HAMILTON, HUGH JOHN [SSNE 4950]

Surname
HAMILTON
First name
HUGH JOHN, HUGO JOHAN
Title/rank
BARON HAMILTON AF BOO and/or HAGEBY
Nationality
SCOT and IRISH
Region
GOTHENBURG

Text source

Baron Hugo Johan Hamilton (c.1660-1748) was the son of Malcolm Hamilton Baron of Hageby and Christina Maclean, daughter of John Maclean of Gothenburg and widow of Colonel David Sinclair. Hugo Johan started his military career as an ensign in the Elfsborg regiment in 1683. He was variously promoted through the ranks of the lifeguard and life dragoons before becoming Colonel of the Ostgota Cavalry and Major General of Cavalry in 1708. He was captured at Poltava in June 1709 but promoted in exile to Lt-General of Cavalry from 1720, returned to Sweden in 1722 and made Field marshall in 1734. He died in 1748. He married in 1699 to Eva Catherina Falkenberg and later Anna Fleming of Luberlitz (1682-1758), Lady in Waiting to the Queen of Sweden. With her he had several children.

Lt. Colonel George Hamilton, 'A History of the House of Hamilton' (Edinburgh, 1933), pp.1014-1015; P. Englund, The Battle of Poltava: The Birth of the Russian Empire (London, 1992), Biographical Appendix, p.268; A. Lewenhaupt, Karl XII:s Officerare Biografiska anteckningar (2 vols., Stockholm, 1920), I, p.272.

Service record

SWEDEN, ALVSBORG REGIMENT, LIFEGUARD AND OSTGOTA CAVALRY
Arrived 1683-01-01, as ENSIGN
Departed 1709-06-28, as MAJOR GENERAL
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY
SWEDEN, POLTAVA, RUSSIA
Arrived 1709-06-28, as MAJOR GENERAL
Departed 1722-01-01, as LT GENERAL
Capacity PRISONER, purpose MILITARY
SWEDEN, SWEDISH ARMY
Arrived 1722-01-01, as LT. GENERAL
Departed 1746-12-31, as FIELD MARSHAL
Capacity OFFICER, purpose MILITARY