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Battle of Braes

© the artist. Photo credit: Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

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This painting shows the artist’s imagining of the famous ‘Battle of the Braes’ that took place in Skye in 1882. It was part of a long struggle for crofters throughout the Highlands to win fair rents and security of land from the landowners during the nineteenth century.

Chowns is responding to the fact that many women also fought. The artist dedicated the painting to the ‘Macdonald family at An Comhnardan’ (a township of Braes) and presented it to the poet Sorley Maclean and Dr Angus MacDonald in Braes where they both lived in 1996.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig


Battle of Braes




oil on canvas


H 121.5 x W 183 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Sorley Maclean and Dr Angus MacDonald, 1999

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Inscription description

Douglas Chowns, Appin, Mackenzie Bay, Whangarei Heads, New Zealand, South Pacific. Women of Braes 1994, oil on cnavas, 2m x 1m. Received by Sorley Maclean in Braes with Dr Angus Sept 1996 dedicated to the Macdonald family at An Comhnardan. Girfted to Sabhal Mor ostaig 2.VIII.1999


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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

Arainn Chaluim Chille, Highland IV44 8RQ Scotland

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