John Hamilton of Dover

12th Apr 1782 - 11th Jan 1859


John Hamilton (1782-1859), tenant-in-tail of Riseland and Indian Walk plantations, Tobago, which he inherited from his father John Hamilton (1744-1800), for which compensation was awarded to his brothers James and Arthur Philip Hamilton (both q.v.) as trustees. The John Hamilton awarded part of the compensation with others for the Whim estate against the moiety of Rev. James Hamilton (who claimed as tenant in common) on the basis of a mortgage was the Rev. John Hamilton, son of the man in this entry.

  1. Born in Tobago in 1782, the second (first surviving) son of John Hamilton (1744-1800) and Mary Susannah Anna Hamilton née Wilson. John Hamilton was born in Glasgow in 1744 and was owner of Riseland and other estates in Tobago in 1789, "a gentleman of considerable property and influence on the island", when he was instrumental in setting up a United Brethern ministry in the island.

  2. In the fifth form at Eton in the School Lists of 1799, where the notes say "owned most of the Island of Tobago." Matriculated St John's College, Cambridge, 1802.

  3. Married Elizabeth Ann Fuller, daughter of John Trayton Fuller (1743-1811) and Anne Elliot, 18/01/1805 in Marylebone. They had at least 6 children between 1808 and 1818.

  4. "Of Cliff, near Rochester" in the compensation records in 1834. Living at 8 Guildford Lawn, Dover, in the census on 1851, "West India Proprietor", age 68, born British Colonies, with his daughters Susannah A. and Margaret L., 3 female servants and 1 male servant.

  5. Death of John Hamilton, Dover, Kent, Q1, 1859. Will of John Hamilton Esquire, formerly of Kempshot Park in the County of Southampton but late of Guildford Lawn Dover who died 11/01/1859 at Guildford Lawn proved 02/02/1859, effects under £45,000. His son Henry Rose Hamilton left under £70,000 on his death in 1878.


T71/891 Tobago claim nos. 16 (Riseland), 34 (Whim) and 36 (Indian Walk).

  1. For a partial genealogy of the Hamilton family in Tobago, see [accessed 27/03/2015]. For an account of John Hamilton and the United Brethren Church in Tobago, see John Holmes, Historical sketches of the missions of the United Brethren: for propagating the Gospel among the Heathen (Dublin, 1818) pp. 463-464.

  2. H.E.C. Stapylton (ed.), The Eton school lists, from 1791 to 1850 (London, E.P. Williams, 1863) p. 32.

  3., London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online].

  4. T71/891 Tobago claim nos. 16, 34 and 36. 1851 census online.

  5. FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1859; National Probate Calendar 1878.

Further Information

Elizabeth Ann Fuller
Henry Rose (1808-1878), Susannah Ann (1809-1869), Euphemia (1812-1890), James (1813-1842), George Thomas (1815-1845), Margaret Louisa (1818-1892)
Wealth at death
St John's College, Cambridge [1802- ]
Plantation owner

Associated Claims (2)

£4,083 1s 7d
Beneficiary (Tenant-in-tail or Remainderman)
£3,629 18s 10d

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1834 [SY] - 1834 [EY] → Other


1834 [SY] - 1834 [EY] → Other


Relationships (6)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Father → Son
Son → Father
Father → Son

Addresses (2)

8 Guildford Lawn, Dover, Kent, South-east England, England
Kempshot Park, Hampshire, Wessex, England