Peerage News


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Nancy, Baroness Henley 1928-2022

 Nancy, Baroness Henley, who died 5 January, 2022, aged 93, was the former wife of the late 7th Baron Henley [1914-77].

She was the former Nancy Margaret Walton, born in 1928, only daughter of Stanley Walton, of The Hill, Gillsland, Carlisle.

She married 31 August, 1949 [div 1975], as his second wife, the Hon Michael Francis Eden [surname changed from that of Henley in 1925] [born 13 Aug 1914], son and heir of the 6th Baron Henley [1877-1962], and his wife the former Lady Dorothy Georgiana Howard [died 14 Sept, 1968], daughter of the 9th Earl of Carlisle [1843-1911]. 

Her husband succeeded his father, 21 Apr, 1962, as 7th Baron Henley [Peerage of Ireland cr 1799], and Baron Northington [Peerage of the UK cr 1885].

Her husband was a Capt in the Life Guards, and President of the Liberal Party 1966-67, and Chairman 1968-77, and died 20 Dec, 1977.

Lady Henley leaves issue, two sons, Oliver [the 8th Baron], and Andrew, and three daughters, Ursula, Ingaret and Rose.


Oscar Robert Charles Henley [born 2022]

Antonia Grace Henley [nee Magor, born 1990], wife of Richard James Henley [born 1989], scion of the Barons Henley, gave birth to a son, Oscar Robert Charles, 12 January, 2022.

Antonia is a daughter of Philip Magor, of Stype, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Alexa Catherine Vaughan-Lee, scion of that landed gentry family.

Richard is a son of Robert Anthony Nigel Henley [born 23 August, 1942], of Boldre, Hampshire, and his wife the former Anne Beadle.

Robert, 2nd Baron Henley > Rev Hon Robert Henley > Capt Charles Beauclerk Henley > Robert Stephen Henley > Robert Anthony Nigel Henley > Richard James Henry '> Oscar Henley


Friday, January 21, 2022

Maximilian William Wynn Sewell [born 2022]

 Effie Sewell [nee Reeve], wife of Bertie Sewell, descended from the Williams-Wynn baronets, gave birth to a son, Maximilian William Wynn, 16 January, 2022.

Effie is a daughter of Mr & Mrs Simon Reeve, of Horton, Wiltshire. Bertie is a son of Major David Nigel Wynn Sewell [born 4 Apr, 1953], of Upper Tysoe, co Warwick, and his wife the former Julia Stephens.

Sir Owen Watkin Williams-Wynn, 8th Baronet [1891-1949] > Joan Williams-Wynn > Maj David Sewell [b 1953] > Bertie Sewell > Maximilian Sewell [b 2022]


Lady Ann Lavinia Maud Bowlby 1919-2022

 The Lady Ann Bowlby, who has died at her home, aged 102, was a scion the Earls of Wharncliffe.

She was born Lady Ann Lavinia Maud Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 25 January, 1919, eldest of the five children of the 3rd Earl of Wharncliffe [1892-1953], and his wife the former Lady Maud Lillian Elfreda Mary Wentworth-Fitzwilliam [1898-1979], daughter of the 7th Earl Fitzwilliam [1872-1943], of Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorks. Her siblings were Lady Diana [1920-97], who married the 9th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne [1907-88], Lady Barbara Ricardo [1921-2014], Lady Mary Mansel-Lewis [1930-2017], and Alan, 4th Earl of Wharncliffe [1935-87].

She married 26 September, 1939, as his second wife, Commander Vivian Russell Salvin Bowlby, RN [1895-1972], scion of that landed gentry family, son of Colonel Robert Russell Bowlby [1863-1948], and his wife the former Violet Campbell [1870-1962], and had issue, a son, Michael Robin Salvin Bowlby [born 25 January, 1947].


Compton/Olmesdahl engagement

 The engagement was abbounced 21 January, 2022, between Edmund Alfred Henry Compton [born 1990], son of Jonathan Lawrence Compton, of Colchester, Essex, and his wife the former Caroline Mary Close-Smith [born 17 March, 1954], descended from the Lords Kinloss & Ingrid N. Olmesdahl, daughter of Allan Olmesdahl & Catherine Wijngard, of Cape Town South Africa.

 Mary Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, Lady Kinloss [1852-1944] > Hon Caroline Morgan-Grenville [1886-1972] > Henry Temple Close-Smith [1918-2011] > Caroline Close-Smith [b 1954] >Edmund Compton [b 1990].


Southall/Wintour engagement

 The engagement was announces 21 January, 2022, between Ben Southall, eldest son of Mr & Mrs Philip Southall, of Garriston, North Yorkshire, and Isabel Rose Cecilia Wintour [born 1994], third daughter of Patrick John Wintour [born 1954], of Bromham, Wiltshire, and his wife the former Anne Elizabeth Lambton [born 25 November, 1952], scion of the Earls of Durham.

