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01 Feb 1817. On Thursday at his seat at Blenheim, George Spencer, Duke of Marlborough, Marquis of Blandford, &c. His Grace was born the 26th January, 1739. He was found dead in his bed at 7 o'cdock in the morning. He had for some time been in a very infirm state, though he had experienced very little severe indisposition. By his death there became vacant a blue riband of the Order of the Garter, the Lord Lieutenancy of Oxfordshire, the Rangership of Whichwood forest, and the High Stewardship of Oxford and Woodstock.

20 Feb 1891. We regret to announce that EARL BEAUCHAMP, Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, died suddenly yesterday at Madresfield Court, his Worcestershire seat. He was taken ill while at luncheon, after a journey to a neighbouring town, and died before medical aid could be obtained, the cause of death being heart disease. His death will be felt as a serious loss, both in the English Church and in the Conservative party. A strong and moderately "high" Churchman, he took a leading position in his own diocese and in the Church at large in the promotion and defence of Anglican interests and; though he did not come prominently before the public as a politician, he exercised for many years considerable influence in the councils of the Tory' leaders. Frederic Lygon was the second son of the fourth Earl Beauchamp by Lady Susan Caroline Eliot, daughter of the secoud earl of St. Germans. He was born in 1830, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1852 he was elected a Fellow of All Souls, and the received tho degree of D.C.L. from his University in 1870. As the Hon. Frederick Lygon, he entered Parliament as member for Tewkesbury in 1857, for which place be sat till 1863, when be was elected for West Worcestershire. At his elder brother's death, without issue, in 1866, he succeeded to the peerage as sixth Earl. Both as a member of the House of Commons and as a peer he hold posts in Conservative Governments. In 1859 he was for a short time a Lord of the Admiralty. During the whole of Mr. Disraeli's Ministry which lasted from 1874 to 1880 he was Lord Steward of the Queen's Household. On the return of the Conservatives to power in 1885 he ras Paymaster-General of the Forces for the few months that the Government lasted, and he returned the same post when the general election put an end to Mr. Gladstone's short-lived Administration in 1886. He did not, however, remain in the Goverornent for a year, as he resigned in June, 1887. Since 1876 he had been Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire. The deceased earl was twice married, 1st, in 1868, to Lady Mary Catharine, only daughter of the sixth Earl Stanhope (she died in 1876), and, secondly, to Lady Emily Annora Charlotte (37), daughter of the third Earl Mdanvers (66). He is succeeded by his eldest son, William, Viscount Elmley, who was born in 1872.

24 Dec 1895. The Duke of Leeds died at Hornby Castle, yesterday morning at 5 o'clock. He recently contracted a severe chill, which led to an attack of bronchitis. He took to his bed about a week ago and gradually sank. George Godolphin Osborne, ninth Duke of Leeds in the peerage of England, Marquis of Carmarthen, Earl of Danby, Viscount Latimer, and Baron Osbome of Kiveton, all in the peerage of England; Viscount Osbome and Viscount Dunblane in the peerage of Scotland; and Baron Godolphin of Paraham Royal, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, a baronet, and a Prince or the Holy Roman Empire, was born in Paris in 1828, the eldest son of the eighth duke. He married, in 1861, the Hon. Fanny Georgiana Pitt (58), daughter of the fourth Baron Rivers, who was born in 1836 and was Lady of the Bedchamber to the Princess of Wales from 1863 to 1873. He was appointed captain in the North Yorks Militia in 1852, and resigued in 1859, but was reappoined in 1861. He succeeded to the family honours in 1872, and has issue living three sons and five daughters. The family descends from Sir Edward Osborne, knight, who was Vice-President of the Council of the North in 1629 and Lieutenant-General of the forces raised there against the Parliamentary Army in 1841. His son was Treasurer of the Navy and Lord High Chancellor, and as Earl of Danby was impeeched by the Commons in 1679. The fifth duke married Amelia, in her own right Baroness Conyers, but this title left the main line in 1859 on the death of the seventh duke. The late duke was nephew of the late Rev. Lord Sydney Godolphin Osborne, who wrote much over the familiar signature "S.G.O.," and brother of Lord Francis George Godolphin Osborne (65), who was rector of Great Elm, but joined the Church of Rome in 1875. The Duke of Leeds is succeeded by his eldest surviving son (33), the Marquis of Carmarthen, who was born in 1862, was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, and was formerly a lieutenant in the Yorkshire Hussars. Lord Carmarthen unsuccessfully contested the Newmarket Division of Cambridgeshire as a Conservative in 1886, and has sat since July, 1887, for the Brixton Division of Lambeth, in which constituency his sucoession to the peerage now creates a vacancy. Lord Carmarthen was an assistant Private Secretary to the Secretary for the Colonies (Lord Knutsford) from 1886 to 1888. He was appointed Treasurer of the Household on the formation of the present Ministry. He married, in 1884, Lady Katherine Frances Lambton (33), daughter of the second Earl of Durham, and has issue four daughters.

