Archie Hamilton, Baron Hamilton of Epsom

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Hamilton of Epsom
Minister of State for the Armed Forces
In office
25 July 1988 – 27 May 1993
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded by Ian Stewart
Succeeded by Jeremy Hanley
Member of Parliament
for Epsom and Ewell
In office
27 April 1978 – 7 June 2001
Preceded by Peter Rawlinson
Succeeded by Chris Grayling
Personal details
Born (1941-12-30) 30 December 1941 (age 73)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative

Archibald Gavin Hamilton, Baron Hamilton of Epsom, PC (born 30 December 1941) is a British Conservative Party politician.

Background and education[edit]

Chapel of Eton College

Hamilton is the second son of the 3rd Baron Hamilton of Dalzell and younger brother of the 4th Baron Hamilton of Dalzell. He was born at Beckington Castle, Beckington, Somerset, which was then his parents' country house.[1] He was educated at Eton College.

Political career[edit]

Hamilton initially stood, unsuccessfully, for Dagenham in the February and October 1974 elections, but was defeated by Labour's veteran incumbent, John Parker.

He was Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Epsom & Ewell from 1978 to 2001, during his time in Parliament he was the tallest MP at 6 feet 6 inches ( 1.98 metres ). He served as a junior minister at the Ministry of Defence from 1986 to 1993, interspersed by a short period as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher from 1987 to 1988, and later became chairman of the 1922 Committee. He was also an early member of the Conservative Monday Club, being Chairman of its Defence Study Group in 1996. He was Knighted in 1994.[2] On 13 May 2005 it was announced that he would be created a life peer, and the peerage was gazetted on 17 June 2005 as Baron Hamilton of Epsom, of West Anstey in the County of Devon.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Hamilton is a bridge player. He is a member of the Lords bridge team and the All Party Parliamentary Bridge Group.


  1. ^ 'Births' column in The Times, Friday, Jan 2, 1942, p. 1
  2. ^ The London Gazette: no. 53741. p. 10497. 22 July 1994.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: no. 57681. p. 8113. 22 June 2005.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Peter Rawlinson
Member of Parliament for Epsom and Ewell
Succeeded by
Chris Grayling
Political offices
Preceded by
Marcus Fox
Chairman of the 1922 Committee
Succeeded by
Michael Spicer