Painted in 1682 by Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)
The younger son of the first Marquis of Douglas
and Lady Mary Gordon, William was created Earl of Selkirk in 1646.
He married Anne, Duchess of Hamilton
in her own right, in 1656 and at the restoration in 1660 he was
created Duke of Hamilton for life.
He first devoted his time to rescuing the Hamilton
Estates from debt, then entered politics, consistently opposing
the Duke of Lauderdale. K.G. in 1682, he became a Privy Councillor
and one of the Lords of the Treasury in 1685.
In 1688 he was President of the Assembly in Edinburgh
which invited Prince William of Orange to call a Convention which
in turn under the Duke's presidency, offered Prince William and
Princess Mary the throne of Scotland. He died in 1694.