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Friday, May 26, 2017

Carnegie/Crosbie Dawson engagement

_. The engagement was announced 26 May, 2017, between James D. Carnegie, youngest son of Mr Robert Carnegie and Mrs Anne Walsh, both of Bedfordshire, & Helen Amanda Crosbie Dawson (born 1989), younger daughter of Thomas Crosbie Dawson (descended from the Sutton baronets), by his wife the former Hon Katherine Jane Joicey (b 1959), daughter of the 4th Baron Joicey (1925-93).


Alice Beale 1918-2017

_. Alice Beale, who died 23 May, 2017, aged 99, was a scion of the Barons Vestey (Peerage of the UK, cr 1922).

She was the former Alice Vestey, born in 1918, daughter of the Hon George Vestey (1884-1968), by his wife the former Florence May Webster (d 1964), and was a granddaughter of the 1st Baron Vestey.

She married firstly, 1939, Flying Officer William Ernest Legard, RAF, scion of the Legard baronets, who was killed in action in 1940; married 2ndly, 1943, Col Basil Perry Beale, OBE, MC, DL (who d. 1967), and had issue from both marriages.

The funeral takes place at St Peter's Church, Southrop, Gloucestershire, 2 June, 2017.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hon Fiona Mary Allen (nee Fraser) 1941-2017

__. The Hon Fiona Mary Allen, who died 20 April, 2017, aged 75, was a scion of the Lords Lovat.

She was born Fiona Mary Fraser, 6 July, 1941, elder daughter of the 15th Lord Lovat, DSO, MC (1911-95), the famous World War II commando, who led his troops ashore on Sword Beach on D-Day, by his wife the former Rosamond Delves Broughton, scion of the baronets of that name; married 1982, Robin Richard Allen, a Financial Times journalist. No issue of the marriage. Her husband died in 2011.


3rd Baron Wraxall, KCVO, CMG 1929-2017

__. The 3rd Baron Wraxall, KCVO, CMG, diplomat, died 17 May, 2017. He was 87.

Lord Wraxall was Vice Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps, 1982-86.

Eustace Hubert Beilby Gibbs was born 3 July, 1929, a younger son of the 1st Baron Wraxall (1873-1931) by his second wife, the former Hon Ursula Mary Lawley (1888-1979), a daughter of the 6th Baron Wenlock; married firstly, 1957, Evelyn Veronica Scott (1935-2003), by whom he had issue, three sons and two daughters; married secondly, 2006, Mrs Caroline Mary Feilden, dau of Sir Henry Burder. He succeeded as 3rd Baron Wraxall on the death of his elder brother, 19 July, 2001.

Lord Wraxall is succeeded in the family honours by his eldest son, the Hon Antony Hubert Gibbs, who was born 19 Aug, 1958.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Margaret Viscountess Thurso (died 2017)

__. Margaret Viscountess Thurso, who has died at her home in Thurso, aged 98, was the widow of the 2nd Viscount Thurso (1922-95).

She was the former Margaret Beaumont Robertson, daughter of Colonel Josiah Robertson, DSO, MBE, of Norwood, Wick, Caithness, and married (1) Lt Guy Brokensha, RN, DSC, & (2) 14 Feb, 1952, Robin Macdonald Sinclair, who succeeded his father, 15 June, 1970, as 2nd Viscount Thurso. Her husband died in June, 1995.

The funeral takes place at Thurso West Church, Thursday 25 May, 2017.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Hon Grizelda Jane Grimond (1942-2017)

_. The Hon Grizelda Grimond, who has died aged 75, was a daughter of the former Liberal party leader Jo Grimond, later life peer as Lord Grimond, PC.

She was born in 1942, the only daughter of Jo Grimond (d 1993), by his wife the former Laura Bonham Carter, scion of that landed family. From a relationship with the film and stage director Tony Richardson she leaves a daughter, Katherine, who was born in 1973.

Grizelda's brother, John Grimond, married Roberta Fleming, scion of that landed family of Nettlebed, daughter of Peter Fleming and the great actress Dame Celia Johnson.

The funeral takes place at St Bartholemew's Church, Nettlebed, Oxon, 25 May, 2017.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Simon Malcolm Constable-Maxwell-Scott (1939-2017)

_. Simon Malcolm Maxwell-Scott, who died 14 May, 2017, aged 78, was a scion of the Lords Herries of Terregles, and a cousin of the late Duchess of Norfolk.

He was born in 1939, son of Herbert Francis Joseph Constable-Maxwell-Scott (1891-1962), by his wife the former Eileen Josephine Smail; married in 1962, Moyne Gore, by whom he had issue. He is survived by Mrs Maxwell-Scott and three daughters, Amanda, Fiona and Joanna.

Requiem Mass takes place at Ampleforth Abbey, 1 June, 2017.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Susan Lady Lawson-Tancred (1934-2017)

_. Susan Lady Lawson-Tancred, who died 14 May, 2017, aged 83, was the second wife, and widow, of Sir Henry Lawson-Tancred, 10th Baronet (1924-2010), and was a scion of the Cayley baronets.

She was born Susan Dorothy Marie Gabrielle Cayley, 19 March, 1934, second of the seven daughters of Sir Kenelm Cayley, 10th Baronet (1896-1967), by his wife the former Frances Elizabeth Edwyna Brewis; and married 1stly, 17 Sept, 1955, Maldwin Andrew Cyril Drummond (1932-2017), scion of the Earls of Perth, from whom she was divorced. Her second marriage was to Sir Henry Lawson-Tancred, 10th Bt, who died 28 March, 2010.

Her former husband died on 18 Feb, 2017. From her first marriage she leaves two daughters, Frederica and Annabella.

The funeral takes place at All Saints' Church, Brompton-by-Sawdon, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, 22 May, 2017.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Baron Thomas of Swynnerton (1931-2017)

__. The Baron Thomas of Swynnerton, who has died aged 85, was an acclaimed historian of the Hispanic world and one of the salon success stories of Margaret Thatcher’s years in office when he served as chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS); yet the unyielding principles that had commended him to her eventually led to a parting of the ways as the Conservative Party embarked on a period of internecine strife over Europe, says the Daily Telegraph.

Hugh Swynnerton THOMAS was s of Hugh Whitelegge THOMAS CMG (1887-1960) and Margery Augusta Angelo SWYNNERTON (1894-2000). He m Hon Vanessa Mary JEBB (b 1931) d of 1st Baron GLADWYN GCMG GCVO CB (1900-96) and Cynthia (1898-1990, d of Sir Saxon William Armstrong NOBLE 3rd Bt (1863-1942)), and had two sons and a dau. He was cr a LP 1981 as Baron THOMAS OF SWYNNERTON, of Notting Hill in Greater London.

Caspar Joseph Hungerford Pollen (b 2017)

__. Candida Pollen (nee Langdon, b 1984), wife of Andrew Francis Pollen (b 1982), scion of the Pollen baronets, gave birth to a son, Caspar Joseph Hungerford, 29 Apr, 2017.

Andrew Francis Pollen (b 1982) is 2nd s Sir Richard John Hungerford POLLEN 8th Bt (b 1946) and Christianne Mary (b Sept 1951, reg Surrey) d of Sir William Godfrey AGNEW KCVO CB (1913-95, sometime Clerk to the Privy Council) and Ruth Mary MOORE (1918-62), scion of that Irish gentry family of Mooresfort, co Tipperary, and gd of 9th Earl of DENBIGH.

He m 2014 Candida Clare (b 1984 reg Q1 Surrey) d of John Richard Darbey LANGDON (b c1946 reg Q1 Surrey) of Petworth, Sussex, and Clarissa Anne (b 1949 reg Q4 Kensington) d of (Arthur) Timothy SHERSTON (1916-77) of Petworth, West Sussex and Felicity M F DIGBY (b 1923).


Wilfred Sonny Richmond-Watson (b 2017)

_. Laura Mary Richmond-Watson (nee Innes, b 1987), wife of Mark William Richmond-Watson (b 1987), gave birth to a son, Wilfred Sonny, 1 May, 2017.
Mark Richmond-Watson (b 1987 reg Q3 London) s of Colin Woodrow RICHMOND-WATSON (b 1951), scion of that gentry family of Brightwell Park, by his 1984 m (reg Q3 Worcestershire) to Penelope J (b 1957), d of Robin Norman CADBURY JP (b 1925), scion of that gentry family of Northfield, and Rosemary Jayne d of H Kenneth EASTON of Warwickshire.
He m 2015 Laura Mary (b 1987) d of Peter David INNES (b 1952), scion of the WESTBURY barons, and Carolyn Ann Darley (b 1956 reg Q2 Oxfordshire) d of Julian BLACKWELL of Appleton, Oxfordshire and Jocelyn D WYKEHAM

Baron Soulsby of Swaffham Priory (died 2017)

__. The Baron Soulsby of Swaffham Priory, who died 8 May, 2017, aged 90, was sometime veterinary surgeon to the Queen's Household.

He was s of William George Lawson SOULSBY (1897-1973) and Agnes Mabel (1910-78) d of Sam HOLLIDAY (1879-1947) and Rose MOTH (1878-1950).

He m 1st 1950 Margaret D MACDONALD and had a son and a dau.

He m 2nd 1962 Georgina Elizabeth Annette (1930-2014) d of John Whitmore WILLIAMS and Ethel F M LINES.


Henry Tempest (1924-2017)

_. Henry Tempest, who died from kidney failure, 6 May, 2017, aged 93, was head of that ancient Catholic dynasty, seated at Broughton Hall, near Skipton, North Yorkshire.

He was born in 1924, the second son of Col Roger Stephen TEMPEST CMG DSO (1876-1948), sometime head of the gentry family of that name of Broughton Hall, and Valerie Arthur GLOVER (1889-1978).

He succ as head and to the estate on the death of his elder brother, Stephen Tempest, in 1970. He m 1957 Janet Evelyn Mary (b 1930 reg Q2 Hertford) d of Harold LONGTON and Evelyn R WEST, and had 2 sons and 3  daus.

His elder son, Roger Henry (b 1963) succeeds him as family head, and has run the estate since 1988. Roger Tempest m 1991 (reg Q1 North Yorkshire) Sara Catherine (Kitty) (b 1963 reg Q3 Lancashire) d of Richard Coulthurst NORTH (1932-76) and his former wife Susan Hare (later Lady Kimber, wife of Sir Timothy Kimber 4th Bt (d 2012)) d of J K BROOKS of Hillcrest, Silverdale, Lancashire.


Nicholas John Fitzherbert-Brockholes (1933-2017)

_. Nicholas John Fitzherbert-Brockholes, who died 6 May, 2017, aged 83, was a scion of that landed family.

He was s of Cuthbert FITZHERBERT-BROCKHOLES (1899-1975), scion of the gentry family of that name of Claughton, and Barbara Maria Manuela SCROPE, scion of the gentry family of that name of Danby. He m Theresia (Terez) Maria (b 1941, *see note below) d of Gyula Julius Maria Anton Joseph, Graf SZAPARY, and Adele, Grafin HADIK VON FUTAK and had a son, Henry (journalist) and a dau.

(*Countess Terez and HRH Princess Michael of Kent are 4th cousins through their common descent from Joseph Szapáry (1754-1822)). 


John Vestey (1929-2017)

_. John (Johnny) Vestey, who died 10 May, 2017, was a scion of the Vestey baronets, a grandson of the 1st bart.

He was born in 1929, a son of William Vestey (1902-71), by his wife the former Ursula Frances Bowring Skimming; married 1958 (div 1977) Felicity Gay Crawford; married 2ndly, Christl. He leaves five daughters from his first union.


Florence Anne Windsor-Clive (b 2017)

__. Elizabeth Windsor-Clive (nee Watson), wife of the Hon Frederick John Richard Windsor-Clive, scion of the Earls of Plymouth, gave birth to a daughter, Florence Anne, 22 Apr, 2017.

Frederick is the second son of Viscount Windsor (heir to the earldom) , and he married in 2014, Elizabeth Sophie Watson, dau of Peter WATSON of Tregarne Mill, St Keverne, Cornwall.


