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George Buchanan (1506-1582), Historian and scholar

Sitter associated with 26 portraits
Educated at the Universities of St Andrews and Paris, Buchanan taught in Paris until his return to Scotland in 1536. Condemned as a heretic, he was imprisoned in the castle of St Andrews before escaping to France in 1539. He held professorships at Bordeaux and Paris, and later at Coimbra, Portugal, where he was put on trial for heresy in 1550-01. He returned to Scotland in 1561 and tutored Mary, Queen of Scots. Initially loyal to the Queen, he later testified against her at her trial for the assassination of her husband, Lord Darnley. He became principal of St Leonard's College in St Andrews in 1566. His most substantial work, Rerum Scoticarum Historia, a history of Scotland, was published in 1582.

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George Buchanan

after Arnold Bronckorst
oil on panel, 1581
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George Buchanan

by Elias van den Bosche
line engraving, early 17th century
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George Buchanan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 17th century
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George Buchanan

by Robert Boissard
line engraving, early 17th century
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George Buchanan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
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George Buchanan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 17th century
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George Buchanan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly mid to late 17th century
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George Buchanan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly mid to late 17th century
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George Buchanan

by Jacques Grandhomme (Granthomme), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1650
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George Buchanan

by Jacques Grandhomme (Granthomme), after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1650
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D25512

George Buchanan

by James Clark
line engraving, possibly late 17th century
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George Buchanan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly late 17th century
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D25511

George Buchanan

by Edme de Boulonois
line engraving, 1682
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George Buchanan

by Edme de Boulonois
line engraving, 1682
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D25505

George Buchanan

by Robert White, after Frans Pourbus
line engraving, 1690
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D25504

George Buchanan

by Michael Vandergucht
line engraving, possibly early 18th century
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George Buchanan

by Étienne Jehandier Desrochers
line engraving, possibly early 18th century
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George Buchanan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly mid 18th century
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George Buchanan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly mid 18th century
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George Buchanan

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly mid 18th century
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