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The Duke of Hamilton - a Wikipedia spat

There is a bit of a spat between Wikipedians over the introduction of Douglas into the Hamilton name.

Who was the first Douglas-Hamilton?  And which Duke was the first to use the double barrelled name?

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The earliest date that I can find for a Douglas-Hamilton is 1874. Does anyone know better?

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Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on October 21, 2013 at 14:53

I see ...I remembered Hugh Drysdale  served 1722-1726 as Lt. Governor of Virginia in George Douglas-Hamilton's Place .  My reply was in re the date

                                                       Hugh Drysdale 1670-1726

Comment by William Douglas on October 21, 2013 at 11:17

I think that you are correct, Russell.  My biography of him, dated 17 February 2013,  refers to him as such.
http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/george1stearloforkney.htm

I have just located an interesting caption to his picture, so will be updating the page soon.

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on October 17, 2013 at 17:23

George Douglas-Hamilton ,  (1666-1737), first Earl of Orkney, a distinguished general in the British army. was rewarded in part for his service by being awarded by Queen Anne in 1710 the sinecure post of governor of Virginia, a post he held until his death in 1737. He never visited the colony but sent a succession of deputies as lieutenant governors. (Lawrence B. Smith. "Hamilton, George, first earl of Orkney" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

Making conections

The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.

Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.

Professions also help.

'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.

Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?


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