The Earl of Antrim



The Right Honourable, Randal Alexander St. John Mcdonnell,
Earl of Antrim and
Chief of the McDonnells of Antrim

Along the northeast coast of Ireland lies County Antrim, a wild, beautiful place, with natural wonders along the rugged shores. It is here the family draws its heritage from days of Sorley Boy and the title eventually bestowed.

Randal Alexander St. John McDonnell, the Earl of Antrim, was born in 1967. He was educated at Gresham’s School in Norfolk after which he went on to study Modern History at Oxford University (Worcester College) from where he graduated with an MA. Randal subsequently embarked upon a career in the asset management industry and since 1998 he has worked at Sarasin & Partners LLP in London where he has been chairman of the Partnership since 2008. Randal is responsible for overseeing investment mandates for some of the firm’s largest family relationships and charity endowments.

He is also a Non-Executive Director of various companies, including Aberdeen Standard Asia Focus PLC.

Randal married Aurora Gunn in 2004 and they have two children, Alexander (born in 2006) and Helena (born in 2008). The children are at school in England, but the family look to spend as much time as possible at Glenarm.

Randal was given responsibility for Glenarm Castle and its Estate by his late father in 1992 when he was 25. Over that time, he has invested into the property and tried to put it onto a sustainable footing having nurtured various enterprises including: Glenarm Shorthorn Beef, Glenarm Organic Salmon, Glenarm Castle Walled Garden, Weddings, Events and Hydro-Electric power.