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Malcolm painting comes ‘home’

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By Ben Murray
Annan and Eskdale
Malcolm painting comes ‘home’
FRAMED. . . Charles Malcolm's painting being hung at Langholm Town Hall earlier this week

A PAINTING of Sir Charles Malcolm was unveiled in its new home at Langholm Town Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

Sir Charles was a Royal Naval officer who reached the rank of vice admiral.

He was born at Burnfoot near Langholm in 1782, one of 17 children and ten brothers, four of which had particularly illustrious careers and came to be known as the Four Knights of Eskdale.

Annandale East and Eskdale Councillor Archie Dryburgh attended the event and said: “One of Langholm’s most significant landmarks is The Malcolm Monument which was built to commemorate Sir John Malcolm.

“The Malcolms are a celebrated family with a statue of Sir Pulteney on display at the Town Hall too. We were pleased to be able to unveil this new portrait of Sir Charles in his home town.”

The painting was donated to Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Arts and Museum Service by the family of Sir Charles.

It was shipped from Devon and has had conservation work done on it to improve its condition.

It has been displayed in the Town Hall’s Band Room alongside paintings of the other brothers, and the official unveiling was attended by Sir Charles Malcolm’s great great granddaughter along with other guests.

Councillor John Campbell said: “A lot of work has gone into getting this painting on display and we look forward to sharing it with members of our community soon.


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