Elizabeth, Duchess of Hamilton dies at 92

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ELIZABETH, Duchess of Hamilton, the mother of Scotland's foremost peer, died at her home on the Lennoxlove estate in Haddington, East Lothian, yesterday. She was 92.

The eldest daughter of the 8th Duke of Northumberland, she married Douglas, Marquis of Douglas and Clydesdale, in 1937.

The Duchess and her husband had five sons, including Angus, the Duke of Hamilton, and Lord James Douglas-Hamilton, the former Tory MP and MSP.

Last night, Lord James described his mother as someone who "enjoyed music and being with artistic people" and who was "persistent" when pursuing charitable causes.

She founded the charity the Lamp of Lothian in 1967, raising funds to restore St Mary's Church in the town.

The church and Haddington House, as well as the other buildings around Poldrate Mill, became a focal centre for the community, and every year holds a concert season.

She is survived by four of her five sons, seven grandsons and four granddaughters. There will be a private family funeral and a memorial service at a later date.

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