The ancestor of this family was Patrick, son of the Earl of Dunbar, who lived early in the 13th century. Alexander Home was created a Baron in 1473 and the title was raised to an Earldom by James VI in 1605. Eventually it was the family of Home of Coldingknow which succeeded, from which is directly descended that 14th Earl, who, for political reasons, resigned his earldom to become Sir Alex Douglas-Home and Prime Minster of the United Kingdom. Various other branches of this distinguished Border family gained titles, which subsequently died out.
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