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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.A local colloquialism, it refers to the northern end of the city which abuts Pembroke March. See White's Island on your left in the harbor, also cruise ships or other vessels passing by.Pond Hill is the highest point of swampy, low-lying ground near Back O' Town. Also superb as a place to watch the annual illuminated boat parade, every December just before Christmas.In every way, he was a very good, capable, honest, efficient and trustworthy bachelor Governor.It is not well known, even by locals, that the city motto "Hamilton Sparsa Collegit" - as shown on the commemorative coin above -is not directly about the city but about how Governor "Hamilton had brought together the scattered." Later, he was Governor of the much bigger (more than ten times the size) but less populated Caribbean island of Dominica in the Leeward Islands (not to be confused with the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic).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.
Henry's grandfather, Gustavus Hamilton, had a distinguished military career, was raised to the King's Privy Council and became Viscount Boyne in the Irish peerage.
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.
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.But his reputation and the intercession of his influential family and friends returned him to favor.While still Governor of Dominica, he died in Antigua where he had gone for treatment because of his declining health.