His love of music was inherited by his second daughter, Susan Euphemia,
to whom in 1828 he gave this Pleyel piano, now in the Hamilton Collection
at Lennoxlove. Her musical interests were well known. Probably during
a visit to Italy in 1821, she was made an honorary member of the
Philharmonic Academy. The Lennoxlove Archives still include the
Latin diploma she received, the programme, in Italian, for a concert
she presumably attended and a document with a paper seal entitled
'C U C Curiante micenio Custode Generale d’Arcadia, all Melita ed
Erudita Signora Susanna Eufemia, duchessa D'Hamilton e Brandon,
Acclamazione.' In about 1835 Willes Maddox
painted her sitting at a piano.
Susan Beckford had married the future 10th
Duke of Hamilton in 1810, and he succeeded to the dukedom in
1819. The Pleyel piano would certainly have been in the duchess's
apartments at Hamilton Palace, where many notable musicians, including
Frederic Chopin, were guests and no doubt performed.