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William Wyld (1806-89)

The completion of the cairn on Craigowan dated 12 Oct 1852

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 22.0 x 35.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 919483

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In October 1852 Victoria and Albert built a cairn to celebrate their purchase of the land on which the new Balmoral Castle would stand. The royal family wore tartan, a piper played and whisky was served. Victoria recorded that ‘Albert climbed up to the top of it & placed the last stones, after which three cheers were given’.