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Jill, Duchess of Hamilton, was born Jillian Robertson in Sydney, Australia, and trained as a newspaper journalist. She was sent to London as a correspondent for the Murdoch Press for Australia, and other assignments took her to the USA, India, Russia, Tahiti, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. She interviewed prominent figures such as were Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Nancy Mitford and P.G. Wodehouse. Her first marriage was to Edward A.S. Hulton. In 1988, she married Angus Alan Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton and 12th Duke of Brandon, premier peer of Scotland. The couple divorced in 1995. Jill has written numerous books, including The Captain Cook Myth (1980); Scottish Plants for Scottish Gardens (1996); English Plants for English Gardens (2000); The Early Discovery of Australian Garden Plants (1998); The Gardens of William Morris (1998); Napoleon, the Empress and the Artist (1999); Redouté’s Flowers (2001); and God, Guns and Israel (2004). In 2004, she enrolled at the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University and earned a master's degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies. She went on to work on a Ph.D. She spends several months each year in Jerusalem and is a frequent contributor to The Catholic Herald.
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