Brantley Carter Bolling Knowles

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Mrs. Peter Irving Channing Knowles, II
(Brantley Carter Bolling Knowles)

Brantley Carter Bolling Knowles, a native Virginian, is the daughter of Albert Stuart Bolling, Jr. and Brantley Carter Lamberd Bolling. She is married to Peter I.C. Knowles, II, Captain USAR (Ret.); they have two sons, three granddaughters, and one grandson. She and her husband maintain residences in Virginia and Palm Beach. 

Mrs. Knowles’ early education was in Portsmouth, VA, and she was later graduated from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA. She was a 2009 Attingham Trust Summer Scholar (UK), and participated in decorative arts programs at West Dean College (Sussex), the University of Nottingham, and the University of York, all in England. A retired appraiser of antiquities and personal property, she was the founder and former owner of Chadwick Antiques, LTD. Mrs. Knowles, a museum management and decorative arts consultant, is former Virginia Regent of Gunston Hall Plantation (1755). She is current President General of The Colonial Dames of America, which operates the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (1799, the eighth oldest structure in Manhattan).  Mrs. Knowles is a frequent lecturer on historical, decorative arts, and genealogical subjects. In 2017, Mrs. Knowles was one of 30 international, residential scholars at Windsor (UK) who were privileged to study the collection of HM, the Queen, under the aegis of Attingham Royal Collection Studies.

Mrs. Knowles is a former member of the Lincoln Cathedral Foundation board of directors. Additionally, she is Vice President of the American Friends of St. George’s Chapel (UK) and the Hereditary Descendants of the Knights of the Garter (UK). Mrs. Knowles serves on the Council of American Ancestors / New England Historic Genealogical Society NEHGS, a 250,000 member organization.  She is on the Advisory Board of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA. Mrs. Knowles is an active member of the Towton Battlefield Society (UK), which preserves the site of the bloodiest battle in the history of England, fought March 23, 1461, during the Wars of the Roses.  Mrs. Knowles is a Board Member of the College of Arms Foundation USA, and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Trust for Scotland USA.

* Colonial Dames of America (President General)
* National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
   (Former Virginia President)
* Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors (Honorary
   Governor General)

* National Order of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe (Honorary
   President General)

* Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion (Secretary General)
* Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers (Honorary Governor General)
* Order of the First Families of Virginia
* General Society of Mayflower Descendants
* Daughters of the Cincinnati
* National Society Americans of Royal Descent (Honorary President
   General; member of Saint Louis)
* One Hundred Living Descendants of Blood Royal (Founding Regent)
* Descendants of the Knights of the Garter (UK)

* Order of the Merovingian Dynasty (Honorary President General)
* Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
   (Second Vice President General)
* Order of the Crown in America
* Baronial Order of the Magna Charta (Surety)
* Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192 (First Vice President General)
* Military Order of the Crusades
* Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry
* National Gavel Society

Chivalric Orders
The Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Bestowed by Her
   Majesty Queen Elizabeth, II) - Commander, North America Priory

Other Notes
In Virginia, Mrs. Knowles is or has been a trustee of:
The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA Preservation VA), The Historic Prestwould Foundation, Gunston Hall Plantation, The Museum of the Confederacy, and Historic Petersburg Museums Foundation. Mrs. Knowles’ Florida activities include: The Flagler Museum, The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, and the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. An accomplished flower show judge, Mrs. Knowles is a Judge Emerita in Floral Design for both the Garden Club of Virginia, and the Garden Club of America.  Mrs. Knowles serves on the Advisory Council of Hillwood Museum, the former Washington D.C. home of the cereal heiress and collector, Marjorie Merriweather Post.

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