Found Art describes the ownership and history of my collection as it was gifted, inherited, bought, and willed through three hundred years of descendants.
It begins with Henry David Erskine (1710—1767), 10th Earl of Buchan, his wife Agnes (Stuart) Erskine, and their children Anne Agnes Erskine; Henry Erskine, Lord Advocate of Scotland; David Stuart Erskine, Earl of Buchan; and Thomas Erskine, 1st Baron Erskine, Lord High Chancellor of the United Kingdom.
It ends with the last direct descendant Sir Robert Erskine Holland (1873—1965).
The following individuals had a direct or interesting connection to the Erskine and Holland families—and to my art:
- King George III & IV
King William IV
Queens Mary & Caroline
Edward Prince of Wales
Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Walter Scott
- Mahatma Gandhi
- Benjamin Franklin