Daniel Macnee

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

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

He studied in Edinburgh at the Trustees' Academy, where he supported himself by illustrating publications for 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 Encyclopædia Britannica, "his genial social qualities and his inimitable powers as a teller of humorous Scottish anecdotes rendered him popular".

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 9780902198845. http://www.rse.org.uk/fellowship/fells_indexp2.pdf. Retrieved September 25, 2010. 

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