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Portrait engraving of Marshal MacDonald

Engraving of Marshal MacDonald (1765 - 1840). His father, Neil MacEachan, was from South Uist in the Outer Hebrides, but had fled to France after Culloden. The Marshal was born in Sedan and the family later lived in Sancerre, where there was an exiled Jacobite community.

MacDonald's rise through the French military from 1792 to 1804 was meteoric. What he lacked in flamboyancy he made up for in loyalty, becoming one of Napoleon's favourite Marshals. It was said that Napoleon never placed him within the sound of bagpipes, in case his loyalties were torn, but this may be romantic exaggeration.

Napoleon promoted him Marshal of France on the battlefield of Wagram in 1809. In 1825 MacDonald visited Scotland, taking back to France some earth and potatoes from the family property at Howbeg, South Uist. He also visited the battlefield of Culloden.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-233-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1930.387
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Paper
Dimensions: 435 mm H x 308 mm W; 733 mm H x 530 mm W mounted
What: Print / engraving
Subject: Prints / History - Military
Who: French Army (Non-British forces, inc. Imperial and Colonial)
Jacques Etienne Josephe Alexandre MacDonald, Marshal of the French Army (depicted)
Where: France
Scotland, Outer Hebrides, South Uist, Howbeg
Description: Portrait engraving of Marshal MacDonald.
  • Wood, Stephen The Auld Alliance: Scotland and France, the military connection. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing in conjunction with the Mona Bismarck Foundation, 1989 
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