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Sir Patrick Hume, 1st Earl of Marchmont, 1641 - 1724. Statesman

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Sir Patrick Hume, 1st Earl of Marchmont, 1641 - 1724. Statesman About 1720


  • Scottish Art
Sir Patrick Hume was a Scottish Presbyterian statesman and a supporter of William of Orange. He began his long political career in opposition during the reigns of Charles II and James VII and II. Because of his involvement in the 1685 anti-Catholic rebellion, Hume spent several years in exile in the Netherlands. He returned after the revolution of 1688 when he accompanied the Protestant William of Orange to Britain. His forfeited estates were returned to him and in 1696 he was appointed Lord Chancellor. Created Earl of Marchmont in 1697, he opposed the claims of the Jacobites and voted for Parliamentary union between Scotland and England. This portrait depicts the earl in old age after he retired from politics. He is wearing an Indian robe and turban.


  • Acc. No. PG 3540
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 77.20 x 64.00 cm (framed: 93.20 x 80.80 x 50.50 cm)
  • Credit David Laing bequest to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Gifted in 2009