George, 2nd Earl of Durham > Hon Charles Lambton > Charles Wm Lambton > Anne Lambton > Isabel Wintour

The 6th Marquess of Lansdowne > Lady Elizabeth Mary Petty-Fitzmaurice > Anne Lambton > Isabel Wintour


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Waller-Bridge/Dockery engagement

 The engagement has been announced between Jasper Cyprian Waller-Bridge [born 1987], son of Michael Cyprian Waller-Bridge [born 1953], and his wife the former Teresa Mary Clerke [born 6 July, 1951], scion of the Clerke baronets, and Michelle Suzanne Dockery [born 15 December, 1981], the actress, daughter of Michael Dockery and his wife the former Lorraine Witton.

Michelle, who starred as Downton Abbey's Lady Mary, has bagged her own aristocrat. Jasper is a brother of Phoebe Waller-Bridge [b 14 July, 1985], the actress and screenwriter. Their mother, Teresa, is a daughter of Sir John Edward Longueville Clerke, 12th Baronet [1913-2009].

Jasper Waller-Bridge is a ninth cousin, several times removed, of the Earl of Carnarvon, of Highclere Castle, the setting of Downton Abbey.

Jasper Waller-Bridge > Teresa Clerke > Sir John Clerke, Bt > Francis Clerke > Sir Wm Clerke, 11th Bt > Sir Wm Clerke, 10th Bt > Sir Wm Clerke, 9th Bt > Byzantia Cartwright > Hon Airmine Crewe > Thomas 2nd Baron Crewe of Stene  > John Crewe, 1st Baron Crewe of Stene [Speaker of the House of Commons]

George, 8th Earl of Carnarvon > Henry, 7th Earl of Carnarvon > Henry, 6th Earl of Carnarvon > George, 5th Earl of Carnarvon > Lady Evelyn Stanhope > George, 6th Earl of Chesterfield > Lady Henrietta Thynne > Thomas, 1st Marquess of Bath > Lady Louisa Carteret > John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville > George, 1st Baron Carteret > Lady Jemima Montagu > Jemima Crewe > John Crewe, 1st Baron Crewe of Stene


West/Howard engagement

 The engagement was announced 20 January, 2022, between Stephen West, younger son of Mr & Mrs Richard West, of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and Claudia Katherine Louise Howard [born 1985], eldest daughter of David Howard, of Cerrigllwydion Hall, Llandyrnog, Denbighshire, and his wife the former Charlotte Henrietta Gaylyn Whitelock-Winter [born 17 Nov, 1959], descended from the Purdon Irish landed gentry family.


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Osborn/Parry-Crooke engagement

The engagement was announced 19 January, 2022, between Michael P. Osborn, son of the late Stephen Osborn, of Passfield, Hampshire, and Sally Osborn, of Lindford, Hampshire, & Emily A.C. Parry-Crooke, scion of that landed gentry family, daughter of Simon Bagot Parry-Crooke [born 1955], of Clapham, London, and his wife, Isabelle.



Townshend/Roscoe engagement

 The engagement was announced 19 January, 2022, between Alexander George Rupert Townshend [born 1991], son of Robert Charles Townshend [born 1956], of Wetheringsett, co Suffolk, and his wife the former Fiona Elizabeth Mary Fraser [born 1957], & Isabel Charlotte Roscoe [born 18 January, 1991], daughter of Andrew Roscoe, of Ashtead, Surrey, and his wife the former Elizabeth A. Rooks [born 1961].

Alexander Townshend's descent from the Rowley baronets:

Sir Charles Samuel Rowley, 6th Baronet > Alethea Susan Rowley > Robert Townshend > Alexander Townshend.


Bloemers/Fane engagement

 The engagement was announced 19 January, 2022, between Hemmo Synco Bloemers [born 1990], son of the late Dirk Bloemers and Mrs Alexandra Bloemers [nee Klaassen], and the Lady Daisy Caroline Fane [born 18 January, 1989], only child of the 16th Earl of Westmorland [born 1 Aug, 1951], and the Countess of Westmorland [nee Caroline Eldred Hughes].

The Milton Abbey educated Hemmo Bloemers is a yacht broker. Lady Daisy is managing director of Molino Recruitment Ltd.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Pandora Rose Freeland [born 2022]

 Clare Elizabeth Freeland [nee Pelly, born 8 June, 1984], wife of William Robert Freeland [born 1984], and scion of the Pelly baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Pandora Rose, 11 January, 2022, a sister for Matilda Pelly Elizabeth, who was born 6 March, 2020.

William Freeland is a son of Richard Freeland. Clare is a daughter of [John] Henry Patrick Fuller Pelly [born 27 September, 1953], by his wife the former Susan Elizabeth Briggs.


James William Lancelot Lowther 2000-2022

James William Lancelot [Will] Lowther, who died unexpectedly in hospital, 11 January, 2022, aged 21, was a scion of the Earls of Lonsdale. He was a nephew of the 9th Earl, and was in line to inherit the family peerages.

