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In this romantically regal room the medieval roots of the Bute family are realised; its surfaces peppered with heraldic shields richly detailed with sea green and golden tones. Originally the bedroom of the 3rd Marquess and his wife Lady Gwendolen, their son John, the 4th Marquess, inherited the room upon his marriage to Augusta Bellingham in 1905. Now restored to its former glory, the Family Bedroom is a grand celebration of the family's history and connections.
Upon every wall in the room lies another of H W Lonsdales masterpieces: a decorative frieze depicting scenes from the life of St Margaret, the celebrated 11th century Queen of Scotland, which was painstakingly restored in 2000. Lord Bute claimed direct descent from St Margaret – a fact he commemorated in the heraldic theme for the room's stained glass windows – and it certainly bodes well to have a saint in the family.
Above, the ceiling is no less ornate, emblazoned with the arms of Bute family marriages from the 14th century to the 3rd Marquess' own in 1872. The room's medieval character extends into its unusual collection of neo-gothic furniture, commissioned from celebrated Arts and Crafts architect Robert Weir Schultz. Each piece has been carved from walnut with such ardent attention to detail, and embellished with both mother of pearl and ebony.