Correspondence from the Hamilton family

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 HAM/1/4
  • Dates of Creation
  • Physical Description
      7 sub-subseries; 182 items. Condition: a number of items in HAM/1/4/1 have been censored with text cut from the sheet. A number of sheets in HAM/1/4/4-6 have been damaged and fragile.

Scope and Content

This sub-series consists of the correspondence of the closest members of Mary Hamilton's family, as follows:

  • HAM/1/4/1: Correspondence from the Reverend Frederick Hamilton to Mary Hamilton, 38 items;
  • HAM/1/4/2: Correspondence from the Reverend Frederick Hamilton to John Dickenson, 32 items;
  • HAM/1/4/3: Correspondence from Jane Holman, 28 items;
  • HAM/1/4/4: Correspondence from Sir William Hamilton, 29 items;
  • HAM/1/4/5: Correspondence from Lady Catherine Hamilton, 18 items;
  • HAM/1/4/6: Correspondence from Henry Hamilton, 6 items;
  • HAM/1/4/7: Earliest letters from the Hamilton family, 31 items.
HAM/1/4/1-2 consists of correspondence from Frederick Hamilton who writes both to his niece (HAM/1/4/1) and to her husband (HAM/1/4/2). Also in this subseries are the letters from her cousin, Jane Hamilton (HAM/1/4/3); her favourite uncle, Sir William Hamilton (HAM/1/4/4); and his first wife, Lady Catherine Hamilton (HAM/1/4/5). HAM/1/4/6 consists of the letters of Henry Hamilton, Governor of Bermuda and a cousin of Mary Hamilton. HAM/1/4/7 consists of letters written from her uncles William and Frederick Hamilton to her father, from Lady Catherine Hamilton to her mother, and from Lady Cathcart, née Hamilton, to Hamilton's father.

The correspondence covers a wide range of subject matters including family, society, the theatre, literature, Court life, gossip and marriage.


This sub-series has been arranged into seven sub-subseries by author and within each sub-subseries chronologically. HAM/1/4/1-2 are from the same author, Frederick Hamilton, but have been divided by recipient.