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The first edition cif this little work is out of print, and was too limited
to supply copies to many persons who desired to possess it.

This, taken in conjunction with the fact that many interesting details
bearing upon the earlier history of the family have come to light since the
issue of the former edition, and that the names and particulars of many
members of the family not included in that edition have now been added,
must be taken to justify the issue of a new edition.

Several of the notes in the first edition relate to legal documents and
official entries of various kinds which are not considered to be of general
interest, and are therefore omitted.

The compiler takes this opportunity of acknowledging his indebtedness
to Mr. Tenison Groves for the many particulars he has supplied from time
to time from documents in the Public Record Office, Dublin ; also to
Miss Catherine Jane Hamilton, for examining and extracting MSS. in the
, British Museum ; also to Dr. Charles H. Thompson, for much interesting-
information obtained at Somerset House and the British Museum and t-lse-


The following Notices were compiled mainly from original sources,
to which reference is made from time to time.

The Compiler at the outset disregarded all statements which had come
to his hands relatnig to the Rev. Nicholas Hamilton and his ancestors other
than those borne out by documentary evidence, and proceeded to construct
the genealogical tree upon the information derived from such documents ;
he has been careful to verify from mcire than one source every important
statement whenever possible to do so, and ti> test the accuracy of his con-
clusions by comparison of dates and other particulars ; wherever any reason-
able doubt appeared to exist for such conclusions, he has given the data
upon which he relied so that the reader may judge for himself.

The documents to which reference is made consist principally of
Chancery Bills, Equity E.xchequer Bills, and testamentary papers such as
wills and letters of administration deposited in the Public Record Office,
Dubhn. The number of litigious proceedings in which different members
of the family were engaged in the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth
centuries, no doubt arose from the complications caused bv the Irish
Rebellion of 1641, the Great Rebellion, and the Williamite Wars of 1689-91.

The documents relating to the Chancery and Equity Exchequer Bills
contain a mine of information for the genealogical enquirer, and it is to be
regretted that the indices to them do not give more particulars, so as to
avoid the necessity of referring to many documents in searching for a few.

The military particulars were supplied by Lieut. -Colonel Charles James
Hamilton, late of " The Buffs." to whom the Compiler is indebted for his
kind assistance.


