In a my recent post on Jacobite Boats (Part 1), I described how I made a dismounted ADC for the Duke of Perth. I have now decided to make one more dismounted ADC, this time the ADC for Lord George Murray.
He is shown here as a mounted figure on a Command Sabot with Lord George.
Lord George Murray’s ADC was Colonel Lord Kerr of Graden. Some accounts spell his name as Ker, but I have gone by the Jacobite Muster Roll. He held a commission in the Spanish Irlanda Regiment. Lord Kerr is shown here in his mounted version wearing that uniform, but with a scots bonnet and a Kerr plaid over his shoulder.
I recently discovered that he was the officer who rode his horse through the marsh at Prestonpans, towards the British lines, to ascertain whether it was negotiable for an attack. This feat was attributed to Dougal MacKenzie in the fictional TV series “Outlander”.
The reason I wanted a dismounted version of him was that he is recorded as co-ordinating the fire of a battery of 6 pounders at Alloa, during the operation to transport the Jacobite Siege guns across the Forth in January 1746. He would presumably done that on foot. He was not an artillery officer, but clearly had more knowledge than most of the Jacobite Army.
For the dismounted figures, I used an Airfix Napoleonic Marching Artilleryman and a Strelets horse from their Swedish Trabants of Charles XIII. Here they are, both converted before painting.
Here are the completed figures. Lord Kerr was captured after Culloden, but had lost his papers so had some difficulty establishing his status. He was condemned to death, but then released following the intervention of the Spanish Ambassador. He later re-joined his Irlanda Regiment in Spain.