John Bullough (1839–1891)

Image credit: Kinloch Castle, Rum (NatureScot)

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The portrait of Sir George Bullough’s father, John, is displayed over the fireplace in the Dining Room of Kinloch Castle. John Bullough died on 25 February 1891, at the age of 52 (his tomb in the family Mausoleum at Harris, Rum, records his birth as 1839). He worked hard all his life, the dynamic force behind the family’s wealth; at the time of his death his company employed almost 2,000. Little wonder he appears somewhat prematurely aged in this portrait, which was most probably painted to adorn a similar position at his Perthshire home, Meggernie Castle, which he purchased in 1884. Born in Limerick, Eire, the artist St George Hare was the son of a dentist from Ipswich, Suffolk. He began showing both watercolours and oils in his early 20s, and in 1884 his work was first exhibited at the Royal Academy.

Kinloch Castle, Rum (NatureScot)

Isle of Rum


John Bullough (1839–1891)




oil on canvas


H 132 x W 109 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased as part of the Bullough Estate, 1957

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Inscription description

HARE [or possibly HHRE]


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Kinloch Castle, Rum (NatureScot)

Isle of Rum, Highland PH43 4RR Scotland

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