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Hamish St. Clair-Erskine (August 23, 1909 – December 17, 1973)

James Alexander Wedderburn "Hamish" St. Clair-Erskine (23 August 1909 – 17 December 1973) was an English aristocrat aesthete. At Eton College, St Clair-Erskine was the lover of Tom Mitford. He attended Oxford University. According to James Lees-Milne's diaries: "At Oxford he had the most enchanting looks – mischievous, twinkling eyes, slanting eyebrows. He was slight of build, well dressed, gay as gay, always snobbish however, and terribly conscious of his nobility. At Oxford he was friends with Evelyn Waugh. Hamish St. Clair-Erskine was homosexual, but nevertheless, Nancy Mitford fell in love with him, and it was due to this unrequited love that she attempted suicide and wrote her first novel, Highland Fling: the male lead is based upon St. Clair-Erskine. At St. Clair-Erskine's death in 1973, Alan Payan Pryce-Jones described him as a "bright apparition who once upon a time swept past them like a kingfisher: all colour and sparkle and courage [...] [he found] small place in a world which turned away from an unambitious charmer whose only enduring gift was his charm".

Timeline & Places:

• August 23, 1909: born.

• 1920s: attended Eton College, Windsor SL4 6DW, Regno Unito

• 1920s: attended University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, Regno Unito

• December 17, 1973: died. Buried at Rosslyn Chapel, Chapel Loan, Roslin EH25 9PU, Regno Unito


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