Frederick Hamilton (Donegal politician)

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Frederick Hamilton
Died13 December 1715
Spouse(s)Sophia Hamilton
Issue
Gustavus & others
FatherGustavus Hamilton, 1st Viscount Boyne
MotherElizabeth Brooke
ReligionProtestant

The Honourable Frederick Hamilton (c. 1663 – 13 December 1715) was an Irish politician and heir apparent to the 1st Viscount Boyne

Birth and origins[edit]

Frederick was born in the 1680s in Ireland.[a] He was the eldest son of Gustavus Hamilton and his wife Elizabeth Brooke. His father was the 1st Viscount Boyne. The viscounts Boyne are a noble branch of the House of Hamilton.[1] His mother was a daughter of Sir Henry Brooke of Brookeborough in Fermanagh.[2]

Family tree
Frederick Hamilton with wife, parents and other selected relatives.
Claud
1st Ld
Paisley

1546–1621
Margaret
Seton

d. 1616
James
1st Earl
Abercorn

1575–1618
Claud
of
Shawfield

d. 1614
George
of
Greenlaw
& Roscrea

d. bef. 1657
Frederick
1590–1647
Sidney
Vaughan
Christiana
b. c. 1629
Frederick
d. bef. 1646
James of
Manor-
hamilton

d. 1652
Gustavus
1st
Viscount

1642–1723
Elizabeth
Brooke

d. 1721
Frederick
c. 1663 –
1715
Sophia
Hamilton

d. 1748
Gustavus
c. 1685 –
1735
Dorothea
Bellew
Henry
c. 1692 – 1743
Gustavus
2nd
Viscount

1710–1746
Frederick
3rd
Viscount

1710–1746
Richard
4th
Viscount

1724–1789
Legend
XXXFrederick
Hamilton
XXXViscounts
Boyne
XXXEarl of
Abercorn
This family tree is partly derived from the Abercorn pedigree pictured in Cokayne.[3] Also see the lists of siblings and children in the text.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 1 September 1707, Mr Hamilton married Sophia Hamilton, daughter of James Hamilton of Tollymore, near Newcastle, County Down, and sister of James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Clanbrassil of the second creation.[7]

Frederick and Sophia had four children, two sons:

  1. Gustavus (1710–1746), succeeded his grandfather as Viscount Boyne;
  2. James (died 1740), lieutenant in the navy;

—and two daughters:

  1. Anne (born 1712), died young; and
  2. Elizabeth (born 1715), died young.

Offices[edit]

Frederick Hamilton was a Member of Parliament from 1707 to 1715 for Donegal County, the same constituency his father had represented. He entered parliament in 1707 as a replacement for Henry Conyngham (soldier),[8] who had been killed in the Battle of St Estevan of the War of the Spanish Succession.[9]

Frederick was reelected for that same seat in the Irish general elections of 1713[10] and 1715.[11] The latter parliament lasted from 12 November 1715 to 11 June 1727, but Frederick died on 10 December 1715 and was after not even a month's service replaced by his brother Gustavus.[12]

In 1710 Frederick Hamilton was appointed Vice-Admiral of Ulster, a sine cure that he held until his death.[13]

Death, succession, and timeline[edit]

Frederick Hamilton died on 10 December 1715[14] predeceasing his father, who died in 1723,[15] and his mother, who died in 1721.[16] At the time of Frederick's death his father had just been ennobled as Baron Stackallan and was not yet Viscount Boyne. Frederick therefore died as an heir apparent without a courtesy title. His father was succeeded by Frederick's son Gustavus as the 2nd Viscount Boyne.[17]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b His birth year is estimated 1786 because he must have been at least 21 when he was elected MP in 1707.
  1. ^ Lodge 1789, p. 172: "This noble branch of the house of HAMILTON derives from Sir Frederick, the fifth and youngest son of Claud Lord Paisley ..."
  2. ^ Debrett 1828, p. 765 line 26: "... m. Elizabeth, da. of Sir Henry Brooke, of Brooke's Borough, co. Fermanagh, knt, and by her had issue ..."
  3. ^ Cokayne 1910, p. 4: "Tabular pedigree of the Earls of Abercorn"
  4. ^ Burke 1949, p. 239, right column, line 44: "Gustavus of Red Wood, King's co., M.P. for the co. Donegal ..."
  5. ^ Burke 1949, p. 240, left column: "Elizabeth, m. Charles Lambart, of Painstown, M.P., grandson of the 1st Earl of Cavan, and had issue."
  6. ^ Burke 1949, p. 239, right column, line 52: "Henry, M.P. for Donegal ..."
  7. ^ a b Burke 1949, p. 239, right column, line 40: "Frederick, m. 1 September 1707, Sophia, sister of the 1st Earl of Clanbrassil and dau. of James Hamilton, of Tollymore."
  8. ^ a b House of Commons 1878, p. 645: "Frederick Hamilton, esq., in place of H. Cunningham, deceased / DONEGAL County"
  9. ^ Dalton 1896, p. 183, Note 2: "Killed at the battle of St. Estevan, in Spain,in Jan. 1706."
  10. ^ a b House of Commons 1878, p. 649: "Frederick Hamilton, esq. / DONEGAL County"
  11. ^ a b House of Commons 1878, p. 652 above: "Frederick Hamilton, esq. / DONEGAL County"
  12. ^ House of Commons 1878, p. 652 below: "Gustavus Hamilton, esq., on the room of Frederick Hamilton, esq., deceased./ DONEGAL County"
  13. ^ "Institute of Historical Research - Vice Admirals of the Coasts from 1660". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  14. ^ a b Cokayne 1912, p. 267: "... [Frederick] d. v.p. 10 Dec. 1715."
  15. ^ Lodge 1789, p. 176, line 11: "... departed this life 16 September 1723, in the 84 year of his age ..."
  16. ^ Cokayne 1912, p. 267, line 3: "... she [Elizabeth] d. at Stackallan, co. Meath, 28 Dec. 1721."
  17. ^ Debrett 1828, p. 765 line 35: "The viscount d. 16 Sept. 1723 and was succeeded by his grandson GUSTAVUS, 2nd Viscount ..."
  18. ^ Smyth 1839, p. xiii, line 23: "George I. / [Accession] / 1 August, 1714"
  19. ^ Cokayne 1912, p. 266, line 34: "He was on 20 October 1715, cr. BARON HAMILTON OF STACKALLAN [I.]."

References[edit]

Parliament of Ireland
Preceded by
Henry Conyngham
Gustavus Hamilton
Member of Parliament for Donegal County
1707–1715
With: Gustavus Hamilton 1707–1713
Sir Ralph Gore, 4th Bt 1713–1715
Succeeded by
Hon. Gustavus Hamilton
Sir Ralph Gore, 4th Bt
Military offices
Preceded by
Gustavus Hamilton
Vice-Admiral of Ulster
1710–1715
Succeeded by
Gustavus Hamilton