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The name Home is of territorial origin deriving from the lands of Home in Berwickshire. These lands were acquired through Ada, daughter of Patrick, fifth Earl of Dunbar, by his wife Ada, natural daughter of William the Lion. Ada married Courtenay and he obtained those lands from her father. Courtenay died without issue and she then married her cousin William, who took her name. Sir Thomas de Home, in the reign of Robert III married Nichola Pepdie heiress of Dunglass and hence acquired those lands in Berwickshire. He had three sons; Alexander who carried the principal name, David the first of Wedderburn, ancestor of the Earls of Marchmont and Patrick Home of Rathburn. Alexander Home was created Lord Home in 1473. Alexander, 6th Lord Home was a great favourite of King James I of England and VI of Scotland, and was created 1st Earl of Home and Dunglass in 1605. Through marriage to the heiress of the Douglas fortunes the family acquired the lands of Douglas, Bothwell and others in Angus. However the chief of Home could not also be the chief of the Douglases, hence in 1875 the 11th Earl was created Baron Douglas. The seat of the Earls of Home is at the Hirsel at Coldstream Berwickshire where the 14th Earl lives. In 1963 he renounced his title in order to become the British Prime Minister, being returned later to the House of Lords as Lord Home of the Hirsel.



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