25 × 30 inches. Definitely jumbo. “Depicting an argument between a Lance Corporal of the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders and a blacksmith.” Owned by The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum.
The time frame, when the Scots were driven out of the homes by landowners eager to make room for sheep farms, holds the secret to the confrontation: “In Sutherland not one single soldier can be raised. Captain Craig, RN, the Duke’s Factor, A Free Church Minister and a Moderate Minister have been piping for days for volunteers and recruits; and yet, after many threats on the part of the Factor, and sweet music on the part of the parsons, the military spirit of the poor Sutherland serfs could not be raised to fighting power. The men told the parsons “We have no country to fight for. You robbed us of our country and gave it to the sheep. Therefore, since you have preferred sheep to men, let sheep defend you.” (Prebble, pp300-301, The Highland Clearances, Penguin edition 1963)”