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But as it is, all but one of the instances that I will cite in what follows are of children born to royal mistresses, and the one exception comes from a marriage of dubious validity.
That said, although illegitimacy has long been used to debar claims to royal succession, there have been occasions when royal bastards (such as William the Conqueror) did manage to take the throne.
My advice always is that if you find yourself in possession of a very special bottle of whisky drink it over a year or so on special occasions and then keep the empty bottle as a nice reminder of the original gift and story and also the special occasions when you drank really special whisky.
The Spencer-Hamilton lineage includes at least two of Charles II’s progeny.
The Hamilton ancestors include two different lines of descent from Charles, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox, the son of Charles II and Louise de Keroualle.
It was probably their sentimental value that prevented them from being opened and consumed.
You must also remember that we now live in a consumer age where no one thinks twice about ordering a bottle or two of Scotch Whisky online or buying Scotch in your local store.
Much of the mail that I receive here at Haig is related to people from all over the world who have found or been bequeathed an old bottle of Haig Whisky and Haig Dimple and Haig Pinch in particular.