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Scotland - Earl of Angus

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The category for Earls of Angus encompasses the Earls in the Peerage of Scotland created by the monarch of Scotland before 1707. Following that year's Treaty of Union, the Kingdom of Scots and the Kingdom of England were combined under the name of Great Britain, and a new Peerage of Great Britain was introduced in which subsequent titles were created.

Noticed on wikipedia. The primary source reference for research into this field are the nine volumes of Sir Balfour Paul's work, "The Scots Peerage".


Earl of Angus

The Earl of Angus in the Peerage of Scotland, is held by the Duke of Hamilton, and is used as a courtesy title for the eldest son of the Duke's eldest son.

The title is derived from the holdings of the Mormaer of Angus. It originated in, now, Forfarshire and formed one of the ancient kingdoms of Pictish Scotland (Fortriu (See: History of Scotland). In the time of King Alexander I., the Mormaers were superseded in their various provinces by persons bearing the title of Earl, which was coming into use at the period. This category starts from this period and with Gilbert was the first on record to hold the title of Earl of Angus. He may have descended from the ancient Mormaers of the district, but of this there is no proof.

While there is historical debate regarding the origin of the Earldom, after the death of Malcolm, Earl of Angus, about 1240, the Earldom passed to his only child, a daughter, Matilda. Matilda was married to Sir Gilbert de Umfraville who thus adopted the title, by right of his wife.

Early Earls of Angus

Earls of Angus, Stewart line (1329)

Earls of Angus, Douglas line (1389)

Marquesses of Douglas (1633)

(Earldom of Angus was regranted in 1633 and became a courtesy title used by the eldest son of the Marquess of Douglas)

Duke of Douglas

Duke of Hamilton

Upon the death of Archibald Douglas, 1st Duke of Douglas, the Earldom of Angus was inherited by James Douglas-Hamilton, 7th Duke of Hamilton. He was a direct male linear descendent of William (Douglas) Hamilton KG (1634 - 1694), a son of William Douglas, 1st Marquess of Douglas and 1st Earl of Angus who had changed his surname to inherit the Dukedom of Hamilton.

Wikitree Fields

The title, in its own right carries no prefix of suffix. Place "Earl of Angus" in the Other Nicknames field.


Please use The Scots Peerage; Sir James Balfour Paul, Vol 1, starting from page 160, as your primary reference for the Earldom. If variance exists please discuss with appropriate source material.

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