Biography and Notes

When Janet's mother was carrying Janet there was a little wager within the family as to whether she or John Simpson or Princess Elizabeth (now the Queen) would be born first. The result was: Janet 28th March; John 13th April and Princess Elizabeth 21st April, all 1926.

Our picture shows Brownie with her older sister Grizel.

A friend of Brownie's daughter, Joanna, with whom she attended Winkfield Place recalls being invited (in 1969/70) to cook for the Reiss family whilst the resident cook was on holiday. The interview for the job took place in Sir John's office which overlooked the gardens of Buckingham Palace. The job itself was at Baggrave Hall where the Quorn met in Leicestershire. The Hall was haunted, but it seems in a not unfriendly way - manifestations being limited to moved kitchen utensils, rolled up carpets and the occasional draught from the swirling of a heavy ball gown.

Life Events

1945Married Gary Twenlow BOOTH-JONES in Westminster, London
1946Birth of daughter Virginia BOOTH-JONES
1947Birth of daughter Georgina Caroline BOOTH-JONES
1951Married Sir John Anthony Ewart REISS in Chelsea, London
1952Birth of daughter Joanna REISS
1953Death of father Air V/M Sir Norman Duckworth Kerr MacEWEN CB CMG DSO
1955Birth of daughter Camilla C REISS
1971Death of husband Gary Twenlow BOOTH-JONES
1977Death of daughter Georgina Caroline BOOTH-JONES
1977Death of mother Jean Jardine Johnstone KESWICK
1989Death of husband Sir John Anthony Ewart REISS

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