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John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway (1736-1806)


Artist: Nathaniel Hone

Signed and dated 1759
Being the fourth son, John became Lord Garlies only in 1746. When his father died in 1773, he then became 7th Earl of Galloway. From 1761 until 1768, he was M.P for Morpeth, and from 1768 until 1773 for Ludgershall. He was a Lord of Police, 1768-1782; a Representative Peer for Scotland, 1774-1790; a Lord of the Bedchamber, 1784-1806; and Lord Lieutenant of the county Wigton, 1794-1806. He succeeded to the Earldom in 1773, and from 1774 to 1790 he was a Representative Peer for Scotland in Parliament.
He supported Gordon of Balmaghie when he contested the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright in 1795. He was a Tory and Robert Burns disliked both him and his politics. The Earl is rigourously satirized in Burns's Third Election Ballad, 'John Bushby's Lamentation.' The poet also wrote some bitter verses 'On the Earl of Galloway':
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Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 6, 30 (#26) 67 (sitter #7)
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Stone replaced at 3 o'clock
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