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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Callander/Low engagement

_. The engagement has been announced between William H.D. Callander, of Prestonhall, scion of that landed family, elder son of the late Maj (John) Henry Burn Callander, 9th of Prestonall (1948-2010), by his wife the former Jacqueline Hulda Crocker, & Henrietta F.A. Low, elder daughter of Mr & Mrs Christopher Low, of Swinton House, Swinton, Berwickshire.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thomas Troubridge 1939-2015

Thomas Troubridge  died 12 December, 2015. He was aged 75. He was a scion of the Troubridge baronets, and first husband of Princess Michael of Kent.

Thomas Troubridge was born 26 December 1939, a son of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Hope Troubridge and younger brother of  Sir Peter Troubridge, 6th Bt ; married 1st 1971 (div)  Marie-Christine von Reibnitz (now Princess Michael of Kent); married 2nd 1981 Petronella (née von Woyrsch), formerly wife of James Russell Forgan.
 
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Monday, December 14, 2015

The 8th Baron Congleton 1930-2015

The 8th Baron Congleton died 11 December, 2015. He was aged 85.

Christopher Patrick Parnell was born 11 March, 1930, a son of the 6th Baron Congleton (1892-1932), by his wife the former Hon Edith Mary Palmer Howard, MBE, scion of the Barons Strathcona & Mount Royal; married 19 Nov, 1955, (Anna) Hedvig Sommerfelt, dau of Gustav Adolf Sommerfelt, of Oslo, Norway, by whom he had issue, two sons and three daughters.

Christopher Parnell succeeded to the barony (Baron, UK, cr 1841), and to the family baronetcy (Bt Ireland, cr 1766), on the death of his elder brother, the 7th Baron, 12 Oct, 1967.

The peerage and baronetcy now devolve upon his elder son, the Hon John Patrick Christian Parnell, who was born 17 March, 1959.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at Salisbury Cathedral, Wednesday 3 Feb, 2016.

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Marie-Anne Helene Emanuela von Simson [Altgräfin zu Salm-Reifferscheidt Krautheim und Dyck] 1933-2015

_. Marie-Anne Helene Emanuela von Simson [Altgräfin zu Salm-Reifferscheidt Krautheim und Dyck] died 8 Dec, 2015. She was born 18 Aug, 1933, dau of Franz Josef Fürst zu Salm-Reifferscheidt-Krautheim und Dyck (1899-1958), by his wife Cäcilie Prinzessin zu Salm-Salm (1911-91), descended from the Royal House of Habsburg; she married firstly, 27 Jul, 1964, in London, as his second wife, Lt-Col the Hon Alexander Campbell Geddes (1911-72), a son of the 1st Baron Geddes, by whom she had issue. She was widowed, 22 Sept, 1972; she married 2ndly, 27 Nov, 1978, as his 2nd wife, Professor Otto Georg von Simson , who died 23 May, 1993, aged 80.

She is survived by two children from her first marriage, Camilla MacDonnell and Stephen Geddes.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Arthur Frederick Richard Womack von Preussen (b 2015)

.___ . HRH Princess Tatiana Brigid Honor von Preussen {b 16 Oct 1980} wife of Philip Alan Womack (b 1981), gave birth to a son, Arthur Frederick Richard Womack von Preussen, 21 November, 2015.

Mr Womack is the younger son of Mr Richard Womack, of Cranleigh, Surrey, by his wife the former ___ Obradovic, & Princess Tatiana, a scion of the Royal House of Prussia & descended from the Earls of Iveagh, is the daughter of HRH Prince (William) Andrew von Preussen (b 14 Nov, 1947), by his wife the former Alexandra Blahova.

Princess Tatiana is descended from the last German Emperor, Wilhelm II, and thus from Queen Victoria, &c.

Briony McCorquodale (d 2015)

_. Briony McCorquodale (aka Briony Brind, the ballerina) who died 3 December, 2015, at Home Farm, Camfield Place, Hatfield, was the wife of Ian Hamilton McCorquodale (b 11 Oct 1937), scion of that landed family.

She was born Briony Brind, daughter of Roger and Jenni Brind, and married circa 2000, as his second wife, Ian McCorquodale, son of Hugh McCorquodale (1898-1963), by his wife the writer Dame Barbara Cartland. Ian McCorquodale is a brother of Raine, Countess Spencer, step-mother of Diana, Princess of Wales, &c.

A Service of Thanksgiving takes place at Essendon Church, Essendon, Hertfordshire, 27 January, 2016.

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Sir Ian Edward Johnson-Ferguson, 4th Baronet 1932-2015

_. Sir Ian Edward Johnson-Ferguson, 4th Baronet, died 6 December, 2015. He was aged 83.

He was born 1 Feb, 1932, son of Lt-Col Sir Neil Edward Johnson-Ferguson, 3rd Baronet; was educated at Ampleforth, & Trinity College, Cambridge; married 1964, RosemaryTeresa, yr daughter of the late Cecil John Whitehead, of Edenbridge, by whom he had issue, three sons. He succeeded to the baronetcy (cr UK, 1906), upon the demise of his father, 1992.

The baronetcy now passes to his eldest son, Mark Edward Johnson-Ferguson, who was born 14 Aug, 1965.

A Requiem Mass takes place at St John the Baptist RC Church, Andover, Hampshire, 16 Dec, 2015.

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Baroness Ironside (d 2015)

From the Telegraph of 5 December 2015: IRONSIDE  Audrey Marigold, adored wife of Bing. Passed peacefully away on 3rd December, aged 84. Private funeral, no flowers, please.

She was d of Lt-Col Hon Thomas George Breadalbane MORGAN GRENVILLE DSO OBE MC (1891-1965, s of Mary Lady Kinloss in her own right) and Georgina May St John (1894-1973) d of Albert St John MURPHY of Little Island, co Cork). She m 1951 2nd Baron IRONSIDE (b 1924) and had a son and a dau.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Guy Pelly bereaved

_. John Gurney Pelly, who died 20 November, 2015, was a scion of the Pelly baronets (Baronet, UK, cr 1840).

Mr Pelly was the father of Guy Pelly, close friend of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

He was born 1938 a son of the late Douglas Gurney Pelly by his wife the former Monica Tate, a scion of the Tate baronets, and married in 1973, Vanda Joan Allfrey, a scion of the Allfrey baronets, by whom he had issue, Sam, James and Guy.

