- George Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Earl of Selkirk
Group Captainthe Rt. Hon. George (Geordie) Nigel Douglas-Hamilton, 10th Earl of Selkirk, KT, GCMG, GBE, AFC, AE, PC, QC (Scot.), ( 4 January 1906- 24 November 1994) was a Scottish nobleman and Conservative politician.
Born at Merly,
Wimborne, Dorset, he was the second son of the 13th Duke of Hamilton and Brandon and Nina Mary Benita, youngest daughter of Major R. Poore, Salisbury. He was educated at Eton College, Balliol College, Oxford, Edinburgh University(LLB) and at the University of Bonn, Vienna Universityand the Sorbonne. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocatesin 1935, taking silk in 1959.
He was a member of
EdinburghTown Council from 1935-40 and served as a Commissionerof General Board of Control (Scotland)from 1936-39 and as a Commissioner for Special Areas in Scotlandfrom 1937-39. He commanded 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron in the Royal Auxiliary Air Forcefrom 1934-38.
World War II
With the outbreak of
World War II, Douglas-Hamilton joined the Royal Air Force. He served as Fighter Command's chief intelligence officer and the personal assistant to Air Chief MarshalDowding. Douglas-Hamilton was also involved in countering the German task force operating near Ceylon.
He succeeded to Earldom upon the death of his father in 1940, under terms of
special remainder, his elder brother becoming the 14th Duke of Hamilton.
Post war activity
He was elected as a Scottish representative peer from 1945-63, during which time he served as a
Lord in Waitingto King George VI (1951-52) and to Queen Elizabeth II (1952-53). He held Ministerial office as Paymaster-Generalfrom November 1953-December 1955, as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancasterfrom December 1955-January 1957 and as First Lord of the Admiraltyfrom 1957-October 1959.
He was UK Commissioner for
Singaporeand Commissioner General for South-East Asia from 1959-63, and UK Council Representative to Southeast Asia Treaty Organizationfrom 1960-63.
He held the office of Deputy Keeper of
Holyroodhousebetween 1937 until his death, the Duke of Hamiltonbeing hereditary Keeper.
He was made a Freeman of Hamilton,
Scotland, in 1938. He was also an Honorary Chief of the SaulteauxIndians, 1967, and an Honorary Citizen of the City of Winnipegand of the town of Selkirk, Manitoba.
Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton
Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton
Lord David Douglas-Hamilton
* [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/55705 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - Hamilton, George Nigel Douglas (requires subscription)]
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