British Passport 1818 For Sir William Hamilton
A member of a distinguished Scottish family, Sir William Hamilton was the longest-serving British consul of the nineteenth century or even in history (1826-1873). As the Pall Mall Gazette stated in an obituary (15 February 1877), he was ‘for upwards of half a century was her Majesty’s Consul at Boulogne-sur-Mer […] Sir William entered the navy in 1803, and was a prisoner of war in France from 1805 to 1814. He was appointed Vice-Consul at Flushing and Middleburg in 1817; at Antwerp, and afterwards at Ostend, in 1818; at Nieuport, in 1820; and at Boulogne in 1822. In 1826 he was appointed Consul there, and was knighted for his long official services in 1873, when he retired on a pension of £500 a year. Which is in today’s value a sum of approx. £305.000. Documents of Hamilton are in The National Archives e.g. his will.