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i am looking for the family tree my grate gran parent the hamilton they were born in glasgo scotland and their two sons were james stephenson hamilton and alic hamilton who were in the first world war. the hamilton usually carry down the name alexander to their sons.

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on 2013-10-10 09:07:58

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by noggin on 2013-10-10 09:20:29

what were the names of your Great/grandparents ? when were james stephenson and
alic hamilton born ?

by applepeaches on 2013-10-10 09:39:34

my grandfathers brother james stephenson hamilton was born on 2 october 1867. the eldest son of nine children born in scotland.

by asheppard on 2013-10-10 22:20:52

Do you have a copy of James Stephenson Hamilton's birth certificate??

Who were James & Alec parents?

Where was James born??

The best way to find information is through Scotlands People site it is a pay to view but it should give more details, I did a quick check and couldn't find a James S Hamilton in 1867, he may have been registered in 1868.

by applepeaches on 2013-10-11 04:46:15

i dont know who my grandfathers parents were thats what im trying to trace, my grandfather was born in Dublin Ireland and was heir to the family title home in Fairholm, near larkhall in Scotland, he schooled in Rugby and Sandhurst and opted for a career in the military that why he came to be in South Africa, in Africa. i will greatly appreciate it if you can find me more information.

by asheppard on 2013-10-11 22:17:45

If James Stephenson Hamilton is your grandfathers brother who is your grandfather, Alexander Hamilton?.

How do you know that James is the eldest of nine children born in Scotland?

Do you have names & dates for the other children??

More information on siblings my help trace the right family through the census.

I still think the best way to find out the parents of James Stephenson Hamilton is to purchase his birth certificate, that way you have a definite starting point.

Do you have any documents or address for the "family title home" in Fairholm Larkhall Lanarkshire.

by applepeaches on 2013-10-12 05:33:17

my grand father is Alic Alexander hamilton, i have more information on my grandfathers brother because he was the Kruger National Park game reserve founder and warden and my father used to tell us alot of stories about his uncle. i will try and get my grandfathers date of birth from his grave which is a distance from where i stay. i do not have names of the other children because my grandfather and his brother came with the military to south africa the other children i presume remained in Scotland.

by asheppard on 2013-10-12 23:28:45

Your grandfather Alexanders marriage certificate should give you more details on his father.

There are some very interesting articles in the Wikipedia online encyclopedia for James Stevenson-Hamilton regarding his life in South Africa and Kruger National Park.

James Stevenson-Hamilton
Born October 2, 1867
Dublin, Ireland
Died December 10, 1957
White River, South Africa
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Warden, Kruger National Park

Stevenson-Hamilton served the game reserve for 44 years from 1902 to 1946. After his retirement, he settled in White River. At the age of 63, he married Hilda Chomondeley, 34 years his junior. They had three children: Margaret (born in 1931), James (born in 1933) and Anne (born in 1935). He died on December 10, 1957 at the age of 90.

you should be able to get details of his fathers from his marriage certificate.


James is in the 1901 England Census

Name: James S Hamilton
Age: 37
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1864
Relation: Boarder
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland

Civil Parish: East Stonehouse
Ecclesiastical parish: St Paul
Town: East Stonehouse
County/Island: Devon
Country: England

Street Address: 60 Dunnford Street

Occupation: Barrack Master Sergeant Royal

Condition as to marriage: Single


After some digging I found this

Ireland, Births and Baptisms, 1620-1911 about Hamilton
Name: Hamilton
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 2 Oct 1867
Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
Father's Name: James Stevenson Hamilton
Mother's Name: Eliza Hamilton
FHL Film Number: 101156


it looks like James was named after his father.

1871 Scotland Census

1871 Scotland Census about James Hamilton
Name: James Hamilton
Age: 3
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1868
Relationship: Son
Father's Name: James Stevenson Hamilton
Mother's Name: Eliza Hamilton
Gender: Male
Where born: Ireland
Registration number: 647
Registration District: Hamilton
Civil Parish: Hamilton
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Fairholm
ED: 5A
Household Schedule Number: 66
Line: 3
Roll: CSSCT1871_145
Household Members:
Name Age
James Stevenson Hamilton 32 b 1839 Carlilse Lanarkshire Occ:Formerly Camboy Officer Landowner & ??

