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Portrait of General Thomas Dalyell (1599-1685), Commander in Chief in Scotland 1668c.

David Paton 

Portrait of General Thomas Dalyell (1599-1685), Commander in Chief in Scotland, David Paton
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Oil on canvas
17th Century
30 x 25 inches 76.2 x 63.5 cm
 
Thomas Dalyell had spent all his life a soldier. He had served at the siege of La Rochelle aged only thirteen, and when the Civil War broke out he served as a Colonel. His long uncut beard after the King's execution was said to be a penance for his fellow countrymen failing King Charles I. He fought at Worcester in 1651 for which he was imprisoned in the Tower. He escaped from there in the following year and fled to Russia where again he served in the army, fighting bravely against the Turks until returning home at the Restoration.

In Scotland King Charles II employed him in suppressing the Covenanters, which he undertook with great severity earning the nickname Bluidy Tam.
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