James Hamilton, 7th Earl of Abercorn

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James Hamilton
Born (1686-03-22)22 March 1686
Died 11 January 1744(1744-01-11) (aged 57)
Title 7th Earl of Abercorn
Tenure 1734-1744
Other titles Viscount Strabane
Lord Paisley
Baron Mountcastle
Nationality Scottish and Irish
Predecessor James Hamilton, 6th Earl of Abercorn
Successor James Hamilton, 8th Earl of Abercorn
Spouse(s) Anne Plumer
Parents James Hamilton, 6th Earl of Abercorn
Elizabeth Reading

James Hamilton, 7th Earl of Abercorn FRS PC (22 March 1686 – 11 January 1744) was a Scottish and Irish nobleman, the son of James Hamilton, 6th Earl of Abercorn and Elizabeth Reading. He was styled Lord Paisley from 1701 until his accession in 1734.


In April 1711, he married Anne Plumer (1690–1776), by whom he had seven children:


A scientist, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society on 10 November 1715, and published Calculations and Tables on the Attractive Power of Lodestones, a book on magnetism, in 1729.

Privy Councils[edit]

He was sworn a Privy Counsellor in Great Britain on 20 July 1738 and a Privy Counsellor in Ireland on 26 September 1739. On 17 October of that same year, George II issued a royal charter to the nation's first orphanage for abandoned children, the Foundling Hospital, of which Hamilton was a founding Governor.


Masonic offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Richmond and Lennox
Grand Master of the Premier
Grand Lodge of England

Succeeded by
The Earl of Inchiquin
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
James Hamilton
Earl of Abercorn
Succeeded by
James Hamilton
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
James Hamilton
Viscount Strabane
Succeeded by
James Hamilton
Baron Mountcastle
(descended by acceleration)