James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn

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James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn PC (12 August 1575[1] – 23 March 1618) was a Scottish peer.


He was the eldest son of Claud Hamilton, 1st Lord Paisley (4th son of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran), and of Margaret, daughter of George Seton, 7th Lord Seton.[2][3] In 1597, he sat for Linlithgow in the Parliament of Scotland, and was a Gentleman of the Bedchamber and member of the Privy Council to James VI of Scotland. In 1600, the King created him hereditary Sheriff of Linlithgow.[3] On 5 April 1603, he was created Lord Abercorn, of Linlithgowshire. In 1604, he served on a royal commission to consider the union of the crowns of England and Scotland.[3] While the project was unsuccessful, his service was satisfactory to the King. He received large grants of lands in Scotland and Ireland,[2] and built a castle in the barony of Strabane. On 10 April 1606 he was further honored by being made Earl of Abercorn and Lord Paisley, Hamilton, Mountcastell and Kilpatrick. On 11 March 1613/4, he was summoned to attend the Parliament of Ireland and granted the precedence of an earl in Ireland (confirmed by royal warrant on 31 March), although he was never created a peer in that realm. He was appointed to the Council of Munster on 20 May 1615.[3]

He died on 23 March 1618, at Monkton, and was buried on 29 April 1618 in the church of Paisley Abbey.[2][4]


He married Marion, daughter of Thomas Boyd, 6th Lord Boyd. She was a prominent Roman Catholic, was excommunicated in the kirk of Paisley in 1628, and died on 26 August 1631 in the Canongate.[4] They left ten children:


  1. ^ Calendar State Papers Scotland, vol. 5 (1907), 182.
  2. ^ a b c Chisholm 1911.
  3. ^ a b c d Cokayne 1910, p. 2.
  4. ^ a b Cokayne 1910, p. 3.
  5. ^ Often wrongly called "Alexander".
  6. ^ Balfour Paul, vol i, p47-48


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Peerage of Scotland
New creation Baron Abercorn
Succeeded by
James Hamilton
Earl of Abercorn