Lady Boyd as the Goddess Diana

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When: 01 January 1749

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Regular visitors to this stream will know that it's been a constant struggle to find photographs with dogs in them to satisfy our resident canophile DannyM8. So in a break from scheduled programming, here's an engraving from our collections of prints and drawings. I'm going to try mix it up a bit from now on by adding some digitised maps or prints or ephemera, in addition to our daily photograph. Hope you'll all enjoy them. No doubt I'll hear about it if you don't! And as ever, any and all information will be very gratefully received...

Here then is Lady Boyd, Countess of Errol (born Rebecca Lockhart) with her faithful hound, unless he's just there as an artistic prop given that she's depicted as the Huntress Diana. It is a mezzotint engraving by James McArdell after a painting by Allan Ramsay.

Date: 1749

Size: Image 32 x 25 cm on sheet 35 x 25 cm

NLI Ref.: EP ERRO-RE (1) II

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    ...Olivier...

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:11:42

    Beautiful engraving !

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:13:10

    Rebecca Lockhart was the daughter of Alexander Lockhart, Lord Covington. She married James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll, son of William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock and Lady Anne Livingston, on 15 September 1749.1 She died on 2 May 1761. Her married name became Hay. As a result of her marriage, Rebecca Lockhart was styled as Countess of Erroll on 19 August 1758

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:17:01

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/dibutades] Thank you!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:18:53

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Thank you, resident canophile! :) So this 1749 engraving might have been published to tie in with her wedding in September 1749 then?

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:20:09

    Same engraving is in the National Portrait Gallery - www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw36014/Rebecc...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:24:48

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] But here we have her title, etc. on the sheet below the image itself, which is great as that gives us the price - 2 shillings!

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:31:12

    She had one daughter Lady Mary Hay (1754–?), who married John Scott of Balcomie in 1770, divorced in 1771. Her Husband remarried in 1762, to Isabella Carr (1747–1808) and they had twelve children. Isabella was only 15 years old if the dates are correct!!!!!! He was 36

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:32:31

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] I agree. Much better than the NPG

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:35:12

    James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll (20 April 1726 – 3 July 1778) was the son of William Boyd, 4th Earl of Kilmarnock. He was born with the name of James Boyd but legally changed it to James Hay in 1758, when he succeeded his great-aunt as Earl of Erroll (his father's titles were attainted and thus he did not succeed to them)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:39:18

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Found this in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in the entry from William Holwell Carr, who was a benefactor to the National Gallery in London...

    ... Holwell's fortunes were further improved by his marriage on 18 May 1797 to Lady Charlotte Hay (1761/2–1801), the 35-year-old eldest daughter of James Hay, fifteenth earl of Erroll, and his wife, Isabella Carr, and heir to large Carr estates in Northumberland. Those estates devolved upon Lady Charlotte the following year; in order to claim them, both she and her husband took the additional name of Carr (by royal authority, 20 November 1798). Holwell Carr's wife died in 1801, after giving birth to their only child, a son who died at the age of five; on his death the Carr estates reverted to his mother's family...
    But no mention of her age. Would 15 have been that unusual in the 18th century?

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:48:03

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] Perhaps not unusual, but still young.

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:49:48

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] What about her daughters marriage - less than two years and a divorce, I bet there is a story there!!

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    Tommer G

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:51:01

    Thanks for sharing, enjoy them all.

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:53:24

    Ah there is - John Scott of Balcomie - On 5 November 1770 (45 years old), he married Lady Mary Hay, daughter of the Earl of Errol, then 16 years old; they divorced in 1771. It is mentioned in one source that she eloped with another man. So 16 year old here so not uncommon at all... Here is a video of his grave stone - www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfXruElJY7g

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 10:58:14

    > A families tradition has it that a Sutherland of Duffus ran away with Lady > Mary Hay and they produced a son, this son is an ancestor of this family From - archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/DUNDAS/2003-02/104...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Aug/2013 11:14:04

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Good to hear, thank you!

