James Thomas Archibald Douglas-Home, 28th Baron Dacre
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- James Thomas Archibald Douglas-Home, 28th Baron Dacre1
- M, #37156, b. 16 May 1952, d. circa 14 May 2014
- Last Edited=16 May 2014
- James Thomas Archibald Douglas-Home, 28th Baron Dacre was born on 16 May 1952.1 He was the son of Hon. William Douglas-Home and Rachel Leila Brand, Baroness Dacre.1 He married Christine Stephenson, daughter of William Stephenson, in 1979.1 He died circa 14 May 2014 at East Lockinge, Oxfordshire, England, by suicide.2
- He succeeded to the title of 28th Baron Dacre [E., 1321] on 25 December 2012.
- Child of James Thomas Archibald Douglas-Home, 28th Baron Dacre and Christine Stephenson
- 1.Emily Douglas-Home, 29th Baroness Dacre1 b. 7 Feb 1983
- 1.[S37] BP2003 volume 1, page 1013. See link for full details for this source. Hereinafter cited as. [S37]
- 2.[S206] Announcements, The Daily Mail, London, U.K.. Hereinafter cited as The Daily Mail.
- From: http://thepeerage.com/p3716.htm#i37156
- Rt Hon Baron James (Jamie) Thomas Archibald Douglas-Home 28th Baron Dacre, (1952-2014), the nephew of the former British prime minister Sir Alec, was a racehorse trainer in the 1970s and 80s before becoming one of the UK’s most-respected racing correspondents, notably for the Racing Post and Country Life magazine.
- Jamie Douglas-Home, born 16 May 1952, in Edinburgh; died 8 May 2014, in Lockinge, Oxfordshire, aged 61, was latterly a popular writer for The Field and The Oldie magazine. From his stables outside the village of East Hendred, Oxfordshire, he trained mostly National Hunt horses but also had success on the flat with the handicap sprinter Lochtillum.
- Although educated in England, Jamie spent most summers on the family estate in Berwickshire riding, hunting and shooting.
- “Guns, beaters, everyone loved him because he always had a cheerful word for everyone,” said his friend, Christopher Wills.
- “He was an incredibly good shot. No pomposity, always rather understated in his tweeds, always accompanied by his greatest loves outside his late wife Christine and their daughter Emily – his cocker spaniels Mabel and Martha.”
- Jamie Douglas-Home never quite made it to the top as a trainer. Colleagues say his yard suffered from a serious virus in his first year and his string of horses did not recover in time to make his yard profitable. But he was widely loved in the profession by big names such as James Fanshawe and Henrietta Knight, three-time Cheltenham Gold Cup winner with Best Mate.
- His father was William Douglas-Home – Sir Alec’s younger brother – a politician who ran as Liberal Party candidate for Glasgow Cathcart during the war and for Edinburgh South in the post-war years.
- Controversial as a politician – he opposed Churchill’s determination for an unconditional surrender by Hitler – William later became known as a playwright, writing mostly comedies in an upper-class setting.
- He was descended from the Earls of Home and the Lambtons, Earls of Durham. Jamie’s mother was Rachel Brand, 27th Baroness Dacre and daughter of the 4th Viscount Hampden. Hence, Jamie took on the title 28th Baron Dacre when his mother died.
- James Thomas Archibald Douglas-Home was born in Edinburgh. After his family moved south to Hampshire, he went to Eton and later to Bristol University.
- There he maintained his love of horses and began “riding out” – warming up and training thoroughbreds – for trainer Bill Wightman at Upham, near Southampton.
- Jamie’s feel for horses won him a job as assistant to one of the UK’s most famous trainers, Peter Walwyn, based in Lambourn, Berkshire, who was twice champion flat racing trainer.
- In the late 1970s, Jamie set up his own stables at East Hendred, Oxfordshire, and in 1979 married Christine Stephenson, daughter of trainer Willie Stephenson, the only trainer in the 20th century to have saddled the winners of both the Derby and the Grand National as well as triple Champion Hurdles winner Sir Ken.
- Christine became the personal secretary and “right-hand woman” to Henrietta Knight for more than 27 years.
- “He was a kind, much-liked, fun-loving man,” Ms Knight said. “Jamie mixed so well with people, was very intelligent and was a very good writer.
- He had a very good sense of humour and was a very good friend. I know he was quite affected by his wife Christine’s death. He was devoted to her.”
- Another friend, trainer James Fanshawe, wrote on his website: “So sad to hear that a good friend, Jamie Douglas-Home, from my younger days, has died.
- “We all used to have such fun with him and his wife Christine, especially during Royal Ascot week when a gang of us used to stay with them. He was very amusing and the best host and he will be missed by all his friends and [especially] so by his daughter Emily. He and Christine were a fantastic couple. He was also a very talented writer.”
- Jamie Douglas-Home wrote several books, on horseracing and on stately homes. They included Horse Racing in Berkshire and Watching Monty, the latter written with the late Johnny Henderson.
- One of his best-known books was Stately Passions: The Scandals of Britain’s Great Houses, which detailed royal and aristocratic scandals, predominantly sexual, which took place in Britain’s stately homes from the 16th Century until the present.
- Jamie’s wife Christine died in 2008, aged 60. Friends said he never really got over her death.
