Hamilton, Anthony

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Hamilton, Anthony,

1646?–1720, French author of Scottish descent, b. Ireland. He spent much time in France, where he became a master of the French language. He fought in the Dutch Wars for Louis XIV and commanded an Irish regiment for James II in 1687. His most celebrated work is the Mémoires du comte de Grammont (1713), based on the life of his brother-in-law, Philibert, comte de GramontGramont, Philibert, comte de
, 1621–1707, French courtier at the court of King Louis XIV. He fought with distinction in the early campaigns of the prince de Condé and at first followed Condé in the Fronde, but in 1654 he made his peace with the court, of
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. They are especially valuable for their pictures of life at the court of Charles II.

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See translation by P. Quennell (1930).