Portrait of Laurence Oliphant dressed in armour
Laurence Oliphant (1691–1767) was a Jacobite army officer who belonged to a branch settled at Findo Gask in Perthshire, Scotland. He took part in the rising of 1715, and both he and his son Laurence (died 1792) were actively concerned in the rising of 1745, being present at the battles of Falkirk and Culloden. After the ruin of the Stuart cause the Oliphants escaped to France, but were afterwards allowed to return to Scotland. Oliphant's descendants include Carolina, Baroness Nairne and from his sister are descended Laurence Oliphant the author, MP and diplomat and Thomas Oliphant, musician and author of "Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly".