of Cardiff in the County of Glamorgan (England, let. pat.10 Aug 1551), 15th Baron Herbert of Shurland, of Shurland in the Isle of Sheppey. (England, let. pat. 4 May 1605) 7th Baron Herbert of Lea (United Kingdom, let. pat. 15 Jan 1861).

The future Countess of Pembroke and Montgomery is a sister of John Bullough of Culcreuch, Yr, who married 1998, Lady Georgiana Dorothea Mary Murray (b. 10 Mar 1967), dau of the 8th and 7th Earl of Mansfield, DL.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Francesca Kristina Safi Cecil

Kristy M. Cecil (nee Wunsch), wife of Benjamin David Amherst (Ben) Cecil (b. 1968), scion of the Barons Amherst of Hackney, gave birth to a daughter, Francesca Kristina Safi, 8 April, 2009 at Pasadena, California.

Ben is the second son of the late David Henry Amherst Cecil (1943-2000), by his first wife the former Hon Fiona Elizabeth Cameron Corbett (now the Hon Mrs Patterson, scion of the Barons Rowallan), & Kristy is a daughter of Mr Bill Wunsch, of Pennsyvania, and of Mrs Barbara Wunsch, of Colorado, United States.


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Earl of Harrington dies aged 86

The Earl of Harrington, who died 12 April, 2009, at the age of 86, was 11th Earl of Harrington (Great Britain, let. pat. 9 Feb 1742); 8th Viscount Stanhope of Mahon, (Great Britain, let. pat. 2 Jul 1717); 11th Viscount Petersham (Great Britain, let. pat. 9 Feb 1742); 8th Baron Stanhope of Elvaston, of Elvaston in the County of Derby (Great Britain, let. pat. 2 Jul 1717); 11th Baron Harrington, of Harrington in the County of Northampton (Great Britain, let. pat. 6 Jan 1730).
He was b 24 Aug 1922; son of Maj the 10th Earl of Harrington (1887-1929), by his wife the former Margaret Trelawney (Susan) Seaton; succeeded his father in 1929 in the Earldom of Harrington and Viscountcy of Petersham and Barony of Harrington, and to the Viscountcy of Stanhope of Mahon and Barony of Stanhope of Elvaston in 1967 on the demise of his kinsman, the last Earl Stanhope.
Educated at Eton. Capt 15/19th King's Royal Hussars; married 1stly, 5 Feb 1942 (div. 1946) Eileen Foley-Grey, only child of Sir John Foley- Grey, 8th Bt., of Enville Hall, Stourbridge, by his first wife Jean Jessie Mary de Sales de Terriere, of that LG family, dau. of Capt de Sales de Terriere, of Dunastair, co. Perth; married 2ndly, 24 Jan 1947 (div. 1962) Anne Theodora Chute, only dau. of Maj Richard Arenbourg Blennerhassett Chute, of Dooneen, Patrickswell, co. Limerick; married 3rdly, 14 Oct 1964 Priscilla Margaret Cubitt, 2nd and only surv. dau. of Maj Hon Archibald Edward Cubitt, of Dedington, co. Oxford (by his second wife Sibell Margaret Norman, of that LG family, 1st dau. of Ronald Collet Norman, of Moor Place, Much Hadham), 5th son of Henry [Cubitt], 2nd Baron Ashcombe, and a kinswoman of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
The family honours now devolve upon his Lordship's 1st son (of the 1st marriage), Charles Henry Leicester Stanhope, styled Viscount Petersham (b. 20 Jul 1945), who is father of Viscountess Linley, daughter-in-law of HRH Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon.
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Julia Fearnley-Whittingstall

Tamara Fearnley-Whittingstall, wife of Bill, of the landed family of that name, formerly of Watford and Hawkswick, gave birth to a dau, Julia, 7 Apr, 2009, a sister for twins, William George Graham & Arabella Nancy, who were b 14 August, 2004.


