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Print of Sir Evan J Murray MacGregor

Late 19th century print of the venerable General Sir Evan Murray MacGregor of MacGregor, 2nd Baronet (1785-1841). Originally painted by the Scottish artist George Watson RSA (1767-1837), first president of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1820 and pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Engraved by Henry Dawe, London. Originally produced as a mezzotint, this engraving was only ever partly printed in colour. It commemorates Sir Evan, in full MacGregor tartan, following a state visit by King George 1V to Edinburgh in 1822. To the reverse, a copy of a original labelled inscription. The print in an ebonies frame.
English, circa 1890 - 1900
height 25” (63cm) Width 16” (40.5cm)
Stock No. 1504

Evan MacGregor of MacGregor was the 19th Chief of the MacGregor Clan. His branch of the family had been forbidden from wearing their own surname by King James V!, with the ban being revoked in 1661 by King Charles 11, retired during the reign of William and Mary and finally repealed in 1774. It was only in 1822 that the family obtained the Royal Licence to use the name once more. During a state visit by George 1V to Edinburgh, which was organised by Sir Walter Scott, Sir Evan MacGregor, escorted by 50 of his clansmen, all wearing matching MacGregor tartan, accompanied the Honours of Scotland (the Scottish Crown Jewels) from Holyrood House to Edinburgh Castle. It was at this visit that he personally proposed the loyal toast ‘The Chief of Chiefs - The King!’. The baronetcy was created in 1795 for his father John Murray, with Evan assuming the title early in 1822. Sir Evan John Murray MacGregor reached the rank of Major-General flowing an illustrious career in the Army, became Aide-de-Camp to George V and William 1V, and became Governor of Dominica, Antique, Barbados and Trinidad. He was appointed Knight Commander, Order of the Bath (KCB) and Knight Grand Cross, Hanoverian Order (GCH).

The label attached originally to the reverse of the prints states, ‘Sir Evan Murray MacGregor was a dear and valued friend of Colonial Valentine Blacker and was godfather to his youngest son who was called after him Murray MacGregor Blacker and who was born March 1825’ Valentine Blacker (1778-1826), Companion of the Bath (1818), obtained his commission in the Madras Cavalry in 1798, was lieutenant colonel in the Honourable East India Company and later, Surveyor general of India. His connection with Evan MacGregor would have been during their military service in India, the latter being Assistant Adjutant-General and afterwards Deputy Adjutant-General at Madras in 1817.

Valentine’s son, Murray MacGregor Blacker (1824-1913), did not follow in his father’s footsteps, but became a very wealthy landowner, owning thousands of acres in Ireland and Norfolk, a plantation in Virginia, USA, and later Goldingham Hall in Bulmer, Essex.

Price: £345.00




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Print of Sir Evan J Murray MacGregor

Late 19th century print of the venerable General Sir Evan Murray MacGregor of MacGregor, 2nd Baronet (1785-1841). Originally painted by the Scottish artist George Watson RSA (1767-1837), first president of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1820 and pupil of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Engraved by Henry Dawe, London. Originally produced as a mezzotint, this engraving was only ever partly printed in colour. It commemorates Sir Evan, in full MacGregor tartan, following a state visit by King George 1V to Edinburgh in 1822. To the reverse, a copy of a original labelled inscription. The print in an ebonies frame.
English, circa 1890 - 1900
height 25” (63cm) Width 16” (40.5cm)
Stock No. 1504

Evan MacGregor of MacGregor was the 19th Chief of the MacGregor Clan. His branch of the family had been forbidden from wearing their own surname by King James V!, with the ban being revoked in 1661 by King Charles 11, retired during the reign of William and Mary and finally repealed in 1774. It was only in 1822 that the family obtained the Royal Licence to use the name once more. During a state visit by George 1V to Edinburgh, which was organised by Sir Walter Scott, Sir Evan MacGregor, escorted by 50 of his clansmen, all wearing matching MacGregor tartan, accompanied the Honours of Scotland (the Scottish Crown Jewels) from Holyrood House to Edinburgh Castle. It was at this visit that he personally proposed the loyal toast ‘The Chief of Chiefs - The King!’. The baronetcy was created in 1795 for his father John Murray, with Evan assuming the title early in 1822. Sir Evan John Murray MacGregor reached the rank of Major-General flowing an illustrious career in the Army, became Aide-de-Camp to George V and William 1V, and became Governor of Dominica, Antique, Barbados and Trinidad. He was appointed Knight Commander, Order of the Bath (KCB) and Knight Grand Cross, Hanoverian Order (GCH).

The label attached originally to the reverse of the prints states, ‘Sir Evan Murray MacGregor was a dear and valued friend of Colonial Valentine Blacker and was godfather to his youngest son who was called after him Murray MacGregor Blacker and who was born March 1825’ Valentine Blacker (1778-1826), Companion of the Bath (1818), obtained his commission in the Madras Cavalry in 1798, was lieutenant colonel in the Honourable East India Company and later, Surveyor general of India. His connection with Evan MacGregor would have been during their military service in India, the latter being Assistant Adjutant-General and afterwards Deputy Adjutant-General at Madras in 1817.

Valentine’s son, Murray MacGregor Blacker (1824-1913), did not follow in his father’s footsteps, but became a very wealthy landowner, owning thousands of acres in Ireland and Norfolk, a plantation in Virginia, USA, and later Goldingham Hall in Bulmer, Essex.

Price: £345.00

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