24 Dec 1959. From Our Correspondent STAMFORD BRIDGE, Dec. 23. The Earl of Halifax died to-night at his home at Garrowby, near York. He was 78 and had been suffering from a chest complaint. Lord (53) and Baroness Feversham (49), Lord (47) and Lady Irwin (43), Lady Clarissa Duncombe, and Baroness Bingley were at Garrowby when he died. Baroness Feversham (49) said he had suffered from poor breathing for some time and that had been aggravated by a chest infection. Last July Lord Halifax broke his hip when walking in his garden and was flown to London for an operation at University College Hospital. He made a remarkable recovery from the accident. In September he and Lady Halifax celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The funeral will be in private. A memorial service and requiem will be held in York Minster next Monday at 11 a.m. The date of a service in London is to be announced later. Obituary on page 8. MR. SELWYN LLOYD'S TRIBUTE Mr. Selwyn Lloyd, Foreign Secretary, in a tribute to Lord Halifax last night, said: "He held high office, as Viceroy of India, Foreign Secretary, and finally as Ambassador to Washington. He adorned each of these offices with his integrity, his idealism, and his ability. He was a great public servant. He will be deeply mourned." WASHINGTON, Dec. 23. Mr. Douglas Dillon, the acting Secretary of State, to-night issued this statement: "The many Americans who knew Lord Halifax deeply regret his passing. He was ever a staunch friend of this country and during his years of public life contributed greatly to the strengthening of Anglo-American relations. He is particularly remembered for his dedicated service to the cause of humanity during the crucial war years as British Ambassador in Washington." Reuter.

