James-George Douglas-Hamilton, 7th Duke of Hamilton

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James George Douglas-Hamilton, 7th Duke of Hamilton and 4th Duke of Brandon (18 February 1755 – 7 July 1769) was a short-lived Scottish peer.

Hamilton was born at Holyrood Palace, the son of the 6th Duke of Hamilton and his wife, Elizabeth. Styled as Marquess of Clydesdale from his birth until his father's death, he succeeded to his father's title of Duke of Hamilton in 1758 at the age of two.

Upon the death of his distant cousin the Duke of Douglas in 1761, he also inherited the title of Marquess of Douglas. He was educated at Eton from 1763 to 1767 and died in 1769, aged 14 at Hamilton Palace from a fever. He was interred in the family mausoleum at Hamilton, Scotland, his titles passed to his younger brother, Douglas.

Official reports note he died of a fever or tuberculosis but society publication Dodley’s Annual Register claimed, ‘his growing so exceedingly fast is said to have been the cause of death.’ Keen gossips speculated this was because of a medical condition.



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