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While we want the kings and queens at Taymouth, Cardinal Beaton, the Regent Chatelheraut, &c. &c., it is unnecessary to delineate bishops, &c. only known in a catalogue of clergymen.

Part II. is now completely finished; but the present publisher is so negligent, that I shall transfer the work to another: and a very good one has offered. I beg therefore that Herbert may be regarded as having no concern in the publication. And, were it not for the amor patriæ, I should at once relinquish a design to which I sacrifice time and labor, and shall not gain even a paltry spark of reputation.


March 20th, 1796.

I have seen many books written and printed in Scotland between 1650 and 1660, particularly of a religious nature; and I can easily send you a list of such of them as I can recollect: perhaps some of them might be new to your collection. I do not remember to have seen any modern edition of Durham* on Scandal; but most of that gentleman's other works have been often reprinted, and sell to this day as currently as any of Willison's famous religious publications.

* James Durham of Glasgow, an eminent Scotch divine during the first half of the seventeenth century, was not only the author of the Dying Man's Testament to the Church of Scotland, or a Treatise concerning Scandal, the work here alluded to, but of a great many other publications of a similar character. John Willison of Dundee, who lived a century after him, was a writer of the same stamp.

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I dare say a person could be found in Edinburgh to answer your demand in copying old portraits. I mentioned the circumstance to Mr. Allan, who is well known for his nice imitations of Scotch manners, faces, and dresses; but he says that, unless the originals are in town or in its vicinity, it would not be in his way to undertake the business. If you choose to inform me of the terms, where the pictures are, and within what period you wish them done, I doubt not but that I could find a person to answer your purpose. We have no engraver of note in the portrait way here. A Mr. Beugo issued proposals about two years ago for a work of the nature you mention; but it never went farther: he was frequently employed by the late Lord Hailes, and I dare say you have specimens of his work in your possession.


April 30th, 1796.

I with great cheerfulness comply with your request respecting the copying the monument of Earl Douglas.* Properly, you should get a per

*If my set of Mr. Pinkerton's Scotish Portraits is complete, of which I am not sure, he never either published the monument of Earl Douglas, or pointed out the mistake mentioned in this letter by Mr. Pennant, regarding the portrait of the Cardinal. Indeed Mr. Pennant's plate of the monument (Tour in Scotland, II. p. 134.) as little deserves copying as can well be imagined; and there is a letter upon the subject in this 2 c


mission from Messrs. White, who are the proprietors. If I can find any others which I have not used, they shall be at your service when I know your wants. Give me leave to say, that I suspect the authenticity of my Cardinal Beaton. I fear it is Cardinal Falconer or Falconieri. I think there is a genuine one somewhere in Scotland. It will be worth your while to inquire if there be one, and engrave it, and add my suspicions which induce you to do it.


Hampstead, April 18th, 1796.

The portrait of Sir Robert Murray is not at the Royal Society's apartments; but there is one at Baillie of Jerviswood's, which might perhaps be got at. I have desired Mr. Wilkinson to procure Keil and Gregory from Oxford, as you recommended.

In Part II. I have published four of the family of Erskine, and have intermingled its praise with that of your lordship. In the general preface, I shall fully explain the great and material share you have in this (may I call it?) national work. Dr.

collection from Mr. M'Cubbin of Douglas, who dissuades Mr. Pinkerton from any thing of the kind, and says that "long ago the monuments have been so defaced, that it is impossible to take any exact or even tolerable drawings of them, especially the faces, which are greatly destroyed."

Ogilvie has sent several from Aberdeen, for which we are equally indebted to your lordship's recommendation. The Archbishop Adamson, he informs me, is erroneous; a date being discovered, 1639.

As Mr. Wilkinson has correspondence at Edinburgh, I should be much obliged if your lordship would point out what artists you prefer. Those in the capital and environs may thus be preserved; and Sir John Sinclair has given me a letter to Lord Breadalbane for those at Taymouth. I am very sensible that your lordship has exceeded all expectation in those you have already procured; but perhaps at your convenience you may assist us in the following.

Mr. Erskine at Alloa (so Pennant Vol. III.), perhaps Aloa, has a curious half-length of Mary on copper, gauze cloke, crown on head, passion-flower in hand, sickly and pale. (Your Mary appears Part III.)

Those at Hamilton Palace.

Alexander Henderson at Yester.

James Earl of Douglas at Cavers.

The Seton family (which you said was in hand). Baillie of Jerviswood at Mallerston.

Sibbald, the antiquary, at Duntervie, and some others which your lordship pointed out.

A most rare plate of James I., whole length, arms, Dunbarton castle behind, done I suppose about 1540, has just been lent me. It is from a different painting; but the face, dress, &c. evince that the Kielberg piece is James I. The print has only peaks, and no chains to the shoes.

Mary, a fine large contemporary French medal

lion, has also been lent. It is the most exquisite of. all her portraits; and Mr. W. speaks of giving it to Bartolozzi.



May 15th, 1796.

Sir John Sinclair's compliments to Mr. Pinkerton, and sends herewith his paper on the Highland dress. He accidentally found Mr. Pinkerton's observations on that subject yesterday, which he returns, as he thinks that Mr. Pinkerton should include, in his portraits of the illustrious persons of Scotland, the French engravings of the Highland dress, and state in that work his thoughts upon the subject. Sir John thinks that the word haut-de-chausses means trowsers, and not the philibeg indeed it is well known that the philibeg was invented by an Englishman in Lochaber about sixty years ago, who naturally thought his workmen could be more active in that light petticoat than in the belted plaid; and that it was more decent to wear it, than to have no clothing at all, which was the case with some of those employed by him in cutting down the woods in Lochaber.

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