Person NameDouglas-Hamilton; James Alexander (1942-); Baron Selkirk of Douglas
ForenamesJames Alexander
EpithetBaron Selkirk of Douglas
ActivityLord James Douglas-Hamilton was born in 1942 the second son of the 14th Duke of Hamilton (b 1903). He was educated at Eton, then at Balliol College, Oxford, from where he graduated in Modern History. Active in politics from an early age he was president of the University Conservative Association in 1963 and of the Oxford Union Society in 1964. He then studied law at Edinburgh University and was admitted to the Scots Bar in 1968. Douglas-Hamilton was Scottish Conservative Whip in 1977 and thereafter held various posts in the Scottish Office and Conservative Party. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs and the Environment from 1987 to 1992 and for Education and Housing from 1992 to 1995 after which he was appointed Minister of State for Home Affairs and Health a post he held until 1997. In the same year he was created a life peer. After devolution in 1999 he became a member of the Scottish Parliament for the Lothians. A keen historian of the twentieth century Douglas-Hamilton published books on Rudolf Hess, the air battle for Malta, and man's first flight over Everest in 1933.
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