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Hamish is a the English spelling of a Gaelic version of James. (It is the vocative case, Sheumais, of Seumas.)

Although it is one of the commoner names in Scots circles, to the extent of being used as a fictional stereotype of a Scotsman, and in parodies, Withycombe has taken a dislike to it: "The use of this pseudo-Gaelic form is to be discouraged".