Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton
|Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton
|Member of Parliament for Inverness|
23 February 1950 – 1954
|Preceded by||Murdoch Macdonald|
|Succeeded by||Billy McLean|
|Born||Malcolm Avondale Douglas-Hamilton
12 November 1909
|Died||21 July 1964
|Cause of death||Airplane crash|
Pamela Bowes-Lyon (m. 1931)[notes 1]
|Children||4 (Niall; Alasdair)|
|Alma mater||Eton College|
Marriage and family
He married twice: firstly in 1931 to the Hon. Pamela Bowes-Lyon, a granddaughter of the 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne) and cousin to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. They had four children. His elder son, Alasdair, wrote a biography of his father, Lord of the Skies.
After his second marriage, he emigrated to the United States, where he became extremely active in fostering relations between Scotland and Americans of Scottish descent. He considered the United States to be his adopted country. He founded, along with his wife, the American Scottish Foundation, which after the Saint Andrews Society is the oldest American organization devoted to US/Scottish relations in existence. The organization was responsible for establishment of Scotland House, and the Scottish Ball, an annual charitable dinner devoted to raising money to support the American Scottish cause.
Career in aviation
Recently disclosed documents from MI5 show, that, on 1 August 1936, Lord Malcolm flew a de Havilland plane to Spain, that he delivered to pro-Franco nationalists. Another plane was flown the next day by Dick Seaman. Only two weeks earlier, General Franco was flown in a de Havilland from the Canary Islands to Morocco and onwards to Spain, helped by two other Britons, Hugh Pollard and Cecil Bebb.
During the Second World War he again served with the RAF, becoming Commander of RAF Winkleigh on 29 March 1944. He was appointed OBE in 1943 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. He was Air Training Corps Commandant for Scotland from 1945 to 1946. His elder brother, the Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale, later 14th Duke of Hamilton and 11th Duke of Brandon, had also been active in the RAF and ATC.
He continued his love of flying, starting his own charter flying company in the early 1960s, and with his son Niall traversed remote parts of the globe. It was on one such trip through Cameroon in 1964 that Lord Malcolm, aged 54, went missing with his son Niall and a passenger, in the heavy equatorial mountainous jungle of Cameroon. Following an exhaustive manhunt by Lord Malcolm's family, including assistance from the Rockefeller company United Fruit, his remains were located in the jungle. Neither Niall Douglas-Hamilton nor the passenger were ever located.
- "Alasdair Douglas-Hamilton - Duffus 1958: Lord of the Skies". Gordonstoun School.
- "Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, CBE 1909-2013". Peerage News.
- "Obituary: Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton". Times.
- "Mrs. Natalie W. Latham Becomes Bride of Edward B. Paine in Braintree, Mass". The New York Times. 20 June 1947.
- Yale Obituary Record, New Haven: Yale University, 1951–1952, pp. 116–7
- "History of the Foundation". The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
- "Franco's British Friends", BBC Radio 4, broadcast 29 January 2007.
- "The Canadians at RAF Winkleigh 1944 - 45".
- "Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton Former MP for Inverness". They Work for You.
- Charles Mosley, ed., Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 vols. (Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999), volume 1, page 1286
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Murdoch Macdonald
|Member of Parliament for Inverness
1950 – 1954