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John George Edward Henry Douglas Sutherland Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll KG KT GCMG GCVO VD PC (6 August 1845 – 2 May 1914), usually better known by the courtesy title Marquess of Lorne, by which he was known between 1847 and 1900, was a British nobleman and was the fourth Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883.

He was born in London, the eldest son of George, Marquess of Lorne and the former Lady Elizabeth Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, daughter of the 2nd Duke of Sutherland, and was styled Earl of Campbell from birth. In 1847, when he was 21 months old, his father succeeded as 8th Duke of Argyll and he assumed the courtesy title Marquess of Lorne, which he bore until he was 54. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy, Eton, St Andrews and at Trinity College, Cambridge, as well as at the National Art Training School.

For ten years before coming to Canada, Campbell travelled throughout North and Central America, writing travel literature and poetry. In the UK, he represented, since 1868, the constituency of Argyllshire as a Liberal Member of Parliament in the House of Commons. He made little impression there, however; the London World referred to Campbell as “a non-entity in the House of Commons, and a non-entity without.”

Campbell married Queen Victoria‘s fourth daughter, Princess Louise, on 21 March 1871. This was the first time a child of the sovereign had married a subject of the Crown since 1515. The pair shared a common love of the arts, but tended to live apart and never had children. Further, Campbell formed close friendships with men who were rumoured to be homosexually inclined, which raised questions about Campbell’s marriage and fuelled rumours around London that Campbell was bisexual, if not largely homosexual in predisposition.



Thomas Clement “Tommy” Douglas, PC CC SOM (20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986) was a Scottish-born Canadian democratic socialist politician and Baptist minister. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1935 as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) party. He left federal politics to become the Saskatchewan CCF‘s leader and then the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961. His government was the first democratic socialist government in North America, and it introduced the continent’s first single payer, universal health care program. After setting up Saskatchewan’s medicare program, he stepped down as premier and ran to lead the newly formed federal New Democratic Party, the National CCF’s successor party. Douglas was elected as its first federal leader in 1961.


Sutherland was born in London, England, the son of Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas, both of whom are successful Canadian actors. Of primarily Scottish descent, he also has English and German ancestry. His maternal grandfather was Scottish-born Canadian politician and former Premier of Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas, who is widely credited for bringing universal health care to Canada.

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Ernest Aldrich Simpson (6 May 1897 – 30 November 1958) was an American turned British shipping executive best known as the second husband of Wallis Simpson. He was a partner with the shipbrokerage firm Simpson, Spence & Young.

Born in New York City and educated at The Hill School and Harvard, Simpson was briefly a captain in the Coldstream Guards during World War I. His father, Ernest Louis Simpson, cofounded the international ship-brokerage Simpson, Spence & Young which has lasted for more than 130 years and was a British citizen of Jewish background whose original surname was Solomon. His mother, Charlotte Woodward Gaines, was American, daughter of a New York lawyer.

His elder sister and only sibling, Maud Simpson, married, in 1905, Lt Peter Kerr-Smiley, an army officer and later a Member of Parliament.

Simpson applied to become a naturalized British citizen and renounced his United States citizenship shortly after leaving Harvard during World War I.

“In his younger years he was described as tall, with blue eyes, blond, curly hair, a neat blond moustache and a fastidious dresser,” according to an article in The New York Times.

His first wife, whom he married in New York City, on 22 February 1923 and divorced in 1928, was Dorothea Dechert (died 1967), the former wife of James Flanagan Dechert (died 1968), whom she married in May 1916 and divorced in April 1920. Born Dorothea Webb Parsons, she was a daughter of Arthur Webb Parsons, a lawyer, and his wife, the former Frances Margaret Graves.

Dorothea and Ernest Simpson had one child, Audrey C. C. Simpson (born 1924), who married, firstly, American journalist Murray J. Rossant (married 5 October 1945), and, secondly (on 1 April 1949), New York advertising executive Edmund Hope Driggs III. Audrey Simpson Driggs, as she is now known, is an artist and currently lives in Canada. Simpson also had a stepdaughter by this marriage, Cynthia Josephine Dechert (born 1916).

Wallis Simpson.

Simpson’s second wife was Wallis Warfield Spencer (1896–1986), the Baltimore-born former wife of Earl Winfield Spencer, Jr. and the only child of Teackle Wallis Warfield. They married in London, England, on 21 July 1928, and divorced on 3 May 1937. As his obituary in The New York Times noted, the publicity over his second wife’s remarriage to the Duke of Windsor and her subsequent fame thrust him into the role of “the forgotten man.  The two remained friends, however, the newspaper noted, with the now Duchess of Windsor sending him flowers when he was in hospital for surgery and Simpson offering advice and clarification when his former wife was working on her memoirs.

Mary Kirk Raffray, in 1937

His third wife was Mary Raffray (née Mary Huntemuller Kirk, 1896–1941), a daughter of Henry Child Kirk, owner and manager of the Kirk Silversmith Co. of Baltimore, Maryland and his wife, the former Edith Huntemuller.

A girlhood friend of Wallis Simpson’s, Mary Kirk was a bridesmaid at her first wedding and introduced her to Ernest Simpson in 1925; she also was the “other woman” with whom Simpson took a hotel suite in Berkshire in order to give his wife evidence of adultery to so she could bring divorce proceedings against him. Ernest Simpson and Mary Raffray were married in the Diamond Jubilee ballroom of the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Connecticut on 19 November 1937, six months after the groom’s divorce from Wallis Simpson and three weeks after the bride’s divorce from Raffray.