Chapter I. — Introductory, . . . . . . . . 1

II. — The Hamilton's of E'riestfield in Scotland who settled

IN Ireland, . . . . . . . . 3

,, III. — The Callidon Hamiltons, . . . . 6

IV. — Margaret Countess of Cork and Orrery, . . 8

V. — William Hamilton the 2nd of Ballyfatton and his

Descendants . . . . . . . . 12

,, VI. — William Hamilton of Ballyfatton, Co. Tyrone, and

Eden, Co. Donegal, and his descendants .. 14

,-, VII. — Charles Hamilton of Fortstewart and his descendants, 16

VIII. — P.^.trick Hamilton of Killeter, Co. Tyrone, and his

descendants, . . . . . . . . 17

„ IX.— The Rev. Gustavus Hamilton and his descendants, 20

„ X. — Xewburgh Hamilton, . . . . . . 24

XI. — Capt Charles Hamilton, son of Patrick Hamilton of

Killeter . . . . . . . . 26

XII. — The Ke\-. Nicholas Ha.milton and his descendants, 23

,, XIII. — Capt. John Hamilton ahd his descendants .. 29

XIV. — General Nicholas Hamilton and his descendants, 31

XV. — Major John Spring Hamilton and his descendants . . 34

XVI. — The Rev. Richard Hamilton and his descendants . . 37

,, XVII. — Lieut, -Col, Thomas Talbot Hamilton and his descendants 33

XVItl. — Capt. James Mathew Hamilton and his descendants 41

XIX. — Francis William Hamilton and his descendants . . 47

„ XX — William Maffett and his descendants (showjnc; his Hamilton

ancestr\ ) . . . • . . . . 51

,, XXI. — Alfred Harmsworth and Geraldine Mary Maffett his

wife and their descends,, including Visct. Northcliffe .55

,, , XXII. — The Maule and Kempston Ancestry of Margt, Finlayson

AND others . . . . . . . . 61

XXIII. — Record of Military Services .. .. 62

Pedigree showing the Royal Descent of Christian, wife of the

Rev. Nicholas Hamilton .. -. •■ •• 64

Roll of Honour, 1914-1918 .. .. -. •• ■- 66



According to the accounts usually given to the origin of the Family of
Hamilton, the t'arliest progenitor in Scotland was Gilbert, who is stated to
have passed from Leicestershire in England into Scotland in the thirteenth

Sir William Fraser, who edited " The Manuscripts of the Duke of
Hamilton," 1 came to a different conclusion. He states that Walter Fitz-
Gilbert, whom tradition makes to have escaped fnmi England in 1323, was
settled in Scotland long previous to that year. His ancestry, however,
still remains a mystery, though the most plausible suggestion is that he
belonged to a Northumbrian family. About the year 1209 Roger and
Robert de Hameldon appear in Northumberland. A Walter FitzGilbert
appears in 1201 ; his wife was Emma de Umfraville. The de Umfravilles
were a great baronial family, and bore, equally with the ancient Earls of
Leicester, a single cinquefoil on their shield. The origin of the three cinque-
foils in the Hamilton escutcheon may, perhaps, be traced to this source.
This heraldic fact tends to confirm the alleged Northumbrian descent of the

On the 28i;h August, 1296, Walter FitzGilbert [obviously not the same
person whose name appears in 1201] paid homage to King Edward I at
Berwick, and in the " Ragman Roll " is described as " Wauter fitz Gilbert
de Hameldone."

David FitzWalter was present at the coronation of King Robert II in
1371, and affixed his seal to the Settlement of the Crown upon King Robert's
eldest son. The seal is still in good preservation bearing three cinquefoils,
and the legend " Sigill David Filii Walteri."

King Robert II, by charter dated 11th November, 1375, ratified an
exchange of lands between Sir Robert Erskyne and David de Hamylton,
son and heir of David FitzWalter [fihi Walteri], Knight, This second
David was the first to assume the surname of Hamilton, it having been
previously used apparently as a territorial designation.

I. Eleventh Report, appendix part VI. " Historical MSS. Commission," 1887. Edited
by William Fraser, Edmburgh.

Sir \\'illi;im Fraser^ gives the descendants of Walter FitzGilbcrt as
follow? : —

He \va^ tuice married — his first wife dying bcfrre 1320 ; he married
secondly Mary Gordon by whom he had two sons — David, the ancestor of the
Hamiltons Earls of Arran and Dukes of Hamilton and Abercorn ; and John,
who married Elizabeth, dau, of Sir Alan Stewart of Darnlev and Crookston ;
their son, Sir Alexander Hamilton, knt. of Innerwick. who died before 1454,
married Elizabeth, da. and C(_i-heir of Thomas Stewart Earl of Angus, by
whom he had a son Sir Archibald Sir Archibald married Margaret, da. of
John Montgomery of Thorntim. by whom he had a son Sir Alexander (the
second iif Innerwick), who married Iscibel, da. of John Schaw of Sauchie.
The last-named Sir Alexander had four sons, (1) Hugh, the ancestor of the
family of Innerwick ; (2) John ; (3) Alexander ; and (4) Thomas of Orchard-
field and Priestfield in Midlothian. The latter married Margaret Caul
and died in or before 1537 leaving two sons. The eldest Thomas being the
second of that name at Orchardfield and Priestfield, was made a Burgess
of Edinburgh in. 1541, and was killed at the battle of Pinkie on 10th Sept.,
1547 ; he married Elizabeth, da. of Robert Leslie of Innerpeffer, and had
two sons, Thomas of Priestfield, the father of the Ist Earl of Haddington,
and John, who became a secular priest of the Roman Catholic Church, and
distinguished himself bv great zeal and activity in its service ; he was im-
prisoned in the Tower of London in 1609 and died there in 1610. George,
the 2nd son of Thomas Hamilton and ^Margaret Caul, was created a Burgess
of Edinburgh with his brother in 1541. Besides these two sons Thomas
Hamilton of Priestfield had others, whose names have not been ascertained.
{Vide Eraser's " Memorials of the Earls of Haddington," Vol. L. p. 17, and
cL " Acts of the Pariiaments of Scotland," Vol. HL, p. 383).

