Origin of Name Hamilton: Hamultun (From place name in England: Hambledon)
Origin of Clan Hamilton
Clansfolk of Clan Hamilton
Clan Hamilton in the Military
General Information: Clan Hamilton
Symbols of Clan Hamilton
Clan Hamilton Society (Nova Scotia)
As a lowland family, albeit a strong one, Hamilton does not warrant the official status of Highland clan; however, according to Collins' "Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia," Hamilton is a member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. It takes its name from the English town of Hambledon. See Status of Clans.
Principals among Clan Hamilton are entitled Duke, not Chief. These Dukes of Hamilton descend from Walter Fitz-Gilbert de Hameldone, who served as governor of Bothwell Castle for the English during the Scottish War of Independence. Walter later joined Robert the Bruce, and received from him the Barony of Cadzow.
When William, second Duke of Hamilton, died of wounds received at the Battle of Worcester in 1651, he was succeeded by his neice, Anne, Duchess of Hamilton. She married Lord William Douglas, and the Hamilton titles passed to Clan Douglas.