David Colyear, 2nd Baronet and 1st Earl of Portmore, 1657 - 1730
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David Colyear, 2nd Baronet and 1st Earl of Portmore, 1657 - 1730 about 1680 - 1710
  • Scottish Art
A contemporary wrote of Portmore that 'he is one of the best foot officers in the world; is very brave and bold; has a great deal of wit; very much a man of honour and nice that way...pretty well shaped; dresses clean; but one eye.'A professional soldier, Lord Portmore had served with William of Orange before the Revolution of 1688 and was one of his firmest supporters in subsequent campaigns. Surprisingly, perhaps, he married a woman who had been a favourite mistress of James VII and II – witty Catherine Sedley, who had been created Countess of Dorchester in her own right.

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Glorious Revolution

The overthrow of the Catholic king, James II, by the Protestant William of Orange in 1688. A Bill of Rights, limiting the powers of the monarch, and the Act of Settlement, banning Catholics from the British throne, followed. It is also known as the Bloodless Revolution.

Glorious Revolution

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  • Acc. No. PG 2842
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size Oval: 75.00 x 63.80 cm (framed: 97.80 x 85.50 x 6.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1990