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Friday, May 18, 2018

Ropner/Oates engagement

__. The engagement was announced 18 May, 2018, between Maxim H.S. Ropner (born 1990), scion of the Ropner Baronets (cr 1904) of Preston Hall, second son of Robert James Bruce Ropner (born 1962), of Kirklington, North Yorkshire, by his wife the former Johanna Louise Stroyan, & Catherine M. Oates, daughter of Mr & Mrs Michael Oates, of Great Saxham, Suffolk.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Jenkins/Baker Baker engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between Edward J.R. Jenkins, son of Lt-Col Nicholas Jenkins, of Shrewsbury, and Mrs Beatrice Jenkins, of Nanyuki, Kenya, and Harriett E. Baker Baker, scion of that landed family, of Sedbury Hall, North Yorkshire, only daughter of William George Baker Baker (b 5 Jan, 1955), of Richmond, North Yorkshire, and Mrs Sarah Baker Baker, of Ramsbury, Wiltshire.

The bride-to-be is descended from Sir George Baker, Recorder of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, one of the loyal defenders of that town for King Charles I in the English Civil War.


Lady Carey Elizabeth Basset 1934-2018

_. The Lady Carey Basset, who died 14 May, 2018, aged 84, was a scion of the Earls of Leicester, of Holkham Hall, Norfolk.

She was born Lady Carey Elizabeth Coke, 5 May, 1934, second of the three daughters of the 5th Earl of Leicester, MVO (1908-76), by his wife the former Lady Elizabeth Mary Yorke, DCVO (d 1985), scion of the Earls of Hardwicke.

Her father was Equerry to the Duke of York (later George VI) 1934-37, and Extra Equerry to King George VI 1937-52, and to HM The Queen, 1952-76; her mother was a Lady of the Bedchamber to the Queen from 1953.

Her elder sister, Lady Anne Coke, Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret, was the wife of the 3rd Baron Glenconner. Lady Anne was one of the Queen's trainbearers at the Coronation, 1953.

Lady Carey married 30 April, 1960, Bryan Ronald Basset, CBE (dec.,) scion of that landed family of Tehidy Park, the only surviving son of Ronald Lambert Basset (1898-1972), by his wife the former Lady Elizabeth Legge, DCVO (1908-2000), scion of the Earls of Dartmouth, by whom she had issue, three sons. She was precdeceased by her husband and one of her sons.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Bristol/Dunn marriage

_.The marriage took place 12 May, 2018, at the Brompton Oratory, London, between Frederick William Augustus Hervey, 8th Marquess of Bristol (born 19 Oct, 1979), a younger son of the late 6th Marquess of Bristol (1915-85), by his third wife the former Yvonne Marie Sutton, and Miss Meredith Dunn.

The Marquess of Bristol is a younger half brother of the late 7th Marquess, and inherited the family honours, 10 January, 1999.  He is also Earl of Bristol, Earl Jermyn, and Baron Hervey.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Erne/Patterson engagement

_. The engagement was announced 11 May, 2018, between John Henry Michael Ninian Crichton, 7th Earl of Erne (born 19 June, 1971), of Crom Castle, County Fermanagh, only son of the late 6th Earl of Erne, KCVO (1937-2015), by his first wife the former Camilla Marguerite Roberts (now Mrs Anthony Gray), & Harriet E. Patterson, daughter of Mr & Mrs Alan Patterson, of Berwickshire.

The Earl of Erne, who is also Viscount and Baron Erne and Baron Fermanagh, succeeded his father, 23 Dec, 2015.


Denys Archibald Rowan Hamilton, MVO, DL 1921-2018

_. Denys Archibald Rowan Hamilton, MVO, DL, late the Black Watch, who died 10 May, 2018, aged 97, was a scion of the Rowan Hamilton Irish landed family, of Killyleagh Castle. He was a kinsman of Her Majesty The Queen.

Denys Rowan Hamilton was High Sheriff of County Down in 1975; served as ADC to the Governor of Southern Rhodesia and was appointed the MVO in 1947.

He was born 26 April, 1921 a son of Brigadier-General Gawain Rowan Hamilton (1884-1947), by his wife the former Phyllis Frances Agnes Blackburn, who was a granddaughter maternally of the 13th Earl of Strathmore & Kinghorne.

He married 16 Nov, 1961, Mrs Wanda Annette Maxwell, daughter of Lt-Col Rupert Warburton, by whom he had issue, a son and two daughters.

A Service of Celebration takes place at St John The Evangelist, Killyleagh, County Down, 2 July, 2018.


Saturday, May 05, 2018

Susan Mary Maxwell Scott 1931-2018

_. Susan Mary Maxwell Scott, who died 4 May, 2018, aged 86, was a scion of the Lords Herries of Terregles.

She was born in 1931, a daughter of the late Herbert Francis Joseph Maxwell Scott (1891-1962), by his wife the former Eileen Josephine Smail (d 1974), unmarried.

The funeral takes place at St Andrew's Catholic Church, Tenterden, Kent, Wednesday 23 May, 2018.


Julia Mary (Judy) Countess of Strafford 1932-2018

_. Julia Mary (Judy) Countess of Strafford, who died at her home near Winchester, 4 May, 2018, aged 86, was the second wife, and widow, of the 8th Earl of Strafford (1936-2016).

She was the former Judy Pilcher, a daughter of Sir Dennis Pilcher, CBE (1906-94), by his wife the former Mary Aumonier (1907-91), and married firstly, 1956, Derek Nicholas Howard (1927-2003), married secondly, 1981, the then Thomas Edmund Byng, styled Viscount Enfield, who succeeded as Earl of Strafford, 4 March, 1984.

