Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton

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His Grace
The Duke of Hamilton
The Duke and Duchess of Hamilton cropped.jpg
The Duke and Duchess of Hamilton in August 2012
16th Duke of Hamilton
Personal details
Born (1978-03-31) 31 March 1978 (age 39)
Spouse(s) Sophie Rutherford
Parents Angus, 15th Duke of Hamilton
Sarah Scott

Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton and 13th Duke of Brandon (born 31 March 1978) is a Scottish nobleman and the Premier Peer of Scotland. He is the son of Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton, and his first wife, Sarah Scott.[1]

He was educated at Keil School, Dumbarton, and Gordonstoun in Scotland. Upon the death of his father on 5 June 2010, he became the 16th Duke of Hamilton and 13th Duke of Brandon. He is the Hereditary Keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The seat of the Dukes of Hamilton is Lennoxlove House, replacing the now-demolished Hamilton Palace.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 7 May 2011, he married Sophie Ann Rutherford (born 8 December 1976) in Edinburgh.[2] She is an interior designer and the daughter of Hubert Rutherford (born 1940), of Roxburghshire, and Isabel Rutherford, of Edinburgh.[3] The best man was the Duke's younger brother, Lord John Douglas-Hamilton, who was his heir presumptive at the time. The Duke and Duchess have the following children:

  • Douglas Charles Douglas-Hamilton, Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale (born 9 July 2012)[4]
  • Lord William Frederick Douglas-Hamilton (born 11 May 2014)[5]
  • Lord Basil George Douglas-Hamilton (born 4 April 2016)[6]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 31 March 1978 – 5 June 2010: Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale
  • 5 June 2010 – present: His Grace The Duke of Hamilton and Brandon

He inherited the following titles: Duke of Hamilton, Marquess of Douglas, Marquess of Clydesdale, Earl of Angus, Earl of Lanark, Earl of Arran and Cambridge, Lord Abernethy and Jedburgh Forest, Lord Machanshyre and Polmont and Lord Aven and Innerdale in the Peerage of Scotland, and Duke of Brandon and Baron Dutton, in the Peerage of Great Britain.[7]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gardner, Claire (7 June 2010). "Duke of Hamilton Dies After Battle with Dementia". The Scotsman. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Wedding of 16th Duke of Hamilton – website East Lothian Courier
  3. ^ Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton, The Douglas Archives, 26 March 2013, accessed 13 July 2013
  4. ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p60749.htm#i607489
  5. ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p64402.htm#i644015
  6. ^ Telegraph Announcements
  7. ^ Pearson, Geoff (9 June 2010). "The Duke of Hamilton". The Independent. London. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Angus Douglas-Hamilton
Duke of Hamilton
2010–present
Incumbent
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Angus Douglas-Hamilton
Duke of Brandon
2010–present
Incumbent
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Rutland
Gentlemen Succeeded by
The Duke of Buccleuch