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Rowan, Archibald Hamilton

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL 355
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Rowan, Archibald Hamilton
Date(s): 1823
Level of description: collection
Extent: 1 sheet
Name of creator(s): Rowan | Archibald Hamilton | 1751-1834 | United Irishman


Administrative/Biographical history:

Archibald Hamilton was born in London in 1751, of Irish parents and educated at Westminster School and Queens' College and later Jesus College, Cambridge. As a young man he took his mother's maiden name, Rowan, as an additional surname under the provisions of his maternal grandfather's will. In the 1770s and early 1780s Hamilton Rowan travelled widely in Europe and visited North America before settling in Ireland with his young family. He became involved in radical politics and was known for his support of the manufacturing classes and concern for the condition of the Dublin poor. His activities with the Dublin United Irishmen led to his spending some time in prison in the early 1794, but he escaped first to France and later to Delaware and then Hamburg. A pardon permitted him to return to England in 1803 and to Ireland in 1806. Hamilton Rowan lived more quietly during his last three decades but continued to support liberal principles and increased freedom for Roman Catholics. Rowan died in 1834.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Archibald Hamilton Rowan, 1823, comprise a letter to Sir John Sinclair. '...As a small specimen of our [Irish] taxation H.R. sends in a separate cover, a resume of the local taxes of this city; on which it is intended to petition parliament this session. Our Att[orney] Gen[eral] has consented to present it. H.R. has procured the constitution of some of the parishes of London, and would feel himself much obliged to Sir John Sinclair if he could conveniently inform him, how those local taxes are levied in Edinburgh ...' .

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1 item.

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Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Samantha Velumyl.

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:
April 2008

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