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King Billy portrait on show for heritage week

By Staff Reporter

Oil paintings of King William III and Queen Mary II have gone on public display in Enniskillen as part of the first ever Orange heritage week.

The historic portraits, which are over 300 years old, were personally commissioned by the then monarch following the Battle of the Boyne, and presented to a Fermanagh dignitary. Paul Dane was Provost of Enniskillen during the Williamite campaign and fought at the Boyne. King William presented the paintings to Mr Dane as a gift for his services.

The portraits were formerly on display at Enniskillen Town Hall, before being placed in storage.

However, the paintings were the top attraction once again for one night only at an open evening at Enniskillen District Hall.

The royal couple took pride of place alongside portraits of George III, the Duke of York, the third Earl of Erne and Martin Luther.

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