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TITLE
Braes of Balquhidder
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0613
PLACENAME
Braes of Balquhidder
DISTRICT
Perthshire - Western
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10531
KEYWORDS
Braes of Balquhidder
Rob Roy MacGregor
Jacobites
Battle of Killiecrankie
Balquhidder
Earl of Breadalbane
Duke of Montrose
Braes of Balquhidder

The Braes of Balquhidder are a dramatic range of hills overlooking Loch Voil, Perthshire. The area is associated with the MacGregor clan, especially Rob Roy MacGregor, the infamous outlawed cattle dealer. This photograph was taken by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.

Raised as a Jacobite, Rob Roy took part in the Battle of Killiecrankie at the age of 18. After the MacGregor name was banned in 1694 he took his mother's name, Campbell. He was a skilled cattle dealer and held land in Balquhidder, Craigroyston and Inversnaid but was evicted after losing money borrowed from the Duke of Montrose. He rented land from the Earl of Breadalbane, a political enemy of Montrose, and engaged in cattle stealing and raiding Montrose's land.

During the 1715 Jacobite Rising Rob Roy was engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Government troops but because of his allegiances with the Campbells, who were Government supporters, he did not take part in the Battle of Sherrifmuir. Despite this he was wanted for High Treason. He lived as an outlaw until he surrendered to General Wade in 1725. He received a pardon from George I and lived peacefully until his death near Balquhidder in 1734. His fame was guaranteed by Daniel Defoe's book 'Highland Rogue' published in 1723 and by Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Rob Roy' published in 1818.

The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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Braes of Balquhidder

PERTH

20c

Braes of Balquhidder; Rob Roy MacGregor; Jacobites; Battle of Killiecrankie; Balquhidder; Earl of Breadalbane; Duke of Montrose

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

The Braes of Balquhidder are a dramatic range of hills overlooking Loch Voil, Perthshire. The area is associated with the MacGregor clan, especially Rob Roy MacGregor, the infamous outlawed cattle dealer. This photograph was taken by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.<br /> <br /> Raised as a Jacobite, Rob Roy took part in the Battle of Killiecrankie at the age of 18. After the MacGregor name was banned in 1694 he took his mother's name, Campbell. He was a skilled cattle dealer and held land in Balquhidder, Craigroyston and Inversnaid but was evicted after losing money borrowed from the Duke of Montrose. He rented land from the Earl of Breadalbane, a political enemy of Montrose, and engaged in cattle stealing and raiding Montrose's land.<br /> <br /> During the 1715 Jacobite Rising Rob Roy was engaged in guerrilla warfare against the Government troops but because of his allegiances with the Campbells, who were Government supporters, he did not take part in the Battle of Sherrifmuir. Despite this he was wanted for High Treason. He lived as an outlaw until he surrendered to General Wade in 1725. He received a pardon from George I and lived peacefully until his death near Balquhidder in 1734. His fame was guaranteed by Daniel Defoe's book 'Highland Rogue' published in 1723 and by Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Rob Roy' published in 1818.<br /> <br /> The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.