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Sir James Hamilton of Finnart

Birthplace: Lanark, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Cause of death: Executed for treason
Immediate Family:

Son of James Hamilton, Earl of Arran and Mary Boyd
Husband of Lady Margaret Hamilton
Father of Sir James Hamilton of Evandale; Grizel Hamilton, of Finnart; Andrew Hamilton of Snar and Glenkip; Agnes Hamilton and Elizabeth Hamilton
Half brother of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran; Euphemia Hamilton; Lady Janet Hamilton; Elizabeth Hamilton; Gavin Hamilton and 6 others

Occupation: 1534, Captain and Keeper of Linlithgow Palace
Managed by: Alisdair James Smyth
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About Sir James Hamilton of Finnart

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

"Sir James Hamilton of Finnart (c. 1495 – 16 August 1540) was a Scottish nobleman and architect, the illegitimate son of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran, and Mary (or Marion) Boyd of Bonshaw. Although legitimated in 1512 while still a minor, he continued to be known as the "Bastard of Arran". As a key member of the Hamilton family, and second cousin of James V, King of Scotland, he became a prominent member of Scottish society...

...In 1540 King James became convinced that Hamilton was plotting against him, although no evidence for this was presented. Arrested on charges of treason in late July, on 16 August Hamilton was tried, convicted and executed...

...Finnart married Margaret Livingston of Easter Wemyss some time before 1529, and had issue:

  • James Hamilton of Crawfordjohn
  • Agnes Hamilton, who married James Somerville, 6th Lord Somerville
  • Grissel Hamilton who married Andrew Leslie, 5th Earl of Rothes in 1548."

In addition, James fathered at least ten illegitimate children, to at least three mistresses, Marion Stewart, Elizabeth Murray, and Elizabeth Elphinstone.

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'James Hamilton of Finnart', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 25 February 2012, 16:04 UTC, <> [accessed 22 August 2012]

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Sir James Hamilton of Finnart's Timeline

Lanark, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Age 25
Age 27
Finnart, Dunbartonshire, , Scotland
Age 27
Lanarkshire, Scotland
Age 36
Finnart, , Renfrew, Dunbarton, Scotland
August 16, 1540
Age 45
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland