1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton of Bangour

Robert Southey, in Specimens of the Later English Poets (1807) 2:203.



He was of an ancient, honourable, and opulent family. In 1743, he joined the Pretender, and was fortunate enough to effect his escape to France, after having wandered for some time in the Highlands, else he also would have been sacrificed by that mistaken severity which provokes more disaffection by pity than it can quell by fear. Hamilton made no farther efforts for a hopeless cause, he passed his exile in literary amusements, made his peace with government, and returned to take possession of the family estate, which had devolved to him by the death of his brother. His constitution however was impaired, perhaps by his sufferings in the Highlands; he went abroad to try the effect of a better climate and died at Lyons.