Of a well-connected art expert …

After a few Archbishops of Canterbury and an Archdeacon (perhaps), we now come to an expert on art – Old Masters and Jacobite art in particular. Dr. Bendor Grosvenor, as seen in this BBC2 series when he has identified portraits such as the first Villiers Duke of Buckingham, is descended from the Cheshire family that can be traced back to the Conquest but had no title until James VI/I introduced baronetcies. His name, as with the Derby-winning horse of 1880, refer to the family’s defeat in the fourteenth century heraldic disputeĀ  with the Scropes of Bolton, although the latter are long since extinct in the male line.

The Barons of Ebury, from whom Dr. Grosvenor is particularly descended, come from the first Marquis of Westminster (cr. 1831) and Robert, his third son. The Duchy is quite a precarious title at present {pingback 27/11), as this genealogy demonstrates.

By super blue

Grandson of a Town player.

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