© Lennoxlove House Ltd
Formerly hanging in Hamilton Palace, South
Lanarkshire, now at Lennoxlove, East Lothian
Lady Elizabeth Hamilton was the eldest child of
the 6th Duke and Elizabeth
Gunning. Born 1753, she married Edward, 12th Duke of Derby in
1774 and they had a son Lord Stanley, and two daughters. She died
James-George, born 1755, succeeded as 7th Duke
in 1758. Following the death in 1761 of the Duke of Douglas he was
at the heart of a long lawsuit (the 'Douglas Cause') over the right
to the Douglas estates, eventually decided against him in 1769.
In the same year, having outgrown his strength,
the 14 year old duke died at the Palace of Hamilton, his epitaph
there written by his tutor Dr John Moore. He was succeeded by his
younger brother Douglas, who died without issue in 1799.