Correspondence of Archibald James Hamilton

Administrative / Biographical History

Archibald James Hamilton (1793-1834) was the son and heir of General John Hamilton, the laird of Dalzell and Orbiston, an estate 10 miles from New Lanark. Hamilton was an idealist and social reformer, and in response to Robert Owen's 'Report to the County of Lanark' (1820), he offered an estate of 500-700 acres at Motherwell to establish a socialistic community to offer a practical solution to the problems of poor relief and unemployment. Ultimately, the scheme had to be abandoned, but Hamilton retained his Owenite convictions to the last. [Robert Owen and the Owenites in Britain and America, J. F. C. Harrison, 1969]