Duff Gordon/Griffiths engagement

 _. The engagement was announced 13 May, 2017, between Frederick Samuel Douglas Duff Gordon (b 1981), scion of the Duff Gordon baronets, son of Sir Andrew Duff Gordon, 8th Baronet (b 1933), by his second wife the former Eveline (Evie) Virginia Soames (b 1947), & Charlotte Victoria Griffiths (born 1984), only daughter of Nigel Griffiths, by his wife the former Fiona Malcolm.


Rusted/Rigby engagement

__. The engagement was announced 13 May 2017, between Jamie Rusted (b 1989), elder son of Ian G Rusted (b 1949), of Cambridge, by his wife the former Linda J Howard, & Eloise Jennifer Rigby (b 1989), dau of Capt Martin Paul RIGBY (b 1955 reg Q4 Surrey, s of John J RIGBY and Teresa KEANE) and his former w Jennifer Mary CHETWYND-TALBOT (b 1958), scion of the SHREWSBURY & WATERFORD earls.


Anthony David Arnold William Forbes, MBE (1938-2017)

_. Anthony David Arnold William Forbes, MBE, who has died, was a step-son of the 6th Marquess of Exeter, and scion of the Forbes of Callandar landed family.

He was born in 1938, son of Lt-Col. David Forbes (1907-43), by his wife the former Diana Mary Henderson (1911-82), scion of the Barons Faringdon. His mother later married, as his second wife, the 6th Marquess of Exeter (he d. 1981).

Anthony Forbes married 1stly1962 (div 1973) Virginia June (b 1941) d of Sir Leonard ROPNER 1st Bt (1895-1977) and Esme ROBERTSON (1909-96), and had a son and a dau. He m 2nd 1973 (as her 2nd husband) Belinda Mary (b 1937) d of Sir Hardman Alexander Mort EARLE 5th Bt (1902-79) and Maie DRAGE (1906-86).


Primrose (Rosie) Stirling (d 2017)

_. Primrose (Rosie) Stirling, who died 9 May, 2017, was the second wife, and widow, of William Henry Stirling (1926-82).

She was a daughter of Maj William Francis Butler, 13th/18th Royal Hussars, and married William Stirling in 1968.There were two daughters of the marriage, Alice Camilla (1975-2013), and Laura Caroline (b 1979). Her husband, who died 25 Dec, 1982, aged 56, was a son of Brig James Stirling (d 1968), by his wife the former Evelyn Alice Beatrix Cavendish,  a granddaughter maternally of the 9th Duke of Leeds.

A Service of Thanksgiving takes place at St Mary's Church, Chieveley, Wednesday 24 May, 2017.


Rev Nicholas David Stacey [d 2017]

_. The Rev Nicholas David Stacey, who died 8 May, 2017, was a son-in-law of the late 2nd Viscount Bridgeman.

He was a son of David Henry Stacey (1901-86), of Knaphill Manor, Chobham, Surrey, by his wife the former Isobel Part (1900-980, & married in 1955, the Hon Anne Caroline Mary Bridgeman (1932-2016), dau of the 2nd Viscount Bridgeman, &c.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sir John Whitmore, 2nd Baronet 1937-2017

_. Sir John Whitmore, 2nd Baronet [cr UK 1954], died 28 April, 2017.
He was born 16 Oct, 1937, the son of Sir Francis Whitmore, 1st Baronet, KCB, CMG (1872-1962), by his wife the former Ellis Christense Johnsen, and succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's demise. 12 June, 1962; married 1stly, 2 Nov, 1962 [div 1969] , Ella Gunilla, daughter of Direktor Sven A. Hansson, of Sweden; married 2ndly, 1977, Diana Becchetti. He leaves a daughter, Tina, from the first marriage, and a son, Jason, from the second marriage, who was born 26 January, 1983, and is unm. The son succeeds as third baronet.



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Eliza Sahara Rose Meysey-Thompson (b 2017)

_. Lucy Meysey-Thompson (nee Asplin), wife of James Leo Charles Meysey-Thompson (b 1979), descended from the Meysey-Thompson Baronets (cr 1874), gave birth to a daughter, Eliza Sahara Rose, 1 May, 2017, a sister for Kit & Xander.

James Meysey-Thompson is a son of the late Mark Kennedy Meysey-Thompson (1949-87) by his wife the former Catherine Diana Jane Herdman-Newton (now Mrs Rupert Nickols) and stepson of Mr Rupert Nickols, of Spellow Hill, North Yorkshire, and Lucy Meysey-Thomspon is a daughter of the late Mr A.J.B. Asplin and of Mrs Asplin, of Kilrenny, Fife.

Sir Harry Stephen Meysey-Thompson, 1st Bt (1809-74) = Elizabeth Croft
(Croft Bt)
Arthur Herbert Meysey-Thompson (1852-1950) =Horatia Williamson
(Williamson Bt)
Sylvia Dorothy Meysey-Thompson (d 1968) = Capt Aubrey Leo Kennedy
(Ailsa, M)
Elizabeth Dorothy Kennedy (b 9 August 1922) = (1) Charles Russell-
Mark Kennedy Russell-Scarr (who assumed by deed poll, 1978) the
surname of Meysey-Thompson
(1949-87) =Catherine Herdman-Newton
James Leo Charles Meysey-Thompson
(b 1979)


Warrilow-Wilson/Bridgeman engagement

_. The engagement was announced 8 May, 2017, between Dr Philip Warrilow-Wilson, elder son of Mr & Mrs Simon Wilson, of Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, & the Lady Alicia Rose Bridgeman (b 1990), daughter of the 7th Earl of Bradford (b 1947), of Weston Park, Shropshire, by his first wife the former Joanne Elizabeth Miller (now Mrs Philip Porter,Hungerford, Berks).


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Toby Grafftey-Smith (1970-2017)

_. Toby Grafftey-Smith, who died 11 April, 2017, aged 46, was a founder member of the British funk and acid jazz band, Jamiroquai.
He was born 29 Oct, 1970, a son of John J (Jinx) Grafftey-Smith, by his wife the former Lucy Fletcher, and married he married Gabriella Diana Crewe-Read (b 1974), 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).  Toby Grafftey-Smith is survived by his wife and three children, Anastasia, Dylan and Rose.


Lucy Rose Fitzalan Howard (b 2017)

_. Caroline E. Fitzalan Howard (nee Taylor), wife of Edward Michael Fitzalan Howard (b 1979), scion of the Dukes of Norfolk, gave birth to a daughter, Lucy Rose, 24 April, 2017, a sister for Ella and Camilla.

Edward is the son of Colonel Thomas Fitzalan Howard, of North Elmham, Norfolk, by his 1st wife the former Penelope Jan Walters (now Mrs Jeremy Jones, of Low Marishes, North Yorkshire), and Caroline is a daughter of Mr Andrew Taylor, of Binham, Norfolk, and Mrs Anne Taylor, of Foulsham, Norfolk.

Edward is a grandson of the late Maj-Gen Lord Michael Fitzalan Howard (1916-2007), and a great-nephew of the 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG (1915-2002).


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hanover/de Osma engagement

_. The engagement has been announced in April, 2017, between HRH Prince Christian Heinrich Clemens Paul Frank Peter Welf Ernst-Wilhelm Friedrich Franz of Hanover, Prince of Gt Britain & Ireland (b 1 June, 1985), second son of HRH Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Luneberg, Prince of Gt Britain & Ireland [b 26 Feb, 1954], by his first wife the former Chantal Hochuli [b 2 Jun 1955], & Alessandra de Osma (b circa 1991).

Prince Ernst August (b 1954) is a male line descendant of King George III, and is head of the Royal House of Hanover and in whom is vested the right to petition for the restoration of the Dukedom of Cumberland and Teviotdale [created in 1799, and suspended under the terms of the Titles Deprivations Act, 1917].


Stella Isabel Dinah Tollemache (b 2017)

Sophie Tollemache (nee Johnstone, b 1981), wife of the Hon Edward John Hugo Tollemache (b 12 May 1976), scion of the Barons Tollemache, gave birth to a daughter, Stella Isabel Dinah, 21 April, 2017, a sister for Ralph & Theo.

Edward Tollemache is the eldest son of the 5th Baron Tollemache (Peerage of the UK, cr 1876), and he served as a Page of Honour to HM The Queen, 1988-90.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stamp Godfrey Brooksbank 1922-2017

__. Stamp Godfrey Brooksbank, who died 13 April, 2017, aged 94, was a scion of that landed family, and was grandfather of Princess Eugenie of York's boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.

He was born 14 Apr, 1922, son of Lt-Col Edward York Brooksbank (1889-1935), by his wife the former Hazel Thomas (d 1968); married firstly, Cecilia Dorothy Coke, scion of the Earls of Leicester, by whom he had two sons, David, and George; married 2ndly, Pauline _______.

He died on the day before his 95th birthday. Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie's long-term boyfriend, is a son of George Brooksbank.


Earl of Yarmouth/Kelsey Wells

__. The engagement was announced 20 Apr, 2017, between William Francis Seymour, styled Earl of Yarmouth (b 2 Nov, 1993), elder son and heir of the 9th Marquess of Hertford (b 6 Jul 1958), of Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, by his wife the former Beatriz Karam, & Kelsey Wells, daughter of Dr Andrew Wells and Mrs Jacqui Wells, of Avonview, Bidford on Avon, Warwickshire.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Robert Christopher John Barwick Ward 1942-2017

_. Robert Christopher John Barwick Ward, who died 10 April, 2017, aged 74, was a scion of the Earls of Dudley.

He was born 25 Aug 1942, son of Lt-Col. the Hon Roderick Ward (1902-52), by his second wife the former Valerie Maud Skelton, an actress. His parents divorced in 1947, and his mother married Sir Richard Barwick, 3rd Baronet, and on Feb 5 1952 Robert assumed the additional surname of Barwick by deed poll.

He married firstly, 2 March, 1968 (div 1974), Frances Pauline, daughter of Sq Leader Mathieu Einhorn. His former wife, in 1975, married Dr Keith Hampson, MP, and died as the result of an accident later that year; he married secondly, in 1976 (div. 1985), Laura Madeleine Sutcliffe, daughter of Henry Sutcliffe. He leaves a daughter from each marriage, Annabel (born in 1970), and Lucinda (born in 1980).

His home was at Langthorpe Manor, Langthorpe, Boroughbridge, and latterly at Baldersby, Thirsk.

A Memorial Service will be held at Ripon Cathedral, Tuesday  May 2.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld (died 2017)

.__The Swedish Royal Court has announced that Baron Niclas Silfverschiöld, the husband of Princess Désirée of Sweden, died, April 11, 2017. He was 82 years old.
Princess Désirée is one of the older sisters of King Carl XVI Gustav.  The couple married in June 1964 and have three children – Otto (1965), Christina-Louise (1966) and Hélène (1968) – and several grandchildren.
Princess Désirée is several times a descendant of Queen Victoria - from Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught & Strathearn and from Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany.

Jack Stirling Garvey (b 2017)

_. Rachael Atlanta Stirling (b 30 May, 1977), actress, partner of Guy Edward John Garvey (b 6 May, 1974), musician, and scion of Stirling of Keir, and descended from the Earls of Darnley, has given birth to a son, Jack Stirling Garvey.

Rachael Stirling is the daughter of Archibald Hugh Stirling of Keir (b 18 Sept, 1941), by his former wife the actress Dame Diana Rigg, DBE (b 20 July, 1938).


The Baroness Hambro (d 2017)

__. The Baroness Hambro, who died 27 March, 2017, aged 84, was the widow of the Baron Hambro, life peer, a member of the eponymous banking dynasty, who died in 2002.

She was the former Cherry Felicity Huggins, daughter of Sir John Huggins, GCMG, MC (1891-1971), Capt General and Governor in Chief of Jamaica, by his first wife the former Molly Green; married in 1976, as his second wife, Charles Eric Alexander Hambro (b 24 July, 1930), son of the late Sir Charles Hambro, KBE, MC, by his wife the former Pamela Cobbold. Her husband was created a life peer in 1994, and died in Nov 2002, aged 72.

The funeral is at Christchurch, Eldon Rd, London W8, 3 May, 2017.


