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James Henderson – a Highland deer stalker

THERE have been many changes in the deer-stalking world during the past few decades, none more noticeable than the disappearance of the traditional Highland gamekeeper.

Wedded to the hills like old stags and knowing no other job, they were wonderful naturalists, custodians of mountain lore and, above all, characters with a sound, practical knowledge of deer and their habits.

Such a man was James Henderson, stalker on Glenquoich for Edward Ellice, MP and chairman of the Hudson Bay Company, and then Sir Michael Arthur Bass, later Lord Burton, who leased the estate from 1873 to 1905. There James met Sir Edwin Landseer, who modelled much of the background to his world famous painting, The Monarch of the Glen, on the hills and rocks around Glenquoich and Loch Hourn.

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