Maximilian Reichsgraf von Hamilton

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Furstbischof Maximilian, Reichsgraf von Hamilton (March 17, 1714 – October 31, 1776) was a Prince-Bishop of Olomouc, then in the Holy Roman Empire, now in presentday Czech Republic.


Hamilton's family originally came from the Kingdom of Scotland, where his great-great grandfather was James Hamilton, 1st Earl of Abercorn. Hamilton's grandfather was on the council of the Elector of Bavaria, was the Landvogt to the Margrave of Burgau, and also a chamberlain to the Holy Roman Emperor. He was given in 1698 the imperial title of count of Neuburg. Hamilton's parents were Julius Francis Hamilton, Reichsgraf von Neuburg, and Countess Maria Ernestina von Starhemberg.


Hamilton was born in Munich.

Educated at Ettal Abbey, Hamilton graduated in 1738 from the Sapienza in Rome. After his ordination in 1738 he was pastoral work and in 1747 canon of Olomouc, in 1751 rector of St. Anne's Chapel at the Cathedral of Olomouc and 1758 was appointed vicar general. After the death of Prince-Bishop Leopold Friedrich von Egkh and Hungersbach, he was elected as his successor by the cathedral chapter of Olomouc.

He was the founder of the village of Hamiltony near Vyškov.

He died in Kroměříž.

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