Polmaise Castle, Stirlingshire was built in 1865 for the Murray family and sold in 1959. It was demolished a few years later.
These richly serpentined chairs are conceived in the Louis XIV style popularised around 1700 by the Livres d'Appartements issued by Daniel Marot (d.1752), 'architect' to William III.
A related set of William and Mary chairs were sold Christie's New York, 16 April 2002, lot 304 ($59,750). They came originally from Hinchingbrooke, Northamptonshire. The decoration of those chairs follows closely the fashionable styles of their time as advocated by Daniel Marot. The pierced decoration of the back with its ornately scrolled foliate decoration is typical of the designs produced by the great Huguenot draughtsman. Several very similar examples are recorded and a nearly identical chair to those from Hinchingbrooke is in the Niederlaisches Museum, Amsterdam. With Marot having spent time in the Netherlands, following his exile from France and prior to his accompanying William of Orange to England, many chairs of very similar design have origins from this area.