James Hamilton, 4th Duke of Abercorn

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James Edward Hamilton, 4th Duke of Abercorn (29 February 1904 – 4 June 1979) was a British peer.[1] He was the son of James Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Abercorn and Lady Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Bingham. He was variously styled Viscount Strabane (1904–1913), Marquess of Hamilton (1913–1953), and finally inherited his father's peerages on 12 September 1953.


Lord Hamilton (as he then was) attended Eton. He was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, where he rose to the rank of captain. In 1946, he was elected to the County Council of County Tyrone, served as High Sheriff of Tyrone, and then served in the Senate of Northern Ireland. He became Lord Lieutenant of County Tyrone on his father's death, a position he held for the remainder of his life.

He was appointed honorary colonel of the 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (a Territorial Army unit), and died at the age of seventy-five.

He owned La Peregrina, a famous pearl which was a gift from Philip II of Spain to his wife Mary I of England. In 1969, the duke sold the pearl to actor Richard Burton, who gave it as a present to his wife Elizabeth Taylor.


In 1928 he married Lady Kathleen Crichton (1905–1990), a daughter of Henry Crichton, Viscount Crichton (1872–1914, son of the 4th and father of the 5th Earl of Erne) and Lady Mary Cavendish Grosvenor (1883–1959, daughter of the 1st Duke of Westminster).

They had two sons and a daughter:

He is related to Diana, Princess of Wales through Diana's paternal grandmother Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer who was his sister.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
James Ponsonby Galbraith
Lord Lieutenant of Tyrone
Succeeded by
John Hamilton-Stubber
Preceded by
John Blakiston-Houston
Honorary Colonel of the
5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

Battalion disbanded
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
James Hamilton
Duke of Abercorn
Succeeded by
James Hamilton