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John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar, 1675 - 1732. Leader of the Jacobite Rising of 1715

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John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar, 1675 - 1732. Leader of the Jacobite Rising of 1715 About 1714 - 1715

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  • Scottish Art
This pen and wash drawing depicts Scottish Jacobite John Erskine. Born at Alloa in Clackmannanshire, Erskine became a Member of Parliament in 1696 and a member of the Scottish Privy Council the following year. He was closely involved in the negotiation of the Treaty of Union with England of 1707 and later served as Secretary of State for Scotland. Erskine was known to switch support between the Tories and the Whigs, which earned him the nickname ‘Bobbing John’. After the accession of King George I in 1714 he fell from favour and became a fervent Jacobite. He headed the Jacobite rebellion of 1715, but as a result of his poor military leadership the Battle of Sherifmuir was inconclusive. Having lost his title and estates, he died in exile in France.

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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. PG 110
  • Medium Pen and wash on paper
  • Size 26.10 x 20.80 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by W.F. Watson 1886