Alexander "Sandy" Saunderson

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Alexander Saunderson

Also Known As: "Sandy Saunderson"
Birthdate: (86)
Death: August 15, 2004 (86)
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Somerset Francis Saunderson and Marie Saunderson
Husband of Louise Astor Saunderson
Brother of Patricia Saunderson
Half brother of HANS-HEINRICH Georg Ludwig Franz Maria von Larisch-Moennich and DEMETRE Johann Benedikt Ferdinand Franz Maria von Larisch-Moennich, 60

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About Alexander "Sandy" Saunderson

The last Saunderson of Saunderson Castle = Sandy sold the County Cavan estate... It later went to the Scouts after it burnt.

The Irish Saundersons were a 17th-century branch of an old family, originally of Durham; a Lincolnshire branch, the Saundersons of Saxby, held the titles of Viscount Castleton (Irish: c. 1628) and Baron Saunderson (British: c. 1714) up to 1723.

In 18 March 1828, (a) Saunderson married Sarah Juliana, sister of fellow Cavan MP, Henry Maxwell and daughter of the Henry Maxwell, 6th Baron Farnham. They had three sons and two daughters. Their son Edward James Saunderson was also MP for Cavan 1865-1874 and later became MP for North Armagh 1885-1906. In 1947, Saunderson's great-grandson, also named Alexander, married Louise Astor Van Alen, granddaughter of James John Van Alen and grandniece of RMS Titanic victim John Jacob Astor IV, and the ex-wife of two different Georgian Mdivani princes.

• The next item is from http://www.mecfilms.com/updates/upd03-06.htm An account of: What's New at MEC Update as of March 2006

"Other Production News Previous productions have included: • SANDY SAUNDERSON. We recently did post production work and authored the DVD for a documentary about SANDY SAUNDERSON who presided over the War Tribunal at Nuremberg. The film was in association with William L. Van Alen, Jr. and CORNERSTONE ENTERTAINMENT. Here are some highlights of Sandy Saunderson's life and accomplishments: Captain Alexander (Sandy) Saunderson was born in England. During World War II, he enlisted in the British Army. He was captured by the Germans and remained a prisoner of war for five years. He was an accomplished pianist and held numerous concerts for the prisoners. He shared a prison cell with Sir John Leslie of Castle Leslie. While in prison, Sandy Sanunderson earned a law degree. He escaped from the prison and was appointed ADC and legal advisor to Lord Justice Lawrence, who presided over the War Tribunal at Nuremberg. While serving at Nuremberg, he was the last person to interview Hermann Goering, the infamous Nazi war criminal. After the War, Sandy Saunderson moved to California with his American wife, Lulu. He became Director of Auditions for the New York Metropolitan Opera and mentored a number of now famous opera singers, among which were Tom Hampson, Tom McKinney, Dean Rhodus, Bonnie Herwood and Frederika Von Stade. In latter years, Sandy Saunderson was supportive of Scouting Ireland's proposal to Develop the Castle Saunderson Estate as a Peace and Reconciliation Youth Activity Centre. Sandy Saunderson died on Thursday, September 16th, 2004 in Santa Barbara, California. He will always be remembered as an extremely witty and good-humored character with overwhelming charm.

You can see the film at http://www.mecfilms.com/mid/movies/sandy1.wmv for dial-up and http://www.mecfilms.com/mid/movies/sandy2.wmv for broadband." (~• ed note: these urls are either defunct or out of date)

For the story of Castle Saunderson, see wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Saunderson ^ we can see from the above that "Sandy is the great-grandson of

Real-life Santa Barbara January 28, 1987|By Maureen O. Sajbel and Glynis G. Costin. Writing from Santa Barbara.

Its not spicy and dicey, flashy and trashy, although it could be with all that excess money. A peek beyond the Montecito gardens reveals some Californians who pride themselves on elegance and understated clubbiness. Sailing down East Valley Road in her vintage or regaling friends with her famous jokes over lunch at the golf club, Louise Astor Van Alen Saunderson (Lulu to friends) dispels the image of the Montecito matron who spends all her time lounging by the pool or arranging roses.

While quiet relaxation is a part of the routine here, it is not the essence. Those who come to Santa Barbara to retire from frenetic cities are not content to let life pass them by. Saunderson, with her vivid anecdotes about fittings with Coco Chanel, epitomizes the urbane eccentricity,

love of elegance and tradition and spark of energy
that characterize Santa Barbara`s gentry.

Very few places are like this anymore, sighs Saunderson, with a tone that suggests civilizations last stand is here. Every other place has grown up so quickly. Santa Barbara has not grown up. I love the peace of it.

http://lordbelmontinnorthernireland.blogspot.com/2013/11/castle- saunderson.html

Alexander Saunderson Obituary - Philadelphia, PA | Philly ... www.legacy.com/obituaries/.../obituary.aspx?...alexander-sa... https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8

Legacy.com Sep 15, 2004 - ... be a Memorial Service for Alexander Saunderson who died August 15, ... After the service a video will be shown detailing Sandy's wartime ...

see also: Burke's Landed Gentry Of Ireland, 1976, Pg 1050 & http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/74019071/family?cfpid=32290404533

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Alexander "Sandy" Saunderson's Timeline

1917
September 5, 1917
2004
August 15, 2004
Age 86
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States