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James Hamilton, 4th Duke of Abercorn

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Name  James 4th
Died  June 4, 1979

Education  Eton College
Coronation date  1953
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Spouse  Kathleen Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn
Children  James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Abercorn
Grandchildren  James Hamilton, Marquess of Hamilton

James Edward Hamilton, 4th Duke of Abercorn (29 February 1904 – 4 June 1979) was a British peer. He was the son of James Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Abercorn and Lady Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Bingham. He was variously styled Viscount Strabane (1904–1913), Marquess of Hamilton (1913–1953), and finally inherited his father's peerages on 12 September 1953.



Lord Hamilton (as he then was) attended Eton. He was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, where he rose to the rank of captain. In 1946, he was elected to the County Council of County Tyrone, served as High Sheriff of Tyrone, and then served in the Senate of Northern Ireland. He became Lord Lieutenant of County Tyrone on his father's death, a position he held for the remainder of his life. He was appointed honorary colonel of the 5th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (a Territorial Army unit), and died at age 75.


In 1928 he married Lady Kathleen Crichton (1905–1990), a daughter of Henry Crichton, Viscount Crichton (1872–1914, son of the 4th and father of the 5th Earl of Erne) and Lady Mary Cavendish Grosvenor (1883–1959, daughter of the 1st Duke of Westminster).

They had two sons and a daughter:

  • Lady Moyra Kathleen Hamilton (b. 1930), who married Cmdr. Peter Colin Drummond Campbell in 1966. They have two sons and live in Northern Ireland. Lady Moyra was one of Queen Elizabeth II's Maids of Honour at the 1953 Coronation. She went on to serve as a lady-in-waiting to Princess Alexandra from 1954–64, and to the Queen from 1964–66, then as an extra lady-in-waiting until 1969. She was made a CVO in 1963.
  • James Hamilton, 5th Duke of Abercorn (b. 1934)
  • Lord Claud Anthony Hamilton (b. 1939), who was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of County Fermanagh in 1978; he was High Sheriff of Fermanagh in 1990 and was made a Justice of the Peace for the county in 1991. In 1982 he married Catherine Janet Faulkner (niece of Lord Faulkner of Downpatrick). They have a son and a daughter:
  • Anna Kathleen Hamilton (b. 1983)
  • Alexander James Hamilton (b. 1987)
  • References

    James Hamilton, 4th Duke of Abercorn Wikipedia

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