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This portrait is one of the few known to show the change and development in Scottish Highland dress. Its subject, Alasdair Ruadh MacDonell, 13th chief of Glengarry, is wearing a belted plaid, and his gillie or servant is wearing a version of what we know today as the modern kilt.
This painting is also of interest as it bears a striking similarity to one of Lord George Murray, the prominent Jacobite general. Despite this, its provenance as a portrait of Alasdair Ruadh is not in doubt. Not only has the painting always been in the family of the MacDonells of Glengarry but the gillie is carrying heather, the badge of Clan Donald.
Alasdair Ruadh MacDonell (c.1725–1761), 13th Chief of Glengarry
oil on canvas
H 156 x W 121 cm
bequeathed by Marsaili Cuninghame, 1999
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