Henderson’s later career was as a soldier in Britain, and there is no evidence that he travelled abroad again. On 7 February 1625 he married Margaret, daughter of William Mentieth of Randiford. They had five sons and five daughters. Henderson was a loyal supporter of Charles I. He was knighted in about 1640, and in 1643 led an unsuccessful sortie into Lincolnshire. He commanded the Royalist garrison at Newark, and held the town against great odds until relieved by Prince Rupert. He was captured after the King’s defeat at Marston Moor, but released on parole and allowed to travel to Denmark where he had a diplomatic role.
The picture is painted by the rare artist Walter Frier who is known to have married Helen, daughter of John Borthwick, goldsmith and burgess of Edinburgh in 1705, and who had a career as portrait painter in the early eighteenth century. Five portraits by him hung formerly at Prestonfield House. The present portrait is said to be based on an earlier portrait but, as Duncan Thomson had pointed out at the time of the 2001 sale, may well be an elaboration of a single portrait of the princess. It hung at Fordell Castle, the imposing sixteenth-century home of the Henderson family, three miles west of Aberdour on the edge of a ravine above the Keithing Burn, which entered the family’s ownership with James Henderson, Lord Advocate (1494-1507) who acquired large estates in the area and was killed with his eldest son at Flodden in 1513.
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