Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Claud Hamilton, 1st Lord Paisley (c. 1543 1621) was a Scottish politician. He was a younger son of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran. In 1553, he received the lands of the abbey of Paisley. In 1568, Claud aided Mary, Queen of Scots, to escape from Lochleven castle, afterwards fighting for her at the Battle of Langside. His estates having been forfeited because of condemnation, Hamilton was concerned in the murder of the Regent James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray in 1570, and also in that of the Regent Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox in the following year; but in 1573 he recovered his estates. Then in 1579 the privy council decided to arrest Claud and his brother John (c. 1535 1604) (afterwards 1st marquess of Hamilton) and to punish them for their past misdeeds; but the brothers escaped to the Kingdom of England, where Elizabeth I of England used them as pawns in the diplomatic game, and later Claud lived for a short time in France.