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Veronica is a descendent of the Angevin dynasty and The Royal House of the Plantagenets, through the marriage of Empress Matilda daughter of Henry I to Geoffrey Plantagenet Count of Anjou.
Veronica founded More Than Good Manners in 2007 which led her to look more closely at her family history, with all its fascinating threads. Her great great grandfather was Sir Harry Parkes, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary and Consul General of the United Kingdom to China and to Japan. His beautiful daughter Mabel, married Egerton Bagot Byrd Levett-Scrivener and through him Veronica can trace her family back to Edward III, the founder of the Order of the Garter, which entitles Veronica to be styled a descendent of the Knights of the Order of the Garter, and a member of the Society of St George .
Veronica's family history continually overlaps. She is also descended from Bishop John Fisher, of Salisbury Cathedral, who is buried in St George's Chapel, as he was Chancellor of the Order of the Garter from 1807 to 1825. Bishop Fisher served as Chaplain to George III and in 1786 was made Canon of St George's Chapel Windsor. He was appointed Preceptor to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent. He married the heiress Dorothea Scrivener of Sibton Abbey, and as a great friend and patron of John Constable he commissioned the painting of them in front of Salisbury Cathedral in 1820.
Veronica is also descended from Sir Richard Levett, Lord Mayor of London, one of the first directors of the Bank of England and an adventurer of the East India Company and a friend of Sir Samuel Pepys. He owned the main estates at Kew and Cripplegate. His son in 1781 sold the Dutch House at Kew to George III and this is now known as Kew Palace.
Veronica's ancestors also include Admiral William Bligh (1754-1817) who was Captain of the Bounty, whose infamous mutiny has featured in several films. Another ancestor is General Augustine Prevost (1723-1782) who commanded the British Army in the invasion of North Carolina in 1779 and his son Sir George (1769-1816), who became Governor General and Commander in Chief of the British Forces in North America during the War of Independence.
Jane attended Queen Margaret's school, where manners and etiquette were high on the list of priorities, along with learning to make conversation, being a good hostess and the art of letter writing. With other interests being encouraged at school, Jane is equally at home with a piece of needlework or horses and the countryside. A keen horsewoman and side saddle rider, Jane is a published author and equestrian historian. As a Scot and having lived in Scotland for many years she has a good knowledge of Scottish history, geography and cultures and understands most of the dialects! She is able to make both young and not so young feel at ease in her company and is blessed with a good sense of humour.
William is a trusted authority on manners, etiquette and good taste. He has worked within Royal and VIP households, coached diplomats and businessmen, taught in schools and colleges and has advised several multi-national brands such as Bentley, Champagne Bollinger and The Ritz, London. He is an engaging speaker and has travelled the world to give his informative and often humorous talks in China, India, Monaco and Russia and is often quoted in The Times, The Sun and The Telegraph newspapers. He works with More Than Good Manners as a freelance manners and etiquette tutor.