Angus Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton

Angus Alan Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton and 12th Duke of Brandon (13 September 1938 – 5 June 2010),[1] styled Earl of Angus until 1940 and Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale between 1940 and 1973, was the premier peer of Scotland.[2]

The Duke of Hamilton
15th Duke of Hamilton
15th Duke of Hamilton Allan Warren.jpg
Portrait by Allan Warren
Tenure30 March 1973 – 5 June 2010
PredecessorDouglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton
SuccessorAlexander Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton
Born(1938-09-13)13 September 1938
Died5 June 2010(2010-06-05) (aged 71)
Dirleton, Scotland
Spouse(s)Sarah Jane Scott
Jillian Robertson
Kay Carmichael
Issue
Lady Eleanor Douglas-Hamilton
Lady Ann Douglas-Hamilton
Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton
Lord John William Douglas-Hamilton
ParentsDouglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton
Lady Elizabeth Ivy Percy

CareerEdit

The son of the 14th Duke of Hamilton and Lady Elizabeth Percy, daughter of the 8th Duke of Northumberland, he was educated at Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford (as was his father before him). One of his younger brothers is the Scottish Conservative and Unionist politician James Douglas-Hamilton, Baron Selkirk of Douglas.

At the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II he was a page in Westminster Abbey and was awarded the 1952 Coronation Medal.

He was Hereditary Keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

By right of his subsidiary title of Lord Abernethy, he was hereditary bearer of the Crown of Scotland to the Parliament of Scotland. The Duke of Hamilton fulfilled that duty by carrying the Crown in front of Her Majesty The Queen at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament.

He was a campaigner for animal welfare, together with his third wife Kay.[3]

Marriages and childrenEdit

The 15th Duke married three times:[4]

He married firstly Sarah Jane Scott, daughter of Major Sir Walter Scott, 4th Bt, of Beauclerc, on 23 June 1972 (divorced 1987). They had four children and five grand children:

He married secondly Jillian Robertson in 1988 (divorced 1995). No issue. She was previously married to Martin Page and Edward A. S. Hulton and died in 2018.[5]

He married thirdly Kay Carmichael, now the Dowager Duchess of Hamilton, in 1998. No issue. A qualified nurse, she serves as Chairperson of Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and as a patron of OneKind and Alzheimer's Scotland.[6]

The 15th Duke died on 5 June 2010 at the age of 71.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Senior Scottish nobleman the Duke of Hamilton dies". BBC News. 7 June 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The Independent". www.Independent.co.uk. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Lyst, Catherine (23 January 2006). "UK | Scotland | A noble fight for animal rights". BBC News. Retrieved 9 October 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ The Peerage, entry for 15th Duke of Hamilton
  5. ^ HAMILTON, Jill, Duchess of (Jillian V nee ROBERTSON) 1940-2018
  6. ^ "Kay Hamilton (Duchess of Hamilton)". Linkedin.

External linksEdit

Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by
Douglas Douglas-Hamilton
Duke of Hamilton
1973–2010
Succeeded by
Alexander Douglas-Hamilton
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Douglas Douglas-Hamilton
Duke of Brandon
1973–2010
Succeeded by
Alexander Douglas-Hamilton