Lady Herries of Terregles, DCVO 1940-2017

_. The Lady Herries of Terregles, DCVO, fifteenth holder of the Peerage of Scotland (cr 1489/90) died at her home 7 April, 2017. She was 76.

Lady Herries served Princess Alexandra the Hon Lady Ogilvy as Lady-in-Waiting for 53 years.

She was born Lady Mary Katherine Fitzalan Howard, 14 August, 1940, the second daughter of the 16th Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO, GBE (1908-75), by his wife Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk, LG (d 10 Dec 1995), daughter of the 3rd Baron Belper.

Lady Mary was appointed a Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Alexandra in 1964; appointed CVO in 1982, and advanced to DCVO in 1995.

She married in 1986, Group Capt Anthony Mumford, CVO, OBE (deceased). No issue of the marriage.

Lady Mary succeeded her elder sister, Anne, in the Lordship of Herries of Terregles, 23 Nov, 2014.

The peerage now passes to her younger sister, Jane, born  24 June, 1945, and wife since 1975 of the 13th Marquis of Lothian.

A private funeral will be followed by a Thanksgiving Service at the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel, West Sussex, 14 Aug, 2017, on what would have her 77th birthday. A memorial service is also planned for Scotland at a later date.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Margaret Annora Mary de Wend Fenton 1931-2017

_. Margaret de Went Fenton, who died 1 April, 2017, aged 85, was chatelaine of Ebberston Hall, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and a scion of the extinct Earls Beauchamp.
She was born Margaret Annora Mary Lygon in 1931, daughter of Reginald Arthur Lygon (1904-76), by his wife the former Agnes Mary Louise Bell (1903-69), and married in 1955, Michael Richard West De Wend Fenton (1927-2002), of Ebberston Hall, one of the nation's smallest country houses. She was the mother of two sons and two daughters.
The funeral service and burial takes place at St Mary's Church, Ebbertson, 10 Apr, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ralli/Tham engagement

__. The engagement was announced 31 March, 2017, between Philip Neil David Ralli (born 31 March, 1983), scion of the Ralli baronets (Bt, UK, cr 1912), son and heir of Sir David Ralli, 4th Baronet (b 5 Apr, 1946), of Panworth Hall,  Ashill, Norfolk, by his wife the former Jacqueline Cecilia Smith, & Miss Shannon Tham, daughter of Mr & Mrs Ang Kwong Tham, of Singapore.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

[Charles] James Buchanan-Jardine 1946-2017

_. [Charles] James Buchanan-Jardine, who died at his home in France, 22 March, 2017, aged 70, was a scion of the Buchanan-Jardine baronets [Bt, UK, cr 1885].

He was born 30 April, 1946, the second son of Sir John William Buchanan-Jardine, 3rd Baronet [1900-69], by his second wife the former Prudence Aubrey Haggie; educated at Stowe and Trinity College, Cambridge. Married firstly, 9 Sept, 1967 [div.] the Lady Susan Ankaret Howard, yr daughter of the 11th Earl of Carlisle; married 2ndly, 1978, Irmgarde Margarethe, dau of Maj Rudolf Bormann, and had issue by both marriages.


Baillie/de Cabarrus marriage

_. The marriage took place Saturday 25 March, 2017, in the private chapel of Alnwick Castle, between Alexander Simon .G. Baillie [b 1982], son of Mr Richard Simon Baillie, by his wife the former Margaret Mary Lucy Hope, scion of the Earls of Hopetoun, and Diana Marie de Cabarrus (born 1977),  younger daughter of Count Pierre de Cabarrus, and Lady Caroline Mary de Cabarrus (nee Percy, born 1947), daughter of the late 10th Duke of Northumberland, KG.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

Priestley/Deacon marriage

__. The marriage took place, 25 March, 2017, at the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, between Adam Alexander Priestley (b 1980), son of Commander Michael Priestley, RN, by his wife the former Linda Shade, & Rebecca Anne Deacon (b 1982), daughter of the late Major Michael John Deacon (1947-86), by his wife the Rev Selina Deacon (nee Trousdell).

The bride serves HRH The Duchess of Cambridge as private secretary, and is to leave her post in the summer of 2017, after 10 years of service to William and Kate.

Deacon is a cousin of The Duke of Cambridge, albeit distantly. Rebecca is William's 7th cousin ~ both have lines of descent from the 4th Duke of Gordon.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Sam Browne (b 2017)

_. Victoria Browne (born 1980, nee Howard-Vyse), scion of the Howard-Vyse landed family, of Langton, North Yorkshire, wife of Charlie Browne, gave birth to a son, Sam, 12 March, 2017, at Bury St Edmunds, a brother for Wilbur, who was born 29 March, 2013, and for Emily, who was born 30 Apr, 2015.

Charlie Browne is a son of Mr & Mrs Peter Browne, of Flempton, Suffolk, and Victoria (Vicky) is the daughter of Lt-Col John Cecil Howard-Vyse (b 1947), of Burneston, North Yorks, by his wife the former Jennifer Anne Collin.


Sonia Lady Fairfax of Cameron 1927-2017

_. Sonia Lady Fairfax of Cameron, who died 22 March, 2017, was the widow of the 13th Lord Fairfax of Cameron, and was a former Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth II.

She was born in London in 1927, the second daughter of Capt Cecil Bernard Gunston, MC [1885-1934], by his wife the former Lady Doris Gwendoline Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, eldest daughter of the 2nd Marquess of Dufferin & Ava; married 17 Apr, 1951, Thomas Brian McKelvie Fairfax, 13th Lord Fairfax of Cameron (1923-1964) [Peerage of Scotland, cr 1627], who died aged 40, 8 April, 1964.

Lady Fairfax  served Her Majesty the Queen as Lady of the Bedchamber [temporary] 1967-71.

She was the mother of three sons, Nicholas, Hugh and Rupert, and a daughter, Serena. The eldest son is the 14th Lord Fairfax of Cameron.

A Requiem Mass is to take place at Douai Abbey, Berkshire, Thursday 6 April, 2017.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Duke of Westminster/Harriet Tomlinson

_. The Duke of Westminster, billionaire godfather of Prince George of Cambridge, is reported to have found love with a former classmate, Chester-born Harriet Tomlinson.

The 7th Duke of Westminster [b 29 January, 1991], is the only son of the late 6th Duke of Westminster, KG, OBE [1951-2016] by his wife the former Natalia Ayesha Phillips [b 1959]  a descendant of the Royal House of Romanov, a daughter of Lt-Col Harold Pedro Joseph Phillips, by his wife the former Georgina Wernher, scion of the now extinct Wernher baronets. Georgina's grandfather was HIH Grand Duke Michael of Russia.

The 6th Duke of Westminster, KG, OBE, died suddenly from a heart attack, at Preston, Lancashire, 9 Aug, 2016. He was 64.

The 7th duke is also Marquess of Westminster, Earl Grosvenor, Viscount Belgrave and Baron Grosvenor, and a baronet.

Harriet Montgomery Taylor Tomlinson was born in Chester in 1990 - and like the duke is 26 - she is the elder daughter of Mr Grahame Montgomery Tomlinson by his second wife the former Louise A. Taylor.

Harriet has three older half-siblings, sisters Sarah and Annabel, and a half-brother, Paul.


Rear-Admiral Sir Nigel Cecil KBE, CB [1925-2017]

_. Rear-Admiral Sir (Oswald) Nigel Amherst Cecil, KBE, CB, died 10 March, 2017. He was 91.
Sir Nigel was b in 1925, a scion of the Barons Amherst of Hackney, and was descended from the 3rd Marquess of Exeter. He was a son of the Hon Henry Mitford Amherst Cecil [1893-1962] by his wife the Hon Yvonne Cornwallis [1896-1983], daughter of the 1st Baron Cornwallis; married 1961, Annette [b 1934], dau of Maj Robert Edward Barclay [1906-59] by his wife the former Nesta Anne Bury-Barry, by whom he had issue.
A Service of Thanksgiving took place at Holy Trinity, South Wonston, 22 March, 2017.

Twiston-Davies/Langham engagement

_. The engagement was announced 18 March, 2017, between Benedict Anthony Francis Twiston-Davies [b 1978], scion of that landed gentry family, eldest son of David James Twiston Davies [b 1945], by his wife the former Margaret Anne [Rita] Montgomery, & Helen Elizabeth Langham [b 1980], daughter of David J Langham, by his wife the former Susan E Parkin.



George Wahlberg Scott [b 2017]

_. Emily Helen Wahlberg Scott [nee Thompson], wife of Arthur Jervoise Trafford Scott [b 1984], scion of the Scott of Rotherfield baronets, gave birth to a son, George Wahlberg, 1 Feb, 2017, a brother for Wilfred Jervoise Scott, who was b 3 Dec, 2014.

Arthur Scott is the son and heir of Sir James Scott, 3rd Bt.


Ann Barlow Wilson [d 2017]

-. Ann Barlow Wilson [nee Lithgow], who died 4 March, 2017, was a scion of the Lithgow baronets, daughter of Sir James Lithgow, 1st Baronet [1883-1952], by his wife the former Gwendolyn Amy Harrison [1897-1975]; married 1952, [William] Simon Wilson, and had issue.


Burnett/Daukes engagement

__. The engagement was announced 21 March, 2017, between the Hon George Arthur Burnett [b 1979], son of the life peer Baron Burnett [b 1945], by his wife the former Elizabeth Sherwood de la Mare, & Rose-Anna Daukes [b 1981], daughter of Brigadier Clendon Daukes [b 1945], by his wife the former Camilla de Courcy Trasenster, scion of that landed family.

Sandilands/McNulty engagement

_. The engagement was announced 22 March, 2017, between Christopher Francis Sandilands [ b 1986], scion of that landed gentry family, descended from the Dukes of Norfolk, son of the late James Sebastian Sandilands [1944-91],  by his wife the former Gabrielle Mellich [b 1952], of Fulham, London, & Lucy J. McNulty, daughter of Dr David and Martina McNulty, of Richmond, Surrey.

Buchanan/Gibbs engagement

_. The engagement was announced 22 March, 2017, between Michael D.J. Buchanan, eldest son of Mrs D.C. Buchanan, of Chelsea, London, & Amelia Emma Gibbs [b 1982], descended from the Crawley-Boevey baronets, daughter of Peter Noel Houldsworth Gibbs [b 1948] of Fingest Grove, Buckinghamshire, by his wife the former Clare Viney [b 1951].

Fulford/Melville engagement

_. The engagement was announced 22 March, 2017, between Francis Arthur Fulford [b 1993], scion of that landed family, of Fulford, son of Francis C. Fulford [b 1952], by his wife the former [Diana] Kishanda Tulloch, and Sally E. Melville, daughter of Mr & Mrs Thomas Melville, of Lenox, Massachuetts, United States.



__. The engagement was announced 23 March, 2017, between Robin Moore S. Kennedy [b 1976], son of Mr & Mrs John Kennedy, of South Warnborough, Hampshire, & Katherine Rose [Katie] Crichton-Stuart [b 1979], scion of the Marquesses of Bute [Marquess, GB, cr 1796], daughter of [Patrick] James Crichton-Stuart [b 1954], of Bembridge, Isle of Wight, by his first wife the former Amanda Mary Howell Williams.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Voelcker/Brandram wedding

__The engagement marriage took place, 11th February, 2017, at the Church of the Holy Trinity & St Thomas of Canterbury, Ettington, Warwickshire, between Humphrey Walter Voelcker (b 1980), son of Mr Peter P. Voelcker, of Fowey, Cornwall, by his wife the former Alison Van D. Edwards,  and Sophie Eila Brandram (b 23 Jan 1981), scion of that landed family, & descended from the Royal House of Greece & Denmark, elder daughter of (Richard) Paul George Andrew Brandram (b 1 Apr 1948), of London, by his former 1st wife the former Jennifer Diane Steele (b 1951, now Mrs Robert Enslow, also of London).
Sophie Brandram's paternal grandmother was HRH Princess Katherine of Greece & Denmark (1913-2007), who married Richard Campbell Brandram (1911-94) and became (by courtesy of King George VI)  'Lady Katherine Brandram'. 


