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TITLE
Earl of Seafield (30th chief of the clan Grant)
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GLENURQUHART_DUNCANMACDONALD_001
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Glenurquhart Heritage Group
ASSET ID
22653
KEYWORDS
nobility, Glenurquhart, highland dress, tartan, architecture, mansion, seafields, Grants
Earl of Seafield (30th chief of the clan Grant)

One family that had a great impact upon the town of Glenurquhart and much of the surrounding area were the Grants of Seafield. This photograph depicts the Earl of Seafield, the 30th chief of the clan Grant who was the hereditary ruler of the Balmacaan estate. Within a few years of this photograph being taken, the Earl was killed in World War I. This family included the notorious Sir Ludovic Grant, who betrayed many Jacobite sympathisers but also 'Good Sir James Grant', who was markedly kind to his tenants during the era of the Highland clearances, helping to build up a sustainable manufacturing base in the towns of Lewiston and Milton.

In the photograph, the Earl wears a Glengarry hat which contains two badges. One is of a lion rampant, which is a symbol of the Stewart Clan who were the royal family of Scotland. The other is the Grant coat of arms, showing a burning hill, the traditional rallying point of the clan. In the background there is a stand of antiquated weapons, which were a common type of decoration in Scottish stately homes. Even after complete union with England after the 1745 rebellion, many Scottish families were active in the military.

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Earl of Seafield (30th chief of the clan Grant)

INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston

1910s

nobility, Glenurquhart, highland dress, tartan, architecture, mansion, seafields, Grants

Glenurquhart Heritage Group

Glenurquhart Heritage Group (photographs)

One family that had a great impact upon the town of Glenurquhart and much of the surrounding area were the Grants of Seafield. This photograph depicts the Earl of Seafield, the 30th chief of the clan Grant who was the hereditary ruler of the Balmacaan estate. Within a few years of this photograph being taken, the Earl was killed in World War I. This family included the notorious Sir Ludovic Grant, who betrayed many Jacobite sympathisers but also 'Good Sir James Grant', who was markedly kind to his tenants during the era of the Highland clearances, helping to build up a sustainable manufacturing base in the towns of Lewiston and Milton. <br /> <br /> In the photograph, the Earl wears a Glengarry hat which contains two badges. One is of a lion rampant, which is a symbol of the Stewart Clan who were the royal family of Scotland. The other is the Grant coat of arms, showing a burning hill, the traditional rallying point of the clan. In the background there is a stand of antiquated weapons, which were a common type of decoration in Scottish stately homes. Even after complete union with England after the 1745 rebellion, many Scottish families were active in the military.