David Douglas-Home, 15th Earl of Home

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Home
Lord Home.jpg
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
9 October 1995
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded by Alec Douglas-Home (1963)
Personal details
Born (1943-11-20) 20 November 1943 (age 73)
Westminster, London
United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jane née Williams-Wynne
Relations Lord Home of the Hirsel (father)
Children Iona, Mary and Michael
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford
Religion Anglican

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]

Eton College

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 and heir general to the House of Douglas.

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 (9 February 2010)
    • Rory David Wingfield Hewitt (3 February 2012)
    • Nico James Cospatrick Hewitt (15 May 2015)
  • Lady Mary Elizabeth Douglas-Home (born 1982)
  • Michael David Alexander Douglas-Home, Lord Dunglass (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