Sir John Baptiste de Medina

James Ogilvy, 1st Earl of Seafield, 1663 - 1730. Lord Chancellor (1695)

About this artwork

James Ogilvy was a Scottish statesman and one of the key Scottish politicians involved in the Union between Scotland and England in 1707. Originally trained as a lawyer, Ogilvy was an MP for Cullen in Banffshire between 1689 and 1695. He held a number of important positions, including that of Solicitor-General, Secretary of State and Lord High Commissioner of the Church of Scotland. In 1702 he was appointed Lord Chancellor of Scotland and in that capacity he played an important part in negotiating the Act of Union. After the treaty was signed, Ogilvy was chosen as one of sixteen peers to represent Scotland in the new Parliament of Great Britain. By 1713, however, he had changed his mind on the union and appealed unsuccessfully for its reversal

Sir John Baptiste de Medina

Sir John Baptiste de Medina

John Baptiste de Medina was born in Brussels, the son of a Spanish army captain. He trained with the Flemish portrait painter, Francois Duchatel and moved to London to set up a portrait practice in about 1686. Moderately successful, he employed several assistants in his Drury Lane studio. He counted several members of the Scottish aristocracy amongst his clients and in 1694 he was persuaded to visit Edinburgh to paint their wives and families. With virtually no competition in Scotland, Medina decided to settle. With his distinctive, informal baroque manner, he captured a generation of Scottish society and was knighted in 1706 by the last Scottish parliament before the Act of Union.