David Ogilvy, 12th Earl of Airlie

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Colonel David Lyulph Gore Wolseley Ogilvy, 12th and 7th Earl of Airlie KT, GCVO, MC (18 July 1893, Cahir, County Tipperary, Ireland – 28 December 1968) was a Scottish peer, soldier and courtier.[1]

He was the eldest son of David Ogilvy, 11th Earl of Airlie and his wife, Mabell, Countess of Airlie. He inherited his father's titles in 1900 and was one of the trainbearers to Mary of Teck at her coronation in 1911. He became a Representative Peer for Scotland in 1922, was appointed a Lord-in-Waiting in Stanley Baldwin's government in 1926 and was made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1929.[citation needed]

In 1937, he became Lord Lieutenant of Angus and was appointed Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth in 1937. As a senior member of the royal household, he was a guest at the 1947 wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. [2] In 1938, he was elevated to Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order, made a Knight of the Order of the Thistle in 1942 and was appointed Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle in 1956.[1]


On 17 July 1917, Lord Airlie married Lady Alexandra Coke who died in 1984 (the second daughter of Thomas Coke, 3rd Earl of Leicester) and they had six children:

Military career[edit]

Lord Airlie was commissioned into the 10th Hussars from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in 1912. He reached the rank of Captain in the First World War, in which he won the Military Cross.[1]

He retired from the Regular Army in 1921, but joined the 5th Battalion (4th/5th Battalion from 1922), Black Watch (Territorial Army) as a Major. He was Lieutenant-Colonel commanding from 1924-29, being promoted Colonel in 1928. In 1940 he was commissioned Lieutenant-Colonel in the Scots Guards, reverting at his own request to the rank of Major until 1942. He resigned his commission in 1948. He was Commandant of the Army Cadet Forces, Scotland in 1943. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D) by the University of St Andrews in 1958.[1]

Sporting pursuits[edit]

Lord Airlie owned many racehorses, most notably the steeplechaser, Master Robert, which won the 1924 Grand National in the Earl's colours.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Lundy, Darryl. "Profile". ThePeerage.com. Retrieved 7 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Royal Collection: Seating plan for the Ball Supper Room, royalcollection.org.uk; accessed 7 April 2016.
  3. ^ Time Magazine report on the 1924 Grand National, time.com, 7 April 1924.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Somers
Succeeded by
Court offices
New title Lord Chamberlain to The Queen
Succeeded by
The Earl of Dalhousie
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
Lord Lieutenant of Angus
Succeeded by
The Earl of Dalhousie
Preceded by
The Lord Elphinstone
Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle
Succeeded by
The Duke of Buccleuch
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
David William Stanley Ogilvy
Earl of Airlie
Succeeded by
David George Patrick Coke Ogilvy