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Friday, October 24, 2014

Sir Edmund Vere Lacon, 8th Baronet 1936-2014

_. Sir Edmund Vere Lacon, 8th Baronet (Bt, UK, cr 1818), died 17 October, 2014. He was 78.

He was born 3 May, 1936, son of Sir George Vere Francis Lacon, 7th Bt (1909-1980), by his 1st wife the former Hilary Blanche Scott; succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his father, 1980; married 7 Sept, 1963, Gillian, only dau of Jack Henry Middlemitch, by whom he had issue, a son Edmund Richard Vere, and a daughter, Anna Kathryn (b 1965).

His son, who was born 2 Oct, 1967, inherits the baronetcy.

Celebration of his life at St Peter's Church, Holton, Halesworth, Saturday 6 Nov 2014.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Alexander Lumsden Bear Meysey-Thomspon (born 2014)

_. Lucy A.L. Meysey-Thompson, wife of James Leo Charles Meysey-Thompson (b 1979), descended from the Meysey-Thompson Baronets (cr 1874), gave birth to a son, Alexander Lumsden Bear, a brother for Christopher (Kit) Mark Buffalo, who was born 26 December, 2012.

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 is a daughter of the late Mr A.J.B. Asplin and of Mrs Asplin, of Kilrenny, Fife. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sir John Leigh Austin Hungerford Hoskyns, Knt 1927-2014

_. Sir John Hoskyns, who died 20 October, 2014, aged 87, was a scion of the Hoskyns Baronets (Bt, England, cr 1676), & was head of the Pime Minister's Policy Unit, 1979-82; Director-General, Institute of Directors, 1984-89; Knight Bachelor, 1982, &c.

John Leigh Austin Hungerford Hoskyns was born in 1927, son of Lt-Col Chandos Benedict Arden Hoskyns 1895-1940, by his wife the former Joyce Taylor (whpo d 1979); married 1956, Miranda, dau of Mr Tom Mott, by whom he had issue, sons Barnaby and Benedict, and a daughter, Tamasine.

Funeral at St Mary the Virgin, Edwardstone, Suffolk, 28 Oct.

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Ryecart/Gould engagement

. The engagement was announced 22 Oct, 2014, between Frederick William Hamlet (Freddie) Ryecart (born 1987), son of the actor Patrick Ryecart (b 9 May 1952), by his former wife the actress Marsha Fitzalan (aka Lady Marcia Mary Josephine George (nee Fitzalan-Howard), of Fawley, Oxfordshire), daughter of the late 17th Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO (1915-2002), & Alexandra I.S. Gould, daughter of Mr & Mrs Michael Gould, of Rotherwick, Hampshire.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

David Herbert Samuel, 3rd Viscount Samuel, OBE 1922-2014

_ Prof The 3rd Viscount Samuel, OBE, died 7 October, 2014. He was 92.

David Herbert Samuel was born 8 Jul 1922, son of the 2nd Viscount (1898-1978), by his wife the former Hadassah Goor (d 1986), dau of Judah Goor, of Tel-Aviv, Israel, and succeeded his father, 14 Nov, 1978.

David Samuel was Professor of Physical Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science.

He was married four times ~ firstly, 5 May 1950  (div. 1957) Esther Berelowitz, 2nd dau. of Jacob Berelowitz, of Cape Town, South Africa; married 2ndly, 14 Dec 1960 (div. 1979) Rinna Dafni (former wife of Reuben Dafni), dau. of Meir Grossman, of Herzliyah, Israel; married 3rdly; Jun 1980 (div. 1993) Veronika Grimm (former wife of Robert Grimm), dau. of Ernest Engelhardt, of Toronto, Canada; married 4thly, 8 Jul 1997 Eve Black, dau. of David Black, of San Francisco, California, USA.

Lord Samuel, Israel's only viscount, leaves two daughters, the. Hon Judith Samuel (b. 29 Jan 1951), from the first marriage, mar. 1987 Dr Daniel Daliot, of Tel Aviv, Israel, and has issue; and the  Hon Naomi Rachel Samuel (b. 27 May 1962), from the second marriage, who mar. 1992 Nir Wilf, of Haifa, Israel.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dowager Viscountess Hanworth 1918-2014

_. (Isolda) Rosamond Pollock, Dowager Viscountess Hanworth, widow of the 2nd Viscount, died 13 October, 2014. She was 97.

She was born Isolda Rosamond Parker, 26 June, 1918 (?), scion of the Earls of Macclesfield (Peerage of GB, cr 1721), second daughter of Geoffrey Parker (1880-1954), by his wife the former Isolda Mabel Cecil Craufurd, dau of Sir Charles Craufurd, 4th Baronet; and married 27 Apr, 1940, David Bertram Pollock, 2nd Viscount Hanworth 1916-96 (Peerage of the UK, cr 1936); she served WW2 ad a Snr Cmdr, ATS; was widowed 31 Aug, 1996, etc.

