One of Scotland's most senior noblemen, the Duke of Hamilton, has died, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Angus Douglas-Hamilton, the 15th Duke of Hamilton, died in his wife's arms in his home in the early hours of Saturday.
He was the premier peer of Scotland. The Duke's eldest son and heir uses the courtesy title Marquis of Douglas and Clydesdale. The courtesy title of the eldest son of the Duke's eldest son is Earl of Angus and the courtesy title of the eldest son of the eldest son of the eldest son of the Duke is Lord Abernethy.
The Dukedom of Brandon and the Barony of Dutton are in the Peerage of Great Britain; the Barony of Innerdale is in the Peerage of England. All other titles are in the Peerage of Scotland. Through the Lordship of Abernethy, the Duke of Hamilton (as successor to the Gaelic Earls of Fife) has the duty of bearing the Crown of Scotland. The Duke of Hamilton is also hereditary Keeper of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence in Scotland, and where he maintains large private quarters.
His son, by his first marriage, Alexander Douglas-Hamilton, the new 16th Duke of Hamilton, and 12th Duke of Brandon is now heir to the chiefdom of the house of Douglas, but he cannot assume the title of chief since the Lord Lyon King of Arms requires him to assume the single name Douglas. The Duke of Hamilton is also the Chief of Clan Hamilton.