"Home! Home! Home!" cried the third Lord Home, trying to rally his Scots against the English soldiery by shouting the family name at Flodden Field in 1513. In the heat of battle, the clansmen misunderstood and—so the story goes—took off for home. Ever since, lest another such disaster befall, the family has pronounced the name "Hume."

Last week the noble and ancient name of Home resounded once more over a British battle. Press and politicians of all parties were up in arms because Prime Minister Macmillan appointed the 14th Earl of Home to the key post of Foreign Secretary. The...

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