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Lord Claud John Hamilton (20 February 1843 – 26 January 1925) was a British Member of Parliament (MP) during the Victorian era.

Born the second son of James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Abercorn (later the 1st Duke of Abercorn) and his wife Lady Louisa Jane Russell, Hamilton was educated at Harrow School. In 1865, he became Conservative MP for Londonderry City until 1868 when he was appointed a Lord of the Treasury in Benjamin Disraeli's first ministry. In 1869, he became MP for King's Lynn until 1880,[1] for Liverpool from 1880 to 1885, for Liverpool West Derby from 1885 until he resigned his seat in 1888[2] and for Kensington South from January 1910 to 1918.[2]

Hamilton married Carolina Chandos-Pole (a granddaughter of the 5th Earl of Harrington) on 20 July 1878 and they had two children:

  • Gilbert Claud Hamilton (1879–1943), who gained the rank of Colonel in service of the Grenadier Guards, fought in the Second Boer War and was decorated several times. He married twice, firstly in 1911 Enid Awa Elgar (died 1916), daughter of Charles Elgar from Fernside, Featherston, New Zealand, and secondly in 1916 Mary Blair (died 1961), daughter of Joseph Allan Blair from New York City, U.S.A. He had no issue.
  • Ida Hamilton (1883–1970), who in 1909 married Hugh Dunombe Flower (died 1950). They divorced in 1923 and had one son.

Lord Claud had been an aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria from 1887 to 1897 and was appointed to the Privy Council in 1917. He died in 1925, aged 81.

A memorial was erected by Ida Flower in 1925 to the memory of her father. It can be found on the south wall of St John's-Hyde Park Church, London, W2.


  1. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 168, 192. ISBN 0-900178-26-4. 
  2. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 28, 145. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William McCormick
Member of Parliament for Londonderry City
Succeeded by
Richard Dowse
Preceded by
Lord Stanley
Robert Bourke
Member of Parliament for King's Lynn
1869 – 1880
With: Robert Bourke
Succeeded by
William Ffolkes
Robert Bourke
Preceded by
John Ramsay
John Torr
William Rathbone VI
Member of Parliament for Liverpool
1880 – 1885
With: Dudley Ryder 1880–1882
Samuel Smith 1882–1885
Edward Whitley
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby
1885 – 1888
Succeeded by
William Henry Cross
Preceded by
Earl Percy
Member of Parliament for Kensington South
Jan 19101918
Succeeded by
William Davison


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