MELROSE, earl of,
a title in the peerage of Scotland, conferred, 20th March 1619,
on Sir Thomas Hamilton of Drumcairn, an eminent advocate and
lord of session. After holding it for eight years he exchanged
it for that of earl of Haddington. Baron Melros, in the peerage
of the united kingdom, is the title by which the earls of
Haddington have sat in the house of lords since 1827.