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
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
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).