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Robert Adam Dundas

The Right Honourable
Robert Nisbet-Hamilton
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
1 March 1852 – 17 December 1852
Monarch Victoria
Prime Minister The Earl of Derby
Preceded by The Earl of Carlisle
Succeeded by Edward Strutt
Personal details
Born 1804 (1804)
Died 9 June 1887 (1887-06-10)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Lady Mary Bruce (d. 1883)

Robert Adam Nisbet-Hamilton PC, FRS, JP (1804 – 9 June 1887), known as Robert Dundas until 1835 and as Robert Christopher between 1835 and 1855, was a British Conservative Party politician. He served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster under the Earl of Derby between March and December 1852.


Born Robert Dundas, he was the eldest son of Philip Dundas (c.1763–1807, the fourth son of Robert Dundas of Arniston, the younger), and Margaret daughter of Sir John Wedderburn, 6th Baronet (1729–1803) (and sister of Sir David Wedderburn, 7th Baronet (1775–1858)).[1][2]

He assumed the surname of Christopher in lieu of his patronymic in 1835 when his wife Lady Mary Bruce (see below) inherited the Christopher estates at Bloxholm and Wellvale in Lincolnshire. In 1855 he assumed the surname of Nisbet-Hamilton in lieu of Christopher after his wife succeeded to the Nisbet-Hamilton estates in Scotland, including Dirleton Castle and Archerfield House.[3]

Political career

Nisbet-Hamilton was returned to Parliament for Ipswich in 1827, a seat he held until 1831 and again briefly in 1835.[4] He also represented Edinburgh between 1831 and 1832[5] and North Lincolnshire between 1837 and 1857.[6] When the Conservatives came to power under the Earl of Derby in 1852, Nisbet-Hamilton was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster[7] and sworn of the Privy Council.[8] He remained as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster until the government fell in December 1852.

In 1833 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[9]


Nisbet-Hamilton married Lady Mary, daughter of General Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin and Mary, daughter and heiress of William Hamilton Nisbet, in 1828.[3][10][11] They had one daughter.[3] Lady Mary died in December 1883. Nisbet-Hamilton survived her by four years and died in June 1887.[11]



External links

  • Portrait of Robert Nisbet-Hamilton at the National Portrait Gallery

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005:
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Haldimand
Robert Torrens
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Charles Mackinnon
Succeeded by
James Morrison
Rigby Wason
Preceded by
William Dundas
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh
Succeeded by
Francis Jeffrey
Hon. James Abercromby
Preceded by
James Morrison
Rigby Wason
Member of Parliament for Ipswich
With: Fitzroy Kelly
Succeeded by
James Morrison
Rigby Wason
Preceded by
Thomas George Corbett
Charles Anderson-Pelham
Member of Parliament for North Lincolnshire
With: Charles Anderson-Pelham 1837–1847
Sir Montague Cholmeley, Bt 1847–1852
James Banks Stanhope 1852–1857
Succeeded by
Sir Montague Cholmeley, Bt
James Banks Stanhope
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Carlisle
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Succeeded by
Edward Strutt
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