John, Lord Carmichael KT 1726

Lord Carmichael was born in 1701 and became Lord Hyndford in 1737. The year 1739 was an important one for him. He became a Scottish representative peer, Sheriff of Lanark, and Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He was also a Privy Councellor in 1750 and served as an envoy to Prussia, Russia and Vienna. Towards the end of his life he was made Vice Admiral of Scotland from 1764 to his death in 1767.

He wears the regalia of a Knight of the Thistle, an embroidered star on his coat, and a green sash with the cross of St Andrew badge. It is difficult to say that his coat is the officer's uniform of the Scots Guards in 1726, as they tended to wear their own designs. The buttons are in threes but that regimental distinction was not introduced until 50 years later.

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