Sir George Home, K.G., 1st and Last Earl of Dunbar

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George Home

Also Known As: "George Hume"
Birthdate: (38)
Birthplace: Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death: January 20, 1611 (38)
Whitehall Palace, City of Westminster, Middlesex, England (Died suddenly.)
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Home of Manderston and Janet Home of Spot
Husband of Elizabeth Home
Father of Lady Elizabeth Howard (Home), Countess of Suffolk and Anne Home
Brother of Janet Home of Manderson; John Home, de jure 2nd Earl of Dunbar; Margaret Home and Alexander Home of Manderston

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About Sir George Home, K.G., 1st and Last Earl of Dunbar

From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page for George Home:

George Home, 1st and last Earl of Dunbar [1]

  • M, #5293,
  • d. 20 January 1610/11
  • Last Edited=15 Nov 2008

George Home, 1st and last Earl of Dunbar was the son of Alexander Home and Janet Home.[2]

He married Elizabeth Gordon, daughter of Sir Alexander Gordon, 3rd of Gight and Agnes Bethune.

He died on 20 January 1610/11 at Whitehall, London, England, suddenly.[1]

He was invested as a Knight on 4 November 1590 by King James VI of Scotland.[2]

He was created 1st Earl of Dunbar [Scotland] on 3 July 1605.[1] The Earldom of Dunbar became extinct on his death.

Children of George Home, 1st and last Earl of Dunbar and Elizabeth Gordon

  • 1. Lady Elizabeth Home+[3] d. 19 Aug 1633
  • 2. Anne Home+[4] d. 1621


  • 1. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume IV, page 511. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.
  • 2. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume IV, page 510.
  • 3. [S6] Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume I, page 330.
  • 4. [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.

From the English Wikipedia page on George Home:,_1st_Earl_of_Dunbar

George Home, 1st Earl of Dunbar, KG, PC (ca. 1556 – 20 January 1611) was, in the last decade of his life, the most prominent and most influential Scotsman in England. His work lay in the King's Household and in the control of the State Affairs of Scotland and he was the King's chief Scottish advisor. With the full backing and trust of King James he made an impressive — yet brief — career, veering from London to Edinburgh via Berwick-upon-Tweed with astonishing regularity.

In Scotland

Home was the son and third child of Sir Alexander Home of Manderston, Berwickshire, and was introduced, at the early age of 26, to the Court of sixteen-year-old James VI by a relative, Alexander Home, 6th Lord Home. Establishing himself as a favourite at court, he was in the retinue which accompanied King James VI to Norway and Denmark to collect his future Queen. He was knighted on 4 November 1590, appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1598, and the following year appears as Sheriff of Berwick-upon-Tweed, (by then in England). In 1601 he was made Master of the King's Wardrobe, and on 31 July the same year was appointed one of the Componitors to the Lord High Treasurer, and acceded to that position in September. In 1601 he was also made Provost of Dunbar.

In England

Upon the accession of the latter as James I of England in 1603, Home accompanied his master to London, where he became Chancellor of the Exchequer (and ex officio the Second Lord of the Treasury) from 1603 to 1606. In 1603 he was also appointed to the English Privy Council, and on 1 June that year received a grant as Keeper of the Great Wardrobe for life.

On 7 July 1604 he was created Baron Hume of Berwick in the Peerage of England. In 1605 he was created a Knight of the Garter, and, on 3 July, Earl of Dunbar in the Peerage of Scotland. There is evidence that he participated in the interrogation of Guy Fawkes in the immediate aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Landed interests

Of these, on the 27 September 1603 he received the manor and castle of Norham with its fishing rights on the River Tweed. On 12 December he had a Royal Charter giving him custody and captaincy of the Castle of St Andrews. In July 1605 he had a confirmation of all the lands previously granted to him incorporated and combined into a free earldom, Lordship of Parliament, and Barony of Dunbar.

Religious affairs

In 1608, Home journeyed to Scotland with George Abbot to arrange to promote the Episcopal Church, and to seek some sort of union between the Church of England and Church of Scotland. King James was pleased with the initial results, although the hoped-for Union never occurred and the gulf between the King and the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland widened.

In July 1605 some nineteen ministers assembled at Aberdeen in defiance of the King's prohibition against the General Assembly meeting. Six of them were subsequently imprisoned in Blackness Castle near Linlithgow, and there, on 10 January 1606, the Earl of Dunbar came from London to be present at their trial and to act as the assessor. Everything was done that could be done by him to win a verdict for the King against the six ministers and it is said that he "brought plenty of money with him to purchase a verdict". In addition, the Earl himself selected the 15 jurymen, five of whom were Homes, his relatives. But even then the jury could not agree. In the end it was a majority verdict of nine against six in favour of the guilty verdict.

Regardless of the irregularities, the verdict stood, and established the law that it was High Treason for any minister of the Established Church to dispute the authority of the King and the Privy Council in religious matters.


The Earl of Dunbar died in Whitehall, London, in 1611, without male issue, whereupon the earldom and the barony became extinct. He left two daughters:

  • 1. Anne (d. 1621), who married Sir James Home of Whitrig (d. between 1614–1620), (whose son became James Home, 3rd Earl of Home).
  • 2. Elizabeth, who married Theophilus Howard, 2nd Earl of Suffolk.

His body was embalmed, but his funeral service did not take place in Westminster until April, after which his body was placed in a lead coffin and sent to Scotland where it was buried under the floor of Dunbar parish church, midway between the font and the pulpit. A magnificent monument, said to be finer than any in Westminster Abbey, was erected in his honour, which is still the distinguishing feature of the interior of this church.


George Home, Earl of Dunbar, three lectures by the Reverend J Kirk, MC, CF, (Minister of Dunbar Parish Church 1913-1918), Edinburgh, 1918.

MSS of Colonel Mordaunt-Hay of Duns Castle, Historical Manuscripts Commission, collection no.5, 1909, page 66, number 180. His lordship is cited as deceased, and although the daughters are mentioned, there is nothing to indicate either of them assuming the peerage.

Political offices

  • Chancellor of the Exchequer 1603–1606
    • Preceded by John Fortescue
    • Succeeded by Sir Julius Caesar
  • Lord Lieutenant of Cumberland, Northumberland, and Westmorland, jointly with The 4th Earl of Cumberland, The Earl of Suffolk, Lord de Clifford, 1607–1611
    • Vacant. Title last held by The 3rd Earl of Cumberland
    • Succeeded by The 4th Earl of Cumberland, The Earl of Suffolk, Lord de Clifford

Peerage of Scotland

  • Earl of Dunbar 1605–1612
    • Preceded by New title
    • Succeeded by Extinct
  • Lord Hume of Berwick 1604–1612
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Sir George Home, K.G., 1st and Last Earl of Dunbar's Timeline

Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Age 26
Walton, Suffolk, England
January 20, 1611
Age 38
City of Westminster, Middlesex, England