'Hamilton39'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Hamilton of Colquhot, Hamilton of Macnairstoun, Hamilton of Sanquhar, Hamilton of Sorne

(1) Arguably the best known member of this branch of Hamiltons was the Sir William who was Senator of the College of Justice & Lord High Treasurer of Scotland, and apparently also Lord Provost of Edinburgh. He is widely reported as having been the William Hamilton who was 2nd son of Alexander Hamilton of Cambuskeith. For example, Anderson (p 254 & p382) does so, in each case identifying him as 'of Macknairstoun (or Maknaristoun)' before being of Sorne & Sanquar. However, 'HamiltonHistory' identifies Sir William's parentage very differently, as shown below. Nevertheless, 'HamiltonHistory' does accept that the families were closely connected (mentioning that a settlement "indicates that the connection of the two families was close", p218) but reports (also p218) that "evidence of the actual connection between the two families has not been discovered". We have seen, in a web site on Sorn Castle, the suggestion that William Hamilton of Sorn was a younger son of the Udston line but that may well be a confusion between different Sorns.
(2) 'HamiltonHistory' reports that "The first of Macnairiston to appear in records is" ...
Alexander Hamilton of McNaristoun father of Patrick, possibly also of ...
1. John Hamilton of McNairiston (a 1501, 1521)
  'HamiltonHistory' reports that John was "probably the John Hamilton who was Provost of Edinburgh 1517/18" but he does not appear as such in Wikipedia.
m1. Margaret Farquhar
  A. (Sir) William Hamilton of Macnairstoun (Mackneirstom), later of Sorne & Sanquhar, Provost of Edinburgh (d before 25.03.1560/1, Senator of the College of Justice)
  See the note above. Anderson suggests that Sir William was (inter alia) Lord High Treasurer of Scotland but 'HamiltonHistory' reports that "though frequently so styled, he never seems to have been Treasurer of Scotland, nor even to have been knighted".
  m. (by 1518) Katherine Kennedy (a 05.1538, dau of David Kennedy, 1st Earl of Cassillis, widow of Quintin Mure of Ard)
  'HamiltonHistory' (p776) reports that William & Katherine had four daughters only (reported below) whilst William's son William was "a natural son". However, 'HamiltonHistory' ('Colquott', p254) also reports that Sir William, brother of Thomas, had "six lawful brothers and one natural brother" but Thomas is not named.'AndersonMemoirs' (Supplement, p474) mentions 4 sons for Sir William other than his heir, William, being Bernard, George, William and Patrick. Provisionaly, we presume that the brothers were all 'natural' but may have been legitimated though a record of such legitimation is mentioned only for William.
  i. Katherine Hamilton (d before 05.04.1571) --
  m. David Craufurd of Kers (Crawford of Kerse) --
  ii. Agnes Hamilton (d before 22.05.1609)
  m. (c24.02.1542) Sir William Cuninghame, 5th of Caprington (a 1583)
  iii. Issobelle (Isabel) Hamilton (b c1534, d 13.11.1604) --
  m. (mcrt 02.08.1550) George Seton, 5th Lord (b 1531, d 08.01.1585-6) --
  iv. Margaret Hamilton (a 1586) mentioned by 'HamiltonHistory' but not by Anderson
m. (before 1541) David Blair of Adamtoun (d by 1586)
  partner(s) unknown
  v. Sir William Hamilton of Sorne & Sanquhar, 'Sheriff of Ayr' (d by 1600)
  m. Jonat (Jean) Campbell (d 25.12.1595, sister of Alexander Campbell)
  a. William Hamilton, last of Sorn & Sanquhar (d 04.1589)
  m. (by 1578) Annabelle Wallace (dau of John Wallace of Craigie)
(1) William Hamilton of Mosgavill
  (2) Jane Hamilton
  m. (mcrt 05.07.1596) Archibald Herries (son of George of Maidenpape)
  (3) Margaret Hamilton
  m. James Wallace of Dullars?
  (4)+ other issue - Henry, Hugh, Elizabeth
  b. John Hamilton of Barnwell (d before 24.12.1615, Captain)
  m. (by 1578) Grissell Hamilton (dau of Andrew Hamilton of Letham)
  (1) John Hamilton possibly illegimimate?
  (2) Margaret Hamilton
  m. (05.08.1613) Alexander Kincaid of Coitts
  c. Agnes Hamilton (a 1582)
  m. William Dunbar of Blantyre
  d. Margaret Hamilton (d 04.1593)
  m1. (mcrt 26.05.1582) Gilbert Kennedy of Dunene
  m2. Hugh Cuninghame of Laglane
vi. Thomas Hamilton (d 05.1544, macer)
  The following comes from 'HamiltonHistory' ('Colquott', p254+) with some support from 'AndersonMemoirs' ('Colquhot', p266+) & HJHeraldry (Hamilton, 'Colquhot', p122+). Anderson reports that "Nisbet states that the predecessor of this family was a brother of Sir William Hamilton of Sorne. The first that I have met with was John Hamilton". 'HamiltonHistory' shows this Thomas as his father and (probably) brother of Sir William. 'HamiltonHistory' also reports that Thomas's wife in 1542 was Margaret Law (whose previous husband was alive in 1523) and then mentions that his son John "was appointed macer in room of his deceased father 31 May 1544". Provisionally, we presume that John was by an earlier wife.
m1. ??
