Bent Cemetery

A sizeable cemetery located on Bent Road, Hamilton (South Lanarkshire), which was laid out in the 19th C. The Bent Cemetery is the last resting place of many of the Dukes of Hamilton, the bodies of whom were removed here from the Hamilton Mausoleum in 1921. The mausoleum, in the Hamilton Low Parks, had been undermined by coal workings and with fears of its collapse, the Hamilton family secured permission to move the remains. A monument in the cemetery records those interred; namely James, Lord Hamilton (d.1479); John, 1st Marquess of Hamilton (d.1604); James, the 1st Duke (1606-49), James, 4th Duke (1658 - 1712), James, 5th Duke (1703-43), James, 6th Duke (1724-58), James, 7th Duke (1755 - 1769), Douglas, 8th Duke (1756-99), Archibald, 9th Duke (1740 - 1819) and Alexander, 10th Duke (1767 - 1852), together with wives and other family members.

Bent Cemetery is also the last resting place of musical hall entertainer Sir Harry Lauder (1870 - 1950).

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