Hamilton Palace / by Glasgow
From 1695 - 1842, the Dukes of Hamilton
built, and extended, Hamilton Palace on
land close to Cadzow Castle, east of
Glasgow. The Palace was considered the
finest residence in Scotland, apart from
that of the royals. Many historians state
the Palace was the largest non-Royal
residence in the Western World.
Duke, Alexander, was credited with
turning Hamilton Palace into one of
Britain’s top houses, by filling it
with priceless art and furniture. He was
Ambassador to Russia at that time.
The decline of Hamilton Palace began
with the escalating cost of upkeep, and
nearby coal mines were causing
subsidence. The run down began in 1882,
as art was sold off to raise funds by
William, the 12th Duke.
After Alfred, the 13th Duke, allowed
the Palace to be use as a naval hospital
during World War I. The Palace reguired
extensive restoration after the war, but
there was not enough funds to restore and
run the property. This led to the
building being demolished in 1921.
The site of the Palace is now occupied
by the Hamilton Palace Sports Grounds.
Most of the Palace grounds were
incorporated into Strathclyde Country
. Postcode: ML1
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