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The Lord Hamilton of Epsom
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Minister of State for the Armed Forces
In office
25 July 1988 – 27 May 1993
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded by Ian Stewart
Succeeded by Jeremy Hanley
Member of Parliament
for Epsom and Ewell
In office
27 April 1978 – 14 May 2001
Preceded by Peter Rawlinson
Succeeded by Chris Grayling
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
17 June 2005
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1941-12-30) 30 December 1941 (age 81)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Portfolio Trustee of Supporting Wounded Veterans, President of the Lest We Forget Association

Archibald Gavin Hamilton, Baron Hamilton of Epsom, PC (born 30 December 1941) is a British Conservative Party politician.

Background and education

Hamilton is the second son of the 3rd Baron Hamilton of Dalzell, a Lord-in-waiting to the Queen. The title was originally granted to Hamilton's great-grandfather, John Hamilton, 1st Baron Hamilton of Dalzell, who was a Liberal politician, and had been inherited by his second son, Gavin Hamilton, 2nd Baron Hamilton of Dalzell, also a Liberal politician, before passing to his nephew, Hamilton's father. His mother, Rosemary Coke, was a daughter of Major Sir John Spencer Coke, son of Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester; her maternal grandfather was Harry Lawson, 1st Viscount Burnham.

He is the younger brother of the 4th Baron Hamilton of Dalzell, and was born at Beckington Castle, Beckington, Somerset, which was then his parents' country house. He was educated at Eton College.

Personal life

Hamilton is a bridge player. He is a member of the Lords bridge team and the All Party Parliamentary Bridge Group.

In 1968, he married Anne Catherine Napier (born 1940), daughter of the late Commander Trevylyan Michael Napier DSC, RN. (1901-30 August 1940) and poet and author Priscilla Hayter (1908–98), who produced books about Napier ancestors, poetry and an autobiography, A Late Beginner, which is still in print. Anne is an accomplished sculptor and painter. The couple have three daughters.

In 2006, their youngest daughter Alice Rose Alethea Hamilton married Dominic Johnson, financier, hedge fund manager, and government minister.

Hamilton sits in the House of Lords, and is a trustee of Supporting Wounded Veterans as well as being the president of the Lest We Forget Association.


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