occupies the site of a princely mansion built by Somerset the
Protector, brother of Lady Jane Seymour, and uncle of Edward VI. At the
death of Somerset on the scaffold it became the property of the Crown,
and in the reign of James I. was called Denmark House in honour of Anne
of Denmark, his queen. Old Somerset House was pulled down in the
eighteenth century, and the present structure was erected by Sir
William Chambers in 1776.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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