Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Hamilton Baronetcy (1781)

THE HAMILTON BARONETCY, OF DUNAMANAGH, COUNTY TYRONE, WAS CREATED IN 1781 FOR JOHN STUART HAMILTON, POLITICIAN

JOHN HAMILTON, of Dullerton, County Tyrone, and jure uxoris of Manor Elieston, married Sarah, daughter of Sir William Hamilton, of Manor Elieston, son of Sir Claud Hamilton, brother of James, 1st Earl of Abercorn, and son of Claud, 1st Lord Paisley.

Mr Hamilton's son,

JOHN HAMILTON, of Dunamanagh (Donemana), County Tyrone, had, with another daughter, wife of John Hamilton, of Hamilton's Grove, County Antrim, at least other three daughters and a son, viz.

WILLIAM HAMILTON, of Dunamanagh, County Tyrone, MP for Strabane, married, in 1735, Catherine, daughter of the Rev George Leslie DD, of Ballyconnell House, County Cavan. His son,

(SIR) JOHN STUART HAMILTON (c1740-1802), MP for Strabane, 1763-76; married the Hon Sarah Hamilton, daughter of Frederick, 3rd Viscount Boyne.

Mr Hamilton was created a baronet in 1781.
Sir John was a member of the Dublin Society, 1769-76. His membership lapsed in 1777 but was renewed more than twenty years later in 1798. He was listed by the Society as a member in 1802-03, and deleted ca 1804.
It is thought that the following statement alludes to the 1st Baronet, Sir John Stuart Hamilton:
"When he was but nineteen he was unanimously elected one of the representatives in Parliament for Strabane, in which high and honourable station he behaved for upwards of thirty years with a conduct suitable to the great confidence reposed in him:

To his immortal honour he was one of those heroic patriots of Fabrician fortitude, who signalized themselves in so conspicuous a manner in the successful defence of the pass, which in 1753 was strenuously attempted to be forced, in order to overthrow the parliamentary constitution of this country; for which they were distinguished from their opponents by their wearing gold medals in memory of that glorious epoch:

And so sensible were his constituents of his singular merit and invariable principles in favour of his country, that at the late general election they unanimously re-elected him
"to represent them in parliament; the goodness and benevolence of his heart endeared him to all, and render his death universally lamented. He is succeeded in his estate by John Hamilton, Esq., his eldest son and heir."
SIR JOHN CHARLES HAMILTON, 2nd Baronet, died in 1818, when the baronetcy expired. 

First published in January, 2011

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