Friday, September 26, 2014

Death of Jane Scrivener, 4th cousin of George VI

From today's Daily Telegraph.

(Mary Alice Olga Sofia Jane), previously Hohler, née Lane, widow of Ronald Scrivener CMG, died 20th September 2014 aged 95. Mother of Olga, Philippa, Frederick and Robert, grandmother of 13, great-grandmother of 13. Funeral (family flowers only) at St. Etheldreda’s, Fulham on Tuesday 7th October at 2pm]

Jane was the daughter of Olga Mary Adelaide Fitzgeorge (1877-1928) and her second husband, Robert Charlton Lane (1873-1943.)   She was a fourth cousin of the late King George VI.

Olga was the daughter of Sir Adolphus Augustus Frederick Fitzgeorge (1846-1922) and his first wife, Sophia Jane Holden, and thus a granddaughter of HRH Prince George, Duke of Cambridge, who was a first cousin of Queen Victoria.   She was named for her godmother, Queen Olga of the Hellenes. On the occasion of her first marriage in 1897 to Archibald Hamilton, which took place at St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square,  Olga wore a pearl heart that Queen Olga had given to her at her christening.

Sir Adolphus was the second of three sons born to Sarah Fairbrother, and the Duke of Cambridge.  He was born in 1846, a year before the Duke married Sarah.  This marriage was in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act, which meant that the three sons (two of whom were born illegitimate) would not have royal titles, succession rights to the throne or to the Cambridge ducal title.  They used the surname Fitzgeorge, the Fitz largely signifying their illegitimate descent.  The Duke of Clarence's illegitimate children by Dorothea Jordan used the surname Fitzclarence.

Jane was born on June 4, 1919 in London at her parents' home on South Eaton Place.  The birth announcement in the Times was brief:   "Lane: on the 4th June at 1 South Eaton Place, the wife of Major R.C. Lane, RAF, a daughter"

Sir Adolphus was a first cousin to Queen Mary as her mother, Mary Adelaide, and the Duke of Cambridge were siblings.

Jane was married twice.  Her first husband was Edward Christopher Hohler. They married at Church of Thomas a Becket on November 14, 1939.  This marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1961.  She married Ronald Stratford Scrivener (1919-2001) in London on May 14, 1962.

Jane and Christopher were the parents of four children: Olga Mary (1940), Philippa Caroline Jane (1942), Frederick Christopher Gerald (1943) and Robert Henry Adolphus (1947)

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