Eliza Hamilton 31 b1840 New South Mills, Australia,(should read New South Wales)

James Hamilton 3 b1868 Ireland

William Beauchamp 22 b England Butler
Jane Pow 43 b Edinburgh Ladies Nurse
Marianna White 41 b Edinburgh Nurse
Jane Fraser 25 b Inverness Cook
Ann Hosie 30 b Forfar Laundress
Isabella Nicholson 27 b Caithness Housemaid
Eliabeth Lang 19 b Edinburgh Under Housemaid
Euphemia Andrew 14 b lankashire kitchen Maid

It sound like quite a large household

1881 Scotland census

1881 Scotland Census about James Stevenson Hamilton
Name: James Stevenson Hamilton
Age: 42
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1839
Relationship: Head
Gender: Male
Where born: Carluke, Lanarkshire
Registration number: 647
Registration District: Hamilton
Civil Parish: Hamilton
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Fairholm
Occupation: Land Owner, Late Capt. ?? 3.2 For Lanarkshire
ED: 27
Household Schedule Number: 68
Line: 11
Roll: cssct1881_260
Household Members:
Name Age
James Stevenson Hamilton 42
Eliza Margaret Grace Hamilton 9 Hamilton Lanarkshire
Thomas Charles John Hamilton 5 Hamilton Lanarkshire
Francis Herbert Leyland Hamilton 4 England

Remainder of household -Servants

Emilie Suter
Isabella McGillivray 2??
Margaret Baptis 2??
Susan Anderson 4??
Agnes Gibson 2??
Margaret Wier

possibly birth for Francis -- Note date registered is 1880
Births Mar 1880

HAMILTON Francis Herbert L St. Geo. H. Sq. 1a 400

by asheppard on 2013-10-13 01:54:46

The age for Francis in 1881 Census should possibly be 4 months not 4 years as he is 11yrs in 1891 Census and this would match with his birth registration.

1891 Scotland Census about James Stevenson Hamilton
Name: James Stevenson Hamilton
Age: 52
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1839
Relationship: Head
Gender: Male
Where born: Carluke, Lanarkshire
Registration number: 647
Registration District: Hamilton
Civil Parish: Hamilton
County: Lanarkshire
Address: Fairholm House
Occupation: Living on Priv: Means Late Captn 12th Lancers
ED: 28
Household Schedule Number: 135
Line: 4
Roll: CSSCT1891_310
Household Members:
Name Age
James Stevenson Hamilton 52
Eliza M G Stevenson Hamilton 20
Olmar C J Hamilton 15 (this should possibly read Thomas)
Francis H L Hamilton 11

Remainder of household servants
Susan Anderson 52
Martha Speirs 32
Jessie Prentice 20
George Duffield 15

I haven't found any mention of an Alic or Alexander Hamilton with this family.

This is Francis Herbert Lelyand Hamiltons Baptism

London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 about Francis Herbert Leyland Steventon Hamilton

(Image reads Stevenson-Hamilton not Steventon)

Name: Francis Herbert Leyland Steventon Hamilton
Record Type: Baptism
Baptism Date: 3 Mar 1880
Father's Name: James Steventon Hamilton
Mother's Name: Janny Steventon Hamilton (reads Fanny)
Parish or Poor Law Union: Kensington St Stephen
Borough: Kensington and Chelsea
Register Type: Parish Registers

Eliza must have died and James remarried

Marriages Sep 1879
Hamilton James Stevenson Kensington 1a 173
Leyland Fanny Kensington 1a 173

a copy of the marriage certificate will give you more details on both James & Fanny.

Interesting that Fanny doesn't appear in the 1880 Cenus, that explains it she died, possibly after complications of birth of Francis, a copy will give you details.

Deaths Mar 1880
HAMILTON Fanny Stevenson 22 St. Geo. H. Sq. 1a 284

you may have to purchase a copy of Eliza Margaret Grace Hamilton's Birth to get further details on her mother.

by applepeaches on 2013-10-13 08:19:20

thank you very much for this information. theres a site that requires payment for more information on their military work, ill sign up with them and see how they can assist. Thank you again.

by ClareSH on 2014-01-30 08:37:16

Hi Applepeaches, my name is Clare Stevenson-Hamilton and my father-in-law is james Stevenson-Hamilton of Fairholm. I am married to his youngest son, John. You can see the whole family history in Burkes Landed Gentry or Peerage. There are pages and pages of your ancestors in there! Happy reading x

by ClareSH on 2014-01-30 08:43:46

P.S. lots more on the family tree on thepeerage.com

by applepeaches on 2014-01-30 08:55:29

Hi ClareSH, thanks so much for that information, i believe that James steveson got the surname Hamilton from his wife is that true.

by ClareSH on 2014-01-30 11:37:55

Yes - he married Eliza Hamilton (my eldest daughter is named after her) who was heiress to Fairholm and Kirkton estates. As a result the name and coat of arms 'Stevenson-Hamilton' was created. Eliza died quite young and james remarried (twice I think!).

by ClareSH on 2014-01-30 11:41:22

He had 2 children with Eliza (I think) - james (who founded Kruger) and Olmar.
James then married Hilda Cholmondeley and had 3 children - one of whom is the current James S-H.
I guess that your grandfather was a son of James Stevenson by a subsequent wife?

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