Excerpt from Hamilton
After leaving Oxford in 1810, Hamilton seems to have hesitated about entering the profession of medicine. He finally abandoned the idea, and began to prepare for law. He passed as advocate at the Scottish Bar in July 1813. After that he took up his residence with his mother in Edinburgh. His legal employment was never great but it was considerable. He was not a ready speaker, had, in fact, a certain nervous hesitation in his speech, which was against his success in public appearances. His tastes, too, were for the re condite departments of his profession, rather than the practical and money-making. He was well versed in civil law, in teinds, and he was strong in antiquarian and genealogical cases. Some of the legal papers which he drew up were considered remarkably able. But on the whole, the famous library in the hall down-stairs had greatly more attraction for him than the pacing of the Parliament House.
The family of Airdrie, whom Hamilton represented, was, as I have said, descended from the Hamiltons of Preston.
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