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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Baroness Colnbrook (1924-2012)

Baroness Colnbrook, wife of the former Conservative Government Minister, the Baron Colnbrook, and scion of the Spencer-Nairn Baronets, died 28 May, 2012, aged 87.

She was born (Adela) Margaret Spencer-Nairn, 14 Nov, 1924, third daughter of Sir Robert Spencer-Nairn, 1st Baronet (1880-1960), by his wife the former Clara Kathleen Smith (d 1966); married 21 Jan, 1944, Humphrey Edward Atkins, MP (1922-96). Her husband was MP (Conservative) for Merton and Morden, Surrey 1955- 70, Spelthorne 1970-87; PPS to Civil Lord of the Admiralty 1959-62; Hon Secretary, Conservative Parliamentary Defence Committee 1965-67; Opposition Whip 1967-70; Treasurer of HM Household and Deputy Chief Whip 1970-73; PC 1973; Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Government Chief Whip 1973-74; Opposition Chief Whip 1974-79; Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 1979-81; Lord Privy Seal and principal Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesman in the Commons 1981-82; KCMG 1983; Chairman, Select Committee on Defence 1984-87; created 1987 Baron Colnbrook, &c.




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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Maj Hugh Dawnay (1932-2012)

Maj Hugh Dawnay, who died 28 May, 2012, aged 79, was a scion of the Viscounts Downe and a grandson maternally of the 6th Marquess of Waterford. He was born 17 Dec, 1932, son of Maj-Gen Sir David Dawnay, KCVO, CB, DSO (1903-71), by his wife the former Lady Katharine Nora de la Poer Beresford (d 1991), daughter of the 6th Marquess of Waterford; married 1971, Maria Ines Cermesoni, by whom he had issue, 2 sons, David (b 1972) and Sebastian (b 1975).

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Holland/Hook marriage

The marriage took place in Scotland, 18 May, 2012, between Samuel G.W. Holland, son of Mr Michael Holland, by his late wife the former Hon Jane Attenborough (d Dec 2004), dau of the Baron Attenborough (life peer), & Camilla M.M. Hook, only daughter of Mr & Mrs Christian Hook, of Camptoun, East Lothian.

The bride's brother, Ruaridh Hook is engaged to Lady Charlotte FitzRoy, sister of the Duke of Grafton.

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Marsham/Phillips marriage

_.The marriage took place in May, 2012, between Major The Viscount Marsham [b 18 Apr 1977] elder son and heir of the 8th Earl of Romney [b 28 Mar 1948], of Gayton, Norfolk, by his wife the former Catriona Anne Stewart, & Katherine F. Phillips, dau of Mr & Mrs Timothy Phillips, of Winchester, Hampshire.

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Thistle for the Duke of Cambridge


HRH The Duke of Cambridge has been appointed a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, the highest order in Scotland, in honor of his 30th birthday.  Appointments to the Order are entirely the personal gift of the Duke’s grandmother, the Queen.  In the next few weeks William, who is known as The Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, will be formally welcomed into the order in a ceremony at Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh.  He is now able use the post-nominal letters "KT" to indicate his Knighthood.

The date the Order of the Thistle is founded is unknown for sure, but believed to be in 809 when King Achaius formed an alliance with Emperor Charlemagne.  Current members include TRH the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal and the Duke of Rothesay (Prince Charles’ title in Scotland).  The award is another sign that the Duke, along with his wife the Duchess, are transitioning into roles as full-time working royals.  As he continues to take on an increasing role he will earn more honors both at home and abroad.

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Hon Hew North Dalrymple (1910-2012)

Capt The Hon Hew North Dalrymple, scion of the Earls of Stair, who was born 27 April, 1910, died 24 May, 2012, aged 102. He was the second son of the 12th Earl of Stair, KT, DSO (1879-1961), by his wife, the former Violet Harford (d 1968); married 20 Jun 1938, Mildred Helen (b 15 Nov 1903; d 1980), former wife of the 4th Baron Oranmore & Browne (1901-2002), and daughter of the Hon Thomas Henry Frederick Egerton (1876-1953) (scion of the Earls of Ellesmere, now Dukes of Sutherland), &c, by whom he had issue.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Charles Francis Harbord (1943-2012)

It is reported that Charles Francis Harbord, scion of the Barons Suffield, took his own life, Tuesday 22 May, 2012. He was 68. He was b 2 Oct 1943, son of William Edward Harbord (1908-92), by his wife Vivien (nee Thorne); married twice, he leaves issue, including socialite Astrid Harbord, friend of HRH Prince Harry.


