Alix Speir (nee McConnel), wife of Francis J. (Frank) Speir, gave birth to a daughter, Isabel, 11 July, 2006. Frank Speir is a son of Mr Thomas Francis Eyre (Tom) Speir, [b.1941], of Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire, and Mrs Richard Hall, of Hales, Shropshire, and Alix is the former Miss E. Alix McConnel, daughter of Captain and Mrs Ian McConnel, of Brailes, Oxfordshire.
The Speir family have been landowners at Middleton Tyas for 300 years. Francis Speir's paternal grandfather married a Baker Baker [landed gentry]; his great-grandfather married a Fletcher of Saltoun [landed gentry]; his gt-gt-grandfather married a daughter of the 2nd Baron Gifford; & his gt-gt-gt-grandfather married a daughter of Sir William Napier, 8th Baronet, of Merchistoun.
Source: Daily Telegraph 21 July 2006