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Clan Hamilton

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Clan Hamilton
Crest: In a ducal cornet an aik tree fructit an penetratit transversley in the main stem bi a frame saw Proper, the frame Or
Alexander Douglas-Hamilton
The 16t Duke o Hamilton
an the 13t Duke o Brandon
SeatLennoxlove Hoose
Historic seatHamilton Palace

Clan Hamilton, forby kent as the The Hoose o Hamilton, is a Scots clan.[1]

Seat o the chief[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hamilton Palace in Hamiltoun, haed been the faimily's seat frae 1695. Built bi Duchess Anne, an her guidman William Douglas-Hamilton, Duke o Hamilton, it haed the distinction o bein the lairgest non-ryal residence in Europe, reakin its greatest extent unner the 10t an the 11t dukes in the mid nineteent century.

Excessive subsidence o the palace caused bi the faimily's mines led tae its condemnation an demolition in 1921.[1] The 13t Duke then flittit tae Dungavel Hoose, near Straiven. This wis whaur deputy-führer Rudolf Hess aimed tae reak in his doomed peace mission tae see the Douglas, 14t Duke o Hamilton in 1941.

In 1947, Dungavel wis sauld tae the coal buird, an then on tae the govrenment, wha turned it intae an open preeson. Currently, it is the steid o a controversial hauldin centre for asylum-seekers.

The faimily flittit tae Lennoxlove House in East Lowden, whilk remains the residence o the current Duke.[1]

Ither properties[eedit | eedit soorce]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. a b c Way, George and Squire, Romily. Collins Scottish Clan & Family Encyclopedia. (Foreword by The Rt Hon. The Earl of Elgin KT, Convenor, The Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs). Published in 1994. Pages 160–161.