Lady Strafford leaves issue from her first marriage, Emma, Polly and Daniel.

A celebration of the Countess of Strafford's life takes place at St Mary's Church, Easton, near Winchester, Friday 18 May, 2018.


Patricia Countess of Harewood 1926-2018

_. Patricia Countess of Harewood, who died 4 May, 2018, aged 91, was the second wife, and widow, of the 7th Earl of Harewood, KBE (1923-2011), a cousin of the Queen.

She was born 24 November, 1926, as Patricia Elizabeth Tuckwell, a daughter of Charles Tuckwell, of Sydney, Australia, by his wife the former Elizabeth Jane Norton, and her first marriage was to Athol Shmith.

It was as Patricia Tuckwell, a violinist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, that she met the Earl of Harewood in 1959. Lord Harewood, the eldest grandson of King George V and Queen Mary had married Marion Stein, the pianist, in 1949, by whom he had three sons. The couple soon fell in love and the Countess of Harewood initially refused to grant her husband a divorce though she relented in 1967, three years after Patricia had given birth to his son.

The affair had constitutional repercussions. It caused a major scandal and constitutional difficulties involving the Queen herself. As supreme governor of the Church of England, the sovereign was officially unable to countenance remarriage after divorce - her permission for her cousin to marry was necessary under the terms of the Royal Marriages Act 1772. But Prime Minister Harold Wilson saved the Queen embarrassment by putting the question to the Cabinet. The Cabinet agreed and with the Queen's consent it was announced that she had acted, as a constitutional monarch had to, on the advice of her Government.

The scandal forced the Earl of Harewood to resign as Chancellor of York University, and it resulted in him being ostracised by the royal family for a long time afterwards.

Patricia and the Earl of Harewood married in the United States, on 31 July, 1967, but made their home at Harewood House near Leeds. The stately home became the Countess of Harewood's beloved home for the next fifty years.

Lady Harewood was widowed, 11 July, 2011, when the peerage passed to the earl's son from his first marriage, David Lascelles, now 8th Earl.

The countess leaves two sons, Michael Shmith, from her first marriage, and the Hon Mark Lascelles, from her marriage to Lord Harewood.

The funeral takes place at All Saints Church, in the grounds of Harewood House, near Leeds, 18 May, 2018


Friday, May 04, 2018

Lord John Kerr 1927-2018

_. The Lord John Kerr, who died 3 May, 2018, at the age of 90, was a scion of the Marquesses of Lothian.

John Andrew Christopher Kerr was born 4 July, 1927, the second son of Capt Andrew William Kerr, RN (1877-1929), by his wife, and kinswoman, the former Marie Constance Annabel Kerr. He was raised to the rank of the younger son of Marquess in 1941, when his elder brother, Peter Kerr, succeeded as 12th Marquis on the demise of a cousin.

He married 12 July, 1949, Isabel Marion Gurney (1924-2015), scion of that landed family, daughter of Sir Hugh Gurney, KCMG, MVO (1878-1968), by his wife the former Mariota Carnegie (1892-1980), scion of the Earls of Southesk, by whom he leaves issue.

Requiem Mass took place at the Church of St Hugh of Lincoln, Woodstock, co Oxford, Monday 14 May, 2018.


Lady Miranda Mary Emmet 1927-2018

_. The Lady Miranda Emmet, who died 3 May, 2018, aged 90, was a scion of the Dukes of Norfolk.

She was born the Hon Miranda Mary Fitzalan Howard, 1 June, 1927, third daughter of the 3rd Baron Howard of Glossop, MBE (1885-1972), a scion of the ancient House of Howard, by his wife Mona Josephine Tempest Stapleton, suo jure Baroness Beaumont. Her seven siblings all had names beginning with the letter "M". Miles, Michael, Martin, Mark, Mariegold, Miriam and Mirabel.

Her father, until his demise in 1972, was heir presumptive to his kinsman, Bernard, 16th Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal of England. It was her brother, Miles, who in 1975 succeeded the 16th Duke in the premier Dukedom of England, and subsequently Miranda and her siblings were elevated to the rank of children of a duke, &c.

She married 22 July, 1947, the Hon Christopher Anthony Robert Emmet, son of Mr Thomas Emmet, of Amberley Castle, by his wife the Baroness Emmet of Amberley, a life peeress, and one of the first women to sit in the House of Lords.

Lady Miranda leaves issue, Teresa, Catriona, Rowena and Robert.

The funeral takes place at the Cathedral of St Philip Howard, Arundel Castle, 4 June, 2018.


Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Harbord-Hamond/Luxmoore-Styles engagement

_. The engagement was announced 2 May, 2018 between the Hon George Edward Seymour Harbord-Hamond (b 1991), second son of the 13th Baron Suffield (b 1956), of Wandsworth, London, by his wife the former Katharine Margaret Lucy Seymour (b 1959), scion of the Marquesses of Hertford, & Lily Sarah Luxmoore-Styles (b 1990), daughter of Roger P. Luxmoore-Styles (b 1962), of Hintlesham, Suffolk, by his wife the former Mary Nainby-Luxmoore (b 1962).

Baron Temple-Morris 1938-2018

_. Lord Temple-Morris, life peer, died 1 May, 2018. He was 80.

As Peter Temple-Morris he was Conservative MP for Leominster 1974-2001, but then changed parties and sat in the House of Lords as a Labour peer.

He was born 12 Feb, 1938, son of Owen Temple-Morris, a Tory MP.

Lord Temple-Morris married in 1964, Taheré Khozeimé-Alam, an Iranian, by whom he had issue.