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Single Person record details
Person Code NA22601
Forenames Archibald
Surname Hamilton
Dates 1778-1848
Epithet of Rozelle and Carcluie
Activity Archibald Hamilton of Carcluie and Rozelle and Carcluie (1778-1848), was a younger son of John Hamilton of Sundrum (1739-1821). After a career as a captain in the East India Company navy, he married his cousin, Lady Jane Montgomerie of Coylsfield, daughter of the 12th Earl of Eglinton. Lord Eglinton then gave the couple a life-rent interest in the mansion house of Rozelle.The estate of Rozelle (formerly Rosel) originally formed part of the lands of the Barony of Alloway, which were held by the burgh of Ayr until rouped in 1754. The future estate was purchased by Robert Hamilton of Bourtreehill, his uncle, a former Jamaica merchant who named it after a Jamaican property and also built the mansion house (1760). Archibald Hamilton rebuilt the house in the 1830s to designs by the architect David Bryce. In 1837 he purchased the Rozelle estate and in the following year the farms of Carcluie, Barrhill and Skellydub, to form a property which now extended to over 1900 acres. As a landlord, he showed himself a notable agricultural improver. Much of the land was sold in the 1960s, but the house and park were gifted to the burgh of Ayr, and part of the house is now an art gallery.
Associated records
GB234/GD1/521Hamilton of Rozelle papers1557-1840
GB244/ATD19Rozelle estate records1830-1833
GB244/SAC/DC17Hamilton of Rozelle and Carcluie1601-1993

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