Labhran Highland Wear Style Blog
Auld Dubrach Peter Grant – the last surviving Jacobite soldier of the ‘45.
Auld Dubrach – Peter Grant was painted in 1822 by Colvin Smith a native of Angus. The painting was commissioned by William Maule on whose estate Peter and his daughter lived.
Peter Grant born in a croft at Dubrach ( the place on a hillock of wild ferns ) near Braemar in 1714 the year before the first Jacobite rising of 1715. Peter grew up to be a tailor and weaver. When in 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie – Charles Edward Stuart landed at Glenfinnan, Peter as with many Highlanders was sympathetic to the cause and joined Monaltrie’s and Balmoral regiment of the new Jacobite army with the rank of Sgt Major. His service saw him with the regiment saw him take part in a number of the historic battles of the uprising including The Battle of Prestonpans when he was decorated for bravery and finally the brutality of the Battle of Culloden in 1746, when he was taken prisoner. From that fateful day he was transported to Carlisle to face his fate of hanging or deportation. Having survived the trip to Carlisle, Peter managed to escape and with great difficulty and little resources travel back up into the Highlands.
With a price on his head and little money or food he made his way back to the area around Braemar. He managed to avoid re capture and returned to his former trade of a tailor. After some years he married a local girl Mary Cummings from Braemar who was many years his junior and she bore him a son and daughter.
The old croft at Dubrach
In 1820 two gentlemen were walking in Glen Lethnot hills and were introduced to Peter as Auld Dubrach after the croft were he lived. The two gentlemen were amazed to hear his story and about the fact he had fought in the ’45. He was in fine health for his age and even showed them how to use the broadsword he kept in his croft.
A petition for support was raised by the gentlemen and he was presented to King George II in Edinburgh. When he was introduced to King George, the ruling Monarch is reported to have siad “Ah, Grant, you are my oldest friend”, to which Auld Dubrach replied: “Na, na, your majesty, I’m your auldest enemy”. He was also asked if he still felt loyal to the Stuart Cause, he replied, “Yes, Sir, and I would be ready to give my support again, if needs be”. Peter Grant was awarded a life pension of 50 guineas a year and he returned to his home at Dubrach where he lived out his final years until he died on 11th February 1824 at the age of 110 years in his son’s home at Auchendryne.
More than 300 people attended his funeral and three pipers played the Jacobite tune “Wha Widna Fecht Fer Charlie” as his funeral progressed to Invercauld. It was reprted that an anker (about 4 gallons) of whisky was consumed before his coffin was lifted. At the graveside a piper played the Jacobite tune, “Wha widna fecht for Charlie’s richt?”.
A head stone was inscribed; “The old, loyal Jacobite was at peace. He had kept faith with those whom he thought were his rightful Monarchs all of his life, a hero and man of honour to the last.” A memorial stone was also errected in the kirk yard of Lethnot and Navar, commemorating Auld Dubrach, and his wife Mary and their daughter Anne. Mary is buried in Lethnot kirk yard.
He is mentioned in the book “No Quarter Given” which lists all known members of the Jacobite army during the ’45’, thus: “Sgt Major Grant Peter, Dubrach, Braemar, Taken, escaped, died 1824”.
Peter Grant Auld Dubrach the last surviving Jacobite soldier of the ’45.
Clan crest and sword Edinburgh hallmarked sterling silver kilt pins
We are very proud of our range of kilt pins hand crafted in the workshops of Hamiliton & Inches for our discerning clients around the world.
Hand crafted sterling silver Wallace sword kilt pin.
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Hand crafted Scottish clan crest sterling silver kilt pins - Crafted and hallmarked in Edinburgh for The House of Labhran.
Malcolm MacGregor Prize Bagpipe 1813
A few of years ago Pipe Major Roger Huth and ourselves purchased the prize bagpipe from the 1813 competition presented by the Highland Society of London from the family of the winner Finlay MacLeod . The family lived in Somerset, South West England, so our return up the A303 we were passing Stonehenge and we stopped for a break. Pipe Major Roger Huth ( Scots Guards ret ) couldn't resist playing this antique bagpipe near these ancient stones and we to got the pipes out and installed a set of new drone reeds and played a couple of tunes on them.
Bagpipe maker Malcolm MacGregor moved from Glasgow to London, between 1802 and 1810.
He made the prize bagpipe for the Highland Society of London from 1812 to 1815. This particular bagpipe was awarded to Finlay MacLeod on July 28, 1813 at a competition held in London. The had been made by Malcolm MacGregor and commissioned from him for about four pounds from records we think by the powerful Highland Society of London. The stocks have hairlines which soon became apparant but the drones okay. A gentle 'MacDougal' type of sound from them. The chanter must have been taken from the shelf as it still has projections on the side for fitting a key like the Northumbrian & Brian Boru pipes have as standard. The pad which covers the hole rather than your finger. It must have had a good sound as the holes show plenty of use. However, the key had been removed at somepoint in the past.
