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Saturday, March 21, 2009

7th Baron Kilmarnock (1927-2009)

The 7th Baron Kilmarnock, who died 19 March 2009, aged 81, was head of 
the Clan Boyd, a gifted writer, lifelong Hispanophile and chairman of 
the all-party parliamentary group on Aids. 

Alastair Ivor Gilbert Boyd was born 11 May 1927 and educated at 

Bradfield and King's College, Cambridge. 

He was a Page to the Lord High Constable of Scotland at the Coronation 
of King George VI, May 1937. 

During national service he was in Palestine, in 1947-48, as a 
lieutenant in the Irish Guards, then entered his father's business in 
the City. 

Lord Kilmarnock's publications (as Alastair Boyd) included Sabbatical 
Year (1958); The Road from Ronda (1969); The Essence of Catalonia 
(1988); The Social Market and the State (1999); and Rosemary: a memoir 
(2005). 

He married first, in 1954 (dissolved 1970), Diana Mary Grant Gibson, 
who died in 1975. He married secondly, 1977, Hilary Anne, dau of 
Leonard Sidney. His second wife survives him with their son, and his 
younger brother, the Hon Robin Jordan Boyd, known as "Tiger" who was 
born 6 Jun 1941, succeeds to the peerage (Baron, UK 1831). 

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