Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon [Caiptean Raibeart Caimbeul Ghleann Lìomhann], 1632 - 1696. In command at Glencoe
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Captain Robert Campbell of Glenlyon [Caiptean Raibeart Caimbeul Ghleann Lìomhann], 1632 - 1696. In command at Glencoe About 1654

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  • Scottish Art
In February 1692 a company of the Earl of Arygll's regiment was quartered on the Macdonalds of Glencoe. For a week all was friendly but the Macdonalds, strongly Jacobite, were considered to be a threat to the government. Early in the morning of 13 February the soldiers, commanded by Captain Campbell and acting on secret orders, fell on their hosts and slaughtered them on the desolate snow-covered hillsides of Glencoe. For his part in this massacre, the name of Campbell of Glenlyon has become a by-word for treachery. This portrait of a rather nervous-looking young man, with a halo of bright hair, was painted several decades before this notorious event.

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Jacobite

Jacobitism was a movement to restore the descendants of the Stuart King James VII and II to the British throne. The first claimant, Prince James Francis Edward (known as 'the Old Pretender') was exiled first in France, then Italy, from where he planned unsuccessful attempts to claim the throne. His son Prince Charles Edward (known as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' or 'the Young Pretender') famously invaded Britain in 1745, but after some military successes was finally defeated at Culloden in 1746.

Jacobite

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 995
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 76.20 x 63.10 cm (framed: 89.50 x 80.00 x 5.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1925