Roger later played these same bagpipes to the Highland Society of London at their Annual Dinner. Roger couldn't hope to cover the huge holes on the original chanter (skinny fingers) so played one of our modern chanters. The drones never moved, a delightful indoor sound and obviously made by a master bagpipe maker. The winning tune in 1813 was 'Black Donald's March', and was the one Roger played for the annual dinner, but from Donald MacDonald's book as that was probably the style in 1813.
Pipe Major Roger Huth
The Malcolm MacGregor Prize Bagpipe was later sold by us to a collector in Europe and the bagpipe appears in Highland bagpipe Makers book by Jeannie Campbell.
Kilts and sporrans at Mar Lodge 19th century Highland style
We thought we would share a few more photos from the 19th century and early 20th century featuring the Royal family and guests at Mar Lodge Aberdeenshire.
Mar Lodge is a sporting lodge five miles to the west of Braemar and the principal building on the Mar Lodge Estate in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was built in 1895, replacing an earlier building, by Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife. Today it is owned and run by the National Trust for Scotland.
Mar Lodge 1863
The group in the doorway of the smoking room including the Prince and Princess of Wales. This was the Prince’s first visit to the lodge in 1863. The stripped socks worn by the gentleman on the left are very much of the time and in the photo below the gentleman seated is wearing socks with the stripes running vertically.
Mar Lodge interior 1863
An amazing group of heads of Red Deer stags from Mar Lodge adorn the walls.
1904 Mar Lodge
The Royal Prince’s are wearing their kilts and fine, if not slightly oversized sporrans. A royal family gathering at Mar Lodge in Scotland. Back row, from left, Queen Alexandra, Louise Duchess of Fife, Duke of Fife, The Hon. Charlotte Knollys, Cunningham Graham, King Haakon. Children in the middle row, from left, Prince Olaf, Lady Alexandra Duff, Lady Maud Duff. Front row, from left, Edward VIII (1895 – 1972), Princess Mary, and Princess Victoria, holding Prince Albert’s hand. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The royal party at Mar Lodge with Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale in the front row in the balmoral tartan and his father Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII ) in the back row. Circa 1880
Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale on the left with a wonderful badger sporran. Circa 1880
Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII ) at Mar Lodge circa 1880’s - Wonderful 18th century style sporran.
Edward VII Vintage Highland Wear Style
From an early age King Edward VII was a lover of clothes and fashion. This of course included Highland wear and we have curated a series of photos showing the Prince and later the King through the years. From his mothers reign an high Victorian style to his own Edwardian reign.
It is interesting to note the prince who was left handed wore his dirk and sgian dubh on the left rather than the right.
The prince in a tweed kilt with a Scottish Wildcat sporran
The prince wearing a fine velvet jacket and waistcoat with ball style buttons and full mask otter sporran.
Vintage CDV of Edward Prince of Wales and Alexandra of Denmark at Balmoral circa 1867 with young: Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, George V, Louise, Princess Royal
The Four Princes H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught and H.R.H. the Duke of Albany, September 1st, 1881. From the book "V.R.I. Her Life and Empire" by The Marquis of Lorne, K.T. now his grace The Duke of Argyll. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images) A wonderful selection of otter and Scottish Wildcat sporrans.
King Edward VII wearing a black mourning armband for his mother queen Victoria 1901
King Edward VII in tweed kilt with matched cap and Scottish Wildcat sporran
We have gather together and curated a new collection of vintage Highland gentleman photographs from our own collection and photographs that clients have kindly sent us. They make a wonderful reference source of 19th century Highland dress. We hope you enjoy the style, cut of jackets, splendour of sporrans.
King Edward VII with wonderful classic leather sporran in an 18th century style
Highland Inverness day dress for this gentleman means tweed kilt, otter sporran and spats.
A fine goat hair sporran
Interesting kilt hose
John Brown in full dress
Ghillies at The Cuilfail Hotel Argyll
Interesting personal crest on this gentlemans bonnet
Matching tweed kilt and jacket styled with a wildcat sporran
1860’s Piper with levee dress pistols
Clan chief in full evening dress including silver goat hair sporran, levee dress pistols, sword and velvet doublet
Wonderful classic badger full mask sporran
The Oban Gathering
Piper Robert Ireland
It would be wonderful if we could track down more of these sporrans and plaid brooches. They must still be some where out there.
Incredible gauntlet cuffs on this pipers doublet
1860’s studio photograph