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Special visit to Boughton House

The Duke of Buccleuch kindly hosted The French Hospital at Boughton House on 30 May 2018 as part of our 300th Anniversary celebrations.

Our visit included a drinks reception on arrival, cold fork buffet in the Tapestry Suite, followed by a personal guided tour of Boughton House with the Duke of Buccleuch and his team. There was also an opportunity to visit the beautiful gardens during our visit. Over lunch, our Deputy Governor Peter Duval presented the Duke of Buccleuch with an Honorary Directorship in appreciation of his long-standing support of The French Hospital. The Duke of Buccleuch is the first recipient of an Honorary Directorship in our 300 year history.

Boughton House is a remarkable place – one that exemplifies how English culture was boosted by the skills of Huguenot craftsmen through painting, furniture, printing, silver, maps, sculpture, guns, porcelain and more. Boughton House hosted the special Huguenot Summer exhibition in August 2015 which celebrated the extraordinary legacy of the Huguenot artwork preserved there. The house was rebuilt by Ralph Montagu, the 1st Duke of Montagu, in the grandest possible manner and he employed a largely French Huguenot entourage of household staff, decorators, artists and artisans to furnish and staff his magnificent home. Today, Boughton House is regarded as one of Britain’s grandest and best-preserved stately homes. It is commonly referred to as ‘The English Versailles’.

Boughton House is open to the public at select times throughout the year – find out more here.

Pete Dowds, Elder