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10th Earl of cr 1646 (George Nigel Douglas-Hamilton)

KT 1976; GCMG 1959; GBE 1963 (OBE 1941); AFC 1938; AE

Born 4 Jan. 1906; 2nd s of 13th Duke of Hamilton and Brandon and Nina Mary Benita, y d of Major R. Poore, Salisbury; m 1949, Audrey Durell, o d of late Maurice Drummond-Sale-Barker and Mrs H. S. Brooks; died 24 Nov. 1994

PC 1955; QC (Scot.) 1959; late Group Captain, Auxiliary Air Force; Scottish Representative Peer, 1945–63


S to Earldom of father under terms of special remainder, 1940


Eton; Balliol College, Oxford (MA); Edinburgh University (LLB); Univ. of Bonn, Vienna Univ. and Paris Univ. (Sorbonne)


Admitted to Faculty of Advocates, 1935. Captain, 44th Co., Boys’ Brigade, 1932–38; commanded 603 Squadron AAF, 1934–38; served War of 1939–45 (OBE, despatches twice). Member of Edinburgh Town Council, 1935–40; Commisssioner of General Board of Control (Scotland), 1936–39; Commissioner for Special Areas in Scotland, 1937–39. A Lord-in-Waiting to the Queen, 1952–53 (to King George VI, 1951–52); Paymaster-General, Nov. 1953–Dec. 1955; Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Dec. 1955–Jan. 1957; First Lord of the Admiralty, 1957–Oct. 1959; UK Commissioner for Singapore and Comr Gen. for SE Asia, 1959–63; also UK Council Representative to SEATO, 1960–63; Chm., Cons. Commonwealth Council, 1965–72. Freeman of Hamilton, 1938. President: National Ski Fedn of Great Britain, 1964–68; Anglo-Swiss Society, 1965–74; Building Societies Assoc., 1965–82; Royal Soc. for Asian Affairs, 1966–76; Assoc. of Independent Unionist Peers, 1967–79. Chm., Victoria League, 1971–77. Hon. Chief, Saulteaux Indians, 1967. Hon. Citizen of the City of Winnipeg and of the Town of Selkirk in Manitoba


Athenæum, Caledonian; New (Edinburgh)


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