James  (Hamilton) First Earl of Arran

James (Hamilton) First Earl of Arran (abt. 1475 - abt. 1529)

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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
27 November 2015
13:55: RJ Horace edited the Biography for James (Hamilton) First Earl of Arran. [Thank RJ for this]
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ThePeerage.com writes:

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.[2] He married, firstly, Elizabeth Home, daughter of Alexander Home, 2nd Lord Home and Nichole Ker, before 28 April 1490.[1] 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.[1] He married, secondly, Janet Bethune, daughter of Sir David Bethune, 1st of Creich and Janet Duddingston, between 11 November 1516 and 23 November 1516.[1] He died between 26 March 1529 and 21 July 1529 at Kinneil, Scotland.[1]
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.[1] He was invested as a Privy Counsellor in 1503.[1] He was created 1st Earl of Arran on 11 August 1503.[1] He was commanded of a Scottish fleet against England, but accomplished nothing in 1513.[1] He held the office of a Lord of Regency in 1517.[1] He fought in the Battle of Linlithgow on 4 September 1526, where he commanded the army for the King against Lennox.[1]
[1] Gibbs et al., CP2
[2] Balfour Paul, TSP

Sir James also had numerous illegitimate children (Richardson names 5 sons and 8 daughters) by various mistresses, of whom Janet Calderwood, Beatrice Drummond, and Mary Boyd are named by various secondary sources.


  • The House of Hamilton by George Hamilton. Skinner and Co., Edinburgh. 1933. p11.
  • John Anderson, Historical and genealogical memoirs of the House of Hamilton; with genealogical memoirs of the several branches of the family (1825), p. 81 (places Beatrice Drummond as 1st wife).
  • DNB.
  • ThePeerage.com.
  • Wikipedia page.
  • Marlyn Lewis.
  • Balfour Paul, Sir James: The Scots Peerage, 8+1 vols, Volume 4 (1907), page 355, II.
  • Cokayne, The Complete Peerage, 1st edn, 8 vols, Volume 4 (1898), page 140, III.
  • Richardson, Douglas: Magna Carta Ancestry (2011), 4 vols, Volume 2, page 403, HOUSTON 12.
  • Richardson, Douglas: Plantagenet Ancestry (2010), 3 vols, Volume 2, page 260, HOUSTON 13.

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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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