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Aristocratic deaths, February, 2004
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2004-02-04 10:38:48 UTC
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Baron Bullock (Alan Louis Charles Bullock), historian and university
administrator: born Trowbridge, Wiltshire 13 December 1914; Fellow,
Dean and Tutor in Modern History, New College, Oxford 1945-52; Censor,
St Catherine's Society, Oxford 1952-62; Chairman, Research Committee,
RIIA 1954-78; Master, St Catherine's College, Oxford 1960-80, Honorary
Fellow 1980-2004; Chairman, National Advisory Council on the Training
and Supply of Teachers 1963-65; Chairman, Schools Council 1966-69; FBA
1967; Vice-Chancellor, Oxford University 1969-73; Kt 1972; Chairman,
Committee of Inquiry into Reading and the Use of English 1972-74;
Chairman, Trustees, Tate Gallery 1973-80; Chairman, Committee of
Inquiry on Industrial Democracy 1976; created 1976 Baron Bullock;
married 1940 Hilda Handy (three sons, one daughter, and one daughter
deceased); died Oxford 2 February 2004.

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2004-02-05 00:28:39 UTC
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The Hon. Francis Charles Sackville Tufton, VRD, younger brother of the
5th Baron Hothfield, TD (1904-91), and uncle of the 6th Baron, died 1
February, 2004. He was aged 90.

He was born 8 October, 1913, the second son of the Hon. Charles Henry
Tufton, CMG (1879-1923),(third son of the 1st Baron Hothfield), by his
wife Stella Josephine Faudel-Phillips, (d. 1958), daughter of Sir
George Faudel-Phillips, 1st Baronet.

His ancestor, Richard Tufton was born at Verdun, France in 1813; and
succeeded by devise to the estates of his reputed natural father
Henry, 11th and last Earl of Thanet; and was naturalized with his
family in 1849, and created a baronet two years later. This
gentleman's son, the 2nd Baronet, was created 1st Baron Hothfield in
1881, and served as a Lord in Waiting to Queen Victoria.

Francis Tufton was educated at Eton & Trinity College, Oxford;
admitted a solicitor in 1946; served in World War II, as
Lieutenant-Commander, RNVR; Chevalier of the Danish Order of
Dannebrog.

He married 10 September, 1942, Joyce Clara, the younger daughter of
Sir Edward Henry Goschen, 2nd Baronet, and had issue, a son Edward,
and a daughter Josephine.

The funeral takes place 11 February, 2004, at All Saints Church,
Sandon.


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2004-02-06 02:42:47 UTC
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Malcolm Archibald James St. Clair , Conservative MP for Bristol South
East, 1961-63, a farmer, died 1 February, 2004. He was aged 76.

He was born 16 February, 1927, the only son of Major-General George
James Paul St Clair, CB, CBE, DSO (1885-1955), by his wife Charlotte
Theresa Orme Little, a descendant of the Earls of Shrewsbury &
Waterford.

Mr St. Clair was descended paternally from the Lords Sinclair, who
were granted a peerage circa 1449, but confirmed forty years or so
later as the Lords Sinclair. The 1st Lord Sinclair fell at Flodden
Field.

Malcolm St. Clair was educated at Eton.

Career: served with the Royal Scots Greys, 1944-48; formerly Honorary
Secretary to Sir Winston Churchill; contested Bristol SE for the
Conservatives at the General Election 1959 unsuccessfully;
Conservative MP for Bristol SE, 1961-63; Lieutenant-Colonel
Commanding, Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (TA), 1967-69; High Sheriff
of Gloucestershire, 1972.

St. Clair, of Long Newnton Priory, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, married
in 1955, Mary-Jean Rosalie Alice, daughter of Wing Commander Caryl
Liddell Hargreaves, of Sunningdale, a descendant of the Barons
Ravensworth (and kin of the girl on whom Lewis Carroll based his
_Alice in Wonderland_) by whom he had two sons, Hugh and Andrew, and
one daughter, Vanessa.


