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The Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, near Edinburgh

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The Firth of Forth at South Queensferry, near Edinburgh Dated 1791

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This charming watercolour shows the River Forth at South Queensferry, a small town near Edinburgh. Queensferry takes its name from Queen Margaret (later Saint Margaret), who had married Malcom III in 1070. The ceremony took place across the river in Dunfermline, Fife. There, Margaret set up a priory with Benedictine monks which soon became a place of pilgrimage. This created a high demand for ferries to carry the religious travellers across the river Forth to Dunfermline. The Queen’s Ferry was paid for by Margaret and would depart and arrive at various points along the shore near the village that soon adopted the name Queensferry. The first bridge to span the river was the famous Forth Rail bridge in 1890, more than a century after Allan painted this watercolour.

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A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.



  • Acc. No. D 153
  • Medium Watercolour with some bodycolour over traces of pencil on paper, laid onto a grey wash mount
  • Size 27.20 x 41.30 cm
  • Credit David Laing Bequest to the Royal Scottish Academy transferred 1910