Robert Hamilton Scotland England Jamaica

Biography of Robert Hamilton

Robert Hamilton matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1801, studying Latin and Greek. The brother of George William Hamilton (1786-1857), he was the son of John Hamilton, West India merchant and Lord Provost of Glasgow. His mother, Helen Bogle, was sister of Robert Bogle of Gilmorehill (the current estate on which the University of Glasgow is located) of the Glasgow merchant firm Bogle & Co. Whilst his brother supervised enslaved people, Robert Hamilton was located in Kingston working as a merchant trading in slave-grown produce like sugar. The University of Glasgow alumni managed two estates with resident enslaved people in St Thomas in the Vale in Jamaica for their maternal cousin, Archibald Bogle. Possessed of a small fortune, Hamilton returned to England and died in London in 1840.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W. Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow, 1728-1858
  • R 9/1 Class Catalogue (Arts) 1794-1858


Robert Hamilton
Born 1785.
Died 1840.
GU Degree: Arts, 1801-1804;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: merchants
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow from 1801-1804, merchant in Jamaica
Record last updated: 1st Jul 2019

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, No Region
Place of Birth

England England, London
Place of Death

Jamaica Jamaica, No Region

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student