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2004-02-07 00:00:49 UTC
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Michael Christopher Alfred Codrington, late Major 16th/5th Lancers; b.
19 April, 1926, son of the late Colonel Sir Geoffrey Ronald
Codrington, KCVO, CB, CMG, DSO, OBE, TD (1888-1973), of the Codrington
Baronets (created in 1721), by his wife, Cecilia Mary Wythes
(descended from the Thorold Baronets); married firstly, 1953,
(divorced 1986), Irene Margaret, who died 1994, daughter of Colonel
Mark Edward Makgill-Crichton-Maitland, CVO, DSO (of the Earls of
Lauderdale); married secondly, 1986, Alma Patricia, widow of Norman G.
Batcheller, and a daughter of Patrick Sheridan; has issue from his
first marriage, Camilla, Bridget and Kate; died 1 February, 2004.

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Michael Rhodes
2004-02-08 17:30:07 UTC
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The 17th Viscount Mountgarret, an eccentric peer once famously
arraigned before a magistrate for peppering a hot air ballon with
gunshot from his fowling piece, collapsed and died at the wheel of his
car near his home in North Yorkshire, 7 February, 2004. He was 67.

Richard Henry Piers Butler was the 17th holder of the peerage of
Ireland created in 1550; and was Baron Mountgarret in the peerage of
the UK (created in 1911). He was also the senior co-heir to the
Earldoms of Ormonde & Ossory and title Chief Butler of Ireland
(dormant since the demise of the last Marquess of Ormonde), but chose
not to pursue his claim stating that he was leaving that expensive
task to his son and heir, Piers.

He was born 8 November, 1936, son of the 16th Viscount, of Nidd Hall,
North Yorkshire, by his first wife Eglantine Marie Elizabeth Christie,
of the landed family of the Jervaulx Abbey estate.

Eton educated Mountgarret had a career in the Irish Guards, and
retired with the rank of Captain in 1964. He was President of
Yorkshire County Cricket Club, 1984-90. He succeeded to the peerages
on the demise of his father, 1966.

His home was Stainley Hall, South Stainley, near Harrogate.

He married three times, (i) in 1960, Gillian Margaret Buckley
(divorced 1970, she later married the 9th Baron Howard De Walden), by
whom he had three children; (ii) 1970 (divorced 1983), Mrs Jennifer
Susan Fattorini, a member of the Wills tobacco family; (iii) 1983, Mrs
Angela Ruth Waddington.

The peerages now devolve on his elder son, Piers James Richard Butler,
born 15 April, 1961.
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Gary Jenkins
2004-02-09 11:00:28 UTC
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Malcolm Archibald James St. Clair , Conservative MP for Bristol South
East, 1961-63, a farmer, died 1 February, 2004. He was aged 76.
He was a participant in the Benn/Stansgate peerage renunciation drama.
Antony Wedgwood Benn defeated St Clair in the 1959 General Election
but became Viscount Stansgate on his father's death the following year
and so ineligible to sit in the Commons.

As part of his campaign to allow peers to disclaim their titles,
Wedgwood Benn stood in the ensuing bye-election and again defeated St
Clair. He was however disqualified and the seat awarded to St Clair.
As the Conservative Party had a large majority in Parliament at the
time this wasn't of much significance nationally. In 1963
legislation was passed allowing peers to disclaim their title in
certain circumstamces. Benn/Stansgate did so and St Clair did the
honourable thing, resigning his seat and so precipitating another
bye-election which Wedgwood Benn again won.
Michael Rhodes
2004-02-11 01:00:15 UTC
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Sir David Meyrick, 4th Baronet, of Gumfreston, Tenby, Dyfed, Wales,
died 6 February, 2004. He was aged 77.

David John Charlton Meyrick was born 2 December, 1926, son of Colonel
Sir Thomas Frederick Meyrick, 3rd Baronet, TD, DL, JP (1899-1983), by
his wife Ivy Frances, daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Frederick Charles
Pilkington, DSO, of that landed family.

His great-grandfather, Sir Thomas Charlton Meyrick, KCB, DL, JP, was
Conservative MP for the Pembroke District, 1868-74, and was created a
Baronet in 1880.