- He is survived by their daughter, Emily, 31, heiress presumptive to the title Baroness Dacre. Emily ran the Edinburgh marathon to raise money for the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford where her mother was cared for before passing away.
- From: http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/James_Douglas-Home.htm
- Jamie Douglas-Home (the 28th Lord Dacre), who has died aged 61, was a racehorse trainer, author and journalist.
- Recently, as a regular contributor to The Oldie, he ruffled establishment feathers by describing the modernised Ascot racecourse as one of the “World’s Worst Dumps”, its grandstand having “as much atmosphere as a Glasgow railway station on a rainy day” and the redesigned paddock “so featureless it made the moon’s Sea of Tranquillity look interesting”.
- This reflected his love of the old arrangement, especially during Royal Ascot, at which he and his wife, Christine, were famously generous hosts. It says much for his standing inside and outside racing that the Ascot Authority commissioned him to compile the photographic record of the Queen’s attendance at the course over her lifetime, as its personal gift in recognition of her Diamond Jubilee. There are three copies of the book, one of which now has a prominent position in the Royal box.
- James Thomas Archibald Douglas-Home was born on May 16 1952 in Edinburgh, and his early years were spent in the Scottish Borders, not far from the Home family seat of The Hirsel at Coldstream. He inherited his love of racing, field sports (he was a brilliant shot), the countryside and writing from his father, the playwright William Douglas-Home, younger brother of the Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home (formerly the 14th Earl of Home).
- Educated at Eton and Bristol University, where he graduated in History and Archaeology, Jamie Douglas-Home decided to make a career on the Turf. He rode out for the trainer Bill Wightman, and quickly earned himself a plum job as assistant to the two-times champion trainer Peter Walwyn at Lambourn. Douglas-Home then set up his own stables at East Hendred, Oxfordshire, and consolidated his racing credentials through his marriage to Christine Stephenson, daughter of Willie Stephenson, the only 20th-century English trainer to saddle a Grand National and a Derby winner. Christine Douglas-Home was the Gold Cup-winning trainer Henrietta Knight’s “right hand woman” for 27 years. The marriage was extremely happy, and it was a terrible blow when Christine died in 2005.
- Douglas-Home’s first winner was saluted in The Times with a banner headline, thanks to his cousin, Charlie Douglas-Home, who was appointed the paper’s editor in 1982. But his career as a trainer was dogged by ill luck, and was relatively short-lived. His best winner was Lochtillum, which took Doncaster’s Portland Handicap at 14-1 in 1985.
- It was a natural progression to racing journalism, and Douglas-Home established a reputation as an expert and witty writer for the Racing Post and as racing correspondent of Country Life and latterly, with a broader brief, at The Oldie. He wrote several racing books as well as Watching Monty (with Sir Carol Mather, MC, and Johnny Henderson), a detailed account of Montgomery’s build up to D-Day; and Stately Passions: The Scandals of Britain’s Great Houses. He had recently been commissioned to write the history of Weatherbys.
- Jamie Douglas-Home had great charm and a mischievous sense of humour. There was no trace of pomposity in his nature, and he rarely used the title — unusual in Britain for passing through the distaff line — that he inherited from his mother in 2012.
- He is survived by his daughter Emily, the 29th Baroness Dacre.
- Jamie Douglas-Home, born May 16 1952, died May 8 2014
- From: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10881810/Jamie-Douglas-Home-obituary.html
- Rachel Leila Douglas-Home, 27th Baroness Dacre (née Brand, 24 October 1929 – 25 December 2012) was an English peeress, daughter of Thomas Brand, 4th Viscount Hampden & 26th Baron Dacre by his wife Leila Emily Seely, a granddaughter of Sir Charles Seely, 1st Baronet, and a great-great granddaughter of John Russell, 6th Duke of Bedford.
- Lady Dacre was a great-granddaughter of William Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch and through him a direct descendant of Charles II of England.
- The ancient English barony, created by writ of summons, fell into abeyance between her and her younger surviving sister (The Hon Mrs Ogilvie Thompson) upon her father's death in 1965 and was called out of abeyance in 1970 in favour of The Hon Mrs Douglas-Home, whilst the Hampden viscountcy passed to her uncle.
- She married on 26 July 1951 The Hon William Douglas-Home, 3rd son of the 13th Earl of Home, and a younger brother of the 14th Earl of Home, better known as Sir Alec Douglas-Home, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
- Lady Dacre and her husband (who d. 1992) lived in Hampshire had four children, all of whom and their descendants are in remainder to the Dacre barony:
- The Hon James Thomas Archibald Douglas-Home (16 May 1952-8 May 2014), 28th Baron Dacre, who married in 1979 Christine Stephenson. On his death their only child, Emily (b. 7 Feb 1983), became 29th Baroness Dacre.
- The Hon Sarah Douglas-Home (b. 4 July 1954), married in 1977 Nicholas Dent and has issue.
- The Hon Gian Leila Douglas-Home (b. 23 June 1958).
- The Hon Dinah Lilian Douglas-Home (b. 22 Jan 1964), married in 1989 Harry Marriott and has issue.
- From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rachel_Douglas-Home,_27th_Baroness_Dacre