The first Sir Winston Churchill was the father
of John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough.
He was a Royalist, and at the end of the Civil War
in England, he lost his fortune.

However, when King Charles II was restored to the
throne, although he never got his money back, he
was welcome again at Court.

He invented the family motto, 'Fiel Pero Desdichado' which means 'Faithful but Unfortunate'. See how many times you can find this motto as you look around the Palace. It may help if you look for our two friendly wyverns Grinling and Gibbons first because where they are, the motto is seldom far away.

Other portraits in the Green Writing Room
tapestry of the first duke