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Heroes of the Grey Corries

Heroes of the Grey Corries, Watercolour, 25 x 36 cm

This is the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. The British Commandos were formed during World War II to take part in raids against occupied Europe. They had their depot at Achnacarry Castle, where they went through tough training in the surrounding mountains. Later, they were joined by US Rangers and commandos from other countries. The famous monument was set up in 1952.


  1. Hi there Keih!... an interesting piece of the historic past... beautifully melded with a rich and wild Scottish landscape!

    Your visual interpretation today seems strangely more peaceful and less ominous and at rest... when one than considers the tortuous preparations that those brave men participated in here... to prepare them for the European theater.

    Another gem Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  2. Hi Bruce,

    Your words have reminded me that this contrast could apply to much of the Highlands. Throughout their history there has been violence, from feuds and cattle-stealing between clans, to the later conflict of the Jacobite Rebellions, and even the cruelty of the Highland Clearances. I suppose there always have been peaceful places as well, but at least now we can enjoy them without having to look over our shoulder!

    All the best,

  3. I love the sky and the distant Hills keith, brilliant. All the best.

  4. Hi again Keith!... Thanks for the historical Highlands overview! I knew of... but hadn't considered those events... but it is so very true.

    We are ... most of us in the Western World presently at least... living without the fears from before... a blessing!

    Here in our area it was the same. Huronia... as this area is called... was the home of the Huron First Peoples... but it had visited upon it the Iroquoian wrath and outright butchery of that tribe from Upstate New York.

    The martyr's Shrine is but 12 km distant where three Jesuit priests were tortured unmercifully and had their hearts ripped out while alive.

    Penetanguishene was the port on Georgian Bay from whence the British regulars and North West Mounted Police were dispatched up the Great Lakes to quell the Riel (Metis) Rebellion in Saskatchewan.

    They were lodged and quartered at the (now derelict) Simcoe House tavern and Stage Coach Inn... right across the road from our Gallery!

    I think your post really underscores another value for painting outdoors. It restores one's earlier human "hunter-gather" instincts... to gather historical facts! HA HA!! You and I really do enjoy this learning opportunity!

    Thanks for sharing Keith! It's a marvellous thing ... this blogging!
    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  5. I know this location well and it is nice to see your painting of it. I did a similar one but from beside the monument of the view and this was years ago when i painted only in watercolour. This is a nice painting Keith and shows also your thoughts on history too which brings another dimension to your work.

  6. Love it Keith, especially the ominous dark clouds on top, they look scared away by the commandos.

  7. Hi Caroline,

    I would normally just paint the view as well, but this time the monument was so striking, in silhouette, that it made a good subject. It was nice to make the historical statement as well.

  8. Thanks René, I was pleased with the way the clouds turned out. The paint ran down just far enough to suggest the threat of rain.

  9. Hello Keih!

    It is nice to meet you!

    Your paintings are VERY enjoyable to look at!

    I am your newest follower!

    Ciao Bella!

    Bella Bliss

  10. Hello Bella, thanks for looking in. It's nice to have you as a follower.


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