William Cunningham, 8th Earl of Glencairn, c 1610 - 1664. Lord Chancellor of Scotland
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William Cunningham, 8th Earl of Glencairn, c 1610 - 1664. Lord Chancellor of Scotland 1661
  • Scottish Art
An active Covenanter, Glencairn nonetheless led a rebellion against the Cromwellian occupation of Scotland and after the Restoration was made Lord Chancellor. The painter, one of the most distinctive in British art of the seventeenth century, was trained by George Jamesone in Edinburgh. He later travelled to Rome and worked as antiquary to the Archduke Leopold in the Low Countries.

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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.

Restoration

Re-establishment of the British monarchy in 1660 after Parliamentarian rule following the English Civil War years. The term also denotes the subsequent rule of Charles II from 1660 -1685.

Covenanters, Restoration

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 661
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 127.00 x 102.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1907