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James (Sir) (5th of Cadzow) Hamilton[1]

Male Abt 1398 - Bef 1414  (~ 16 years)


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  • Name James (Sir) (5th of Cadzow) Hamilton 
    Born Abt 1398 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef May 1414 
    Person ID I53472  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2013 

    Father Sir John (4th of Cadzow) Hamilton,   d. 14 Sep 1402 
    Mother Janet (Jacoba) (of Dalkeith) Douglas,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1 Nov 1388 
    Family ID F21851  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Janet Livingston,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. James (1st Lord) Hamilton,   b. 1415,   d. 1479  (Age 64 years)
     2. Alexander (1st of Silvertonhill) Hamilton,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. John Hamilton,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Gavin Hamilton,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mary (Marjory) Hamilton,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Agnes (of Cadzow) Hamilton,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F14129  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The son of Sir John Hamilton of Cadzow and his wife, Janet Douglas, James Hamilton is first attested to in 1397. In a writ of that year, his father Sir John Hamilton granted him the lands and privileges of Kinneil, in return for the superiority of all property that had been promised to him through his marriage after his attainment of majority.
      Hamilton next comes to notice in a Safe-conduct issued by Henry V of England to travel to Calthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire.
      In 1424, Hamilton was one of the Scottish Lords allowed passage to Durham to visit the captive James I of Scotland. In the same year, he was one of many Scots hostages given to the English as security for the payment of the ransom of the newly freed King of Scots. His estate was valued at 500 merks.
      Hamilton was confined first at Fotheringay Castle, then at Dover Castle. He appears to have been released by 1426. He was invested as a knight before 1430.
      Hamilton died not later than 1441, when his son is described as Lord of Cadzow.
      He was the son of Janet (or Jacoba) Douglas, daughter of Sir James Douglas, 1st Lord Dalkeith, but his paternity is uncertain. Douglas's husband was Sir John Hamilton of Cadzow and it was long thought that he was James's father. However DNA testing of his descendants in the Hamilton Surname DNA Project suggests that Sir John was not his biological father

  • Sources 
    1. [S883] Hamish Maclaren.