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John Hamilton was born circa 1535 to James Hamilton, Duke of Châtellerault (c1516-1575) and Margaret Douglas (c1510-1579) and died 26 April 1604 of unspecified causes. He married Margaret Lyon, Countess of Cassilis (-1625) circa 1578 JL . Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), William I of England (1027-1087), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Henry II of England (1133-1189), Alfred the Great (849-899), Robert I of Scotland (1274-1329). Ancestors are from the United Kingdom, Scotland, England, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, the Byzantine Empire, Sweden.


Offspring of James Hamilton and Margaret Douglas (c1510-1579)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Hamilton (c1535-1604) 1535 26 April 1604 Margaret Lyon, Countess of Cassilis (-1625)

His elder brother was James Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Arran; younger brother was Claud Hamilton, 1st Lord Paisley.


Template:Infobox peer John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Hamilton (c. 1535 – 26 April 1604) was a Scottish nobleman.


Hamilton was the third son of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran by his wife Margaret Douglas, a daughter of James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Morton. His elder brother, was James Hamilton, 3rd Earl of Arran and younger was Claud Hamilton, 1st Lord Paisley.

In 1547, at an early age he was made Commendator of Inchaffray Abbey, a position he held until 1551, when he was made Commendator of Arbroath. He had the benefit of Arbroath until 1579, although he had previously had struggles with George Douglas (later Bishop of Moray and son of the Earl of Angus) over tenure.[1]

Hamilton's older brother Lord James succeeded to the Earldom of Arran in 1575, but for reasons of his insanity, the care of the Hamilton estates was entrusted to Lord John. Hamilton was, like his family, a supporter of Mary, Queen of Scots, and for that in 1579 he and his family were forfeited, by the government of James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, regent for the underage James VI of Scotland. Hamilton fled to England, then France. He returned to England and there stayed with his brother Claude in the North. While in England he reconciled himself with Archibald Douglas, 8th Earl of Angus who was also in exile there following the Raid of Ruthven. King James had by now come under the influence of James Stewart of Bothwellmuir, to whom the King had granted Hamilton's brother's earldom of Arran. Hamilton with his brother, Angus and others including the Earl of Mar and the Master of Glamis, with the connivance of Elizabeth I of England raised an army and entered Scotland and reached Stirling in October 1585. King James capitulated on 4 November and received the banished lords into his presence.[2]

King James had not previously met Lord John, but greeted him warmly as an especially faithful servant to his mother. At a parliament convened at Linlithgow on 1 December 1585, King James rescinded Hamilton's forfeiture and restored him and the other lords to their previously held lands. Further Hamilton was raised to the Privy Council and made captain of Dumbarton Castle [3]

Hamilton continued to rise in the King's favour, and on 15 April 1599, following the baptism of Princess Margaret at Holyroodhouse, he was created Marquess of Hamilton, Earl of Arran and Lord Aven[4]

In 1588 Hamilton founded a grammar school that became known as Hamilton Academy.

Marriage and issue

John contracted to marry Margaret Lyon, Countess of Cassilis, the widow of Gilbert Kennedy, 4th Earl of Cassilis, and daughter of John Lyon, 7th Lord Glamis, before 10 February 1578 on 30 December 1577.[5][6]

They had three children:

Hamilton also had two illegitimate children:

  • Margaret Hamilton, married Sir Humphrey Colquhoun of Luss
  • Sir John Hamilton of Letterick, from whom descended the Lords Bargany


Offspring of John Hamilton and unknown parent  ¢
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Hamilton of Letterick (bef1586-1638) 9999 Letterick, Scotland, United Kingdom 1637 Jean Campbell (1580-)

External links



  1. ^ Balfour Paul, vol iv, pp 370-371
  2. ^ Balfour Paul, vol ii, p 371
  3. ^ Acts of Parliament 1 December 1585
  4. ^ Balfour Paul, vol iv, p372
  5. ^ HMC 11th report part 6, Duke of Hamilton, (1887), 54-55.
  6. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Sidney Lee, ed (1892). "Kennedy, Gilbert (1541?-1576)". Dictionary of National Biography, 1885–1900. 30. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 


Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
New Creation
Marquess of Hamilton
Succeeded by
James Hamilton

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
Ω Birth
  • Several websites agree on birth year.
¢ Children
  • At least four children by Margaret: Jean, Margaret, Edward (died in infancy), James. Wikipedia omits Jean.
2 Wedding 2
  • "between 30 December 1577 and 10 February 1578" - so all 1577 O.S.


  Robin Patterson

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