Painting: Miniature. Lieutenant General Sir William Erskine, 1729 - 1795
Like many Scottish landed families, the Erskines of Torrie have a long history of military service. Major William Erskine of Torrie, who is depicted in this miniature, was knighted for his exceptional service in 1763 after the battle at Emsdorf. His career continued to flourish and he served as brigade commander in the American War of Independence from 1776 – 1779. His good fortune is reflected in two miniatures which show him wearing the uniform of his new regiment complete with silver lace epaulettes. These bear the five-pointed star which formed the badge of the 26th Foot. An almost identical miniature shows Sir William wearing the uniform of a general officer of the same period. From the Dunimarle Collection. On loan from The Mrs Magdalene Sharpe Erskine Trust.
Late 18th Century-Early 19th Century
78 x 55 x 8mm