This is the oldest painting in the University’s collections, and shows the sixteenth-century Dundee doctor David Kinloch. Born in 1560, Kinloch graduated from St Andrews University and in 1588 made a fateful journey to Spain during which he was imprisoned by the Spanish Inquisition. The story goes that Kinloch escaped execution only after curing the Grand Inquisitor of illness, though this seems highly improbable! In 1597 Kinloch was made Royal Physician to James VI. Four versions of the Kinloch portrait are known to have been painted, two of which are now owned by the University. This is the original, painted by an unknown heraldic artist. There are some intriguing differences between the two, for example the inkpot in this version has become a clock in the later copy.
Where to see this painting?
Not all paintings are on display. If you want to see a particular painting, please contact the collection
More on this painting
donated to the School of Medicine by Mr & Mrs Charles Lingard-Guthrie, 1950s