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Frances Hamilton

Frances Hamilton Stoke Poges Stoke Poges - Funeral Hatchment St Giles' church StokePoges

Frances Hamilton was the daughter of Sir James Russell, Governor of Nevis. She married firstly Sir William Stapleton, 3rd Bt. son of the Governor of the Leeward Islands, and her second marriage to Colonel Walter Hamilton, a later Governor of the Leeward Islands. She used monies from sugar plantation estates in the Leeward Islands to buy estates in England, including in Wexham and Stoke Place in Stoke Poges. She died in 1746.

Stoke Place, Stoke Green, Stoke Poges

Motto: Mors janua vita – death is the gate to life

Heraldry: All black background. On a lozenge surmounted by a skull. Dexter, per pale, Argent a lion rampant sable, the Badge of Ulster (Stapleton), Gules three cinquefoils ermine (Hamilton). In pretence (over impalement line) and impaling, on a bend between three molets sable three swans argent (Russell). Cross bones on each side of lozenge

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