Major The Hon Peter Charles Baillie [1927-2017]

_. Major The Hon Peter Charles Baillie, who died 15 March, 2017, aged 89, was a scion of the Barons Burton [Peerage of the UK, cr 1897].

Peter Burton was born 26 June, 1927, the second son of Brigadier the Hon George Evan Michael Baillie, MC [1894-1941], by his wife the former Lady Maud Cavendish, CBE, eldest daughter of the 9th Duke of Devonshire.

Educated at Eton; Major, The Life Guards; JP for Hampshire, &c.

He married 15 Nov 1955, Jennifer Priscilla (deceased), younger daughter of Harold Reginald Newgass, QC, by whom he had issue, four daughters, Catriona, Elizabeth, Susan and Rachel.

Funeral service at St John The Baptist Church, Boldre, Lymington, Hants, Friday 31 March, 2017.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sir Brian Ohlson, 3rd Baronet (1936-2017)

_. Sir Brian Ohlson, 3rd Baronet, died 19 March, 2017. He was 80.

Money broker Brian Eric Christopher Ohlson was born 27 July, 1936, son of Sir James Ohlson, 2nd Baronet (1911-83), by his wife the former Marjorie Joan Roosemale-Cocq; educated at Harrow and RMA; late Lieutenant, Coldstream Guards. Succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his father, 1983; unmarried.

He is succeeded in the baronetcy by his younger brother, Peter Michael Ohlson, who was born 18 May, 1939.

The funeral is at Mortlake Crematorium, Richmond, Thursday 30 March, 2017.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Baroness Charteris of Amisfield 1919-2017

_. The Baroness Charteris of Amisfield, who died 14 March, 2017, was the widow of the Baron Charteris of Amisfield, GCB, GCVO, QSO, OBE, PC, who, as the Hon Sir Martin Charteris, was the private secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, 1972-77.

She was born 3 May, 1919 as Mary Gay Hobart Margesson, daughter of Henry Margesson, MP [later 1st Viscount Margesson] 1890-1965, by his wife the former Frances Leggett; married 16 Dec, 1944, the Hon Martin Charteris, a younger brother of the 12th Earl of Wemyss & March.

Her husband was Private Secretary to the Queen (when Princess Elizabeth) 1950-52, Assistant private secretary 1952-72, private secretary and keeper of the Queen's archives 1972-77, an extra equerry to the Queen 1956, a permanent Llord in Waiting to Her Majesty 1978-99, &c.

She was widowed 23 Dec, 1999. Lady Charteris leaves issue, a daughter (Francesca) Mary, and two sons, Andrew and Harold.

The funeral takes place at St Peter's Church, Stanway, 3 April, 2017.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dalrymple-Hamilton/Goucher engagement

_. The engagement was announced 16 March, 2017, between Hew North Robert Dalrymple-Hamilton [b 1981], scion of the Earls of Stair [Peerage of Scotland, cr 1703], elder son of  Mr [North] John Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton, OBE, TD [b 1950], of Bargany, Ayrshire, by his wife the former Sally-Anne How, & Miss Lucinda Catherine Goucher [b 1987],  daughter of Mr James T. Goucher, of Baden Hall, Staffordshire, by his wife the former Deborah C. Chambers.

Hew's father is a member of the Queen's Body Guard for Scotland [Royal Company of Archers] and was a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother 1964-66.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sir John Fayrer, 4th Baronet 1944-2017

_. Sir John Fayrer, 4th Baronet, died at Edinburgh, 9 March, 2017. He was 72.

John Lang Macpherson Fayrer, was born 18 Oct, 1944, son of Sir John Herbert Spens Fayrer, 3rd Baronet, DSC, by his wife the former Helen Diana Scott Lang [ d 1961], and succeeded to the baronetcy [created in 1896] upon his father's demise, 1976. Sir John was Research Officer, Moray House Institute, 1991.

Sir John was unmarried, and the baronetcy now becomes extinct.


Miranda Jane Macrae (1948-2017)

_. Miranda Jane Macrae [nee Stewart of Appin] died 6 March, 2017, aged 69.

She was born 25 Feb, 1948, daughter of Sir Dugald Stewart, 16th of Appin, KCVO, CMG (1921-84), diplomat, by his wife the former Sibyl Anne Sturrock. Her father was Chief of the Clan Stewart of Appin, &c. She married James Macrae.

The funeral is at Cardross Crematorium, Argyll and Bute, 17th March, 2017.


Hon Sir Clive Bossom, 2nd Baronet 1918-2017

_. The Hon Sir Clive Bossom, who died at his home in Sussex, 8th March, 2017, aged 99, was the Conservative MP for the Leominster Division of Herefordshire, 1959-Feb 1974, and served in the governments of Harold Macmillan and Sir Alec Douglas-Home.

He was born 4 Feb 1918, son of Sir Alfred Bossom, 1st Baronet (cr 1953), who was later ennobled as a life peer in 1960 as Baron Bossom, by his first wife the former Emily Bayne (who was killed in an air crash in 1932).

Educated at Eton; served as a Major in The Buffs, and in the War 1939-45; succeeded to his father's baronetcy, 4 Sept, 1965; married 28 Sept, 1951, Lady Barbara North, elder daughter of the late Lord North and sister of the 9th Earl of Guilford, by whom he had issue, three sons and a daughter.

Sir Clive is succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Bruce, who was born 22 Aug, 1952.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Arthur Fairfax Strang Steel [b 2017]

_. Jane Fleur Strang Steel [nee Soden], wife of Alistair Fairfax Strang Steel [b 1975], scion of the Steel baronets, gave birth to a son, Arthur Fairfax, 6 March, 2017, a brother for Vivian Fleur, who was b 6 December, 2014.


Hives/Meredith engagement

_. The engagement was announced 13 March, 2017, between Matthew Peter Hives, 3rd Baron Hives [born 25 May 1971], son of tha late Hon Peter Anthony Hives [1921-74], by his wife the former Dinah Wilson-North [the Hon Mrs Dinah Hives, of Digswell, Hertfordshire], & Dr Davina Meredith, youngest daughter of Mr David Meredith, of Shinrone, Co Offaly, & Mrs Sandra Meredith, of Birr, Co Offaly.

Lord Hives is the third holder of the peerage cr in 1950. He succeeded to the peerage on his uncle's death, 8 Oct, 1997.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Hannover/Malysheva engagement

 _. The engagement has been announced and the marriage will take place 8 July, 2017, at Hanover, between HRH Prince Ernst August Andreas Philipp Constantin Maximilian Rolf Stephan Ludwig Rudolph of Hanover, Prince of Gt Britain and Ireland [b 19 July, 1983], elder son of HRH Prince Ernst August of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick-Luneberg, Prince of Gt Britain & Ireland [b 26 Feb, 1954], by his first wife the former Chantal Hochuli [b 2 Jun 1955], & Ekaterina Igorieva Malysheva [b Moscow, 1 July, 1986], daughter of Igor Malyshev by his wife Svetlana.

Prince Ernst August (b 1954) is a male line descendant of King George III, and is head of the Royal House of Hanover and in whom is vested the right to petition for the restoration of the Dukedom of Cumberland and Teviotdale [created in 1799, and suspended under the terms of the Titles Deprivations Act, 1917].


Thursday, March 09, 2017

Lea/Ng marriage

_. The marriage took place, 4 February, 2017, between Sir Thomas William Lea, 5th Baronet [b 6 Sept, 1973], son of the late Sir Julian Lea, 4th Bt [d 1990], by his wife the former Gerry Valerie Fahnestock [Lady Lea, of Somerset], & Miss Laura Ng, daughter of Mr Lenny Ng and of Mrs Heather Mills, of Northern Ireland.


Thomas George Ruggles-Brise [b 2017]

__. Anna Ruggles-Brise [nee French], wife of Archibald Edward Ruggles-Brise [b 1979], scion of the Ruggles-Brise landed family, gave birth to a third son, Thomas George, at Chelmsford, 7 March, 2017, a brother for William [b 2010], and for Oliver [b 2013].

Archie Ruggles-Brise is the eldest son of Mr Timothy Ruggles-Brise [b 1945], and Anna Ruggles-Brise is a daughter of Mr Robin French.


Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Henry John Cecil Glynn (b 2017)

__. Suzanna Mary Caroline Glynn [nee Floyd, born 1983]. wife of William Henry Glynn [b 1984], and scion of the Floyd baronets, gave birth to a son, Henry John Cecil, in London, 4 March, 2017.

William Glynn, a scion of the Glynn landed family, is a son of John Dennis Glynn [b 1933], and Suzanna Glynn is a granddaughter of Sir Giles Floyd, 7th Baronet.


Marcus Dunbar (c1956-2017)

__. Marcus Dunbar, who died tragically and unexpectedly, 28 February, 2017, at Sammamish, near Seattle, aged 60, was a son of the late Sir Archibald Dunbar, of Northfield, 11th Baronet [1927-2015], and a elder half-brother of Sir Edward, the 12th Baronet.

He was born in circa 1966. His father's only marriage was to Amelia Davidson in 1974.

Marcus Dunbar leaves a widow, Patricia, and children, Avalon, Isla and Crinan.

A memorial service is to take place in Sammamish, 18 March, 2017.


Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Sir Adrian De La Bere, 3rd Baronet [1939-2017]

_. Sir Adrian De La Bere, 3rd (and last) Baronet, died 10 February, 2017, aged 77.

He was born 17 September, 1939, the second son of Rupert De La Bere, by his wife the former Marguerite Humphrey. His father was knighted in 1952 as KCVO, and served as Lord Mayor of London in Coronation year and was created a baronet, 18 Nov, 1953.

Sir Adrian succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his elder brother, Sir Cameron, 18 Dec, 2014. He was unmarried.

The baronetcy now becomes extinct.


Lady Pym, widow of the former Foreign Secretary [d 2017]

__. Lady Pym [Baroness Pym], widow of Francis Pym, who was Foreign Secretary at the outbreak of the Falklands War, died 2 March, 2017. She was the former Valerie Fortune Daglish, daughter of Francis John Heaton Daglish, and married Francis Pym in 1949. Her husband was Tory MP for Cambridge 1961-83 and for Cambridge South East 1983-87. He died in 2008.

The funeral takes place at St Swithun's Church, Sandy, Bedfordshire, 16 March, 2017.


Saturday, March 04, 2017

Hirsch/Dickinson engagement

_. The engagement was announced 4 March, 2017, between Harry J. Hirsch, son of Mr Leopold Hirsch and Mrs Jeanie Hirsch, and Octavia Jessica Dickisnon [b 1986], younger daughter of Simon Clervaux Dickinson (descended from the Chaytor baronets), by his second wife the former Hon Jessica Rosetta Mancroft [b 1954], daughter of the late 2nd Baron Mancroft.

Octavia Dickinson is a niece the Hon Victoria Mancroft, who wed Prince Nicholas von Preussen.

Harry Hirsch is descended from the Messel landed family, from whom descend the Earls of Snowdon.


Mary Rathborne Juliet Vassar Smith [b 2017]

_. Lydia Louisa G. Vassar Smith [b 1981, nee Newhouse], wife of Richard Rathborne Vassar-Smith (b 29 Dec 1975), gave birth to a daughter, Mary Rathborne Juliet, 23 February, 2017, a sister for Violet.
Richard is the elder son and heir of Sir John Rathborne Vassar-Smith, 4th Baronet (b 23 Jul 1936), of Wantage, Oxfordshire, by his wife the former Roberta Elaine Williamson.
 Lydia Vassar Smith is a daughter of Mr Philip J. Newhouse, of London, by his wife the former Linda Wright.


Sara Lady Havelock-Allan [d 2017]

__.Sara Lady Havelock-Allan, died 26 February, 2017.

She was the second wife and widow of Sir Anthony Havelock-Allan, 4th Baronet, the film producer.

She was Maria Theresa Consuela (Sara) Ruiz de Villafranca, daughter of Don Carlos Ruiz de Villafranca [former Ambassador to Chile and Brazil], and Dona Julia Ruiz de Villafranca y Osuna, of Madrid, and married Sir Anthony in 1979.