He was educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge (BA, 1948; MA,
1956).

Career: a Chartered Surveyor; Fellow, Royal Institute of Chartered
Surveyors; Fellow, Chartered Land Agents' Society, &c.

He married 29 September, 1962, Penelope Anne, elder daughter of the
late Commander John Bertram Aubrey Marsden-Smedley, RN, by whom he had
issue, three sons Timothy, Simon and Christopher.

He is succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Timothy Thomas
Charlton Meyrick, born 5 November, 1963.

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2004-02-11 02:01:48 UTC
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Glynne William Gladstone Wickham, drama scholar: born Cape Town, South
Africa 15 May 1922; a great-grandson of William Ewart Gladstone,
Victorian Statesman, of the Gladstone Baronets; married 1954 Hesel
Mudford (two sons, one daughter); died Bristol 27 January 2004.

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Eleanor Sarah Chichester (nee Riddell-Blount), who died 7 February,
2004, aged 88, was a daughter of Edward Riddell-Blount, of
Mapledurham, Oxon, and Cheeseburn Grange, Northumberland, and married
4 Aug, 1945, Commander Michael Guy Chichester, RN (scion of the
Chichesters of Hall, Barnstaple, Devon), third son of Capt Cecil
George Chichester, DSO, RN, by his wife, Katharine Elizabeth
Cottrell-Dormer (of that landed family); one son, Julian Michael
Edward, born in 1949, and one daughter, Isabelle Anne Frances, born in
1947.

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Brigadier Henry Lawrence Savill Young, DSO, late the Irish Guards,
scion of the Young Baronets (of North Dean, created 1769); born 19
October, 1915, son of Major George Edward Savill Young, Irish Guards
(1884-1917), by his wife Alison Jane, daughter of the Rev. Frederick
John Poole, Vicar of Bishop Monckton, Ripon, North Yorkshire; served
in WW2, mentioned in despatches and received the DSO; married 19
September, 1939, Noreen de Vere Brabazon Ponsonby (b. 14 August,
1917), scion of the Earls of Bessborough, daughter of Thomas Brabazon
Ponsonby (1878-1946), by his wife, Frances May Paynter; two children,
Savill, and Verona; died at Glastonbury, Somerset, 9 February, 2004,
aged 88.

He also leaves a granddaughter, Sophie Young, and two grandsons,
Richard and Peter Fraser-Mackenzie.

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2004-02-13 10:56:35 UTC
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Captain Reginald Anthony Alston-Roberts-West, MC, late the Royal
Sussex Regiment, scion of the landed family of Alscot Park,
Stratford-upon-Avon, died 7 February, 2004, aged 83.

One of his kinsmen William Alston-Roberts-West, [killed in action in
1940] married Constance Grosvenor, a granddaughter of a Duke of
Westminster, and another relation is Lt-Col George West, CVO, who was
Comptroller, Lord Chamberlain's Office, and married to the former
Hazel Cook, Lady-in-Waiting to Diana, Princess of Wales.

According to Debrett's the surname Alston was added to the patronymic
of Roberts-West in 1918, and another ancestor had added Roberts to the
patronymic of West in 1808. An ancestor married Sarah Wren, a
descendant of the great architect, Sir Christopher Wren.

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2004-02-17 11:59:59 UTC
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Lady McAlpine, who died 9 February, 2004, aged 66, was the wife of the
Hon. Sir William Hepburn McAlpine, 6th Baronet (son of Sir Robert
Edwin McAlpine, 5th Bt, a life peer as Baron McAlpine of Moffat, and
elder brother of another life peer, Baron McAlpine of West Green).

She was born 5 October, 1937 as Jill Benton Jones, only daughter of
Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Peter Fawcett Benton Jones, 3rd Baronet, OBE,
by his wife, Nancy, only child of Warley Pickering, of Hutton Hall,
Guisborough-in-Cleveland, by his wife Beryl Kemp-Welch, of that landed
family.