Sir William Eraser states that the earliest document in which the crest
of the oak tree with the cross-cut saw appears is dated in 1525, and that in
1457 James. 1st Lord Hamiltun, used a crest an oak tree without a saw.

1. " Memorials of the Earls of Haddington," Edinburgh, \t



From the above statement it will be seen that Thumas Hamilton the
second of Priestfield died m 1547 leaving his eldest son and other sons whose
names ha\-e not been ascertained. The descendants of the eldest son are
to be found in the family of the Earls of Haddington, and fr(jm documents
in the Public Record Ofti(e, Dublin, it appears that some other members
of the family of Priestfield settled in Ireland taking part m the Plantation
of Lister under James I. It may be assumed that they were descendants
of one of the sons of Thomas Hamilton whose names ha\e not been ascertained.

From the documents now referred to it appears that William Hamilton
" of Priestfield in the Realme of Scotland " settled in the (founty of T\Tone
under the Earl of Abcrcorn, and being a person of Scottish nation or descent,
was in 1616 granted freedom from the yoke of Scottish servitude and given
all the rights and privileges of an English subject. This appears bv the
Patent Roll of the 17 .\ugust in the 14th year of James I, and ccjuld only
have been necessary by reason of his having been born in Scotland before
James I succeeded to the Thn.me of England.

The lands of Ballyfatton in Tyrone where William Hamilton had settled
were granted to him for ever at a rent of /18 6s. yearly by Claud Lord
Strabane on 3rd June 9 Charles I (1634) — (see claim lodged by William
Hamilton 4th of Ballyfatton in 1701 with Trustees of Estates forfeited
in 1690).

William Hamilton is described as "of Priestfield " in the will of his
brother Hugh, dated 20th May, 1637 ; and also in a Chancery Bill, dated
8th Dec, 1672, in which John Hamilton of Termegan, Co. Tyrone, was
plaintiff and \\'illiam Hamilton the second of Ballyfatton was defendant.
John Hamilton, the son of William who settled at- Ballyfatton, is described
as "of Priestfield in Scotland" in an Equity E.xchequer Bill, dated 14th
May, 1681, filed by his widow Elizabeth Hamilton, otherwise I-lemmg,
against her grandson John Hamilton.

Two sons of John Hamilton, who is Jescribed as of " Priestfield," in the
Bill dated 14th Mav, 1681 — namely, William Hamilton of Callidon, Co.
Tyrone, and his brother Capt. John Hamilton are also described as " of
Priestfield," the former in the will of the Rev. Hugh Cunningham, dated
27th August, 1560, and the latter in a Chancery Bill dated 8th June, 1686,
brought by Robert Hamilton of Carrowbeg, Co. Tyrone, and Janet his wife
af^ainst Margaret Hamilton and others. Thus it will be seen that several
membi^r^ of the family who settled in Ireland were regarded for a long period
as still belonging to the Priestfield family.

