Robert Hamilton Scotland Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha China

Biography of Robert Hamilton

Robert Hamilton
Robert Hamilton

Robert Hamilton (1754-1799) was a merchant in Canton, modern day Guangzhou, China, who left the reversion to a proportion of his estate to the University. In 1813 the University replaced the east side of the Inner Quadrangle in the Old College with a new building, which was named the Hamilton Building in anticipation of the receipt of funds from the bequest. The University finally received £11,000 in 1823.

Hamilton was from Airdrie, and died at Jamestown, St Helena in 1799. He was the son of Robert Hamilton (1714-1756), Regius Professor of Botany and Anatomy at the University from 1742 to 1756, and briefly Regius Professor of Practice of Medicine in 1756. His cousin Dr William Hamilton (1758-1790) was also Professor of Anatomy and Botany from 1781 to 1790.


Printed Materials

  • Coutts, James, A History of the University of Glasgow from its foundation in 1451 to 1909 (Glasgow, 1909)


Robert Hamilton

Born 1754.
Died 8 June 1799.
GU Degree:
University Link: Benefactor
Occupation categories: merchants
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English snippet: Merchant and Benefactor
Record last updated: 19th Feb 2014

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Airdrie
Place of Birth

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Helena
Place of Death

China China, Guangdong, Guangzhou

University Connections

University Roles

  • Benefactor