The 2012 Napoleon Hill Leader Certification trip included a visit with the Duke of Abercorn on the second full day of the trip. This was special and rare as the Duke does not often open his house to tour groups. We toured the ground floor of the 32,000 sq ft castle as well as the garden and the grounds. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the house. There are many beautiful and expensive paintings in the house that are often on loan to art galleries around the world. There is also a china set purchased from Marie Antoinette. Currently there are only 27 Dukes in the world. Enjoy the great pictures.
The group presented a gift to the Duchess of Abercorn of an Amish quilt that took over 2 years to make. I was one of the 4 people chosen to hold the quilt as we presented it and that was quite an honor for me.
The group is staying at BelleIsle which is on a 432 acre island and is owned by the Duke. He also joined us for our labyrinth walk.
This year's Napoleon Hill Leader Certification trip includes people from Argentina, Amsterdam, Mexico, Canada, United States, and Malaysia.
The title Duke of Abercorn was created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1868 and bestowed upon James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Abercorn.
In acknowledgement of his loyalty, James VI of Scotland (James I of England), conferred on Hon. Claud Hamilton, third son of James Hamilton, 2nd Earl of Arran, the title Lord Paisley. His son James Hamilton was created Lord Abercorn on 5 April 1603, then on 10 July 1606 he was made Earl of Abercorn and Lord of Paisley, Hamilton, Mountcastell and Kilpatrick, all in the Peerage of Scotland.
His successor, the 2nd Earl of Abercorn, was additionally created Lord Hamilton, Baron of Strabane, in the Peerage of Ireland, on 8 May 1617. He resigned this dignity to his younger brother in 1633; the brother's heirs inherited the Earldom and other titles in 1680, in the person of Claud Hamilton, 4th Earl of Abercorn. He was attainted in Ireland in 1691, and the Barony of Strabane forfeited, but his brother Charles Hamilton, 5th Earl of Abercorn, obtained a reversal of the attainder and recovered in 1692.
Stay tuned for more details about the 2012 Napoleon Hill Leader Certification trip.