A Memorial Service will take place at St Michael's Church, Mere, Wilts, 16 Dec, 2015, at 12 noon.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Sir John Henry Kilian Brunner, 4th Baronet

 Sir John Henry Kilian Brunner, 4th Baronet, died in Melbourne, Australia, 18 November, 2015. He was 88.

He was born 1 June, 1927, son of Sir Felix Brunner, 3rd Baronet, by his wife Dorothy Elizabeth OBE, daughter of Henry Brodribb Irving, and succeeded his father in the baronetcy (cr 1895) in 1982.

Sir John was a cousin of HRH The Duchess of Kent.

He married in 1955, Jasmine Cicely Wardrop Moore (b 1929), daughter of John Wardrop Moore (1894-1965) by his wife the former Janet Monteith Erskine, scion of the Erskine baronets (cr 1821).

The baronetcy now passes to his son, Nicholas Felix Minturn Brunner, who was born 16 January, 1960.



Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Lavinia Marchioness of Cholmondeley dies aged 94

Lavinia Margaret, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, mother of the hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain the Marquess of Cholmondeley, died 7 November, 2015. She was 94.
 
The Marchioness of Cholmondeley was the widow of Maj the 6th Marquess (Marquess UK, cr 1815), of Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire and Houghton Hall, near King's Lynn, Norfolk, who died in 1990.
 
She was the former Lavinia Margaret Leslie, daughter of Lt-Col John Leslie, DSO, MC (1888-1965) by his wife the former Margaret [Margot] Nanette Helen Gilliat (1891-1973), descended from the Skipwith baronets, and she married the future 6th Marquess of Cholmondeley in 1947.  She leaves three daughters, Lady Rose, Lady Margot and Lady Caroline, and one son, David, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley, Joint Hereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England (acting for the reign of Queen Elizabeth II).

Monday, November 09, 2015

Helmore/von Preussen marriage

_. The marriage took place, 19 September, 2015, between Caspar William Helmore (born London 27 Jan 1987), second son of Mr Charles Patrick Helmore, of London, and Mrs Rachel Helmore (born 1952, nee Aykroyd), of Rogate, west Sussex, scion of the Aykroyd baronets (Bt, cr UK, 1929, of Birstwith Hall, Harrogate), & Princess Augusta Lily von Preussen (born 15 Dec, 1986), scion of the Royal House of Prussia, & a descendant of Queen Victoria, daughter of HRH Prince (Frederick) Nicholas von Preussen (b 3 May, 1946). of Kensington, by his former wife the former Hon Victoria Mancroft (b 1952) (Victoria, Princess von Preussen, of East Coker, Somerset)  scion of the Barons Mancroft (Baron UK, cr 1937).

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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Oliver Charles Floyd (born 2015)

_. Katherine Floyd (nee Gaillard), wife of Henry James Floyd (b 1979), scion of the Floyd baronets (baronet, UK, cr 1816), gave birth to a son, Oliver Charles, in Melbourne, 17 October, 2015, a brother for Amelia Rose (b 23 Oct, 2009) and for  Martha Elizabeth (b 23 Sept, 2011).


Henry James (Harry) Floyd is the son of Thomas Henry Floyd (b 1951), of Shalden, Hampshire, by his wife the former (Penelope) Sarah Cleminson, dau of Sir James Cleminson, MC, DL.


Katherine Floyd is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Michael de L. Gaillard, of Martin, Hampshire.


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Redwood/Cable-Alexander marriage

_. The marriage took place 24 October, 2015, in Bath, between Mr Martin Redwood and Miss Melanie Cable-Alexander, scion of the Cable-Alexander baronets (Bart, cr 1809, of the City of Dublin), daughter of Lt--Col Sir Patrick Cable-Alexander, 8th Baronet (b 19 Apr, 1936), by his first wife the former Diana Frances Rogers.

Melanie Cable-Alexander is a former love of the 1st Earl of Snowdon, GCVO, and is the mother of his son, Jasper.

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Arundel & Surrey/Colacicchi engagement

_. The engagement was announced 31 October, 2015, between Henry Miles Fitzalan Howard (b 3 Dec, 1987), eldest son and heir of the 18th Duke of Norfolk (b 1956), of Arundel Castle, Sussex, Earl Marshal and Premier Duke in the Peerage of England, by his wife the former Georgina Gore (b 1962) (scion of the Earls Temple of Stowe), & Cecilia Mary Elizabeth Colacicchi (born May 1988), daughter of William M Colacicchi (b 1954), of Leicestershire, by his wife the former Clare Elizabeth Vivienne Clutterbuck (b 1958).


The bride-to-be is descended from the Barons Somers, and is a granddaughter paternally of Count Paul Colacicchi.






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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Michael Alexander Robert Naylor-Leyland 1956-2015

Michael Alexander Robert Naylor-Leyland, who died 16 Oct, 2015, aged 59, was a scion of the Naylor-Leyland baronets, who married a great-niece of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


He was born 14 July, 1956, son of Maj (Alick) David Yorke Naylor-Leyland, MVO (1929-91), by his first wife Diana (afterwards Countess of Wilton); married firstly, 1984 (div) Lucy Potts; married 2ndly (div), Princess Tania Saskia Viktoria Luise of Hanover (b 1970), great-niece of Prince Philip, daughter of the late Prince Welf of Hannover  (1947-81) by his wife, Wibke; married 3rdly, Anna-Louise _____; he is survived by his third wife and by two sons from his marriage to Princess Tania, Jake (b 1993), and Gabriel (b 1996).


The funeral is at St Michael's, Chester Sq, London SW1, on 5 Nov, 2015.


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Friday, October 23, 2015

The Earl of Mansfield & Mansfield 1930-2015

_. The 8th (and 9th) Earl of Mansfield & Mansfield, a government minister in the Thatcher Administration, of Scone Palace, Perthshire, died 21 October, 2015, at Logie House, Logiealmond, Perthshire. He was 85.

William David Mungo James Murray, JP, DL, was born 7 July, 1930, the only son of the 7th Earl of Mansfield & Mansfield, by his wife Dorothea Helena (d 1985), daughter of the Rt Hon Sir Lancelot Carnegie, GCVO, KCMG (scion of the Earls of Southesk); succeeded to the family honours on his father's death in 1971.

He was the 8th & 9th Earls (cr 1776 & 1792); Baron Scone (cr 1605); Viscount Stormont (cr 1621); Baron Balvaird (cr 1641) (Earl of Dunbar, Viscount Drumcairn & Baron Halldykes in the Jacobite peerage); Hereditary Keeper of Bruce's Castle of Lochmaben; was First Crown Estates Commissioner, 1985-95; Opposition Spokesman in the House of Lords 1975-79; minister of State, Scottish Office, 1979-83; Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office, 1983-4; numerous public appointments, &c.

