The Hamilton families
There are four Hamilton stones in a row, with a flat stone in front of one of them (Nos. 45-49). These Hamiltons are all related to each other, and they lived in the townlands of Liscable, Droit and Dunbunraver near Gortin, and Lisnascreagh, near Plumbridge, Co. Tyrone.
The flat stone (No. 48) is very worn and only some of the inscription can now be made out. The top name is of James “Og” Hamilton who was born about 1719 and died in 1799. He married Isabella Stewart about 1759. She was described as coming from “above Omey.” His son, James, and daughter-in-law Ann McFarland, may be the illegible names further down the stone. It is possible another son, John, and his two wives, a Miss Yorke and Sarah Scott, might also be buried here. John’s son William of Liscable, his wife, Isabella McLaughlin, Glencoppagh, and their son Alexander, along with his wife, Marianne Brown, are all buried here (No. 45). William was a farmer at Liscable. His son, Alexander, was a farmer at Whitehouse, Ballymagoraty, just outside Londonderry. He was also a J.P. and County Councillor for County Londonderry. It was said he was highly intelligent and enterprising and was one of the most progressive farmers in Ulster. He was a pioneer in agricultural advancement, and the milk from his dairy herd supplied customers in Londonderry. At his funeral some of his attributes were said to be “honesty, kindliness, Christian breadth of outlook, shrewdness, perseverance and thrift”. He was a friend of all, and in intention he was the foe of none. He made electricity, for his own consumption, from a waterfall on one of his streams. He was an Elder in First Derry Presbyterian Church from 1908, and in politics he was a “Home Ruler.” At his burial service, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Kennedy, it was said that Alexander had expressed a wish to be buried “with his kindred, within sound of the rivers along whose banks, crowned by the beauty of wood and flower, he used to wander in the carefree days of boyhood. So he sleeps in the little stream-washed graveyard in Corrick, within sight of his birth.” He and his wife had no family.
William’s brother was “Long” James Hamilton and his wife Sarah Carson. It is not known where they are buried, but certainly one son, possibly another son, and some of their families are buried here. They are John Charles, James Moore, Samuel and Armour John Hamilton of Lisnascreagh (No. 47). All of them would have been farmers. John Charles’s wife, Sarah Jane Moore, daughter of the Rev. John Moore, minister of Glenelly Presbyterian Church, is not mentioned on the stone. Robert J. Galbraith Hamilton (No. 49) was another grandson of “Long” James. It is not known where his father, James Alexander Hamilton, who died July 22nd 1909, or his mother, Matilda Jane Galbraith, are buried.
Two of James Hamilton and Ann McFarland’s sons and one daughter are buried here. They are James, John and Anne Hamilton of Droit (No. 46). Their headstone was erected by their niece, Letitia Elleanor Mowbray, daughter of Dan McKelvey and Catherine Hamilton, and wife of Dr. Robert Mowbray, and their nephew, John Hunter, son of Mary Hamilton and John Hunter. Their other brother, William who died 20th February 1883, is buried, with his wife, Matilda Dunn, in the churchyard of Lower Badoney in Gortin. More recent burials of Hamiltons are in the churchyard of Badoney Presbyterian Church at Droit.