James "Jamie" Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton was the middle of three boys, the sons of a bricklayer/builder from Greenock and a mother from Stewarton. Born in 1869 in the Gorbals he actually grew up north of the Clyde, learning the game there. But at sixteen he began at Queen's Park, which his elder brother, Alick, a winger, had a year earlier joined from Rangers. And at Hampden he was to develop at least by Spiders' standards into a robustly physical centre-forward, a first choice for the best part of a decade to 1894, in the winning the Scottish Cup teams in 1890 and 1893, but suffering defeat in 1892. That is before he spent a season at Rangers before finally hanging up his boots. 

And in the same period he was to win three Scottish caps, scoring three times and outwith football in 1890 to marry, he recorded as Ships Draughtsman. His wife was Edinburgh-girl, Christina (Tina) Jack. They were to have five children, three born in Glasgow, one in Partick and one in New Jersey in the USA in 1902. Probably for work reasons, it seems the family would with the turn of the century spent a short time across the water from Philadelphia in Camden, the major New York Shipbuilding Company being there. But it returned to Scotland, where he became a shipyard manager in Dalmuir, by Clydebank from where in 1951 he would more likely have retired to or be on holiday at Kilchattan Bay on Bute, when he passed away. He was eighty-one years old, survived by Tina, who would die in 1956 in Manchester, where her "American" daughter seems to have settled. 

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