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Sir Adam Fergusson
Memorial for George-James Duke of Hamilton
Edinburgh: Privately Published, 1767. First edition. Leather. Very Good Indeed. 11" by 8". None. The first edition of this fascinating and scarce work regarding this famed legal case that was contested in 1760's Great Britain. The Douglas Case gripped the nation's interest and led to death threats and rioting. This legal case drew great popularity, with famed literary and political figures in Europe holding an opinion. The likes of David Hume, Adam Smith and Dr Johnson were all vocal regarding the case. This legal case regarded the legitimacy of Lady Jane Douglas' children. Lady Jane Douglas was the sister of Archibald Douglas, 3rd Marquess and 1st Duke of Douglas. Archibald (1694-1761) had a great fortune. He remained unmarried and his sister was his putative heir. In the event of her remaining childless, much of the duke's fortune and his titles would pass to his kinsman, the Dukes of Hamilton. James-Douglas Hamilton is involved in this litigation. In 1746 Lady Jane secretly married Colonel John Stewart, who was regarded as an unsuitable penniless soldier. Lady Jane and Colonel Stewart travelled to the Continent to escape their creditors and two years later Lady Jane admitted the marriage and the fact she was pregnant. She gave birth to twin sons, Archibald and Sholto. Duke Archibald refused to recognise the twins as his sister's children and his heirs. He therefore cut her allowance. Lady Jane and Sholto died in 1753, leaving the young Archibald in the care of Charles Douglas, 3rd Duke of Queensberry. The Duke of Douglas married Margaret Douglas, a distant re … [Click Below for Full Description]
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