In 1831, Simson presented this painting to the recently formed Royal Scottish Academy. Soloway Moss is a lowland peat bog (or moss), just south of the Scottish Border in Cumbria. It was also the scene of the famous 1542 battle between King James V of Scotland and King Henry VIII?s troops. It was a decisive win for the English, despite their vastly inferior number of troops. This tranquil, pastoral view looks out across the `moss? where the sun is setting in the distance. In the foreground a herder lies on the grass, his cattle resting nearby. The warmth of the sunset contrasts with the haunting blues of the right, and the eerie smoke drifting in the middle-distance gives what should be a calm scene, a slight edge of tension.