Sir John Baptiste de Medina

David Colyear, 2nd Baronet and 1st Earl of Portmore, 1657 - 1730

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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.

Sir John Baptiste de Medina

Sir John Baptiste de Medina