John Dalrymple, 14th Earl of Stair

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John David James Dalrymple, 14th Earl of Stair (born 4 September 1961) is a British politician who, since 2008, has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

Background[edit]

Stair is the eldest child of John Dalrymple, 13th Earl of Stair and Davina Katherine Bowes-Lyon (born 2 May 1930), daughter of David Bowes-Lyon, brother of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Lord Stair's mother, Davina, therefore, is a first cousin of The Queen and he is a second cousin of The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal, The Duke of York, and The Earl of Wessex.

Political career[edit]

On inheriting his peerage in 1996, Lord Stair entered the House of Lords and sat as a crossbencher—that is, an independent. In 1999, the House of Lords Act removed the rights of all hereditary peers to sit in the House; however, ninety-two peers were permitted to remain in the House, elected by other peers. He failed to be elected at that time. Following the death of Davina Ingrams, 18th Baroness Darcy de Knayth in 2008, Lord Stair was elected to the Lords, on, 13 October 2011, he made a speech in the Aviation Debate.

Family[edit]

Lord Stair married Emily Mary Julia Stonor, daughter of Ralph Stonor, 7th Baron Camoys and Elizabeth Mary Hyde Parker, in 2006.

They have two children:

  • John James Thomas Dalrymple, Viscount Dalrymple (born 3 January 2008) [1]
  • Elizabeth Alice Mary Lily (born 24 July 2012) [2]

Ancestry[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of John Dalrymple, 14th Earl of Stair
Coronet
A Coronet of an Earl
Crest
A Rock proper
Escutcheon
Quarterly: 1st grandquarter, Or on a Saltire Azure nine Lozenges of the field (Dalrymple); 2nd grandquarter, Or a Chevron chequy Sable and Argent between three Water Bougets of the second (Ross); 3rd grandquarter, quarterly: 1st and 4th counterquartered: 1st and 4th, Gules three Cinquefoils Ermine; 2nd and 3rd, Argent a Galley sales furled Sable; the whole within a Bordure company Argent and Azure, the first charged with Hearts Gules and the second with Mullets Argent (Hamilton of Bargany); 2nd and 3rd, Gules on a Fess between three Crescents Or as many Mullets Azure (de Franquetot); 4th grandquarter, quarterly: 1st and 4th, Gules on a Chevron between three Cinquefoils Argent as many Round Buckles Azure (Hamilton of Fala); 2nd and 3rd, Gules three Martlets Argent (Makgill)
Supporters
On either side a Stork holding in its beak a Fish all proper
Motto
Firm

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Aymer Dalrymple
Earl of Stair
1996–present
Incumbent