About this artwork

Tweeddale was a royalist Scottish peer who was also sympathetic to the Covenanting cause. As a result, his periods in office as a Scottish privy councillor, President of the Council and Commissioner of the Treasury, were interrupted by interludes when he was out of favour, and he was once imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle. He became Lord Chancellor of Scotland in 1692 but was dismissed for his support of the Darien Scheme (an attempt to establish a colony on the small strip of land between North and South America). He supported the Glorious Revolution in 1699 and six years later was created Marquess of Tweeddale by William III.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Sir Peter LelyEnglish (1618 - 1680)
  • title:
    John Hay, 1st Marquess of Tweeddale, 1626 - 1697. Lord High Chancellor of Scotland
  • date created:
    About 1660 - 1665
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    126.30 x 103.50 cm (framed: 136.50 x 113.60 x 4.80 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and the Pilgrim Trust 1974
  • accession number:
    PG 2225
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? Tell us what you think.

Sir Peter Lely

Sir Peter Lely