David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie

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The Right Honourable
The Earl of Airlie
Coronet of a British Earl.svg
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Born (1926-05-17) 17 May 1926 (age 95)
London, England
Title Earl of Airlie
Tenure 28 December 1968 – present
Spouse(s) Virginia Fortune Ryan
Issue Lady Doune Ogilvy
Lady Jane Ogilvy
David Ogilvy, Lord Ogilvy
The Hon. Bruce Ogilvy
Lady Elizabeth Ogilvy
The Hon. Patrick Ogilvy

David George Coke Patrick Ogilvy, 8th (or 13th) Earl of Airlie, KT, GCVO, PC, JP[1] (born 17 May 1926)[2] is a Scottish peer.

Background and education

Airlie is the eldest son of David Ogilvy, 7th (or 12th) Earl of Airlie and Lady Alexandra Coke. His younger brother was Sir Angus Ogilvy, the husband of HRH Princess Alexandra of Kent. Born in London, Lord Airlie was educated at Eton and served in the Scots Guards during the Second World War. He remained in the army until 1950, when he attended the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, in order to learn more about estate management. He maintains two homes on the family's 69 000 acre (280 km²) estate in Angus: Cortachy Castle and Airlie Castle. He also has a home in Chelsea, London.


He subsequently took up merchant banking, joining J. Henry Schroder in 1953. He was appointed a director of the company in 1961 and chairman in 1973.[3] In 1984, Lord Airlie resigned from Schroder in order to take up the position of Lord Chamberlain.[4] He was following in the footsteps of his late father, who served as Lord Chamberlain to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. He remained in the post until 1997. He was made a Knight of the Thistle in 1985.[5][3]

Lord Airlie has also served as the Lord Lieutenant of Angus in Scotland,[6] and as the Captain General of The Royal Company of Archers and Gold Stick for Scotland. He was also the founding Chancellor of the University of Abertay Dundee (1994–2009).[7] His wife, the Countess of Airlie, is a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II.[8] His grandmother, Mabell, Countess of Airlie was a Lady-in-Waiting and subsequently Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Mary.


On 23 October 1952, he married Virginia Fortune Ryan, daughter of a wealthy American businessman John Barry Ryan and his wife, Margaret, daughter of wealthy financier Otto Kahn. The wedding took place at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, in the presence of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret.[9]

They have six children:

  • Lady Doune Mabell Ogilvy (b. (1953-08-13) 13 August 1953 (age 68)
  • Lady Jane Fortune Margaret Ogilvy (b. (1955-06-24) 24 June 1955 (age 66)
  • David John Ogilvy, Lord Ogilvy (b. (1958-03-09) 9 March 1958 (age 64)
  • The Hon. Bruce Patrick Mark Ogilvy (b. (1959-04-07) 7 April 1959 (age 63)
  • Lady Elizabeth Clementine Ogilvy (b. (1965-06-04) 4 June 1965 (age 56)
  • The Hon. Patrick Alexander Ogilvy (b. (1971-03-24) 24 March 1971 (age 51)

The numbering of the titles vary, depending on whether the attainted holders of the earldom and their successors are counted or not. He is a recipient of the Royal Victorian Chain.[10] In November 2007, Buckingham Palace announced Lord Airlie was appointed Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle, following the death of the previous Chancellor, the Duke of Buccleuch.[1]


In popular culture

He was portrayed by actor Douglas Reith in the 2006 film The Queen in his capacity as Lord Chamberlain, planning the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.[citation needed]


Arms of David Ogilvy, 13th Earl of Airlie
A Coronet of an Earl
A Lady from the waist upwards, affrontée Azure holding a Portcullis Gules
Argent a Lion passant guardant Gules crowned with an Imperial Crown and collared with an open one proper
On either side a Bull Sable, armed and unguled Vert, and gorged with a Garland of Flowers proper
A Fin (To the end)


  1. 1.0 1.1 The London Gazette: no. 58510. p. 16433. 13 November 2007.
  2. "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. the Earl of Airlie, Lord–Lieutenant for Angus, 1989–2001; Lord Chamberlain, 1984–97, 87<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The Rt Hon the Earl of Airlie, KT, GCVO, PC". http://www.debretts.com/. Debrett's. Retrieved 2 June 2012. External link in |work= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Tomlinson, Richard (20 Dec 1992). "They also serve, who only ush". Independent.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. The Edinburgh Gazette: no. 21848. p. 1822. 29 November 1985. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 43455. p. 8411. 6 October 1964.
  7. http://www.abertay.ac.uk/about/theuni/chancellor/
  8. The London Gazette: no. 45868. p. 105. 2 January 1973.
  9. "London Pageantry AKA Queen Mother Attends… 1952". British Pathe.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. The London Gazette: no. 54984. p. 14236. 19 December 1997.

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Court offices
Preceded by
The Lord Maclean
Lord Chamberlain
Succeeded by
The Lord Camoys
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Dalhousie
Lord Lieutenant of Angus
Succeeded by
Georgiana Osborne
Preceded by
The Duke of Buccleuch
Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle
2007 – present
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
David Lyulph Gore Wolseley Ogilvy
Earl of Airlie
1968 – present
Heir apparent:
David John Ogilvy, Lord Ogilvy
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Earl of Dalhousie
Gentlemen Succeeded by
The Earl of Leven