Hamish Linklater

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Linklater in 2008, photo by Prphotos

Place of Birth: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 7, 1976

Ethnicity: Scottish, English, German, Swedish, Irish, remote Belgian Flemish

Hamish Linklater is an American actor and playwright. His roles include the series The New Adventures of Old Christine and Midnight Mass, and the film The Big Short, among many others. He is the son of Kristin Linklater, a vocal coach, acting teacher, actor, theatre director, and author, and James Lincoln Cormeny.

Hamish’s father, who was American, was of German, English, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish descent. Hamish’s mother was Scottish, and was of approximately one half Scottish, three eighths English, one eighth Swedish, and distant Belgian [Flemish], ancestry.

Hamish has a daughter with his former wife, playwright, screenwriter, and television writer Jessica Goldberg; and three children with his partner, actress Lily Rabe.

Hamish’s patrilineal line can be traced to Joseph Carmany/Karmanee, who was born, c. 1738, in Sudliche Weinstrasse, Germany, the son of Johannes/John Carmane and Maria Catherina Krauss.

Hamish’s paternal grandfather was Alvin Elmore Cormeny (the son of Alvin Eugene Cormeny and Gladys Collins). Hamish’s grandfather Alvin was born in Springfield, Illinois. Hamish’s great-grandfather Alvin was the son of George Henry Cormeny and Matilda A. Ramsey.

Hamish’s paternal grandmother was Meredith Daphne Storr (the daughter of Percy Thomas Storr and Ethel Lilian Peterson). Meredith was born in Chicago, Illinois. Percy was born in Illniois, to an English father and a Swedish mother. Ethel’s father was Swedish.

Hamish’s maternal grandfather was Eric Linklater (Eric Robert Russell Linklater, the son of Robert Baikie Linklater and Mary Elizabeth Young). Eric was born in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, and was raised in Scotland; he was a writer who also helped found the Scottish National Party. Hamish’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Magnus Linklater, from Harray, Orkney, and of Mary Marwick, from Birsay. Hamish’s great-grandmother Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of James Young, who was Swedish, and of Sarah Elizabeth, who was from Braunston, Northamptonshire, England.

Hamish’s maternal grandmother was Marjorie MacIntyre (the daughter of Ian MacIntyre and Ida Van der Gucht). Ida was English, and had distant Belgian [Flemish] ancestry through her surname, Van der Gucht.

Sources: Hamish’s paternal great-grandfather, Alvin Eugene Cormeny, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Hamish’s paternal great-grandfather, Percy Thomas Storr, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Hamish’s paternal grandmother, Meredith Daphne (Storr) Cormeny – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Hamish’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) – http://robertwhitton.eu

1 Response

  1. madman says:


    His mother’s ancestry is approximately one half Scottish, three eighths English, and one eighth Swedish. And distant Belgian roots, of course.

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