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hon Alexander Monson (1984-2012)

The Hon Alexander John Runan Monson, son and heir of the 12th Baron Monson (b 19 Oct 1955), by his wife the former Hilary Martin, died in hospital in Kenya, 19 May, 2012. He was 28. 



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Friday, May 18, 2012

11th Duke of Atholl (1929-2012)

The 11th Duke of Atholl, holder of one of Scotland's grandest titles, died in South Africa, 15 May, 2012, aged 83. South African-born John Murray inherited the family honours from his second cousin, the unmarried 10th duke in 1996. He was born 19 Jan 1929, son of Maj George Murray (1884-1940), by his wife the former Joan Eastwood, and succeeded his kinsman, 27 Feb 1996, Duke of Atholl (Scotland, let. pat. 30 Jan 1703); 12th Marquess of Atholl (Scotland, let. pat. 7 Feb 1676); 11th Marquess of Tullibardine (Scotland, let. pat. 30 Jan 1703); 16th Earl of Tullibardine (Scotland, let. pat. 10 Jul 1606); 14th Earl of Atholl (Scotland, let. pat. 17 Feb 1628/29) 11th Earl of Strathtay and Strathardle (Scotland, let. pat. 30 Jan 1703) 12th Viscount Balquhidder (Scotland, let. pat. 7 Feb 1676) 11th Viscount Glenalmond and Glenlyon (Scotland, let. pat. 30 Jan 1703) 16th Lord Murray of Tullibardine (Scotland, let. pat. 25 April 1604) 11th Lord Murray, Balveny, and Gask (Scotland, let. pat. 7 Feb 1676) and
Chief of the Name and Arms of Murray, &c. Married 15 Dec 1956 Margaret Yvonne Leach, only dau. of Ronald Leonard Leach, of Louis Trichardt, Transvaal, South Africa, by whom he had issue, 2 sons and one daughter. The peeragees now devolve upon his elder son, Bruce George Ronald, styled Marquess of Tullibardine (b 6 Apr 1960).

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Robert Steuart Fothringham of Pourie (1937-2012)

Robert Scrymsoure Steuart Fothringham, of Pourie-Fothringham and Murthly and of Tealing, Angus, who died 12 May, 2012, aged 74, was a descendant of King William IV and Mrs Jordan. He was born in 1937, son of  Maj. Thomas Steuart-Fothringham, MC, of Fothringham Forfar, Angus (1907-79), by his wife the former Carola Mary Noel (1916-89), scion of the Earls of Gainsborough, dau of Maj the Hon Charles Hubert Francis Noel (1885-1947), by his wife the former May Dick. 

Robert's grandfather was a son of the 3rd Earl of Gainsborough (1850-1926), who was a son of the 2nd Earl (1818-81), by his wife Lady Ida Hay (d 1867), daughter of the 18th Earl of Erroll (1801-46), by his wife Elizabeth FitzClarence (d 1856), natural daughter of King William IV.

Mr Stueart Fothringham married Elizabeth Mary Charlotte Lawther, dau of Thomas Hope Brendan Lawther, by whom he had issue.

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Death of Sarah Birkbeck

Sarah Anne Birkbeck, who died 12 May, 2012, in Dumfriesshire, was the wife of Edward Harold Birkbeck (b 2 May 1929), scion of the landed family of Birkbeck of Westacre, and a descendant of the Royal House of Hanover. She was the former Sarah Anne Brook, dau of Capt Edward William Brook, of Kinmount, Annan, and married 11 June, 1958, Edward Harold Birkbeck, son of Oliver Birkbeck (1893-1952) by his wife the former Lady (Wilhelmina) Joan Mary FitzClarence (1904-1992), descended from King William IV and his mistress the actress Mrs Dorothea Jordan, &c. Mrs Birkbeck leaves issue.