She married William McAlpine in 1959 on her 22nd birthday. Her husband
is a member of the family which owns one of Britain's biggest
construction firms. He succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his
father in 1990. The family estate is at Fawley Hill, near
Henley-on-Thames, which boasts its own private zoo.

Lady McAlpine is survived by her husband and by a son, Andrew William,
and a daughter, Lucinda Mary Jane.

The Mail on Sunday (15 Feb) reports that Sir William used his
christmas cards to announce to his friends that his 44-year marriage
was over and that his girlfriend, Judie Davies, would be the new lady
of the manor. Lady McAlpine was said to be heartbroken.

A celebration for Lady McAlpine's life takes place at Fawley Church,
Friday 20 February, 2004.
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2004-02-18 00:01:24 UTC
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Baron Constantine of Stanmore, CBE, DL, life Baron, former Chairman
and President of the National Union of Conservative & Unionist
Associations, died in hospital, 13 February, 2004. He was aged 93.

Theodore Constantine was born 15 March, 1910, son of Leonard and Fanny
Louise Constantine, and was educated at Acton College.

Career: Personal Assistant to the chairman of a public company,
1926-28; Executive in industry, 1928-38; Managing Director of a public
company subsidiary, 1938-39; served in the Second World War, 1939-45,
AAF [AEA 1945]; Director of an Industrial holding company, 1956-59;
Chairman of Public Companies, 1959-86; Organizational work for the
Conservative Party as constituency chairman, Area Chairman, Member of
the National Executive Committee, Policy Committee, National Advisory
Committee on Publicity; Chairman of the National Union of Conservative
and Unionist Associations, 1967-68, President, 1980; Trustee, Sir John
Wolstenholme Charity; Master of the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers'
1975; Freeman of the City of London, 1949; High Sheriff of Greater
London, 1967; Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, 1967-85.

Constantine was appointed CBE in 1956; knighted in 1964; and raised to
the peerage as Baron Constantine of Stanmore, of Stanmore in Greater
London, 1981.

He married in 1935, Sylvia Mary, younger daughter of Wallace Henry
Legge-Pointing, by whom he had one son, Roy, and one daughter, Jill
(deceased).

Baroness Constantine of Stanmore died in 1990.
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Lady Mount, who died 13 February, 2004, aged 83, was born (Patricia)
Jane Crichton, 1 July, 1920, third daughter of Capt Reginald Louis
Crichton, RN (1874-1929) by his wife Hester Beatrix, daughter of the
Rev Richard Allen White.

Lady Mount was a granddaughter paternally of the Hon Sir Henry George
Louis Crichton, KCB (1844-1922) by his first wife Letitia Grace
Cole-Hamilton, scion of the Earls of Enniskillen; and a
great-granddaughter of the 3rd Earl of Erne, KP (1802-85).

She married firstly, in 1946, John Herbert Mount, who died in 1973;
married secondly, 1975, Sir James William Spencer Mount, CBE, and
leaves issue from the first marriage, Virginia, Clare, John and Mark.
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Major-General James Alexander Rowland Robertson, CB, CBE, DSO and Bar,
died 11 February, 2004, aged 93. He was born 23 March, 1910, the son
of Colonel James Currie Robertson, CIE, CMG, CBE, IMS, by his wife
Catherine Rowland Jones.

Major-General Robertson was twice married; (i) in 1949, to Ann
Madeline Tosswill, who died in 1949; married (ii) 1972, to Joan Eileen
(b. 1919), former wife of Alan James Butler Aldridge, and Richard
Lloyd Joseph Wills, CBE, MC, daughter of Keith Douglas Abercromby,
granddaughter of Douglas Charles Abercromby, and great-granddaughter
of Sir George Samuel Abercromby, 6th Baronet (1824-72).
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2004-02-19 09:18:32 UTC
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The Rev. Canon Archibald Sholto Douglas, TD, formerly Vicar of
Siddington, and Honorary Canon of Chester Cathedral, scion of the
Earls of Morton, b. 22 April, 1914, son of Sholto James Douglas
(1866-1950), by his wife Grace Elizabeth Gibson-Craig (of the
Gibson-Craig-Carmichael Baronets), died unmarried, 11 February, 2004,
aged 89.
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Archibald James [Jim] Gurney, of the Keswick Hall estate, Norfolk, who
was born 23 August, 1923, the fourth son of Quintin Edward Gurney, TD,
head of the landed family of Gurney of Keswick and Bawdeswell, by his
wife, Emily Ada Pleasance, second daughter of Archibald Weyland
Ruggles-Brise (of the Ruggles-Brise Baronets); educated at Harrow and
Trinity College, Cambridge; served in the Second World War with the
Grenadier Guards [wounded]; married 10 January, 1953, Patricia Eleanor
Margaret, elder dau of Capt. Richard Michael Fanshawe (of that landed
family, of Donnington Hall); died at his home, 17 February, 2004.

