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Friday, December 08, 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.


Saturday, December 02, 2017

Lt-Cdr Sir Richard David Michael Richardson-Bunbury, 5th Bt 1927-2017

_. Lt-Cdr Sir Michael Richardson-Bunbury, 5th Baronet, died 1 December, 2017, aged 90.

Richard David Michael Richardson-Bunbury was born 27 Oct, 1927, son of Richard Richardson-Bunbury (1899-1951) by his wife the former Florence Margaret Gordon Thomson, and succeeded to the baronetcy (cr 1787) on the demise of his kinsman, Sir Mervyn, 21 Oct, 1953; married 15 July, 1961, Jane Louise, daughter of Colonel Alfred William Pulverman, by whom he had two sons, Roger and Thomas. The elder son died in 1995.


Friday, December 01, 2017

Sitwell/Lopes marriage

__. The marriage took place 1 December, 2017, at Chelsea Register Office, between William Ronald Sacheverell Sitwell (born 2 Oct, 1969), scion of the Sitwell baronets, second son of the late Francis Trajan Sacheverell Sitwell (1935-2004), by his wife the former Susanna Carolyn Cross, scion of the Cross baronets, & the Hon Emily Jane Lopes (b 1987), daughter of the late 3rd Baron Roborough (1940-2015), by his 2nd wife (and first cousin once removed) Sarah Anne Pipon (b 1951).

It is William Sitwell's second marriage. In 1999 he married Laura Barbara McCorquodale (born 1972), scion of that landed family, dau of Capt Euan McCorquodale.


Plumptre/Steidl engagement

_. The engagement was announced 1 December, 2017, between the Hon Edward Brook Plumptre (b 26 Apr, 1989), scion of the Barons FitzWalter, elder son of the 22nd Baron FitzWalter (b 18 Oct 1952), of Goodnestone Park, Canterbury, by his wife the former (Alison) Sally Quiney, & Tessa Claire Steidl (born 1990), daughter of Nicholas W. Steidl, of Wandsworth, London, by his wife the former Henrietta L. Vance.


Ryder/Arnold engagement

_. The engagement was announced 1 December, 2017, between the Hon Henry Mansell Dudley Ryder (born 1985), scion of the Earls of Harrowby, third son of the 8th Earl of Harrowby, by his late wife the former Sarah Nichola Hobhouse Payne, & Emily M.M. Arnold, daughter of Sir Thomas Arnold, by his wife the former Elizabeth Nevile.


Baring/Williscroft engagement

_. The engagement was announced 1 December, 2017, between Samuel Nigel Baring (born 1987), scion of the Barons Northbrook, elder son of Peter Baring (born 1939), of Ardington, Oxon, by his wife, the former Rose Adams, & Camilla A. Williscroft, daughter of Mr Richard Williscroft, of West Ashling, Chichester, by his former wife, the former Anthea Jarrett (now Mrs Anthea Pearce, of Winchester).

Mr Peter Baring is the heir pres to his cousin, the 6th Baron Northbrook.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vaughan/Birrell engagement

_. The engagement was announced 30 November, 2017, between Capt Henry M.H. Vaughan, The Life Guards (born 1991), scion of that landed family, only son of Mr Thomas Vaughan, of Pencoyd, Herefordshire, by his wife the former Sarah Harding-Rolls (scion of Harding, of Birling Manor), & Miss Claudia E.A. Birrell, only daughter of Mr & Mrs Christopher Birrell, of Cucklington, Somerset.


Blandford/Thorp engagement

__. The engagement was announced 30 November, 2017, between George Spencer-Churchill, styled Marquis of Blandford (born 28 July, 1992), son and heir of the 12th Duke of Marlborough (b 24 Nov, 1955), of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, by his first wife the former Rebecca Mary Few Brown, & Camilla Elizabeth A. Thorp (born 1987), eldest daughter of Mr James N. Thorp, by his wife the former Philippa C. Thomas.


Monday, November 27, 2017

Prince Henry of Wales/Rachel Meghan Markle

__. The engagement was announced 27 November, 2017, between His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David (Harry) of Wales (born 15 Sept, 1984), second son of HRH The Prince of Wales (born 14 Nov, 1948), by his first wife, the former Lady Diana Frances Spencer (1961-97), & Rachel Meghan Markle (born 4 Aug, 1981), daughter of Mr Thomas Wayne Markle, by his second former wife, the former Doria Loyce Ragland.

The couple, both descended from King Edward III, are to marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May, 2018.


Lady Louisa Spicer 1948-2017

_. The Lady Louisa Spicer, who died 26 November, 2017, aged 69, was a scion of the Earls Cathcart.

She was born Lady Louisa Cathcart, 27 Apr, 1948, the elder daughter of the 6th Earl Cathcart, CB, DSO, MC (1919-99), by his first wife, the former Rosemary Smyth-Osbourne (who d 1980); married 1stly, 1975, Norman Kirkpatrick Cosgrave (d 1991); married 2ndly, 2009, Julian Spicer.

Funeral at St Mary's Church, Pakenham, Suffolk, 8 Dec, 2017.