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Alexander of Tunis, Earl (UK, 1952)


Creation: let. pat. 14 Mar 1952


Family name: Alexander




Per pale Argent and Sable a Chevron and in base a Crescent all counterchanged on a Canton Azure a Harp Or stringed Argent


An Arm in armour embowed the hand holding a Sword all proper


On the dexter side a Piper of the Irish Guards, holding under the interior arm a Bagpipe, and on the sinister side a Sepoy of the 3/2nd Punjabi Regiment, holding in the exterior hand a Rifle proper, each charged on the shoulder with an Escutcheon barry nebuly of six Argent and Azure


Per Mare, Per Terras, Per Astra (By sea, by land, by the stars)



Harold Rupert Leofric George [Alexander], 1st Viscount Alexander of Tunis later 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, KG OM GCB GCMG CSI DSO MC

3rd son of James [Alexander], 4th Earl of Caledon, by his wife Lady Elizabeth Graham-Toler, 2nd dau. of Hector John [Graham-Toler], 3rd Earl of Norbury


10 Dec 1891


14 Oct 1931 Lady Margaret Diana Bingham GBE DStJ (b. 16 Sep 1905; d. 17 Aug 1977), 2nd dau. of George Charles [Bingham], 5th Earl of Lucan, by his wife Violet Sylvia Blanche Clay, only dau. of Joseph Spender Clay, of Ford Manor, co. Surrey


1. Hon Shane William Desmond Alexander, later 2nd Earl Alexander of Tunis

2. Hon Brian James Alexander CMG, heir presumptive to the Earldom of Alexander of Tunis, of Mustique, St Vincent, West Indies (b. 31 Jul 1939), mar. 23 Oct 1999 Mrs Johanna W Morris

1. Lady Rose Maureen Alexander (b. 28 Oct 1932), mar. 20 Jan 1956 Lt Col Humphrey Crossman, High Sheriff of Berwick-upon-Tweed 1990, of West Hall Cottage, Cheswick, Berwick-on-Tweed, co. Northumberland, son of Maj Gen Frances Lindisfarne Morley Crossman CB DSO MC, and has issue


16 Jun 1969


1 Mar 1946 Viscount Alexander of Tunis, of Errigal in County Donegal

14 Mar 1952 Baron Rideau, of Ottawa and of Castle Dery in County Tyrone, and Earl Alexander of Tunis

suc. by



served in World War I; T/Brig and Brigade Commander, India 1934; Commander, Nowshera Brigade, India 1934-39; CSI 1936; ADC to King Edward VIII 1936; Col, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Punjab Regiment 1937; Maj General 1937; CB 1938; Commander, 1st Division, Aldershot 1938-40; General Officer Commander-in-Chief, Southern Command, 1940-42; General 1942; Commander-in-Chief, Burma 1942; Commander-in-Chief, Middle East 1942; GCB 1942; Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Allied Forces in North Africa 1943; Commander-in-Chief, Allied Armies in Italy 1943-44; Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean 1944-45; ADC-General to King George VI 1944-46; GCMG 1946; Knight of the Garter 1946; Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada 1946-52; Privy Councillor [UK and Canada] 1952; Colonel of the Irish Guards 1947; Minister of Defence 1952-54; Governor of Harrow School 1952-63; Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George 1956-60 and Grand Master of the Order of St Michael and St George 1960-67; Lord Lieutenant of the County of London 1957-65 and of Greater London 1965-66; Order of Merit 1959; Constable of the Tower of London 1960-65; KStJ; Lord and Lady Alexander of Tunis also had an adopted daughter, Susan Mary Alexander


Shane William Desmond [Alexander], 2nd Earl Alexander of Tunis


30 Jun 1935

mar. (1)

14 Jul 1971 (div. 1976) Hilary Van Geest, only dau. of John Van Geest

mar. (2)

22 Jul 1981 Hon Davina Mary Woodhouse LVO, Lady in Waiting to HRH The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, 3rd dau. of James Allen David [Woodhouse], 4th Baron Terrington, by his wife Suzanne Irwin, 3rd dau. of Col Thomas Strutt Irwin, formerly of Justicetown, Carlisle

children by second wife

1. Lady Rose Margaret Alexander (b. 23 Apr 1982), mar. 6 Feb 2015 as his second wife James Hardinge Houssemayne du Boulay (b. 5 Sep 1982), son of Robin Bernard Houssemayne du Boulay, of Chippenham, co. Wiltshire, by his wife Tanya Theresa Judge, and has issue

2. Lady Lucy Caroline Alexander (b. 1984), mar. Jun 2012 Hon James Shaun Christian Welbore Ellis Agar, styled Viscount Somerton (b. 7 Sep 1982), only son and heir of Shaun James Christian Welbore Ellis [Agar], 6th Earl of Normanton, by his first wife Victoria Susan Beard, only dau. of John H C Beard, of Turmer House, Somerly, Ringwood, co. Hampshire


Lieut, Irish Guards (ret. 1958); Government Whip 1974


The heir presumptive to the Earldom of Alexander of Tunis is Hon Brian James Alexander, second son of the 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis and brother of the present Earl


 Last updated 29 Jan 2018




2nd Earl Alexander of Tunis

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 14 Mar 1952)

2nd Viscount Alexander of Tunis, of Errigal in County Donegal

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 1 Mar 1946)

2nd Baron Rideau, of Ottawa and of Castle Dery in County Tyrone

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 14 Mar 1952)



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