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William Hamilton

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William Hamilton (c1839-1912) of William Hamilton and Co

1839 Born in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, son of John and Mary Hamilton

1851 Living in Saltcoats, Mary Hamilton 39, William Hamilton 12, Jane Hamilton 8, James Hamilton 5, Catherine Hamilton 3[1]

1867 William Hamilton was in business with his brother John Hamilton - see William Hamilton and Co

1881 Shipbuilder and Coal Master Employing 940 Men 60 Boys, living in Port Glasgow with Jane P Hamilton 16, John W Hamilton 7, Christina M Hamilton 5[2]

1891 Shipbuilder, Ship Owner and Coalmaster, born Saltcoats, living in Port Glasgow with Emma Ada Hamilton, Jane Paton Hamilton 26, Christina Mary Hamilton 15[3]

1901 Living in Port Glasgow, an iron ship builder, with Emma Ada Hamilton 44 and Chirstina Mary Hamilton 25[4]

* Obituary The Engineer 1912/07/26

"In Clyde and other shipbuilding circles general regret will be felt at the death of Mr. William Hamilton, chairman and founder of the firm of William Hamilton and Co., Limited, Port Glasgow, which took place at his Arran home, Arnhall, Whiting Bay, on July 16th. Mr. Hamilton, who was in his seventy-fourth year, had a successful business career and a lifelong connection with the shipbuilding industry. He was a native of Saltcoats, but went to Port-Glasgow in his youth, and served his apprenticeship in the yard now occupied by Messrs. Hamilton, but then tenanted by Messrs John Reid and Co who had been associated through business and marriage relationships with the older firm of John Wood and Co., whose name at this time is in the mouths of many as the builders of the pioneer steam boat Comet, owned and managed by Henry Bell. ...."

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. 1881 census
  3. 1891 census
  4. 1901 census