Sir Anthony's first wife was the actress Valerie Hobson, from whom he was divorced in 1952. She later marrid John Profumo.


Friday, March 03, 2017


_. HRH Prince Henry of Wales, with Miss Megham Markle, is to attend the marriage, this weekend, in Jamaica, between Thomas Hampden Inskip [b 1986] descended from the Noel-Buxton barons, son of Oliver Hampden Inskip by his wife the former Clare Elizabeth Anne Noel-Buxton, and the Hon Lara Elizabeth Hughes-Young [b 1987], daughter of the 2nd Baron St Helens [b 1945], and Baroness St Helens.


Thursday, March 02, 2017

Charles Peter Ralph von Westenholz (b 2017)

_. Nia Wyn Jones, wife of Alexander Peter Frederik von Westenholz [b 1971], descended from the Marquesses of Lothian, gave birth to a son, Charles Peter Ralph, 25 February, 2017.
Alexander is a son of Charles Patrick Paul Graf VON WESTENHOLZ (d 2006) and Lady Mary Marianella Anne KERR (b 1944) d of 12th Marquess of LOTHIAN (1922-2004) and Loris Antonella Thomasa NEWLAND (1922-2007).
He m 201_ Nia Wyn Jones.

Nicholas Mosley, 3rd Baron Ravensdale [1923-2017]

_. The writer Nicholas Mosley, 7th Baronet and 3rd Baron Ravensdale, died 28 February, 2017. He was 93.

He was born 25 June, 1923, the eldest son of Sir Oswald Mosley, Bt, the British fascist leader, by his first wife the former Lady Cynthia Blanche Curzon, daughter of the 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston [who was also 1st Baron Ravensdale].

Mosley succeeded his maternal aunt, Lady Mary Irene Curzon suo jure 2nd Baroness Ravensdale, in the barony, 9 February, 1966; married firstly, 14 Nov, 1947 [div 1974], Rosemary Laura Salmond [d 1991], dau of Marshal of the RAF Sir John Salmond; married secondly, 19 Jul, 1974,  Mrs Verity Elizabeth Bailey [nee Raymond].

From his first marriage he had three sons, Shaun, Ivo, and Robert and one daughter, Clare, and from his second marriage he had a son, Marius.

He succeeded his father in the Mosley baronetcy, 3 Dec, 1980.

Lord Ravensdale's eldest son, the Hon Shaun Mosley, who was b 5 Aug, 1949, died in 2009. The peerage, created in 1911, and the baronetcy, created in 1781, now pass to Shaun's eldest son, Daniel Nicholas Mosley, born 10 Oct, 1982.


Royal wedding for Alnwick Castle

_. The engagement was announced 2 March, 2017, between Lord Max Ralph Percy [b 26 May, 1990], second son of the 12th Duke of Northumberland  [b 16 Nov, 1956], of Alnwick Castle, Northumberland & the Duchess of Northumberland, & Princess Nora Amelie Claudia Christiana Maria Notgera Oettingen-Spielberg [born at Florida, USA, 10 June, 1990], 3rd daughter of Prince Albrecht Ernst Otto Joseph Maria Notger, Fürst zu Oettingen-Oettingen und Oettingen-Spielberg [b Munich, 7 Feb 1951], by his wife the former Angela Jank [b 20 Oct, 1951].


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Eveline Adelita Liv Thursby-Pelham [b 2017]

_. Kristin Thursby-Pelham [nee Veighey], wife of Fergus William Vaughan Thursby-Pelham [b 1975], scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Eveline Adelita Liv, 14 February, 2017.

Grandson for Princess Caroline of Monaco

_. Beatrice Casiraghi [nee Borromeo, b 18 Aug 1985], wife of Pierre Rainier Stefano Casiraghi [b 5 September, 1987], scion of the Royal House of Monaco, and descended from the Dukes of Hamilton and Brandon, gave birth to a son, Stefano Ercole Carlo, 28 February, 2017, at Monaco, a grandchild for Princess Caroline of Monaco.

William, 11th Duke of Hamilton = Princess Marie Amelie of Baden
Lady Mary Victoria Douglas-Hamilton = Albert I, Prince of Monaco
Louis II, Prince of Monaco = Marie Juliette Louvet
Charlotte Grimaldi, Duchess of Valentinois = Pierre Duc de Valentinois
Rainier III, Prince of Monaco = Grace Kelly
Caroline of Monaco = Stefano Casiraghi
Pierre Casiraghi = Beatrice Borromeo
Stefano Ercole Carlo Casiraghi
born 28 Feb, 2017


Andreyev/Tyrwhitt engagement

_. The engagement was announced 25 February, 2017, between Dr [Hubert] Jervoise Nikolay Andreyev [b 1959], son of Dr Nikolay Andreyev [1908-82], by his wife the former Pamela C.L. [Jill] Huddleston, of Cambridge, & Letitia Mary Hildyard Tyrwhitt [b 1988], scion of the Tyrwhitt baronets, daughter of Sir Reginald Thomas Newman Tyrwhitt, 3rd Baronet [b 1947], of Barton-Upon-Humber, Lincolnshire, by his wife the former Charlotte Hildyard [b 1958], scion of that landed family, and granddaughter maternally of the 2nd Baron Morris.

Dr Andreyev  is a grandson maternally of Major-Gen Sir Hubert Jervoise Huddleston, GCMG, GBE, CB, DSO, MC [1880-1950].


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Madeleine Aurelia Viktoria Carin of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha (b 2017)

__. Princess Kelly of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha {nee Rondestvedt, b 1975], wife of Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha [b 16 Sept, 1975], gave birth to a daughter, Madeleine Aurelia Viktoria Carin, 22 February, 2017, a sister for Katharina (b 30 Apr 2014), and for Philipp (b 15 July, 2015).

Prince Hubertus is descended from HRH The Prince Leopold, 1st Duke of Albany, Queen Victoria's youngest son, and is remainder to that dukedom which was suspended during the First World War.


Jake William Waterlow [b 2017]

_. Elizbeth Waterlow [nee Roberts] wife of Rufus Dudley Robinson Waterlow [b 1976], scion of the baronets of that name, gave birth to a son, Jake William, 2 February, 2017, in Vancouver, a brother for Oscar Dudley Cooper Waterlow,  who was b 2013.

Rufus is the son of John William Waterlow [b 1945], by his wife the former Camilla Farmer.

Elizabeth Waterlow is a daughter of Graham Roberts.


Lord Waddington, GCVO, PC, QC 1929-2017

_. Lord Waddington, GCVO, PC, QC, who died 24 February, 2017, aged 87, was _as David Waddington _ Conservative MP for Nelson & Colne 1968-74, and for Clitheroe 1979-83, and for Ribble Valley 1983-90, was Government Chief Whip 1987-89, Home Secretary 1989-90, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords 1990-92, & later Governor of Bermuda, &c.

cr, PC (1987), GCVO (1994), and Baron Waddington, of Read Co Lancs (1990).


Lord Dixon 1929-2017

-. Lord Dixon, who died 19 February, 2017, aged 87, was for 18 years the Labour MP for Jarrow. 

Donald Dixon was born  at Jarrow, 6 March, 1929. He was MP for Jarrow 1979-97, and created a life peer on leaving the Commons.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Talbot/Cullen engagement

_. The engagement was announced 23 Feb, 2017, between Charles Edward Cameron Talbot [b 1987] scion of the Earls of Shrewsbury, eldest son of Mr David Talbot (b 1960), of Blackwater, Hampshire, and Margaret Plummer, of Ash Green, Surrey, & Katherine Emma Cullen (b 1986), daughter of Mr Leslie Cullen, of Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, by his wife the former Elaine Ponton.

Maldwin Andrew Cyril Drummond, OBE [1932-2017]

_. Maldwin Drummond, OBE, who died 18 February, 2017, aged 84, was a scion of the Earls of Perth (Earl, Peerage of Scotland, cr 1605).

Maldwin Andrew Cyril Drummond was born in 1932, a son of Maj. Cyril Augustus Drummond [1873-1945], by his second wife, Mildred Joan, daughter of Horace Humphrys. Educ at Eton; a JP and DL for Hampshire, and High Sheriff of Hampshire, 1980; cr OBE (civil in 1990.

He married firstly, 1955 [div 1977] Susan Dorothy Maria Gabrielle, daughter of Sir Kenelm Cayley, 10th Baronet; married secondly, 1978, Mrs Gillian [Gilly] Vera Laing, yr daughter of Charles Gavin Clark [descended from the Royden baronets], and former wife of Alexander Graham Aathol Turner Laing.

He leaves issue, two daughters, Frederica & Annabella from his first marriage, and a son, Alfred, from his second marriage.

The funeral takes place at Fawley Church, Hampshire, Thursday 16 March, 2017.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Philippa Mary Bradstock [d 2017]

_. Philippa Mary Bradstock [nee Wilson], who died 18 Feb, 2017, aged 86, was the wife of Capt David Fitzherbert Bradstock, MC, scion of the landed gentry family of Bradstock of Yokehurst.

She was the former Philippa Mary Wilson, daughter of Bernard Alexander Wilson, and married David Bradstock, Capt, 1st Royal Dragoons, 5 Oct, 1954. Her husband was a cousin of Sarah Duchess of York, via his Wright ancestry.

Mrs Bradstock was the mother of two sons, Mark and Charles, and a daughter, Arabella.

The funeral is at St Peter & St Paul, Kimpton, 6 March, 2017.


Pauline Guinness [c 1926-2017]

_. Pauline Guinness [nee Mander], who died 18 February, 2017, aged 90, was the widow of James Guinness, CBE, a scion of the Irish brewing dynasty, and mother of the Prince of Wales's former squeeze, Sabrina Guinness.

She was born Pauline Mander, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Howard Vivien Mander [1894-1950], by his first wife the former Monica Christian Hardy. Pauline was a cousin of Sir Alfred Hickman, 3rd Baronet, who married Margaret Kempson, the former 1st wife of Sir Denis Thatcher.

She married in 1953, James Edward Alexander Rundell Guinness, CBE [1924-2006], who died 26 March, 2006, aged 81. He was a son of Sir Arthur Guinness, KCMG.

Pauline Guinness leaves one son, Hugo [b 1959], and four daughters, Sabrina, Miranda, Anita and Julia.

The funeral takes place at St Michael's Church, Heckfield, Hampshire, 3 March, 2017.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Flora Alexandra Eloise Llewellyn [b 2017]

_. Natalie Llewellyn [nee Palys, born 1981]. wife of Harry Owen Llewellyn [b 1982], descended from the Barlow baronets [Bt, cr, UK 1902], gave birth to a daughter, Flora Alexandra Eloise, 25 January, 2017.

Harry Llewellyn is the elder son of Mr Martin Llewellyn, of East Pennard, Someset, by his wife Ms Maat Barlow, of Kensington [Maria-Theresa Barlow, b 1953], and Natalie is a daughter of Rrichard G. Palys by his wife the former Scarlett von Havan.


Friday, February 17, 2017

Jean Elizabeth Scrope [d 2017]

_.Jean Elizabeth Scrope [nee Kingston], who died 14 February, 2017, aged 88, was the widow of Lieut-Col. Geoffrey Thomas More Scrope, late the Green Howards, scion of that ancient landed dynasty.

The funeral is at St Gregory's Church, Crakehall, Bedale, North Yorkshire, 28 February, 2017.


Richard Malcolm Bromey-Davenport [1947-2017]

_. Richard Malcolm Bromley-Davenport, who died 11 February, 2017, aged 69, was a scion of that landed gentry family.

He was born 15 Apr, 1947, son of Richard Anthony Bromley Davenport [b 1910, d] by his wife the former Margaret McNaughten Rorty. Educ at Eton.

Funeral at Poole Crematorium, 6 March, 2017.


