1866

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The H&I Story Begins

In 1866, Hamilton & Inches is founded by James Hamilton (who for more than 20 years had served as principle assistant of the old established firm of Mackay Cunningham and Co) with his nephew Robert Kirk Inches (26) who had served his apprenticeship as a jeweller and watchmaker in London and Edinburgh.

In 1866, Hamilton & Inches is founded by James Hamilton (who for more than 20 years had served as principle assistant of the old established firm of Mackay Cunningham and Co) with his nephew Robert Kirk Inches (26) who had served his apprenticeship as a jeweller and watchmaker in London and Edinburgh.

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28th May

The earliest known advert for Hamilton & Inches printed in The Edinburgh Evening Courant on the 26th May 1866 announcing the shop's opening 2 days later.

1st June

Hamilton & Inches register their hallmark with the Edinburgh assay office (1/6/1866, Book of Registrations Vol 1, 1847-1902, 1 punch registered.)