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:-[]:-P 3 Celts & Company • "HAMILTON"

Taking the name of a town in England, a Norman named Walter FitzGilbert de Hambeldon (wardship of Gilbert de Umfraville, Earl of Angus c.1245, some places spelled de Hamildon and others de Homildon), descentant of Odinel I d’Umfraville (c.1090), baron of castle Prudhoe in Northumberland, moved to Renfrewshire. Governor of Bothwell Castle for the English during the early part of the Scottish War of Independence, but later joined Robert the Bruce and fought at his side at Bannockburn. For his support he was awarded forfeited Comyn lands by Bruce, including the properties of Cadzow in the Lothians that were in due course renamed Hamilton. It was Walter's son David, by some accounts, that first spelled his name in the modern form. Other accounts credit his grandsons as the first to adopt the modern spelling. In any case, the spelling of names has taken many different forms over the ages, even into more modern times.
In 1503, the 2nd Lord Hamilton was created Earl of Arran, the Gaelic-speaking island in the Forth of Clyde on which the family then made their home at Brodick Castle. Their son, the 2nd Earl, also called James, was the heir to the Scottish throne after King James IV and was named Regent, acting for Mary, Queen of Scots, during her minority.
As primarily a lowland family, the Hamiltons do not have associated family names, or 'septs' as they are called by some, as a number of the Highland Clans do. Therefore, only persons named Hamilton, or descendents thereof, are considered to be a part of the Hamilton clan family. However, there are a number of common spelling derivations of the name Hamilton that are accepted. These include:

Hameldon, Hamildune, Hamildone, Hameldone, Hamiltun, Hamiltune, Hamildone, Hambledon, Hamblenden, Hambeden, Hambeldene, Hameledene, Hamelden, Hamilden, Hameldon, Hamelton, Hambleton, Hamilton

The Clan Hamilton Society recognizes three families at the present time that we know were closely associated with the Hamiltons:

The Cadzows
The Brownlees
The Leepers/Leipers

Hamilton, John R. "HAMILTON NAME." []. 2009. web.

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# 51 - Clan Hamilton - 12/14/2013 - 08:44 - - - Scotland
:-P:-[] 3 Celts & Company • "HOME"

The name, properly pronounced HUME and frequently so spelt, comes from the lands in Berwickshire acquired in marriage by a 13th-century descendant of the Northumbrian earl Gospatrick, ancestor also of the Dunbars. By further marriages the Homes extended widely over the east Borderland, and took full share in its wars and forays. David Hume (1711-76), philosopher-historian and indirect inspirer of many efforts to bring logic into practical history, also John Home, minister unfrocked for producing his poetic drama DOUGLAS in 1756, might both claim family predecessors: Lord Kames the lawyer-philosopher and Lady Grizel Baillie the balladist were likewise born of the clan sometimes named 'the Haughty Homes.'


Chief: The Rt. Hon. David Alexander Cospatrick Douglas-Home, The 15th Earl of Home, Lord Home, Lord Dunglass, Baron Douglas of Douglas.[see p.54]

"HOME." Scots Kith and Kin and Illustrated Map Revised Second Edition. Edinburgh, SCOT: Clan House, c.1970. p.58,59. Print.

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# 50 - Home, see also Douglas - 12/13/2013 - 08:31 - - - Scotland
:-) "by Ellen Leonhardt"

I was told that my ancestors came from the Hope Clan, but I cannot find information on them. Can you assist me?

;-) Hello Ellen Leonhardt,

The name 'HOPE' is a scottish name found in the Lothian in the 16th-century. The immediate ancestor of the principal line of the clan was John de Hope who is said to have come to Scotland from France in 1537 as part of the retinue of Magdalen, the first wife of James V of Scotland [James V was father of Mary Stewart 'Queen of Scots'].

Sir John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun had a notable military career. In 1822 he staged a magnificent reception for George IV at Hoptoun during the king's famous visit to Scotland [George IV, father of Queen Victoria c.19th century. He was the first monarch to visit Scotland in full tartan kilt (Royal Stewart) regalia].

During the hay-day of Scottish clans 'HOPE' had no Clan affiliation. With the history noted above, your 'HOPE' ancestors would have worn "Royal Stewart" tartan or "Black Watch" please see the article highlighting the "Independent Highland Companies" - see Black Watch

"Clan Hope." Wikipedia. []. 18 November 2013. web.

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# 49 - Clan Hope by Ellen Leonhardt - 12/13/2013 - 05:02 - Groton - South Dakota - USA

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