He was the father of four daughters: (i) Philippa Margaret, b. 1954;
(ii) Sonia Caroline, b. 1956; (iii) Anne-Louise, b. 1959; and (iv)
Belinda Jane, b. 1962.
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Peter Gellhorn, conductor, teacher and composer: born Breslau, Germany
24 October 1912; Musical Director, Toynbee Hall 1935-39; Assistant
Conductor, Sadler's Wells Opera 1941-43; Conductor, Royal Carl Rosa
Opera 1945-46; Conductor and Head of Music Staff, Royal Opera House,
Covent Garden 1946-53; Conductor and Chorus Master, Glyndebourne
Festival Opera 1954-61, 1974-75; Director, BBC Chorus 1961-72;
Conductor, Elizabethan Singers 1976-80; Professor, Guildhall School of
Music and Drama 1981-92; married 1943, the Hon. Olive Shirley Layton,
b. 1918, daughter of the 1st Baron Layton, CH, CBE (two sons, two
daughters); died Kingston upon Thames, Surrey 13 February 2004.
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LadyTwisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, wife of Sir Ranulph
Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, died 20 February, 2004, from
cancer. She was 56.

She was born Virginia Frances Pepper, 9 July, 1947, near Lodsworth,
West Sussex, the third of four children of Thomas Pepper and his wife,
Janet, who were near neighbours of Lady Fiennes (Ranulph's widowed
mother) and her young family. The chalk quarries at Amberley on the
South Downs, which are now an industrial museum, had for 300 years
been owned and worked by the Pepper family.

She married the intrepid Bart in 1970. The marriage was childless.

See the interesting Daily Telegraph obituary.
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Don Aitken
2004-02-23 15:21:20 UTC
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LadyTwisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, wife of Sir Ranulph
Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, died 20 February, 2004, from
cancer. She was 56.
She was born Virginia Frances Pepper, 9 July, 1947, near Lodsworth,
West Sussex, the third of four children of Thomas Pepper and his wife,
Janet, who were near neighbours of Lady Fiennes (Ranulph's widowed
mother) and her young family. The chalk quarries at Amberley on the
South Downs, which are now an industrial museum, had for 300 years
been owned and worked by the Pepper family.
I strongly recommend a vist to the museum (which is much better than
the horribly-designed website at
http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/index2.htm)
The collection of old electrical appliances is particularly
fascintaing.
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Michael Rhodes
2004-02-24 01:36:13 UTC
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The Hon. Rhys Wyn Roberts, eldest of the three sons of the Baron
Roberts of Conwy, PC, and Baroness Roberts of Conwy, died at
Basingstoke, Hampshire, 20 February, 2004.

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2004-02-26 00:52:18 UTC
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Valentine George Dawnay, who was born 25 April, 1948, the elder son of
the Hon. George William Ffolkes Dawnay, MC, (1909-90) by his wife, the
former Rosemary Helen Grosvenor (d. 1969), of the Dukes of
Westminster, died on Valentine's Day (14 February) 2004, aged 55.

Valentine Dawnay's brother Edward (Ned) married 11 June, 1996 his
cousin Jane Duchess of Roxburghe, former wife of the 10th Duke of
Roxburghe, and daughter of the 5th Duke of Westminster.

