Peerage of England, Volume 1
Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1812. Excerpt: ... HAMILTON, DUKE OF BRANDON. The Hamiltons are by the male line descended from the great House of Douglas. I shall therefore first give an account of that illustrious family from Crawfurd's Peerage of Scotland. Douglas Fam1ly. "This family is a very great and ancient one in Lanarkshire, of which there is a particular history wrote by a very learned pen, who equalizes them to any of the ancient Roman families, and gives them the preference to all other in Europe, those of crowned heads excepted. They have been particularly famous for great generals, there having been more of this name, than any other that is to be met with in history; neither was it their native country alone that was indebted to their valour, but they signalized themselves in most places of Europe, and particularly in France, where they have had great commands and titles, as Duke of Turrin, Count de Longoville, &c. hi short, this family exceeded all the rest in the kingdom, for the number of nobility and gentry of their own name, according to those old lines, So many so good as of the Douglasses have been, Of one sirname was ne'er in Scotland seen. The origin of this illustrious house is derived from one Sholto, who in the reign of Solvathius King of Scotland, anno Christl 770, having been the principal man that routed Donald Bane and his forces, who invaded the country, and being a Dou-glass, or a black pale man, as these words signify (says my author) both in old British and Irish, the King royally rewarded his services, and made him a grant of large possessions in the county of Lanerk, which either he or his successors called Douglass, and from thence took the sirname of the family. This Sbolto was the father of Hugh, of whom there is nothing memorable. He was succeeded in his inheritance by his eldest son Hugh II....
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