General Douglas Hamilton (8 April 1818 – 20 January 1892) was a BritishIndian Army officer, gazetted to the 21st Regiment of the Madras Native Infantry from 1837 to 1871. He was a well known surveyor of the early British hill stations in South India and a famous sportsman, shikari, big-game hunter and trophy collector. He was an acute observer of nature and a gentleman. He legitimately shot more game in the Nilgiri Hills than any other sportsman.
Hamilton was born on 8 April 1818, and educated at Harrow School. He was the youngest of eight sons of Charles Hamilton esq. of Sudbury Grove, Middlesex, and of Kensworth House, Hertfordshire. His father was employed at the War Office and died on 28 June 1834 aged 56.
Hamilton’s brother Edward was the editor of his 1892 autobiography, “Records of sport in southern India chiefly on the Annamullay, Nielgherry and Pulney mountains, also including notes on Singapore, Java and Labuan, …” This is about “years long gone by when the muzzle loader, with all its drawbacks, was the chief weapon in use.” His brother Richard, a Captain in the 1st Regiment M.N.I., was well known to all Southern Indian sportsmen as the author of Game under the soubriquet of ” Hawkeye.”
His uncle was Captain George Peevor of His Majesty’s Royal Leicestershire Regiment, who served in the Nepal Campaign of 1815-16 and in the Mahratta and Pindari wars, 1817–18, including the capture of Jubbulpore in 1839-40.