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James Hamilton

Death: Died
Place of Burial: Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir George Hamilton, 1st Baronet Hamilton of Donalong and Mary Hamilton
Husband of Elizabeth Hamilton
Father of James Hamilton, 6th Earl of Abercorn and William Hamilton
Brother of Lucia O'Brien; Sir George Hamilton, Comte de Hamilton, Maréchal de Camp; Alexander Hamilton; Antoine Hamilton; Maj. General Richard Hamilton and 3 others

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About Colonel James Hamilton,_born_c._1620)

James Hamilton (c. 1620 – 6 June 1673) was an Irish courtier and soldier, the eldest son of Sir George Hamilton, 1st Baronet and Mary Butler.

Like his younger brothers, he chose a military career, and became a colonel. A favorite of Charles II, he was appointed Ranger of Hyde Park in 1660 and Groom of the Bedchamber on 28 October 1664. He was responsible for the partial enclosure of Hyde Park and its re-stocking with deer. Hamilton Place, in the vicinity of Hyde Park, is named for him.

Hamilton was known for his fine manners and dress and his gallantry. An admirer of the Countess of Chesterfield, his first cousin, he carried on a romance with her by turning her husband's suspicion on the Duke of York, only to discover that York was courting her as well.

In 1661, he married Elizabeth Colepeper, daughter of John Colepeper, 1st Baron Colepeper by his second marriage. They had three sons:

James Hamilton, 6th Earl of Abercorn (c. 1661–1734)
Col. George Hamilton (d. 3 August 1692, Battle of Steenkerque)
William Hamilton (aft. 1662–1737), married his cousin Margaret Colepeper and had issue

Col. Hamilton had one of his legs blown off by a cannonball in a sea-fight with the Dutch (presumably the Battle of Schooneveld), and died as a result thereof on 6 June 1673. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.

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Colonel James Hamilton's Timeline

Age 41
Dunnalong, Donaghedy, Tyrone, Ireland
Age 41
Age 43
June 6, 1673
Age 53
June 7, 1673
Age 53
Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England