Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton

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His Grace
The Duke of Hamilton and Brandon
The Duke of Hamilton (cropped).jpg
Duke of Hamilton
Tenure2010 – present
PredecessorAngus Douglas-Hamilton
BornAlexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton
(1978-03-31) 31 March 1978 (age 43)
Sophie Rutherford
(m. 2011)
  • Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale
  • Lord William Frederick Douglas-Hamilton
  • Lord Basil Douglas-Hamilton
FatherAngus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton
MotherSarah Jane Scott
Carrying the Crown of Scotland at the Scottish Parliament in July 2011

Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton, 13th Duke of Brandon (born 31 March 1978) is a Scottish nobleman and the premier peer of Scotland.

Early life[edit]

He is the son of Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton, and his first wife, Sarah Scott.

He was educated at Keil School, Dumbarton, and Gordonstoun in Scotland. Upon the death of his father on 5 June 2010, he became the 16th Duke of Hamilton in the Peerage of Scotland and 13th Duke of Brandon in the Peerage of Great Britain. He inherited the additional Scottish titles (including both peer and non-peer ranks), Marquess of Douglas, Marquess of Clydesdale, Earl of Angus, Earl of Lanark, Earl of Arran and Cambridge, Lord Abernethy and Jedburgh Forest, Lord Machanshyre and Polmont and Lord Aven and Innerdale , along with Baron Dutton, in the Peerage of Great Britain.[1] He is the Hereditary Keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The seat of the Dukes of Hamilton is Lennoxlove House, replacing the now-demolished Hamilton Palace.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 7 May 2011, he married Sophie Ann Rutherford (born 8 December 1976) in Edinburgh.[2] She is an interior designer and the daughter of Hubert A. J. Rutherford (born 1940), of Roxburghshire, and Isabel W. Taylor (born 1943), of Edinburgh.[3] The couple have three children.


  1. ^ Pearson, Geoff (9 June 2010). "The Duke of Hamilton". The Independent. London.
  2. ^ "Wedding of 16th Duke of Hamilton". East Lothian Courier. 11 May 2011.
  3. ^ Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton, The Douglas Archives, 26 March 2013, accessed 13 July 2013
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by Duke of Hamilton
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by Duke of Brandon
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
The Duke of Hamilton
Succeeded by