James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton

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The Marquess of Hamilton
Died2 March 1625
Resting placeHamilton
Title2nd Marquess of Hamilton
4th Earl of Arran
SuccessorJames Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton
Spouse(s)Lady Ann Cunningham
ChildrenAnne Montgomerie, Countess of Eglinton
Margaret Lindsay, Countess of Crawford
Mary Douglas, Countess of Queensberry
James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton
William Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Hamilton
Parent(s)John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Hamilton
Margaret Lyon, Countess of Cassilis

James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton and 4th Earl of Arran KG PC (1589 – 2 March 1625), styled Lord Aven from 1599 to 1604, was a Scottish politician.[1] He was the son of John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Hamilton and Margaret Lyon.


Hamilton inherited his father's titles and estates in 1604. King James granted him the property and lands of Arbroath Abbey, or "Aberbrothwick", and on 5 May 1608 created him Lord Aberbrothwick.[2] In 1609, Aberbrothwick inherited the earldom of Arran from his insane and childless uncle James Hamilton.

He moved to England with King James, and invested into the Somers Isles Company, an offshoot of the Virginia company, buying the shares of Lucy Harrington, Countess of Bedford. The Parish of Hamilton in the Somers Isles (alias Bermuda) is named for him.[3] He was created Earl of Cambridge and Baron of Innerdale in the peerage of England on 16 June 1619. In 1621 he served as Lord High Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland, the King's representative in the Parliament of Scotland.

Marriage and children[edit]

Arms of James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton

In 1603, he married Lady Ann Cunningham, a daughter of James Cunningham, 7th Earl of Glencairn and they had five children:

He also had an illegitimate daughter, Margaret (who married John Hamilton, 1st Lord Belhaven and Stenton and had issue) by Anne Stewart, a daughter of Walter Stewart, 1st Lord Blantyre.

Hamilton died on 2 March 1625 at Whitehall, London, from a fever and was buried in the family mausoleum at Hamilton, on 2 September of that year.


  1. ^ James Hamiton, National Portrait Gallery, London. Retrieved July 2009
  2. ^ Cokayne 1910, p. 2.
  3. ^ Marion O'Connor, 'Godly Patronage: Lucy Russell, Countess of Bedford', Johanna Harris & Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, The Intellectual Culture of Puritan Women (Palgrave, 2011), p. 73.


  • Cokayne, George E. (1910). Gibbs, Vicary (ed.). The complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct, or dormant. I, Ab-Adam to Basing. London: St. Catherine Press.
Parliament of Scotland
Preceded by
The Earl Marischal
Lord High Commissioner
Succeeded by
The Earl of Traquair
(from 1639)
Court offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Lennox
Lord Steward
Succeeded by
The Earl of Pembroke
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Hamilton
Marquess of Hamilton
Succeeded by
James Hamilton
Preceded by
James Hamilton
Earl of Arran
New creation Lord Aberbrothwick
Peerage of England
New creation Earl of Cambridge
Succeeded by
James Hamilton