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Denis Alexander, 6th Earl of Caledon

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Name  Denis 6th

Died  May 20, 1980
Spouse  Anne Louise, Freiin von Graevenitz (m. 1952), Ghislaine Alexander (m. 1943)
Children  Nicholas Alexander, 7th Earl of Caledon
Parents  Hon. Herbrand Charles Alexander, Millicent Valla Meredyth
Grandchildren  Lady Leonora Jane Alexander, Frederick James Alexander, Viscount Alexander
Grandparents  James Alexander, 4th Earl of Caledon, Lady Elizabeth Graham Graham-Toler

Denis James Alexander, 6th Earl of Caledon (10 November 1920 – 20 May 1980) was a soldier and landowner


He was the son of Lt.-Col. Hon. Herbrand Charles Alexander and Millicent Valla Meredyth and grandson of James Alexander, 4th Earl of Caledon. He was educated at Eton College and at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He gained the rank of Major in the service of the Irish Guards.


He married, firstly on 6 April 1943, Ghislaine Dresselhuys (who died on 25 April 2000, as Lady Foley), a wealthy heiress, as the only daughter of Dutch-born and Long Island resident, Cornelius William Dresselhuys and the Mauritius-born Edith née Merandon du Plessis (an ex-wife of the 1st Viscount Kemsley). They had issue one daughter:

  1. Lady Tana Marie Alexander, now Lady Tana Focke (b. 2 March 1945), who is a successful fund manager and on 13 December 1973 married His Honour Judge Paul Everard Justus Focke QC and has issue: (i) Diana Natasha Focke (b. 1974) and (ii) Victoria Justine Focke (b. 1976), who was married on 25 February 2006 at the Brompton Oratory, London, to James Legge, son of Mr and Mrs Christopher Legge. She was originally named Cayetana for her godmother Cayetana, Duchess of Alba.

He was divorced in 1948 and married, secondly, Baroness Anne Louise de Graevenitz (d. 1963), only child of Baron Nicholas Werner Alexander de Graevenitz and an heiress of Christian Ferdinand von Siemens, on 31 December 1952, and had issue:

  1. Nicholas Alexander, 7th Earl of Caledon (b. 6 May 1955)
  2. Lady (Elizabeth) Jane Alexander (b. 28 March 1962), who married firstly, the journalist Rory Peck (d. 1993) in 1981 (divorced 1987) and had issue: (i) James Julian Peck (b. 1982) and (ii) Alexander Nicolas de Graevenitz Peck (b. 1984), and secondly (Richard Francis) Andrew Dobbs, son of Sir Richard Dobbs KCVO, of Castle Dobbs, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, in 1990 and has issue: (i) Louisa Valla Joan Dobbs (b. 1992), (ii) Elizabeth Calixta Leslie Dobbs (b. 27 September 1994) and (iii) Victoria Natasha Jane Dobbs (b. 12 March 1996). This marriage ended in the early 2000s, and she was married thirdly to a local man, Dr Ftizroy Gillespie in June 2013.

Following the death of his second wife on 20 July 1963, he married, thirdly, (as her second husband) Marie Elizabeth Burton Allen, daughter of Major Richard Burton Allen, on 4 August 1964.

Later life

Denis Alexander succeeded to the title of Earl of Caledon on 10 July 1968 on the death of his "endearingly eccentric bachelor" uncle. He died on 20 May 1980 aged 59.


Denis Alexander, 6th Earl of Caledon Wikipedia