Married 1955, Pamela Joan, daughter of W.N. Foster, CBE, by whom he had 2 sons and one daughter. He is succeeded in the peerages by his elder son, Alexander David Mungo Murray, styled Viscount Stormont, who was born 17 October, 1956. Lord Stormont is married and has issue including William Philip David Mungo Murray, styled Master of Stormont, b 1 Nov, 1988.

Funeral and Memorial Service to be held at St John's Kirk of Perth, 30 Oct, 2015, and afterwards at Scone Palace.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Thomas Edward Froggatt 1991-2015

Thomas Edward Froggatt, who died 12 October, 2015, aged 23, was descended from the Stanley landed family seated at Ponsonby & Dalegarth, near Egremont, Cumbria.

He was born at Harrogate, 28 Oct, 1991, the only son of Nicholas Keith Froggatt {b 11 Jan 1963), by his wife the former Maggie Tang {b 21 May 1962}, & was a gt-grandson of Elizabeth Norah Stanley (b 1909-  ) who descended from the Earls of Galloway and from King Henry VII.

Thomas is survived by his parents and sister, Lucy Amelia (b 1993).

The funeral is at St Bee's Priory Church, Cumbria, 28 Oct, 2015.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Lady Katherine Felicity Watney 1940-2015

The Lady Katherine Felicity Watney (nee Courtenay) scion of the earls of Devon (earl perrage of England cr 1553) died 10 Oct 2015. She was a daughter of the 17th Earl, sister of the 18th Earl (who died earlier this year) & aunt of the 19th Earl. She married 1966 Antony Stephen Pope Watney, who died in 1986. She leaves a son, Michael. Funeral at St Clement's Church, Powderham, Devon, 21 Oct.

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Friday, October 02, 2015

Arthur Cuthbert Philip Hay (born 2015)

. Elizabeth Caroline Hay [born 1983, nee Acland], wife of Timothy George Nicholas Hay (born 1980), gave birth to a son, Arthur Cuthbert Philip, 21 September, 2015.

Timothy Hay is the son of Andrew Nicholas John Hay (b 10 Oct, 1951), of Fulham, London, by his wife the former Virginia Jane Coats (b 27 Aug, 1954) (see Coats Baronetcy & Barony of Glentanar).

Elizabeth Hay [scion of the Acland Baronets, cr 1890], is a daughter of Peter John Acland (b 1954), of Berryville, Virginia, and Mrs Amanda Acland (nee Ryrie), of Gittisham, Devon. 

Timothy Hay is a grandson paternally of the late Sir (Alan) Philip Hay, KCVO, by his wife the former Lady Margaret Katharine Seymour, Woman of the Bedchamber to HM The Queen, scion of the Marquesses of Hertford (Peerage, GB, cr 1795), sister of the 8th Marquess, &c. 

The bride~to~be is a granddaughter of Maj-Gen Sir John Hugh Bevil Acland, KCB, CBE (1928-2006). 

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

The 6th Earl of Morley, KCVO 1923-2015

_. The 6th Earl of Morley, KCVO [Peerage of the UK, cr 1815],a former Lord Lieutenant for the county of Devon, died 20 September, 2015. He was 92.

John St Aubyn Parker was born 29 May, 1923, son of the Hon John Holford Parker 1886-1955] by his wife the former Hon Marjory Katharine Elizabeth Alexandra St Aubyn, a dau of the 2nd Baron St Levan, and was a grandson of the 3rd Earl of Morley [1843-1905]; succeeded to the family honours upon the death of his uncle, the 5th Earl, 28 Apr, 1962; married 15 Oct 1955, Johanna Katherine, elder dau of Sir John Molesworth St Aubyn, 14th Baronet, by whom he had issue, a son and a daughter.

The peerage devolves upon his only son, Mark Lionel Parker, styled Viscount Boringdon, who was born 22 Aug 1956.

A Service of Thanksgiving takes place at St Andrew's Church, Buckland Monachorum, 28 Oct, 2015.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ramsay/Kubinsky engagement

_. The engagement was announced 26 September, 2015, between Simon David Ramsay, styled Lord Ramsay [born 1981], son and heir of the 17th Earl of Dalhousie [b 1948], (Peerage of Scotland, cr 1633), of Brechin, Angus, by his wife the former Marilyn Davina Butter [b 1950], scion of that landed family, & Kaitlin Marie Kubinsky, daughter of Mr & Mrs John Kubinsky, Sr, of Charlotte, North Carolina, United States,

The Countess of Dalhousie is a dau of Maj Sir David Henry BUTTER KCVO MC (1920-2010), sometime head of that gentry family of Pitlochry, and Myra Alice CVO (b 1925) dau of Sir Harold Augustus WERNHER (1893-1973) GCVO 3rd & last Bt and Lady (Anastasia Michailovna) Zia CBE (1892-1977) dau of the Grand Duke Michael Michailovitch of Russia (1861-1929).

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Askew/Macpherson engagement

__.The engagement was announced 26 September, 2015, between George W. Askew [born 1986], scion of that landed family, second son of Mr Henry John Askew [b 1940], of Ladykirk, Berwickshire,& Mrs Rosemary Eileen Askew [nee Taylor], of Belgravia, London, & Lara A.F. Macpherson, daughter of Mr Nigel Macpherson, of Blofield, and Mrs Georgina Macpherson, of Chelsea.

George Askew [a former contestant on the reality TV show "Big Brother"] is a grandson of Maj John Marjoribanks Askew, Grenadier Guards, by his wife the former Lady Susan Alice Egerton [1913-2010], scion of the Earls of Ellesmere, dau of the 4th Earl of Ellesmere [ 1872-1944], by his wife the former Lady Violet Lambton.  Lady Susan was a sister of the late 6th Duke of Sutherland [1915-2000], &c.

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Bell/Guinness engagement

. The engagement was announced 26 September, 2015, between Matthew G. Bell, only son of Dr Nicholas Bell, and Ms Andrea Lechner, & Amber Guinness [born 1989], scion of the Barons Moyne [Baron, UK, cr 1932], eldest dau of the late Hon Jasper Jonathan Richard Guinness, by his wife the former Camilla Alexandra Uniacke, and a granddaughter of the 3rd Baron Moyne [b 16 Mar 1930].

