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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Kathryn Baroness Vestey (died 2017)

__. Kathryn Lady Vestey, who died 13 December, 2017, was the first wife of the 3rd Baron Vestey, KCVO, Master of the Horse to the Queen.

She was the former Kathryn Mary Eccles, daughter of John Eccles, of Moor Park, co Hertford, and married Lord Vestey, 11 Sept, 1970. They divorced in 1981.

Lady Vestey leaves two daughters, the Hon Saffron Idiens, and the Hon Flora Hall.

Funeral at Cheltenham Crematorium, Wednesday 27 December, 2017.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sir Hereward Wake, 14th Baronet, MC (1916-2017)

_. Sir Hereward Wake, 14th Baronet, MC, who died 11 December, 2017, aged 101, was the head of an ancient family, one of the few surviving families of the old pre-parliamentary Anglo-Norman baronage. His baronetcy, one of the oldest, was created by King James 1 in 1621.

He was born 7 Oct, 1916, the son of Sir Hereward Wake, 13th Bt, CB, CMG, DSO (1876-1963), by his wife the former Margaret Winifred (Daisy) Benson, and succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 4 Aug, 1963.

He married 6 February, 1952, Julia Rosemary, younger daughter of Capt Geoffrey William Martin Lees, by whom he had issue, a son and three daughters.

Sir Hereward was High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1955.

The baronetcy now passes to his only son, Hereward Charles Wake, born 22 Nov, 1952, who married in 1977, Lady Doune Mabell Ogilvy, the eldest daughter of the 13th Earl of Airlie, KT.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Arthur Nicholas Bond Chapman (born 2017)

_. Laetitia Clare Chapman (nee Musgrave, born 1980), wife of Oliver B. Chapman, gave birth to son, Arthur Nicholas Bond, 9 Dec, 2017, a brother for Wilf.

Oliver Chapman is a son of the late Mr Peter Chapman and Mrs Peter Chapman, of Somerton, Somerset, and Laetitia Chapman is a daughter of Maj Nicholas Musgrave (b 1948), of Stroud, Gloucestershire, lately executive manager of the Cirencester Polo Club, by his wife the former Clare E. Nesbitt (b 1956).

Mrs Chapman's sister, Arabella (b 1982), was briefly the teenage squeeze of HRH The Duke of Cambridge.


Rowland Bruce Ranald Critchley (1961-2017)

_. Rowland Bruce Ranald Critchley, who died 9 December, 2017, aged 54, was a son-in-law of Sir Richard Storey, 2nd Baronet.

He was born 27 March, 1961, a son of Lt-Col Ian Ranald Critchley, by his wife the former Isabel Mary Hamilton {descended from Arbuthnott]; married 1988, Elisabeth Storey (b 1964), daughter of the Hon Sir Richard Storey, Bt, by whom he had issue, three children.

Funeral at St James' Church, Muthill, 19 December, 2017.


Saturday, December 09, 2017

Jake Charles Winston Spencer-Churchill (born 2017)

__. Scarlett Spencer-Churchill (nee Strutt, born 1985), wife of Alexander David Spencer Churchill (born 1983), scion of the Dukes of Marlborough (Peerage of England cr 1702), gave birth to a son, Jake Charles Winston, 8 December, 2017.

Alexander Spencer-Churchill is the third son of the late Lord Charles George William Colin Spencer Churchill, of London, by his 2nd wife the former (Elizabeth) Jane Wyndham (b 1948), scion of the Barons Egremont & Leconfield.

Scarlett Spencer-Churchill is a scion of the Barons Belper (Peerage of the UK, cr 1856), daughter of Henry Clavering Tollemache Strutt (b 1953), of Stutton, Suffolk, and Mrs Athena Strutt, also of Stutton.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Camilla Marguerite Gray (died 2017)

_. Camilla Gray, who died 7 December, 2017, was the first wife of the late 6th Earl of Erne, KCVO (1937-2015), and was the mother of the 7th Earl.

She was the former Camilla Marguerite Roberts, eldest daughter of Wing Commander Owen George Endicott Roberts, RAF, and a granddaughter of Capt Marshall Owen Roberts, Scots Guards, and was descended from the Barons Dunleath and Dukes of Atholl, &c.

She married firstly, 5 Nov, 1958 (div 1980), the 6th Earl of Erne, by whom she had issue, four daughters and a son. The son, John, is the 7th Earl of Erne (b 19 June, 1971).

Camilla Countess of Erne's second marriage was to Tony Gray.

The funeral is at Barham Crematorium, Canterbury, Wednesday 20 December, 2017.


