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Charles Hamilton

(1704—1786) landscape gardener


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(1704–86), Anglo-Irish garden designer and Member of Parliament (in both England and Ireland) who was the youngest son of the 6th Earl of Abercorn. Born in Dublin, he was educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford, going on the grand tour and studying in France. In 1738 he bought land at Painshill where he made a remarkable garden that consumed whatever slender resources he had—his most lucrative post seems to have been as receiver general of taxes for the island of Minorca. In 1773 he was forced to abandon Painshill and went to live in Bath. In the west country he advised on a cascade at Bowood and on the landscape at Stourhead. He also possibly gave advice to his great-nephew William Beckford at Fonthill.

From The Oxford Companion to the Garden in Oxford Reference.

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