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James Hamilton, of Bothwellhaugh and Woodhouselee

Death: Died
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Son of David Hamilton, of Bothwellhaugh and Christian Shaw
Husband of Isobel Sinclair
Father of Alison Hamilton
Brother of Arthur Hamilton, of Bothwellhaugh; James Hamilton, Provost of Bothwell and David Hamilton, of Monktonmains

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About James Hamilton, of Bothwellhaugh and Woodhouselee


"James Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh and Woodhouselee (died 1581) was a Scottish supporter of Mary, Queen of Scots, who assassinated James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray, Regent of Scotland, in January 1570. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Stewart,_1st_Earl_of_Moray

He shot Moray from the steps of his uncle Archbishop John Hamilton's house in Linlithgow, in what is believed to be the first assassination using a firearm...

...James Hamilton was a member of Hamilton family from Bothwellhaugh, a village and castle in the Clyde Valley. His father was David Hamilton of Bothwellhaugh and his mother Christian Shaw. The lands of Bothwellhaugh are the property of the Dukes of Hamilton, and the village no longer exists...

...James's mother and two brothers, Arthur, later called "of Bothwellhaugh," and James, Provost of Bothwell were also accused of the assassination. Another younger brother was David Hamilton of Monktonmains, later "of Bothwellhaugh". David was said to have been present at the death of Regent Lennox in 1571...

...James Hamilton married Isobel Sinclair, the daughter of Oliver Sinclair and Katherine Bellenden, and the joint-heiress of Woodhouselee, a castle in Midlothian, a quarter-mile (400 m) northwest of Easter Howgate and 21⁄2 miles (4.0 km) north of Penicuik in the valley of the River Esk. They had a son David and daughter Alison Hamilton. The other heiress of Woodhouselee, Alison Sinclair, married James's brother David."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'James Hamilton (assassin)', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 28 July 2012, 22:51 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=James_Hamilton_(assassin)&oldid=504662021> [accessed 1 December 2012]

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