Norman Macfarlane, Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, born 1926. Businessman
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Norman Macfarlane, Lord Macfarlane of Bearsden, born 1926. Businessman 1999
  • Scottish Art
Businessman Norman Macfarlane is the founder of the successful Macfarlane (Clansman) Group. He established the business after the Second World War, with his £200 army gratuity. In 1987 he became Chairman of United Distillers, and today is Honorary Life President of the company. In addition to his business interests, Lord Macfarlane has also played a prominent role in support of the arts in Scotland. He is depicted wearing the imposing robes of a Knight of the Thistle, which occupy three quarters of the painting.

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Order of the Thistle

The highest royal honour in Scotland, which has existed for many centuries, though at times it has fallen into disuse. Since the early 19th century there have generally been a maximum of sixteen knights of the order at any one time, though others may be created by passing special laws. The order has its own chapel at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh.

Order of the Thistle

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 3171
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 121.90 x 91.40 cm (framed: 141.70 x 111.00 x 8.00 cm)
  • Credit Commissioned by the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland and presented to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1999