James Hamilton

James Hamilton (abt. 1516 - 1575)

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Sir James Hamilton aka 2nd Earl of Arran, Duc de Châtellerault
Born about in Brodick Castle, Bute, Scotlandmap
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Died in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotlandmap
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Preceded by
James Hamilton,
1st Earl of Arran
2nd Earl of Arran
1529 - 1575
Succeeded by
James Hamilton,
3rd Earl of Arran
Preceded by
Vacant Title last held by Charles de Valois
Duke of Châtellerault
Succeeded by
Vacant Title next held by Diane de France

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James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran

Wikipedia writes:

James Hamilton, Duke of Châtellerault and 2nd Earl of Arran (c. 1516 – 22 January 1575), was a Scottish nobleman and regent for Mary, Queen of Scots.

He was the eldest legitimate son of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran.

Through his paternal grandmother Mary of Scotland, Hamilton was the great grandson of James II of Scotland. On the death of John Stewart, Duke of Albany, in 1536, Arran became the next heir of the Kingdom of Scotland after the king's immediate family.

The children of the immediate royal family were short-lived, so when James V died in 1542, the Earl of Arran was next in line for the throne ... after the king's six-day-old newborn baby daughter Mary, Queen of Scots, for whom he was appointed regent.

In 1543, supporters of Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, challenged Arran's claim and legitimacy by suggesting that his father's divorce and second marriage were invalid

Initially a Protestant and a member of the pro-English party, in 1543 he was involved in negotiating the marriage of the Queen of Scots to the infant Prince of Wales (the future Edward VI of England). Cardinal Beaton, who favoured the Auld Alliance, was imprisoned at Dalkeith Palace and then Blackness Castle. Henry VIII of England doubted Arran's commitment to English policy and wanted him deposed. On 18 March 1543, Sir George Douglas of Pittendreich, brother of the Earl of Angus, told the English ambassador, Ralph Sadler, that:

if there be any motion now to take the Governor from his state, and to bring the government of this realm to the king of England, I assure you it is impossible to be done at this time. For, there is not so little a boy but that he will hurl stones against it, and the wives will handle their distaffs, and the commons universally will rather die in it, yea, and many noblemen and all the clergy be fully against it.

On 3 September 1543 there was panic in Edinburgh when it became known that Arran had quietly left town. Although he said he was visiting his pregnant wife at Blackness Castle, the pro-English party guessed he would try to meet Cardinal Beaton. The Governor and the Cardinal were reconciled at Callendar House.

Shortly after, Arran became Catholic and joined the pro-French faction, consenting to the marriage of the Queen to the French Dauphin, later Francis, earning the Duchy of Châtellerault in the process.This led to the seven-year war with England. Known as the Rough Wooing, it was declared 20 December 1543.

The declaration of war was brought by Henry Ray to give to the Parliament of Scotland. Arran replied that parliament was dissolved, so he thought it expedient not to answer Henry VIII on the points raised.

In 1548 the Queen of Scots went to live in the French court. For his part in negotiating her marriage, Hamilton was created Duke of Châtellerault, and made a knight of the Order of Saint Michael.


  • btw 26 Mar 1529 and 21 Jul 1529: 2nd Earl of Arran
  • btw 26 Mar 1529 - 21 Jul 1529: 3rd Lord Hamilton
  • 1542 - 1554: Regent of Scotland
  • 13 Mar 1542/43: Second Person of Scotland and Heir Presumptive of the Crown.
  • June 1548: Knight, Order of St. Michael of France
  • 08 Feb 1548/9: Duc de Châtellérault [France]


m. before 23 Sep 1532, Lady Margaret Douglas, daughter of James Douglas, 3rd Earl of Morton, and Catherine Stewart. They had 5 sons and 3 daughters
Child: James, 3rd Earl of Arran
Child: Gawain, died young or Gavin - rejected match
Child: John, 1st Marquess of Hamilton
Child: David, dsp 1611
Child: Claud, 1st Lord Paisley
Child: Lady Barbara, wife of Alexander Gordon and James Fleming
Child: Lady Jean, wife of Hugh Montgomery
Child: Lady Anne, wife of George Gordon of Huntly

Wikipedia names 2 more daughters, not supported by Richardson or Balfour Paul.


  • Wikipedia - James Hamilton, Duke of Châtellerault
  • Balfour Paul, Sir James: The Scots Peerage, 8+1 vols, Volume 4 (1907), page 366, III.
  • The House of Hamilton by George Hamilton. Skinner and Co., Edinburgh. 1933 p 14
  • Richardson, Douglas: Magna Carta Ancestry (2011), 4 vols, Volume 2, page 403, HOUSTON 13.
  • Richardson, Douglas: Plantagenet Ancestry (2010), 3 vols, Volume 2, page 261, HOUSTON 14.

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On 22 Jan 2014 at 20:52 GMT Spencer MacPhail wrote:

Removed Janet Beaton as wife dates do not allow that as a possibility.

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