Valentine was a grandson of the 9th Viscount Downe, CMG, DSO, JP, DL,
by his wife, Dorothy ffolkes.

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Count Hans Heinrich Coudenhove-Kalergi, father of Sophia adn Domink,
grandfather of Alexi, and husband of the late Cornelia, died 20
February, 2004, aged 77.

The Funeral Mass takes place at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer &
St Thomas More, on Monday 1 March, 2004.

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Commander David Milne Home, Royal Navy [retired], died at his home, 22
February, 2004, aged 87; husband for 63 years, of Margaret, and father
of James, Vanessa and Louisa (deceased).

Cdr Milne Home was a scion of the Milne Home family of Wedderburn &
Billie. They last appeared in Burke's Landed Gentry in 1952, and are
also connected to the Home Robertson family (also LG).

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The Baroness Hanson, wife of the City legend and corporate raider, the
Baron Hanson, died 22 February, 2004, in hospital in Los Angeles. She
had been suffering from leukaemia.

Lady Hanson had been the wife of the life peer since 1959. The former
Geraldine Kaelin, daughter of Mrs S. Kaelin, of East 76th Street, New
York, she was a slightly-built, dark haired American divorcee when she
met the then James Hanson in the late 1950s.

The swashbuckling playboy millionaire had been engaged in the fifties
(for 354 days) to Audrey Hepburn, and had courted the actress Jean
Simmons. Geraldine Kaelin bore more than a passing resemblance to Miss
Hepburn.

She married - aged 25- the Yorkshire-born James Hanson, then 36, at
Upper Agbrigg Register Office, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on 17
January, 1959.

She was the mother of two sons, Robert and Brook, and had a daughter
Karyn from a previous marriage. (Karyn took the surname Hanson and was
married 20 years ago to C. Cheever Hardwick III, of New York.)

Lady Hanson was _a small, elegant woman who dressed in Chanel or
Valentino when she was being casual. She was a private person with a
charming public warmth. Most of her time was devoted to her family and
running their homes in London, Berkshire, Florida and California_.

The Today newspaper in 1991 said that at Lady Hanson's dinner parties
the food was served by numerous servants and the grub was devoured
with gold-plated cutlery.

Her husband was knighted in 1976 (in Harold Wilson's infamous
resignation honours) and raised to a life barony in 1983.

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2004-02-27 01:06:03 UTC
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David Anne, who was b. 2 December, 1930, the only child of Major
Hesleytyne Oswald Charlton Anne, MC, Royal Artillery [1888-] by his
wife the former Doris Lempriere Tyser; he married and had issue,
Matthew, Justine & Elise; died 18 February, 2004, aged 73.

His grandfather, Ernest Lambert Swinburne Anne [1852-1939], was Lord
of the Manor of Burghwallis, and head of that landed family; who m.
1885, Edith, 4th daughter of Sir Thomas George Augustus Parkyns, 5th
Baronet, of Bunny.

The family descend from Sir William De Anne, Attorney in Ireland for
the Prior of Bath 1281, Constable of the Castle at Tickell, Yorks
1315, &c.
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Robert Ivo Ducas, who was b. 20 January, 1937, son of Robert Ducas (b.
1978), by his wife the former Magdalen Mary Charlotte Stourton
(1899-1981) (who was married four times), descended from the Barons
Mowbray, Segrave & Stourton (and in remainder to the peerages);
married firstly, 1963, Patricia Provatoroff (of a White Russian
family); he married secondly after the demise of his first spouse, in
1990, Louise Chinn; one daughter from the first marriage, Annoushka
(b. 1966); died 26 February, 2004, aged 67.

Robert Ducas's late sister, June, married the Hon James Ogilvy,
brother of the Earl of Airlie and the Rt Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy.
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Rosemary, Marchioness Camden, an artist, , who died in London, 27
February, 2004, was the first wife of Group Capt Peter Townsend, and
later wife [and widow] of the 5th Marquess Camden, JP, DL.

