Circle of Allan Ramsay
Oil on canvas, 28 x 24ins.
Bust length oval within rectangular canvas, wearing breastplate.
Formerly in the collection of The Earl of Haddington.
During his life time on Christmas day 1763, Leslie House was destroyed by fire. Adverse weather hampered effective firefighting and with few exceptions most of the valuables were lost. To finance the re-building of the house the Barony of Ballinbreich was sold to the Marquis of Zetland. The Barony had been in the family over 400 years. The original west side was restored and is the house as it stands to-day. Rebuilding took 4 years and the Earl moved back into the house for a short time before he died there 1767. (see M14) On loan.