26 Dec 1910. We regret to state that Lord Ancaster died on Saturday night at his Grimsthorpe, Bourne, Lincolnshire seat, in his 81st year.
Gilbert Henry Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, created first Earl of Ancaster in 1892, was Joint Heereditary Lord Great Chamberlain of England. This dignity is held jointly by Lord Cholmondeley (27), Lord Ancastor, and Lord Carrington (67). The late peer filled it during the reign of Queen Victoria, Lord Cholmondeley during that of King Edward, and Lord Carrington fills it during the present reign.
He was born on October 1, 1830, and succeeded his father as second Lord Aveland on September 6, 1807, and his mother as 24th Lord Willoughby de Eresby on November 13, 1888.
Few noblemen possessed a longer lineage, for the lordship of Erresby in Lincolnshire was acquired by the family of Bee or Belec bv the marriage of Walter dc Bec with Agnes, daughter and heiress of Hugh Fitz Pincheon, a 12th century magnate of Lincolnshire. A John Beeke received permission from Edward I to make a castle of his manor house at Eresby and was summoned to Parliament as one of the barons of the realm. By his wife, Sarah, daughter of Thomas, Lord Furnival, be had, among other children, Alice, who was married to Sir William de Willoughby, one of those who went with Prince Edward to the Holy Land. His son, Robert, became first Lord Willoughby de Eresby. Subsequent holders of that title played a prominent part in the country's history at home and abroad. The 13th baron was created Earl of Lindsey. The fourth Earl of Lindsey was created Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven in 1713. That dukedom became extinct with the death of the fifth Duke in 1809. The barony of Willoughby de Eresby fell into abeyance between the sisters of the fourth duke until it was terminated by the Crown in 1780 in favour of the elder co-heir, Priscilla Barbara Elizabeth, whom the first Lord Gwydir married in 1779. Their eldest son Peter Robert, 21st Baron Willoughby de Eresby, married the daughter of the first Lord Perth, and one of their daughters became in 1840 the wife of the second Lord Carrington. Almeric, the 22nd Lord Willoughby do Eresby and third Baron Gwydyr of Gwydyr, County Carnarvon, Joint Hereditary Great Chamberlain of England, died in August, 1870. The barony of Willoughby do Eresby again fell into abeyance between his lordship's surviving sisters, and it was terminated in favour of the elder, the Dowager Baroness Aveland, who married in 1827 Sir Gilbert John Heathcote, created Baron Aveland in 1856. Their eldest son was the late Lord Ancaster, whose sister, Clementina Charlotte, married in 1869 Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon, who died in her Majesty's ship Victoria in June 1893.
The late Lord Ancaster married in 1863 Lady Evelyn Elizabeth Gordon (64), second daughter of the tenth Marquis of Huntly, by whom be had four sons and six daughters. He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, and sat as Member of Parliament for Rutland from 1856 to 1867. He was a magistrate for Kesteven and chairman of Quarter Sessions, lord of the manor of Thurlbv Baston and Langtoft, as well as chairman of the Stamford Division Conservative and Unionist Association; and was Lord Chamberlain during Queen Victoria's reign and contested the right to continue on King Edward's succession.
He is succeeded in the title by Lord Willoughby de Eresby (43), ??? for the Hornecastle Division of Lincolnshire, who is a major and hon. lieutenant-colonel of the Lincolnshire Yeomanry and was formerly an officer of the Leicestershire Yeomanry Cavalry. He married in 1905 Eloise Laurence, eldest daughter of the late Mr. W. L. Breese, of New York, and has a son, Gilbert James, born in 1907, and two daughters.
The late earl's other children include Major Charles S. Heathcote-Drunmond-Willoughby (40), who married Lady Muriel Erskine, daughter of Lord Buchan (60); Major Claud Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby (38), who married Lady Florence Astley (43), youngest daughter of the third Marquis Ponyngham; Lady Evelyn Clementina (46), wife of Major-General Sir Henry Peter Ewart; the Hon. Margaret Mary (44), who was married to the late Mr. Gideon Macpherson Rutherford; the Hon. Cecilie (36), wife of Mr. T. C. E. Goff; and Lady Dalhousie (32). The late peer assumed by Royal licence in 1872 the additional surnames of Willoughby and Drummond. He was a large landowner, owning Drummond Castle Crieff, and extensive deer forests in Perthshire and land in Lincolnshire and Rutland. Recently, however, he sold considerable portion of his estates, in many instances to the tenants who had the option of purchase. He was a very generous landlord, and was highly respected. He used Normanton Castle as his chief country house till Lord Willoughby de Eresby was married; then Normanton became the latter's home, and Lord Ancester lived at Grimsthorpe. He was president of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

27 Jan 1916. The death of Lady Ulrica Thynne took place on Wednesday at 30, Grosvenor-gardens. She was the second daughter of the 12th Duke of Somerset and was born in 1833. She married, in 1858, Lord Henry Frederick Thynne, second son of the third Marquess of Bath, who was Treasurer of the Household to Queen Victoria and for over 25 years M.P. for South Wilts. There were four sons and two daughters of the marriage. The funeral will be at Findon, near Worthing, on Monday, at 1 o'clock.

