Sunday, October 28, 2012

Ewen Macpherson of Cluny

This is the completed command base for my Badenoch Royalists - led by Ewen Macpherson of Cluny attended by his piper and a flag bearer. The painted tartans are meant to represent the ancient tartan of clan Macpherson, however it is impossible at this size to paint an exact likeness of the complex tartan, and so I attempted to simply capture the spirit of the clan's white tartan as best as possible.

In the English Civil War the Macphersons played a gallant part on the side of the King. From the register of the provincial synod of Moray it appears that Ewen Macpherson of Cluny had joined with Alastair Macdonald, the Marquess of Huntly, and the Great Marquess of Montrose in their daring military enterprise; that he had been present at the battles of Tibbermuir and Aberdeen, in which he had been in command of all the loyal forces of Badenoch.

My family on my mother's side are the Archibalds of Scotland, a sept of the great Clan Macpherson - so this history has some very personal meaning to me.