Alexander Boswell (1706-82) succeeded as 8th Laird of Auchinleck, Ayrshire, Scotland, in 1749. Like his father, Boswell studied law in the Dutch city of Leiden. In 1754 he was made a Lord of Session as Lord Auchinleck, becoming a judge in the highest court in Scotland. This portrait was commissioned to mark that event and shows him wearing the traditional red judge’s robes. It was painted in Edinburgh by Allan Ramsay, the leading portrait painter in Scotland at that time. Lord Auchinleck’s eldest son was James Boswell, the companion and biographer of Dr Johnson.