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The sitter was a lawyer who became Provost of Peterhead and factor on the estates of the Merchant Maiden Hospital in Peterhead. After the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion, the lands of Peterhead, including town and harbour, became forfeit to the Crown. In 1728 the Governors of the Merchant Maiden Hospital bought these lands as an investment. A replica of this portrait is held at the National Gallery of Scotland.
oil on canvas
127.5 x 102 cm
commissioned by Governors of the Merchant Maiden Hospital, 1852