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Hanbury/Otto engagement

_.The engagement was announced 26 September, 2015, between Charles Osgood Philip Hanbury, scion of that landed family, son of Maj Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury (b 1944), of Hungerford, Berkshire, by his wife the former Bridget Anne Birch, & Yoanna Thiela Otto, only daughter of Dr Yorck Otto, of Munich, Germany, & Her Serene Highness Princess Anna zu Oettingen-Wallerstein, of Wallerstein, Germany.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rosemary McCorquodale [1924-2015]

_. Rosemary McCorquodale, who died 21 September, 2015, aged 91, was the widow of the late Alastair McCorquodale [1925-2009], scion of that landed family, and was the mother~in~law of Lady Sarah Spencer, sister of Diana, Princess of Wales, &c.

She was born Rosemary Turnor [9 Sept, 1924], scion of that landed family, daughter of Maj Herbert Broke Turnor [d 1969], by his wife the former Lady Enid Rachel Victoria Fane [1894-1969], daughter of the 13th Earl of Westmorland, and married Alastair McCorquodale, 26 Jul, 1947, by whom she had issue, (i) Sarah McCorquodale (1948-2008) sometime wife of Geoffrey van Cutsem, of that landed family; (ii) Neil Edmund McCorquodale, 
b 1951, who married 17 May 1980, the Lady Sarah Spencer (b 1955), dau of the 8th Earl Spencer, MVO.

Thanksgiving service at St Guthiac's Church, Little Ponton, Grantham, 23 Oct, 2015.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Melissa Anne Wyndham 1949-2015

_. Melissa Anne Wyndham, who has died from breast cancer, aged 66, was a scion of the Barons Egremont [Peerage of the UK, cr 1959] & Leconfield [Peerage cr 1859]. She was born 18 March, 1949, younger daughter of Capt Mark Hugh Wyndham, OBE, MC [1921-2008] by his first wife the former Anne Winn, scion of the Barons St Oswald. Miss Wyndham leaves a brother Henry [b 19 Aug 1953], chairman of Sothebys, and a sister the designer [Elizabeth] Jane Wyndham [b 17 Jan 1948], who m 1970, Lord Charles Spencer-Churchill, son of the 10th Duke of Marlborough, &c.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Imogen Rose Elizabeth Legard (born 2015)

. -.Elizabeth Claire Legard (b 1976, nee Aubrey-Fletcher), scion of the Aubrey-Fletcher baronets and wife of Thomas James St Quintin Legard (b 1971), scion of he Legard Baronets (cr 1660), gave birth to a daughter, Imogen Rose Elizabeth, 25 August, 2015, a sister for John [Johnny] Digby St Quintin, who was b 1 Oct, 2011, and for Christopher (Kit) Thomas St Quintin, who was b 7 Jan, 2014.

Thomas Legard is a son of James Digby Legard (b 1946), of Lowthorpe, East Yorkshire, by his wife the former Daphne West, and Elizabeth is the youngest daughter of Philip Nigel Aubrey-Fletcher (b 1944), of Hampshire, by his former wife the former Susan Anne Bathe (now Mrs Sue Clement, of the Isle of Wight). 

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Ann Lady Erskine (died 2015)

. Ann, Lady Erskine, who died 15 September, 2015, aged 95, was the widow of Sir [Thomas] David Erskine, 5th Baronet [1912-2007] [Baronet, UK, cr 1821].

She was the former Ann Fraser-Tytler, daughter of Colonel Neil Fraser-Tytler, CBE, DSO and bar, DL (d 1937), of Aldourie Castle, Inverness, by his wife Christian Helen (b 23 Aug 1897), dau of John Campbell Shairp (d. 1913) &c, and married David Erskine in 1947, by whom she had issue, two sons Peter & William, and 1 dau Caroline (deceased 1976). Her elder son is Sir [Thomas] Peter Neil Erskine, 6th Bart.

The funeral takes place at Kirkaldy Crematorium, 1st Oct, 2015, followed by a service of thanksgiving at Crail Parish Church.

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George James Christopher Nicholson (born 2015)

_. Emily Fiona Nicholson [born 1983, nee MacManus], a descendant of Sir Winston Churchill & wife of James Edward Gianni Nicholson, gave birth to a son, George James Christopher, 6 September, 2015.

Mr Nicholson is the son of Mr James Nicholson and Mrs Sally Nicholson, of Kirtlington, Oxfordshire.

Emily Nicholson is a great-granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, scion of the Dukes of Marlborough, daughter of Mr James N.M. MacManus, of London, by his former wife the Hon Emma Mary Soames (b 9 Sept, 1949), a dau of the late Baron Soames (life peer) by his wife the former Mary Spencer-Churchill (Baroness Soames, LG), last surviving child of Sir Winston Churchill, KG, by his wife the former Clementine Hozier [Baroness Spencer-Churchill], &c.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Nathaniel Kevin Billington 1970-2015

_. Nathaniel Kevin [Nat] Billington, the computer entrepreneur who designed the systems for No 10 Downing Street, Sky TV and the NHS, died from cancer, 1 September, 2015. He was 44.

Nat Billington was a grandson maternally of the 7th Earl of Longford, KG, PC [1905-2001]. He was born in 1970, the elder son of film director Kevin Billington by his wife the former [Lady] Rachel Mary Pakenham [born 1942], journalist, dau of the 7th Earl of Longford by his wife the former Elizabeth Harman. He married in 2000, Hannah Heyse-Moore, who survives him, with their two sons.

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Lindsay/Camu engagement

_. The engagement was announced 16 September, 2015, between the Hon Alexander Walter Lindsay [born 1961] [scion of the Earls of Crawford & Balcarres, Earl, Scotland cr 1398, and 1651], second son of the 29th Earl of Crawford PC [b 5 Mar 1927],  of Colinsburgh, Fife, by his wife the former Ruth Beatrice Meyer-Bechtler, & Miss Sophie Valerie B.D. Camu [born 1976], daughter of Mr Alain Camu, of Brussels, Belgium, by his former wife the former Irene De Marotte De Montigny (now Mrs Irene Beard, of Notting Hill).

The bride to be is a granddaughter maternally of Baudouin de Marotte de Montigny [1894-1973], by his wife the Comtesse Elisabeth de Liedekerke de Pailhe [1897-1993].

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Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Hon. William Henry Noel (born 2015)

_. Zara Noel, styled Viscountess Campden (b 1978, nee van Cutsem) wife of Henry (Harry) Noel, styled Viscount Campden (b 1 July 1977), scion of the Earls of Gainsborough (Earl, UK, cr 1841), gave birth to a son, the Hon William Henry Noel, 3 September, 2015, a brother for Edward [Ned], who was b 30 Apr, 2007, and for Violet Ruth, who was b 12 Nov, 2009.

