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Tireless charity-working duchess dies

Elizabeth, Duchess of Hamilton, widow of the 14th Duke and founder of the influential Lamp of Lothian charity, has died at the age of 92.

The duchess, who was born Elizabeth Percy, had been brought up in the splendour of Alnwick castle in Northumberland. In 1937 she was one of the maids of honour at the Coronation of King George VI. That year she was married to Douglas, Marquis of Douglas and Clydesdale, the future Duke of Hamilton. The marriage of a Percy to a Douglas was a matter for some comment in Scotland, since the two families had been deadly enemies in the Middle Ages.

It was, however, for her tireless charity work that the Duchess will be remembered. She founded the Lamp of Lothian in 1967 and helped to raise the funds required to restore St Mary’s Church in Haddington, beside the River Tyne, which had been destroyed by an English army at the time of the Battle of Pinkie in 1547. Only the lower part of the cross remained, and for centuries most of the church lay in ruins. Its restoration and conservation work, which took several years, was a triumph.

Full story at The Times.

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