She was the former Rosemary Cecil [Rosie] Pawle, one of the two
daughters of Brigadier-General Hanbury Pawle, CBE, TD, DL [1886-1972],
of Ware, Hertfordshire, by his wife, the former Mary Cecil
Hughes-Hallett [d. 1971], and was a granddaughter of Norton Joseph
Hughes-Hallett [1854-1938], head of that landed family, by his wife
Alice Louisa Denton [a descendant of the Barons St John of Bletso].

Her first marriage was to Group Capt Peter Townsend, CVO, DSO, DFC.
Townsend had been appointed to the staff of King George VI early in
1944, when a new policy was introduced of honouring officers who had
distinguished themselves during World War II. Prior to this all the
sovereign's equerries had been chosen on a personal basis. The new
system catered for temporary appointments, originally intended to last
for three months.

"If you don't find the idea particularly revolting," Air Chief Marshal
Sir Charles Portal, Chief of the Air Staff, told Townsend, "I propose
recommending you..." Waiting outside the Air Ministry building in
Whitehall that day as her husband learned of his royal appointment was
Rosemary Townsend, who, according to Princess Margaret's biographer,
when told of Portal's proposal exclaimed: "We're made."

"It was natural... for her to be glad," Townsend wrote in his
autobiography 30 years later, "but how tragically mistaken she was.
For from now on we were destined, as a married couple, to be
"un-made". The "un-making" of the Townsend marriage effectively began
in March, 1944, when her husband arrived at Buckingham Palace to take
up his duties.

On 20 December, 1952, a brief notice appeared in some of the
newspapers: "Group Capt Peter Townsend...was granted a decree nisi in
the Divorce Court yesterday on the grounds of misconduct by his wife
Cecil Rosemary. John de Laszlo, an export merchant, and son of the
famous portrait painter, was cited as co-respondent..."

Townsends prolonged absences during the 8 years he had served George
VI and Elizabeth II had imposed an intolerable strain on the marriage.

Rosemary Townsend and de Laszlo married but later divorced [he died in
1990], and in 1978, she married as her third husband [and his third
wife], Henry, 5th Marquess Camden [1899-1983], Gold Staff Officer at
the Coronation of King George VI.

Rosemary Camden leaves two sons from her marriage to Townsend, Giles
and Hugo. Giles married a Craven-Smith-Milnes [of that landed family],
and Hugo [who was born in 1945] married, in 1994, Princess Yolande
Marie Gabrielle de Ligne.

Rosemary's death notice also says she is the mother of Charlotte and
Piers...children of her second marriage to Mr de Laszlo ?

The funeral service takes place at Chelsea Old Church, London SW3, on
Wednesday 10 March, 2004.
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The Baroness Brookes, of Santon, Isle of Man, widow of the life peer
Baron Brookes, Life President of GKN (formerly Guest, Keen &
Nettlefold Ltd) (Group Chairman and Chief Executive 1965-74), died 26
February, 2004, aged 90.

The former Florence Sharman, sne married the then Raymond Brookes in
1937. Mother of one son, the Hon. John Brookes.

Her husband died 31 July, 2002, aged 93.

His obituary in The Times:-

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,60-370790,00.html

Raymond Brookes was knighted in 1971, and four years later raised to
the
peerage as Baron Brookes, of West Bromwich.
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Rosemary's death notice also says she is the mother of Charlotte and
Piers...children of her second marriage to Mr de Laszlo ?
I've done some further research. Rosie Pawle married Peter Townsend at
Much Hadham, 17 July, 1941. Their first son, Giles, was born in April,
1942. The second son was born, according to Townsend's biography, six
weeks after VE Day [8 May, 1945], therefore mid-June, 1945.

Her age? Well, in his autobiography Townsend says that _I had stepped
out of the cockpit [1941], succumbed at first sight to the charms of
the first pretty girl I met. She was 20 tall and lovely_. So she was
circa 83.

She married Mr de Laszlo in 1953, and they divorced in 1977. To de
Laszlo she had a son Piers [aged 19 in January, 1978], and a daughter,
Charlotte Rosemary Cecil, who married Richard Valentine Watkins, son
of Mr Anthony Watkins and Mrs Peter Forbes-Smith.

