Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ruthven Barracks

Ruthven Barracks
Watercolour
25 x 26 cm

Ruthven Barracks, near Kingussie, was built to garrison troops during the Jacobite uprisings of the Eighteenth Century. It was one of a number of fortifications, including Fort Augustus and Fort William, which were set up at strategic points on the new network of military roads.

6 comments:

  1. Good morning Keith!..... These panoramic gems just keep flowing out of "You"... and wonderfully atmospheric they are!

    Great spot for a barrack construction... and a strategic location for a great painting ... a few hundred years later as well!haha!!

    Good Painting!
    Warm regards,
    Bruce

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  2. I know this site well! you have captured it perfectly. It is said that Alexander Stewart the 1st Earl of Buchan known as the Wolf of Badenoch who distroyed Pluscarden abbey, almost distroyed Elgin Cathedral and parts of Forres. He met his end at Ruthven Barracks and there is a very interesting story about how this came about!

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  3. Hi Bruce. I feel I'm on a bit of a mountain painting campaign at the moment!

    All the best.

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  4. Thanks Caroline, you've intrigued me into doing a bit of research.

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  5. Hi Keith,

    A marvellous painting full of atmosphere and memories. One of the landmarks to be ticked off on the long journey north when I used to go on holidays to Inverness with my parents.

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  6. Yes it's interesting that it must have been a landmark when it was built and it still is now.

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