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Alexander Home

Also Known As: "5th /Lord/", "Alexander /Home/", "5th Lord"
Birthdate: (40)
Birthplace: Hume, Berwickshire, Scotland
Death: August 11, 1575 (36-44)
Blackfriars Wynd, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of George Home, 4th Lord Home and Mariot Haliburton
Husband of Margaret Kerr and Agnes Gray, Lady Lyon
Father of Margaret Home; Alexander Home, 1st Earl of Home and Isabel Home
Brother of Margaret Erskine and Sir George Home

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About Alexander Home, 5th Lord of Home,_5th_Lord_Home

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Alexander Home:

Alexander Home, 5th Lord Home [1]

  • M, #28103,
  • d. 1575
  • Last Edited=22 Apr 2011
  • Consanguinity Index=0.01%

Alexander Home, 5th Lord Home was the son of George Home, 4th Lord Home and Mariot Halyburton.[1]

He married, firstly, Margaret Ker, daughter of Sir Walter Ker of Cessford, before 4 February 1557/58.[1]

He married, secondly, Agnes Gray, daughter of Patrick Gray, 4th Lord Gray and Marion Ogilvy, before 3 May 1568.[2]

He died in 1575.

Alexander Home, 5th Lord Home succeeded to the title of 5th Lord Home [S., 1473] circa 15 April 1549.[1]

He held the office of Warden of the East Marches in 1550.[1]

He held the office of Warden of the East and Mid Marches in 1557.[1]

He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) [Scotland] in 1561.[1]

In October 1573 he was conviceted of treason and his titles forfeited.[1]

Child of Alexander Home, 5th Lord Home and Margaret Ker

  • 1.Margaret Home+1 b. b 5 Dec 1565, d. May 1598

Children of Alexander Home, 5th Lord Home and Agnes Gray

  • 1.Isabel Home1
  • 2.Alexander Home, 1st Earl of Home+1 b. c 1566, d. 5 Apr 1619


  • 1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 1949. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.
  • 2.[S37] Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 2, page 1642.

The names Home and Hume are of the same enormously powerful borders family. Descended from the Saxon Princes of Northumberland was Cospatrick, Earl of Dunbar, and his second son, Patrick, is believed to be the originator of the family. His descendant Aldan was the first recorded as having taken on the name of Home, Berwickshire, to become Aldan de Home around 1172. By 1266, William de Home is recorded at Coldstream Monastery with land grants. Geoffrey de Home’s name is on the Ragman Roll, submitting to England’s Edward I. Geoffrey’s son, Sir Thomas, gained the Pepdie estate of Dunglass when he married it’s heiress.

The 1st Lord Home, created in 1473, was Sir Alexander, who died in 1491. During his life he established the collegiate church of Dunglass, was an ambassador to England and was among those who had the blood of James III on their hands in 1488.

Despite having led the vanguard of Scots knights at Flodden field, the 3rd Lord Home, Alexander, was found guilty of treason against the Regent Albany by conspiring with the English. He and his brother had their heads displayed on spikes at the Tollbooth in Edinburgh.

In the time of Mary, Queen of Scots, the allegiance of many families swayed in the turbulent political winds. In 1560, the 5th Lord Home supported the Reformation. Later he was in favour of the marriage of Mary and Bothwell. By the time of the Battle of Langside he led his men against her and aided her imprisonment in Lochleven.

In 1573 he was accused of treason against James VI and spent the rest of his life imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle. His son, however, was a stolid supporter of James VI all his life, accompanying him on the journey to claim the throne of the new Kingdom. His devotion earned him the title of Earl of Home in 1605.

In the Jacobite rising of 1715, the 7th Earl was a supporter and was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle. The second rising in 1745, however, saw the 8th Earl on the government’s side. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant General and Governor of Gibraltar.

More recently, the 14th Earl had to disclaim his hereditary peerage to take the post of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Sir Alec Douglas Home died in October 1995.

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Alexander Home, 5th Lord of Home's Timeline

Hume, Berwickshire, Scotland
December 5, 1565
Age 30
Home, Berwickshire, Scotland
Age 31
Broxmouth, East Lothian, Scotland
August 11, 1575
Age 40
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland