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James Sharp, 1618 - 1679. Archbishop of St. Andrews

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James Sharp, 1618 - 1679. Archbishop of St. Andrews About 1664

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  • Scottish Art
Sharp was educated at King's College, Aberdeen and became minister at Crail, a royal burgh in Fife, in 1649. During the Civil Wars he came to be seen as the leader of the more moderate and loyal wing of the Kirk. As a result he was briefly detained by Cromwell in the Tower of London. Following the restoration of Charles II in 1660, Sharp was appointed King's Chaplain and in 1661 consecrated Archbishop of St Andrews. Considered a traitor, he was detested by the Presbyterians. He survived one assassination attempt in 1668 but was ambushed on Magus Moor near St Andrews on 3 May 1679, dragged from his carriage and murdered.

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Re-establishment of the British monarchy in 1660 after Parliamentarian rule following the English Civil War years. The term also denotes the subsequent rule of Charles II from 1660 -1685.



  • Acc. No. PG 1529
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 76.80 x 64.10 cm (framed: 89.50 x 77.00 x 4.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1949