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David George Coke Patrick Ogilvy, 8th and 13th Earl of Airlie, KT, GCVO, PC, JP[1] (born 17 May 1926), is the eldest son of David Ogilvy, 7th (or 12th) Earl of Airlie and Lady Alexandra Coke. His younger brother was the Rt. Hon. 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.

On 23 October 1952, he married Virginia Fortune Ryan, the daughter of John Barry Ryan, an American multi-millionaire, and Margaret Kahn, whose father was the financier Otto Kahn. 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.

In 1984, Lord Airlie resigned from Schroder in order to take up the position of Lord Chamberlain. 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. Lord Airlie has also served as the Lord Lieutenant of Angus in Scotland, and as the Captain General of The Royal Company of Archers and Gold Stick for Scotland. His wife, formally known as the Countess of Airlie, is a Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Elizabeth II.

Lord Airlie and his wife have six children:

  • Lady Doune Mabell Ogilvy (b. 13 August 1953)
  • Lady Jane Fortune Margaret Ogilvy (b. 24 June 1955)
  • David John Ogilvy, Lord Ogilvy (b. 9 March 1958)
  • The Hon. Bruce Patrick Mark Ogilvy (b. 7 April 1959)
  • The Lady Elizabeth Clementine Ogilvy (b. 4 June 1965)
  • The Hon. Patrick Alexander Ogilvy (b. 24 March 1971)

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.

On 13 November 2007, Buckingham Palace announced[1] that Lord Airlie has been appointed Chancellor of the Order of the Thistle, following the death of the previous Chancellor, the Duke of Buccleuch.



  1. ^ a b Buckingham Palace Press Release, 13 November 2007
Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Maclean
Lord Chamberlain
1984 – 1997
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
United Kingdom order of precedence
Preceded by
The Rt Hon. The Earl of Dalhousie
Gentlemen Succeeded by
The Rt Hon. The Earl of Leven


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