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 11:17:07

    Quite the lad about town!!!! James Sutherland, 5th Lord Duffus (1747-1827) (restored 1826), who died unmarried. He eloped in December 1771 with the seventeen-year-old Lady Mary Hay, the daughter of the Earl of Erroll, Hereditary Lord High Constable of Scotland, and the wife of Major-General John Scott; she was divorced by her husband, Sutherland's colonel at the time. He abandoned her, never married, and recognized ten illegitimate children in his will. However, he is said to have at least sixty illegitimate children,.[5] The barony was claimed by the nearest heir male (and also by the 5th Lord's nephew): From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Duffus

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 11:22:16

    So where is Lady Mary Hay? A little digging and I got the whole sad story. Wife of James Hay, 15th Earl of Erroll by his first wife (who remarried and had sons by his second wife). Married off in November 1770 to the rich General John Scott of Balcomie, who made his fortune in India and via gambling, in lieu of a gambling debt owed by her father - at the age of 16. The stuff of historical romances... And unfortunately, she fell for a captain in the regiment of which her husband was colonel - one Captain James Sutherland of Duffus of the 24th Foot XII. They ran off in December 1771, spent two-three nights together, were caught in flagrante delicto by the chasing husband (the seducer jumped out of the window nearly naked), and the silly lady was abandoned. The husband promptly divorced her, and apparently equally promptly remarried, and left three daughters. He died 1775 and left an interesting will requiring his daughters's husbands to take the name Scott in addition to their own if they wanted to enjoy the estates. From - groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/peerage-news/Rx5TNWbk_1g/3G...

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 11:28:45

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] There is enough stuff here for a good Chekhov style play

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 11:33:07

    James Hay fought in the Battle of Culloden on 16 April 1746, for the English, on opposing side from his father. He was allowed to succeed to his father's estates but not the Earldom of Kilmarnock, which had been forfeited when his father was executed for treason 18 Aug 1746; He was - Grand Master of Scottish Freemasons 1751-52; a Lord of Police for Scotland 1770-78; a Representative Peer (Tory) for Scotland 1770-74

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 08/Aug/2013 11:53:25

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] And you've more than repaid in research for the hound! :)

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 12:01:40

    And an approximate street view - maps.google.ie/maps?q=Callendar+House,+Falkirk,+Stirlings...

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    The Constant Knitter

    • 08/Aug/2013 12:15:16

    Actually I think Jane Austen would have made a good novel out of this

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 13:23:19

    The 18th Earls daughter married into the Marquis of Waterford's family, just to give an Irish connection..... Lady Alice Mary Emily Hay (b. 7 Jul 1835; d. 7 Jun 1881), mar. 16 May 1874 Charles Edward Allen, self-styled Col Count Charles Edward d'Albanie (d. 24 Dec 1880), only son of Charles Allen, self-styled Charles Edward Stuart, Count d'Albanie, by his wife Anna Beresford, 1st dau. of Rt Hon John de la Poer Beresford (by his second wife Barbara Montgomery, 2nd dau. of Sir William Montgomery, 1st Bt.), brother of Charles de la Poer [Beresford], 1st Marquess of Waterford, and 2nd son of Marcus [Beresford], 1st Earl of Tyrone

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 13:34:52

    Metropolitan Museum of art photo by Lee McKee [www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Diana Goddess of Hunting [http://www.flickr.com/photos/lex-photographic/8093879359/]

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    La Belle Province

    • 08/Aug/2013 15:07:35

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I was thinking the same :-) [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Quaestionem non canis (Question not the dog).

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 16:38:30

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/la_belle_province] Provinciam pulchra, do you know that [http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] and myself are Latin experts and on the few occasions we have talked on the telephone, it's the language of choice.

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    KenjiB_48

    • 08/Aug/2013 19:23:42

    Mirabile! Etiam in Hibernia latine loquuntur! :-)

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    DannyM8

    • 08/Aug/2013 19:29:18

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Faciemus

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    ¬¬Lindisfarne

    • 08/Aug/2013 19:49:16

    Gracias por tantissima diversión leyendo vuestros comentarios ! L'éloge à la folie !