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 and two granddaughters. 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 current the Virginia Regent of Gunston Hall Plantation (1755). Additionally, Mrs. Knowles is a member of the Museum Committee of Mount Vernon Hotel Museum (1799) the eighth oldest structure in Manhattan.  She is a frequent lecturer on historical, decorative arts, and genealogical subjects.

Mrs. Knowles serves as President of the Society of American Friends of Lincoln Cathedral, and is a 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). 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.

* Order of Descendants of Colonial Cavaliers (HonoraryGovernor General)
* One Hundred Living Descendants of Blood Royal (Founding Regent)
* National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (Member of the
   National Honor Roll, Board of Regents Gunston Hall Plantation, Chairman-
   NSCDA Attingham Scholarship Committee, former President NSCDA-VA - a
   1,500 member group)
* Colonial Dames of America (2nd Vice President General, former President-
   CDA Chapter XVII Palm Beach)
* Hereditary Order of Descendants of Colonial Governors (Honorary
   Governor General)
* Daughters of the Cincinnati
* Order of the Merovingian Dynasty (Honorary President General, Founding
* Order of the First Families of Virginia
* National Order of the Knights of the Golden Horseshoe (Lady; President

* National Society Americans of Royal Descent (President General;
   member of the Most Venerable Order of Saint Louis)
* Ancient Heraldic and Chivalric Order of Albion (Secretary General)
* Jamestowne Society
* Order of Three Crusades 1096-1192
(First Vice President General)
* Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in the United States of America
   (Member of the Council)
* National Gavel Society
* Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry
* Military Order of the Crusades
* Baronial Order of the Magna Charta
* Order of the Crown in America
* Descendants of the Knights of the Garter (UK)
* Huguenot Society of Virginia
* National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
* United Daughters of the Confederacy

Chivalric Orders
The Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Bestowed by Her
   Majesty Queen Elizabeth, II) - Chapter Member, 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 Emeritus for the Garden Club of Virginia, and is an Accredited Judge of Floral Design for the Garden Club of America.

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