James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Abercorn

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James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Abercorn (c. 1604 – c. 1670) was a Scottish and Irish nobleman and peer. He was the eldest son of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn and Marion Boyd.


In 1617, he was created Baron Hamilton of Strabane. Succeeding his father as Earl of Abercorn and his grandfather as Lord Paisley, he made over his lands in Strabane to his younger brother, Claud, and surrendered the Barony in 1633. It was re-issued to Claud with the original precedence in 1634.

He married, c. 1632, Katherine, Dowager Duchess of Lennox. They had three sons:

A recusant, he was excommunicated by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1649 and ordered to leave the country. He seems also to have been in hiding from his creditors at the time. He died c. 1670.


Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
James Hamilton
Earl of Abercorn
1618 – c. 1670
Succeeded by
George Hamilton
Preceded by
Claud Hamilton
Lord Paisley
1621 – c. 1670
Peerage of Ireland
New creation Baron Hamilton of Strabane
Succeeded by
Claud Hamilton