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His great grandfather was Sir Frederick Hamilton, Baron Paisley and Governor of Ulster, a position which necessitated a change of residence from Scotland to Ireland for the family and resulted in Henry's birth a century later.

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There, he got married, at the age of 61, to a young English girl, Elizabeth Lee, on March 19, 1795, only four months after his arrival.

She was 25 years old and the daughter of a Colonel Lee, of Banbury, Oxfordshire, England.

Henry's father was the third son of Viscount Boyle, a member of the Irish Parliament and Collector of the port of Queenstown (now Cork). He was commissioned into the 15th Regiment of Foot in the British Army.

He earned distinction in British victories at the battles of Louisburg and Quebec in the Seven Years War (French and Indian War in the USA).

He was appointed by King George III of Britain as Lieutenant Governor of Bermuda (or Somers Isles) in America, and Commander in Chief of Forts King's Castle, Fort Hamilton, Fort Popple and Fort Paget on February 26, 1787.

He was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1734, as the fourth of seven children.

In Bermuda and Dominica, the largest of the British Caribbean territories, he was very much a diplomat.

In Dominica, most of the inhabitants there regarded him as the savior from the French who several times tried uprisings.

His eventual parole, release to the British for a huge ransom, exchange in 1781 and repatriation to London were difficult and complex because of the American complaints.

From there, he was Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, then Governor, from 1782 to 1785.

He was dismissed from office for reasons not his own and returned to England.

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