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Crest of Douglas-HamiltonDouglas-Hamilton is the family surname of the Dukes of Hamilton and Earls of Selkirk. The name originates from the marriage of Anne Hamilton, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton to William Douglas, 1st Earl of Selkirk in 1656. Anne was Duchess in her own right and head of the "House of Hamilton". William was a younger son of the Marquess of Douglas.

Lord Selkirk changed the surname of his family to Douglas-Hamilton upon his marriage to Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton in the 17thc. He did not change his own surname as that was the same as his peerage, so Selkirk became Hamilton.

Upon the death of a cousin, the Duke of Douglas, in 1761 without heir, his subsidiary titles and the nominal seniority of the "House of Douglas", were devolved onto the 7th Duke of Hamilton.

These titles are:

  • Marquess of Douglas

  • Earl of Angus

  • Lord Abernethy and Jedburgh Forest

  • The Arms of the Head of the House are:
    Quarterly; 1st and 4th grandquarters, counterquartered (i) and (iv) Gules,three cinquefoils Ermine (for Hamilton), (ii) and (iii) Argent, a lymphad Sable, sails furled proper, flagged-Gules (for The Isles (Arran)); 2nd and 3rd grandquarters, Argent, a man's heart Gules ensigned with an imperial crown proper, on a chief Azure three stars of the First (for Douglas).






    Admiral George Douglas-Hamilton, 1906-1994
    Admiral Hon. Charles Douglas-Hamilton 1747 - 1825
    Alasdair Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, b1939
    Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton, 1978-
    Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, 1776 - 1852
    Alfred Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton
    Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton, 1862– 1940)
    Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton, 1938-2010
    Anne Hamilton, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton
    Archibald, 9th Duke of Hamilton
    Capt Archibald Douglas-Hamilton, MP
    Christina Douglas Hamilton (1907 -
    Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 8th Duke of Hamilton, 1756-1799
    Dudu Douglas-Hamilton
    Fiona Douglas-Hamilton, b1961
    Frederick Robert Vere Douglas-Hamilton, 1843-1917
    George, 10th Earl of Selkirk
    Haddington House
    Hugh Douglas Hamilton c1734 - 1808
    Iain Douglas-Hamilton, 1942 -
    James, 5th Duke of Hamilton
    James, 6th Duke of Hamilton,
    James-George Douglas-Hamilton, 7th Duke of Hamilton
    James-George Douglas-Hamilton, 7th Duke of Hamilton
    Jill, Duchess of Hamilton
    Lady Mary Douglas-Hamilton, Princess of Monaco
    Lord Archibald Douglas-Hamilton, 1673-1754
    Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, 1909-1964
    Major General Octavious Douglas-Hamilton 1821 - 1904
    Oria Douglas-Hamilton
    Saba douglas-Hamilton, 1970-
    Sir Frederic Douglas-Hamilton
    Sir William Douglas Hamilton, 1730 - 1803
    The Venerable Hamilton Douglas-Hamilton 1853 - 1929
    William Douglas, 12th Duke of Hamilton
    William Douglas, 4th Duke of Hamilton
    William, 11th Duke of Hamilton, 1811-1863
    William, 3rd Duke of Hamilton, 1634-1694


    List to be completed...



    See also:
    •  Dukes of Hamilton

     Haddington House, where several family cots of arms are located

    •  Ancestors of the Duke of Hamilton family tree (27mb)



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