Rachael Hamilton

Rachael Georgina Hamilton (born 9 September 1970) is a British politician who is a Member of Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Conservatives. She is the MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, having been elected in a by-election in June 2017. Previously she was a list MSP for the South Scotland region, elected in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.[1]

Rachael Hamilton

Hamilton in 2016
Chairwoman of the Scottish Conservative Party
Assumed office
14 February 2020
Serving with Rab Forman
LeaderJackson Carlaw
Preceded byThe Lord Keen of Elie
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Assumed office
10 June 2017
Preceded byJohn Lamont
Majority9,338 (24.2%)
Member of the Scottish Parliament
for South Scotland
(1 of 7 Regional MSPs)
In office
6 May 2016  3 May 2017
Succeeded byMichelle Ballantyne
Personal details
Born (1970-09-09) 9 September 1970 (age 49)
Brecon, Powys, United Kingdom
Political partyScottish Conservative Party
Alma materHarper Adams University


Hamilton grew up on the family farm in Herefordshire. She studied agriculture at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire and after graduating joined a graduate training programme to become an agronomist with Schering Agriculture.[2]


In 2016 Hamilton stood for the Scottish Parliament as the Conservative candidate for the East Lothian constituency where she came third, then was elected from the South Scotland regional list.[3]

Hamilton resigned her list seat in order to contest the 2017 Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire by-election on 8 June.[4] She won the by-election with a majority of over 9,000.[1]

Hamilton is shadow cabinet secretary for culture and tourism in the Scottish Parliament.[5] She sits on the public petitions Committee in the Scottish Parliament.[6][7]

Hamilton became Co-chair of Jackson Carlaw's leadership Campaign along with Liam Kerr[8]


  1. "Rachael Hamilton wins Scottish Parliament by-election". BBC News Website. BBC News. 9 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  2. "Scottish Parliament Election 2016". East Lothian Conservatives.
  3. "Election 2016: South Scotland. Scottish Parliament region". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  4. "MSP Rachael Hamilton quits to fight Holyrood by-election". BBC News. BBC. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  5. "Scottish Conservative appointments for new parliamentary term". Scottish Conservative Party. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  6. "Memberhip". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  7. "Membership – European and External Relations Committee". Scottish Parliament. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  8. https://twitter.com/Rachael2Win/status/1214124822453739521