William Hamilton, who settled in Ballyfatton in 1616, made his will,
dated 13th Mav, 1637, and deposited it in the Castle of Strabane, where it
was burnt, probably when Strabane was invested by Sir Phelim O'Neill
in 1641 He was taken prisoner by the Irish Rebels and carried off to Doe
Castle, a stronghold (which still exists) of the MacSwiney's near Creeslough
in Donegal with Robert Hamilton of Carrowbeg — son of his brother Hugh
and husband of his grand-daughter Janet. He suffered great privations,
and died in the year 1642 while a prisoner in the hands of the rebels. His
will, altiiough the original document had been destroyed, was proved at
Londonderry Assizes on the 22nd June, 1652, by his younger son William
Hamilton, who had acquired the lands of Ballyfatton by purchase from
William Hamilton (his nephew), a grandson of the first owner of Ballyfatton.
No entry of the will is to be found in the Consistorial Court of Derry. These
particulars relative to his death and will are derived from the " Answer,"
dated 23rd May, 1677, by Robert Hamilton and Janet his wife to a Chancery
Bill filed on the 6th Novembrr, 1676, by WiUiam Hamilton, who proved the
will, and from the " depositions " of witnesses taken in connection with
those legal proceedings.

The above statement of the sufferings and death of William Hamilton
at t\te hands of the rebels is almost the only reference to the Rebellion of
1641 in any of the documents relating to this family ; and, it is hard to
reconcile the continued existence of the family in apparently undiminished
numbers after that great trouble had passed away with the usual accounts
of the "reat numbers stated to have been massacred by the rebels.

Another incident occurred which connected the Ballyfatton family
with the Rebellion. James Hamilton Lord Strabane, who had joined
Sir Phelim O'Neill, the leader of the rebels, and whose estates were in con-
sequence forfeited, died at Ballyfatton on the 16th June, 1655, being " a
Roman Catholic and papist recusant."— (Ulster Inqui-^itions, Tyione I,
Tempore Interregni, Strabane, 1 August, 1658). Sir PheUm O'Neill's

estates were alio forfeited, and comprised to a large extent the lands which
were granted to Capt. WilHam Hamilton, ;is will appear hereafter.

William Hamilton of Priestfield, who was the first owner of Bally-
fatton, married Janet Moore by whnm he had two sons John, and William,
of whom later (p. 12). John Hamilton his eldest son is described as
"of Priestfield "—(See Exchequer Bill, 14 May, 1681, Elizabeth Hamilton
alias Fleming against John Hamilton and others). He married Elizabeth,
da. of Sir Hugh Conynghain (':') and who married secondly Hugh Fleming.
Their children were (1) Capt. John Hamilton " of Priestfield " (p. 6),
who was killed at Lisuagar\cy, Co. Annagh, on the 6th Dec, 1649, and to
whom admn. was granted 10 July. 1660 — to William Hamilton his brother ;
(2) Capt. William Hamilton of whom later ; (3) Janet, who married
her cousin Robert Hamilton ot Carrowbeg, and three (ither daughters ;
(4) Isabella ; (5) Katherine and (6) Margaret. Capt. William Hamil-
ton married Margaret, da. of Lieut. -Col. James Galbraith (M.P. for Strabane
1639 — see Galbraith of Clanabogan, Burke's L.G.). and was owner of the
Callidon Estates. He died 22 Jan., 1672, and his will was proved 28 June,
1673. The children of Capt William Hamilton and Margaret Galbraith
were (1) John Hamilton, of whom later ; (2) William, whose will was
proved 28 .\pril, 1686 ; (3) Elizabeth, who married John Leslie, Dean of
Dromore ; (4) Agnes, will pn>\'ed 1740 ; (5) Magdalen, will proved 1743 ;
(6) George, will pro. 1699 : (7) Hans, admn. 1709 ; (8) James, will
pro. 1688 ; (9) Hugh ; (10) Henry.

John Hamilton the eldest son of Capt. William and Margaret his wife
was M.P. for Strabane 1692 ; he also owned the Callidon Estates ; he mar.
Lucy, da. of Anthony Dopping, Bishop of Meath — (see Dopping-Hepen-
stall ; cf. Derrycassan, Burke's L.G.) ; his will was pro. 4 March, 1713. He
had two children — William Hamilton, who died without issue in 1723,
and Margaret, his heiress, who married on 30th June, 1738, John Boyle
5th Earl of Cork and Orrery (Chap. IV., p. 8).

