Woking's Forgotten Benefactor: The Story of William Hamilton and his Family. A talk by Richard Langtree

Woking's Forgotten Benefactor: The Story of William Hamilton and his Family. A talk by Richard Langtree

Saturday 8 February, 2pm - 3.30pm
  • William Frederic Tucker Hamilton was the last but one survivor of a branch of the Hamilton clan. His Hamilton line can be traced back to the 13th century but this story starts around 1650 with William's great-great-great grandfather John.
  • From Scotland to Sweden, Canada, America, Ireland, France, Holland, London, the Grand Tour to Italy, Woking and Cromer. The family had a distinguished military history, suffering a kidnap and ransom by native Canadian Indians, injury in action, praise from General Wolfe, one was a Governor in Nova Scotia, one a Knight, one held in favour by the Scottish Royal Family and through marriage had links with a Governor of Bermuda, a director of the East India Company, William Booth the founder of The Salvation Army and the friendship of the Duke of Wellington. The family was influential, and wealthy. William, though and to some extent his father, broke the family mould of military involvement and making money to become a Clergyman and spent his wealth for the benefit of others, especially in the new town of Woking in the late Victorian and early Edwardian period.
  • Richard Langtree was born in Woking in 1948. He joined Weymanns the coach builder in Addlestone as a draughtsman, when he left Goldsworth School (now the site of Surrey History Centre). He then worked for a Woking based company Neu Engineering for 12 years and later joined the family business Woking Glass Works. Now retired he enjoys Woking History Society and volunteering at the Lightbox where he is involved with local history.
  • Tickets: £5.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
  • Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey Library or phone 01483 518737.
When
08 Feb 2020 at 2:00pm
until 08 Feb 2020 at 3:30pm
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

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