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William Hamilton of Sanquhar, Knight

Birthplace: Cambuskeith, Ayrshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Sanquhar Castle, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Hamilton of Cambuskeith and Marion Hamilton (Cuninghame)
Husband of Elizabeth May Hamilton of Sanquhar; Katherine Kennedy and Agnes STEWART
Father of Catherine Hamilton; Isabel Hamilton; Margaret Cairnes; John HAMILTON; Elizabeth HAMILTON and 2 others
Brother of John Hamilton of Cambuskeith and Robert Hamilton

Occupation: Lord Provost of Edinburgh in 1555. Unconfirmed assertion lists him as Lord High Treasurer of Scotland.
Managed by: Douglas John Nimmo
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About Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanguhar

Ben M. Angel notes: The assertion for Sir William Hamilton being Lord High Treasurer of Scotland is probably in error. There are only two Hamiltons that were listed as having held the position:

  • 1. John Hamilton (brother of Regent, Abbot of Paisley, later Bishop of St Andrews) held the position in 1546
  • 2. William Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Hamilton, held the position in 1686 as part of a committee.

He did, however, hold the post of Lord Provost of Edinburgh (see below).



GENEALOGY: The Scots Peerage; Page 29; Vol 1; G929.72; P291sc; Denver

Public Library; Genealogy

Sir William Hamilton of Sanquhar, High Treasurer of Scotland


From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanquhar:

Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanquhar [1]

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Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanquhar held the office of High Treasurer [Scotland]. He lived at Sanquhar, Scotland.[1]

Child of Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanquhar

  • 1. Isabel Hamilton+[1] b. c 1529, d. 13 Nov 1604


  • 1. [S6] G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume X, page 291. Hereinafter cited as The Complete Peerage.


From the List of Lord Provosts of Edinburgh:

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Provost of Edinburgh is the convener of the City of Edinburgh local authority. He is elected by the city council and serves not only as the chair of that body, but as a figurehead for the entire city. He is ex officio the Lord-Lieutenant of Edinburgh. He is equivalent in many ways to the institution of Mayor that exists in many other countries.

While some of Scotland's local authorities elect a Provost, only the four main cities (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee) have a Lord Provost. In Edinburgh this position dates from 1667, when Charles II elevated the Provost to the status of Lord Provost, with the same rank and precedence as the Lord Mayor of London. The title of Lord Provost is enshrined in the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. The current Lord Provost is George Grubb, Liberal Democrat councillor for Almond ward.

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh is virtue officii Admiral of the Firth of Forth, the Provost of Leith is Admiral of the port thereof.[1]

Provosts of Edinburgh

  • (1376) John de Quhitnes
  • ...
  • (1551) William Craik
  • (1555) Sir William Hamilton of Sanquhar
  • (1554) Archibald Douglas of Kilspindie


From the English Wikipedia page for Helenton Loch:

Helenton was a part of the Lands of Symington until it came to lie within the Barony of Sanquhar-Hamilton, named for the family of Hamilton of Sanquhar.[13]

James Stewart, Earl of Arran held the lands for a time, however they passed to the Wallaces of Craigie and in 1583-4 it is recorded that William Wallace of Ellerslie held the lands of Mains of Helentoun and Bogend, together with the tower, fortalice, and manor place of Helenton, together with half of the mill.[14]


  • 13. ^ Paterson, Page 748
  • 14. ^ Paterson, Page 749

Paterson, James (1863–66). History of the Counties of Ayr and Wigton. V. - II - Kyle. Edinburgh: J. Stillie.


From the English Wikipedia page on Craigie Castle, Ayrshire:,_Ayrshire

Newton-on-Ayr Castle

The Wallaces constructed this castle (previously known as Sanquhar) circa the 15th century, however it became the property of Sir William Hamilton, Provost of Ayr; having been granted it in 1539 by the King. John Wallace of Craigie with 40 others forcefully regained it in 1559; they were forced eventually to return it to the Hamiltons, however in 1558 the Wallaces confirmed their ownership and moved in shortly after. -------------------- Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanquhar held the office of High Treasurer [Scotland]. He lived at Sanquhar, Scotland.

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Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanguhar's Timeline

Cambuskeith, Ayrshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
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Sanquhar Castle, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
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Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
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Sanquhar Castle, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, (Present UK)