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Highest honour for Earl of Home

David Douglas-Home becomes one of 16 Knights of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle

David Douglas-Home becomes one of 16 Knights of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle

The Earl of Home, whose estate includes the Hirsel at Coldstream, has been awarded the highest honour in Scotland by the Queen.

David Alexander Cospatrick Douglas-Home has been appointed a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle in the New Year’s Honours.

One the highest orders of chivalry, it is a personal gift of the Queen and is second in rank only to the Knights of the Garter.

The 15th Earl of Home, 70, is the son of former Prime Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, and succeeded his father’s disclaimed earldom on his death in October 1995.

When the hereditary peers in the House of Lords were reduced in 1999, he was elected as one of the 92 to remain and sits in the Lords as a Conservative.

Two men from Dunbar have also been honoured. Dr Philip John has been made an Order of the Bath KCB for services to the UK’s devolved and coalition governments, while Derek Meldrum Edmunds of Haddington Citizens Advice Bureau gets an MBE for services to the community in East Lothian.

Thomas Tokely, well known throughout the Borders for his talks on Yetholm gypsies and as a former amateur football referee, also receives an MBE for voluntary service to the community in Yetholm.

Chief Supt Jeanette McDiarmid, divisional Police Commander, Lothians and Scottish Borders of Police Scotland has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

 

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