This is a photograph of the north front of Hamilton
Palace. The caption speaks of the need to demolish this historic
house. It was in June 1919 that the Trustees of the late 12th
Duke of Hamilton presented a Petition
to the Court of Session in Edinburgh, seeking authority to sell
the fabric and contents of Hamilton Palace, part of the estate held
by them in trust.
The Petition narrates that in 1889 the 12th Duke
leased to the Bent Colliery Company Limited the coal under the Hamilton
Low Parks, to be worked on a system, known as the 'stoop and room'
method, which would have left the palace and the nearby Mausoleum
supported by the pillars of coal known as stoops.