In the list of those attainted by James II in his Parliament held in Dublin
in 1689 the names of the following members of the family appear : — John
Hamilton of Callidon, William Hamilton of " Ballyfattane," George Hamil-
ton of Callidon, Robert Hamilton of Carrowbegg, and Margaret Hamilton
of Callidon, widow — (The Earl of Belmore's Parliamentary Memoirs of
Fermanagh and Tyrone, pp. 365-6)



Capt. John Hamilton of Priestfield was an active cavalier in the service
of King Charles I, and expended a considerable sum of money in levying
a troop of horse in Ireland and transporting them to Scotland and from
thence to England in the King's service in a time when the exigency of the
royal cause stood most in need of such assistance. He was killed on the
6th Dec, 1649 (as mentioned in the last chapter), and after the Restoration
his brother William Hamilton, then of Lough Currine in the County of
Tyrone, who had himself rendered services to the royal cause, and had
endured sufferings in that cause, was rewarded by a grant of a part of the
forfeited lands in the Barony of Dungannon in Tyrone ; which forfeited
lands were appointed for satisfaction of arrears due before 1649.1

Capt. William Hamilton, having claimed payment of the moneys due
to his brother and himself, the Commissioners whose duty it was to
deal with such claims, ascertained that the amount due was £19, 763, and
after a retrenchment of 7s. 6d. in the pound to provide lands for the native
Irish, there remained to be satisfied in lands a sum of £12,362. By letters
patent dated 27th February, 19th Charles II and 15th July, 20th Charles
II, lands of large extent were granted to William Hamilton and comprised
the Callidon Estate. ^ The Callidon Estate, as before mentioned, passed sub-
sequently into the hands of Margaret Hamilton, who married John 5th Earl
of Cork and Orrery. 3 The estate was sold towards the end of the eight-
eenth century to the Earl of Caledon, having been previously offered, it is
said, to the ancestor of Sir James Stronge of Tynan Abbey for £70,000,
and to the first Earl of Belmore for £90,000^

The arms of Hamilton of Priestfield are given m Burke's " General
Armoury," 1852. thus :— Gules, or a chevron between three cmquefoils

1. King's Letter, dated 2Sth February, 16o0, quoted in Lord Belmore's Memoirs.
p. 248.

2. Lord Belmore's Memoirs, pp. 249 and 250.

3. See sketch af Lord and Lady Orrery m Chap. IV, p. 8.

4. Lord Belmore's " History of the Manors of Finagh and Coole, p. 20.

argent, five buckles azure. These arms are not, however, regiftered with
Lyon King at Arms, and Burke's authority for them is not known. They
resemble closely the Hamilton arms used by the Earls of Haddington, who
represent the senior branch of the Priestfield family. John Hamilton of
Callidon, the eldest son of Capt. William Hamilton, married Lucy, daughter
of Anthony Dopping, Bishop of Meath. He and his wife presented a Com-
munion paten to Calhdon church on which the following inscription and
the arms of Hamilton impaling Dopping appear : — " Hanc patinam sacram
Johannes Hamilton de Cahdon Armiger et Lucy Hamilton alias Dopping,
uxor ejus ecclesic-e parochiah Sancti Johannis de Aghalow, D.D., A.D. 1712."
The arms are as follows : — Hamilton ; Gules, three cinquefoils ermine.
on a chief or a Hon passant guardant of the first, between two thistles proper.
Crest, out of a ducal coronet or, a demi Hon gules holding in the de.Kter paw
a thistle of the first. Dopping : Gules a chevron ermine, and in base a plate
a chief chequy argent and azure.

