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William Eyres (d. 1764)

Encampment at Alves, 1746

PLAN of the CAMP / at / ALVIS April 1746 c.1746

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on two pieces of linen, stitched together | Scale: 1:10,750 approx. | RCIN 730015

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A map of the encampment of the royalist army of George II, under the command of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65) at Alves on 13 April 1746. Jacobite Rebellion (1745-6). Oriented with south-west to top.

Alves was the next campsite after Fochabers (see RCIN 730014); Cumberland and his army had marched the intervening 15 km arriving on 13 April 1746. The HQ of the Duke of Cumberland is shown as a large house east of the church.

  • William Eyres (d. 1764) (surveyor and draughtsman) [bottom right, in cartouche below scale bar:] Will Eyres Engin.r

  • Watermark: Horn in shield, crown above, a ‘4’ suspending the letters G R below; countermark: the letters H R

    Mark, stamped: 497

    Condition: one fold line; brown staining and foxing to both sides, especially verso. Verso: top left, water-stained patch and shadow from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:10,750 approx. Scale bar: [51 mm =] 600 yards.

    37.5 x 47.1 cm (neatline)

    37.5 x 47.1 cm (image)

    38.3 x 47.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN of the CAMP / at / ALVIS April 1746 [bottom right, in rectangular panel]


    George III heading: Encampment at Alves 13 April 1746.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom left, ink or black pencil, obscured by linen:] 12; [bottom right, black pencil:] April 13 1746; [centre, red pencil, obscured by linen:] 15.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampments A drawn Plan of the Encampment of His Majesty’s Army under the command of the Duke of Cumberland at Alvis near Elgin, April 1746: by Lieut. W.m Eyres Eng.r [The same entry appears under the heading Alves.]

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)
    Alves (Moray District, Scotland, UK) 57°38'29"N 03°26'58"W​

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