  a. John Hamilton of Colquhot, Peebleshire (d 08.1591)
  m. (mcrt 10.1559 or 02.10.1566) Elizabeth or Bessie Baillie (dau of Sir William Baillie of Lamington, sister of William, m2. George Borthwick of Raeshaw)
  (1) Jonas (aka James or John) Hamilton of Colquhot & Kirkurd (2nd son) (d before 14.05.1646)
  m. Jean Sinclair
  (A) John Hamilton (dvp before 07.04.1642)
m. (mcrt 05.07.1632) Margaret Hamilton (a 1642, dau of Alexander Hamilton of Easter Binning)
  (i) Jonas Hamilton of Colquote (a 1713, dsp?)
  m. (mcrt 21.03.1656) Jean Bothwell (dau of Adam Bothwell, brother of Alexander of Glencorse)
  (ii) Alexander Hamilton (a 1710)
  (iii) Robert Hamilton (a 1710)
  m. (by 1669) Elizabeth Hamilton (dau of Major Robert Hamilton in Haddington (of family of Samuelston))
  (a) Alexander Hamilton (A 1720)
  (b) Anna Hamilton
  m. (06.1718) James Loudoun
  (iv) Mark Hamilton in Prestonpans & Edinburgh (d 1684)
  m1. Elizabeth Seton (d 07.1667, dau of Sir John Seton of St. Germains)
  (a)+ issue (dvp)
  m2. (sp) Helen Cockburn (relict of John Hamilton of Easter Fawside)
  (v) Mary Hamilton (a 1683)
  m. (mcrt 08.09.1664) Alexander Baillie, younger of Callands
  (B) Robert Hamilton of Romannogrange (aka Lamancha) & Easter Grange (d c11.1706, macer, 4th son)
  m. Elizabeth Douglas (d before 1715)
  (i) Alexander Hamilton 'of Coldwall' (bur 30.08.1692, macer)
  m. (29.04.1680) Margaret Lands (a 1715, dau of James Lands of Edinburgh)
  (a) Robert Hamilton (b 1687, d young (bur 05.12.1689?))
  (b) Elizabeth Hamilton (b 1682)
  m. (c11.1708) Malcolm Gregory or McGregory
  (c) Margaret Hamilton (b 1683, d 1744)
  m. (03.1709) Justice Meldrum of Edinburgh
  (ii) William Hamilton of Edinburgh
  m. (19.12.1673) Janet Dick
  (a)+ 7 children (bur before 1699)
  (C) Susan Hamilton
  m. James Murray (son/heir of William of Romanno)
  (D) Margaret Hamilton
  m. (mcrt 30.05.1620) James Twedie (son/heir of Thomas of Netherurd)
  (E) Elizabeth Hamilton
  m. (mcrt 15.11.1623) William Fleming, younger of Personlands
  (F) Lilias Hamilton (a 11.1665)
  m. (mcrt 11.11.1633) James McClellan of Fagra, Galloway (d before 11.1665)
(G) Helen Hamilton
  m. (mcrt 17.09.1638) Paul Bellenden in Spittal
  (H)+ other issue - William of Netherurd (d before 1646), Archibald of Easter Grange (a 1673)
  (2) Mark Hamilton (d before 14.05.1646, macer, 5th son)
  m1. (by 1624, sps) Isobel Reid (a 1635)
  m2. (after 16.11.1637) Agnes Stewart (dau of John Stewart of Broughton & Edinburgh)
  (A) Alison Hamilton (bur 10.08.1698)
  m. Sir William Paterson of Granton, Bart (son of John, Bishop of Ross)
  (3) Alexander Hamilton (a 1629, §7th son)
  m. Bessie Mowbray (relict of Gavin Mitchell of Edinburgh)
  (4) Jane Hamilton
  m. (before 1606) William Weitch of Blyth
  (5)+ other issue - Richard (d 08.1591), William in Lochurd, John/James (a 1613), Thomas (d before 1606)
  m2. (after 1523, by 1542) Margarert Law (relict of Robert Lindsay of Stirkfield)
  vii.+ other issue - Bernard, George, William, Patrick
  m2. Marjory Cuninghame
  B. James Hamilton of Bogwood (a 1539, 1556, 3rd son?)
i. David Hamilton
  Not sure which wife was mother of ...
  C. Bernard Hamilton of Smyththistoun & Bogwood (a 1582, 4th son?)
  m. Marion Towris (a 1588, dau of the Laird of Inverleith, widow of David Wemyss of that ilk & James Hamilton of Stanehouse)
  D. Isabel Hamilton --
  Isabel is not mentioned by either 'HamiltonHistory' or Anderson but she is shown in both TCP ('Sempill', p623) & TSP ('Sempill', p543) as dau of William Hamilton of Sanquhar. The dates make that unlikely so we show her as of this generation, as William's sister rather than his daughter.
  m. Robert Sempill, 3rd Lord Sempill (b c1505, d by 1576) --
  E.+ other issue - Adam (a 1524, d before 14.08.1547?), Robert, George, William
  partner unknown
  H. Patrick Hamilton (a 1551)
2. Patrick Hamilton (a 1479)

Main source(s) (see here): 'HamiltonHistory' ('Sanquhar', p771+), 'AndersonMemoirs' ('Sorne and Sanquhair', p382+) & HJHeraldry (Hamilton, 'Sorne and Sanquhar', p122) with input/support as reported above
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