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Susan Douglas of Mains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Susan, or Susannah, Douglas of Mains married Alexander Murray of Cringletie in 1684. She was the daughter of John Douglas of Ferguston, 11th Laird of Mains and Elizabeth Hamilton of Bardowie, herself the grand-daughter of Alexander Douglas, 9th Laird of Mains.

 

This portrait shows her in deep mourning, presumably for her husband, who died in 1720. One of a number of distinctive late seventeenth and early eighteenth century Scottish paintings of widows, it shows her wearing a voluminous white hood with long plain lappets, over a cap with a pleated front which also has long plain lappets left unfastened. The black ribbon of this dow, Mrs Helen Duff of Braco, similarly attired, but with a long white veil rather than a hood. This present portrait may well be by Mosman, who was in Edinburgh in the late 1730s.

 

She died about 1742.

 

 

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