Notes on a Portrait at Abbotsford
Earthwork, Apertures, Stone Walls, Fort
Medieval, Thirteenth Century
The 16th-century portrait is part of Sir Walter Scott's collection at Abbotsford. The subject, Sir Thomas Hervey, was one of the Herveys of Ickworth, Co. Suffolk, and was Knight Marshal to Queen Mary I of England, Mary Tudor. A coat of arms is also depicted. The Knight Marshal was an officer of the English Royal Household with the functions of a domestic magistrate '” a sort of Chief of Police.