Simon Cairns, 6th Earl Cairns

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Simon Dallas Cairns, 6th Earl Cairns, CVO, CBE (born 27 May 1939), styled Viscount Garmoyle between 1946 and 1989, is a British businessman.

Background and education[edit]

Cairns is the son of Rear-Admiral David Cairns, 5th Earl Cairns, and Barbara Jeanne Harrisson Burgess.[1] He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]


Cairns was Managing Director of S. G. Warburg & Co. between 1979 and 1985, of Mercury Securities plc between 1981 and 1984, Chairman of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) between 1981 and 1992, Vice-Chairman of Mercury Securities plc between 1984 and 1986, and a Director of S. G. Warburg & Co. between 1985 and 1995.[2] He succeeded his father in the earldom on 21 March 1989.[3] He was Receiver-General of the Duchy of Cornwall between 1990 and 2000.[2] He was Chief Executive of S. G. Warburg & Co. between 1991 and 1995. He was invested as a Commander, Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1992. He was Chairman of CDC Group plc from 1995.[2] He was chairman of BAT plc between 1995 and 1998, and was Vice-Chairman of Zurich Allied AG and Zurich Financial Services between 1998 and 2000. He was Chairman of Allied Zurich between 1998 and 2000.[2] Cairns was invested as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) in 2000.[2]

He was appointed Chairman of the African telecommunications company Celtel in October 2007 and is currently a board member of the charity The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, alongside Mary Robinson and Kofi Annan.[4][5]


Lord Cairns married Amanda Mary Heathcoat-Amory, daughter of Major Edward Fitzgerald Heathcoat-Amory and Sonia Myrtle Denison, on 4 February 1964.[2] They have three sons:

  • Hugh Sebastian Frederick Cairns, Viscount Garmoyle (born 26 Mar 1965).
  • Hon. David Patrick Cairns (born 27 May 1967).
  • Hon. Alistair Benedict Cairns (born 16 May 1969).


  1. ^ Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 640
  3. ^ Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 641.
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External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Charles Cairns
Earl Cairns
Succeeded by