Events of Red Dead Online
Hamish can be found by the protagonist at his ranch in O'Creagh's Run. When the protagonist walks in, he assumes they are there to rob him and informs him that he doesn't have anything valuable. He then claims that he already lost everything and shows them his prosthetic leg. After the protagonist helps him get up from his chair, Hamish informs them that people sometimes visit him and help him with deliveries, since he can't complete them on his own, and he pays them in return. He then informs the protagonist of a stolen supply wagon, and offers to pay them if they manage to bring it to him.
Following this, Hamish can be found at either O'Creagh's Run or Cotorra Springs, and will offer recovery, delivery, rescue, and hunting missions to the player. Accepting his missions increases the player's honor.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
Hamish is first encountered by a rock in Grizzlies East, Ambarino. He informs the player that his horse, Buell, bucked him off and took his wooden leg with him, before asking the player for help retrieving his horse. Once Buell is returned to Hamish, he tells the player that, if they please, they can go fishing with him. After one in-game day passes, the player is able to visit Hamish at Veteran's Homestead.
When the player visits Hamish, he invites them to go fishing with him out on O'Creagh's Run, a small lake beside his cottage. He informs them of how he would like to catch a large Pike he calls the "Tyrant". They fish for a short while until Hamish is hauled into the lake by the Tyrant while trying to catch it. After being rescued by the player, Hamish gifts them his special handmade lure, so they may catch the fish themselves. Once the Tyrant is caught, the pair row back to Hamish's cottage and part ways. The next time the player visits Hamish, the Tyrant is hanging on his wall above his fireplace.
Upon returning to Hamish again, he has a lengthy conversation with the player about their lives. Afterward, Hamish takes the player out hunting to catch a she-wolf near his home that he had been tracking for some time. They attempt to track her before being ambushed by a pack of wolves, which the pair manage to fend off. In the end, they are attacked by a very large alpha male, which is slain by the player; Hamish once again thanks the player for their assistance and invites them to come by sometime once more. As with the Tyrant, a trophy of the alpha's head is later seen hanging on the wall above the fireplace.
On the player's final visit to Hamish, they go out to hunt a gigantic boar. They split up to track it, only for the player to find Hamish mortally wounded by the beast after being bucked from his horse. Hamish makes a last request to the player to take his horse, Buell, before dying.
Hamish is an honorable man, who served his country well and paid the price for it. Despite missing a leg, he continues to maintain an active lifestyle, as he often goes hunting or fishing in the woods near his home. He is also very brave, and knows no fear of wild animals or potential robbers, as shown when he first meets the Red Dead Online protagonist. He might, however, suffer from depression due to isolation and his experiences during the war.
Hamish develops a genuine friendship with Arthur or John, and is grateful for their help with his daily routines. If all but the last mission for Hamish were completed as Arthur, then John will inform him of Arthur's passing during their first and only encounter. Hamish will be visibly saddened by the news, as he regarded Arthur as his only true friend, and will proudly talk about all the animals that Arthur helped him hunt, even expressing his admiration for Arthur's skills. Hamish also shows respect towards the Online protagonist, whom he always pays fairly for their assistance with various tasks, despite not having much money.
Hamish appears to be around fifty to sixty years old, with white hair and wrinkles around his face. He has a large, grey/white beard with long, white hair at collar length.
He wears a beige canvas hat atop his head, and a beige jacket. Underneath he wears a sky-blue shirt and has a brown bandolier wrapped around his torso. He also is shown to wear the same gun belt as Arthur. A noted feature is that he only has one leg, which he accounts for with a wooden leg.
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- Buell, Hamish's horse, is a Dutch Warmblood with a rare, Gold Cremello coat.
- There were two real American generals during the Civil War named Don Carlos Buell and George P. Buell, both of whom were cousins. During the cutscene before The Veteran Part III, Hamish mentions a battle where the bodies were so thick that "you could've walked across the whole field without your boots touching the ground." This was a detail noted by Ulysses S. Grant in the aftermath of the Battle of Shiloh, during which Don Carlos was a commander.
- If the player does not complete the final mission with Hamish, John can meet him during the epilogue and inform him of Arthur's passing. Hamish will also show John the various trophies Arthur helped him kill while embellishing that Arthur had killed the wolf with his bare hands.
- After the first encounter with him is complete, he can be killed with the use of either dynamite or fire arrows.