Alexander Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Stockton
Alexander Macmillan, Lord Stockton.jpg
Preceded by Harold Macmillan
Personal details
Born (1943-10-10) 10 October 1943 (age 71)
Spouse(s) Birgitte Hamilton (m. 1970, div. 1991)
Miranda, Countess of Stockton (m. 1995, div. 2011)
Parents Maurice Macmilllan, Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden
Katharine Ormsby-Gore

Alexander Daniel Alan Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton (born 10 October 1943) is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4] 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; in 2011 he lost to Lord Hanworth in a ballot for the seat of the deceased Lord Strabolgi; and in 2014 he lost out to The Earl of Oxford and Asquith [5]

At the May 2011 local council elections, Lord Stockton was elected as a Conservative councillor on South Bucks district council.[6] 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.[7]

Lord Stockton renovated Hayne Manor with his current wife in Devon and listed it for sale.[8][9]

On 29 April 2002, Lord Stockton 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.[10]

Lord Stockton is Vice President of the Royal Crescent Society, Bath.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 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–)




Arms of Alexander Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton
A Coronet of an Earl
[Upon a Helm with a Wreath Azure and Sable] within Sprigs of Oak fructed Or a dexter Cubit Arm and a sinister Arm embowed both proper the dexter hand gauntleted Or and with the other brandishing a Two Handed Sword proper Hilt Pommel and Quillons Sable
Argent a Chief Or overall between three Open Books proper edged Or and bound Azure those in chief inscribed respectively in letters Sable "Miseres" and "Discere" and that in base also in letters Sable inscribed "Succo" and as many Mullets Azure a Lion rampant Sable
On the dexter side a Lion rampant Gules, and on the sinister side an American Bald Headed Eagle proper, both standing upon a Compartment comprising a crenelated Wall proper in the portal thereof an Anchor Azure and jointed on either side by two Bars wavy Azure to a Grassy Mount growing from that on the dexter a Long Branch and from that on the sinister a Thistle both proper



External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harold Macmillan
Earl of Stockton
Heir apparent:
Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden