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The Massacre of Glencoe took place on 13 February 1692, when government troops slaughtered 38 members of the Clan MacDonald in their homes. Some survivors managed to avoid the attack, as shown in the painting, and attempted to escape through the snow. This is a typical Scottish Victorian 'costume piece', or historical painting, of a shameful incident from national history. Painted nearly 200 years after the event, the painting is not accurate record of what happened.
oil on canvas
H 106.7 x W 182.9 cm
presented by the family of D. Brodie MacLeod, 1929