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Scotland Oil Painting – Blackfaced Highlanders

November 27th, 2009

Blackfaced Highlanders
14 x 18 oil on canvas
Gift, not for sale

This painting depicts one of our family’s ancestral homelands – the Isle of Skye looking toward the mainland of Scotland on the southeastern part of Skye. Many years ago we had the opportunity to visit there and, looking up the records in the Clan Donald museum, located the place where my 9g grandfathers and mothers lived and worked in the 1700s. The blackfaced sheep is one of the most common in the UK, and they still graze on these lands once occupied by crofters. Nowadays tourism is also a thriving industry.

In the 1730s, there was a large migration from that part of Skye to America, primarily to the colony of North Carolina, where our forbears, the McIvers, settled and married McKinnons, McClouds, McKenzies and many other immigrant Scots. If you come from that area, we are probably distant cousins.

This painting is a birthday gift to our daughter.

6 Comments »

  1. Ahh……Those rolling clouds, so promising for rain, yet all that light, still, and all that space… Your daughter will love it.
    annie

    Comment by annie — November 27, 2009 @ 2:38 pm
  2. Love it

    -kyle

    Comment by kyle huffstetler — November 27, 2009 @ 5:04 pm
  3. I love the pastoral feeling of this; great history too. I’m sure your daughter will love it as well as the story that goes with it.

    Comment by Tami — November 27, 2009 @ 10:01 pm
  4. I live in Scotland (not on any of the islands though sadly – that is my dream as they are all so beautiful) and have to say you’ve really captured the spirit of the place in this picture. Lovely work.

    Comment by Jackie — November 28, 2009 @ 5:25 am
  5. That’s a beautiful painting. What a great gift. Your daughter is going to treasure this for the loveliness of the painting and also the history.

    Comment by Timaree (freebird) — November 28, 2009 @ 9:14 am
  6. Lucky daughter!!!

    Comment by Marian Fortunati — November 28, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

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