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Walter Hamilton was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was awarded a first-class BA in Classics. He was Craven Scholar in 1927, Chancellor's Classical Medalist in 1928 and Porson Prizeman and Craven Student in 1929, and became a fellow of Trinity between 1931 and 1935. He was also an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Manchester over 1931-32. He became an Assistant Master at Eton, remaining there between 1933 and 1946, and becoming 'master-in-college' of the King's Scholars from 1937 to 1946. In 1946 he returned to Trinity College, serving as Fellow and Classical Lecturer until 1950, and as a tutor from 1947.

In 1950 Hamilton became headmaster of Westminster School, and in 1957 advanced to become headmaster of Rugby School, a position he held until 1966. In 1967 he was elected Master of Magdelene College, Cambridge, serving in that position until 1978, and becoming an honorary fellow of the college on retirement.

Hamilton's academic and public-service positions included: Editor of the Classical Quarterly, Chairman of the Lord Kitchener National Memorial Fund Scholarship Committee (1953-59), memberships of the Headmasters' Conference, the Board of Governors of Shrewsbury School (1968-81), the Governing Bodies Association (1969-74), the Executive Committee of the British Council (1958-70), and the Council of the Senate of Cambridge University (1969-74). He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (1957) and was awarded an honorary D.Litt by Durham University (1958).

Personal life

In March 1951 Hamilton married Miss Jane Burrows in King Henry VII's Chapel at Westminster Abbey. They had four children: three sons and a daughter (the explorer, Caroline Hamilton).


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