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John Erskine

John Erskine, the 11th Earl of Mar, inherited the family title and estate at Alloa, Clachmannanshire, Scotland, in 1689. He was Secretary of State for Scotland in 1705 and a Privy Councillor who supported the Old Pretender.

Following the Monmouth Rebellion in 1715, Erskine went into exile in France and Belgium. Whilst there he became a keen amateur architect, completing numerous architectural designs which demonstrated an acute knowledge of French, Italian, Scottish and English architecture.

Erskine enjoyed a close relationship with the notable architect James Gibbs, of whom he was a patron and with whom he exchanged a number of architectural drawings whilst in exile.

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