Viscount Campden is the only son and heir of the 6th Earl of Gainsborough (b 17 Jan 1950) by his wife the former Sarah Winnington (scion of the Winnington Baronets), and sometime Lady-in-Waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales, &c.

Zara is a daughter of Geoffrey Neil van Cutsem, scion of that landed family, by his wife the former Sally McCorquodale, of that landed family.

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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Grandson of Earl Mountbatten of Burma weds for second time

_. The marriage took place, 5 September, 2015, in Oxfordshire, between Ashley Louis David Hicks (born 18 July, 1963), only son of the late David Nightingale Hicks by his wife the former Lady Pamela Carmen Louise Mountbatten (born 19 Apr, 1929), scion of the Earls Mountbatten of Burma (Peerage of the UK, cr 1947), & Katalina (Kata) Sharkey de Solis [born Kathryn Anne Sharkey, 31 Dec, 1981, in Texas, daughter of Thomas William Sharkey, of Houston, Texas, by his wife the former Rosalie Solis].

It is Mr Hick's second marriage. He married firstly, in 1990,Allegra Marina Tondato, by whom he has issue. His second bride to be is described in the Daily Mail as an "American fashionista" 17 years his junior.

Ashley Hicks is a godson of the late King of Sweden and of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

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Hugo David Lisle Ogilvy [born 2015]

_. Alexandra Elizabeth Hope Ogilvy [b 12 July, 1972], wife of Shamus Diarmid Ogilvy (b 24 Jan 1966), scion of the Earls of Airlie (Earl, Peerage of Scot, cr 1639), gave birth to a son, Hugo David Lisle, 29 July, 2015, a brother for Angus.

Shamus Ogilvy is the elder son of the Hon James Donald Diarmid Ogilvy (b 28 Jan 1934), of Sedgebrook, Lincolnshire, by his late wife the former Magdalen Jane Ruth (June) Ducas (b 2 June 1938, d 3 Nov 2001), descended from the Barons Mowbray, Segrave and Stourton.

Alexandra Ogilvy is the former Alexandra Elizabeth Hope March Phillipps de Lisle, scion of that landed family, elder daughter of the late Julian Peter Alexander March Phillipps de Lisle (b 2 Feb 1936; d 19 Dec 1993) of Lisle, of Medbourne, Leicestershire, by his 2nd wife the former Diana Barbara Welchman. 

The infant is a great-nephew of the late Rt Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy, who, in 1963, wed Princess Alexandra of Kent, a first cousin of the Queen.

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Scarlett Ophelia Grace Waley-Cohen [b 2015]

_.Annabel Waley-Cohen (nee Ballin), wife of Sam Bernard Waley-Cohen (b 15 Apr 1982), scion of the Waley-Cohen Baronets (Bt UK, cr 1961), gave birth to a daughter, Scarlett Ophelia Grace, 1 September, 2015, a sister for Maximilian Bertie Thomas, who was b 10 March, 2013.

Sam, the jockey, friend of the young royals, is a son of Robert Bernard Waley-Cohen (b 1948) by his wife the Hon Felicity Samuel, dau of the 3rd Viscount Bearsted & Annabel is a daughter of Bertie Ballin and his wife Serena.

The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Waley-Cohen's marriage in June 2011.

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Friday, September 04, 2015

10th Viscount Chetwynd 1935-2015

_. The 10th Viscount Chetwynd [Peerage of Ireland, cr 1717], died in Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 August, 2015.

Adam Richard John Casson Chetwynd was born 2 Feb, 1935, son of the 9th Viscount [1904-65], by his first wife, the former Joan Gilbert Casson, and succeeded to the peerages, 12 June, 1965, upon his father's death. Married firstly, 19 Feb, 1966 [div 1974], Celia Grace Ramsay; married secondly, 15 Aug, 1975, Angela Mary McCarthy. From his first marriage he leaves two sons, and a daughter. The elder son, the Hon Adam Douglas Chetwynd [born 26 Feb 1969] succeeds his father as the 11th viscount.

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Annette Pamela Worsley-Taylor 1944-2015

_. Annette Pamela Worsley-Taylor, the debutante who became the driving force behind London Fashion Week, died 24 August, 2015. She was 71. Miss Worsley-Taylor was a scion of the Worsley-Taylor baronets [ Bt UK, cr 1917, extinct 1958], born 2 July, 1944, the only child of Sir John Worsley-Taylor, 3rd Baronet, Scots Guards, by his wife the former Anne Paget, dau of  Capt John Otho Paget, MC.  

The Worsley-Taylor baronetcy became extinct on the demise of her father in 1958. The 3rd Bt was divorced from Annette's mother and married in 1950, as his 2nd wife, Col Sir William Edmund Jaffray, 4th Baronet, who d 1953.

Annette Worsley-Taylor married in 1997. Anthony Sheil, literary agent. No issue.

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Artault/Garton engagement

_. The engagement was announced 3 September, 2015, between Alistair P.J. Artault, eldest son of Dr and Mrs Benoit Artault, of Paris, & Camilla Mary Eva Garton [born 1982], daughter of Mr [Anthony Gavin] Charles Luis Garton, of Wiltshire, by his wife the former Lady Lucy Catherine Mary Primrose [born 1955], eldest daughter of the 7th Earl of Rosebery [b 11 Feb 1929] [Peerage of Scot, cr 1703].

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Jollife/Vogler marriage

_. The marriage took place 28 August, 2015, at the London Oratory, between the Hon William Henry Martin Jolliffe [born 1 Apr, 1967], eldest son and heir of the 5th Baron Hylton [Peerage of the UK, cr 1866] [b 13 Jun 1932],  by his wife the former Joanna Elizabeth Bertodano [descended from the Earls of Mexborough], & Dr Pia M. Vogler.

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Robertson/Currey engagement

._The engagement was announced 3 Sept, 2015, between Alexander A.P. Robertson, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Robert Robertson, of Bradfield, Berkshire, & Camilla Rose Francisca Currey [born 1986], scion of the Barons Howard De Walden [Peerage of England cr 1597], daughter of [Charles] Alistair Currey, of Fulham, London, by his wife the former Hon Henrietta Mary Rosario Czernin [b 1960], daughter of the [10th] Baroness Howard De Walden.

