Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne, 1766 - 1845. Songwriter (With her son William Murray Nairne, later 6th Lord Nairne, 1808 - 1837)
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Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne, 1766 - 1845. Songwriter (With her son William Murray Nairne, later 6th Lord Nairne, 1808 - 1837)

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  • Scottish Art
Mother and son embrace each other lovingly in this double portrait. Lady Nairne was born at Gask House near Perth. She was not only a devoted mother but also a gifted songwriter, writing under the name 'Mrs Bogan of Bogan'. She successfully adapted traditional Scottish airs and many of her songs make clear her Jacobite sympathies, for example, 'Charlie is my darling' and 'Will ye no come back again' . She was an early admirer of Robert Burns. Her only child, William, never enjoyed good health and, despite prolonged stays abroad in warmer climates, he died at the age of twenty-nine in Brussels.

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Jacobite

Jacobitism was a movement to restore the descendants of the Stuart King James VII and II to the British throne. The first claimant, Prince James Francis Edward (known as 'the Old Pretender') was exiled first in France, then Italy, from where he planned unsuccessful attempts to claim the throne. His son Prince Charles Edward (known as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' or 'the Young Pretender') famously invaded Britain in 1745, but after some military successes was finally defeated at Culloden in 1746.

Jacobite

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  • Acc. No. PG 610
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 90.90 x 70.20 cm (framed: 114.50 x 92.40 x 9.00 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by K. Oliphant 1903