JEWELS WEDDING PRESENTS
Among the many wedding gifts were the presentation from residents of Newton Stewart—antique wine coolers—silver loving cups from the past and present tenants on the estate, employees and household staff, a silver inkstand, which were all presented a week ago, when Lord Galloway was entertained in the M'Millan Hall, Newton Stewart, of which burgh his father was one time Provost.
The engagement ring...is an unusual one of diamonds and rubies, the centre ruby consisting of a fine stone in the shape of a heart.
The Sketch noted:
A beautiful tiara of delicate design from Mr and Mrs Griffith
ear-rings and much plate from Mrs. Wendell
large and ornate cross of Brazilian diamonds>> from the mother of the bridegroom
a massive diamond brooch from Lady Carnarvon.
The Scotsman, in a more extensive list, noted:
The Countess of Galloway gave the bride a ruby bracelet,
The bridegroom's gift was a diamond cross,
Lord and Lady Carnarvon gave a diamond corsage spray,
Mr Percival Griffiths, a diamond and ruby brooch and diamond earrings,
diamond tiara and diamond bracelet from her maternal aunt Mrs Griffiths,
Mrs Wendell gave her daughter a cheque and an old silver tea service, which had belonged to her great-grandmother,
also earrings and an amethyst and diamond brooch and silver vegetable dishes.
Mr and Mrs Jac Wendell gave a cheque,
The bride to the bridegroom a fitted tortoiseshell engraved » THE DESCENT OF THE EARL OF GALLOWAY.
Ten bridesmaids and two pages, wearing the tartan of the Stewarts, made an imposing procession as they walked behind the Earl of Galloway' s bride yesterday. St Margaret' s Church, Westminster, was filled with the many relations and friends of the popular bride and bridegroom, for Miss Phillippa Wendell, younger sister of the Countess Carnarvon, has lived in this country for many years, her widowed mother, Mrs J. Wendell, of New York, having lived with her sister, Mrs Percival Griffiths, of Sandridgebury, near St Albans and at 34 Bryanston Square when in London.
White roses, heather, and lilies adorned the church, where green bay trees made an avenue. The choral service was taken by the Rev. Hon. Canon the Hon. Robert Grimston, assisted by the Rev. Hugh Anson. During the arrival of the guests the organist played the Ave Maria by Gounod, followed by the Bridal March from "Lohengrin " and the hymns chosen wore "Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us" and "Perfect Love" to the tune set by Lord Crofton.
Sunshine gleamed on the gold and shot silver tissue of the bride's train, as well as throwing up in its glorious beauty the shot red and gold of the bridesmaids dresses.
Miss Wendell was a demure bride, her dark hair showing at the sides only of her old Brussels lace veil. The beautiful Reville wedding gown cut "robe princesse" was of a Venetian design, forming a sheath-like effect. It was carried out in ivory satin radium, woven in such a way as to give an effect of minute blister pearls. A beautiful ceinture of pearls and rhinestones adorned the gown, from one side of which hung long trails of the same pearls. The full length wedding train was of hand-woven gold and silver cloth, bordered with fine lace. The veil was of wonderful old family lace. With this exquisite toilette was carried a bouquet of white roses, heather, fine orange blossom, tied with a riband of the Galloway-Stuart tartan.
In the bride's bouquet were a few sprigs of orange blossom grown from a piece taken from the bouquet carried by the bridegroom' s mother.
Fully realising their importance, the two smart little pages, Lord Rhidian Crichton-Stuart and Master Michael Stewart, wore the green and black tartan of the Stewart plaid, with the slashed black velvet- coats so becoming to small boys. They held the bride' s train as the procession moved slowly up the long aisle.
Two by two walked the bridesmaids, wearing charming sashed frocks with silver lace flounces made in shot-silver tissue backed with bright rose red, and turbans of the same were worn without other ornaments whatever. Crimson carnations were made into bouquets, tied with the tartan ribbons. These bridesmaids were Miss Cynthia Fyers and Miss Sheelah Reade, cousins of the bridegroom; Miss Ealinor Wendell, cousin of the bride; Miss Marjory Glasgow, Lady Mary Amherst, the Hon. Kathleen Browne, daughter of Lord Oranmore and Browne, Miss S. Francis, Miss Anson, Miss Angela Pennyman, and Miss Violet Grimston. Gold bracelets were presented from the Earl to each bridesmaid.
