Birth Name: Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil
Place of Birth: Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
Date of Birth: 25 September, 1977
*father – English, some Irish, as well as 1/64th French-Canadian, remote Scottish and Welsh
*mother – Filipino, some Spanish
Rachel Grant is is a Filipino-born English actress, television host, adventurer, writer, humanitarian, and social entrepreneur. She is known for her role as the Bond girl Peaceful Fountains of Desire in Die Another Day.
Rachel is the daughter of Isabel (Padua), who founded The Padua Charitable Fund, and Michael Charles Grant, 12th Baron de Longueuil (born Michael Grant de Longueuil), a retired doctor, hypnotist, and artist. Rachel was born in Manila, Philippines, and grew up in Nottingham, England. She resides in New York. Rachel is married to Biaggi Luggage CEO, Stephen Hersh.
Rachel’s father, who is British, has English, some Irish, 1/64th French-Canadian, and remote Scottish and Welsh, ancestry. Rachel’s mother is Filipino, and is also said to have Spanish ancestry.
Rachel is a second cousin, twice removed, of Queen Elizabeth II. Rachel’s paternal great-great-great-grandparents, Claude Bowes-Lyon and Frances Dora Smith, were also Queen Elizabeth’s maternal great-grandparents.
Rachel’s paternal grandfather was Raymond David Grant, 11th Baron de Longueuil (the son of Ronald Charles Grant, 10th Baron de Longueuil, and of Ernestine Hester Maud Bowes-Lyon). The 11th Baron was born in Sus, France. The 10th Baron was born in Pau, France, the son of John Grant, 9th Baron de Longueuil; and of Mary/Maria Carlotta Barron. The 9th Baron was born in Bath, Somerset, England, of English, one eight French-Canadian, and distant Scottish, Welsh, and Irish, descent; most or all of his recent ancestors were American. Rachel’s great-great-grandmother Mary Barron’s father, Joseph Barron, was born in Spain, of Irish descent, and Mary’s mother, Roberta Walkinshaw, likely had English ancestry. Rachel’s great-grandmother Ernestine was born in Glamis, Angus, Scotland, the daughter of Ernest Bowes-Lyon and Isobel Hester Drummond, and had English ancestry, with smaller amounts of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh.
Rachel’s paternal grandmother was named Anne Patricia Maltby (the daughter of Patrick Brough Maltby).
Rachel’s maternal grandfather was named Ceferino Padua (the son of Dr. Regino Gaerlan Padua). Regino was the son of Luisa Gaerlan.
Rachel’s maternal grandmother was named Neilie.
Sources: Genealogy of Rachel Grant – https://www.geni.com
Genealogy of Rachel Grant (focusing on her father’s side) – http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Rachel’s paternal grandfather, Raymond David Grant – https://www.findagrave.com
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