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, promoted to Lieutenant in October 1857, and Captain (by purchase) in May 1864.
In October 1877 came a Brevet promotion to Major. He retired from the army in July 1881, and received the honorary rank of Lieutenant-colonel. On 4 March 1881 Chaine was appointed Marshal of the Ceremonies to Queen Victoria, 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.
Chaine was married, in the Private Chapel, Kensington Palace, on 4 December 1872, 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. She died at Kensington Palace 21 December 1915, and he himself died at Kensington Palace in July the following year.
|Assistant Master of the Ceremonies
Robert Follett Synge
- 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
- The London Gazette: . 12 December 1856.
- The London Gazette: . 9 Oct 1857.
- The London Gazette: . 10 May 1864.
- The London Gazette: . 14 June 1864.
- The London Gazette: . 2 October 1877.
- The London Gazette: . 30 September 1881.
- The London Gazette: . 21 February 1882.
- The London Gazette: . 4 March 1881.
- "Court Circular" The Times (London). Saturday, 27 July 1901. (36518), p. 11.
- The London Gazette: . 16 August 1901.
- "Marriages" The Times (London). Friday, 6 December 1872. (27553), p. 1.
- The Observer 9 July 1916, article "Court and Social"
- "Deaths" The Times (London). Wednesday, 22 December 1915. (41044), p. 1.
- "Deaths" The Times (London). Tuesday, 1 July 1916. (41210), p. 1.