He was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1734, as the fourth of seven children.
His great grandfather was Sir Frederick Hamilton, Baron Paisley and Governor of Ulster, a position which necessitated a change of residence from Scotland to Ireland for the family and resulted in Henry's birth a century later. He was commissioned into the 15th Regiment of Foot in the British Army.
It is not well known, even by locals, that the city motto "Hamilton Sparsa Collegit" - as shown on the commemorative coin above -is not directly about the city but about how Governor "Hamilton had brought together the scattered." Later, he was Governor of the much bigger (more than ten times the size) but less populated Caribbean island of Dominica in the Leeward Islands (not to be confused with the Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic).
From there, he was Lieutenant Governor of Quebec, then Governor, from 1782 to 1785.
He was dismissed from office for reasons not his own and returned to England.
It was easily the largest in Bermuda but was burnt down over four decades ago and never rebuilt. Just within the city boundary is this waterfront bay and park, in Hamilton Harbor, on the west side of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club.
The Hamilton Princess Hotel in Pembroke Parish and a number of smaller properties are within walking distance for those who are able to do so. The largest by a considerable margin and most profitable Bermuda bank, especially since February 2004 under HSBC ownership when acquired for US$1.3 billion. Both are named after an old Bermudian family that dates back to 1727. George, married Frances Goodrich, a member of the family of rich American Loyalists who had lived in the town since the American Revolution.
He was unique in British colonial history - the only Governor of three separate places, especially popular in the last two.