Lord Selkirk of Douglas

Lord Selkirk of Douglas

Full title

The Rt Hon. the Lord Selkirk of Douglas


James Douglas-Hamilton



Joined the Lords

29 September 1997

Contact details

House of Lords, London, SW1A 0PW
Tel: 0207 219 2131
Fax: 0207 219 5979


UK Parliament

Post Date
Minister of State (Scotland Office) 1995-97
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scottish Office) 1987-95
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip) 1979-81
Committee House Date
Draft Deregulation Bill (Joint Committee) Lords 2013-13
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) Lords 2012-
EU Sub-Committee C - Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy Lords 2007-12
Scottish Affairs Committee Commons 1981-83
Constituency Date
Edinburgh West 1974-97

Political life – other

Job title Organisation Date
Member of Scottish Parliament Conservative party 1999-07
Government Minister Scottish Office 1987-97
Government Whip Scottish Conservative Party 1977-81
MP (Edinburgh West) Coservative & Unionist 1974-97
Councillor Edinburgh Town Council 1972-74

Professional life

Job title Organisation Date
Scots Advocate Scottish Bar 1968-76

Public life

Post Organisation Date
Lord High Commissioner The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2013-14
Lord High Commissioner The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2012-13
Life Peer House of Lords 1997-

Member's focus

Crime, civil law, justice and rights
International affairs
Mainland Europe
New Zealand
South East Asia

Register of Interests

  • 1: Directorships

    • Director, Lennoxlove House Limited
    • Chairman of Directors, and Director, Douglas-Hamilton (D Share) Ltd (small family company: agriculture and property; the Member’s financial interest derives from his directorship, which is now paid an annual sum above the registration threshold)
  • 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

    • Trustee, 1947 Hamilton Settlement Trust; payment has been made for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15; the Member participates in some decisions for projects over £50,000) (interest ceases 5 April 2015)
  • 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality

    • As a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces I receive regular hospitality and invitations to events during the course of the calendar year which together amount to more than £140
  • 10: Non-financial interests (a)

    • Director, Douglas-Hamilton Investments Ltd (company no SC343289: no financial benefit)
  • 10: Non-financial interests (e)

    • President, Scottish Veterans' Garden City Association (national charity)
    • Chairman, Scottish Advisory Committee, Skill Force (national charity)