1736), captain of the city guard of Edinburgh, whose name is associated with the celebrated riots of 1736, was the son of Stephen Porteous, an Edinburgh tailor.
Porteous, who was said to have fired at the people with his own hand, was brought to trial and sentenced to death.
The incident of the Porteous riots was used by Sir Walter Scott in The Heart of Midlothian.
In British Museum) containing The Life and Death of Captain John Porteous, and other papers relating to the subject; W.
Carlyle's memory recalled the Porteous Riots of 1736, and less remotely his friendship with Adam Smith, David Hume, and John Home, the dramatist, for witnessing the performance of whose tragedy Douglas He Was Censured In 1757.