Robert Hamilton-Udny, 11th Lord Belhaven and Stenton

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Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Edward Archibald Udny-Hamilton, 11th Lord Belhaven and Stenton, CIE, DL (8 April 1871 – 26 October 1950) was a Scottish representative peer and a soldier.

On 15 November 1898, he married Kathleen Gonville Bromhead and they had two children:[1]

Kathleen died on 1 December 1935 at their home, Udny Castle,[3] and Lord Belhaven married Sheila de Hauteville Pearson on 25 March 1938.[4] They had two children:[5]

  • Hon. Margaret de Hauteville Hamilton (b. 3 July 1939)[6]
  • Dr. Hon. Victoria Edith Hamilton (b. 17 April 1941)

Belhaven rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the Indian Army and fought in the Chitral expedition in 1895, the Tirah Campaign from 1897 to 1898 and the Mesopotamia campaign from 1915 and 1918, where he was mentioned in dispatches.[1]

In 1920, he succeeded his uncle (whose son Ralph, Master of Belhaven, had been killed during the defence of Amiens, 31 March 1918) as Lord Belhaven and Stenton. He was baptised as Robert Edward Archibald Hamilton but, in 1934, he legally changed his name to Robert Edward Archibald Udny-Hamilton.

After suffering ill-health for two years, Udny-Hamilton died at his home, Udny Castle, on 26 October 1950.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "Lady Belhaven's death", Aberdeen Press and Journal (25248), p. 8, 3 December 1935 – via British Newspaper Archive, (subscription required (help)) 
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "p5649.htm#i56482". The Peerage. [unreliable source]
  3. ^ "Death of Lady Belhaven", Evening Telegraph and Post (18414), p. 6, 2 December 1935 – via British Newspaper Archive, (subscription required (help)) 
  4. ^ "Udny Laird married", Aberdeen Press and Journal (25970), p. 5, 26 March 1938 – via British Newspaper Archive, (subscription required (help)) 
  5. ^ "Daughter for peer of 70", Gloucestershire Echo, p. 1, 21 April 1941 – via British Newspaper Archive, (subscription required (help)) 
  6. ^ "Daughter to Lord and Lady Belhaven", Aberdeen Press and Journal (26367), p. 6, 4 July 1939 – via British Newspaper Archive, (subscription required (help)) 
  7. ^ "Death of Scots peer", Evening Telegraph and Post (23065), p. 7, 27 October 1950 – via British Newspaper Archive, (subscription required (help)) 
Masonic offices
Preceded by
Alexander Archibald Hagart-Speirs
Grand Master of the
Grand Lodge of Scotland

Succeeded by
The Lord Saltoun
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Alexander Hamilton
Lord Belhaven and Stenton
Succeeded by
Robert Hamilton