Atticus Bamford (born 2017)

_.Leonora G. Bamford (née Pearl), wife of the Hon George H. Bamford, gave birth to a son, Atticus, 9 February, 2017, a brother for Caspian George Anthony, who was b 13 January, 2010.
The Hon George Bamford is the younger son of Anthony Paul Bamford, Baron Bamford [Life peer] (b 23 Oct 1945), Chairman and Managing Director, J.C. Bamford Group since 1975, of Daylesford, Moreron-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire, by his wife, the former Carole Gray Whitt, & Leonora is a daughter of Mr and Mrs David Pearl, of Ballyneale House, Ballingarry, County Limerick.

Sir Giles Hampden Montagu-Pollock, 5th Baronet [1928-2017]

-. Sir Giles Montagu-Pollock, 5th Baronet, died 4 February, 2017. He was 88.

Giles Hampden Montagu-Pollock was born 19 Oct, 1928 "after an idyllic childhood in Norway his family were taken to Germany as diplomatic prisoners in 1940. They were released in 1942 and Giles was sent straight to Eton. During his career he was at de Havilland at the dawn of the jet age. In advertising at J. Walter Thompson...."

He was the son of Sir George Montagu-Pollock, 4th Bt [1900-85], by his wife the former Karen-Sofie Dedekam, only child of Hans Ludvig Dedekam, of Oslo; married 13 June, 1963, Caroline Veronica, yr dau of Richard Francis Russell, bu whom he had issue, a son Guy, and a daughter, Sophie.

The baronetcy now passes to his only son, Guy Maximilian, who was born 27 Aug, 1966.

The funeral takes place at Mortlake Crematorium, 7 March, 2017.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Simon Pery-Knox-Gore [1937-2017]

_. Simon Pery-Knox-Gore, who died 7 February, 2017, aged 79, was a scion of the Earls of Limerick [Earl, Peerage of Ireland, cr 1803].

He was born in 1937, son of Maj Edmond Pery-Knox-Gore [1904-65], by his first wife, the former Gundrede Mary Wynne [descended from the Barons Killanin]; married 1961, Moira [deceased], daughter of Thomas Egan, of Sevenoaks, Kent, by whom he had issue.

Private family cremation followed by a memorial service at St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes, Devon, 3 March, 2017.


Jasper William David Mitchell-Innes [b 2017]

_. Charlotte Mitchell-Innes [nee Groves], wife of Peter Mitchell-Innes, scion of that Scots landed family, gave birth to a son, Jasper William David, in London, 8 February, 2017.


Elliot/Björkström engagement

_. The engagement was announced 16 February, 2017, between the Hon Michael Timothy Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound [b 1987], third son of the 7th Earl of Minto [Peerage of the UK, cr 1813] by his wife the former Diana Barbara Trafford, & Miss Emma Björkström , daughter of Mr Malte Björkström & Mrs Gerd Larsson-Lundgren, of Ostersund, Sweden.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Son for singer Bo Bruce

_. The Lady Catherine Anna Binns [nee Brudenell-Bruce, b 1984], wife of Henry D. Binns, and scion of the Marquesses of Ailesbury, has given birth to a son, February, 2017.
Lady Catherine is the singer Bo Bruce, daughter of David Michael James Brudenell-Bruce, styled Earl of Cardigan (b 12 Nov, 1952), by his late wife the former Rosamond Jane Winkley, and granddaughter of the 8th Marquess of Ailesbury (b 31 Mar 1926).


Michael Sean O'Dare Rainey [1941-2017]

_. Michael Sean O'Dare Rainey, who died 29 January, 2017, aged 76, was a British fashion designer who dressed the Beatles and Rolling Stones.

He was born 21 January, 1941, son of Maj Sean Rainey, Seaforth Highlanders, by his wife the former Joyce Marion Wallace [who later married the 5th Baron Wrottesley]; Educ at Eton; married firstly, 1966 [div 1984], the Hon Jane Teresa Denyse Ormsby-Gore [b 1942], dau of the 5th Baron Harlech; married secondly, 2001, Monica Andrada-Vanderwilde Borrajo. He leaves four children from his first marriage, and two daughters from his second marriage, and a son, the film-maker Errol Rainey, from a relationship with Hermione Lyons.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Hon David Julian Wedgwood Benn [1928-2017]

_. The Hon David Julian Wedgwood Benn, who died 2 February, 2017, aged 88, was a writer and broadcaster, a scion of the Viscounts Stansgate [Visc UK, cr 1942], younger brother of firebrand Labour MP Tony Benn.

He was born 28 Dec, 1928, third son of the 1st Viscount Stansgate [1877-1960], by his wife the former Margaret Eadie Holmes; married 28 Dec, 1959, June Mary Barraclough [deceased] , elder daughter of Ernest Charles Barraclough, of Lightcliffe, Halifax, West Yorkshire, by whom he had issue.

Funeral at All Saints' Church, Blackheath, London, 27 Feb, 2017.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Baroness Robert Rothschild [1925-2017]

_. Baroness Rothschild, who has died 3 February, 2017, aged 91, was a scion of the Barons Dunsany [Baron, Peerage of Ireland, cr 1439].

She was the former Mary Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, born in 1925, daughter of Admiral the Hon Sir Reginald Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax,  KCB, DSO [1880-1967], by his wife the former Kathleen Chalmers [d 1980]; married firstly, 1948, Robert Gustaf Percy Hollond; married 2ndly ______, Baron Robert Rothschild.

She leaves issue from her first marriage.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at St James's Church, Piccadilly, Tues 18 Apr, 2017.


Lt-Col John Kendal Plunket Coghill, OBE [1929-2017]

_. Lieutenant-Col. John Kendal Plunket Coghill, OBE, who died 4 February, 2017, aged 87, was a scion of the Coghill baronets [Bt cr GB 1778].

He was born in 1929, son of Joscelyn Kendal Bushe Coghill [1893-1959]  by his wife the former Maud Evelyn Filder; educ at Sherborne,; late Lt-Col RAOC; cr OBE [civil]  1990; married 1951, Diana Mary, dau of Frederick Charles Callen, by whom he had issue, three daughters.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Hoare/Yusuf-George engagement

_. The engagement was announced 11 February, 2017, between Rollo Lupton Hoare [b 1987], scion of that landed family, son of the late Michael Rollo Hoare [1944-2001], of Dogmersfield, Hampshire, by his former second wife the former Caroline J. Abele [Mrs Caroline Hoare, of Chelsea], & Hannah Venetia Yusuf-George, daughter of Mr Evan George and Ms Denise Yusuf, of Streatham, London.


Lady Katharine Mary Veronica Farrell [1922-2017]

_. The Lady Katharine Farrell, who died 7 February, 2017, aged 94, was a scion of the Marquesses of Anglesey, a twin sister of the 7th Marquess. Lady Katharine was a close friend of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother [see Diaries & Letters of the Queen Mother by Wm Shawcross].

She was born Lady Katharine Mary Veronica Paget, 8 Oct 1922, a daughter [twin] of the 6th Marquess of Anglesey, GCVO [1885-1947] by his wife the former Lady Victoria Marjorie Harriet Manners [d 1946], daughter of the 8th Duke of Rutland; married (1) 1941 [div 1948] Lt-Col Jocelyn Eustace Gurney, DSO, MC, late the Welsh Guards [d 1973] son of Sir Eustace Gurney; married (2) 1949, Maj Charles Farrell, MC [1919-2015], Scots Guards; and had issue from both marriages.


Preston/Madeley engagement

_.The engagement was announced 11 February, 2017, between Hugh Simon Preston [b 1987], elder son of Mr Mark Preston, of Lambourn, Berkshire, by his wife the former Hon Caroline Anne Cecil [b 1960], (now Hon Mrs Caroline Preston, of Chisbury, Wilts), scion of the Barons Rockley, & Victoria Christabel M. Madeley [b 1990], elder daughter of Mr Richard Madeley, of Checkendon, Oxfordshire, & Mrs Madeley [nee Maytag].

Hugh Preston is a grandson of the 3rd Baron Rockley.


Alexander Arthur Charles Fraser [b 2017]

_. Charlotte Fraser [nee Stephenson], wife of the Hon William Gordon Fraser [b 1976], scion of the Barons Strathalmond, gave birth to a son, Alexander Arthur Charles, 7 January, 2017, a brother for Flora & Harry.

The Hon William Fraser is the son and heir of the 3rd Baron Strathalmond [b 1947].

Mrs Fraser is a dau of Dr & Mrs Ralph Stephenson, of Gloucestershire.


Thomas Somerled Chamberlayne-Macdonald [1969-2017]

_. Thomas Somerled Chamberlayne-Macdonald died 4 February, 2017. He was 47. He was a scion of the Bosville Macdonald baronets [cr 1625].

He was born 24 Nov, 1969, a son of the late Maj Nigel Chamberlayne-Macdonald, CVO, OBE, late the Scots Guards, of Cranbury Park, near Winchester, by his wife the former Penelope Chamberlayne; married 8 Apr 2006, Irene, daughter of the late Mr Stylianos Goulimis, and Mrs Ionna Goulimis, of Toronto.

Thomas's surviving sibling, a sister is Diana, the Countess of Lindsay [b 12 Sept, 1961]. A sister, Frances, born in 1965, died in 1985, and a brother, Alexander, born in 1959 died in 2015.

The funeral is at St Matthews Church, Otterbourne, near Winchester, Monday 20 Feb, 2017.


Charles Hector Maitland-Makgill-Crichton [b 2017]

_. Alexandra Maitland-Makgill-Crichton [nee Marr], wife of David Maitland-Makgill-Crichton, scion of the Earls of Lauderdale, gave birth to a son, Charles Hector, 4 January, 2017.


Friday, February 10, 2017

Sir John Seale, 5th Baronet [1921-2017]

_. Sir John Seale, 5th Baronet, died 26 January, 2017. He was 95.

John Henry Seale was born 3 March, 1921; succeeded his father, Sir John Carteret Hyde Seale, 4th Bt, 1964; Educ at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford; Capt, Royal Artillery; married 1953, Ray Josephine [deceased] daughter of R.G. Charters, MC, of Christchurch, New Zealand, by whom he had issue.

Sir John is succeeded by his only son, John Robert Charters Seale, who was born 17 Aug 1954.


Thursday, February 09, 2017

Howard/Goldstone engagement

_. The engagement was announced, 9 February, 2017, between George Fulco Geoffrey Howard [b 1985], scion of the Earls of Carlisle, son of the Hon Nicholas Paul Geoffrey Howard [b 25 Apr, 1952], of Castle Howard, near Malton, North Yorkshire, by his first wife the former Amanda Kate Victoria Nimmo (now Mrs William Christie, of Parsons Green, London), & Elissa E.W. Goldstone, American-born artist, daughter of Mr Steven Goldstone, & the late Mrs Linda Wolff [1947-2013], of New York, United States.

George Howard is a grandson maternally of the actor Derek Nimmo.


Molly Tessa Cisi Marsham [b 2017]

_. The Hon Lucy Harriet Marsham [nee Beaumont, b 1981], scion of the Viscounts Allendale, and wife of the Hon Michael Julian Marsham [b 1979], scion of the Earls of Romney, gave birth to a daughter, Molly Tessa Cisi, 1st February, 2017, a sister for Louis Alexander, who was b 4 Oct, 2014.
The Hon Michael Marsham is a yr son of the 8th Earl of Romney and the Countess of Romney.
The Hon Lucy Marsham is a daughter of the 4th Viscount Allendale and Viscountess Allendale.


Dame Jennifer Jenkins [Baroness Jenkins of Hillhead, DBE] [1921-2017]

_. Dame [Mary] Jennifer Jenkins, DBE [Baroness Jenkins of Hillhead], former chairman of the National Trust, and widow of Labour Cabinet minister Roy Jenkins, died 2 February, 2017, aged 96.

She was born Mary Jennifer Morris, 18 January, 1921, daughter of Sir Parker Morris, and married the then Roy Jenkins, in 1945. Her husband served in the Labour administrations of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan, and was Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, became a founder member of the SDP in 1981, created a life peer, as Baron Jenkins of Hillhead, and died in 2003.

Dame Jennifer was chairman of the National Trust 1986-90, &c. and held numerous public appointments. She was cr DBE in 1985.


