The Gordons

Fighting Mac

Hector Macdonald was regarded as the architypical tough Scot. He was square-jawed, broad-shouldered and barrel-chested. He was not a tall man but his physique made him well suited for the rigours of 19th century campaigning. He is here wearing the dress uniform of the Gordon Highlanders, although his plaid has been placed on the right shoulder, presumably to display his medals better. Hanging centrally from his neck is the Turkish Order of Medjidie. The row of five medals starts with the DSO, then the 2nd Afghan War medal, the Kabul to Kandahar medal, the Egypt medal and the Khedive's Star. The photo was taken before the Boer War of 1899.

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