Castle Urquhart
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Castle Urquhart 1929
  • Scottish Art
Castle Urquhart is situated on the banks of Loch Ness, with magnificent views across the Great Glen towards Inverness and Fort Augustus. Throughout its long existence, the castle has been an important strategic stronghold for anyone wishing to control the area, including both Robert the Bruce and Oliver Cromwell’s armies. The history of the castle is steeped in conflict, but this accounts for only part of the now ruined state. It was deliberately blown up in 1692 to prevent it falling into Jacobite hands. The castle’s turbulent past and the surrounding romantic landscape combine to make this one of the most popular beauty spots in Scotland. Cameron’s print shows the austere ruins set in the now peaceful valley, with its majestic tower reflected in the still, unbroken waters of Loch Ness.

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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. CAMERON.35
  • Medium Drypoint with slight basis of etching on paper
  • Size 23.30 x 41.70 cm
  • Credit The Hon. Gertrude Forbes-Sempill Gift 1955