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
Titles and styles
BornAlexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton
(1978-03-31) 31 March 1978 (age 42)
Sophie Rutherford
(m. 2011)
  • Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale
  • Lord William Frederick Douglas-Hamilton
  • Lord Basil Douglas-Hamilton
FatherAngus Douglas-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.[1]

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 and 13th Duke of Brandon. 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, of Edinburgh.[3] The best man was the Duke's younger brother, Lord John Douglas-Hamilton, who was his heir presumptive at the time. The couple have three children:

  • Douglas Charles Douglas-Hamilton, Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale (born 9 July 2012),
  • Lord William Frederick Douglas-Hamilton (born 11 May 2014),
  • Lord Basil George Douglas-Hamilton (born 4 April 2016).

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 31 March 1978 – 5 June 2010: Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale
  • 5 June 2010 – present: His Grace The Duke of Hamilton and Brandon

He inherited the titles Duke of Hamilton, 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 in the Peerage of Scotland, and Duke of Brandon and Baron Dutton, in the Peerage of Great Britain.[4]


  1. ^ Gardner, Claire (7 June 2010). "Duke of Hamilton Dies After Battle with Dementia". The Scotsman. Retrieved 7 June 2010.
  2. ^ Wedding of 16th Duke of Hamilton – website East Lothian Courier
  3. ^ Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton, The Douglas Archives, 26 March 2013, accessed 13 July 2013
  4. ^ Pearson, Geoff (9 June 2010). "The Duke of Hamilton". The Independent. London.

External links[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Angus Douglas-Hamilton
Duke of Hamilton
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Angus Douglas-Hamilton
Duke of Brandon
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Rutland
The Duke of Hamilton
Succeeded by
The Duke of Buccleuch