Charles Hamilton, Lord Binning

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Charles Hamilton, Lord Binning (1697 – 27 December 1732)[1] was a Scottish nobleman, politician and poet.


The son of Thomas Hamilton, 6th Earl of Haddington and Helen Hope, he used the courtesy title Lord Binning from birth.

Lord Binning was present with his father at the Battle of Sheriffmuir, in 1715. From 1718 until his death he held office as Knight Marischal, an office that had been vacant since the battle following the forfeiture of the Jacobite, Earl of Kintore[2]

He was elected at the 1722 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for borough of St Germans in Cornwall,[3] and held the seat until the 1727 general election.[3]

In 1731, and in increasingly frail health, Lord Binning, left Britain for the continent, and settled in Naples, where he died on 27 December 1732.[2]

Marriage and issue[edit]

About 1719, he married Rachel Baillie, the daughter of George Baillie of Jerviswoode and Mellerstain and Lady Grisell Baillie. His wife outlived Binning for 41 years, dying at Mellerstain in 1773.[2]



  1. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 1)
  2. ^ a b c Balfour Paul, vol iv, p322
  3. ^ a b Stooks Smith, Henry. (1973) [1844-1850]. Craig, F. W. S., ed. The Parliaments of England (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 492. ISBN 0-900178-13-2. 


  • [1] Anderson, J., Historical and genealogical memoirs of the House of Hamilton; with genealogical memoirs of the several branches of the family, Edinburgh 1825.
  • [2] Balfour Paul, Sir J., Scots Peerage IX vols. Edinburgh 1904.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Lord Stanhope
John Knight
Member of Parliament for St Germans
With: Philip Cavendish
Succeeded by
Sir Gilbert Heathcote
Sidney Godolphin