James Douglas-Hamilton, 6th Duke of Hamilton

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James George Hamilton, 6th Duke of Hamilton and 3rd Duke of Brandon, KT (10 July 1724 – 17 January 1758) was a Scottish peer.

Hamilton was the son of the 5th Duke of Hamilton and was styled as Marquess of Clydesdale from his birth until his father's death. He was educated at Winchester College from 1734 to 1740 and graduated from St Mary Hall, Oxford on 14 April 1743.

On 14 February (St. Valentine's Day) 1752, Hamilton met the society beauty Elizabeth Gunning at Bedford House in London. According to Robert Walpole, the duke wished to marry her that night and he called for a local parson to perform the ceremony. However, without a license, calling of banns and a ring, the parson refused and they were eventually married that night in Mayfair Chapel (which did not require a license) in a clandestine marriage, with a ring from a bed curtain.

The 6th duke died after catching a cold when out hunting only six years later.

 

 

Elizabeth Gunning was born in 1733, the daughter of an Irishman. 
She and her two sisters were regarded as great beauties. 
Elizabeth married James, 6th Duke of Hamilton in 1752. When he died in 1758 she remarried a year later 
to John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll. 
She was the mother of four dukes, two of Hamilton and two of Argyll. 
She was created Baroness Hamilton in her own right in 1776. She died in 1790.





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