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 outside that
of the royals. Many historians believe
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 most spectacular
residences, filling it with priceless art
and furniture. He was Ambassador to
The demise of Hamilton Palace was the
result of the cost of upkeep and nearby
coal mines resulted in dangerous
subsidence as the coal beneath was
removed. The decline began in 1882 when
art was sold off to raise funds by
William, the 12th Duke.
After Alfred, the 13th Duke, lent his
home for use as a naval hospital during
World War I, the Palace was returned to
him in a state of requiring extensive
restoration. As there was not enough
funds to restore and run the Palace, the
building was 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
Park. Postcode: ML1