Exhibited at the RA in 1889, this impressive canvas refers to the infamous massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692, in the wake of the Jacobite Uprising against the new British monarch William, Prince of Orange (1689-1702). Scott’s evocative lines on the “treach’rous cruelty” of the event – a trigger for subsequent Scottish unrest – are quoted in the NGV 1894 catalogue entry.
AR 1889, p.43; NGV 1894, p.36 (I.La Trobe Gallery, no.42; ill.); NGV 1905, p.25 (I.La Trobe Gallery, no.46; ill.)
See also Gott 19C (2003), pp.92-93. For the history, see e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe (with further references)