Viscountess Hanworth leaves issue, a son and a daughter, and was predeceased by another son. Her only surv son, is the 3rd Viscount Hanworth (b  16 Feb, 1946).

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

The 11th Duke of Marlborough 1926-2014

. His Grace the Duke of Marlborough, 11th duke in the Peerage of England (cr 1702), died 16 October, 2014. He was 88.

John George Henry Vanderbilt (Sunny) Spencer-Churchill was born  13 Apr, 1926, elder son of the 10th Duke (1897-1972), by his wife the former Alexandra Mary Hilda Cadogan (1900-61), and succeeded to the Marlborough peerages and the Blenheim Palace estate, Oxfordshire, on his father's demise, 11 March, 1972.

The Duke of Marlborough was four times wed. His first marriage, 1951 (div 1960) was to Susan Mary Hornby (who died 2005). He married 2ndly, 1961 (div 1971), Athina Mary Onassis, former wife of Aristotle Onassis, and dau of Stavros Livanos; married 3rdly, 1972 (div 2008) Countess Dagmar Rosita Astri Libertas Douglas (b 1943); married 4thly, 2008, Mrs Lily Mahtani.

The duke is survived by his fourth wife and two children from the first marriage, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill (b 1958), and Charles James, styled Marquess of Blandford (b 24 Nov, 1955), and by two children, Lord Edward (b 1974) and Lady Alexandra Spencer-Churchill (b 1977), from his third union.

The dukedom and numerous subsidiary peerages now devolve upon the duke's eldest surviving son, the Marquess of Blandford.

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3rd Viscount Allenby 1931-2014

_.The Viscount Allenby, who died 3 October, 2014, aged 83, was 3rd Viscount (Peerage of the UK, cr 1919), who sat as a hereditary crossbench peer in the House of Lords.


Michael Jaffray Hynman Allenby was born 20 May, 1931, only son of the 2nd Viscount Allenby (1903-84), by his first wife the former Gertrude Mary Lethbridge Champneys (who d 1988), and succeeded his father in the family honours, 17 July, 1984.

Lord Allenby married 29 Jul 1965, Sara Margaret (b 1942) d of Lt-Col Peter Milner WIGGIN (1907-94), scion of the Bts of that name, and Margaret Frances LIVINGSTONE-LEARMOUTH (1914-99) scion of that gentry family formerly of Parkhall, and had issue, a son, the Hon Henry Jaffray Hynman ALLENBY (b 29 Jul 1968), who married, 1996 Louise Victoria d of Michael GREEN of Sands Farm, Faringdon, Oxforshire, and has issue, two sons. 

Service of Thanksgiving on 12th November, 2014, at All Saints Church, Odiham.

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Hon Richard Arthur Louis Dillon 1948-2014

_. The Hon Richard Arthur Louis Dillon, who died 9 October, 2014, aged 65, was a scion of the Viscounts Dillon (Peerage of Ireland cr 1621), and was uncle, and heir presumptive, to the 22nd Viscount Dillon.

He was born 23 Oct, 1948, the second son of the 20th Viscount (1911-79), by his wife the former Irene Marie France du Plessis (who d 2008); married 24 May, 1975, the Hon Priscilla Frances Hazlerigg (b 1952), younger daughter of the 2nd Baron Hazlerigg, MC (1910-2002) (Peerage of the UK, cr 1945), by whom he had issue, a son Thomas (b 1983), and a daughter, Charlotte (b 1978).

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Earl of Cottenham to marry

_. The engagement was announced 7 October, 2014, between Mark John Henry Pepys, 9th Earl of Cottenham (born 11 Oct, 1983) (Peerage of the UK, cr 1850), son of the late 8th Earl of Cottenham (1948-2000), by his wife the former Sarah Lombard-Hobson (born 1951) (now Mrs Richard Ford, of London), & Miss Juan Du, daughter of Mr Yuming Du and Mrs Hanfen Li, of Kunming, China.

Lord Cottenham succeeded to the family honours on his father's death, 20 Oct, 2000.

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Aurelia Mary Elizabeth Fortescue (2014)

_. Olivia R. Fortescue (nee Rodgers), wife of James Adrian Fortescue (b 1978), scion of the Earls Fortescue (cr GB 1789), gave birth to a daughter, Aurelia Mary Elizabeth, 22 September, 2014, a sister for Isla.

Mr Fortescue is the only son of the Hon Seymour Fortescue (b 1942), of Chelsea, by his 1st wife the former Julia Pilcher (now Mrs Benjimin Bonas, of Morecote, Switzerland), and Olivia is the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Graham Rodgers, of Windsor. 

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