James  (Hamilton) First Earl of Arran

James (Hamilton) First Earl of Arran

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James "1st Earl of Arran" First Earl of Arran formerly Hamilton
Born about in Cadzow, Scotlandmap
Husband of — married (to ) [location unknown]
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Died about in Kinneil, Scotlandmap
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The 1st Earl of Arran ca.1475-1529 was the 2nd Lord Hamilton. A lot of the material on this page relates to his father, the 1st Lord Hamilton ca.1415-1479.

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James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton was born circa 1415.[1] He was the son of Sir James Hamilton, 5th of Cadzow and Janet Livingston.[2],[3]

He married, firstly, Lady Eupheme Graham, daughter of Patrick Graham, Earl of Strathearn and Eupheme Stewart, Countess of Caithness, after 25 February 1440/41.[4]

He married, secondly, Mary Stewart, Princess of Scotland, daughter of James II Stewart, King of Scotland and Marie van Egmont-Gelre, between February 1474 and April 1474.

Dispensation from the Pope was granted 25 April 1476, thereby legitimising the two children already born.[4]

He was invested as a Privy Counsellor in Scotland in 1440.[2] He was created 1st Lord Hamilton on 28 June 1445, or possibly on 3 July 1445.[1], [2]

In 1455 he joined the Douglas revolt against King James II of Scotland, then he went over to the King's side and helped to suppress it.[3] He held the office of Sheriff of Lanarkshire on 1 July 1455.[3] He was on various embassies to England between 1461 and 1472.[2]

He died on 6 November 1479.[5]

Child of James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton and Lady Eupheme Graham

Elizabeth Hamilton+[3] b. bt 1442 - 1443, d. a Mar 1517

Children of James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton and Mary Stewart, Princess of Scotland

Hon. Elizabeth Hamilton+[6] d. a Apr 1531
Hon. Robert Hamilton, Seigneur d'Aubigny[7] d. 1543
James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran+[6] b. c 1475, d. bt 26 Mar 1529 - 21 Jul 1529

Child of James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton and Janet Calderwood

John Hamilton of Broomhill+[8][9] b. b 1479, d. c 1550

Born May 16, 1423 in Cadzow Castle, Lanarkshire, Scotland[citation needed] Illegitimate children included Sir Patrick Hamilton of Kincavil, father of Master Patrick Hamilton, burnt for heresy in 1528 and a Protestant martyr. Lord Hamilton also had a daughter who married Sir John MacFarlane, 11th chief of Clan MacFarlane. John Hamilton of Broomhill (d. c. 1550), another illegitimate child of James, 1st Lord Hamilton, was by Janet Calderwood. In 1512 John's birth was legitimized. His grandson, James Hamilton, notably served as Sheriff of Perthshire, and his descendants became the Lords Belhaven and Stenton. Another illegitimate child by Janet Calderwood was David Hamilton, Bishop of Argyll and commendator of Dryburgh Abbey.

Disputed Marriage and Children

Most sources agree that Beatrix Drummond was not the wife of James Hamilton, however, there are some sources that disagree.[10] There are also disagreements among which wife sired which child. ThePeerage.com lists John and Margaret as children of Beatrix, other sources list just Margaret, and John as the son of Janet.

He succeeded to the title of 2nd Lord Hamilton on 6 November 1479. He fought in the naval expedition by Denmark against Sweden in 1502. He was invested as a Privy Counsellor in 1503. He was created 1st Earl of Arran on 11 August 1503. He was commanded of a Scottish fleet against England, but accomplished nothing in 1513. He held the office of a Lord of Regency in 1517. He fought in the Battle of Linlithgow on 4 September 1526, where he commanded the army for the King against Lennox.

Death dates are uncertain, and have been listed as 1529 or 1532.

Per Peerage.com- Divergent with Buchan-hepburn page -

James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran was born circa 1475.1 He was the son of James Hamilton, 1st Lord Hamilton and Mary Stewart, Princess of Scotland. He married, firstly, Elizabeth Home, daughter of Alexander Home, 2nd Lord Home and Nichole Ker, before 28 April 1490.2 He and Elizabeth Home were divorced on 16 November 1504 on the grounds that her first husband, Thomas Hay, previously thought dead, was in fact still alive at the time of her marriage to James.2 He married, secondly, Janet Bethune, daughter of Sir David Bethune, 1st of Creich and Janet Duddingston, between 11 November 1516 and 23 November 1516.2 He died between 26 March 1529 and 21 July 1529 at Kinneil, Scotland.2

Prior to 1440 he achieved the status of Knighthood, and c. 1440/1441 he inherited his father's estates. In 1445, Hamilton received letters patent creating him a Lord of Parliament. This charter raised all his estates into the entail of that rank, with its Capital Messuage at the Orchard, (later Hamilton Palace), at Cadzow. Furthermore the charter stated that henceforth the lands would be known as Hamilton as they are today.

Hamilton accompanied his stepson in law, the 8th Earl of Douglas, to Rome in 1450, and there obtained permission from the Holy See to convert the Parish Church at the new burgh of Hamilton into a Collegiate Establishment, with endowments for a Provost and six Canons

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families: The Complete Genealogy (London, U.K.: The Bodley Head, 1999), page 224.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 G.E. Cokayne; with Vicary Gibbs, H.A. Doubleday, Geoffrey H. White, Duncan Warrand and Lord Howard de Walden, editors, The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant, new ed., 13 volumes in 14 (1910-1959; reprint in 6 volumes, Gloucester, U.K.: Alan Sutton Publishing, 2000), volume VI, page 254.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes. Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999. Volume 1, page 4.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VI, page 255.
  5. Cokayne, and others, The Complete Peerage, volume VI, page 256.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Sir James Balfour Paul, The Scots Peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's The Peerage of Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland: David Douglas, 1904), volume I, page 19.
  7. Alison Weir, Britain's Royal Families, page 234.
  8. Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003. Volume 1, page 326.
  9. John Anderson, Historical and genealogical memoirs of the House of Hamilton; with genealogical memoirs of the several branches of the family (1825), p. 249; scanned image, (https://archive.org/stream/historicalgeneal00ande#page/250/mode/2up).
  10. [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Hamilton,_James_(1477%3F-1529)_(DNB00)WikiSource quoting Various Peerage records.

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On April 13, 2014 at 07:55GMT Sir William Arbuthnot wrote:

Hamilton-7026 and Hamilton-1215 do not represent the same person because: Arran is son. Of Hamilton who is 6 lord cadzow

On January 22, 2014 at 03:59GMT J Pictet wrote:

Husband of Elizabeth Home — married 1490 to 1506 [marriage location?]

Husband of Elizabeth Home — married 1501 in Home, , Berwick, Scotlandmap Husband of Janet Beaton — married November 23, 1516 in , , Isle Arran, Scotland

On January 1, 2014 at 05:18GMT Amanda Pitts wrote:

On December 24, 2013 at 12:33GMT R. G. wrote:

James Hamilton of Torrance does not appear to be a son of James Hamilton First Earl of Aran.

James Hamilton of Torrance had a daughter Marion, no clue to his wife yet. This father should be removed. The son James of the Earl of Arran married Elizabeth Lindsay/Home and Beatrix Drummond and did not have a child Marion.

On December 24, 2013 at 12:15GMT R. G. wrote:

The proposed merge with (Hamilton-6411) is a mentor merge with a new member, he may need advice or help.

On December 24, 2013 at 12:12GMT R. G. wrote:

Removed his mother as she should be his wife, the date of birth is incorrect and unsourced. If you need help with this please ask me or Terry the other Profile Manager.

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