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Eliza Tod of Drygrange (née Pringle)

RAEBURN, Sir Henry (1756 - 1823)

Eliza Tod of Drygrange (née Pringle)

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 76.0 x 62.2 cm

Acquired: 1963; Bequest; Margaret Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 466

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection


Amgueddfa Cymru – Museum Wales Staff
3 August 2021, 11:25

Dear Katie, Many thanks for your interest in the painting of Eliza Tod of Drygrange (née Pringle) and for sharing the fascinating history you have uncovered which really helps bring the portrait to life.

Katie Hardie
19 June 2021, 00:03
To who it may concern,

This is sadly not an enquiry with regards to purchase something, but some background on one of your paintings. Feel free to use or discard.

Due to my love of finding out the history of my family homes, (all homes tbh, definitely born in the wrong century)! I came across this portrait (only image of her I’ve found, to date).

Onto the background; her name was Elizabeth Tod Pringle (Originally Elizabeth Pringle) born in 1774, her husband was Archibald Tod (hence Tod-Pringle). The property was built around 1774. Prior to this it exchanged hands between the monks (who had a BIG say, because they essentially owned a huge amount of the unclaimed land” and a guy who had a fair amount of money. Said money ‘guy’ lost it. However the son of said guy was able to buy the lands back, and the built Drygrange and Kirklands House (Kirklands is the Dower house). Elizabeth was the ‘dower’ of the property. The main house sadly burnt down at the beginning of the 20th century. It has however been rebuilt and is now a nursing home (a very good one at that)

I have quite a fair bit more info on the house if you’re interested. I hope you enjoyed the little back story on the lady in your painting.

Kindest regards,
Katie Hardie
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