Alexander Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton
|The Earl of Stockton|
|Born||10 October 1943|
|Title||Earl of Stockton|
|Tenure||29 December 1986 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Birgitte Hamilton (m. 1970, div. 1991)
Miranda, Countess of Stockton (m. 1995, div. 2011)
|Issue||Daniel Macmillan, Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden
Lady Rebecca Macmillan
Lady Louisa Macmillan
Katharine Macmillan, Viscountess Macmillan of Ovenden
Alexander Daniel Alan Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton (born 10 October 1943) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He is the first son of the late Conservative politician Maurice Macmillan and the first grandson of former prime minister Harold Macmillan.
Lord Stockton was educated at Eton College, the University of Paris, and at Strathclyde University. He was a member of the European Parliament for South West England from 1999 to 2004. He was one of the hereditary peers to have been excluded from the House of Lords. He inherited his peerage from his grandfather, Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1957 to 1963, on his death at the end of 1986, as his father was already deceased. He has several times been an unsuccessful candidate in the by-elections held among hereditary peers for a seat in the House of Lords: in 2007 he came third in a contest to replace Lord Mowbray, coming third behind the winner, Lord Cathcart, and Lord Younger of Leckie; in the 2010 by-election to replace Lord Northesk, he came second behind Lord Younger of Leckie; and in 2011 he lost to Lord Hanworth in a ballot for the seat of the deceased Lord Strabolgi.
At the May 2011 local council elections, Lord Stockton was elected as a Conservative councillor on South Bucks district council. Both his father Maurice Macmillan (1921–1984) and his grandfather preceded him as Chairman of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., the publishing house long owned by the family. Stockton sold it to the German Holtzbrinck group. He ranked 253rd in the Sunday Times 2004 Rich List, with an estimated wealth of £165m.
One of his more recent public appearances came on 29 April 2002, when he appeared alongside several other relatives of deceased former Prime Ministers, as well as the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and the four surviving former Prime Ministers, for a dinner at Buckingham Palace which formed part of the celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II.
Lord Stockton is Vice President of the Royal Crescent Society, Bath.
Titles and styles
- Alexander Macmillan Esq (1943–1984)
- The Hon. Alexander Macmillan (1984)
- Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden (1984–1986)
- The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Stockton (1986–1999)
- The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Stockton MEP (1999–2004)
- The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Stockton (2004–)
- Hélène Birgitte Hamilton, 1970, divorced 1991. There were three children of this marriage:
- Daniel Maurice Alan Macmillan, Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden (b. 9 October 1974)
- Lady Rebecca Elizabeth Macmillan (b. 1980)
- Lady Louisa Alexandra Macmillan (b. 1982)
- Miranda Quarry (the third wife of Peter Sellers), 23 December 1995, divorced 2011. This union produced no children.
- "Earl Alexander Macmillan speaks at Royal Hotel dinner". Scarborough Evening News, April 17, 2008
- "Election results". South Bucks Council.
- "Hunting, shooting and partying", The Sunday Times, July 16, 2006
- "Queen dines with her prime ministers". BBC News. 29 April 2002.
- "The elite". The Guardian. 11 April 1999.
- The Times Online report on the 2nd Earl of Stockton
- Profile of Alexander Macmillan, Viscount Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton
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