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Inscribed on reverse in old handwriting Sir Walter Stirling, Bart. In whose family it had been from the time it was painted, to the present date, with the names of the sitters.

Sir Walter Stirling, 1st Bart of Faskine Co., Lanark was married to Susannah,  daughter of George T. Goodenough of Bordwood on the Isle of Wight. She was the sole heiress. Sir Walter served in the Royal Navy and was appointed Commander in Chief of the Fleet at Nore by George III. Together they had four children, pictured here.

From left to right are Sir Walter George Stirling, 2nd Bart born 1802, Georgiana Matilda, (who later married Sir T.B. Lennard, Bart and became Lady Lennard), Dorothy Anne born 1796 (later Mrs John Barrett-Lennard) and Mary Jane born 1795 (later Lady Flower, wife of Sir James Flower, Bart).