Alexander Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Stockton
Alexander Macmillan, Lord Stockton.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for South West England
In office
10 June 1999 – 10 June 2004
Preceded by Constituency created
Succeeded by Roger Knapman
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
29 December 1986 – 11 November 1999
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded by Harold Macmillan
Succeeded by House of Lords Act 1999
Personal details
Born (1943-10-10) 10 October 1943 (age 74)
Spouse(s) Birgitte Hamilton (m. 1970, div. 1991)
Miranda, Countess of Stockton (m. 1995, div. 2011)
Relations Maurice Macmilllan, Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden (father)
Katharine Ormsby-Gore (mother)
Children Daniel Macmillan, Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden
Lady Rebecca Macmillan
Lady Louisa Macmillan

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.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1943–1984: Mr Alexander Macmillan
  • 1984: The Hon. Alexander Macmillan
  • 1984–1986: Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden
  • 1986–1999: The Rt Hon. The Earl of Stockton
  • 1999–2004: The Rt Hon. The Earl of Stockton MEP
  • 2004–: The Rt Hon. The Earl of Stockton





  1. ^ "Earl Alexander Macmillan speaks at Royal Hotel dinner". Scarborough Evening News, April 17, 2008
  2. ^ "Mr Alexander Macmillan". 
  3. ^ "- Person Page 4608". 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-06. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
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  6. ^ "Election results". South Bucks Council. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. 
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Hunting, shooting and partying", The Sunday Times, July 16, 2006
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Queen dines with her prime ministers". BBC News. 29 April 2002. 
  11. ^ "The elite". The Guardian. 11 April 1999. 


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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harold Macmillan
Earl of Stockton
Heir apparent:
Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Earl of Woolton
Order of Precedence of the United Kingdom Succeeded by
Lord Nicholas Windsor