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James (c. 1475-1529)

1. James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran, son of Sir James Lord Hamilton ( -1479) and Mary ( - ), was born circa 1475. He had the title '1st Earl of Arran'. He died in March 1529. He married Janet BEATON.


Janet BEATON and James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran had the following children:


Margaret HAMILTON (c. 1496- ). Margaret was born circa 1496. She married Andrew STEWART before 22 August 1515.

James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran ( - )

Second Generation

2. Sir James Lord Hamilton, son of Sir James HAMILTON and Janet LIVINGSTONE, had the title '6th of Cadzow, 1st Lord Hamilton'. He died on 6 November 1479. He married Mary.


3. Mary was the daughter of James II KING OF SCOTLAND and Mary of Gueldres. She and James Lord Hamilton had the following children:



James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Arran (c. 1475-1529)

Third Generation

4. Sir James HAMILTON, son of John HAMILTON and Janet DOUGLAS, had the title '5th of Cadzow'. He married Janet LIVINGSTONE in 1422. He died before May 1441.


5. Janet LIVINGSTONE was the daughter of Sir Alexander LIVINGSTONE of Callendar. She and James HAMILTON had the following children:



James Lord Hamilton ( -1479)


6. James II KING OF SCOTLAND, son of James I KING OF SCOTLAND and Joan BEAUFORT, was born on 16 October 1430 in Holyrood. He died on 3 August 1460 in Roxburgh. He married Mary of Gueldres.


James II was just 6 years old when he succeeded to the throne following the murder of his father. He was nicknamed ¡®Fiery Face¡¯ after a large birthmark on his face.

He was crowned at Holyrood Abbey ending the tradition since Kenneth MacAlpin of crowning at Scone. During his minority three rival families, William Crichton of Edinburgh, Alexander Livingstone of Stirling and William Douglas, fought for control. When James took over power of king he had Livingstone arrested, and is said to have personally killed William Earl of Douglas when he invited him in February 1452 for negotiations at Stirling castle.

Having taken control of the warring factions, James created new earldoms and set about organising central government and introduced central taxation. The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451.

He successfully played the Lancastrians and Yorkists in England against each other, and in 1460 besieged Roxburgh with a large army and iron cannons newly imported from Flanders. Standing too close to a cannon which exploded he was fatally struck and killed by flying metal.


7. Mary of Gueldres has few details recorded about her. She and James II KING OF SCOTLAND had the following children:


James III KING OF SCOTLAND (1460-1488). James was born on 3 August 1460. He died on 11 June 1488.


Mary ( - )