Isla Rose Mounsey-Heysham (b 2017)

_. Clementine Mounsey-Heysham [nee Stanley], wife of Toby Mounsey-Heysham, scion of that landed gentry family, gave birth to a daughter, Isla Rose, 31 January, 2017.


Seren Ayo Irvine-Fortescue (b 2017)

_. Stephanie Irvine-Fortescue [nee Matthews], wife of Nicholas Irvine-Fortescue [b 1983], scion of the Barons [later Earls] Fortescue, gave birth to a daughter, Seren Ayo, in Winchester, Hampshire, 27 January, 2017.


James Peter Rolt [b 2017]

_. .Rosanna Jocelyn [Anna] Rolt [nee Pelly, b 1980], wife of Michael Peter Rolt [b 1980], gave birth to a son, James Peter, 31 January, 2017, a brother for Lyla Valentine, who was b 30 March, 2014.
Michael Rolt is a descendant of the Walker-Okeover baronets. Anna Rolt is a daughter of Mr Peter Pelly by his former wife Dr Katherine Christina Mary Jones [now Lady Robin Innes-Ker, wife of the Duke of Roxburghe's younger brother].

The 2nd Baron Rochester (1916-2017)

_. The 2nd Baron Rochester [Peerage of the UK, cr 1931] died 6 February, 2017. He was 100.

Foster Charles Lowry Lamb was born 7 June, 1916, son of the then Ernest Henry Lamb by his wife the former Rosa Dorothea Hurst [d 1979].

His father was Paymaster-General, 1931-35, and raised to the peerage in 1931 as Baron Rochester.

The 2nd Baron succeeded his father, 13 January, 1955. He married 12 Dec, 1942, Mary Carlisle Wheeler, OBE [d. 2000], daughter of Thomas Benjamin Wheeler, CBE, by whom he had issue, two sons and two daughters. The elder son, the Hon David Charles Lamb [b 8 Sept, 1944] succeeds to the peerage.


Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (1971-2017)

_. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, socialite friend [and distant cousin] of the Prince of Wales, was found dead at an address in Bramham Gardens, London SW5, 8 February, 2017.

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, scion of that landed family, was born in 1971, a daughter of Charles Algernon Palmer-Tomkinson, by his wife the former Patricia [Patti] Dawson.

Tara's great-grandmother was a member of the Smith banking family, from whom descended Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.

Miss Palmer-Tomkinson is survived by both her parents, by a brother, James, and a sister, Santa Sebag-Montefiore.


McLaren/Cavendish marriage

_. The marriage took place, 10 Dec, 2016, between Mr Tom McLaren, son of Judge David McLaren, QC, and Mrs Sally McLaren Webster, of East Knoyle, Wiltshire, & the Hon Lucy Georgiana Cavendish [b 1973] scion of the Dukes of Devonshire, a daughter the the Baron Cavendish of Furness [b 1941], life peer, of Low Frith, Cumbria, by his wife the former Grania Mary Caulfeild [b 1947], scion of the Viscounts Charlemont.


Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Hon Rosamond Joy Butler (b 2017)

-. The Baroness Dunboyne, wife of the 30th Baron Dunboyne [20th peer by Patent], gave birth to a daughter, the Hon Rosamond Joy Butler, 2 February, 2017, in Montreal, a sister for Bridget Gigny Synolda, who was b at Montreal, 9 June, 2015.

Lady Dunboyne is the former Anneka Eileen Anketell-Jones [b 1984], daughter of Peter Andrew Anketell-Jones by his wife the former Roseleen Quigley, and married in 2012, the Hon Richard Pierce Theobald Butler [b 1983], who, in 2013,  succeeded his father as the 30th Baron Dunboyne.


Saturday, February 04, 2017

Patricia More O'Ferrall [1914-2017]

_. Patricia More O'Ferrall died 27 January, 2017. She was 103.

She was born Patricia Richards, 20 January, 1914, dau of Kenneth Richards, of Cowcumbla, Cootamundra, New South Wales, and married firstly, at St Margaret's Westminster, 12 Jan, 1932 [div 1937], George [Grandy] Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey; married secondly, 1937, Robin Filmer-Wilson [whose grandfather was Arthur Wilson, of Tranby Croft]. Her second husband died 14 Aug, 1944; married thirdly, 25 June, 1953, Lt-Col. Peter Laycock, TD [d 1977]; married fourthly, 1986, Roderic More O'Ferrall [he d 1990].

She leaves a daughter, Lady Caroline Ogilvy, from the first marriage, and a son James, and daughter, Sarah from the second marriage.


5th Earl of Eldon (1937-2017)

_. The Earl of Eldon died 30 January, 2017, aged 79.

 Lord Eldon (the 5th Earl, Peerage of the UK, cr 1821), was born 24 Apr, 1937, son of the 4th Earl of Eldon, GCVO [1899-1976] by his wife the former Hon Magdalen Fraser, OBE, scion of the Lords Lovat; succeeded to the peerage on his father's death, 1976; married 1961, Countess Claudine, dau of Count Franz von Monjoye-Vaufrey and de la Roche, by whom he had issue.

He is succeeded in the peerage by his only son, John Francis Thomas Marie Joseph Columba Fidelis Scott, stled Viscount Encombe, who was born 9 July, 1962.

The funeral takes place at the Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, 16 Feb, 2017.


Friday, February 03, 2017

Mrs Patrick Erskine-Murray [d 2017]

_. Mrs Patrick Erskine-Murray, who died 27 January, 2017, aged 92, was the wife of Patrick Elibank Erskine-Murray [b 1927], younger brother of the 14th Lord Elibank [Peerage of Scotland, cr 1643].

She was the former Jenny Margaret Mary Brown, dau of John Brown, of Bowbank, Middleton-on-Tees, and married Patrick Erskine-Murray in 1957; 3 daughters of the union.

Funeral at All Saints' Parish Church, Bakewell, 16 February, 2017.


Margaret Theresa Scrope [nee de Salis] (1938- 2017)

_. Margaret [Mole] Scrope, who died at Aix-en-Provence, 31 January, 2017, was the widow of Christopher Ralph 'Kester' Scrope [1931-2008] scion of that ancient landed family seated at Danby, co York.

She was the former Margaret Theresa Fane de Salis, born 24 March, 1938, a daughter of Maj Count Anthony Fane de Salis [1897-1952], of that landed family, by his wife the former Francoise Carmen Dagmar de la Panouse, and married 'Kester' Scrope, a former priest, on 12 July, 1980.

Her husband was a son of Adrian Cuthbert Scrope, by his wife the former Everilda Sykes, scion of the Sykes baronets, of Sledmere, East Yorkshire. No issue of the marriage.


Thursday, February 02, 2017

Matilde Florence Ritchie [b 2017]

_. Sofia von Sachsen-Altenburg, wife of Will Ritchie, gave birth to a daughter, Matilde Florence, 28 January, 2017, at Frimley Park Hospital.


Major Sir Fergus Matheson of Matheson, 7th Baronet

_. Major Sir Fergus Matheson of Matheson, 7th Baronet, Chief of the Clan Matheson, died 27 January, 2017. He was 89.

Fergus John Matheson was born 22 Feb, 1927, and succeeded his brother, Maj Sir Torquhil Matheson, 6th Bt, in 1993.

Educated at Eton; Major, Coldstream Guards 1945-64, a Member of HM Body Guard of the Hon Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, &c. He married in 1952, the Hon Jean Elizabeth Mary Willoughby, dau of the 11th Baron Middleton, KG, by whom he had issue.

Sir Fergus is succeeded in the baronetcy [Bt, UK, cr 1882] by his son, Alexander Fergus Matheson of Matheson, Yr of Matheson {who was b 26 Aug, 1954].

A Memorial Service takes place at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, 15 May, 2017.


Smith/Digby engagement

_. The engagement was announced 2 February, 2017, between Joshua W. Smith, son of Mr & Mrs Piers Smith, of Stanton St John, Oxford, & Olivia V. Digby [b 1991] scion of the Barons Digby [Baron, Ireland, 1620; & Baron, GB, cr 1765], younger daughter of the Hon Rupert Simon Digby [b 1956], of Stockcross, near Newbury, Berkshire, by his wife the former Charlotte Fleury Hirst.


Yvonne Avril Catherine Crichton [d 2017]

_. Yvonne Avril Catherine Crichton, who died at her home, 30 January, 2017, aged 98, was the widow of Colonel Richard Crichton, CVO, MC [1916-2002], scion of the Earls of Erne [Earl, Peerage of Ire, cr 1789].

She was the former Yvonne Worthington, dau of Dr H.E. Worthington, and married Col. Richard John Vesey Crichton in 1948.

Mrs Crichton leaves three sons, Vesey, Adrian and Simon.

The funeral is at Mattingley Church, Thursday 9 February, 2017.


Capt [Thomas] Christopher John Mordaunt (1934-2017)

_. Capt Christopher Mordaunt, late the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, and scion of the Mordaunt baronets [Bt, E, cr 1611], died 24 January, 2017.

Thomas Christopher John Mordaunt was born in 1934, son of Lt-Cdr Richard John Mordaunt, VRD, by his first wife the former Nancy Toler [d. 1986]; married 1959, Belinda Madeline, daughter of Thomas Cecil Gouldsmith [descended from the Laurie baronets], by whom he had issue, two daughters [Sarah] Camilla [b 1961] & Sophie Jane [b 1967].

A Service of Thanksgiving is to take place at St Michael and All Angels Church, Lambourn, Thursday 9 Feb.


Mark Skipwith (1944-2017)

_. Mark Skipwith who died 26 January, 2017, aged 72, was a scion of the Skipwith baronets [cr England, 1622].

The funeral will take place at Basingstoke Crematorium, 14 Feb 2017.


Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Patrick David Horsfall (1921-2017) and his wife, June (d 2017)

_. A couple from Lancaster have died on the same day. Capt Patrick Horsfall, late the Duke of Wellington's Regt, a scion of the Horsfall baronets [Bt, UK, cr 1909], died at St John's Hospice, Lancaster, 28 January, 2017, & his wife June died at their home at Arkholme, Carnforth.

Patrick David Horsfall was born in 1921, a younger son of Sir [John] Donald Horsfall, 2nd Baronet [who d 1975], and educ at Uppingham; married in 1947, June, dau of Capt S.H. Clough, of Skipton-in-Craven, & had issue. The couple are survived by a son Christopher [Kit] Horsfall, and are predeceased by a daughter, Carol Collinson.

The joint funeral service will take place at St John the Baptist, Arkholme, Carnforth, Lancashire, Friday 3 Feb, 2017.


Sir John Norton-Griffiths, 3rd Baronet (1938-2017)

_. Sir John Norton-Griffiths, 3rd Baronet died at Rutland, Vermont, USA,  29 January, 2017. He was 78.

He was born 4 Oct, 1938, and succeeded his father, Maj Sir Peter Norton-Griffiths, 2nd Bt, in 1983; educ Eton, Sub Lieut, RN, married 1964, Marilyn Margaret, elder dau of Norman Grimley. No issue.

Sir John is succeeded in the baronetcy [UK, cr 1922] by his younger brother, Michael [who was b 11 Jan 1941].


Mitchell/Dalrymple engagement

_. The engagement was announced 1 February, 2017, between Rory W. Mitchell, youngest son of Mr & Mrs Martin Mitchell, of Llanarth, Monmouthshire, & Hero Cecilia Dalrymple [b 1989] scion of the Hamilton-Dalrymple baronets, eldest daughter of Hew Richard Dalrymple [b 3 Sept, 1955] of North Berwick, East Lothian, by his wife the former Jane Elizabeth Morris.


Orabel Henrietta Montagu-Pollock (b 2017)

_. Sophia Montagu-Pollock (nee Vaughan), wife of Thomas George Montagu-Pollock (born 1983), scion of the Montagu-Pollock baronets (Bt, UK, cr 1872), gave birth to a daughter, Orabel Henrietta, 18 January, 2017, a sister for Wilbur George, who was b 9 December, 2014. 

Thomas is the elder son of Jonathan David MONTAGU-POLLOCK (b 1947) and Deirdre Clare (b 1952, dau of John Edward BINDING of Rock, N Cornwall and ____ HODGE). Which Jonathan M-P is the gs of Sir Montagu Frederick Montagu-Pollock 3rd Bt (1864-1938). 


