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  • ID: I19352
  • Name: James 2nd Lord HAMILTON , 1st Earl of Arran 1 2 3 4
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: 2nd\1st Earl of /Arran/, James 2nd Lord Hamilton
  • Birth: ABT 1475 in Hamilton, Clydesdale, Larnarkshire, Scotland 1 2 4
  • Death: BEF 21 JUL 1529 in Kinneil House, Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland 1 2 4
  • Note:
    2nd Lord Hamilton and 1st Earl of Arran, Privy Council; obtained a charter of the lands and earldom of Arran to himself and his heirs male in failure of which they were to revert to the Crown 11 Aug 1503, Admiral of Scotland 1513, Lt-General Kingdom of Scotland, Warden of Marches, one of the Lords of the Regency 1517, obtained the lordship of Bothwell on the forfeiture of the Earl of Angus; married 1st (charter 28 April 1490); divorce 16 Nov 1504 on grounds of her previous marriage to Thomas Hay of Hoprew (living 20 June 1491, i.e. at the time of the marriage, though believed dead at the time) son of 1st Lord Hay of Yester, further divorce 11 March 1509/10 Elizabeth (died 1544) daughter of 2nd Lord Home; married 2nd (charter 22 Nov 1516) Janet (died c1522) daughter of Sir David Beaton of Creich, Fifeshire.... [Burke's Peerage]



    EARLDOM OF ARRAN [SCT] (II, 1) 1503

    JAMES (HAMILTON), LORD HAMILTON [SCT], son and heir of James, LORD HAMILTON [SCT], by his 2nd wife, Mary, previously wife of Thomas BOYD, EARL OF ARRAN [SCT], and daughter of JAMES II. He succeeded his father 12 November 1479, being then about four years old. In 1502 he was sent to Denmark to aid in a naval expedition against Sweden. He was P.C. in 1503, when he was sent to conclude a marriage between James IV and Margaret, daughter of Henry VII; after which, by charter, 11 August 1503, he was created EARL OF ARRAN [SCT], his cousinship to the King being therein recited. In 1513, before Flodden, he was in command of a Scottish fleet against England but effected nothing. On the death of the King at Flodden, he yielded his claim to be appointed Regent, to Albany, by whom he was in 1517, made one of the Lords of Regency. He commanded the army for the King against Lennox at Linlithgow, 4 September 1526.

    He married, 1stly, shortly before 28 April 1490, when he was aged about 15, and she about 13, Elizabeth, widow of Sir Thomas HAY (son and heir apparent of Lord HAY OF YESTER], daughter of Alexander (HOME), 2nd LORD HOME, by his 2nd wife, Nichola, daughter and heir of George KER, of Samuelstown. From her he obtained a divorce in the Eccles. Court, Glasgow, 16 November 1504, on the ground that her first husband, Sir Thomas HAY, though then dead, had been alive (though supposed to be dead) at the time of her second marriage. He married, 2ndly, between 11 and 23 November 1516. Janet, widow of Sir Robert LIVINGSTON, of Easter Weemyss, daughter of Sir David BEATON, of Creich, Comptroller of Scotland. She died about 1522. He died between 26 March and 21 July 1529, at his place of Kinneil. [Complete Peerage I:220-1, (transcribed by Dave Utzinger)]

    -----------------------------------Other Restatements of above hard to understand facts-------------------------------------

    Information from "McCormick-Hamilton-Day-Lord Ancestral Lines",1957

    "Hamilton of Cadzow" online document 1999

    Online Royal Genealogy; Brian Tompsett, University of Hull

    "Burkes Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage Baronetage and Knightage" One Hundred and Fifth Edition

    He was a nobleman of great accomplishments. He took part in a naval expedition against the Swedes in 1502 and at a tournament held in 1508 he was the champion archer on foot or horse in all of Scotland. In 1503, he was created Earl of Arran, the Gaelic-speaking island in the Forth of Clyde on which the family then made their home at Brodick Castle. Janet Beaton was his 2nd marriage. He was divorced from Elizabeth Home. He acceded 11 Aug 1503

    Privy Councillor, Admiral of the Scottish Fleet 1513, Lord of Regency under the Duke of Albany 1517, commanded the Royal army against the Earl of Lennox Sep 1526. He is supposed to have married 1st 1490 and is believed to have divorced her subsequently in 1504 on the grounds that the Master, although believed to be dead, was actually alive at the critical time. (In fact, the Master had married in 1483 Elizabeth Borthwick, who was alive at the time of his death, so the grounds for the divorce appear suspicious, even though it was confirmed four years later)

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    Father: James 1st Lord HAMILTON , 6th Lord of Cadzow b: ABT 1423 in Cadzow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
    Mother: Mary STEWART , Princess of Scotland b: BEF 16 MAY 1452 in Stirling Castle, Stirlingshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Mary BOYD b: ABT 1476 in Bonshaw, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
    • Married: in No Marriage
    1. Has Children James HAMILTON , Laird of Finnart, Sir b: ABT 1495 in Hamilton, Clydesdale, Larnarkshire, Scotland

    Marriage 2 Elizabeth HOME b: ABT 1477 in Home, Berwickshire, Scotland
    • Married: BEF 28 APR 1490 in Divorced 16 Nov 1504, confirmed 11 March 1509/10 1 4
    1. Has Children John HAMILTON , Laird of Samuelston, Sir b: ABT 1496 in Clydesdale, Larnarkshire, Scotland

    Marriage 3 Janet BEATON b: ABT 1486 in Creich Castle, Fifeshire, Scotland
    • Married: BET 11 AND 23 NOV 1516 in 2nd husband 2nd wife 1 4

    1. Title: Burke's Peerage & Baronetage, 106th Edition, Charles Mosley Editor-in-Chief, 1999
      Page: 4
    2. Title: Magna Charta Sureties 1215, Frederick Lewis Weis, additions by Walter Lee Sheppard Jr, 5th Edition, 1999
      Page: 92a-13
    3. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: I:158
      Text: Father of Johjn, illegitimate son. Is this because his parents were divorced?
    4. Title: Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom, by G. E Cokayne, Sutton Publishing Ltd, 2000
      Page: I:220-1
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