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James Duff of Corsindae (1678 - 1762)

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James Duff of Corsindae (1678 - 1762) 1760


  • Scottish Art
James Duff was a wealthy Banff merchant who had ‘acquired a fortune through honest industry'. His affluence allowed him to purchase the Aberdeenshire estate of Corsindae from William Duff, Lord Braco (later the 1st Earl of Fife), for whom he had once been a factor. This portrait shows Duff of Corsindae as an alert elderly gentleman of eighty-three. His restrained, muted clothing and intense stare give the impression of a shrewd and puritanical man. The portrait was obviously admired, as there was another version in the collection of his former employer Lord Braco, the proprietor of Duff House. James Duff’s eldest son and heir William was, like Cosmo Alexander, a strong Jacobite sympathiser.

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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.



  • Acc. No. NG 2022
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 77.00 x 64.40 cm
  • Credit Presented by Miss Henrietta Tayler 1944