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Jonathan Bruno Chong Welby

Jennifer (Jenny) Welby (née Chong) wife of Richard Henry Gregory Welby (b. 1970), scion of the Welby Baronets, gave birth to a son, Jonathan Bruno Chong, 23 March, 2009.

Richard is the youngest son of Sir (Richard) Bruno Gregory Welby, 7th Baronet, and Lady Welby, of Denton Manor, Grantham, Lincolnshire, & Jenny is the only daughter of Chong Choe Foo and Chan Siew Chong, of Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia.


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Marjorie Viscountess St Davids dies

_.Marjorie Viscountess St Davids, 3rd wife and widow of the 2nd Viscount St Davids, died 2nd April 2009 at Wymondley Nursing Home.

She was the former (Evelyn) Marjorie Harris, only dau. of Dr John Edmund Guy Harris, of The Hermitage, Bray-on-Thames, co. Berkshire, and married 19 Oct 1959, Jestyn Reginald Austen Plantagenet Philipps, 2nd Viscount St Davids (1917-1991).

Her husband succeeded his mother, 12 Dec 1974, as 15th Baron Strange of Knokyn, 23rd Baron Hungerford and 21st Baron de Moleyns. He died 10 Jun 1991, and was succeeded in his peerages by a son of his 1st wife. Funeral Service at All Saints Church, Willian on Wednesday 22nd April 2009.


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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Orlando John Sebastian Montagu Douglas Scott

Lady Damian Montagu Douglas Scott (née Elisabeth Powis), wife of Lord Damian Torquil Francis Charles Montagu Douglas Scott, youngest son of the late 9th Duke of Buccleuch & (11th) of Queensberry, KT, gave birth to a son, Orlando John Sebastian, 27 March, 2009, a brother for Alexander Edward James, who was b 13 Feb, 2002, and for Georgia Lucy Alice, who was b 11 Aug, 2006.

Lord Damian married at Geddington, 21 April, 2001, Elizabeth, daughter of Mr & Mrs Simon Powis.

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Edward Wells

Georgina Wells (b 1975, née Howard-Vyse), scion of that LG family, and wife of Mark J.B. Wells, gave birth to a son, Edward, 2 April, 2009, a brother for Harry, who was b 30 May 2007.
Mark is the son of Mr & Mrs Simon Wells, of Purton, Wiltshire, & Georgina is a daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel John Cecil Howard-Vyse (b. 1947), of Burneston, North Yorkshire, by his wife the former Jennifer Anne Collin. Georgina Howard-Vyse's paternal grandfather Lt- Gen. Sir Edward Howard-Vyse, KBE, CB, MC (b. 27 Nov, 1905; d. 26 Dec, 1992), married in 1940, Mary Bridget Willoughby, scion of the Barons Middleton.


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Lord Boston's brother engaged

_.The engagement was announced 9 April, 2009, between the Hon Jonathan Charles Timothy Irby (b. 30 May 1975), 2nd son of the late 10th Baron Boston (1939-2007) and of Rhonda, Baroness Boston, of Moelfre, Anglesey, and Amanda P. McConnel, daughter of Captain and Mrs Ian McConnel, of Brailes, Oxfordshire.


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Lord Moore of Wolvercote dies aged 88

The Baron Moore of Wolvercote, GCB, GCVO, CMG, QSO, PC, who died 7 April, 2009, the day after his 88th birthday, was sometime Private Secretary to the Queen and father-in-law of Peter Gabriel.

He was born 6 April, 1921, son of Cecil Moore, ICS; educated at Cheltenham College, and Brasenose Coll, Oxford.

Career:-->Principal Private Sec to the First Lord of the Admiralty, 1957-58, British Deputy High Commissioner, Singapore, 1961-65, Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence, 1965-66; Assistant Private Secretary to Her Majesty The Queen 1966-72, Deputy Private Secretary to HM The Queen, 1972-77, Private Secretary to HM The Queen and Keeper of the Queen's Archives, 1977-86; Permanent Lord in Waiting to Her Majesty the Queen 1986-2009; Chairman of Trustees King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Foundation of St Catharine's since 1986; served in World War II as a Flight Lieut, Bomber Command, RAF.