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P.J. Kavanagh 1931-2015

. Patrick Joseph Gregory Kavanagh [P.J. Kavanagh] poet and novelist, died 26 August, 2015. He was 84.

He was born at Worthing, Sussex, 6 January, 1931, son of Ted Kavanagh, a writer for the radio and creator of "It's That Man Again" a vehicle for the comedian Tommy Handley.

P.J. Kavanagh married 1stly, 28 Feb, 1956, Sarah Jane [Sally] Philipps [b 14 Jan 1934], scion of the Barons Milford [Baron, UK, cr 1939], daughter of the Hon Wogan Philipps [afterwards 2nd Baron Milford], by his 1st wife, the writer Rosamond Lehmann. His wife dsp 22 June, 1958, aged 24, after contracting polio in Java; married 2ndly, 1965, Catherine [Kate] Ward.

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Robertson of Oakridge/Haynes engagement

_. The engagement was announced 4 September, 2015, between William Brian Elworthy Robertson, 3rd Baron Robertson of Oakridge [Peerage of the UK, cr 1961] [born 15 Nov, 1975], son of the late 2nd Baron Robertson of Oakridge [1930-2009], by his wife the former Celia Jane Elworthy, & Ana Haynes, only daughter of Mr Andrew Haynes and Senora Inmaculada Navarro.

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Hanbury/Bigge marriage

The marriage took place 29 Aug, 2015, at the Church of St Peter & St Felix, Kirby Hill, between George Christopher Osgood Hanbury {b 6 Nov, 1987}, scion of that landed family, son of Maj Christopher Osgood Philip Hanbury (b 1944), of Shefford Woodlands, Berkshire, by his wife the former Bridget Anne Birch, & Victoria, daughter of Mr & Mrs Peter Bigge, of Whorlton, co Durham.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu 1926-2015

_. The 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu [Peerage of the UK cr 1885] of Palace House, Beaulieu, Hampshire, has died at the age of 88.

Edward John Barrington Douglas-Scott-Montagu was born 20 Oct, 1926, son of the 2nd Baron (1866-1929), by his second wife the former Alice Pearl Crake; succeeded to the peerage on the demise of his father, 30 March, 1929; married 1stly, 11 Apr, 1959 [div 1974] Elizabeth Belinda Crossley, scion of the Barons Somerleyton; married 2ndly, 26 Sept, 1974, Fiona Margaret Herbert.

He leaves a widow and a son and daughter from his first marriage and a son from his second marriage. The elder son, the Hon Ralph Douglas-Scott-Montagu, who was born 13 March, 1961, succeeds a s4th Baron Montagu of Beaulieu.

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Birth of son and heir to the Earl & Countess of Jersey ...

_. The Countess of Jersey [nee Marianne de Guelle], wife since 2003 of [George Francis] William Child-Villiers, 10th Earl of Jersey [Peerage of England cr 1697] (born 5 February, 1976), gave birth to a son and heir, George Henry William Child-Villiers, styled Viscount Villiers, 1st September, 2015, a brother for Lady Mia [b 28 Dec, 2006], Lady Amelie [b 14 Apr, 2008], & Lady Evangeline [b 9 Feb, 2011].

The Countess of Jersey is the former Marianne de Guelle, daughter of Peter de Guelle, of Jersey.

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson [born 2015]

_. Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis (b 28 Nov, 1980), wife of Hugo J.A.S. Wilson (b 1982), artist, gave birth to a daughter, Mafalda Beatrix Maria, 21 Aug, 2015.

Hugo Wilson is the son of Mr Kenneth Wilson, of East Chisenbury, Wiltshire, and Mrs Diana Wilson, of Battersea, London, & Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis is the eldest daughter of Gloria, Princess von Thurn und Taxis (b 23 Feb 1960), (nee Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Margarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg)of Schloss St Emmeram, Regensburg, Germany, and the late Johannes, Prince von Thurn und Taxis (1926-1990).

Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson [born 2015]

_. Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis (b 28 Nov, 1980), wife of Hugo J.A.S. Wilson (b 1982), artist, gave birth to a daughter, Mafalda Beatrix Maria, 21 Aug, 2015.

Hugo Wilson is the son of Mr Kenneth Wilson, of East Chisenbury, Wiltshire, and Mrs Diana Wilson, of Battersea, London, & Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis is the eldest daughter of Gloria, Princess von Thurn und Taxis (b 23 Feb 1960), (nee Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Margarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg)of Schloss St Emmeram, Regensburg, Germany, and the late Johannes, Prince von Thurn und Taxis (1926-1990).

Mafalda Beatrix Maria Wilson [born 2015]

_. Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis (b 28 Nov, 1980), wife of Hugo J.A.S. Wilson (b 1982), artist, gave birth to a daughter, Mafalda Beatrix Maria, 21 Aug, 2015.

Hugo Wilson is the son of Mr Kenneth Wilson, of East Chisenbury, Wiltshire, and Mrs Diana Wilson, of Battersea, London, & Princess Maria Theresia von Thurn und Taxis is the eldest daughter of Gloria, Princess von Thurn und Taxis (b 23 Feb 1960), (nee Mariae Gloria Ferdinanda Gerda Charlotte Teutonia Franziska Margarethe Frederike Simone Johanna Joachima Josefine Wilhelmine Huberta Countess of Schönburg in Glauchau and Waldenburg)of Schloss St Emmeram, Regensburg, Germany, and the late Johannes, Prince von Thurn und Taxis (1926-1990).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wemyss/Stopford engagement

_. The engagement was announced 26 August, 2015, between James Michael [Jamie] Wemyss (born 1987), son of Charles John Wemyss [b 26 July, 1952], of Invermay, Perthshire, by his wife the former Fiona Elizabeth Penn, & Matilda Rose Philippa Stopford [born 1988] scion of the Earls of Courtown [Peerage of Ireland, cr  1762], daughter of Capt the Hon Jeremy Neville Stopford, LVO [b 1958]., of Charter Alley, co Hampshire, sometime Equerry to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, by his wife the former Bronwen Milner.

Matilda Stopford is a niece of the Earl of Courtown. Jamie Wemyss is descended paternally from the extinct Dukes of Portland, and from the Earls of Elgin & Kincardine, &c. Jamie's grandfather, Lt-Col Sir Eric Penn, GCVO, was a senior member of the Royal Household. So, all in all, a uniot twixt families of courtiers.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

The 10th Viscount Powerscourt 1935-2015

_. The 10th Viscount Powerscourt [Visc, Ireland, cr 1743/Baron Powerscourt, UK, cr 1885], died in Thailand, 25 July, 2015. He was 79.

