Hamilton, Baillie- family, Earls of Haddington
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|History:||Sir Thomas Hamilton (1563-1637), Secretary of State and Lord Privy Seal of Scotland, was created Earl of Haddington in 1627. He acquired a compact landed estate in East Lothian, where he bought Tyninghame in 1628, and in Roxburghshire, mainly by purchase of former monastic lands such as those of Melrose Abbey. In 1674 his great-grandson the 5th Earl married the daughter and heiress of John, Duke of Rothes (d. 1681), but the earldom of Rothes was inherited by his eldest son and that of Haddington by his second son, Thomas, who became the 6th Earl.
Lord Binning, son of the 6th Earl, married in 1717 Rachel, daughter of George Baillie of Jerviswood (Lanarkshire) and Mellerstain (Berwickshire). In 1759 their second son George (d. 1797) inherited the estates of his maternal grandfather and took the surname Baillie. George Baillie's grandson George (1802-70) succeeded his cousin as 10th Earl in 1858, adopting the surname Baillie-Hamilton and uniting the estates of the two families.
In 1854 George Baillie, later 11th Earl of Haddington, married Helen Catherine, only daughter of Sir John Warrender, 5th bt., by his second wife Frances, daughter of Richard Pepper Arden, 1st Baron Alvanley. On the death of the 3rd Baron Alvanley in 1857 he inherited the Arderne (Cheshire) estate of the Arden family through his wife.
In 1883 the estates comprised 14,279 acres in Berwickshire, 8,302 acres in East Lothian, 4,708 acres in Roxburghshire, 501 acres in Lanarkshire and 6,256 acres in Cheshire, worth a total of £46,616 a year.
|Sources of authority:||Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, Principal family and estate collections A-K, 1996, pp. 7-8.|
|Name authority reference:||GB/NNAF/F85918 (Former ISAAR ref: GB/NNAF/F8191 )|
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