Earl Alexander of Tunis

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Earldom of Alexander of Tunis
Arms of Earl Alexander of Tunis
Creation date 14 March 1952
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Peerage Peerage of the United Kingdom
First holder Field Marshal Harold Alexander, 1st Viscount Alexander of Tunis
Present holder Shane Alexander, 2nd Earl
Heir presumptive Hon. Brian James Alexander
Remainder to the 1st Earl's heirs male of the body lawfully begotten.
Subsidiary titles Viscount Alexander of Tunis
Baron Rideau

Earl Alexander of Tunis is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 14 March 1952 for the prominent military commander Field Marshal Harold Alexander, 1st Viscount Alexander of Tunis.[1] He had already been created Viscount Alexander of Tunis, of Errigal in the County of Donegal, on 1 March 1946, and was made Baron Rideau, of Ottawa and of Castle Derg in the County of Tyrone, at the same time he was given the earldom. These titles are also in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. Alexander was the third son of James Alexander, 4th Earl of Caledon.

He was succeeded by his eldest son, the second and present holder of the titles. He briefly served as a Lord-in-Waiting (government whip in the House of Lords) under Edward Heath from January to March 1974. However, he lost his seat in the House of Lords after the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999. As a descendant of the fourth Earl of Caledon Lord Alexander of Tunis is also in remainder to this peerage and its subsidiary titles. From 1980 to 1990 he was in fact heir presumptive to these titles, before the birth of the current Earl of Caledon's son and heir, Viscount Alexander.

Coat of arms[edit]

The heraldic blazon for the coat of arms of the Earldom is: Per pale argent and sable a chevron and in base a crescent all counterchanged, on a canton azure a harp or stringed argent. This can be translated as: a shield divided vertically, the left half white and the right half black. In the centre a chevron and below this a crescent, both counterchanged with the colours of the background. In the top left corner a blue rectangle containing a gold harp with white strings.

Earls Alexander of Tunis (1952)[edit]

The heir presumptive is the present holder's brother the Hon. Brian James Alexander (b. 1939).

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  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 39491. p. 1468. 14 March 1952. Retrieved 9 October 2015.