Cr CMG 1966; CB (Civil) 1973; KCVO 1976; KCB 1980; GCVO 1983; GCB 1985; Cr Baron Moore of Wolvercote, of Wolvercote, City of Oxford (Life Peer) 1986.

Married 1945, Joan Ursula, dau of Capt M.E. Greenop, DCLI, and has issue: (i) the Hon Sally Jane Moore, b 1949; (ii) the Hon Jill Georgina Moore, b 1951, who married 1971 (div 1990) the rock musician Peter Gabriel.

Lord Moore of Wolvercote lived in a "Grace and Favour" apartment at Hampton Court Palace.


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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Maj Sir John Griffin, KCVO 1924-2009

Major Sir (Arthur) John Stewart Griffin, KCVO, Press Secretary to HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, 1956-91, died 1 April, 2009, aged 85. He married 1962, Henrietta Montagu Douglas Scott (1934-2008), scion of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry, dau of Brigadier (Claud) Andrew Montagu Douglas Scott, DSO (1906-71) by his 1st wife the former Lady Victoria Doris Rachel Haig, dau of Field Marshal the 1st Earl Haig; his wife died 20 Feb, 2008. He is survived by sons, (i) Andrew Michael Stewart Griffin b 27 April 1963, & (ii) Philip Anthony Stewart Griffin, b 23 May 1965. Private family funeral on Tuesday 14th April. Memorial Service in London to be announced later.


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4th Baron Amherst of Hackney (1940-2009)

The 4th Baron Amherst of Hackney died 2 April, 2009. He was aged 68. William Hugh Amherst Cecil was born 28 Dec, 1940, son of the 3rd Baron Amherst of Hackney (1912-80), by his wife the former Eirene Margaret Clifton Brown, 3rd dau. of Brig Gen Howard Clifton Brown MP, of Holmbush, Fay Gate, co. Sussex, by his wife Mary Eirene Hodges, 1st dau. of Sir Henry E A Hodges, Judge of the High Court, Melbourne, Australia; succeeded to the peerage (created 1892), on the demise of his father, 22 July, 1980; married 30 Mar 1965, Elizabeth Merriman, dau. of Hugh Humphrey Merriman DSO, MC, of Hazel Hall, Peaslake, co. Surrey, by whom he had issue, a son, the Hon (Hugh) William Amherst Cecil (b. 17 Jul 1968), mar. 1996 Nicola Jane Michels, dau. of Maj Timothy Michels, and has issue; & a dau, the Hon Aurelia Margaret Amherst Cecil (b. 19 Jul 1966), mar. (1) 1990 (div. 1993) Giles Wilson Mervyn Crewdson, 1st son of Wilson Peregrine Nicholas Crewdson by his wife Hon Lucy Clare Beckett, 1st dau. by his first wife of Ralph William Ernest [Beckett], 3rd Baron Grimthorpe, and (2) 1 Sep 2000 Rupert Nicholas Stephenson, yst. son of Charles Stephenson, and has issue by her second husband; A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Holy Trinity Church, Cowes, Isle of Wight, Friday 29th May 2009.



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Monday, April 06, 2009

Head/Fetiveau engagement

_.The engagement was announced 2 Apr 2009, between the Hon George Richard Head (b 1982), the younger son of the 2nd Viscount Head (b 27 Feb 1937), of Bishopstone, Salisbury, by his wife the former Alicia Brigid Salmond (descended from the Barons Lucas of Crudwell) and Charlotte Fetiveau, daughter of Mr and Mrs Alain Fetiveau, of Kensington, London.


