HAMILTON CLAN
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There are several spelling variations for the Clan Hamilton surname.  Throughout the centuries, surnames have continued to “develop” often leading to astonishing variants of the original Hamilton spelling. 

The Hamilton Clan Crest which, all members are entitled to wear, is from the crest on the top of the Clan Hamilton Chief’s “Coat of Arms”. The complete Hamilton Coat of Arms is displayed only by the Clan Chief and passes down directly to his eldest son. The wearing of your Clan Chief’s Crest, is a way of honoring your Chief, your Clan association and your Hamilton Family Ancestry.

We make his Scottish collection of Clan Hamilton Crest Jewelry and Wall Crest as your link to your Scottish ancestry.

 

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HAMILTON CLAN History
HAMILTON CLAN

 

Clan Chief:           Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th

                         Duke of Hamilton and 13th Duke of Brandon.

Origin of Name:   Placename, Hambledon, England.

Gaelic Name:       Hamultun

Clan Crest:           An oak tree penetrated with a frame saw.

Clan Motto:          Through

Lands:                   Renfrewshire, Arran

The Hamiltons have been a significant family in lowland Scotland since the 13th Century. Probably descended from a Norman knight, Walter Fitz Gilbert who came from Hambledon in Northumberland and was given lands in Renfrewshire, the Lothians and the Barony of Cadzow in South Lanarkshire by Robert the Bruce (1274-1329). King James II (1430-1460) permitted Cadzow to be renamed Hamilton in 1445. The family includes the Dukes of Hamilton and Abercorn and the Earls of Arran and Haddington, together with numerous baronies and baronetcies. The Dukedom of Hamilton was first created in 1643.



The Dukes of Hamilton are the pre-eminent nobles of Scotland and are the country's most senior aristocrats. James Hamilton 2nd Earl of Arran, was chosen Regent of the Kingdom and Guardian of young Queen Mary following the death of King James V. He was instrimental in arranging the marriage between Mary Queen of Scots to Francis II, the Dauphin of France. Later the Earl tried to save Mary after her ill- fated second marriage to Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley and gave her shelter at Cadzow, (re-named Hamilton) after she escaped from Loch Leven. The ruins of Cadzow Castle lie within Chatelherault Country Park, only two miles from the town centre of Hamilton.

The seat of the Dukes of Hamilton and Brandon are situated at Lennoxlove, once named Lethington, near Haddington, 25 miles south east of Edinburgh. It was acquired by the 14th Duke of Hamilton in 1946 and remains a splendid setting for the famous Hamilton Palace collection of furniture and paintings as well as mementoes of Mary Queen of Scots.

The Clan Hamilton are somewhat connected to the Douglas Clan due to the fact that the daughter of the Duke of Hamilton married the Earl of Selkirk, William Douglas.The Dukedom remains with the Hamiltons however, as the Duke is chief of Hamiltons, not Douglases.

The heir to the Hamilton titles is the eldest son, Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, Marquess of Douglas and Clydesdale, 16th Duke of Hamilton and 13th Duke of Brandon (born 31 March 1978).

The Hamilton Clan Crest shows a coronet on which stands an oak tree penetrated with a frame saw and the proud Hamilton clan motto "Through"

 Our Scottish Heritage is the common bond that unites our Hamilton family name forever.


Septs/Spelling Variations of HAMILTON CLAN