Daniel Macnee

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Sir Daniel Macnee FRSE RSA (4 June 1806, Fintry, Stirlingshire – 17 January 1882, Edinburgh), was a Scottish portrait painter who served as president of the Royal Scottish Academy (1876).[1]

Janet Hamilton Campbell Born 5 October 1835 Died 6 May 1910, Elizabeth Anne Campbell Born 12 July 1833 Died 6 August 1882 William Campbell Born 18 July 1832 Died 7 October 1887, Mungo Septimus Campbell Born 31 March 1831 Died 26 August 1859, Robert Campbell Born 13 March 1830 Died 4 July 1866. Conversation Pictures - Children of Colin Campbell of Colgrain and Camis Eskan (see Carter-Campbell of Possil) by Daniel Macnee 1845
Archibald Hamilton Campbell Born 17 December 1823 Died 12 March 1897, James Campbell 14 October 1828 Died 13 March 1905, Alexander Henry Campbell Born 31 July 1822 died 11 November 1858, George William Campbell Born 3 June 1826 Died 2 December 1896. Conversation Pictures - Children of Colin Campbell of Colgrain and Camis Eskan (see Carter-Campbell of Possil) by Daniel Macnee 1845

He was born at Fintry in Stirlingshire.[2] At the age of thirteen he was apprenticed, along with Horatio McCulloch and Leitch the water colourist, to the landscape artist John Knox. He afterwards worked for a year as a lithographer, and was employed by a company in Cumnock, Ayrshire (Smiths of Cumnock), to paint the ornamental lids of their sycamore-wood snuff-boxes.[3]

He studied in Edinburgh at the Trustees' Academy, where he supported himself by illustrating publications for William Home Lizars the engraver. Moving to Glasgow, he established himself as a fashionable portrait painter. In 1829 he was admitted as a member of the Royal Scottish Academy; and on the death of Sir George Harvey in 1876 he was elected president, and was knighted. From then until his death he remained in Edinburgh, where, according to the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, "his genial social qualities and his inimitable powers as a teller of humorous Scottish anecdotes rendered him popular".[3]

Several of Macnee's works are held by the National Portrait Gallery in London and at the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh.

His great-grandson is the actor Patrick Macnee.


  1. ^ Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Bryan, Michael; Williamson, George C. (1904). "Macnee, Daniel, Sir". Bryan's dictionary of painters and engravers. vol. 3, H-M. NY: Macmillan. p. 266. 
  3. ^ a b Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Macnee, Daniel". Encyclopædia Britannica 17 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 265. 

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