Earl of Home is a title in the Peerage of Scotland. It
was created in 1605 for Alexander Home of that Ilk, 6th Lord Home. The
Earl of Home holds the subsidiary titles of Lord Home (created 1473),
and Lord Dunglass (1605), in the Peerage of Scotland; and Baron Douglas,
of Douglas in the County of Lanark (1875) in the Peerage of the United
Kingdom. Various Earls of Home have also claimed the title of Lord Hume
The Earl is also Chief of the Name and Arms of Home
and heir general to the House of Douglas.[See
Chieftainship of the House of Douglas ] The title Lord Dunglass is the courtesy title of the eldest son of the Earl.
most famous recent holder of the title was the 14th Earl, Alexander
Frederick Douglas-Home, better known as Sir Alec Douglas-Home. After the
unexpected resignation of Harold Macmillan, the 14th Earl was named
Prime Minister by the monarch. For the first time in over sixty years, a
sitting Prime Minister was a member of the House of Lords rather than of
the House of Commons. Because he believed that it was impractical and
unconventional to remain a member of the Lords, the Earl disclaimed his
peerages on 23 October 1963 under the Peerage Act passed in the same
year. He then contested the House of Commons seat of Kinross and Western
Perthshire by standing in the Kinross and West Perthshire by-election,
1963. The seat had been vacated by the death of the previous Member of
Parliament, Gilmour Leburn.
As of 2015 the titles are held by
David Douglas-Home, the 15th Earl, who succeeded in 1995.
family seats are The Hirsel, near Coldstream, Berwickshire and
Castlemains, near Douglas, South Lanarkshire.
The Lords Home date
Earls of Home (1605)
Home, 1st Earl of Home (c. 1566–1619)
James Home, 2nd Earl of Home
James Home, 3rd Earl of Home (c. 1615–1666)
Home, 4th Earl of Home (d. 1674)
James Home, 5th Earl of Home (d.
Charles Home, 6th Earl of Home (d. 1706)
Alexander Home, 7th
Earl of Home (d. 1720)
William Home, 8th Earl of Home (d. 1761)
Alexander Home, 9th Earl of Home (d. 1786)
Alexander Home, 10th Earl
of Home (1769–1841)
Alexander Home, 11th Earl of Home (1799–1881) (created Baron Douglas
Douglas-Home, 12th Earl of Home (1834–1918)
Archibald Douglas-Home, 13th Earl of Home (1873–1951)
Alexander Frederick Douglas-Home,
14th Earl of Home (1903–1995) (disclaimed 1963)
Cospatrick Douglas-Home, 15th Earl of Home (b. 1943)
apparent is the present holder's son Michael David Alexander
Douglas-Home, Lord Dunglass (b. 1987).
See also: People with the