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Haddo/Coaten engagement

_. The engagement was announced 3 Apr 2009 between George Ian Alastair Gordon, styled Earl of Haddo (b 4 May 1983), eldest son of the 7th Marquess of Aberdeen & Temair (b 31 Mar 1955), of House of Formartine, Aberdeenshire, b y his wife the former Joanna Clodagh Houldsworth (descended from the Earls of Morton), and Isabelle Coaten, younger daughter of Mr David Coaten, of London, W8, and Mrs Sacha Coaten, of London, SW1.



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Lady Maude Cavendish

Laura Ann Cavendish (nee Roundell, b 1972) styled Countess of Burlington, wife of William Cavendish, styled Earl of Burlington (b. 6 June 1969), only son and heir of the 12th Duke of Devonshire, gave birth to a 1st child, a daughter, Lady Maude Cavendish, in London, in March, 2009.

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Lord Dean of Harptree, PC , dies

The Lord Dean of Harptree, PC, died 1 April, 2009. He was aged 84.

As Sir (Arthur) Paul Dean, MP, he served as Tory Member of Parliament for Somerset North from 1964 to 1983, and after boundary changes, for Woodspring from 1983 until his retirement at the 1992 General Election (Apr 9).

He was educated at Ellesmere College and Exeter College, Oxford. He was Member of Parliament for Somerset North from 1964 to 1983, and after boundary changes, for Woodspring from 1983 until his retirement at the 1992 - preceding Dr Liam Fox. Sir Paul was a junior minister for Health and Social Security during the Heath administration 1970-1974 . From 1982 onwards, he was a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons firstly under George Thomas and then Bernard Weatherill.

In 1993 he was made a life peer as Baron Dean of Harptree, of Wedmore in the County of Somerset.


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9th Earl Nelson (1941-2009)

The 9th Earl Nelson, who died 28 March, 2009, aged 67, inherited the title created to honour the celebrated naval hero Horatio Nelson, and served his country in a more modest capacity as a policeman; the story of the title is one that does not reflect much credit on successive British governments, which begrudged doing their duty by Nelson's descendants.


Peter John Horatio Nelson was born 9 Oct 1941; succeeded to the earldom in 1981 (Guardian 24 Sept 1981); Pres R Naval Commando Assoc and Nelson Soc.
Succeeded by his son Simon John Horatio Nelson, born September 21, 1971.


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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Olive Mary Windsor-Clive

Olive Mary Windsor Clive (née Longueville), died at her home, 28 March 2009, aged 86. She was born in 1922 as Olive Mary Longueville, dau of Lt-Col Francis Longueville, DSO, MC (b 1892), by his wife the former Gertrude Venables, 2nd dau. of Rowland Vemables, of Oakhurst, Oswestry, Shropshire. Her siblings are Reginald Francis Longueville, b 1922, killed in action in Holland 1944; Peter Longueville, of Ayton Castle, Eyemouth, Berwickshire, b 1925; and Anne Gertrude Longueville, b 1921, who m. 1945, Capt. Francis Arthur Windsor-Clive, (b 1922), scion of the Earls of Plymouth; she married 29 Dec 1949, Brig Robert Charles Windsor Clive (b 1919. d.) scion of the Earls of Plymouth, and elder brother of the abovementioned Francis; she had issue, (i) George Francis, b 26 Jan 1954; & (i) Annabel Mary, b 29 Mar 1951. She also leaves grandchildren, Gabriel, Victoria, Thomas and Johnny. Funeral St Peter's RC Church, Ludlow, 6th April 2009.
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6th Baron Feversham (1945-2009)

The 6th Baron Feversham, of Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, died at the Castle Hill Hospital, Hull, 29 March, 2009. He was aged 64.

Charles Antony Peter Duncombe was born 3 Jan 1945, son of Colonel Antony John Duncombe-Anderson (1907-49), by his wife the former Gioranna Georgina Valerie McNalty (who on behalf of herself and her children abandoned by deed poll the surname of Duncombe-Anderson & assumed the surname of Duncombe only, 12 Mar 1954).

