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David Douglas-Home, 15th Earl of Home 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15th earl of HomeDavid Alexander Cospatrick Douglas-Home, 15th Earl of Home CVO, CBE (born 20 November 1943) is a British businessman and Conservative politician.

Home is the only son of Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, formerly 14th Earl of Home, and Elizabeth Alington, daughter of Cyril Alington. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

Home succeeded in his father's disclaimed earldom in 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 ninety-two 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 is also Chairman of the private bank Coutts & Co. and 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.

Lord Home was appointed Chairman of Coutts & Co in June 1999, and became Chairman of Coutts Bank (Switzerland) in March 2000.

David Douglas-Home was born in 1943 and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He is married with two daughters and one son. He inherited the title of the Earl of Home in 1995.

Lord Home joined Morgan Grenfell in 1966. In 1972, he was appointed director of Morgan Grenfell & Co Ltd, and assumed responsibility for the International Division of the Bank in 1983. He was appointed to a number of other international positions, becoming a director of Morgan Grenfell Group PLC in 1996 and Chairman of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Group PLC in 1999.

In 1980, Lord Home was appointed by the Government as director of the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation PLC, a position which he continued until 1993. In 1986, he was appointed Chairman of the Committee for Middle East Trade, serving two three year terms until retiring in March 1992. He was appointed member of the Offshore Industry Export Advisory Group in 1989, a nominated member of the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society of England in 1990 and of the Advisory Board of the National Forest in 1991 (until retirement in 1994). In 1993, he was appointed Chairman of EFG PLC (name changed to Tandem Group PLC in January 1996) until retirement in 1996.

He was appointed Member of the Export Guarantee Advisory Council, serving the statutory five year term and was the Government appointed member of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Institute serving three terms until retirement in July 1998.

In 1991 he became trustee of the Grosvenor Estate and a non-executive director of Grosvenor Estate Holdings PLC. He was appointed a Director of Grosvenor Group Ltd in 2005 and became Chairman on 1 May 2007. He retired from Grosvenor in December 2010. He was appointed Chairman of MAN Limited in October 2000 until retirement in July 2009. In July 2001 he became Patron of the British Malaysian Society. He joined the Board of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) in February 2005 and retired in July 2011.

Lord Home is an active member in the House of Lords and was appointed Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Trade, Industry and Finance until his resignation in December 1998.

Lord Home has been married since 1972 to the former Jane Margaret Williams-Wynne (b. 1949), of the Williams-Wynn Baronets. They have three children:
The Lady Iona Katherine Douglas-Home (b. 1980), married the Hon. James Thomas Wingfield Hewitt (b. 1979), son and heir of the 9th Viscount Lifford, on 5 April 2008
The Lady Mary Elizabeth Douglas-Home (b. 1982)
Michael David Alexander Douglas-Home, Lord Dunglass (b. 1987), heir apparent to the title.

 

 

 

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