HAMILTON, Alexander (1684-1763), of Innerwick and of Ballencrieff, Linlithgow.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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Family and Education

b. 1684, o.s. of James Hamilton of Ballencrieff by Margaret, da. of Sir Thomas Nicholson, 2nd Bt., of Carnock, Stirling. m. bef. 1724, Lady Margaret Kerr, da. of William, 2nd Mq. of Lothian [S], 5s. 1da. suc. fa. 1687.

Offices Held

Sec. for Scotland to Prince of Wales by 1733-7; postmaster gen. [S] 1746-d.


The Hamiltons of Innerwick acquired their lands in the fourteenth century. Alexander Hamilton, whose wardship and marriage were granted to George Baillie in 1692, succeeded his kinsman, Sir Francis Hamilton, 3rd Bt., to the name but not the lands of Innerwick in 1714.1 Returned unopposed for the county with the backing of Lord Hopetoun in 1727 and again after a contest in 1734, he voted with the Administration in all recorded divisions. He did not stand in 1741 but was given a place in 1746. He died 28 Dec. 1763.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. G. Hamilton, House of Hamilton, 505.