He was born 27 October, 2000, the elder son of the Hon James Nicholas Lowther [born 4 December, 1964], and his wife the former Vanessa Catchpole [born 1967], and was a grandson of the late 7th Earl of Lonsdale [1922-2006].

Will Lowther's father, James, is the heir presumptive to his half-brother, the 9th Earl of Lonsdale [born 9 July, 1957]. Will is survived by his parents and siblings, Matilda [born 1995], Ishbel [born 1997], and Flynn St George Lowther, born 10 March, 2005, who is now the eventual heir to the Lonsdale peerages.


Monday, January 17, 2022

Michael Frankland Good 1943-2022

 Michael Frankland Good, who died 13 January, 2022, aged 78, married in 1990, as her third husband, Lamorna Alice St Aubyn [born 11 Feb, 1944], scion of the Barons St Levan, of St Michael's Mount, Penzance, former wife of [1] Capt David Julian Cotton, and [2] Peregrine Edward Grenfell Lort-Phillips, scion of that landed family, and daughter of Roger St Aubyn [1906-85], and his first wife the former Baroness Sophie Helene von Puthon [who died 2000].


Selwyn Sharpe/Douglas engagement

The engagement was announced 17 January, 2022, between Jasper William Selwyn Sharpe [born 15 June, 1995], son of Richard Charles Selwyn Sharpe, of Finghall, North Yorkshire, and his wife thr former Fleur Josephine Butler [born 24 April, 1967], scion of the Baron Butlerof Saffron Walden, and Erica Douglas, daughter of Mr & Mrs Alan Douglas, of Chislehurst, co Kent.

'Rab' Butler, The Baron Butler of Saffron Walden, KG [1902-82] > Hon Samuel Butler [1936-2015] > Fleur Butler [b 1967] > Jasper Selywn Sharpe [b 1995]


Frida Cecily Alexandra Jaffray [born 2022]

The Lady Olivia Alice Jaffray [born 16 April, 1990, nee Marquis], wife of William Lawrence Paget (Will) Jaffray (born 5 March, 1990), scion of the Jaffray baronets, gave birth to a daughter, Frida Cecily Alexandra, 14 January, 2022.

Lady Olivia is the eldest daughter of the 3rd Earl of Woolton (born 24 May, 1958) by his former wife the former Hon Sophie Frederika Birdwood (born 29 July, 1964, now the Hon Mrs Montgomery), daughter of the 3rd Baron Birdwood [born 22 Nov, 1938].

Lady Olivia's step-father, David Montgomery, is a former editor of the News of the World and Chief Executive of the Mirror Group of newspapers.

Will Jaffray is the third son of Sir William Jaffray, 5th Baronet (born 1 Nov, 1951), and Cynthia Ross, Lady Jaffray [nee Corrington].


Sunday, January 16, 2022

[Clifford] William Squire, CMG, LVO 1928-2022

 [Clifford] William Squire, CMG, LVO, who has died aged 93, was a retired diplomat.

He was born 7 Oct, 1928, at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, son of Clifford John Squire and his wife Eleanor.

He served as a Second lieutenant, British Army, 1947-1949. Member of Travellers. Career:- Assistant district officer Nigerian Administrative Service, Nigeria, 1953-1959. Secretary of embassy British Foreign Service, Bucharest, United Nations New York City, Bangkok, 1959-1972. Counsellor Foreign Office, London, 1972-1976, British Embassy, Washington, 1976-1979; Ambassador to Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea Dakar, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, 1979-1982. Under secretary Foreign Office, London, 1982-1984. Ambassador British Embassy, Tel Aviv, 1984-1988.

He married firstly, 6 July, 1959, Marie-José Carlier [who died 1973]. Children: Catherine, Stephen, & Anne-Louise. Married 2ndly, 22 May, 1976, Sara Laetitia Hutchison [born 18 July, 1949], scion of the Hutchison baronets, daughter of Michael Duncan Hutchison [1912-2000], and his wife the former Margery Betty Martin [1917-1998], and a granddaughter of Sir Robert Hutchison, 1st Baronet [1871-1960], by whom he had further issue, a son James, and a daughter, Emma. 


The Baron Myners, CBE 1948-2022

 Lord Myners, CBE, a Labour life peer, died 16 January, 2022. He was 73.

Paul Myners, who was born 1 April 1948, was a British businessman and politician. He was the Financial Services Secretary (sometimes referred to as City Minister) in HM Treasury, the UK's finance ministry, during the Labour Government of Gordon Brown. He held the position from October 2008 until May 2010, and was made a life peer in consequence of his appointment, as he was not an elected Member of Parliament. He also served on the Prime Minister's National Economic Council. He sat in the House of Lords as a Labour peer (2008–2014), then a non-affiliated peer, and then as a crossbencher.