Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton

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The Duke of Hamilton and Brandon
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Hamilton in 2012
Duke of Hamilton
PredecessorAngus Douglas-Hamilton
BornAlexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton
(1978-03-31) 31 March 1978 (age 44)
Noble familyDouglas-Hamilton
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, and was educated at Keil School, Dumbarton, and Gordonstoun in Scotland.[1]


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 also inherited other Scottish peerages and titles, 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, and the Barony of Dutton in the peerage of Great Britain.[2]

The Duke is the Hereditary Keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the hereditary bearer of the Crown of Scotland.[1] In this role, he walks immediately before the monarch in the ancient ceremonial procession known as the Riding of Parliament.

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.[3] 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.[4] The couple have three children.

Death of Queen Elizabeth II[edit]

On 12 September 2022, during a service of remembrance in St Giles' Cathedral, the Duke placed the Crown of Scotland upon the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Hamilton, 16th Duke of, cr 1643 (Scot.), AND BRANDON, 13th Duke of, cr 1711 (GB) (Alexander Douglas-Hamilton)", in Who's Who, online edition, accessed 12 August 2022 (subscription required)
  2. ^ Pearson, Geoff (9 June 2010). "The Duke of Hamilton". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Wedding of 16th Duke of Hamilton". East Lothian Courier. 11 May 2011.
  4. ^ Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton, The Douglas Archives, 26 March 2013, accessed 13 July 2013
  5. ^ BBC NEWS LIVE, BBC NEWS, 12 September 2022, accessed 12 September 2022,
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
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