Mr Jac Wendell arrived with his sister and gave her away, and with the bridegroom Captain Alan Macgregor-Whitten, Royal Scots Fusiliers, acted as best man.
Owing to the large number of friends present Mrs Wendell held the reception at Claridge's instead of 34 Bryanston Square, lent by Mrs Griffiths. But on the previous afternoon friends from abroad and the relations on both sides met at the "At Home" given by Mrs Wendell and Mrs Percival Griffiths to see the wedding gifts.
Mrs Wendell wore a dress and coat of black crepe with long lines of silver embroidery; a spray of purple orchids pinned to her collar.
The Countess of Galloway wore a dress of brown charmeuse with sable stole, brown velvet hat with touches of orange in the centres of large velvet roses round its crown, and her jewels were diamonds and several rows of pearls.
The Earl of Carnarvon accompanied the Countess, who wore lacquer red beneath a black satin coat. Mrs Jac Wendell was another wearing a black silk coat, hers with grey fur collar and hem. The infant Lord Porchester was carried in by his nurse to survey the scene. The Duchess of Buckingham and Chandos wore black and white, with a silver toque. The Dowager-Marchioness of Tweeddale had a blue hat with blue and red feathers and a black coat.
Sir Ronald Stewart, Baronet of Burray in Orkney and of Corsewall in Wigtownshire, 12th Lord Garlies and Earl of Galloway in the Peerage of Scotland, and also Lord Stewart of Garlies in that of the United Kingdom, owns wide lands in Wigtownshire and the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, amongst them being the lands of Garlies, which were the Royal recognition of the services of his ancestor Alexander, third hereditary.
Lord High Stewart of Scotland, in the defeat of the Horsemen at the Battle af Largs in 1263. It is to this descent that Lord Galloway' s proudest claim attaches, since it carries with it the position to-day of Heir Male of the old Lords High Stewart of Scotland—the office from which the name of Stewart was assumed when surnames first came into use.
"The office itself is now held by the Heir to the Crown, having been conferred , together with the title of Prince and Stewart of Scotland , hereditarily on his eldest eon by King Robert III., who , prior to ascending the Throne, had himself been the eighth High Stewart. The title "Prince and Stewart of Scotland" is thus, it may be observed the only historically correct designation of the Heir to the Throne for use in Scotland, as that of "Prince of Wales" is in England. King Robert was, however, not only King of Scots, but also Heir Male and Chief of the House of Stewart.
His legitimate male issue failed in the person of King James V., and while the Crown passed to that monarch's daughter, Mary, Queen of Scots, the male representation of the family passed to the Stewarts of Darnley — afterwards Earls of Lennox, descended from Sir John Stewart of Bonkyl —killed 1298— King Robert's great granduncle. But by the marriage of Mary, Queen of Scots to Lord Darnley, the two senior lines were united, and the son of that marriage, King James VI., thus combined in his own person, not only the honour of Heir Male, but also that of Heir of Line of his ancient race.
The last legitimate Heir Male of King James was the Cardinal, Duke of York , younger brother of Bonnie Prince Charlie of " the 45 " and thus on tho Cardinal' s deathbed of the two senior lines of the Stewarts again became extinct. The Crown had, in the interval, passed through a female line, to the present reigning house, but the male representation of the race remained in the exiled Stewarts, and thereafter reverted to a younger branch of their paternal line the Darnley Stewarts.
"The honour was claimed by the then Earl of Galloway, as a cadet of the family and also by Sir John Stuart of Castlemilk on the same ground. Much controversy ensued, but the Castlemilk claim is now only of academic interest, as that branch is also now extinct, in the male line, and it can safely be said that there is to-day no rival who can authoritatively challenge the Earl of Galloway's title to the honour of Heir Male of that Walter Fitz Alan, who before 1157 at least, was created Lord High Stewart of Scotland
Source:The Graphic,The Sketch,The Scotsman;