William Chaine

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Lieutenant-Colonel William Chaine, MVO (1 January 1838 - 3 July 1916)[1] was a British military officer and courtier.

Military and Court career

Chaine was born in Antrim in 1838, and was a Lieutenant of the Antrim Artillery Militia in his early teens. He was commissioned as a Cornet in the 7th Dragoon Guards in December 1856,[2] promoted to Lieutenant in October 1857,[3] and Captain (by purchase) in May 1864.[4]

One month later, in June 1864, he exchanged from the Dragoon guards to the 10th Hussars,[5] where he remained until he retired from the army.

In October 1877 came a Brevet promotion to Major.[6] He retired from the army in July 1881,[7] and received the honorary rank of Lieutenant-colonel.[8] On 4 March 1881 Chaine was appointed Marshal of the Ceremonies to Queen Victoria,[9] and in 1887 he advanced to Assistant Master of the Ceremonies to the Queen. He resigned shortly after the accession of King Edward VII in 1901.[1]

He was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO) by King Edward VII in July 1901[10] (the order was gazetted 16 August 1901).[11]


Chaine was married, in the Private Chapel, Kensington Palace, on 4 December 1872,[12] to Maria Henrietta Sophia Phipps (1837-1915), widow of Captain Frederick Sayer, and the daughter of Sir Charles Beaumont Phipps, KCB (1801-1866) by his wife Margaret Anne (née Bathurst). They had a son, W. R. Chaine.

Mrs. Chaine held the office of Keeper of the State Apartments at Kensington Palace, and the couple were allowed the use of a grace and favour appartement at the palace, a rare gift.[13] She died at Kensington Palace 21 December 1915,[14] and he himself died at Kensington Palace in July the following year.[15]

Court offices
Preceded by
Augustus Savile
Assistant Master of the Ceremonies
Succeeded by
Robert Follett Synge


  1. 1.0 1.1 CHAINE, Lt-Col William’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007
  2. The London Gazette: no. 21949. p. 4187. 12 December 1856.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 22049. p. 3355. 9 Oct 1857.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 22852. p. 2517. 10 May 1864.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 22863. p. 3073. 14 June 1864.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 24508. p. 5463. 2 October 1877.
  7. The London Gazette: no. 25021. p. 4897. 30 September 1881.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 25074. p. 710. 21 February 1882.
  9. The London Gazette: no. 24946. p. 1018. 4 March 1881.
  10. "Court Circular" The Times (London). Saturday, 27 July 1901. (36518), p. 11.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 27346. p. 5409. 16 August 1901.
  12. "Marriages" The Times (London). Friday, 6 December 1872. (27553), p. 1.
  13. The Observer 9 July 1916, article "Court and Social"
  14. "Deaths" The Times (London). Wednesday, 22 December 1915. (41044), p. 1.
  15. "Deaths" The Times (London). Tuesday, 1 July 1916. (41210), p. 1.