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Located in Central Scotland, Hamilton straddles the River Clyde in the county of Lanarkshire. As the ancient seat of the Dukes of Hamilton it has many links to an historic past. Hamilton was originally known as Cadzow, an Anglicisation of the Celtic name "Cadihou" meaning "beautiful castle.

Cadzow Castle is now a ruin, but still worth visiting for the Country Park in which it is found. A short journey by hire car will take you to the park, where you can also view the ancient breed of white cattle.

The Dukes of Hamilton lived until 1900 in the Hamilton Palace, one of the most elegant houses in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately coal mining caused severe subsistence, and the palace was demolished. The Dukes built a mausoleum in the town astride the old palace, This building was built in the 18th Century and boasts the longest echo (15 seconds) of any building in Europe. It was built as a chapel and crypt for the Duke of Hamilton.

During the 17th Century, Hamilton was one of the main stopping places for the Scotland - England stagecoach - indeed the Hamilton District Museum is housed in a former coaching inn.

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