George William Hamilton Scotland Jamaica

Biography of George William Hamilton

George William Hamilton matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1799. His father, John Hamilton, West India merchant, was 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.

After attending the University, G.W. Hamilton travelled to Jamaica where he became known for his ‘liberal education and gentlemanly demeanour’. On the island, however, he supervised a sugar estate for his relatives and also operated a major network of attorneys whose role it was to supervise estates and enslaved people.

G.W. Hamilton died at 27 Clarence Street, Edinburgh, on 18 October 1857, aged 71. He is buried in Glasgow Necropolis.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • Addison, W Innes, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1913)


George William Hamilton
Born 1786.
Died 18 October 1857.
GU Degree: Arts, 1799;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: merchants
English snippet: Arts student at the University of Glasgow
Record last updated: 1st Jul 2019

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Edinburgh
Place of Death

Jamaica Jamaica, No Region

University Connections

University Roles

  • Student