Mervyn Niall Wingfield was born 3 September, 1935, son of the 9th Viscount Powerscourt [1905-73], by his wife the former Sheila Claude Beddington [d 1992]; succeeded his father in the family honours, 3 April, 1973; married 1stly, 15 Sept, 1962 [div 1974] Wendy Anne Pauline, daughter of Ralph C.G. Slazenger; married 2ndly, 15 March, 1978 [div 1995], Pauline Vann.

Lord Powerscourt leaves two children from his first marriage, the Hon Julia Wingfield (b 5 Aug 1965), and a son, the Hon Mervyn Anthony Wingfield (born 21 Aug 1963), who now succeeds as 11th Viscount Powerscourt.

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Marquis of Lansdowne's heir to marry

_. The engagement was announced 24 Aug, 2015, between Simon Henry George Petty-Fitzmaurice, styled Earl of Kerry (born 24 Nov, 1970), scion of the Marquesses of Lansdowne (Marquess, GB, cr 1784), eldest son and heir of the 9th Marquis of Lansdowne (born 21 Feb, 1941), of Bowood, Calne, co Wilts, by his late former wife the former Lady Frances Helen Mary Eliot (b 1943, d 6 Jan 2004), scion of the Earls of St German, daughter of the 9th Earl of St Germans, & Nadine Alexandra L. Mentior (born 1972), the actress, daughter of the late Mr Marc Mentior, of London, by his late wife the former ____ Hagan.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Trevor Oswin Lewis, CBE 1935-2015

Trevor Oswin Lewis, CBE, who died 5 August, 2015, aged 79, disclaimed, in 1977, the barony of Merthyr for life. He was the fourth Baron Merthyr (Peerage of the UK, cr 1911).

He was born 29 Nov, 1935, eldest son of the 3rd Baron Merthyr (1901-77), by his wife the former Violet Meyrick (1909-2003), scion of the Meyrick baronets; succeeded his father, 6 Apr, 1977, as a peer and baronet, but disclaimed the peerage for life three weeks later, 26 Apr, 1977.

Trevor Lewis married 18 April, 1964, Susan Jane, daughter of Arthur Birt-Llewellin, by whom he had issue, one son and three daughters.

He is succeeded in his baronetcy and peerage by his only son, the Hon David Trevor Lewis, who was born 21 Feb, 1977.

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18th Earl of Devon 1942-2015

 The 18th Earl of Devon, a descendant of the victors of Agincourt who fought to preserve his ancestral seat, Powderham Castle, died 18 August, 2015. He was 73.

Hugh Rupert Courtenay, the heir male of the ancient Frankish house of Courtenay, was born 5 May, 1942, son of the 17th Earl of Devon (1916-98), by his wife the former Sybil Venetia Taylor (former wife of the earl's cousin, the 6th Earl of Cottenham); married 9 September, 1967, Diana Frances Watherston, eldest daughter of Jack Watherston, by whom he had issue, a son and three daughters. He succeeded his father in the family honours, 19 Nov, 1998; he served as a deputy lieutenant for the county of Devon and was later Vice Lord Lieutenant. He is succeeded by his only son, Charles Peregrine Courtenay, styled Lord Courtenay (born 14 Aug 1975), who is married to the American actress, Allison Langer, by whom he has issue.



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Friday, August 21, 2015

Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach/Page engagement

_. The marriage will take place in Weimar, Germany, later this month Aug 2015, of His Highness Prince Georg-Constantin of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (b 1977), only son of His Highness Prince Wilhelm-Ernst of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (b 1942), of Munich, by his former wife the former Eva Katharina Kovarcz de Kovarczfalva (b 1945, wife since 1991 of HSH Prince Carl Friedrich von Wrede), of Schloss Sandsee, Germany, & Miss Olivia Page, second daughter of Mr Christopher Page, of Boston, Mass, USA, & Mrs Mike van Oudtshoorn, of London NW3.

Prince Georg-Constantin is a descendant of King George I

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Maclean/Dickson marriage

_.  The Duke of Cambridge & Miss Pippa Middleton attended the marriage at All Saints Church, Thurlestone, Devon, 15 August, 2015, between Bear Ian Andrew Maclean (b 1980), second son of Angus Nigel Garnet Maclean, 8th of Kilmoluaig, of Bembridge, by his late wife the former Lady Sarah Elizabeth Jane Finch-Knightley (1950-2005), scion of the Earls of Aylesford (Earl, GB, 1714), & Daisy C. Dickson, daughter of Mr & Mrs Robert Dickson, of Barnes.



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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

George Bingham, son of the missing Earl of Lucan, to marry

. The engagement has been announced 11 August, 2015, between George Charles Bingham, the would-be 8th Earl of Lucan (born 21 September, 1967), (Peerage of Ireland cr 1795/ Baron Bingham, Peerage of the UK, cr 1934), son Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan (b 18 Dec, 1934, missing since 7 Nov 1974), by his wife the former Veronica Mary Duncan, & Anne-Sofie Foghsgaard (born Dec 1977), only daughter of Danish industrialist Lars Foghsgaard (born 1942),  & his wife Suzanne-Charlotte Foghsgaard, of Spott House, Dunbar.

following the disappearance of his father (who if still living is wanted for questioning by the police in connection with the murder of his children's nanny, Sandra Rivett), Mr Justice Morritt, sitting in the Chancery Division of the High Court on 11 Dec 1992, gave the Trustees of the then Lord Bingham liberty to administer the 7th Earl of Lucan's estate under the presumption that he was dead; leave was also granted to have the 7th Earl of Lucan's death sworn in the Family Division of the High Court; following the custom of succession in undisputed Irish peerages, Lord Bingham assumed his father's title as 8th Earl of Lucan and on 8 Dec 1998 he applied to the Lord Chancellor for a writ of summons to the House of Lords as Baron Bingham (a United Kingdom peerage created in 1934 for his great-grandfather) but was refused; it remains open to him to apply to the Registrar of Peerages for inclusion on the Peerage Roll as Earl of Lucan.

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Hoogewerf/Fraser engagement

_. The engagement was announced 8 Aug 2015, between Rhydian Edward Bertie Hoogewerf, son of Mr Edward & the Hon Mrs Hoogewerf, & Eliza Wedderburn Fraser (born 1993), scion of the Barons Lovat (Peerage of Scotland cr 1458-64/Peerage of the UK cr 1837), daughter of Benjamin Hugh Fraser (b 1961), by his wife the former Hon Lucy Elspeth Roper-Curzon (b 1969), a daughter of the 10th Baron Teynham.