02 Feb 1929. Obituary. We regret to announce that Elisabeth Lady Carnarvon died yesterday morning at Portofino, to which place she had just come from Albania, the country of which she was so great a benefactor. During the War she was in Egypt and was given special powers of visiting all hospital ships and distributing comforts to the patients. During the last few years she had been living in Albania, where she established hospitals, schools, and anti-malaria clitnics, for which she also provided supplies of quinine, which it had been before impossible to secure. She did good work among the people who came down from Northern Albania at the time of the famine, and established a village for refugees, which was called Herbert, after her son, Colonel Aubrey Herbert. She established Boy Scout troops, visited the prisons, and one of the last things she did was to found a library at Tirana. She made an appeal in The Times last August for the Albanian Educational Fund, of which she and Lord Cecil of Chelwood (64) were hon. treasurers, asking for books for the students' library and for money to found Albanian studentships abroad. The whole idea in her mind was to continue the work of her son and to forward peace in the Balkans. She was assisted in her work in Albania by Miss Durham and Mrs. Bennington. Lady Carnarvon was Elizabeth Catharine, eldest daughter of Mr. Henry Howard, of Greystoke. She married, in 1878, as his second wife, the fourth Earl of Carnarvon, a states man who, as Colonial Secretary and as Lord Lieuteniant of Ireland, played a notable part in the politics of his day. He died in 1890. Her elder son, Colonel Aubrey Herbert, M.P., traveller, diplomnatist, soldier, and politiciau, who died in September, 1923, was a man of an extraordinarily attractive personality, less rare a century ago perhaps than it is to-day, whose short life was crowded with adventure. His death was a great blow to his innumerable friends; what it meant to his mothier can be judged to some extent by her constant devotion to the little country of which he was so faithful a friend. Lady Carnarvon was also a strong supporter of the Vocal Therapy Society, established on Armistice Day, 1918, to provide qualified teachers for ex-Servicemenu in pensions hospitals, and to form them into choirs called King's Services' Choirs. The benefit to the men by the exercise of the healing art of song has been most marked, and Lady Carnarvon was accustomed to appeal for support periodically by interesting letters in The Times. Lady Carnarvon leaves a son, the Hon. Mervyn Herbert (46), late of the Diplomatic Service and the Foreign Office. She was the stepmother of Baroness Burghelere (65), Lady Margaret Duckworth (58), and Lady Victoria Herbert (54).

On 08 Feb 1911 Frederick Archibald Vaughan Campbell 3rd Earl Cawdor 1847-1911 died. His son Hugh Campbell 4th Earl Cawdor 1870-1914 (41) succeeded 4th Earl Cawdor of Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire.
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09 Feb 1911. Times Newspaper Obituaries. DEATH OF LORD CAWDOR. We record with much regret that Lord Cawdor died peacefully in his sleep at 5:45 yesterday morning, a few days before his 64th birthday. Baroness Cadogan (67) and the members of their family were present. He had keen ill for some time. We announced on November 30 that he was suffering from an attack of tonsilitis. Just before Christmns be caught a chill while recoveing from this attack, and had to enter a nursing home. Early in January his illness began to take a serious turn and since then, though he rallied wonderfully from time to time, he steadily lost strength. Royal Sympathy. The King and Queen Alexandra (66) have sent telegms expressing deep sympathy with the family.

On 08 Feb 1915 Charles Stewart Vane Tempest Stewart 6th Marquess Londonderry 1852-1915 died. His son Charles Vane Tempest Stewart 7th Marquess of Londonderry 1878-1949 (36) succeeded 7th Marquess Londonderry.
09 Feb 1915. Times Newspaper Obituaries. The news of the death of the Marquess of Londonderry, which occurred at Wynyard, Stockton-on-Tees, yesterday morning, will be received with profound regret far beyond the circle of his personal friends or of the members of the Unionist Party. Lord Londonderry had not been entirely well for some little time past. For a fortnight, it seems, he had been suffering from sciatica. Last week he caught a chill, from which pneumonia developed. On Sunday his condition was seen to be critical. During the night he collapsed, and the end came at 9.30 yesterday morning. Lady Londonderry, who had been in constant attendance on him during his illness, was present at the last, as also were Lady Ilchester and Lord Herbert Vane-Tempest (52).