James Hamilton

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, he became a Cornet in the Scots Greys, 1793. He later went on to become Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of that Regiment. He was the adopted son and heir of James Hamilton, whose name he took, and whom he succeeded as laird of Murdestoun.

Hamilton fell at the battle of Waterloo on the 18th June 1815,"commanding with both of his arms shot off, holding the reins of his charger in his teeth." After his death, his large personal estate was embezzled by a Trustee. His sisters' fall into great poverty as a consequence of the embezzlement was 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, and spent the remainder of his life in his birthplace, Glasgow.] He was the brother of William Anderson and John Anderson.


James Hamilton
Army Officer

Born 4 July 1777.
Died 18 June 1815.
University Link: Alumnus
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: Army Officer
Record last updated: 14th Sep 2018

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