Mary and Ernest Simpson had one child, Ernest Henry Child Simpson, who was born prematurely on 27 September 1939, and christened at the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, London. In June 1940, the Simpsons sent their infant son to the United States to escape the war including the Blitz. However, a month before Mary’s death he returned with her to England. Mary Simpson died of breast cancer on 2 October 1941, at the couple’s home in Wiltshire, England. Their son changed his name legally after 1958 to Aharon Solomons and became a soldier in the Israeli army. Solomons is an A.I.D.A free-diving Instructor Trainer and currently teaches in Eilat, Israel.

Simpson’s fourth wife was Avril Leveson-Gower (née Avril Joy Mullens, 1910 – 28 November 1978), the former wife of Brigadier General Hugh Nugent Leveson-Gower, RA and of H.S.H. Prince George G. Imeretinsky. She was the younger daughter of Sir John Ashley Mullens, of Manor House, Haslemere, Surrey, by his wife, the former Evelyne Maude Adamson. Simpson and Avril Leveson-Gower were married in London on 12 August 1948. By this marriage Simpson had a stepdaughter, Lucinda Gaye Leveson-Gower (born 1935, married Spencer Le Marchant in 1955). Avril Simpson was killed in a car crash in Mexico.

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born at Heathwood, her parents’ home at 8 Wildwood Road in Hampstead Garden Suburb, a northwestern suburb of London; the younger of two children of Francis Lenn Taylor (1897–1968) and Sara Sothern (née Sara Viola Warmbrodt,1895–1994), who were Americans residing in England. Taylor’s older brother, Howard Taylor, was born in 1929. Her parents were originally from Arkansas City, Kansas. Francis Taylor was an art dealer, and Sara was a former actress whose stage name was “Sara Sothern”. Sothern retired from the stage in 1926 when she married Francis in New York City. Taylor’s two first names are in honor of her paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Mary (Rosemond) Taylor.

Colonel Victor Cazalet, one of their closest friends, had an important influence on the family. He was a rich, well-connected bachelor, a Member of Parliament and close friend of Winston Churchill. Cazalet loved both art and theater and was passionate when encouraging the Taylor family to think of England as their permanent home. Additionally, as a Christian Scientist and lay preacher, his links with the family were spiritual. He also became Elizabeth’s godfather. In one instance, when she was suffering with a severe infection as a child, she was kept in her bed for weeks. She “begged” for his company: “Mother, please call Victor and ask him to come and sit with me.

Katherine Dunham facts: As a dancer and choreographer, Katherine Dunham Fanny June (Taylor) Weir, who had families of their own by the time Dunham was When Dunham was three years old, her mother died after a lengthy illness.

Katherine Dunham’s friend:

AKA Danielle, Bailey, Weir etc..Also see Weather Underground:

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Forbes/ Lagarde family:

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Forbes Kerry/ Khourey/Curry:

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Forbes/ Hyde/ Paine:

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The Campbell Baronetcy, of Auchinbreck in the County of Argyll, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 24 January 1628 for Sir Dugald Campbell. He was a descendant of Duncan Campbell of Kilmichael, younger son of Duncan Campbell, 1st Lord Campbell, ancestor of the Dukes of Argyll. The fifth Baronet was one of the Scottish representatives to the 1st Parliament of Great Britain.

  • Sir Dugald Campbell, 1st Baronet (c. 1570-1641)
  • Sir Duncan Campbell, 2nd Baronet (died 1645)
  • Sir Dugald Campbell, 3rd Baronet (died c. 1661)
  • Sir Duncan Campbell, 4th Baronet (died c. 1700)
  • Sir James Campbell, 5th Baronet (c. 1679-1756)
  • Sir James Campbell, 6th Baronet (died 1812)
  • Sir John Baptist William Edward Charles Campbell, 7th Baronet (died 1838)
  • Sir John Eyton Campbell, 8th Baronet (1809-1853)
  • Sir Louis Henry Dugald Campbell, 9th Baronet (1844-1875)
  • Sir Norman Montgomery Abercrombie Campbell, 10th Baronet (1846-1901)
  • Sir Charles Ralph Campbell, 11th Baronet (1850-1919)
  • Sir Charles Ralph Campbell, 12th Baronet (1881-1948)
  • Sir Norman Dugald Ferrier Campbell, 13th Baronet (1883-1968)
  • Sir Louis Hamilton Campbell, 14th Baronet (1885-1970)
  • Sir Robin Auchinbreck Campbell, 15th Baronet (born 1922)

The heir apparent to the baronetcy is Louis Auchinbreck Campbell of Auchinbreck, the Younger, (born 1953), only son of the 15th Baronet.

Campbell baronets, of Ardnamurchan and Airds; First creation (1628)

The Campbell Baronetcy, of Ardnamurchan and Airds in the County of Argyll, was created in the Baronetage of Nova Scotia on 23 December 1628 for Donald Campbell. He resigned his dignity into the King’s hands on 28 August 1643 for a new enrollment of it and the lands annexed in favour of his nephew and heirs male. Upon Donald’s death, his nephew, George (son of Sir John Campbell of Calder), did not claim the title, nor did the next succeeding three heirs, John (3rd), father of Alexander Campbell (4th), married to his cousin Jean Campbell (daughter of Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy, 4th Baronet, and third wife Christian Muschet), parents of Donald Campbell (5th), married to Margaret Maclaine, parents of John Campbell, married to his cousin Jane Campbell. But about 1790 John Campbell, great-great-grandson of George, resumed the title as 6th Baronet being followed in turn by his son John Campbell, Lieutenant Governor of St Vincent 1845–1853. His son, Major-General John William Campbell‘s claim to be placed on the Official Roll of the Standing Council of the Baronetage (itself created 1898) in right of the 1628 creation was not recognised but a new baronetcy was conferred upon him in November 1913 with special precedence (see below).

  • Sir Norman Montgomery Abercrombie Campbell, 10th Baronet (1846-1901)

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