William Skirving (1745–1796) Secretary to the British Convention



William Skirving (c.1745–1796) was one of the five Scottish Martyrs for Liberty. Active in the cause of universal franchise and other reforms inspired by the French Revolution, they were convicted of sedition in 1793-94, and sentenced to transportation to New South Wales.
Drawn and etched by John Kay (1742-1826), artist and barber of Edinburgh. Published in ‘A Series of Original Portraits and Caricature Etchings’, 1870. Biographies and anecdotes by Hugh Paton, carver and gilder.


Image size 93 x 129 mm
600 ppi