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James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton and 4th Earl of Arran
Born October 20, 1911(1911-10-20)
Died December 23, 1940 (aged 29)
Title 2nd Marquess of Hamilton
4th Earl of Arran
Successor James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton
Children James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton
William Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Hamilton
Parents John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Hamilton

James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton and 4th Earl of Arran KG PC (1589–2 March 1625), styled Lord Aven from 1599 to 1604, was a Scottish politician.[1] He was the son of John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Hamilton.

He inherited his father's titles and estates in 1604. In 1608 he was created Lord Aberbrothwick, and the following year he inherited the earldom of Arran from his insane and childless uncle James Hamilton. He moved to England with King James VI, and invested into the Somers Isles Company, an offshoot of the Virginia company, buying the shares of Lucy Harrington, Countess of Bedford. The Parish of Hamilton in the Somers Isles (alias Bermuda) is named for him. He was created Earl of Cambridge and Baron of Innerdale in the peerage of England on 16 June 1619. In 1621 he served as Lord High Commissioner to the Parliament of Scotland, the King's representative in the Parliament of Scotland.

In 1603, he married Lady Ann Cunningham, a daughter of James Cunningham, 7th Earl of Glencairn and they had five children:

He also had an illegitimate daughter, Margaret (who married John Hamilton, 1st Lord Belhaven and Stenton and had issue) by Anne Stewart, a daughter of Walter Stewart, 1st Lord Blantyre.

Hamilton died on 2 March 1625 at Whitehall, London, from a fever and was buried in the family mausoleum at Hamilton, on 2 September of that year.


  1. ^ James Hamiton, National Portrait Gallery, London, accessed July 2009
Court offices
Preceded by
The Duke of Lennox
Lord Steward
1623 – 1625
Succeeded by
The Earl of Pembroke
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
John Hamilton
Marquess of Hamilton
1604 – 1625
Succeeded by
James Hamilton
New title
New creation
Lord Aberbrothwick
1608 – 625
Preceded by
James Hamilton
Earl of Arran
1609 – 1625
Peerage of England
New title
New creation
Earl of Cambridge
1619 – 1625
Succeeded by
James Hamilton


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