A Jacobite Gazetteer - Rome
Palazzo della Cancelleria
This palace is located on the south side of Corso Vittorio Emanuele. When Henry, Cardinal Duke of York (later King Henry IX and I) was named Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church in 1763, this palace became his official Roman residence. From 1781 until 1783 Henry permitted his sister-in-law Queen Louise (wife of King Charles III) to live here. From 1788 until 1789 he extended a similar hospitality here to his niece Charlotte, Duchess of Albany. The body of King Henry IX and I lay in state here before his funeral.
On the second floor (first floor above ground) is the chapel of the palace (in the offices of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Goods of the Church). The altar in the chapel has a Latin inscription along the front side of its mensa (all on one single line):
HENR. EPIS. TVSC. S. R. E. VICECAN. CARD. DVX EBORAC. ALT. HOC CONSECR. NOV. MDCCLXXIV.
Henry, Bishop of Frascati, Vice-Chancellor of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Duke of York,
In the middle of the palace is the Basilica di San Lorenzo in Damaso.
Image 1 (Facade on Piazza della Cancelleria): Ferruccio Lombardi, Roma: Palazzi, Palazzeti, Case, Progetto per un Inventario, 1200-1870 (Rome: Edilstampa, 1991), 273.
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