Lord Claud Hamilton (1813–1884)

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The Right Honourable
Lord Claud Hamilton
Claud Hamilton, Vanity Fair, 1877-03-10.jpg
"The Dowager". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1877.
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
In office
10 July 1866 – 1 December 1868
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Benjamin Disraeli
Preceded by The Earl of Bradford
Succeeded by Viscount Castlerosse
Personal details
Born 27 July 1813
Died 3 June 1884
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lady Elizabeth Proby (1821–1900)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Lord Claud Hamilton PC (27 July 1813 – 3 June 1884) was a British Conservative politician. He notably served as Treasurer of the Household in 1852 and between 1858 and 1859 and as Vice-Chamberlain of the Household between 1866 and 1868.

Background and education[edit]

Hamilton was the second son of James Hamilton, Viscount Hamilton, eldest son of John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Abercorn. His mother was Harriet Douglas, daughter of the Honourable John Douglas, younger son of James Douglas, 14th Earl of Morton. James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Abercorn, was his elder brother.[1] He was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2]

Political career[edit]

Hamilton sat as Member of Parliament for County Tyrone from 1835 to 1837 and again from 1839 to 1874.[1][3] When the Conservatives came to power in February 1852 under the Earl of Derby, Hamilton was admitted to the Privy Council[4] and appointed Treasurer of the Household,[5] a post he held until the government fell in December 1852.[6] He held the same office under Derby from 1858[7] to 1859.[8] When Derby became prime minister for a third time in 1866, Hamilton was promoted to Vice-Chamberlain of the Household,[9] a position he retained until 1868, the last year under the premiership of Benjamin Disraeli.[10]

Family[edit]

Hamilton married Lady Elizabeth Proby, daughter of Granville Proby, 3rd Earl of Carysfort, on 7 August 1844. They had one son and three daughters. His only son Douglas became a soldier and Member of Parliament while his grandson Richard was created a Baronet in 1952 (see Proby Baronets). A daughter, Louisa Hamilton, married physicist John Tyndall. Hamilton died in June 1884, aged 70. Lady Elizabeth survived him by sixteen years and died in June 1900.[1]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Lowry-Corry
Sir Hugh Stewart, Bt
Member of Parliament for Tyrone
with Henry Lowry-Corry

1835–1837
Succeeded by
Henry Lowry-Corry
Viscount Alexander
Preceded by
Henry Lowry-Corry
Viscount Alexander
Member of Parliament for Tyrone
with Henry Lowry-Corry 1839–1873
Henry Lowry-Corry 1873–1874

1839–1874
Succeeded by
Henry Lowry-Corry
John Ellison-Macartney
Political offices
Preceded by
Lord Marcus Hill
Treasurer of the Household
1852
Succeeded by
Earl of Mulgrave
Preceded by
Earl of Mulgrave
Treasurer of the Household
1858–1859
Succeeded by
Viscount Bury
Preceded by
The Earl of Bradford
Vice-Chamberlain of the Household
1866–1868
Succeeded by
Viscount Castlerosse