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Alexander Patrick Greysteil Hore-Ruthven, 2nd Earl of Gowrie

(1939-), Company director and politician

Sitter in 2 portraits
Alexander Patrick Greysteil Hore-Ruthven, 2nd Earl of Gowrie, known as Grey Gowrie, was a Conservative Party politician, and was later Chairman of Sotheby's and of the Arts Council of England. Hore-Ruthven was born in Ireland, the first son of Major the Hon. Patrick Hore-Ruthven, only surviving son of the 1st Baron Gowrie. His father having died, he succeeded his grandfather as 2nd Earl of Gowrie in 1955. Gowrie joined the Conservative front bench in 1972 as a whip. He went on to served in a number of senior political offices, including Minister of State for Employment, Minister of State for Northern Ireland and Minister for the Arts.

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