Alexander Scrymgeour, 12th Earl of Dundee

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The Earl Dundee
Government Whip
In office
3 October 1986 – 26 July 1989
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
Preceded bynew appointment
Succeeded byThe Lord Reay
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
28 October 1983
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byThe 11th Earl of Dundee
Personal details
Born (1949-06-05) June 5, 1949 (age 69)
Political partyConservative

Alexander Henry Scrymgeour, 12th Earl of Dundee, DL (born 5 June 1949) is a Scottish peer and Conservative politician.

Born on 5 June 1949 Dundee is the son of Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, 11th Earl of Dundee, and Patricia Montagu Douglas Scott.[1] He was educated at Eton College and the University of St Andrews. He is a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II.

Lord Scrymgeour's first active experience as a Conservative politician was as the party's candidate in the Hamilton by-election in 1978. He has sat in the House of Lords since his father's death in 1983, and served as a Lord-in-waiting (Conservative Party whip in the House of Lords) from 1986 to 1989. He served as Government Spokesperson for Education (1986–88), Government Spokesperson for Scottish Affairs (1986–89), Government Spokesperson for Home Affairs and for Energy from (1987–89). He was made an elected hereditary peer (as Earl of Dundee) in 1999.[2]

He has served as the UK delegate to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe from 1992 to 1997. He was also a Member of the Council of Europe parliament and the Western European parliament from 1992 to 1999.[2] The Earl is honorary consul for Croatia in Edinburgh,[3] and is decorated with the Order of Prince Branimir.[4] The Dundee Trust works on the Dalmatian coast in Croatia on behalf of DFID to distribute humanitarian aid to some of the poorest people in the Balkans.

A farmer of thirty years' experience, Lord Dundee's Farming Company manages some 20,000 acres over the counties of Fife and Angus. Dundee has sat in the House since 1983 where he has exercised his privileges on a number of agriculture and environmental standing committees. Most recently his interests have turned to health questions.[5]

Lord Dundee is also the Hereditary Royal Standard Bearer of Scotland,[6] Constable of Dundee, and Chief of the Name and Arms of Scrymgeour. He is a member of the New Club, Edinburgh and Whites in London.[7]


Lord Dundee married Siobhan Mary (died 11 March 2019), daughter of David Llewellyn of 41 Cleveland Square, London and Great Somerford, Wiltshire, on 19 July 1979. They have four children:

  • Lady Marina Patricia Scrymgeour (born 21 August 1980) She married Philip E. Thompson in 2004 and has a son.
  • Hon. Henry David Scrymgeour-Wedderburn, Viscount Dudhope (born 20 June 1982). He married Belgian artist Eloise Van Der Heyden in 2005 and has a son.
  • Lady Flora Hermione Vera Scrymgeour (born 3 November 1985). She was educated at St Mary's Calne, where she achieved 8 A levels. She went on to study art in the United States, and became an art therapist. She was part of the Casiraghis' (children of Princess Caroline of Monaco) social circles.
  • Lady Lavinia Rebecca Elizabeth Scrymgeour (born 1986). She was engaged as of 16 December 2010[8] to Dominic McCann, son of Peter McCann. She was then a riding instructor, and McCann ran a private hospital for addicts. She was educated at Ampleforth.


  1. ^ "Dundee: Deaths Announced". Daily Telegraph announcements.
  2. ^ a b "Earl of Dundee". BBC. Retrieved 28 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Diplomatic Missions and Consular Offices of Croatia - United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland". Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Odluka kojom se odlikuju Redom kneza Branimira s ogrlicom" (in Croatian). Narodne novine. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 26 February 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  5. ^ 9 November 2016,
  6. ^ Tomlinson, Richard (20 December 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent.
  7. ^ Who's Who 2016, 168th ed., Bloomsbury, {London 2015}
  8. ^ Richard Kay, Daily Mail

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Court offices
Preceded by
Earl of Lewes
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
Douglas Gordon
Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Davidson
Succeeded by
The Viscount Ullswater
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Henry Scrymgeour-Wedderburn
Earl of Dundee