Anne Douglas-Hamilton

(Duchess of Hamilton)

1632 - 1716

Noble. Daughter of James, the 1st Duke of Hamilton (1606-49) and his only child to survive him. She succeeded her uncle, the 2nd Duke in 1651, becoming Duchess in her own right. She was a strong woman who piloted the family and their estates through difficult times. Having married William Douglas, the 1st Earl of Selkirk (1635-94), she petitioned King Charles II (1630-85) for her husband to become the 3rd Duke of Hamilton (1660) and thus the Douglas-Hamilton's came about. It was Anne who organised the construction of Hamilton Palace, her husband having died before it was completed.

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