Simon Cairns, 6th Earl Cairns

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Simon Dallas Cairns, 6th Earl Cairns, CVO, CBE (born 27 May 1939), styled Viscount Garmoyle between 1946 and 1989, is a British businessman.

Background and education

Cairns is the son of Rear-Admiral David Cairns, 5th Earl Cairns, and Barbara Jeanne Harrisson Burgess.[1] He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]


Cairns was Managing Director of S. G. Warburg & Co. between 1979 and 1985, of Mercury Securities plc between 1981 and 1984, Chairman of Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) between 1981 and 1992, Vice-Chairman of Mercury Securities plc between 1984 and 1986, and a Director of S. G. Warburg & Co. between 1985 and 1995.[2] He succeeded his father in the earldom on 21 March 1989.[3] He was Receiver-General of the Duchy of Cornwall between 1990 and 2000.[2] He was Chief Executive of S. G. Warburg & Co. between 1991 and 1995. He was invested as a Commander, Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1992. He was Chairman of CDC Group plc from 1995.[2] He was chairman of BAT plc between 1995 and 1998, and was Vice-Chairman of Zurich Allied AG and Zurich Financial Services between 1998 and 2000. He was Chairman of Allied Zurich between 1998 and 2000.[2] Cairns was invested as a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) in 2000.[2]

He was appointed Chairman of the African telecommunications company Celtel in October 2007 and is currently a board member of the charity The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, alongside Mary Robinson and Kofi Annan.[4][5]


Lord Cairns married Amanda Mary Heathcoat-Amory, daughter of Major Edward Fitzgerald Heathcoat-Amory and Sonia Myrtle Denison, on 4th February 1964.[2] They have three sons:

  • Hugh Sebastian Frederick Cairns, Viscount Garmoyle (born 26 Mar 1965).
  • Hon. David Patrick Cairns (born 27 May 1967).
  • Hon. Alistair Benedict Cairns (born 16 May 1969).


  1. Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 640
  3. Charles Mosley, Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition, volume 1, page 641.

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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David Charles Cairns
Earl Cairns
Succeeded by