This vast painting illustrates the legend from the history of the Clan Mackenzie.

Alexander III of Scotland was out hunting with Colin Fitzgerald, founder of the Clan. The King was attacked by a stag and saved by Fitzgerald who killed the stag by spearing the beast through the forehead. In gratitude Alexander granted Fitzgerald the lands of Kintail in Ross and the McKenzie armorial bearings show a stag bleeding from the forehead.

Provenance

Commissioned by Francis Humberston Mackenzie (1745-1815) later Viscount Seaforth & Baron Mackenzie of Kintall; remained in the Mackenzie family seat, Brahan Castle until demolished in 1952; lent to Fortrose Town Council by Madeline, Countess of Seaforth.


Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH2 2EL
0131 624 6200
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Daily, 10am –​ 5pm (until 7pm Thur) Extended opening until 6pm during August

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