William Hamilton Gerard was educated at Winchester and Oriel College Oxford; he studied at Lincoln's Inn (1744) before entering Parliament as member for Petersfield. He was a commissioner of trade, member of the Irish parliament, and chancellor for the Irish Exchequor (1763-84). Edmund Burke was at one time Hamilton's secretary, though Hamilton treated him shabbily. Johnson admired Hamilton's conversation, and Edmond Malone edited his posthumous Parliamentary Logick, which reprints his poems.
Four odes. 1750.
The death of the thrush: a tale. 1780?
A slight view of the village and school of R—. In imitation of Gray's Eaton College. 1786?
Parliamentary Logick. 1808.