Alastair Boyd, 7th Baron Kilmarnock
Early life 
Personal life 
Boyd married Diana Mary Gibson in 1954 but the marriage was dissolved in 1970. Gibson died in 1975. He married for a second time, in 1977. His new wife, Hilary Bardwell ("Hilly"), had been married twice before: first to Kingsley Amis (with whom she had three children: Philip Amis, the novelist Martin Amis, and Sally Amis), and later to D. R. Shackleton Bailey. Boyd and Bardwell had one son, James Charles Edward Boyd, known as "Jaime," who was born in 1972. After the end of Kingsley Amis's second marriage, he came to live with Lord Kilmarnock and his ex-wife Hilly.
Boyd lived for much of his life at Ronda in Andalusia, first with Diana, and later with Hilly and their son James. Boyd's younger brother, Robin Jordan Boyd, (born 1941), succeeded to the peerage in 2009. He has two sons, Simon John Boyd, born 1978, and Mark Julian Boyd, born 1981. The heir apparent is the elder of his two sons, Simon John Boyd, who has a son, Lucian Michael Boyd (born 2007).
Political career 
After inheriting his father's title in 1975, he took his seat in the House of Lords, eventually joining the Social Democratic Party. He served as the party's Chief Whip in the Lords from 1983 to 1986.
His publications include Sabbatical Year (1958); The Road from Ronda (1969); The Companion Guide to Madrid and Central Spain (1974); The Essence of Catalonia (1988); The Sierras of the South (1992); The Social Market and the State (1999); and Rosemary: A Memoir (2005).
His essay, The Quest (2006), on the paintings of his friend Miles Richmond (1922–2008), appeared in catalogues that accompanied exhibitions by Richmond at the Convento de Santo Domingo, Ronda (2006) and the Galeria Italcable, Malaga (2008). Richmond had arrived at Ronda in 1954 to work beside his teacher, David Bomberg, in Bomberg's last years. He and Boyd first met at Ronda in 1957, when Richmond and his wife Susanna, both painters, introduced Boyd and Diana to the 'pleasure and practicability of getting around the countryside on horseback'.
- Obituary, The Daily Telegraph, 20 March 2009
- "Lord Kilmarnock: Writer and politician who also helped care for Kingsley Amis in the novelist's later years". The Independent. 27 March 2009.
- The Quest. Miles Richmond, Painter
- The Times obituary
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Debrett's Peerage
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Robin Jordan Boyd