About Hamilton Ross
From 'A concise history of Port Beaufort & White Sands (also known as Witsand) including Family Trees White Sands & Port Beaufort' written by John McGregor
Captain Benjamin Moodie's partner
DEPOT KAB SOURCE GH TYPE LEER VOLUME_NO 1/164 SYSTEM 00 REFERENCE 2896 PART 1 DESCRIPTION PAPERS RECEIVED FROM SECRETARY OF STATE, LONDON: GENERAL
DESPATCHES.ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DESPATCH CONTAINING A LETTER AND GOLDSNUFF BOX FOR MR. HAMILTON ROSS, PRUSSIAN CONSUL AT THE CAPE.
STARTING 1844 ENDING 1844
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You struck gold there Joanna. p21 "among the sportsmen...Cape Town Turf Club where soon Hamilton Ross, the great Irish entrepreneur became a steward" p25.'....among those who left the country (Ireland) as young children took pride in their background. One such was Hamilton Ross, the great Cape merchant who had an Irish harper attached to his estate, "Sans Souci" near Cape town and who built a little village for his groundsman which he named Roscommon" p34. "Hamilton Ross was a nominated member of the Cape legislative council from 1834 to 1849. Born in Galway he joined the Aberdeenshire rifles as an ensign at the age of 16, participated in the capture of the Cape in 1795, eloped with a Dutch heiress aid to the connivance of lady Ann Barnard, became a merchant and amassed a fortune. he was one of the few British settlers who was fully bilingual. it was he who moved the first resolution which resulted in Natal being incorporated into the British empire." p164 "One of the most prominent early businessmen of Irish birth was Hamilton Ross, born in Galway 1774, who founded the leading firm of merchants Hamilton Ross & Co. in Cape Town 1806. In 1818 he had 12 slaves, three carriages and five horses. Soon he was to own Cape Town's first merchant fleet as the company handled exports of grain and wine from the Cape, imports from India and other places and was responsible for keeping Mauritius, Reunion and St Helena provisioned. Ross was one of the founders of the Cape of Good Hope Bank in 1826 and continued to play and active roll in Cape Town's business life until the late 1840s. His house, t Nelson was eventually sold by his nephew John Ross to the Castle Steamship company in 1894 and was rebuilt to become Cape Town's foremost hotel." From "the Irish in Southern Africa 1795-1910" South African-Irish Studies. Ed. Donal McCracken Vol 2. 1992
http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/users/s/m/i/Joanna-H-Smith-BC/index.html - I have been researching my ROSS ancestors for the past ten years, first by snail mail and over the last three years by the internet. My great great great grandfather was Hamilton Ross, born Sept. 7, 1775 in Galway, Ireland. He was in the Scot's Guards and then retired on half pay to Cape Town, South Africa in 1803. He became a member of the Legislature and a prominent business man. He died in 16 February 1853 and is buried in Wynberg. There is a memorial plaque to him in St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town. My research started when I found an old letter written to my father about his ancestry.
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