Jean Frances Woodroffe, CVO 1923-2017

_. Mrs Jean Frances Woodroffe, CVO, who died 7 December, 2017, aged 94, was a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen (when Princess Elizabeth, from 1945) and served as an Extra Woman of the Bedchamber to Her Majesty from 1954. Mrs Woodroffe was a cousin of the Queen by marriage and one of her oldest friends.

She was born 22 February, 1923, a scion of the Hambro banking dynasty, the fourth daughter of Angus Valdimar Hambro (1883-1957) by his second wife, the former Vanda Dorothy Julia Charlton, and married firstly, 19 Sept, 1942, Capt the Hon Vicary Gibbs, of the Grenadier Guards, eldest son of the 4th Baron Aldenham. Her first husband was killed in action at Nijmegan, 20 September, 1944, leaving her with an infant daughter, Jennifer Susan (who was a Lady in Waiting to the Queen Mother 1993-2002). The Hon Mrs Vicary Gibbs married secondly, 29 May, 1946, Rev. the Hon Andrew Elphinstone, a nephew of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, who died in 1975. From this marriage she had two children, a daughter Rosemary, born in 1947, for whom the then Princess Elizabeth stood sponsor, and a son James, later the 18th Lord Elphinstone (1953-1994); she married thirdly, in 1980, Lt-Col John William Richard Woodroffe, the widower of her elder sister, Patricia.

Elizabeth Longford in her biography Elizabeth R writes that in 1945 "Princess Elizabeth was given her own footman, and housemaid and second Lady in Waiting (the first was Lady Mary Strachey). The way in which the second appointment was made in March 1945 was characteristic of the Royal Family's touching almost blind trust in their own inner circle.

The Hon Mrs Vicary Gibbs was a pretty 21 year-old widow whose husband, a Grenadier officer, had been killed in Holland. Jean Hambro by birth she was later to become Princess Elizabeth's first cousin by marriage to Andrew Elphinstone. One day Jean Gibbs received a letter from Sir Arthur Penn, the Queen's private secretary, explaining that an additional lady was needed to serve the princess, a lady who could talk about the Grenadiers and Officers' Welfare. Mrs Gibbs had never set eyes on the King or Queen. Nor had Princess Elizabeth ever set eyes on her. Yet this extraordinary 'on trust' arrangement was to work perfectly, lasting from 1945 to 1954, and continuing thereafter on a part time basis."

Jean Elphinstone only gave up full-time work for the Queen when her husband, Andrew, a Church of England priest, took on a parish in Surrey and she went to assist him there.

Mrs Woodroffe is survived by her two daughters, Jenny and Rosie. Her son, Jamie, Lord Elphinstone, died 19 Dec, 1994, aged 41.

The funeral is at Mere, 19 December, 2017, at noon, followed by a service of Thanksgiving at St Mary's Church, Worplesdon, 10 January, 2018.


Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Robert Maxtone-Graham (d 2017)

_. Robert Maxtone-Graham, who died circa 5 December, 2017, was a scion of Maxtone-Graham of Cultoquhey, a Scots landed family, the last surviving child of Anthony Maxtone Graham, 16th of Cultoquhey, and of Jan Struther.

Funeral at St Clement's Church, Sandwich, Monday 18 Dec, 2017.


Richard Godwin-Austen (d 2017)

_. Richard Godwin-Austen, who died 3 December, 2017, aged 82, was a scion of that landed gentry family.


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Sir John Cotterell, 6th Baronet 1935-2017

_. Sir John Cotterell, 6th Baronet, died 4 December, 2017. He was 82.

John Henry Geers Cotterell was born 8 May, 1935, son of Sir Richard Cotterell, 5th Bt, CBE (1907-78), by his first wife the former Lady Lettice Lygon, eldest daughter of the 7th Earl Beauchamp, KG; married 7 Oct, 1959, [Vanda] Alexandra Clare [deceased], only daughter of Maj Philip Bridgewater and a granddaughter maternally of the 4th Baron Vivian, DSO; succeeded to the baronetcy on his father's death, 1978.

Sir John leaves three sons, Henry, James and David, and a daughter, Camilla. The baronetcy devolves upon his elder son, Henry Richard Geers Cotterell, who was born 22 Aug 1961.

Funeral at Byford Church, Thursday 14 Dec, 2017.


Campbell/Gray engagement

_. The engagement was announced 5 December, 2017, between James J.M. Campbell, only son of the late Mr & Mrs Neil Campbell, & Octavia L.H. Gray (born 1987), elder daughter of Sir William Gray, 3rd Baronet (b 26 Jul 1955), by his former wife the former Catherine Naylor.