Andrew Fletcher.From an Authentick Portrait, in the Collection of the Earl of Buchan.
London Published Sep: 21, 1791 by J. Debrett.
Stipple printed in sepia. Sheet 180 x 115mm (7 x 4˝"). Trimmed within plate.
Medallion portrait of Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1655-1716), a Scottish nationalist and member of the Scottish Parliament. Fleeing from Charles II's wrath in 1683 he joined the Monmouth Rebellion in 1685, taking command of the cavalry briefly before sent away for causing internal friction, so not participating in the defeat. He returned to Scotland with William of Orange, where he was a supporter of the Darien Scheme that bankrupted his country. However he still fought against the Act of Union, publishing his 'twelve limitations' in the power of the crown and English ministers in Scottish politics. Once the act was passed he retired from politics. Dying in London in 1716, his last words were 'Lord have mercy on my poor country that is so barbarously oppressed'.
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