Horatio Hamilton

Served as Mayor: 1872

Murder most foul at the Guildhall 

Alderman Horatio Hamilton, a long serving councillor and former Mayor, was shot at point blank range outside the Guildhall at noon on 21 May 1886. Hamilton was a sub-commissioner of pilotage for the port, and was leaving a council meeting at the Guildhall when he was accosted by John King, who had recently been appointed as a pilot. He shot him in the head and the body, continuing to fire as he fell."

King bought the gun at Cllr Henry Farmer's ironmongers shop in the High Street. He didn't need a licence or a firearms certificate and paid 7 shillings. Henry was Mayor in 1888 and 1892 (picture in "Victorian Poole" by John Hillier page 182.

Contact details


01202 633200

Mayor’s Office
Borough of Poole
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU 

Page last updated: 18 June 2019
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