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William Hamilton of Sanquhar, Knight

Birthdate:
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 Lady Katherine Kennedy; Janet Carlyle; Agnes Stewart and Elizabeth May Hamilton of Sanquhar
Father of Bernard Hamilton; Catherine Hamilton; N. N. Hamilton; Sir William Hamilton of Sanquhar and Isabel Hamilton
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., Lord High Treasurer of Scotland
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About Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanguhar

SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON OF SORN AND SANQUAR

Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanquar is said by John Anderson to be the second son of Alexander Hamilton of Cambuskeith Memoirs of the House of Hamilton G. Harvey Johnston concurs. Heraldry of the Hamiltons

Chamberlain of Kelso

William Hamilton of Sanquar is noticed acting as Chamberlain of Kelso on 17 October 1536 National Records of Scotland, Lothian papers, Volume IX. Fernieherst, reference GD40/2/9/5 and on 25 February 1536-37. National Records of Scotland, Lothian papers, Volume X. Fernieherst, reference GD40/2/10/4 and again on 13 October 1537. National Records of Scotland, Lothian papers, Volume X. Fernieherst, reference GD40/2/11/1

Brother of John Hamilton of Cambuskeith

On 1 April 1538 William Hamilton, brother of John Hamilton of Cambuskeith, witnessed a precept of sasine made in favour of John Hamilton of Cambuskeith and his wife Janet Stewart. National Records of Scotland, Birkwood writs, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, reference GD1/179/1

Contract with Gilbert, Earl of Cassillis

29 January 1547: Contract between Gilbert, Earl of Cassillis, and William Hammyltoune of Sanchar, whereby the latter is 1) to give to the Earl a letter of reversion re wadset on lands of Barburstoun, etc., redeemable for 300 merks; 2) to occupy, with Katherine Kennedy, his spouse, the lands of Glenmolt, etc. in liferent, maill-free, and 3) to continue, after expiry of tack of Balzett, etc. in kindly tenancy till ended by payment of 100 merks Scots National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Kennedy Family, Earls of Cassillis (Ailsa Muniments), reference GD25/2/92

Judgement by Sir William Hammiltoun of Sanchar

Sir William Hamilton of Sanquar is noticed on 4 September 1551, sitting in judgement at the burgh court of Ayr. National Records of Scotland, Sir William Fraser Charters, reference GD86/159

Witness to a decree of division concerning the marches of Seton and Preston

On 15 January 1552 he witnessed a decree of division concerning the marches of Seton and Preston. National Records of Scotland, Earldom of Winton Bundle 1, reference GD3/1/11/3/2

Remission for certain indwellers of Perth

On 17 July 1553 William Hamilton of Sanquar signed a remission in favour of certain indwellers in Perth for failing to join the king's army. National Records of Scotland, State Papers, reference GD112/43/2

Sasine Witness

On 8 August 1554 he witnessed an instrument of sasine made in favour of George Seton. National Records of Scotland, Earldom of Winton Bundle 1, reference GD3/1/11/1/13

Death

Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanquar died before 5 April 1565, he date upon which his last will and testament is reported to have been registered Heraldry of the Hamiltons

Evidence published by the National Records of Scotland

         1

17 October 1536: Discharge by William Hammyltoun of Sanchar and chamberlain of Kelso to Sir William Ker for £20 Scots, for the teind sheaves of Litill Newtoun, for the Lammas term of 1535 National Records of Scotland, Lothian papers, Volume IX. Fernieherst, reference GD40/2/9/5

         2

25 February 1536-37: Discharge by William Hamiltoun of Sanchar, Chamberlain of Kelso, to William Ker, brother german to Andrew Ker of Farnyhirst, for £20 for teinds of Newtoun, and £5 for maills of Neddyr Howdane National Records of Scotland, Lothian papers, Volume X. Fernieherst, reference GD40/2/10/4

         3

13 Ocrober 1537: Discharge by William Hammyltoun of Sanchar, Chamberlain of Kelso, to Sir James Bolden, chaplain, in name of William Ker, brother german to the Laird of Farnyhyrst, for £20 Scots, for teinds of Little Newtoun National Records of Scotland, Lothian papers, Volume X. Fernieherst, reference GD40/2/11/1

         4

1 April 1538: Precept of sasine by William Cunynghame [Cunningham], knight, fiar of the earldom of Glencarne and lord of Kilmawris [Kilmaurs] in favour of John Hammiltoun of Cambuskeith and Janet Stewart, his spouse of the lands of Ovirmure and Carlingcraig in the lordship of Lowdoun [Loudoun], bailiwick of Cunynghame, and sheriffdom of Ayr. At Edinburgh, 1 Apr, 1538. Witnesses: Patrick Hammiltoun of Bogsyd [Bogside], William Hammiltoun, brother of the said John Hammiltoun of Cambuskeith, Robert Ormstone [Ormiston], Sir James Walker, and Andrew McTene. National Records of Scotland, Birkwood writs, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, reference GD1/179/1

