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William Eyres (d. 1764)

Encampment at Nairn, 1746

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

Ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on linen | Scale: 1:10,750 approx. | RCIN 730016

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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 Nairn on 14 April 1746. Jacobite Rebellion (1745-6). Oriented with west to top.

Twelve regiments are shown camped to the west of Nairn, three to the north, with the artillery parked to the south of the town. A large house on the west side of the town is indicated as the Duke's headquarters; the Duke is known to have made the Provost's house his HQ (Whitworth 1992, p. 83).

  • William Eyres (d. 1764) (surveyor and draughtsman) [bottom right, inside border:] Will: Eyres Enginr:

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

    Mark, stamped: 498

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

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

    37.8 x 47.0 cm (neatline)

    37.8 x 47.0 cm (image)

    38.3 x 47.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

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


    George III heading: Encampment at Nairn 14 April 1746.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, black pencil, on linen:] April 14th 1746; [centre, red pencil, obscured by linen backing:] 16 [resembles a ‘5’ made into a ‘6’].

    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 Nairn, [sic] April 1746: by Lieut. W.m Eyres Eng.r [The same entry, except for the correction of the date from 13th to 14th April, appears under the heading Nairn.]

  • 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)
    Nairn (Highland Region, Scotland, UK) 57°34'51"N 03°52'47"W
  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    R. Whitworth, William Augustus Duke of Cumberland A life, London, 1992

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