James Hay, 1st Earl of Carlisle(circa 1580-1636), Courtier; favourite of James I and Charles I
Sitter in 5 portraits
A wealthy courtier and favourite of both James I and Charles I, Hay undertook various diplomatic missions for both kings. He appears to have followed his family motto, 'Spare naught', and was famous for his good nature, extravagance, and splendid hospitality. Elizabeth of Bohemia, the daughter of James I, referred to him affectionately in her letters as 'camel-face'.
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