David Douglas-Home, 15th Earl of Home

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Home
Official portrait of The Earl of Home crop 2.jpg
Official portrait of The Earl of Home
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
24 September 1996
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byAlec Douglas-Home (1963)
Personal details
Born (1943-11-20) 20 November 1943 (age 74)
Westminster, London
United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Jane Williams-Wynne
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

David Alexander Cospatrick Douglas-Home, 15th Earl of Home, KT, CVO, CBE (born 20 November 1943) is a British businessman and Conservative politician.

Background and education[edit]

Home is the only son of Sir Alec Douglas-Home, formerly 14th Earl of Home and British Prime Minister and later Lord Home of the Hirsel, and Elizabeth Alington, daughter of Cyril Alington. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.

Political career[edit]

Home succeeded to his father's disclaimed earldom on his death in October 1995. When the hereditary peers of the House of Lords were reduced under the House of Lords Act 1999, he was elected as one of the 92 that were allowed to remain. He sits as a Conservative, having served some time on the Conservative front bench.

Apart from his political career Lord Home was, until 2013, Chairman of the private bank Coutts & Co. and remains Chairman of the Grosvenor Group. He is also the current President of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation and Chief of the Name and Arms of Home.

Home was appointed Knight Companion of the Order of the Thistle (KT) in the 2014 New Year Honours.[1]


Lord Home has been married since 1972 to Jane Margaret Williams-Wynne (20 February 1949), of the Williams-Wynn baronet family. They have three children:[2]

  • Lady Iona Katherine Douglas-Home (born 1980), married the Hon. James Thomas Wingfield Hewitt (b. 1979), son and heir of the 9th Viscount Lifford, on 5 April 2008. They have three sons:
    • Harry Alexander Wyldbore Hewitt (born 9 February 2010)
    • Rory David Wingfield Hewitt (born 3 February 2012)
    • Nico James Cospatrick Hewitt (born 15 May 2015)
  • Lady Mary Elizabeth Douglas-Home (born 1982)
  • Michael David Alexander Douglas-Home, Lord Dunglass (born 30 November 1987), engaged to Sally Underhill[3]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • The Hon. David Douglas-Home (1943–1951)
  • Lord Dunglass (1951–1991)
    • In 1963, the year his father disclaimed his earldom (and became Prime Minister), David too discontinued the use of his courtesy title.[4]
  • Lord Dunglass CBE (1991–1995)
  • The Rt Hon. The Earl of Home CBE (1995–1997)
  • The Rt Hon. The Earl of Home CVO CBE (1997–2013)
  • The Rt Hon. The Earl of Home KT CVO CBE (2014–)




  1. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 1.
  2. ^ Theroff (2007). "Descendants of King James VI & I" updated November 2007.
  3. ^ "Announcements — Engagements: Lord Dunglass and Miss S.A. Underhill". The Daily Telegraph. 27 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Lord Home of the Hirsel - Obituary", The Times, 10 October 1995.

External links[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Title last held by
Alec Douglas-Home
Earl of Home
Michael Douglas-Home, Lord Dunglass