Captain John Hamilton (Royal Navy Officer)1

Male, #58224, (2 Mar 1714 - 18 Dec 1755)
Father*Sir James Hamilton 7th Earl of Abercorn1 (22 Mar 1686 - 11 Jan 1744)
Mother*Anne Plummer1 (1690 - 1776)
Birth*2 Mar 1714 He was born on 2 Mar 1714.1 
Death of Father11 Jan 1744 His father Sir James Hamilton 7th Earl of Abercorn died on 11 Jan 1744.2 
Marriage*1749 He married Harriet Craggs in 1749.1 
Death*18 Dec 1755 He died on 18 Dec 1755 at age 41.1 
Birth of SonJul 1756 His son John Hamilton 1st Marquess of Abercorn was born in Jul 1756.3 
Biography* Captain John Hamilton (March 2, 1714 – December 18, 1755) was a British naval officer, the second son of James Hamilton, 7th Earl of Abercorn and Anne Plumer.

Hamilton chose a career in the Royal Navy and served in Guinea and the West Indies from 1737 to 1740. He was promoted to captain the next year and served throughout the War of the Austrian Succession, mostly in escorting convoys. In 1742, he was given command of HMS Kinsale, and captured a privateer off Dieppe on September 7. He took command of HMS Augusta in 1744. His portrait by Joshua Reynolds in 1746 brought the artist his initial fame.

In 1749, Hamilton married Harriet Eliot, the daughter of James Craggs and widow of Richard Eliot of Port Eliot (d. 1748). He remained on active service for a few years after the close of the war in 1748, but went on half-pay from 1751 to 1755. He was called back into service as commander of HMS Lancaster, and accidentally drowned while in Portsmouth harbor. He left two children:
     1. John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Abercorn (1756–1818)
     2. Lady Anne Hamilton (c. 1751 – November 4, 1764.)1 

Family

Harriet Craggs (say 1720 - )
Child
ChartsDiana, Princess of Wales: Culpeper Ancestral Chart
The Culpepers of Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England (Possibly extinct): Descendant Chart
Last Edited12 Mar 2008

Citations

  1. John Hamilton (Royal Navy officer). (2007, December 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:06, March 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Hamilton_%28Royal_Navy_officer%29&oldid=175508412
  2. James Hamilton, 7th Earl of Abercorn. (2008, March 6). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:58, March 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=James_Hamilton%2C_7th_Earl_of_Abercorn&oldid=196266746
  3. John Hamilton, 1st Marquess of Abercorn. (2008, March 6). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:17, March 9, 2008, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Hamilton%2C_1st_Marquess_of_Abercorn&oldid=196260247