(Cecily) Josephine Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor (1925-2012)

(Cecily) Josephine Dowager Countess Lloyd George of Dwyfor, who died 10 May, 2012, aged 86, was a scion of the Gordon Cumming Baronets and was married to three peers. She was born 11 Dec, 1925, the elder daughter of Sir Alexander Penrose Gordon Cumming, 5th Baronet, MC, by his wife the former Elizabeth Topham Richardson (who married later, the 5th Earl Cawdor); she married firstly, 25 Jun 1957, the 2nd Earl of Woolton (1922-69); married secondly, 22 Sept, 1969 (div 1974), as his 2nd wife, the 3rd Baron Forres (1922-78); married thirdly, 16 Jun 1982, as his 2nd wife, the 3rd Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor (1924-2010). She is survived by her two children of her first marriage, the 3rd Earl of Woolton (b 24 May 1958), and Lady Alexandra Elletson (b 12 Jan 1961).

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Hon Charles John Giles Henniker-Major (1949-2012)

The Hon Charles John Giles Henniker-Major, who died 9 May, 2012, aged 62, was a younger son of the 8th Baron Henniker, KCMG, CVO, MC (1916-2004) by his wife the former Margaret Osla Benning ( d 1974); married 1980, Sally, daughter of Donald Newby, by whom he had issue. 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Camilla invested with GCVO at Windsor

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was received by the Queen yesterday evening, at Windsor, and invested with the GCVO.


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Friday, May 11, 2012

Death of Lord Glenamara, aged 99

The Rt Hon Edward Watson Short, PC, the life peer Baron Glenamara, who has died aged 99, was a Cabinet Minister in the Labour administrations of Harold Wilson, and at the time of his death was the oldest living former member of the House of Commons. 


Ted Short was born 17 Dec 1912, and served as MP (Lab) Newcastle upon Tyne, 1951-76, Government Chief Whip, 1964-66, Postmaster General, 1966-68, Sec of State for Education and Science 1968-70, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party 1972-76, Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons 1974-76; cr PC 1964; CH, 1976. Created a life peer in 1977, as Baron Glenamara, of Glenridding in the county of Cumbria, &c.


Lord Glenamara married in 1941, Jennie Sewell, by whom he had a son and a daughter.

Anne Countess De La Warr dies at 92

Anne Countess De La Warr, who died 9 May, 2012, aged 92, was the widow of the 10th Earl De La Warr (Peerage of Gt Britain, cr 1761).

She was the former Anne Rachel Devas, daughter of Capt Geoffrey Charles Devas, MC, of Maidstone, Kent, and married in May 1946, Willian Herbrand Sackville (b 16 Oct 1921), son and heir of the 9th Earl De La Warr (1900-76).

Her husband inherited the family honours on his father's demise, 28 March, 1976, and took his own life, 9 Feb 1988.

Lady De La Warr leaves issue, 2 sons, the 11th Earl (b 10 Apr 1948) and the Conservative MP Tom Sackville (b 26 Oct 1950), and a daughter, Lady Arabella (who was b 1958).

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Alexander Jardine

Lady Jardine of Applegirth (nee Gemma Susanne L. Clish, b 1979), wife of Sir William Murray JARDINE OF APPLEGIRTH 13th Bt, 24th Chief of Clan Jardine (b 1984) gave birth to a son, Alexander, 5 May, 2012, in Lancaster. Sir William is is the son of Sir Alexander Maule JARDINE OF APPLEGIRTH 12th Bt (1947-2008) & Mary Beatrice (b 1951, dau of Hon John Michael Inigo CROSS (1923-51, son of 1st Viscount CROSS by his CHARTERIS wife a scion of the Earls of WEMYSS & MARCH) and Sybil Anne, dau of Maj Thomas Prain Douglas MURRAY MBE TD DL of Templewood, Brechin by his wife a scion of the TOLER gentry family). 

Lady Jardine is the dau of Maurice CLISH (b 1934) and Margaret M TRAYNOR. 

