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Dr James Hamilton (1740-1827)

Dr James Hamilton was born at Dunbar in Scotland.

His early life is obscure although it is known that he served as a surgeon on a warship from 1759 to 1763 and later practised medicine in his native town. He was converted in 1762 and joined the small Methodist society in Dunbar.

Hamilton had become a local preacher by 1770 and two years later treated John Wesley during one of his visits to the area.

Wesley regarded Hamilton very highly and in 1789 accorded him the honour of asking him to preach to the Conference.

After Wesley's death, Hamilton moved briefly to Leeds and then to London, where he held the post of physician to the London Dispensary. He lived close to City Road Chapel where he was frequently called upon to preach.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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