The name Hamilton & Inches is synonymous with more than just our business. For over 154 years, it has represented the finest of craftsmanship, producing items of spectacular quality for queens, sheiks, celebrities and nobles, but was born from a cherished relationship between uncle and nephew.
James Hamilton and Robert Kirk Inches joined forces in 1866 to open their premises at number 90a Princes Street. With experience as a goldsmith’s assistant and salesperson for long-standing jewellers, Mackay Cunningham & Co, Hamilton was well placed and had the drive to explore a business of his own. With his nephew Kirk Inches returning from London following a successful career as a clock and watchmaker, the dynamic duo went into business and Hamilton & Inches was formed.
Despite an initial hardship, in the years to come the business grew in success and stature as did Kirk Inches’ prominence in the city. Robert was actively involved in the business community of late 19th and early 20th century.
He was heavily involved in public work in and out of the town council, sitting on the boards of the Gas Commission, Heriot Trust and the board of management of the newly established Edinburgh College of Art. He was integral in calling for radical improvements to the Reformatory system for juvenile offenders in Scotland and ultimately rose to the highest position of power in the city.
Elected as Lord Provost of Edinburgh in 1912, Robert Kirk Inches ultimately became Sir Robert Inches, knighted by George V in the New Year’s Honours List.
To mark the rich and remarkable story of Robert, we are proud to launch The Inch Collection, a selection of pendants and bracelets designed to tell your story. Featuring an inch of sterling silver plate on a chain, you can include up to ten characters of your choosing which will be hand-engraved by our expert artisans in our workshops. Perhaps you want to include a special date or initials; there is huge variety to choose from.
The Inch Collection is available to purchase online or in our showroom where our expert team are on hand to help you select that special message.