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William Murray
Date: / 1655
Short Biography: Was "whipping boy" for future Charles II, taking punishment on his behalf, and formed closed bond with the king. Took on Ham House in 1626 and during late 1630s sumputously remodelled the House in a taste close to the King's. Supported Royalist cause during Civil War and was made 1st Earl of Dysart for his loyalty. His decorative schemes and art collection survive, probably because his daughter inherited and the same family remained at Ham until 1948.
Collection Descriptions
Decorative Art Collection (National Trust, Ham House)
FURNISHINGS Substantial collection of 17th century furnishings, from two phases of work in the house, first in the 1...
Fine Art Collection (National Trust, Ham House)
The pictures at Ham House which survive from William Murray's period include portraits by Van Dyck and Cornelius John...

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