Adam Skirving, 1719 - 1803. Song writer; author of 'Hey, Johnnie Cope'
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Adam Skirving, 1719 - 1803. Song writer; author of 'Hey, Johnnie Cope' about 1770
  • Scottish Art
This closely-observed portrait of the Haddington farmer and song-writer was painted by his son whose work is also represented in the Scottish National Gallery's collection by pastel portraits of exceptional refinement. Adam Skirving is best known as the author of 'Hey Johnnie Cope', written to taunt Lieutenant-General Sir John Cope after his defeat by the Jacobites at the Battle of Prestonpans in 1745. Apart from writing ballads, Skirving did not play an active role in the rising.

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  • Acc. No. PG 596
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 76.20 x 62.90 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by David Ainslie 1901