An interesting point arises in connection with the Hamilton arms in-
scribed upon the Callidon paten. Excluding the " two thistles proper "
they are identical with those given in the " Hamilton Manuscripts " (edited
by T. K. Lowr\-) as the arms of the County Down family to which that work
relates, but no relationship between the Calhdon family and the County
Down family has been traced. William Hamilton of Callidon in his will,
dated 20th January, 1672. appoints " his cousin," Sir Hans Hamilton, Bart.,
one of the overseers of his will. Sir Hans was one of the County Down family,
but how this cousinship came about does not now appear.

William Hamilton of Callidon was in 1661 appointed guardian of Gustavus
Hamilton, then a minor, afterwards the first Visct. Boyne. son of Sir Frederick
Hamilton. Knt., of Manorhamilton. Co. Leitrim ; and also guardian of Hanna
Hamilton, afterwards the wife of Sir William Gore, Bart., of Manor Gore, Co.
Donegal, and of Sidney Hamilton, afterwards the wife of Sir John Hume, Bart.,
of Castle Hume, Co. Fermanagh, They were the minor daughters and co-
heirs of James Hamilton, eldest son of Sir Frederick Hamilton, and succeeded
to the Manorhamilton estates — (see Anderson's " History of the House of
Hamilton." p. 244).


To return to Margaret Hamilton (cha'^i. III. p. 6) who succeeded
to the Calhdoni Estates as sole heir of her father, John Hamilton, the second
possessor of those estates.

John Boyle was born in 1707 ; was educated first under the private
tuition of Fenton the poet, and afterwards at Westminster School and
Christchurch, Oxford ; he succeeded his father as 5th Earl of Orrery in
1737 ; D.C.L. of Oxford in 1740 ; FT^ S. in 1750 ; and, on the death of his
cousin in 1753, became 5th Earl of Cork. He was the intimate friend of
Pope, Swift, Tom Southerne (" the last remaining of the wits of the reign
of Charles II "), Dr. King, an Oxford celebrity, Faulkner, the noted
Dublin bookseller, and many others. Besides the translation of Pliny's
Letters, mentioned in the correspondence with his wife, he was the author
of a Life of Swift, and " Letters from Italy " and other works. Bishop
Berkeley said of him that he " would have been a man of genius had he
known how to set about it." There is a mezzotint portrait of him done
from life in 1741 in the National Gallery, Dubhn.

Lord Orrery had married in 1728 Lady Harriot Hamilton, daughter of
the 1st Eari of Orkney. She died in 1732 leaving two sons and a daughter.
He remained a widower for six years, - In April, 1738, he commissioned
his friend the Earl of Kildare to make a proposal of marriage on his behalf
to Margaret Hamilton. There is no account of how or where he had met
her, but the warmth of his affection for her which appears in so many of his
letters, shows that he was attracted by something more than the great
fortune she was reputed to have. The " Gentleman's Magazine," in an-
nouncing the marriage, stated that she had " one of the largest fortunes in
Europe." That this was an exaggeration is clear from references to money
difficulties in this correspondence. Theofter was conveyed in a letter in

1 The spellinc was chani;ed to " Caledon " m the eighteenth century
2. This sketch is compiled from the " Orrery Papers." edited by the Countess of Cork
and Orrer>- , London : Duckworth cV Co.. 1903.

which Lord Kildare said that Lord Orrery was " very much confined by
his first settlements, but, Madam, your fortune's so ample it will make
you and your family quite easv."

With Lord Kildare's formal proposal Lord Orrerj' enclosed a k-tter
in which he asked to be allowed to see her in person, but this was not per-
mitted until Dean Dopping,^ her uncle and guardian, had been satisfied
as to his fortune and settlements.

At this time Lord Orrery appears to have been in Dublin, having come
over from England to press his suit ; and Margaret was at Dean Dopping's
house, Lowtown in the County of Westmeath. Between the proposal
and the marriage only two months elapsed, during which he went back-
wards and forwards from Dublin to Westmeath several times, besides
writing several letters to her in the intervals between his visits. The replies

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