Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton

Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton, 13th Duke of Brandon (born 31 March 1978) is a Scottish nobleman and the premier peer of Scotland.

His Grace
The Duke of Hamilton and Brandon
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Duke of Hamilton
Tenure2010 – present
PredecessorAngus Douglas-Hamilton
BornAlexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton
(1978-03-31) 31 March 1978 (age 43)
Sophie Rutherford
(m. 2011)
  • Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale
  • Lord William Frederick Douglas-Hamilton
  • Lord Basil Douglas-Hamilton
FatherAngus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton
MotherSarah Jane Scott
Carrying the Crown of Scotland at the Scottish Parliament in July 2011

Early lifeEdit

He is the son of Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton, and his first wife, Sarah Scott.

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 in the Peerage of Scotland and 13th Duke of Brandon in the Peerage of Great Britain. He inherited the additional titles 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 Baron Dutton, in the Peerage of Great Britain.[1] 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 childrenEdit

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 A. J. Rutherford (born 1940), of Roxburghshire, and Isabel W. Taylor (born 1943), 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 couple have three children:

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


  1. ^ Pearson, Geoff (9 June 2010). "The Duke of Hamilton". The Independent. London.
  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

External linksEdit

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