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Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton

Arms: Quarterly: 1st and 4th grand quarters counterquartered: 1st and 4th, Gules three cinquefoils Ermine (for Hamilton); 2nd and 3rd, Argent a Lymphad Sable sails furled proper flagged Gules (for Arran); 2nd and 3rd grandquarters: Argent a man's heart Gules ensigned with an imperial crown Or, on a chief Azure three stars of the first (for Douglas).

SOURCE/NOTES & CREDITS: "The Scots peerage", Vol. IV, Pages 339-397, Sir James Balfour Paul, David Douglas, Edinburgh 1907 for blazon and B&W illustration for backgound ( This illustration is opposite page 339 by the great Lyon Court artist Graham Johnson). Other sources are "Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain, 19th Edition, Vol. 1, 2001, pages 616-523 and the Wikipedia articles: "The Duke(s) of Hamilton" and "Alexander Douglas Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton". The colour illustration is by J. H. Gaylor and text adpapted by D. Q. Wedvick

Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton, was born on 31 March 1978 to Angus Douglas-Hamilton 15th Duke of Hamilton and his first wife Sarah Scott, He was educated at Keil School, Dumbarton and Gordonstoun in Scotland. He succeded to the Dukedom upon the death of his father on 5 June 2010.

The Dukedom of Hamilton is the premier peerage & dukedom in the Kingdom of Scotland, and the third senior dukedom in the UK; it was created in 1643 by King Charles I. The Duke also holds the Dukedom of Brandon in the Peerage of Great Britain as well as many, many other titles. He is Chief of Hamilton and senior agnatic representer of Douglas. His seat is at Lennoxlove.

The duke also is the Hereditary Keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Hereditary Bearer of the Crown of Scotland. He married, on 7 May 2011, Sophie Ann Rutherford. dqw 2012 0529

The artwork is a rendering by John Hamilton Gaylor
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