William John Hamilton

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William John Hamilton

Member of Parliament
for Newport
with John Heywood Hawkins
In office
22 July 1841 – 26 August 1847
Prime MinisterRobert Peel
Preceded byWilliam John Blake
with Charles Wykeham Martin
Succeeded byWilliam Plowden
with Charles Wykeham Martin
Personal details
Born(1805-07-05)5 July 1805
Wishaw, Lanarkshire
Died27 June 1867(1867-06-27) (aged 61)
Political partyConservative
  • Martin Trotter
    (m. 1832; died 1833)
  • Margaret Frances Florence Dillon (m. 1838)
ChildrenWith Martin Trotter
Robert William Hamilton (b. 1833)
With Margaret Frances Florence Dillon
  • Margaret Wilhelmina Hamilton
  • Florence Selina Hamilton
  • Victoria Henrietta Hamilton
  • Alexander Charles Hamilton
  • Constantine Henry Hamilton
  • Archibald William Hamilton
ParentsWilliam Richard Hamilton (father)
Alma materUniversity of Göttingen

William John Hamilton, FRS (5 July 1805 – 27 June 1867) was an English geologist born in Wishaw, Lanarkshire.

Early life[edit]

He was the son of William Richard Hamilton, FRS (1777–1859) and was educated at Charterhouse School and the University of Göttingen.


He became a fellow of the Geological Society of London in 1831. In 1835 he made a geological tour of the Levant with Hugh Edwin Strickland, continuing on his own through Armenia and across Asia Minor. This journey was described in Researches in Asia Minor, Pontus, and Armenia (1842). Hamilton was the first known person to have successfully climbed Mount Erciyes.

He was a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Newport, Isle of Wight from 1841 to 1847.[1]

Hamilton was president of the Royal Geographical Society for 1848-49 and of the Geological Society between 1854 and 1866. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1855.[2]

He made excursions in France and Belgium and wrote on the rocks and minerals of Tuscany, the agate quarries of Oberstein, and on the geology of the Mayence basin and the Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel) district.

Personal life[edit]

He married Martin Trotter, daughter of John Trotter, on 26 April 1832, she died in March 1833, they had a son, Robert William Hamilton. He then married Hon. Margaret Frances Florence Dillon, the daughter of Henry Augustus Dillon-Lee, 13th Viscount Dillon and Henrietta Browne, on 26 July 1838. They had six children: Margaret Wilhelmina Hamilton, Florence Selina Hamilton, Victoria Henrietta Hamilton, Alexander Charles Hamilton, Constantine Henry Hamilton and Archibald William Hamilton. Alexander Charles successfully claimed the title of 10th Lord Belhaven and Stenton.[3]


He died in London in 1867, his wife survived him.[3]


  1. ^ "Mr William Hamilton (Hansard)". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Fellows Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes. Wilmington, Delaware, US: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd. p. 330. OCLC 745497791.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William John Blake
Charles Wykeham Martin
Member of Parliament for Newport
With: John Heywood Hawkins
Succeeded by
William Plowden
Charles Wykeham Martin