HAMILTON, Hans (1758-1822), of Sheephill Park, co. Dublin

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press

Constituency

Dates

1801 - 22 Dec. 1822

Family and Education

bap. 19 July 1758,1 1st s. of James Hamilton of Sheephill and Holmpatrick, dep. prothonotary of k.b. [I], and 1st w. Hannah, da. and h. of William Phillips of Dublin. m. (1) 18 June 1787,2 Sarah (d. 9 Feb. 1805), da. of Alderman Joseph Lynam, banker, of Dublin, 2da. (1 d.v.p.); (2) 30 Mar. 1807, Anne, da. of Hugh Henry Mitchell, MP [I], of Glasnevin, 1s. 4da. suc. fa. 1800. d. 22 Dec. 1822.3

Offices Held

Cornet 2nd Regt. of Horse [I] 1777, lt. 1780; capt. 5 Drag. 1783, ret. 1789.

MP [I] 1797-1800.

Sheriff, co. Dublin 1803-4, gov. 1813-d., custos rot. 1821-d.

Commdt. Fingal and Balbriggan yeomanry.

Biography

Hamilton, whose grandfather James had sat for Newry and Carlow between 1723 and 1760, came in for county Dublin shortly before the Union, which he opposed.4 The dearest object of his life was an Irish peerage, for which he thereafter pestered successive governments; these he mostly sided with at Westminster, though he slowly became a supporter of Catholic relief.5 In June 1818 he was regarded as having a ‘promise’ of the next creation, but he was passed over for George Canning† (Lord Garvagh) in October and for Sir John Cradock (Lord Howden), a former Member of the Dublin Parliament, a year later. When he was again returned for county Dublin, on the basis of his territorial interests, after a contest at the general election of 1820, the Liverpool administration merely noted that he had ‘had expectations’ of a peerage.6 It was observed that he slipped away from the county Dublin meeting held in support of Queen Caroline, 30 Dec. 1820, apparently approving of the sheriff’s controversial attempt to curtail the proceedings. He voted in defence of ministers’ conduct towards her, 6 Feb., and earned more local criticism by his fai