The crest is that of Hamilton for Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, the premier peer in the Peerage of Scotland and Hereditary Keeper of Holyrood House. His early travels in Italy instilled in him a great love of art and he became a prodigious collector. He entered politics in 1802, as a Whig, but as it was remarked in an obituary notice "timidity and variableness of temperament prevented his rendering much service to, or being much relied on, by his party . . . with a great predisposition to over-estimate the importance of ancient birth . . . he well deserved to be considered the proudest man in England" (Complete Peerage). On the accession of the Whigs to power in 1806, the 10th Duke was made Ambassador to the Court of St. Petersburg, and a large service of official plate was granted to him in that year. Bearing the Hamilton crest and Royal armorials, the Storr ambassadorial service comprised some 278 pieces, and was dispersed by Christie's, London, November 4, 1919.
The Duke of Hamilton was appointed a Knight of the Garter in 1836 and was Lord High Steward at the coronations of William IV and Queen Victoria. He married in 1810 Susan Euphemia, daughter and heir of William Beckford, described as "one of the handsomest women of her time" (Lord Malmesbury, Memoirs of an ex-Minister, 1855, p.487).
Lord Lamington in The Days of the Dandies wrote of the Duke: "Never was such a magnifico as the 10th Duke, the Ambassador to Empress Catherine; when I knew him he was very old but held himself straight as any Grenadier. He was always dressed in military laced undress coat, tights and Hessian boots &c."