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A Soldier’s Wife

Cover portrait by artist Barbara Hamilton

Jean, Lady Hamilton (1861 – 1941) 
Diaries of a Soldier’s Wife
ISBN: 9781526786586

Jean, Lady Hamilton is the biography of the wife of General Sir Ian Hamilton who led the failed attack at Gallipoli during the First World War.

Jean was the daughter of Sir John and Margaret, Lady Muir of Deanston House, Doune, Perthshire.  Jean met Major Ian Hamilton whilst on holiday in India and they were married there.  Jean’s father, Sir John Muir, had built up a vast fortune from tea plantations and a jute industry.  Jean used her share of the fortune to finance her husband’s career in the army.  She worked tirelessly for the soldiers both at home and in packing food parcels to send to the hospital ships during the Dardanelles campaign. 

Reviewed by Andrew Roberts Finest Hour, journal of the International Churchill Society, Autumn 2020 No. 189 CHURCHILL AND SCOTLAND

Published Pen & Sword, 30th October 2020, hard cover, updated, and new photos.

Sunday Telegraph article about the book can be found here.

Above video:   The late Grace Filby shows Celia and John Lee the Reigate Priory visitors’ book, 1897 to 1911, that contains signatures of figures who visited the priory, and who appear in Jean, Lady Hamilton (1861-1941) A Soldier’s Wife by Celia Lee.