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The Scotch Triumvirate

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1868,0808.3928

  • Title (object)

    • The Scotch Triumvirate
  • Description

    Anti-Scottish satire: a scaffold with three Scotsmen, William Henry Cranstoun, James Lowry and Major James MacDonald, each with a rope around his neck; Cranstoun addresses his lover Mary Blandy in her shroud while her murdered father, also in a shroud, stands behind him; at Cranstoun's feet his victim, Kenrich Hossack, rises in a shroud from a hole in the platform; Macdonald holds a paper lettered "S Sea Annuities Dam my School Master" and claims, in a speech balloom, "I have Escap'd Hanging I own I'm a Highland Villian [sic]"; to left a sheet advertising, "Scotch Powder to cure the Itch" and a mock coat-of-arms supported by an ass's head and a peacock both dressed in plaid, and with the motto, "Imputdent, Rebellious/Lazy, and Proud". Etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1752
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 215 millimetres
    • Width: 310 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title and text within the image and below with two lines of verse, "Proud Scot, Beggerly Scot, witness keen,/Old England has made you all Gentlemen. / Old Song", and mock production details,"Stxxxg sc/Ram**y Pix".
        Inscribed with notes in pen and ink by Hawkins.
  • Curator's comments

    Mary Blandy was hanged for the murder of her father on 6 April 1752; Cranstoun escaped abroad but died in Flanders on 3 December. Lowry was hanged on 25 March 1752 for the murder of a sailor on his ship bound from Jamaica to London in December 1750. James Macdonald has not been identified.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 3186 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Satires British Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1868,0808.3928

Anti-Scottish satire: a scaffold with three Scotsmen, William Henry Cranstoun, James Lowry and Major James MacDonald, each with a rope around his neck; Cranstoun addresses his lover Mary Blandy in her shroud while her murdered father, also in a shroud, stands behind him; at Cranstoun's feet his victim, Kenrich Hossack, rises in a shroud from a hole in the platform; Macdonald holds a paper lettered "S Sea Annuities Dam my School Master" and claims, in a speech balloom, "I have Escap'd Hanging I own I'm a Highland Villian [sic]"; to left a sheet advertising, "Scotch Powder to cure the Itch" and a mock coat-of-arms supported by an ass's head and a peacock both dressed in plaid, and with the motto, "Imputdent, Rebellious/Lazy, and Proud". Etching

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Anti-Scottish satire: a scaffold with three Scotsmen, William Henry Cranstoun, James Lowry and Major James MacDonald, each with a rope around his neck; Cranstoun addresses his lover Mary Blandy in her shroud while her murdered father, also in a shroud, stands behind him; at Cranstoun's feet his victim, Kenrich Hossack, rises in a shroud from a hole in the platform; Macdonald holds a paper lettered "S Sea Annuities Dam my School Master" and claims, in a speech balloom, "I have Escap'd Hanging I own I'm a Highland Villian [sic]"; to left a sheet advertising, "Scotch Powder to cure the Itch" and a mock coat-of-arms supported by an ass's head and a peacock both dressed in plaid, and with the motto, "Imputdent, Rebellious/Lazy, and Proud". Etching

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