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Hamilton
The surname is one of the most common and famous in Scotland, coming from the Norman baron Walter Fitzgilbert de Hameldone, a supporter of Robert the Bruce in the fourteenth century. His name came from the now deserted village of Hameldone (Old English hamel, "crooked", and dun, "hill") in the parish of Barkby in Leicestershire. The arrival of Hamiltons in Ireland is inextricably linked to the Plantation of Ulster in the seventeenth century, when a large number of the powerful Scottish landowners granted territory in the province were members of that family. They gained possession of vast tracts of land in counties Armagh, Cavan, Fermanagh and Tyrone, and settled many of their kinsmen on these estates. Sir Frederick Hamilton fought in the army of the Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus before settling in Ulster, and his grandson Gustavus Hamilton was created Viscount Boyne in 1717.



Hamilton households by county in the Primary Valuation property survey of 1848-64.
Click on a county name for a parish breakdown(paying).
Antrim 185
Armagh 104
Belfast city 95
Carlow 3
Cavan 40
Clare 7
Cork 40
Cork city 5
Derry 108
Donegal 148
Down 304
Dublin 78
Dublin city 48
Fermanagh 73
Galway 7
Kerry 11
Kildare 17
Kilkenny 17
Laois 16
Leitrim 39
Limerick 7
Limerick city 2
Longford 13
Louth 13
Mayo 23
Meath 25
Monaghan 101
Offaly 3
Roscommon 11
Sligo 14
Tipperary 11
Tyrone 382
Waterford 3
Westmeath 6
Wexford 23
Wicklow 11