Alexander Baillie is one of the sitters in Thomas Gainsborough’s The Baillie Family, c.1783, which he bequeathed to the National Gallery.
This person is the subject of ongoing research. We have started by researching their relationship to the enslavement of people.
He inherited his father’s Bacolet estate, a sugar plantation worked by enslaved people, in Grenada, for which he received compensation.
Alexander Baillie is the son of James Baillie, who has an entry in the Legacies of British Slavery. (UCL Department of History, ‘James Baillie MP of Bedford Square and Ealing Grove’, in UCL Department of History (ed.), Legacies of British Slave-ownership [online], London 2020, <https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/person/view/2146633538> accessed 16 June 2021.)
No known connections with abolition.
National Gallery painting connections
Donor: bequeathed in 1855: NG789 (accessioned 1868; transferred to Tate, 1951).
History of Parliament Trust (ed.), The History of Parliament: British Political, Social & Local History, London 1964-, https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/
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UCL Department of History, 'Alexander Baillie', in UCL Department of History (ed.), Legacies of British Slave-ownership, London 2020, https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/person/view/2146630871
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