HAMILTON, James, 2nd Earl of Clanbrassill [I] (1730-98), of Dundalk, co. Louth.
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Family and Education
b. 23 Aug. 1730, o. surv. s. of James, 1st Earl of Clanbrassill, M.P., by Lady Henrietta Bentinck, da. of William, 1st Earl of Portland. m. 21 May 1774, Grace, da. of Thomas Foley, s.p. suc. fa. 17 Mar. 1758. K.P. 5 Feb. 1783.
Chief remembrancer of the court of Exchequer [I] 1757- d.; P.C. [I] 4 July 1766.
Clanbrassill’s mother wrote to her brother, Count William Bentinck,1 27 May 1760, that her son, having inherited his estate with a large debt on it, has not, these last two years, ‘acted with economy’. Now he has determined ‘to stint himself to a certain sum, to part with his horses, to stop all works here, and to go over to England’. She did not feel sure that he would carry through his resolve. ‘He is careless and thoughtless, but he is good natured and generous’, and honest; though ‘pinched in his affairs’ has never yet thought of marrying for money nor of ‘selling places in his office by which last means he might certainly get pretty