Mrs de Laszlo married the Marquess Camden in January, 1978, at
Kensington register office.
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Rosemary, Marchioness Camden, an artist, , who died in London, 27
February, 2004, was the first wife of Group Capt Peter Townsend, and
later wife [and widow] of the 5th Marquess Camden, JP, DL.
Lady Camden's Daily Telegraph obituary:-


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&targetRule=10&xml=%2Fnews%2F2004%2F03%2F04%2Fdb0401.xml
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Robert Ducas's late sister, June, married the Hon James Ogilvy,
brother of the Earl of Airlie and the Rt Hon Sir Angus Ogilvy.
Debrett's doesn't give a date but they divorced some time before 1980.
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Perronelle Mary Guild (nee Chevallier); born at the moated Aspall
Hall, Suffolk, 31 July 1902, daughter of John Barrington Chevallier
(of that landed family); married 1929 Cyril Guild (he died in 1978;
one son, one daughter, and one son deceased); she died at Saxted,
Suffolk, 15 February 2004, aged 101.

Her father's first cousin was Field Marshal the 1st Earl Kitchener of
Khartoum (whose mother was a Chevallier)

The Chevalliers are a Huguenot family who came to Suffolk from Jersey
in 1702, having escaped the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre in 1572. (A
more distant ancestor, Antoine Rodolphe Chevallier, was Regius
Professor of Hebrew at Cambridge and taught French to Princess - later
Queen - Elizabeth I.) Clement Chevallier inherited Aspall Hall in
1722, and Perronelle was his great-great-great-granddaughter (another
Huguenot forebear was Philip Cazenove, founder of Cazenove and Co).

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The 18th Viscount Hereford, Premier Viscount in the Peerage of
England, died 25 February, 2004, aged 71, and was succeeded by his
elder son.
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Brigadier the 6th Baron Vivian, a Conservative peer who was elected to
the House of Lords in 1999, died 28 February, 2004. He was aged 68.

Nicholas Crespigny Laurence Vivian was born 11 December, 1935, son of
the 5th Baron Vivian (1906-91), by his wife Victoria Ruth Mary,
daughter of Capt Henry Gerard Laurence Oliphant, DSO, MVO, and was
educated at Eton and Madrid University.

The family of Vivian is of great antiquity in Cornwall. The family was
awarded a baronetcy in 1828 (Sir Richard Vivian was Equerry to King
George IV); and a peerage followed in 1841.

Career: Commanding Officer 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers,
1976-79; Colonel, Ministry of Defence, 1980-84; Deputy Commander Land
Forces and Chief of Staff, Cyprus, 1984-87; Brigadier, 1987;
Commander, British Communication Zone [Antwerp] 1987-90; Hon Secretary
of the All-Party Defence Study Group, House of Lords; Member,
Statutory Instruments Committee from 1997; elected to the House of
Lords, Nov. 1999; Deputy Chairman, Association of Conservative Peers
from 1998; Commissioner, Royal Hospital Chelsea, 1994-2000; Special
Trustee, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital from 1996; Hon Colonel 306
Field Hospital, RAMC [V], 1995-2001.

He succeeded to the peerage and baronetcy on the death of his father
in 1991.
The Conservative peers will now hold a ballot to elect a successor to
take his place on the Conservative bench in the Upper House.

Lord Vivian was twice married; firstly, in 1960, to Catherine Joyce
Hope. This marriage ended in divorce in 1972 (she is now the Countess
of Mexborough, wife of the 8th Earl). He married secondly, in 1972,
Carol, the elder daughter of [Frederick] Alan Martineau, MBE.

He leaves one son Charles, and one daughter, the Hon Henrietta [b.
1963], from the first marriage, and two daughters, the Hon Natasha [b.
1973], and the Hon Camilla [b. 1976], from the second marriage.

The peerage and baronetcy now devolves upon his only son, the Hon
Charles Crespigny Hussey Vivian, who was b. 20 December, 1966.

The funeral is at St Winnow Church, Cornwall, Wednesday 10 March,
2004.
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