Authorised form of nameHamilton; William Richard (1777 - 1859); diplomat
ForenamesWilliam Richard
Dates1777 - 1859
Dates and placesBirth:
London, England (09 January 1777)
Bolton Row, London (11 July 1859)
Harrow School; Oxford; Cambridge
Lamed for life in an accident at school; Secretary to Lord Elgin whilst ambassador at Constantinople; sent to Egypt and, on discovering the French shipping out the Rosetta stone, he took it from them (1799); superintended the removal of the Elgin Marbles and had divers salvage those in a vessel which sank (1802); Under Secretary, Foreign Affairs (1809-1822); Minister at the Court of Naples (1822-1825)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
RelationshipsSon of Rev Anthony Hamilton (FRS 1777); married Judith Udny; father of William John Hamilton (FRS 1855)
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 2. After 1847' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 47-84
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA5805
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/001874Hamilton, William Richard1850
EC/1813/01Hamilton, William Richard: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/2Volume 2 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1832-1838
NLB/57/859Copy letter from Edwin Deller, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to CF Gifford Esq; Solicitor's Department, HM Treasury, Storey's Gate, SW 125 February 1920
MC/2/209Requisition for a Special General Meeting of the Royal Society21 May 1836
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