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Hamilton, Sir Frederick Tower, Admiral, (1856-1917)


Reference code(s): GB 0064 HTN/101-129

Held at: National Maritime Museum

Title: Hamilton, Sir Frederick Tower, Admiral, (1856-1917)

Date(s): [1870-1917]

Level of description: sub-fonds

Extent: 6ft; 152cm

Name of creator(s): Hamilton | Sir | Frederick Tower | 1856-1917 | Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Hamilton entered the Navy in 1869 and served in the Bristol in the West Indies, 1870 to 1871, and then in the Ariadne in the Mediterranean, 1872. From 1877 to 1878 he served in the Martin training brig on a cruise to the West Indies. In 1878 he joined the Liffey which sailed to Coquimbo where the crew took over the Shah. On the return voyage Hamilton thus found himself as part of the Naval Brigade in the Zulu War of 1879, for which service he was mentioned in despatches. He was also made a lieutenant in this year. He then served in the Mediterranean in the Thunderer until 1881. In 1892 he was made a commander and appointed to the Hood, 1893 to 1896, in the Mediterranean. He was promoted to captain in 1898. In 1907 he was made rear-admiral and from 1914 to 1916 was Second Sea Lord. He then became Commander-in-Chief, Rosyth, in which command he died.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Adml Sir Frederick Tower Hamilton, consisting of logs, 1870 to 1872, 1877 to 1881, 1885 and 1915 to 1916, and semi-official letters received, 1914 to 1917, including some from Admirals Lord Fisher (1841-1920), Jellicoe (1859-1935), Beatty (1871-1936), Sir Charles Madden (q. V.) and Prince Louis of Battenburg (1854-1921). In addition, there is detailed material on the resignation of Lord Fisher in 1915. There are also a large number of private papers and letters received, 1889 to 1917, letters to his son Louis Henry Keppel Hamilton (q.v'.). 1906 to 1915, scrap and photograph albums, official service documents, notes on manoeuvering the Hood, 1893 to 1894, and reports and memoranda, 1917.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Please contact the Archive for further information.

Finding aids:

Detailed catalogue online at the: National Maritime Museum website .


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The papers were presented by Admiral Hamilton's daughter, Miss Jean Hamilton, in 1957.



Archivist's note: Edited by Sarah Drewery, Jun 2011.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2010-08-26


Personal names
Beatty | David | 1871-1936 | 1st Earl Beatty of the North Sea and of Brooksby | Admiral of the Fleet
Fisher | John Arbuthnot | 1841-1920 | 1st Baron Fisher of Kilverstone | Admiral of the Fleet
Hamilton | Sir | Frederick Tower | 1856-1917 | Admiral
Hamilton | Sir | Louis Henry Keppel | 1890-1957 | Knight | Admiral
Jellicoe | John Rushworth | 1859-1935 | 1st Earl Jellicoe | Admiral of the Fleet
Louis | 1854-1921 | Prince of Battenburg
Madden | Sir | Charles Edward | 1862-1935 | 1st Baronet | Admiral of the Fleet

Corporate names