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About Sir James Hamilton

JAMES HAMILTON, EARL OF ABERCORN

James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn PC (c. 1575 – 23 March 1618), was the eldest son of Claud Hamilton, 1st Lord Paisley (4th son of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran), and of Margaret, daughter of George Seton, 5th Lord Seton.

Hamilton was made Sheriff of Linlithgow in 1600, received large grants of lands in Scotland and Ireland, was created in 1603 Baron Abercorn, and on 10 July 1606 was rewarded for his services in the matter of the union by being made Earl of Abercorn and Lord Paisley, Hamilton, Mountcastell and Kilpatrick. He married Marion, daughter of Thomas Boyd, 5th Lord Boyd, and left nine children:

Lady Anne Hamilton (1592–1620), married Hugh Sempill, 5th Lord Sempill and had issue

James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Abercorn (c. 1604 – c. 1670), created Lord Hamilton, Baron of Strabane in the Peerage of Ireland in his father's lifetime.

Sir William Hamilton, 1st Baronet (c. 1605–1680)

Claud Hamilton, 2nd Baron Hamilton of Strabane (c. 1606–1638)

Sir George Hamilton, 1st Baronet (c. 1607–1679)

Lady Lucy Hamilton (b. bef. 1618)

Sir Alexander Hamilton (d. bef. May 4, 1669), married and had issue

Lady Margaret Hamilton (d. c. May 4, 1642), married Sir William Cuninghame of Caprington

Lady Isobel Hamilton

He died on 23 March 1618. His heirs, Earls of Abercorn, heads of the Hamilton family, became Marquesses of Abercorn in 1790, and Dukes of Abercorn in 1868; the 2nd Duke of Abercorn (b. 1838) being a prominent Unionist politician and chairman of the British South Africa Company. The present Dukes are descended from his fourth son, Sir George, the issue of the three elder being extinct.


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James Hamilton held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Linlithgow Scotland in 1597. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor (P.C.) Scotland on 14 December 1598. He was made Sheriff of Linlithgow in 1600, received large grants of lands in Scotland and Ireland. He was created 1st Lord Abercorn, co. Linlithgow Scotland on 5 April 1603. In 1604 he served on the commission which treated for a proposed union of Scotland with England. He was created 1st Lord Paisley, Hamilton, Mountcashell and Kirkpatrick [Scotland] on 10 July 1606. He was created 1st Earl of Abercorn Scotland on 10 July 1606.4 He held the office of Member of the Council of the province of Munster on 20 May 1615.4 He held the office of Gentleman of the Bedchamber to King James VI.

He married Marion, daughter of Thomas Boyd, 6th Lord Boyd, and left nine children:
Lady Anne Hamilton (1592–1620), married Hugh Sempill, 5th Lord Sempill and had issue James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Abercorn (c. 1604 – c. 1670), created Lord Hamilton, Baron of Strabane in the Peerage of Ireland in his father's lifetime. Sir William Hamilton, 1st Baronet (c. 1605–1680) Claud Hamilton, 2nd Baron Hamilton of Strabane (c. 1606–1638) Sir George Hamilton, 1st Baronet (c. 1607–1679) Lady Lucy Hamilton (b. bef. 1618) Sir Alexander Hamilton (d. bef. 4 May 1669), married and had issue Lady Margaret Hamilton (d. c. 4 May 1642), married Sir William Cuninghame of Caprington Lady Isobel Hamilton

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Sir James Hamilton's Timeline

1575
August 12, 1575
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
1587
March 18, 1587
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
1592
1592
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
1595
1595
Aitnoch, Nairnshire, Scotland
1598
1598
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
1600
1600
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
1603
1603
Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland
1604
June 19, 1604
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
1606
1606
Westlothian, Scotland
1607
September 1607
Donalong, Tyrone, Ireland