Rhydian Hoogewerf is a grandson maternally of the 2nd Baron McGowan.

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Albie James Elphinstone (born 2015)

. Isobel L. Elphinstone (nee Smith), wife of the Hon Angus John Elphinstone (b 1982), scion of the Lords Elphinstone (Peerage of Scotland, cr 1509/10), gave birth to a son, Albie James, 6 August, 2015.

The Hon Angus Elphinstone is the second son of the late 18th Lord Elphinstone (1953-94), by his wife the former Willa Mary Gabriel Chetwode (b 1984) scion of the Barons Chetwode (cr UK 1945), now the Dowager Lady Elphinstone, of Tyninghame, East Lothian.

Isobel Elphinstone is the daughter of Mr Michael Smith, of Savannah, Georgia, USA, and Mrs Donald Gilbert, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

The infant is a descendant of the 14th Earl of Strathmore, and is thus a kinsman of HM The Queen.

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Lord John FitzGerald 1952-2015

_. Lord John FitzGerald, scion of the Dukes of Leinster (Duke, Peerage of Ireland, cr 1766), the racehorse trainer, younger brother and heir presumptive of the 9th Duke of Leinster, died 3 August, 2015. He was 63.

Lord John was born 3 March, 1952, the second son of the 8th Duke of Leinster (Premier Duke, Marquess and Earl in Ireland) (1914-2004), by his 2nd wife the former Anne Smith, scion of that landed family; married 1982, Barbara, eldest daughter of Andreas Zindel, of St Moritz, Switzerland, by whom he had issue, a daughter, Hermione (born 1985), and a son, Edward (born 1988), who is now heir presumptive to the dukedom.

Lord John's wife has been recently been reported to be the partner of racing legend Lester Piggott.

Service of Thanksgiving at St Agnes Church, Newmarket, Suffolk, Tuesday 11 Aug.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Ennever/Wake-Walker marriage

_. The marriage took place, 1 August, 2015, at St Mary's Church, Wimbledon, between Alistair James Ennever (born 1984), son of Mr (Anthony) Michael Ennever, of Shaldon, Hampshire, by his wife the former Kirsty F J Nicholson, & Olivia Rose Wake-Walker (born 1984), scion of the Walker baronets (Baronet, UK, cr 1856, of Oakley House), and a second cousin of the Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry, daughter of Richard Anthony Wake-Walker (born 1951), of Wimbledon, by his wife the former Sharon Pamela Little (b 1952).

The bride is descended from the 7th Earl Spencer, via her grandmother, Lady Anne Spencer, sister of the 8th Earl Spencer, &c.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Lady Rosetta Christina Clare FitzRoy (born 2015)

_.The Duchess of Grafton (nee Olivia Margaret Sladen, b 1978), wife of Henry Oliver Charles FitzRoy, 12th Duke of Grafton (b 6 Apr, 1978) (Peerage of England, cr 1675), of Euston Hall, Thetford, Norfolk, gave birth to a daughter, Lady Rosetta Christina Clare Fitzroy, 20 July, 2015, a sister for Alfred, styled Earl of Euston, who was born in 2012.

 The Duchess of Grafton is a daughter of Simon Hogarth Sladen (b 1943), and Mrs Sladen, and a granddaughter of Edward Carew Sladen (1914-44), and a great-granddaughter of Brig-Gen Sir Gerald Carew Sladen, by his wife the former Mabel Ursula Orr Ewing, dau of Sir Archibald Orr Ewing, 3rd Baronet.

The Duke of Grafton is the son of the late James Oliver Charles FitzRoy, styled Earl of Euston (1947-2009), by his wife the former Lady Clare Amabel Margaret Kerr (b 1951), daughter of the 12th Marquess of Lothian (1922-2004).

The Duke succeeded to the family honours on the death of his grandfather, the 11th Duke, 7 Apr, 2011.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Alexia Brandram, descended from the Greek royal family, to wed

__The engagement was announced 30 July, 2015, between William John P. Hicks (born 1983), son of Mr & Mrs Jeremy Hicks, of Winstone, co Gloucester, & Alexia Katherine Brandram (b 6 Dec, 1985), scion of that landed family, & descended from the Royal House of Greece & Denmark, younger 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).

Alexia 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'. 

William Hicks's mother is the former Joanna Vivian Palairet (b 1955), is a great-niece of Sir Michael Palairet, who was British Ambassador to Greece in the Second World War.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wilfred Alexander Biddulph (born 2015)

_.Dr Alexandra J. Biddulph (nee Day), wife of Dr James Jasper (Jamie) Biddulph, b 1977, scion of the Barons Biddulph (Baron UK, cr 1903), gave birth to a son, Wilfred Alexander, 12 July, 2015, a brother for Jasper Julian, who was born 28 May, 2013. 

Jamie Biddulph is a son of Mr and Mrs Jasper Biddulph, of Tarlton, Glos, and Alexandra is a daughter of Mr and Mrs Julian Day, of Sutton Coldfield.

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Birth of a playmate for Princess Charlotte

_. Violet Gweneth Vestey (born 1985, nee Henderson), wife of the Hon William Guy Vestey, born 23 August, 1983, scion of the Barons Vestey (Peerage of the UK, cr 1922), gave birth to a daughter, Ella Victoria, 13 July, 2015.

The Hon William Vestey is the elder son and heir of the 3rd Baron Vestey (b 19 March, 1941) , of Stowell Park, Gloucestershire, by his second wife, the former Celia Elizabeth Knight.

Violet Vestey is a scion of the Barons Faringdon,  a daughter of the late Gavin Adrian Alexander Henderson (1944-1991) by his wife the former Juliet Victoria Baring (b 1953), scion of the Earls of Cromer, daughter of Maj Sir Mark Baring, KCVO (1916-88), &c.

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Death of Lady Bramall

_. The Baroness Bramall, who died 22 July, 2015, aged 93, was the wife of Field Marshal the Baron Bramall, KG, GCB, OBE MC (b 18 Dec, 1923), a life baron since 1987.

She was the former Dorothy Avril Wentworth Vernon, daughter of Brig-Gen Henry Albemarle Vernon, DSO, of Stoke Bruerne Park, co Northampton, and married Edwin Noel Westby Bramall in 1949. She is survived by Lord Bramall and by a son, Nicolas and daughter, Sara.


Cremation at Basingstoke Crematorium, 6 Aug. Memorial Service at All Saints, Crondall, near Farnham, 15 Sept, 2015.

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