Biography of James Hamilton
James Inglis Hamilton (1777-1815) was Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of the Scots Greys at the Battle of Waterloo. He studied under Professor William Richardson at the University in 1789.
His entry in Addison's Matriculations of the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1913) reads:
"4958 JACOBUS ANDERSON filius natu secundus Joan: Mercatoris Glasguensis: in America natu.
Otherwise James Inglis Hamilton of Murdestoun. Born 4th July 1777. Coronet in the Scots Greys, 1793. Became Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of that Regiment. Was the adopted son and heir of James Hamilton, whose name he took, and whom he succeeded as laird of Murdestoun. Fell at the battle of Waterloo, 18th June 1815,"commanding with both of his arms shot off, holding the reins of his charger in his teeth." His large personal estate was embezzled by a Trustee, and his sisters in consequence fell into great poverty, as characteristically described in Peter Mackenzie's Reminiscences/. Murdeston passed to an heir under the Deed of Entail. [The father, whose Christian name is erroneously given by Mackenzie as William, was at one time a sergeant-major in the 21st Fusiliers under James Inglis Hamilton Snr, retired on a pension, and spent the remainder of his life in Glasgow, where he was born.] Brother of William Anderson and John Anderson."