© Lennoxlove House Ltd
This important account itemises work done by William
Morgan, carver, in the newly built part of Hamilton Palace in 1700.
William, 3rd Duke of Hamilton and
his wife Duchess Anne had set in hand
ambitious plans for rebuilding the 16th-century palace. The duke
died in 1694 before the work could be completed, but the duchess
carried on with their scheme and by 1700 the interior decoration
was in hand.
Morgan was employed in the principal chambers
of the palace. In the Dining Room, he carved the architrave frieze,
mouldings and cornice, the chimneypiece 'with fish and foule and
flowers', and the picture frames and friezes over the chimney and
doors. He also supplied 176 medallions at six shillings a piece
and 180 cinquefoils and stars (from the Hamilton coat of arms) between
the medallions. Morgan likewise carved two Corinthian capitals there.
His work in the Drawing Room was of a similar nature, the chimney
being richly carved with coronets and flowers.
For the Bedchamber Morgan provided decorative
friezes, capitals and chimneypiece, and in its closet was the Duchess's
cipher (monogram or crest), 'with 2 boys subporting itt'. The closet
frieze had cherubim and foliage over the doors and there were the
usual cinquefoils and stars. Finally, the staircase had ten large
folding panels with 'boys and beasts', ten pendant flowers (these
were probably candelabra, which were sometimes described as 'flowers'
at that time) and four Ionic capitals with festoons.