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TITLE
John Erskine, Earl of Mar
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_159_499
DATE OF IMAGE
1874
PERIOD
1870s
CREATOR
Sir Godfrey Kneller & S Freeman
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
30961
KEYWORDS
Earls of Mar
John Erskine
Mar
earls
nobility
Jacobites
Bobbing John
coal
battles
John Erskine, Earl of Mar

John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar (1675-1732) was born in Alloa and had developed Alloa as a coal mining centre. He succeeded his father as earl in 1689 and was Secretary of State for Scotland twice under Queen Anne.

After the succession of George I, Mar's offer of services was dismissed so he returned north into Scotland to raise the Standard for James Stuart, the Old Pretender. Mar's frequently changing political allegiances earned him the name 'Bobbing John'.

Mar's incompetent leadership led to an indecisive battle at Sheriffmuir and the subsequent failure of the 1715 Jacobite Rising. Mar fled with the Old Pretender to France and died, in exile, at Aix-la-Chapelle in 1732.

This illustration was taken from 'A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments vol. 1' ed. by John S. Keltie

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John Erskine, Earl of Mar

1870s

Earls of Mar; John Erskine; Mar; earls; nobility; Jacobites; Bobbing John; coal; battles

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

John Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar (1675-1732) was born in Alloa and had developed Alloa as a coal mining centre. He succeeded his father as earl in 1689 and was Secretary of State for Scotland twice under Queen Anne. <br /> <br /> After the succession of George I, Mar's offer of services was dismissed so he returned north into Scotland to raise the Standard for James Stuart, the Old Pretender. Mar's frequently changing political allegiances earned him the name 'Bobbing John'. <br /> <br /> Mar's incompetent leadership led to an indecisive battle at Sheriffmuir and the subsequent failure of the 1715 Jacobite Rising. Mar fled with the Old Pretender to France and died, in exile, at Aix-la-Chapelle in 1732. <br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'A History of the Scottish Highlands, Highland Clans and Highland Regiments vol. 1' ed. by John S. Keltie