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Aristocratic deaths, June, 2003
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Michael Rhodes
2003-06-24 11:15:58 UTC
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Elizabeth Rosamund Bingham (nee Peyton), who was born 23 May, 1919,
died 16 June, 2003, aged 84. She was the second daughter of Sir
Algernon Thomas Peyton, 7th & last Baronet (1889-1962), by his wife
Joan Stratford Dugdale, of the Dugdale Baronets, and married 26 June,
1943, Capt (John) Nigel Bingham, Coldstream Guards, (b. 1915) only son
of Lt-Col Ralph Charles Bingham, DSO, (1885-1977), grandson of Major
the Hon Sir Cecil Bingham, GCVO, KCMG, & great-grandson of the 4th
Earl of Lucan, KP, (1830-1914) by his wife Lady Cecilia Catherine
Gordon-Lennox, daughter of the 5th Duke of Richmond, KG, &c.
-- Michael Rhodes
Michael Rhodes
2003-06-28 00:43:40 UTC
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Sir (Henry Edward) Melville Crofton, 6th Baronet, MBE, died at
Winchester, 24 June, 2003, just over a year after inheriting the
baronetcy. He was 71.

He was born 15 August, 1931, son of Brigadier Roger Crofton, CIE, MC,
by his wife the former Dorothy Hatchell, and was educated at Hilton
College, Natal, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he picked up a
degree in engineering Career: Cadet, Her Majesty's Overseas Civil
Service, 1955; Assistant District Commissioner, Nyasaland, 1956; Clerk
to the Cabinet, 1966, Principal Administration Officer, 1968, Malawi;
Industrial Training Adviser, Overseas Development Administration,
London, 1974; Visiting Consultant, United Nations Industrial
Development Organisation, Vienna 1979; Consultant, Foreign Office Know
How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union, 1991.

Melville Crofton, of St Giles Hill, Winchester, succeeded his cousin
in the Baronetcy of Longford House, Sligo (created 1838) in January,
2002.

He married in 1955, Mary Brigid Riddle, by whom he had two sons and
one daughter. The baronetcy now devolves upon his elder son, Julian
Malby Crofton, born 26 November, 1958.

-- Michael Rhodes
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Michael Rhodes
2003-06-30 14:47:34 UTC
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The Hon. Lady Younger, widow of the Rt Hon Sir Kenneth Gilmour
Younger, PC, KBE, (1908-76), died at her home, 22 June, 2003. She was
aged 92.

Lady Younger was born Elizabeth Kirsteen Stewart, the only daughter of
William Duncan Stewart, JP, of Achara, Duror, Argyll, and married, in
1934, the Hon Kenneth Gilmour Younger, a son of the 2nd Viscount
Younger of Leckie, DSO.

Her husband was Labour MP for Grimsby, 1945-59, Parliamentary Under
Secretary of State at the Home Office, 1947-50; Minister of State at
the Home Office, 1950-51; Chairman of the Howard League for Penal
Reform, 1960-73, &c., who was sworn of the Privy Council in 1951, and
knighted in 1972. He died 19 May, 1976.

Lady Younger, of Old Bosham, West Sussex, leaves three children,
Samuel, Susannah, and Lucy, and one grandson, Edward.
-- Michael Rhodes
Michael Rhodes
2003-06-30 23:54:21 UTC
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The 4th Earl of Balfour, died in his sleep, after a long illness, 27
June, 2003. He was 77.

Lord Balfour, of The Tower, Whittinghame, Haddington, was the only
surviving son of the 3rd Earl of Balfour, and a great-nephew of Arthur
James Balfour (1st Earl), British Prime Minister 1902-1905.

Gerald Arthur James Balfour was born 23 December, 1925, elder son of
the 3rd Earl (1902-68), by his wife Jean Cooke-Yarborough.

The 4th Earl of Balfour had two sisters, & a younger brother, the Hon
Andrew Balfour, who died tragically aged 11 - shot dead - whilst
cleaning sporting guns at the family home in 1948.

Lord Balfour was educated at Eton and HMS Conway.

Career: he held a Master Mariners' Certificate; Member of East Lothian
County Council, 1960-75; Justice of the Peace for East Lothian, 1970.

He succeeded to the Earldom of Balfour (Peerage of the United Kingdom
1922) and the viscountcy of Traprain, on the demise of his father, 28
November, 1968.

He married in 1956, Mrs Natasha Georgina Lousada, daughter of Capt
George Anton, of Archangel, Russia.

The Countess of Balfour died at Dunbar, 22 September, 1994.

There were no children of the marriage, and Lord Balfour leaves a
stepdaughter, Alexandra Cole.

