© Lennoxlove House Ltd
Painted c.1845 by Willis Maddox (1813-1853)
Susan Euphemia Beckford was the second daughter
and heir of the immensely wealthy William Beckford of Fonthill Gifford,
Wiltshire. In 1810 she married her distant cousin, Alexander,
10th Duke of Hamilton.
Herself a pianist of some ability, she was a patroness
of the arts, and many notable performers, including Frederic Chopin,
played at Hamilton Palace.
She had two children, William Alexander Anthony
Archibald, born 1811, who succeeded as 11th
Duke in 1852, and Lady Susan Hamilton. She died in 1859.