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.