Alexander Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton

Alexander Daniel Alan Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton (born 10 October 1943), styled as Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden between 1984 and 1986, is a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom.[1][2] He is the eldest son of the Conservative politician Maurice Macmillan and grandson of prime minister Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton.

The Earl of Stockton
Alexander Macmillan, Lord Stockton.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for South West England
In office
10 July 1999 – 10 July 2004
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byRoger Knapman
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
29 December 1986 – 11 November 1999
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byHarold Macmillan
Succeeded byHouse of Lords Act 1999
Personal details
Alexander Daniel Alan Macmillan

(1943-10-10) 10 October 1943 (age 79)
Oswestry, Shropshire, England
Political partyConservative
Birgitte Hamilton
(m. 1970; div. 1991)
(m. 1995; div. 2011)
RelationsMaurice Macmilllan, Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden (father)
Katharine Ormsby-Gore (mother)
ChildrenDaniel Macmillan, Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden
Lady Rebecca Macmillan
Lady Louisa Macmillan

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Oswestry, Shropshire,[3] Stockton was educated at Eton College, the University of Paris, and at Strathclyde University.[4]


Stockton’s grandfather, Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl of Stockton, who had served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1957 to 1963, unexpectedly accepted a peerage in February 1984, at the age of ninety. His son Maurice Macmillan died three weeks later, making Stockton the heir to the new earldom, and he succeeded as a member of the House of Lords on his grandfather’s death at the end of 1986.[5] However, he is not recorded as having spoken in any debates there[6] and was one of the hereditary peers who lost their seats as a result of the House of Lords Act 1999. He went on to be elected as a Conservative member of the European Parliament for South West England from 1999 to 2004.

Stockton has been an unsuccessful candidate sixteen times in the by-elections held among hereditary peers for a seat in the House of Lords, as of 2019. Most notably, in 2007 he came third in a contest to replace Lord Mowbray, behind the winner, Lord Cathcart, and Lord Younger of Leckie; in the 2010 by-election to replace Lord Northesk, he came second behind Lord Younger of Leckie; in 2011 he lost to Lord Hanworth in a ballot for the seat of the deceased Lord Strabolgi; and in 2014 he lost out to the Earl of Oxford and Asquith.[7]

At the May 2011 local council elections, Stockton was elected as a Conservative councillor of South Bucks district council[8] and represented the Denham South ward for four years, but did not stand at the 2015 local elections.[9][10]

Both his father Maurice Macmillan (1921–1984) and his grandfather preceded him as chairmen of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., the publishing house long owned by the family. Stockton sold it to the German Holtzbrinck group. He ranked 253rd in the Sunday Times 2004 Rich List, with an estimated wealth of £165m.[11]

Stockton renovated Hayne Manor with his current wife in Devon and listed it for sale.[12][13]

On 29 April 2002, Stockton appeared alongside several other relatives of deceased former prime ministers, as well as then-prime minister Tony Blair and the four surviving former prime ministers at the time (Edward Heath, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher and John Major), for a dinner at Buckingham Palace which formed part of the celebrations for the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II.[14]

Stockton is vice president of the Royal Crescent Society, Bath.

Personal lifeEdit

Stockton married Hélène Birgitte Hamilton in 1970; they divorced 1991. There were three children from this marriage:

On 23 December 1995, Stockton married Miranda Quarry (1947-2020), who had been the third wife of actor Peter Sellers. Stockton and Quarry were divorced 2011. This union produced no children.

Stockton lives in Denham, Buckinghamshire. In August 2022, Stockton was banned from driving for 13 months after pleading guilty to a drink driving charge. After driving home from an event on 31 July, where he had drunk some wine, he swerved his Range Rover into parked cars, causing minor damage to the vehicles. He was fined £7,616, and told to pay costs of £2,085. The large fine was given due to his high income.[16]


Coat of arms of Alexander Macmillan, 2nd Earl of Stockton
A Coronet of an Earl
[Upon a helm with a wreath Azure and Sable] within sprigs of oak fructed Or a dexter cubit Arm and a sinister Arm embowed both proper the dexter hand gauntleted Or and with the other brandishing a two handed Sword proper hilt pommel and quillons Sable.
Argent a chief Or overall between three open books Proper edged Or and bound Azure those in chief inscribed respectively in letters Sable "Miseres" and "Discere" and that in base also in letters Sable inscribed "Succo" and as many mullets Azure a lion rampant Sable.
On the dexter side a lion rampant Gules and on the sinister side an American bald headed eagle Proper both standing upon a compartment comprising a crenelated wall Proper in the portal thereof an anchor Azure and jointed on either side by two bars wavy Azure to a grassy mount growing from that on the dexter a long branch and from that on the sinister a thistle both Proper.


  1. ^ "Earl Alexander Macmillan speaks at Royal Hotel dinner". Scarborough Evening News, April 17, 2008
  2. ^ "Mr Alexander Macmillan".
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  4. ^ Burke's Peerage 2003, vol 3, page 3752
  5. ^ "Archived item". Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  6. ^ Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Stockton
  7. ^ "Hereditary Peers' By-election" (PDF). 15 September 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Election results". South Bucks Council. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011.
  9. ^ Teale, Andrew. "Denham South Ward". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  10. ^ Teale, Andrew. "2015 - South Bucks". Local Elections Archive Project. Retrieved 18 August 2022.
  11. ^ "".
  12. ^ "Hunting, shooting and partying", The Sunday Times, 16 July 2006
  13. ^ "Historic renovated house in Devon – Farmers Weekly". 16 August 2006.
  14. ^ "Queen dines with her prime ministers". BBC News. 29 April 2002.
  15. ^ "The elite". The Guardian. 11 April 1999.
  16. ^ "Earl of Stockton crashed Range Rover into parked cars after 'skipping lunch to drink wine'". MSN. Retrieved 18 August 2022.


External linksEdit

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Earl of Stockton
Heir apparent:
Viscount Macmillan of Ovenden
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
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