The peerages now devolve upon his second cousin once removed, Roderick
Francis Arthur Balfour, born 9 December, 1948, who married in 1971,
Lady Tessa Mary Isabel Fitzalan-Howard, eldest daughter of the 17th
Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO, CB, CBE. The 5th peer is the father of four
daughters, and the heir presumptive to the peerages is his brother,
George George Yule Balfour, born 23 April, 1951.

The funeral service takes place at Whittinghame Kirk, Wednesday 2
July, 2003.
-- Michael Rhodes
Michael Rhodes
2003-07-01 08:10:13 UTC
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The 5th peer is the father of four
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daughters, and the heir presumptive to the peerages is his brother,
George George Yule Balfour, born 23 April, 1951.
The h.p. is Charles George Yule Balfour. He is married with male issue.
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-- Michael Rhodes
Michael Rhodes
2003-07-02 10:55:21 UTC
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Kathleen Louisa Isabel (Bunty) Bellamy (nee Lascelles), who was b. 23
June, 1916, daughter of the Hon Sir Alfred George Lascelles
(1857-1952), (& a great-granddaughter of the 3rd Earl of Harewood, by
his wife Lady Louisa Thynne, dau of the 2nd Marquess of Bath), died 28
June, 2003.

Her mother was also a kinswoman of the Marquesses of Bath, Isabel
Carteret Thynne.

She married in 1940 (div 1953) Brigadier Robert Hugh Bellamy, CBE,
DSO, who died in 1972, and leaves issue.
-- Michael Rhodes
Shinjinee
2003-07-02 14:34:51 UTC
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Post by Michael Rhodes
The 5th peer is the father of four
Post by Michael Rhodes
daughters, and the heir presumptive to the peerages is his brother,
George George Yule Balfour, born 23 April, 1951.
The h.p. is Charles George Yule Balfour. He is married with male issue.
Post by Michael Rhodes
-- Michael Rhodes
Here is a somewhat gap-filled account of the ancestry of the 1st Earl
of Balfour, aka Arthur Balfour (Prime Minister, and nephew of another
Prime Minister). The same ancestry, obviously, holds good for his
brother, the 2nd Earl and for the ancestor of the new 5th Earl.

The 5th Earl's brother and heir presumptive is married to a James VI &
I descendant - Countess Svea von Goess. According to Paul Theroff's
file, he is father of a daughter (Eleanor) and a son (George). I
assume that the new Earl may petition for his brother to enjoy the
courtesy style of an earl's younger son.

Here is an interesting petition about the estate
http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/ld200102/ldjudgmt/jd021106/balfou-1.htm


BTW, is the new 5th Earl's eldest daughter's husband George Franks,
the same George Franks who is also a James VI & I descendant (and
several years, then, his Balfour wife's senior)? IIRC, they have had a
son - a first great-grandson for the late 17th Duke of Norfolk.

Shinjinee
Lauren
2003-07-03 01:28:25 UTC
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Post by Shinjinee
BTW, is the new 5th Earl's eldest daughter's husband George Franks,
the same George Franks who is also a James VI & I descendant (and
several years, then, his Balfour wife's senior)? IIRC, they have had a
son - a first great-grandson for the late 17th Duke of Norfolk.
Shinjinee
No - he's a George William, youngest son of Anthony Franks.

Lauren
Michael Rhodes
2003-07-03 07:30:14 UTC
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I think I'm correct in stating that the 5th Earl of Balfour succeeds
by special remainder - not being a descendant of any of the previous
earls.

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Michael Rhodes
Shinjinee
2003-07-05 03:28:53 UTC
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Post by Shinjinee
Here is a somewhat gap-filled account of the ancestry of the 1st Earl
of Balfour, aka Arthur Balfour (Prime Minister, and nephew of another
Prime Minister). The same ancestry, obviously, holds good for his
brother, the 2nd Earl and for the ancestor of the new 5th Earl.
Aark! I left out the URL in my hurry. Here it is
http://www.guiseley94.freeserve.co.uk/PMs/balfour.htm

[My very humble apologies to all].

