is the family surname of the Dukes of Hamilton
and Earls of Selkirk
. The name originates from the marriage of Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton
to William, Earl of Selkirk
Anne was Duchess in her own right and head of the "House of Hamilton
". William was a younger son of the Marquess of Douglas
Upon the death of a cousin, the Duke of Douglas
, in 1761 without heir, his subsidiary titles and the nominal seniority of the "House of Douglas
", were devolved onto the 7th Duke of Hamilton
These titles are:
- "Marquess of Douglas"
- "Earl of Angus"
- "Lord Abernethy and Jedburgh forest"
The Arms of the Head of the House are:
- Quarterly; 1st and 4th grandquarters, counterquartered (i) and (iv) Gules,three cinquefoils Ermine (for Hamilton), (ii) and (iii) Argent, a lymphad Sable, sails furled proper, flagged-Gules (for The Isles (Arran)); 2nd and 3rd grandquarters, Argent, a man's heart Gules ensigned with an imperial crown proper, on a chief Azure three stars of the First (for Douglas).