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Portrait of Captain Hugh Fraser, late 18th century

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Postcard of Portrait of Captain Hugh Fraser, late 18th century.
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Portrait of Captain Hugh Fraser, late 18th century

This is a portrait of Captain Hugh Fraser of Eskadale, who served at Falkirk, Prestonpans, Stirling and Culloden, on the government side. He was commissioned Lieutenant on 4 September 1754, so would probably have been an Ensign in 1746.

There were Scottish officers in the British Army at Culloden, but not many highlanders. Captain Fraser also served in Blakeney's Regiment throughout the North American campaigns, and was known as The Fiery Captain, renowned for his swordsmanship.

The coloured trim on his collar and cuffs are known as 'facings'. Regiments were identified by the colour of their facings, and this colour is called 'buff'. The 27th was commanded by Lieutenant-General Sir William Blakeney, K.B., from 1737 until 1761.

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Online ID: 000-000-100-258-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0207: The Thistle at War
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1949.127
Date: 1746
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 75 cm x 64.5 cm
What: Painting, oil
Subject: Fine Art - Paintings
Who: Major Hugh Fraser (sitter)
Event: Battle of Culloden
Description: 27th (Blakeney's) Regiment - Oil painting of Major Hugh Fraser, who served at Culloden.
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