- James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton
James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton, 4th Earl of Arran KG PC (1589–
2 March 1625), styled Lord Aven from 1599 to 1604, was a Scottish politician. 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 Cambridgeand 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 Anne Cunningham, a daughter of
James Cunningham, 7th Earl of Glencairnand they had five children:
*Lady Anne Hamilton, married
Hugh Montgomerie, 7th Earl of Eglintonand had issue
*Lady Margaret Hamilton, married
John Lindsay, 17th Earl of Crawfordand had issue
*Lady Mary Hamilton (d. 1633), married
James Douglas, 2nd Earl of Queensberry, no issue
James Hamilton, 1st Duke of Hamilton(1606–1649)
William Hamilton, 2nd Duke of Hamilton(1616–1651)
He also had an
illegitimatedaughter, Margaret (who married John Hamilton, 1st Lord Belhaven and Stentonand had issue) by Anne Stewart, a daughter of Walter Stewart, 1st Lord Blantyre.
Hamilton died on
2 March 1625at Whitehall, London, from a fever and was buried in the family mausoleum at Hamilton, on 2 September of that year.
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