Most countries have some sort of legend about their citizens being descended from some mythical, magical people many millennia ago. White folks have the Aryans, Polish people had Sarmatia, and the Scots had Egypt.
There exists a legend about how all Scottish people are descended from Scota. According to lore, Scota was the daughter of an Egyptian pharaoh, who was exiled from Egypt and settled in Spain. Her descendants, the legend continues, would eventually travel north and settle Scotland and Ireland where they could keep the Egyptians’ innate hatred of pants alive.
The details between the legend of Scota and Highlander don’t match exactly, but they are perfectly compatible in spirit. I mean, the movie (and I mean only the first movie because I refuse to acknowledge everything that came after it, for the same reason we all choose to ignore the fact that the most delicious food eventually turns into poop) is all about singular, immortal people influencing history.
Because Highlander is already a kickass movie, I choose to believe that it’s secretly way grander than I ever thought. I choose to believe that Connery’s Tak Ne was born in Egypt, lived in Spain, then crossed the English Channel and created all of the Scots with his penis many years before the events of the first movie. It not only helps expand the world of Highlanderwithout stupid-ass aliens, but it also makes total sense because if there’s a man who embodies the spirit of Scotland more than Sean “I-Got-Knighted-By-The-Queen-While-Wearing-A-Kilt” Connery, I haven’t heard about him.
A Pinch of Snuff, Delacour, c.1760. Depicting Malcolm
MacPherson of Phoness who, at the age of 67
joined the 78th Foot as a Gentleman Volunteer.
MacPherson distinguished himself at the Battle of
Quebec in 1759 and the following year was
presented to King George II.
A commission done for the lovely and very patient @sydrian14 I must say it’s been fantastic to do a character that is older and not the typical ‘perfect’ type of character. I wanted to pay close attention to his eyes and the lines in his face, giving the entire picture a repaint. Thank you for commissioning me!