Beyond the Great Hall is the Blue Drawing-room where hang the portraits of three generations of the Hulse family. They came from Cheshire which no doubt explains their black and white Coat of Arms.
Edward Hulse M.D., F.R.C.P. (1631-1711) Student and later Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduated M.D. at Leyden and in 1677 was appointed ‘Physician of the Court of the Prince of Orange’ in Holland, a position which he retained later as Court Physician to William III in England.
The portraits of the doctor by John Riley and of his wife Dorothy Westrow by Simon Verelst were painted soon after their marriage in 1672.
Sir Edward Hulse Baronet, M.D., F.R.C.P. (1682-1759), pictured right, followed his father as a student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, graduated M.D. in 1711 and was appointed ‘Physician in Ordinary’ to Queen Anne, George I and George II.
Sir Edward bought Breamore and much of the Dodington Estates in 1748 and handed them over to his eldest son, later the second Baronet.