Shinjinee
Don Aitken
2003-07-04 17:04:08 UTC
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Post by Michael Rhodes
The 4th Earl of Balfour, died in his sleep, after a long illness, 27
June, 2003. He was 77.
Lord Balfour, of The Tower, Whittinghame, Haddington, was the only
surviving son of the 3rd Earl of Balfour, and a great-nephew of Arthur
James Balfour (1st Earl), British Prime Minister 1902-1905.
Gerald Arthur James Balfour was born 23 December, 1925, elder son of
the 3rd Earl (1902-68), by his wife Jean Cooke-Yarborough.
The 4th Earl of Balfour had two sisters, & a younger brother, the Hon
Andrew Balfour, who died tragically aged 11 - shot dead - whilst
cleaning sporting guns at the family home in 1948.
Lord Balfour was educated at Eton and HMS Conway.
Career: he held a Master Mariners' Certificate; Member of East Lothian
County Council, 1960-75; Justice of the Peace for East Lothian, 1970.
He succeeded to the Earldom of Balfour (Peerage of the United Kingdom
1922) and the viscountcy of Traprain, on the demise of his father, 28
November, 1968.
He married in 1956, Mrs Natasha Georgina Lousada, daughter of Capt
George Anton, of Archangel, Russia.
The Countess of Balfour died at Dunbar, 22 September, 1994.
There were no children of the marriage, and Lord Balfour leaves a
stepdaughter, Alexandra Cole.
The peerages now devolve upon his second cousin once removed, Roderick
Francis Arthur Balfour, born 9 December, 1948, who married in 1971,
Lady Tessa Mary Isabel Fitzalan-Howard, eldest daughter of the 17th
Duke of Norfolk, KG, GCVO, CB, CBE. The 5th peer is the father of four
daughters, and the heir presumptive to the peerages is his brother,
George George Yule Balfour, born 23 April, 1951.
The funeral service takes place at Whittinghame Kirk, Wednesday 2
July, 2003.
I think I'm correct in stating that the 5th Earl of Balfour succeeds
by special remainder - not being a descendant of any of the previous
earls.
The special remainder is unusually complex. Failing issue of the
(unmarried) first earl, both peerages go "to his brother, the Rt. Hon.
Gerald William Balfour and the heirs male of his body, with remainder
to his nephew Lieutenant Colonel Francis Cecil Campbell Balfour CIE
CBE MC and the heirs male of his body, with remainder to his nephew
Oswald Herbert Campbell Balfour CMG and the heirs male of his body."

GW succeeded as 2nd earl in 1930 and his son and grandson as 3rd and
4th earls in 1945 and 1968 respectively. If the 5th earl descends from
FCC, there is still another line in reserve in the event of another
extinction of male heirs. OTOH the remainder might have been worded
that way because FCC was not expected to leave heirs. Can anyone fill
in the relationships?
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Don Aitken
Andrew Loughrey
2003-07-04 21:58:13 UTC
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Post by Don Aitken
The special remainder is unusually complex. Failing issue of the
(unmarried) first earl, both peerages go "to his brother, the Rt. Hon.
Gerald William Balfour and the heirs male of his body, with remainder
to his nephew Lieutenant Colonel Francis Cecil Campbell Balfour CIE
CBE MC and the heirs male of his body, with remainder to his nephew
Oswald Herbert Campbell Balfour CMG and the heirs male of his body."
GW succeeded as 2nd earl in 1930 and his son and grandson as 3rd and
4th earls in 1945 and 1968 respectively. If the 5th earl descends from
FCC, there is still another line in reserve in the event of another
extinction of male heirs. OTOH the remainder might have been worded
that way because FCC was not expected to leave heirs. Can anyone fill
in the relationships?
Oswald Balfour died unmarried in 1953. So the newly succeeded 5th Earl
- Roderik, his brother Charles & Charles' son George are the only
surviving heirs. The 5th Earl & his brother are grandsons of Francis
Balfour, their late father Eustace (died 2000) was his only son.

George Balfour has Habsburg descents (Meran & Tuscan) through both his
maternal grandparents, his mother is Countess Svea von Goess. Svea's
only brother Moritz marries Duchess Fleur of Wurrtemberg early in
August.

Andrew Loughrey
Michael Rhodes
2003-07-16 07:56:28 UTC
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Iris Lady Southby, who died 30 June, 2003, was the fourth wife and
widow of Sir (Archibald) Richard Charles Southby, 2nd Baronet,
(1910-88).

She was the former Iris Mackay Heriot, daughter of Lieut.-Col.
Granville Mackay Heriot, DSO, RM, & Mrs Marta Mackay Heriot, & married
firstly, Brigadier Ian Charles Alexander Robertson, by whom she had
one daughter; & married secondly, in 1979, as his fourth wife, Sir
Richard Southby, of Greystone House, Stone, Tenterden, Kent, & of
South Africa, who died in 1988.

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Michael Rhodes
Michael Rhodes
2003-07-30 10:18:31 UTC
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Peter Bowater Johnsen, who was b. 12 October, 1923, third son of Capt
William Olaus Charles Johnsen, DFC, by his wife (Ethel) May Bowater, &
a grandson of Sir Frank Bowater, 1st Baronet (1866-1947), died 4 June,
2003. Peter Johnsen married in 1954, Birthe Nina, elder daughter of
Baron Raben-Levetzau, Chancellor of the Court of King Christian IX,
of Aalholm Castle, Nysted, Denmark. Peter Johnsen's daughter,
Josephine Nina (b. 1958), m. 1990, Richard Andrew Fitzalan Howard,
nephew of the 17th Duke of Norfolk.

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Michael Rhodes.

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