He succeeded to the barony (cr 1826) on the demise of his kinsman, the 3rd (and last) Earl of Feversham in 1963. He also inherited the Duncombe Park estate, and its 13,000 acres.
Educated at Eton he became a journalist and author and took a keen interest in the arts which resulted in him being appointed to several key positions, including President of the Yorkshire Arts Association from 1987 to 1991, chairman of the trustees of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and also of the Standing Conference of Regional Arts Associations.

He was also a member of various committees of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1969- 1980, the Arts and Education Committee of the Calouste Gulbenkian UK and Commonwealth branch. Lord Feversham was also an honorary fellow of Bretton Hall College, West Yorks.
For some 36 years he was a member of Helmsley Town Council and was three times its chairman. He also became President of the National Local Councils Association (NALC) and president of the Yorkshire and Cleveland LCA, and was also president of the Society of Yorkshiremen in London.

His many other public office appointments included being a governor of Leeds Polytechnic and the York Theatre Royal. For 30 years he sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.
His ancestor, the wealthy goldsmith Sir Charles Duncombe who became Lord Mayor of London, after a brief sojurn in the Tower on a charge – later dropped – of falsifying Exchequer bills, then bought the Helmsley estate in 1695.

Lord Feversham was twice wed - firstly, in 1966 to Shannon Foy (died 1976), dau of Sir Thomas Arthur Wyness Foy, CSI; secondly in 1979, to Pauline M. Aldridge, dau of John Aldridge, of Newark, Notts. He leaves issue, two sons and a daughter from the first marriage, viz: the Hon Jasper Orlando Slingsby Duncombe born 14 March 1968, and the Hon Jake Barnaby born in 1972, and the Hon Melissa Rose born in 1973; and one son from the second union, the Hon Patrick Charles Kildare Duncombe, born in 1981. The eldest son, Jasper, inherits the title.
The funeral is to be held in private at the chapel at Duncombe Park. A memorial service is to be later, but the date and place have yet to be arranged.
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Sir Reresby Sitwell, Bt, dies

Sir (Sacheverell) Reresby Sitwell, 7th Baronet, who has died aged 81, was scion of the great literary dynasty, and owner of Renishaw Hall, Derbyshire.

He was born 15 April, 1927, son of Sir Sacheverell Sitwell, CH, 6th Bt, by his wife Georgia Louise (died 1980), dau of Arthur Doble; & educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge.

Served as Lieutenant, Grenadier Guards, BAOR, 1946-48; advertising and PR executive, 1948-60; vending machine operator 1960-70; wine merchant 1960-75; High Sheriff of Derbyshire, 1983; Freeman of the City of London, 1984; a DL for Derbyshire since 1984; Lord of the Manor of Eckington and Barlborough, Derbyshire and of Whiston and Barmpton-en- le-Morthen, Yorkshire. Succeeded to the baronetcy (cr 1808) on the demise of his father, 1988.

Sir Reresby married in 1952, Penelope Forbes (b 1923), scion of the Earls of Granard, younger daughter of Colonel the Hon Donald Alexander Forbes, DSO, MVO (1880-1938), by his wife Mary Doreen Lawson (d 1987), descended from the Viscounts Mountgarret; by whom he had one daughter, Alexandra Isobel Susanna Edith, born in 1958 (wife of a son of millionaire businessman Sir Jack Hayward).

The baronetcy now devolves upon his nephew, George Reresby Sacheverell Sitwell, born in 1967, son of the late Francis Trajan Sacheverell Sitwell (1935-2004), of Weston Hall, Towcester, by his wife Susanna Carolyn Cross. The new baronet announced his engagement a couple of years ago to one Martha L. de Blank, second daughter of Mr & Mrs Justin de Blank, of London.

The nephew gets the title, but his daughter inherits Renishaw.
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