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William Waldorf Astor

_.Lohralee Astor (nee Stutz) wife of the Hon William Waldorf Astor (b 19 Jan 1979) , gave birth to a son and heir, William Waldorf, at the Portland Hosp, London, 4 May, 2012.


The Hon William Astor is the elder son of the 4th Viscount Astor (b 27 Dec 1951), by his wife, the former Annabel Lucy Victoria Jones (descended from the Barons Clifford of Chudleigh), and Lohralee is a daughter of Mrs Lee Villas and Mr Serge-Alian Stutz. 

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Cowper Coles/Zerinini marriage

Sir Sherard Louis Cowper-Coles, KCMG, LVO, diplomat, sometime the Foreign Secretary's Special representative to Pakistan & Afghanistan, married Jasmine Zerinini, in London, 28 April, 2012.


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Heathcoat Amory/Kelaart engagement

The engagement was announced in May 2012 between Patrick Thomas Heathcoat Amory (b 1979), third son of Sir Ian Heathcoat Amory, 6th Baronet (cr UK, 1874), of Tiverton, Devon, by his wife the former Frances Louise Pomeroy, scion of the Viscounts Harberton, & Thierry Kelaart, daughter of the late Paul Kelaart and Mrs Kelaart, of Nettlebed, Oxon.


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Sir (Lovelace) Anthony Stamer, 5th Baronet (1917-2012)

Sir (Lovelace) Anthony Stamer, 5th Baronet, died at Cheltenham, Glos, 30 April, 2012. He was aged 95. He was born 28 Feb 1917, son of Lt-Col Sir Lovelace Stamer, 4th Baronet, and succeeded to the baronetcy (cr UK, 1809) upon his father's death in 1941. He was four times wed, (i) in 1948 (div 1953) to Stella Huguette Binnie; (ii) in 1955 (div 1959) to Margaret Lucy Belben; (iii) in 1960 (div 1968) to Marjorie Joan Noakes; (iv) in 1983 to Mrs Elizabeth Smith (nee Magrath), who died in 1992. The baronetcuy now devloves upon his son (by his 1st wife), Peter Tomlinson Stamer, who was born 19 Nov 1951.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Graham/Warburton engagement

The engagement was announced 3 May, 2012 between Edward Richard Graham (b 1985), scion of the Graham Baronets, of Norton Conyers (cr 1662, of Norton Conyers), yr son of (Jeremy) Richard Graham (b 1949), of Wath, near Ripon, North Yorks, by his wife the former Judith McCann, & Olivia H. Warburton, dau of Mr Bill Warburton, of London, and Mrs David Parkinson, of East Mean, Hants.

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Phillimore/Tuomey engagement

The engagement was announced 3 May 2012, between the Hon Tristan Anthony Stephen Phillimore (b 18 Aug 1977), son and heir of the 5th Baron Phillimore (b 24 Nov 1944), of Binfield Heath, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Nathalie Berthe Louisa Pequin, & Jemma Tuomey, only daughter of Mr & Mrs David Tuomey, of Caldy, Wirral.

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Hon Christabel Maris Tessa Crossley

The Baroness Somerleyton (formerly Lara Bailey), wife of Hugh Francis Savile Crossley, 4th Baron Somerleyton (b 27 Sept, 1971), gave birth to a daughter, the Hon Christabel Maris Tessa Crossley, 19 April, 2012, a sister for the Hon John Crossley, who was born in Feb 2010.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Lady Viva Constance Lillemor Ashley-Cooper

.The Countess of Shaftesbury (nee Dinah Streifeneder, b 12 Sept 1980), wife of Nicholas Edmund Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury (b 3 Jun 1979), gave birth to a daughter, Lady Viva Constance Lillemor Ashley-Cooper, 22 April, 2012, at St Giles, Dorset, a sister for Anthony Francis Wolfgang, Lord Ashley, who was b 24 Jan 2011. 

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Stanley Ronald Arthur Rhodes

To Sarah (German) and George Frederick Albert Rhodes, a son, Stanley Ronald Arthur, born at Worksop, Nottinghamshire, 1st May, 2012.

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