Sir Walter Stirling

American Born


Walter Stirling was born in Philadelphia in 1758, the eldest son of Captain (later Admiral) Walter Stirling and his American wife Dorothy Willing of Philadelphia. His father was allegedly instrumental in convincing the family of Horatio Nelson to let their young son join the Royal Navy. Stirling Sen. had an illustrious naval career that culminated in the offer of a Knighthood from King George III, an offer which he declined. He also missed out on being appointed Governor of Halifax whilst visiting his family in Scotland.

Stirling Jun. enlisted with the Somerset Place Volunteers in 1798 and rose through the ranks to become Lieut.-Col. of the Prince of Wales’s Loyal Middlesex Volunteers before joining the London and Westminster Light Horse in 1803. By profession he was a banker, being director of Globe Insurance Co. and a junior partner in Hodsoll and Michel (later Hodsoll and Stirling) Bank in the Strand. He was also elected as an MP from 1799. Stirling Jun. claimed his father’s title to become 1st Baronet of Faskine in 1800 and was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1801. In his private life, he married heiress Susannah Goodenough and with her had five children.

This portrait shows Walter Stirling Jun. in military dress. It is inscribed on the reverse – Sir Water Stirling / Faskine Lanarkshire and / of / Shoreham Kent / Bart. F.R.S and U.S. / Born June 26th 1756 [sic] / died August 25th 1832.

The portrait is presented in the original papier-mâché frame with convex glass and a leaf hanger.

Item Ref. 9111IW

Size: framed, 154 x 141mm (6 x 5½")