Highlanders of Scotland:
Being A Series of Portraits, with Biographical and Historical Notices, Illustrative of the Principal Clans and Followings, and the Retainers of the Royal Household at Balmoral, In the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. Reduced, from the Original Lithographs, by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son.London, Mr. Mitchell, Publisher to Her Majesty, [c. 1874] Stock Code: 137270
NotesArchibald Fraser MacDonald's copy in the presentation binding. It was first published in 1870, featuring the watercolour portraits commissioned by Queen Victoria from Kenneth Macleay. This copy was specially bound and personalised for Archibald Fraser Macdonald (1842-1890), who was The Prince of Wales's Jäger (or gillie). His biographical notes start on p. 21 and in his portrait (p. 25), he is pictured, with a view of the corrie of Lochnagar in the background, wearing MacDonald of the Isles and Sleat tartan, and brooch, bonnet,and sporran with the Prince of Wales's feathers. Macdonald's father is mentioned in Queen Victoria's Leaves from the Journal of Our Life in the Highlands, from 1848 to 1861, as "a Jäger to the Prince's, who came from Fort Augustus in the West: he was remarkably tall and handsome. The poor man died of consumption at Windsor, in May, 1860" (p. 103). She goes on about his sons and adds "the third son, Archie, is Jäger to the Prince of Wales, and was for a year with the beloved Prince" (p. 103).
Macdonald senior, the Queen noted, was appointed to a royal hunting party as a guide by Peter Farquharson, whose unlisted notice and portrait are the last in this volume. He was Her Majesty's keeper at Abergeldie and his wife, Margaret McHardy, is also mentioned in Queen Victoria's Leaves (p. 161) as having accompanied her to see the poor people of Balnacroft.
Loosely inserted are a sprig of heather in an envelope, and another one, unidentified, on its own.
It is most likely that each entrant in the book was given their own personalised copy of the leather bound volume; but we were unable to trace other presentation copies.
Quarto (236 x 170 mm). Presentation binding of brown morocco, titles in gilt to spine, raised bands, thistle and coronet motifs to compartments and corners of boards within single gilt rules, "Archibald Fraser Macdonald" in gilt to front board, turn-ins richly gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
32 full-page lithographic monochrome portraits with captions, all but one (that of Peter Farquharson, Her Majesty's Keeper at Abergeldie) listed in the contents.
A little rubbed and scuffed, light foxing to first and last few leaves, one portrait starting but firm, else clean and square. A very good copy.
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