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James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton

Birthdate: (36)
Birthplace: Abertorthwick,Forfarshire,,Scotland
Death: March 2, 1625 (36)
Whitehall, Westminster, Middlesex, England (fever)
Place of Burial: family mausoleum, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Hamilton and Margaret Lyon, Marchioness of Glamis
Husband of Anne Hamilton, Marchioness of Hamilton
Father of Margaret Hamilton; Lady Mary Hamilton; General Sir James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton; Anne Montgomerie; William Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Hamilton and 1 other
Brother of Margaret Hamilton and Edward Hamilton
Half brother of Sir John Hamilton of Lettrick, Knight; Jean Hamilton; John Kennedy, 5th Earl of Cassillis; Margaret "Meg" Hay; Thomas Kennedy and 1 other

Occupation: 2nd Marquiss of Hamilton
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About James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton



James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton and 4th Earl of Arran KG PC (1589 – 2 March 1625), styled Lord Aven from 1599 to 1604, was a Scottish politician. He was the son of John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Hamilton.

He inherited his father's titles and estates in 1604. In 1608 he was created Lord Aberbrothwick, and the following year he inherited the earldom of Arran from his insane and childless uncle James Hamilton. He moved to England with King James VI, and invested into the Somers Isles Company, an offshoot of the Virginia company, buying the shares of Lucy Harrington, Countess of Bedford. The Parish of Hamilton in the Somers Isles (alias Bermuda) is named for him. He was created Earl of Cambridge and Baron of Innerdale in the peerage of England on 16 June 1619. In 1621 he served as Lord High Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland, the King's representative in the Parliament of Scotland.

In 1603, he married Lady Ann Cunningham, a daughter of James Cunningham, 7th Earl of Glencairn and they had five children:

  1. Lady Anne Hamilton, married Hugh Montgomerie, 7th Earl of Eglinton and had issue
  2. Lady Margaret Hamilton, married John Lindsay, 17th Earl of Crawford and had issue
  3. Lady Mary Hamilton (died 1633), married James Douglas, 2nd Earl of Queensberry, no issue
  4. James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton (1606–1649)
  5. William Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Hamilton (1616–1651)

He also had an illegitimate daughter, Margaret (who married John Hamilton, 1st Lord Belhaven and Stenton and had issue) by Anne Stewart, a daughter of Walter Stewart, 1st Lord Blantyre.

Hamilton died on 2 March 1625 at Whitehall, London, from a fever and was buried in the family mausoleum at Hamilton, on 2 September of that year.


  • James Hamiton, National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved July 2009
  • Parliament of Scotland

I'm fairly certain his first name is just James, and "Marquis" is a title directly below from being a duke.

Either that, or he was named after the title itself.

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James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton's Timeline

Age 16
Raphoe, County Donegal, Donegal, Ireland
June 19, 1606
Age 17
Hamilton, UK
Age 19
Hamilton, Lanarkdhire, Scotland
December 14, 1616
Age 27
March 2, 1625
Age 36
Whitehall, Westminster, Middlesex, England
September 2, 1625
Age 36
family mausoleum, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland