James Hamilton

James Hamilton (abt. 1603 - abt. 1670)

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Sir James "2nd Earl of Abercorn" Hamilton
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Preceded by
James Hamilton
Earl of Abercorn
1618 – c. 1670
Succeeded by
George Hamilton
Preceded by
Claud Hamilton
Lord Paisley
1621 – c. 1670
Succeeded by
George Hamilton
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Hamilton of Strabane
Succeeded by
Claud Hamilton


James Hamilton, was the eldest son of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn and his wife, Marion Boyd. He was born about 1603 as he was only about thirteen years of age when he was created Lord Hamilton, Baron of Strabane, county Tyrone, (in the Irish peerage) by patent under the Privy Seal at Westminster on 18 October 1616 and by patent at Dublin 8 May 1617 with remainder to the heirs male of his father.[1]; [2]

He succeeded his father as 2nd Earl of Abercorn, Lord Paisley, Hamilton, Mountcastell and Kilpatrick in the peerage of Scotland on 23 March 1618, and his grandfather as 2nd Lord Paisley, county Renfrew in the peerage of Scotland in 1621.[1] His father had bequeathed the Irish estates to his younger brothers[2] and he resigned his Irish peerage to his younger brother Claud Hamilton on 11 November 1633.[1]

He married about 1632, Catharine Clifton, Dowager Duchess of Lennox, and daughter and heir of Gervase Clifton, Lord Clifton of Leighton Bromswold, and his wife, Catharine Darcy, and widow of Esme, Duke of Lennox and Richmond. She was born about 1592, and was granted the right by royal licence to retain the title, rank and precedency as Duchess of Lennox on 28 November 1632.[1]

They had three sons;

  1. James Hamilton, born about 1633, heir apparent and held the courtesy title of Lord Paisley, but died before his father, leaving a daughter;[1]
  2. William Hamilton, born about 1634-35, a colonel in the army, also died before his father without issue, probably unmarried;[2]
  3. George Hamilton, born about 1636, succeeded his father as 3rd Earl of Abercorn.[1]

His wife died in Scotland and was buried 17 September 1637,[2] "without ceremonie" aged about 45. At the time he was about 400,000 merks in debt.[1]

He was excommunicated by the commission of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1649 as he was a Roman Catholic, and ordered to remove himself from the kingdom.[2]

On the death of William Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Hamilton in 1651, he became the eldest male representative of the House of Hamilton, but inherited none of the estates or titles which went to Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton and her heirs.[1]; [2]

James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Abercorn died about 1670.[1]; [2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Cokayne, George Edward. The Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and The United Kingdom: extant extinct or dormant, 2nd ed., vol. 1, edited by Hon. Vicary Gibbs. London: St Catherine Press, 1910. pp. 2-5. Electronic edition ABC Publications, London, 2003.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Paul, Sir James Balfour (ed.). The Scots Peerage: founded on Wood's edition of Sir Robert Douglas's Peerage of Scotland. vol. 1, Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1904. pp. 48-49. Digital image, Internet Archive https://archive.org/stream/scotspeeragefoun01paul : viewed 15 October 2017.

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On 15 Aug 2017 at 16:44 GMT Paula Cullen wrote:

Hamilton-4708 and Hamilton-1966 appear to represent the same person because: Same father

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