Painting; Portrait; Colonel A.S. DePeyster
Portrait in oils of Colonel Arent Schuyler DePeyster in uniform of the Dumfries Volunteers, of which he was commandant 1794 - 1822. DePeyster, born in New York in 1736, was an officer with the King’s Regiment during their time in North America. He was one of the key negotiators who persuaded Native Americans chiefs to fight on the side of the British during the American War of Independence. He gained trust with Native American chiefs by supplying them with provisions. They in turn, called him ‘The Father’. He eventually retired to Scotland after his service where he befriended the poet Robert Burns. DePeyster, himself a published poet, died in 1822.