         5

29 January 1547: Contract between Gilbert, Earl of Cassillis, and William Hammyltoune of Sanchar, whereby the latter is 1) to give to the Earl a letter of reversion re wadset on lands of Barburstoun, etc., redeemable for 300 merks; 2) to occupy, with Katherine Kennedy, his spouse, the lands of Glenmolt, etc. in liferent, maill-free, and 3) to continue, after expiry of tack of Balzett, etc. in kindly tenancy till ended by payment of 100 merks Scots National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Kennedy Family, Earls of Cassillis (Ailsa Muniments), reference GD25/2/92

         6

4 September 1551: Instrument under the hand of Stephen Prestoune, clerk of the diocese of Glasgow, notary public, narrating that Donald Campbell and Thomas Kennedy, burgesses of Air, who each claimed right to the yard-dike between their respective tenements in the said burgh, with consent of their co-burgesses, elected, nominated and ordained William Hammiltoun of Sanchar, knight, to determine and decreet between them to whom the foresaid dike and the land upon which it was built, pertained and obliged themselves to abide by his decision and to implement and observe it in all points: The said William Hammiltoun thereupon pronounced and decreed that the foresaid yard-dike and the land upon which it was built pertained to the said Donald Campbell and his heirs, but providing that they should keep the said Thomas and his heirs scathless and unmolested in time coming. Done in the cemetery of the Friars Minor of said burgh on 4th September 1551 National Records of Scotland, Sir William Fraser Charters, reference GD86/159

         7

15 January 1552: Decree of division of marches between Seton and Perstoun by James Achesoune, Alexander of Halybrintoun, Alexander Adesoun and sir Alexander Kow, chplain judges arbiters chosen for George, Lord Seton, Thomas Huntar, Walter Hall, Gilbert Lindsay and John Eddelwod, judges for David Hamilton of Fingaltoun, and laird of Perstoun, and Richard Maitland of Lethington, Master David Hamilton of Elistob and Alexander Hamilton in Prestoun, oversmem chosen by both the parties Witnesses: William Hamilton of Sanchar, knight, David Crawfurd of Kers and others National Records of Scotland, Earldom of Winton Bundle 1, reference GD3/1/11/3/2

         8

17 July 1553: Componitur for remission in favour of Donald Myllar, Finlay McIntalyour, Malcolm McNachtane, John Tailyeour Moyr, David Toscheauche, Donald Myllar, Finlay McCarquhayre, Gillefillan McGown, John McOleass, Duncan McAworycht, Andrew McAwarycht, Donald McIntalyeour, John McYndoir, Donald McEwyn, Donald McOlcallum, Duncan McRobert, Donald McInwellycht, Dougal McCarreis, Terlach McKillip, Archibald McInlay McNab, Patrick McGilleyerly, John McAnemoir, Duncan Fure alias Wrycht, Duncan Moyr, John Moyr, his son, Donald McGillequhonell, John Campbell alias Leyche, Donald McKnewane, John McKynnead, Gillepatrick McColayne, Donald McPatrik, Patrick McCarbre, Donald McGilleyerg, Duncan McCoule, Gillespie McAwyre, Gillechrist McIntalyeour, Donald McAine, John McInstalker, Donald McKynnead, Donald McCay, Donald McGillequhoan, John Dow McRobert, Donald Dow McNab, Finlay McKnewane, John McCallequhoan, Finlay McKyndoir, Donald McCarar, Nicholas Flegeir, Duncan Talyour, Patrick Mcconache McCarbre, John Reouche McAldonycht, Donald McNachtane, indwellers within sheriffdom of Perth, for failing to join the king's army, and for all other crimes laid to their charge. Signed by John, lord Erskine, William, abbot of Culross, and William Hamilton of Sanchar. National Records of Scotland, State Papers, reference GD112/43/2

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8 August 1554: Instrument of sasine in favour of George Seyton of the lands and baronies of Seton and Winton and Tranent under specified reservations. Witnesses: William Hamilton of Sanchar, attorney, Mr David Hamilton of Elistob, sheriff in that part Witnesses: Arthur Hall of Foulbar, James Aldinstoun of that ilk, sir Hector Sinclair, sir Alexander Bow and sir George Adesouns, prebendaries of the collegiate church of Seton and others Thomas Raith, notary National Records of Scotland, Earldom of Winton Bundle 1, reference GD3/1/11/1/13

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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_High_Treasurer_of_Scotland

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

SOURCES:

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:

http://thepeerage.com/p11023.htm#i110229

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

Citations

  • 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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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]

Notes:

  • 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:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craigie_Castle,_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.

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Sir William Hamilton of Sorn and Sanguhar's Timeline

1504
1504
Cambuskeith, Ayrshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
1518
1518
Age 14
Sanquhar Castle, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
1532
1532
Age 28
1565
April 5, 1565
Age 61
Sanquhar Castle, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, (Present UK)
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