David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie
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|The Earl of Airlie|
17 May 1926 |
|Title||Earl of Airlie|
|Tenure||28 December 1968 - present|
|Spouse(s)||Virginia Fortune Ryan|
|Issue||Lady Doune Ogilvy
Lady Jane Ogilvy
David Ogilvy, Lord Ogilvy
Lady Elizabeth Ogilvy
Background and education
Airlie is the eldest son of David Ogilvy, 7th (or 12th) Earl of Airlie and Lady Alexandra Coke. His younger brother was Sir Angus Ogilvy, the husband of HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent. Born in London, Lord Airlie was educated at Eton and served in the Scots Guards during the Second World War. He remained in the army until 1950, when he attended the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, in order to learn more about estate management. He maintains two homes on the family's 69 000 acre (280 km²) estate in Angus: Cortachy Castle and Airlie Castle. He also has a home in Chelsea, London.
He subsequently took up merchant banking, joining J. Henry Schroder in 1953. He was appointed a director of the company in 1961 and chairman in 1973. In 1984, Lord Airlie resigned from Schroder in order to take up the position of Lord Chamberlain.  He was following in the footsteps of his late father, who served as Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. He remained in the post until 1997. He was made a Knight of the Thistle in 1985.
Lord Airlie has also served as the Lord Lieutenant of Angus in Scotland, and as the Captain General of The Royal Company of Archers and Gold Stick for Scotland. He was also the founding Chancellor of the University of Abertay Dundee (1994–2009). His wife, the Countess of Airlie, is a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II. His grandmother, Mabell, Countess of Airlie was a Lady-in-Waiting and subsequently Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary.
On 23 October 1952, he married Virginia Fortune Ryan, daughter of a wealthy American businessman John Barry Ryan and his wife, Margaret, daughter of wealthy financier Otto Kahn. The wedding took place at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.
They have six children:
- Lady Doune Mabell Ogilvy (b. 13 August 1953
- Lady Jane Fortune Margaret Ogilvy (b. 24 June 1955
- David John Ogilvy, Lord Ogilvy (b. 9 March 1958
- The Hon. Bruce Patrick Mark Ogilvy (b. 7 April 1959
- The Lady Elizabeth Clementine Ogilvy (b. 4 June 1965
- The Hon. Patrick Alexander Ogilvy (b. 24 March 1971
The numbering of the titles vary, depending on whether the attainted holders of the earldom and their successors are counted or not. He is a recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain. In November 2007, Buckingham Palace announced. Lord Airlie was appointed Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle, following the death of the previous Chancellor, the Duke of Buccleuch.
|Ancestors of David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie|
In popular culture
- The London Gazette: . 13 November 2007.
- "The Rt Hon the Earl of Airlie, KT, GCVO, PC". http://www.debretts.com/. Debrett's. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
- Tomlinson, Richard (20 Dec, 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent.
- The London Gazette: . 6 October 1964.
- The London Gazette: . 2 January 1973.
- "London Pageantry AKA Queen Mother Attends… 1952". British Pathe.
- The London Gazette: . 19 December 1997.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Airlie
- Royal Household
- Lord Airlie's family
The Lord Maclean
The Lord Camoys
The Earl of Dalhousie
|Lord Lieutenant of Angus
The Duke of Buccleuch
|Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle
2007 – present
|Peerage of Scotland|
David Lyulph Gore Wolseley Ogilvy
|Earl of Airlie
1968 – present
David John Ogilvy, Lord Ogilvy
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Earl of Dalhousie
The Earl of Leven