Maj.-Gen. Octavius Douglas-Hamilton

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Maj.-Gen. Octavius Douglas-Hamilton (1821-1904) was the son of Lieutenant Augustus Barrington Price Anne Powell Hamilton and Maria Catherine Hyde, a grandson of Admiral Charles Powell Hamilton and Lucretia Prosser. He was born on 15 February 1821 in Boulogne, France.

The family surname was changed to Douglas-Hamilton in 1875.

Octavius Douglas-Hamilton was commissioned in 1839 in 2nd Bengal European Cavalry. In 1840, he pas posted to 4th L.C. and directed to join. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1841, Captain in 1851, Major in 1858. Lieutenant Colonel 1863 and Colonel in 1870. He retired in 1875 and was granted the honorary rank of Major General.

He served in the Punjab Campaign in 1848 and 1849, and at the Siege of Delhi in 1857, and the actions at Hindon and Basil-Ka-Serai.

He married Katherine Augusta Westenra Macleod, daughter of Captain Donald Macleod, on 29 June 1852. He died on 14 August 1904 at age 83.

He died on 14 Aug 1904 at 46 Marylands Road, Paddington, London, England

 

Children of Maj.-Gen. Octavius Douglas-Hamilton and Katherine Augusta Westenra Macleod:
Venerable Hamilton Anne Douglas-Hamilton+   b. 28 May 1853, d. 22 Aug 1929
• Captain Augustus Maynard Douglas-Hamilton   b. 29 Nov 1854, d. 19 Aug 1928. Served in the 4th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment
• Katherine Seymour Douglas-Hamilton   b. a 1855, d. 17 Apr 1944
• Captain Charles Reginald Sydney Douglas-Hamilton+   b. 5 Oct 1856, d. 8 Feb 1935.  Served in the Gordon Highlanders.
Major Angus Falconer Douglas-Hamilton, V.C.+   b. 20 Aug 1863, d. 26 Sep 1915

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