Tuesday , 21 January 2020

Tag Archives: Scottish History

The Sad End of Hector MacDonald

Major General Sir Hector Archibald MacDonald (1853–1903), KCB, DSO by Ernest H. Longdon.

‘Fighting Mac’, Major General Sir Hector Archibald MacDonald, Knight Commander of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order, Aide de Camp, Doctor of Laws, was a name on everyone’s lips in the closing years of Victoria’s reign. Born near the Highland village of Conon Bridge in 1853, he joined the ‘Gay Gordons’ as a teenager, commencing a meteoric rise through army ranks ...

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The Mystery of Marie alias John Campbell, Renfrew 1871

Auld Renfrew

A fog had descended over Renfrew, swept in by the brisk November winds. Dr Allison turned his collars up against the chill and peered through the gloom, spying the address on Pinkerton Lane where a patient lay prone. The doctor rapped firmly on the front door. Mrs Early, a tidy, middle-aged woman, opened the door and ushered the doctor in. ...

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William Bruce Ellis Ranken, Scotland’s lost queer artist

A portrait of Ranken by Baron Adolph de Meyer

KaleidoScot highlights the story of a forgotten Scottish born artist, William Bruce Ellis Ranken, a man who lived his artistic passion and wasn’t shy paintings compositions with explicit homoerotic undertones. Born to the well to do Ranken family, in Edinburgh in 1881, he was educated in the country’s finest institutions, the prestigious Eaton College and later, Slade school of Art ...

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