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People/Characters: Elizabeth Gunning, Duchess of Hamilton

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Three generations of fascinating women: and other sketches from family history by Constance Charlotte Elisa Lennox Russell
Undone by Virginia Henley

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Elizabeth Gunning, Duchess of Hamilton and of Argyll (c. 1733-1790) was a celebrated Irish beauty and society hostess; a sister of Maria Gunning.  On St. Valentine's Day 1752, she met James, Duke of Hamilton, who was so smitten that he proposed to and married her that very night. She's also known as Elizabeth Campbell from her second marriage to John Campbell, Duke of Argyll.

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