William Graham, 7th Earl of Menteith and 1st Earl of Airth, 1589 - 1661. President of the Privy Council
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William Graham, 7th Earl of Menteith and 1st Earl of Airth, 1589 - 1661. President of the Privy Council 1637

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
William Graham was well-known for his dislike of Covenanters. He was President of the Privy Council, Lord President of the Court of Session, and advised Charles I on political matters in his Scottish kingdom. His fall from grace was provoked by his pursuit of an old genealogical claim to the earldom of Strathearn, which his enemies presented as a challenge to the Scottish throne. Jamesone painted this portrait and that of Archibald Napier on separate canvases, but they are now joined together in their early nineteenth-century frame. They were painted for the artist’s great patron, Sir Colin Campbell of Glenorchy, as part of his series of portraits of friends and family.

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Covenanters

People who sought to uphold the Presbyterian faith in Scotland in the 17th century. They adhered to a series of covenants, notably the National Covenant of 1638 which was signed in Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh in opposition to Charles I’s attempts to introduce an English-style prayer book. The Covenanters’ opposition to bishops and royal control over the church brought them into conflict with the government and hundreds of Covenanters were executed.

Covenanters

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 1834
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 106.70 x 128.30 cm (framed: 112.00 x 133.00 x 4.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1956