The Lord Hamilton of Epsom
|Minister of State for the Armed Forces|
25 July 1988 – 27 May 1993
|Prime Minister||Margaret Thatcher|
|Preceded by||Ian Stewart|
|Succeeded by||Jeremy Hanley|
|Member of Parliament |
for Epsom and Ewell
27 April 1978 – 14 May 2001
|Preceded by||Peter Rawlinson|
|Succeeded by||Chris Grayling|
|Born||30 December 1941|
|Portfolio||Trustee of Supporting Wounded Veterans, President of the Lest We Forget Association|
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.
Hamilton was a Conservative Councillor in Kensington and Chelsea from 1968 to 1971. He initially attempted to enter Parliament for Dagenham at the February and October 1974 elections, but was defeated by Labour's veteran incumbent, John Parker.
During his Parliamentary career he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Secretary of State for Energy (1979–81) and Transport (1981–82). From 1982 to 1984, he was Assistant Conservative Whip. In 1984 he became Lord Commissioner to HM Treasury, a position he held until 1986. From 1986 to 1987, Hamilton was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence.
He also served as PPS to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (1987–88), Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Armed Forces Minister, 1988–93) and was created a Privy Councillor in 1991. He was Chair of the 1922 Committee from 1997 to 2001.
He was knighted in 1994. On 13 May 2005 it was announced that he would be created a life peer, and the peerage was gazetted on 17 June 2005 as Baron Hamilton of Epsom, of West Anstey in the County of Devon.
Since 2015, he has sat on the Joint Committee for the National Security Strategy.
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.