The 11th Duke of Hamilton and his wife, Princess Marie of Baden, a cousin of Napoleon III, established Hamilton Palace as Scotland’s greatest powerhouse and filled it with artistic treasures, during the first half of the 19th century. Their profligate son, the 12th Duke, preferred to live at Easton Park in Suffolk and spent huge sums on horse racing and steam yachts. The 12th Duke’s enormous debts spelled the end of Hamilton Palace, but many of the remarkable treasures he collected still survive at Brodick Castle, the Hamiltons’ former retreat on the Isle of Arran. Dr Godfrey Evans, Principal Curator of European Decorative Arts at the National Museums of Scotland, will tell the fascinating story of Hamilton Palace and its collection.
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