Alexander Home, 1st Lord Home

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Sir Alexander Home of that Ilk, 1st Lord Home (ca. 1403 – ca. 1490) was in 1448 Sheriff Deputy for Berwickshire, and was made a Lord of Parliament on 2 August 1473. He is ancestor of the Earls of Home.


Alexander Home's father, Sir Alexander Home of that Ilk, & feudal baron of Dunglass, was killed at the battle of Verneuil on 17 August 1424, and Alexander Jr., was retoured his heir that year, indicating he was already of age. His mother was Jean, daughter of Sir William Hay of Locherworth, Midlothian. In April 1425 he made an agreement with his uncle David Home of Wedderburn, to halve the profits of the bailiary of Coldingham whichever of them should acquire it by purchase orotherwise, and is therein designed Alexander of Home of that Ilk.


Sir Alexander Home had a safe-conduct abroad with William Douglas, 8th Earl of Douglas on 9 November 1450, and was probably one of the "brilliant retinue" that accompanied the Earl to Rome for the Papal Jubilee. On 23 April 1451 he had another safe-conduct with the Earl. Sir Alexander was one of the envoys sent by King James II, on 27 July 1451, to treat with England, and with his fellow commissioners he signed a truce for three years on 14 August 1451, in the Church of St Nicholas, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


Lord Home married twice: (1) Mariotta (or Marion), the daughter and co-heiress of John Lauder (d. 1421), son of Sir Robert de Lawedre of Edrington and The Bass (d. 1425). A Papal dispensation by Pope Martin V was issued on 11 April 1426 at St Peter's, Rome, for Alexander de Home and Marion Lauder (de Lawedre) to marry, notwithstanding that they are related doubly in the fourth degree of consanguinity. Subsequent to that Dispensation, Robert, Bishop of Caithness, issued 'Letters' declaring all their offspring legitimate, signed at Edinburgh on 1 April 1428, and witnessed by (the next) Sir Robert Lauder, knight, Lord of Edrington, amongst others.[1]

They had at least seven children:

  • Alexander, Master of Home (d. 1456, v.p.), married, following a Papal Dispensation, Agnes, daughter of Sir Adam Hepburn of Dunsyre, Master of Hailes, with issue.
  • John, Prior of Coldingham Priory (d. before 1505)
  • Nicholas
  • Sir Patrick, of Fast Castle, & Balwoolsy (d. after 1507), married Isobel née Forman, with issue.
  • George, of Ayton (b. 1435 - alive February 1490)
  • Elyne or Helen, (possibly the 1st child) (d. after 1480) who married Sir Adam Hepburn, Master of Hailes (d. 1479), with issue.
  • Jonet or Janet (d.after 1471), who married her cousin Sir Robert Lauder of The Bass (Papal Dispensation to marry dated 22 July 1442).

Before July 1467 Sir Alexander Home remarried (2) Margaret, daughter of Alexander, Master of Montgomerie by his spouse Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Adam Hepburn of Hailes. They had further children:

  • Sir Thomas, of Langshaw, Ayrshire
  • Nicholas (indicating that Nicholas by the first marriage had probably died young)
  • Elizabeth
  • David

He was a leader of the rebels who defeated King James III of Scotland at the Battle of Sauchieburn.

The 1st Lord Home lived to a very great age, dying, it is said, in 1490. He was succeeded by his grandson Alexander Home, 2nd Lord Home.


  1. Balfour Paul, Sir James, The Scots Peerage, under Home, vol.4, Edinburgh, 1905: 448-451; and also the Adenda, vol., 9, Edinburgh, 1914: 106-7, where he corrects relationship errors he had made in volume 4 for the 1st Lord Home and his spouses.

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