John Grant. Her Majesty's Head Keeper, Balmoral.
[Blackwood and Sons, London and Edinburgh, 1870.]
Very fine chromolithograph, printed in colour. 553 x 432mm. 21ĺ x 17".
John Grant (1810-1879) in 1822 was employed as gillie by Sir Robert Gordon, at that time, tenant of Balmoral. In 1839 he was made keeper, and held that situation until the death of Sir Robert, in 1847. After that event, he was engaged the same year, as head Forester by H.R.H. the Prince Consort, and entrusted with the management of the Balmoral deer-forest. For twelve years he was the constant attendant of the Prince, when deer-stalking; and after Prince Albertís death he stayed on at Balmoral, as the Queen's Head Keeper, and resided at Croft, a house built for him on the property. Seen here holding a rifle and cap; in the background, a view of the mountain Lochnagar on the Balmoral estate. Grant was permitted, on the grounds of age, to wear trousers rather than the kilt like the rest of the Queen's retainers. From a two volume publication of 31 portraits illustrating the principal clans of the Royal Household at Balmoral, reign of Queen Victoria, titled "Highlanders of Scotland".
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