Lord James Douglas-Hamilton MSP
Member of the Scottish Parliament

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton MSP







About James

Born in 1942, James has MA (Hons) in LLB. He was a Captain in the Territorial Army Volunteer Reserve. He is married and has four sons.

James's Experience

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton is Member of the Scottish Parliament for Lothians. He has been a Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Bureau and a Member of the Standards Committee.

He stood as MP for Hamilton in February 1974. He was elected as MP for Edinburgh West in October 1974, 1979, 1983, 1987 and 1992. He was a councillor from 1972-74 and also a Scots Advocate. He was MP for Edinburgh West from 1974-1997 and a Scottish Office Minister from 1987-1997.

Contact James

Phone: 0131 348 5661
Email: James.Douglas-Hamilton.msp@scottish.parliament.uk

THE BARON SELKIRK OF DOUGLAS (Lord James Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, PC (1996), QC (1996) [The Rt Hon The Lord Selkirk of Douglas PC QC, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW]; b 31 July 1942; s unc as 11th Earl of Selkirk 24 Nov 1994 (as adjudged by Lyon Court decree 14 March 1996), disclaimed peerages for life 28 Nov 1994

Educ Eton, Balliol Coll Oxford (Boxing Blue 1961, Pres Oxford U C Assoc 1963 and Union 1964, MA) and Edinburgh U (LLB); 

Capt (RARO) Cameronians Co 2nd Bn Lowlands Vols TA, Hon A/Cdre No 2 (City of Edinburgh) Maritime HQ Unit 1994–; advocate 1968, memb Murrayfield-Cramond Cncl Edinburgh 1972, MP (C) Edinburgh West 1974–97, Assist Govt Whip (Scottish C MPs) 1977, Ld Commr Treasury 1979–81, PPS to: FCO Min 1983–86 and Sec State Scotland 1986–87, Parly U-Sec Home Affrs and Environment 1987–92, Educn and Housing Scottish Off 1992–95, Min State Home Affrs and Health Scottish Off 1995–97; Hon Pres Scottish Amateur Boxing Assoc 1975, Pres Roy Cwlth Soc Scotland 1979–87, Scottish Cncl UNA 1981–87; 

Author: Motive for a Mission: The Story behind Hess’s Flight to Britain (1971), The Air Battle for Malta: the diaries of a fighter pilot 1981 (2nd edn 1990), Roof of the World: man’s first flight over Everest (1983), The Truth About Rudolph Hess (1993);

 m 24 Aug 1974 •Hon (Priscilla) Susan Buchan, only child of 2nd Baron Tweedsmuir and Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie (LP, d 1978).