Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton

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Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton
Member of Parliament for Inverness
In office
23 February 1950 – 1954
Preceded by Murdoch Macdonald
Succeeded by Billy McLean
Personal details
Born Malcolm Avondale Douglas-Hamilton
(1909-11-12)12 November 1909
Died 21 July 1964(1964-07-21) (aged 54)
Cause of death Airplane crash
Nationality British
Political party Unionist
Pamela Bowes-Lyon (m. 1931)
[notes 1]
Natalie Scarritt (m. 1953)
Children 4 (Niall; Alasdair)
Parents Alfred Douglas-Hamilton
Nina Douglas-Hamilton
Alma mater Eton College

Wing Commander Lord Malcolm Avondale Douglas-Hamilton, OBE, DFC (12 November 1909 – 21 July 1964) was a Scottish nobleman and politician.

Marriage and family[edit]

Douglas-Hamilton was third son of the Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, 13th Duke of Hamilton, and Nina Douglas-Hamilton, Duchess of Hamilton. He was educated at Eton College and at the RAF College Cranwell.

He married twice: firstly in 1931 to the Hon. Pamela Bowes-Lyon, a granddaughter of the 13th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne) and cousin to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. They had four children. His elder son, Alasdair, wrote a biography of his father, Lord of the Skies.[1]

Following their divorce he was wed in 1953 to Natalie Scarritt née Wales (1909-2013), an American [2] who had organised the Bundles for Britain campaign in World War II.[3][notes 2]

After his second marriage, he emigrated to the United States, where he became extremely active in fostering relations between Scotland and Americans of Scottish descent. He considered the United States to be his adopted country. He founded, along with his wife, the American Scottish Foundation,[6] which after the Saint Andrews Society is the oldest American organization devoted to US/Scottish relations in existence. The organization was responsible for establishment of Scotland House, and the Scottish Ball, an annual charitable dinner devoted to raising money to support the American Scottish cause.

Career in aviation[edit]

He served with the Royal Air Force from 1929 to 1932, then worked in civil aviation until the outbreak of the Second World War.

Recently disclosed documents from MI5 show, that, on 1 August 1936, Lord Malcolm flew a de Havilland plane to Spain, that he delivered to pro-Franco nationalists. Another plane was flown the next day by Dick Seaman.[7] Only two weeks earlier, General Franco was flown in a de Havilland from the Canary Islands to Morocco and onwards to Spain, helped by two other Britons, Hugh Pollard and Cecil Bebb.

During the Second World War he again served with the RAF, becoming Commander of RAF Winkleigh on 29 March 1944.[8] He was appointed OBE in 1943 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. He was Air Training Corps Commandant for Scotland from 1945 to 1946. His elder brother, the Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale, later 14th Duke of Hamilton and 11th Duke of Brandon, had also been active in the RAF and ATC.

He continued his love of flying, starting his own charter flying company in the early 1960s, and with his son Niall traversed remote parts of the globe. It was on one such trip through Cameroon in 1964 that Lord Malcolm, aged 54, went missing with his son Niall and a passenger, in the heavy equatorial mountainous jungle of Cameroon. Following an exhaustive manhunt by Lord Malcolm's family, including assistance from the Rockefeller company United Fruit, his remains were located in the jungle. Neither Niall Douglas-Hamilton nor the passenger were ever located.

Positions held[edit]

He was the Unionist Member of Parliament for Inverness from 1950 to 1954.[9]

He held a number of appointments, including as a Governor of Gordonstoun School and as a member of the Royal Company of Archers.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Divorce date unknown
  2. ^ Enid Scarritt Wales had married first Kenelm Winslow, and second Edward Latham, both of whom she divorced. It was as Natalie Latham that she first made contact with Winston Churchill. Her third marriage was to Edward Bragg Paine, from whom she was widowed in 1951.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Alasdair Douglas-Hamilton - Duffus 1958: Lord of the Skies". Gordonstoun School. 
  2. ^ "Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, CBE 1909-2013". Peerage News. 
  3. ^ "Obituary: Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton". Times. 
  4. ^ "Mrs. Natalie W. Latham Becomes Bride of Edward B. Paine in Braintree, Mass". The New York Times. 20 June 1947. 
  5. ^ Yale Obituary Record, New Haven: Yale University, 1951–1952, pp. 116–7 
  6. ^ "History of the Foundation". The American-Scottish Foundation, Inc. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Franco's British Friends", BBC Radio 4, broadcast 29 January 2007.
  8. ^ "The Canadians at RAF Winkleigh 1944 - 45". 
  9. ^ "Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton Former MP for Inverness". They Work for You. 


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Murdoch Macdonald
Member of Parliament for Inverness
Succeeded by
Neil McLean