Lord Christopher Thynne (1934-2017)

_. Lord Christopher Thynne, who died 27 January, 2017, aged 83, was a scion of the Marquesses of Bath [Marquess GB, cr 1789] , younger brother of the eccentric 7th Marquess of Bath _aka the Loins of Longleat _.

Lord Christopher John Thynne was born in 1934, a son of the 6th Marquess of Bath [1905-92], of  Longleat, by his first wife the former Hon Daphne Vivian, scion of the Barons Vivian.

Lord Christopher married in 1968, Antonia Mary, dau of Maj Sir Anthony Frederick Mark Palmer, 5th Baronet [cr 1886], by whom he had issue, a son, Alexander, and a daughter, Sophie.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Katherine Viscountess Macmillan of Ovenden, DBE (1921-2017)

_. Katherine Viscountess Macmillan of Ovenden, DBE, who died 22 January, 2017, aged 96, was the daughter-in-law of one Prime Minister and the great-granddaughter of another.

Lady Macmillan was the daughter-in-law of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan [1st Earl of Stockton, cr 1984] & was a scion of the Barons Harlech [cr UK, 1876].

She was born Katherine Margaret Alice Ormsby-Gore, in 1921, a daughter of the 4th Baron Harlech, KG, GCMG, PC (1885-1964), by his wife the former Lady Beatrice Edith Mildred Gascoyne-Cecil, DCVO, daughter of the 4th Marquess of Salisbury, who was son of Queen Victoria's last PM, the 3rd Marquess, &c.

Katherine married in 1942, Maurice Victor Macmillan, son of Harold Macmillan. Her husband, a Conservative MP & government minister, received the courtesy title Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden in 1984 when his father, aged 90, was ennobled with the Earldom of Stockton. Maurice Macmillan died shortly afterwards, two years before the passing of the 1st Earl of Stockton.

Viscountess Macmillan leaves two sons, Alexander, 2ho succeeded his grandfather as 2nd Earl of Stockton, and the Hon David Macmillan, & was predeceased by two sons, Joshua and Adam, and by a daughter, Rachel.

The funeral is to take place at St Gabriel's, Warwick Sq, London SW1, on Thurs 9 Feb, 2017.


Sir John Oakeley, 8th Baronet (1932-2016)

_. Sir John Oakeley, 8th Baronet, holder of 24 World, European & National Sailing titles, died 19 Dec, 2016. He was 84.

John Digby Atholl Oakeley was born 27 Nov, 1932, and succeeded his father Sir [Edward] Atholl Oakeley, 7th Bt, in 1987. He married in 1958, Maureen Frances, dau of John Cox, of Hamble, Hampshire, by whom he had issue.

Sir John is succeeded in the baronetcy [cr GB, 1790] by his son, Robert John Atholl Oakeley, who was born 13 Aug, 1963.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Sir Christopher Bland (1938-2017)

_. Sir Christopher Bland, who died 28 January, 2017, aged 78, was the novelist & former British Telecom  and BBC chairman, a kinsman of Dorothea Jordon (nee Bland) mistress of King William IV and mother of the monarch's ten illegitimate offspring.

He was born 29 May, 1938, son of James Franklin MacMahon Bland, and was educated at Sedbergh; married 1981, Jennifer Mary, Viscountess Enfield [ex wife of Thomas Byng, styled Viscount Enfield] [later 8th Earl of Strafford] daughter of the Rt Hon William May, MP, of Mertoun Hall, Hollywood, Co Down, by whom he had issue, a son, Archie, a journalist on the Guardian newspaper.


Alexander Chancellor,CBE 1940-2017

_Alexander Chancellor, CBE, who died 28 January, 2017, aged 77, was editor of The Spectator 1975-84 and The Oldie 2014-17, and was descended from the Paget baronets [Cr UK 1896].

Alexander Surtees Chancellor was born 4 Jan, 1940, son of Sir Christopher Chancellor by his wife the former Sylvia Paget, daughter of Sir Richard Paget, Bt, a Somerset landowner.

He married in 1964, Susanna Elizabeth Debenham (b 1943), scion of the Debenham baronets [Bt, UK, cr 1931], by whom he had issue, two daughters. He also leaves a daughter from his relationship with Emily Bearn.


Friday, January 27, 2017

James Edward Shelley, CBE (1932-2017)

_. James Edward Shelley, CBE, who died 18 January, 2017, aged 84, was a scion of the Shelley baronets (Baronet, England, cr by James I in 1611).

He was born in 1932, son of Vice-Admiral Richard Benyon, CB, CBE (1892-1968) (who had assumed the surname of Benyon in lieu of Shelley in 1967), by his wife the former Eve Alice Cecil, a descendant of the Marquesses of Salisbury.

Married in 1956, Judith Grubb, by whom he had issue.

The funeral is at Chris Church, Ramsdell, Friday 10 Feb, 2017.


Tam Dalyell (1932-2017)

_. Tam Dalyell, who died 26 January, 2017, aged 84, was a tenacious Labour MP known for the 'West Lothian question' - who was Sir Thomas Dalyell of the Binns, 11th Baronet {but did not use the title}.

He was born 9 Aug 1932, son of Lt-Col Gordon Loch, CIE, DL, JP, by his wife (Dame) Eleanor Isobel Dalyell of the Binns (de jure Baronetess). His parents assumed the surname & arms of Dalyell of The Binns (officially recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms); he succeeded his mother as 11th baronet upon her death in 1972 and in 1973 he successfully established his claim to the baronetcy but decided not to use the title.

He was elected Labour MP for West Lothian in 1962; became Father of the House of Commons in 2001; he left the Commons at the General Election in 2015, &c.

Tam Dalyell married in 1963, the Hon Kathleen Mary Agnes Wheatley, daughter of the life peer Baron Wheatley, by whom he had issue. He is succeeded in the baronetcy by his only son, Gordon Wheatley Dalyell, who was born 26 September, 1965.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cordelia Margot D'Oyly Acloque (b 2017)

_. Keziah Acloque (nee Kelsey), wife of Alexander John Sebastian Acloque (born 1978), descended from the Barons Howard De Walden (Peerage of England, cr 1597), gave birth to a daughter, Cordelia Margot D'Oyly, 16 January, 2017, a sister for Jasper Guy D'Oyly, who was b 27 April, 2013.

Alexander Acloque is the only son of the late Guy Acloque by his wife the former Camilla Anne Bronwen Scott-Ellis (b 1 Apr 1947), now of Alderley, Gloucestershire, fourth daughter of the late John Osmael Scott-Ellis, 9th Baron Howard de Walden (1912-99), by his 1st wife the former Countess Irene Harrach (d 1975).

Kezia Acloque is a daughter of Mr Alan Kelsey, of London, and Mrs Sarah Kelsey, of Chelsworth, Suffolk.


Dowager Marchioness of Anglesey, DBE (d 2017)

_. The Dowager Marchioness of Anglesey, DBE, LVO, who died 21 January, 2017,aged 92, was for over 60 years the chatelaine of Plas-Newydd, Anglesey, the Paget family seat. She was the widow of the 7th Marquess.

She was born Elizabeth Shirley Vaughan Morgan, daughter of Charles Langbridge Morgan, of London, by his wife the former Hilda Vaughan; married 16 Oct, 1948, George Henry Victor Paget, 7th Marquess of Anglesey (1922-2013), who had inherited the family honours a year earlier. Her husband, who was Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd, 1983-89, died 13 July, 2013.

Lady Anglesey leaves two sons, the 8th Marquess of Anglesey, and Lord Rupert Paget, & three daughters, Lady Henrietta Megarry, Lady Sophia Keir, and Lady Amelia Singleton.

The private funeral is to take place at St Edwen's Church, Llanedwen, Anglesey.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Capt Thomas Barrington Cubitt (1929-2017)

_. Thomas Barrington Cubitt, who died 19 January, 2017, aged 87, was a scion of the Cubitt landed family [from whom descend the Barons Ashcombe & HRH The Duchess of Cornwall] . He was late the Grenadier Guards [Capt].

He was born 6 Sept, 1929, son of Maj Charles Cyril Cubitt, by his wife the former Gladys Louisa Violet Crake; married 24 Sept, 1959 [div 1985] Jennifer Margaret Chaytor, scion of the Chaytor baronets, by whom he had issue.

Memorial Service to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes, Hungerford, 3 Feb, 2017.


Sir Michael Jackson, 5th Baronet (1919-2016)

_. Sir Michael Jackson, 5th Baronet [Bt UK, cr 1902], died 29 Dec, 2016, aged 97.

Michael Roland Jackson was born 20 Apr, 1919, succeeded his father Sir [Walter David] Russell Jackson, in 1956; married 1stly, 1942 (div 1969) [Hilda] Margaret Richardson; married 2ndly, 1969, Hazel Mary Edwards, and had issue from his first marriage.

The baronetcy passes to his son, Thomas St Felix Jackson, born 27 Sept, 1946.


Sir Simon Benton Jones, 4th Baronet 1941-2016

_. Sir Simon Benton Jones, 4th Baronet {Bt cr UK, 1919} died 28 December, 2016.

Simon Warley Frederick Benton Jones was born 11 Sept, 1941, succeeded his father, Sir Peter, OBE, in 1972; was High Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1977; married 1966, Margaret Fiona Dickson, by whom he had issue. Succeeded by his eld son, James, who was born 1 January, 1973.


John Bruce Legard (1924-2017)

_. John Bruce Legard, who died 14 January, 2017, aged 92, was a scion of the Legard baronets (Bt cr 1660). He was a film editor with Crown Film Unit & BTF.

He was born in 1924 son of the Rev Charles Legard, MC (1887-1976) by his wife the former Ethel Gertrude Marriott. Unmarried.

Funeral at Putney Vale Crematorium, 17 Feb 2017.


Hon Emma Tennant (1937-2017)

_. The Hon Emma Tennant, who died 20 January, 2017, aged 79, was much married novelist and scion of the Barons Glenconner.

She was born 20 Oct, 1937, as the Hon Emma Christina Tennant, daughter of the 2nd Baron Glenconner (1899-1983), by his second wife the former Elizabeth Powell.

She married firstly, 1957 (div 1962), Sebastian Yorke, scion of the Earls of Hardwicke; married secondly, 1963 (div) Christopher John Penrice Booker, author and journalist; married thirdly, 1968 (div 1973), Alexander Claud Cockburn, descended from the Arbuthnot baronets; married fourthly, 2008, Tim Owens, writer.

Emma Tennant leaves a son from her first marriage, the author Matthew Yorke, a daughter, Daisy, from her third marriage, and a daughter, Rose, from her relationship with the publisher Michael Demspey.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO 1930-2017

_. The 1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO, society photographer and sometime brother-in-law of Her Majesty The Queen, died 13 January, 2017. He was 86.

Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones was born 7 March, 1930, son of Ronald Owen Lloyd Armstrong-Jones, MBE (d 1966), by his first wife, the former Anne Messel (d 1992) (later Countess of Rosse).

He married 1stly, at Westminster Abbey, 6 May, 1960 (div 1978), HRH The Princess Margaret Rose (1930-2002), younger daughter of His Majesty King George VI and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth; married 2ndly, 15 Dec, 1978 (div 1999), Mrs Lucy Mary Lindsay-Hogg (b 1941), dau of Donald Brooks Davies.

Lord Snowdon leaves two children from his marriage to Princess Margaret, David, Viscount Linley (b 1961), who succeeds as 2nd Earl of Snowdon, and a daughter, Lady Sarah Chatto(b 1964). He also leaves a daughter, Lady Frances von Hofmannsthal (b 1979), from his second marriage. Lord Snowdon also leaves several illegitimate children from several encounters.

He was Constable & Gov of Carnarvon Castle, and appointed GCVO in 1969 after the investiture of the Prince of Wales.

Lord Snowdon, in 1999, was created a life peer as Baron Armstrong-Jones, of Nymans in the County of West Sussex.

A service of Thanksgiving for the life of the Earl of Snowdon is to take place at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey, Friday 7 April, 2017.