Eric Alexander, 5th Earl of Caledon

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The 5th Earl of Caledon in 1932

Eric James Desmond Alexander, 5th Earl of Caledon (9 August 1885 – 10 July 1968) was a soldier and the eldest son of James Alexander, 4th Earl of Caledon and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Graham-Toler.

He was born at his family's home in Carlton House Terrace, London, and succeeded to the title of Earl of Caledon upon the death of his father in 1898. He went to Eton College from 1899 to 1903, and then to Trinity College, Cambridge. He fought and was wounded in the First World War, served in the Baltic from 1919 to 1921, and gained the rank of Major in the service of the Life Guards.

Giving an interesting insight into the period, Mark Bence-Jones writes: "Her [Lady Caledon, his mother] eldest son Eric, now the Earl of Caledon, was unmarried. He had a lady-love, a marchioness with a husband and children; his mother would not have her at Caledon, so when she came to visit him she stayed at Glaslough, being given the best guest bedroom, the Mauve Room. Unfortunately for the Leslies she injured her leg motoring while she was here and was laid up in the Mauve Room for weeks, with the lovesick Eric walking over for every meal."[1]

Lord Caledon died unmarried on 10 July 1968, aged 82.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Life In An Irish Country House, Mark Bence-Jones (Constable, London 1996).
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
James Alexander
Earl of Caledon
Succeeded by
Denis Alexander