|The Right Honourable
|Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster|
1 March 1852 – 17 December 1852
|Prime Minister||The Earl of Derby|
|Preceded by||The Earl of Carlisle|
|Succeeded by||Edward Strutt|
|Died||9 June 1887|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Mary Bruce (d. 1883)|
Robert Adam Nisbet-Hamilton PC, FRS, JP (1804 – 9 June 1887), known as Robert Dundas until 1835 and as Robert Christopher between 1835 and 1855, was a British Conservative Party politician. He served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster under the Earl of Derby between March and December 1852.
Born Robert Dundas, he was the eldest son of Philip Dundas (c.1763–1807, the fourth son of Robert Dundas of Arniston, the younger), and Margaret (daughter of John Wedderburn of Ballendean (1729–1803) and sister of Sir David Wedderburn, 7th Baronet (1775–1858)).
He assumed the surname of Christopher in lieu of his patronymic in 1835 when his wife Lady Mary Bruce (see below) inherited the Christopher estates at Bloxholm and Wellvale in Lincolnshire. In 1855 he assumed the surname of Nisbet-Hamilton in lieu of Christopher after his wife succeeded to the Nisbet-Hamilton estates in Scotland, including Dirleton Castle and Archerfield House.
Nisbet-Hamilton was returned to Parliament for Ipswich in 1827, a seat he held until 1831 and again briefly in 1835. He also represented Edinburgh between 1831 and 1832 and North Lincolnshire between 1837 and 1857. When the Conservatives came to power under the Earl of Derby in 1852, Nisbet-Hamilton was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and sworn of the Privy Council. He remained as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster until the government fell in December 1852.
Nisbet-Hamilton married Lady Mary, daughter of General Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and Mary, daughter and heiress of William Hamilton Nisbet, in 1828. They had one daughter. Lady Mary died in December 1883. Nisbet-Hamilton survived her by four years and died in June 1887.
- DP Editor 1870, p. 327.
- Debrett 1815, p. 1124.
- nisbetts.com Two ladies of Dirleton
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Ilchester to Itchen
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Ealing to Elgin
- leighrayment.com House of Commons: Lichfield and Tamworth to London and Westminster South
- "No. 21297". The London Gazette. 2 March 1852. p. 671.
- "No. 21296". The London Gazette. 27 February 1852. p. 633.
- royalsociety.org Fellows of the Royal Society - N
- historic-scotland.gov.uk An Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland: Dirleton
- thepeerage.com Rt. Hon. Robert Adam Nisbet-Hamilton
- Debrett, John (1815), Debrett's baronetage of England: containing their descent and present state, their collateral branches, births, marriages, and issue, from the institution of the order in 1611... (3 ed.), Printed for F. C. and J. Rivington, p. 1124
- DP Editor (1870), Dod's peerage, baronetage, and knightage of Great Britain and Ireland: for ... : including all the titled classes, 30, Whittaker, p. 327
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Robert Nisbet-Hamilton
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Charles Mackinnon
|Member of Parliament for Edinburgh
Hon. James Abercromby
|Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Fitzroy Kelly
Thomas George Corbett
|Member of Parliament for North Lincolnshire
With: Charles Anderson-Pelham 1837–1847
Sir Montague Cholmeley, Bt 1847–1852
James Stanhope 1852–1857
Sir Montague Cholmeley, Bt
The Earl of Carlisle
|Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster