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Cromarty Image Library

The Cromartie Fool
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The Cromartie Fool

This is a painting called 'The Cromartie Fool'. Painted in 1731 by Richard Watt, it now hangs in Scotland's National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh.

According to the notes beside the picture it shows a character who carried a torch made from kale each Halloween and was supported by the Laird. Does anyone know any more about this tradition? Any suggestions for a reenactment?
Picture added on 14 April 2012 at 10:17
Comments:
Are you volunteering then, Iain? There is a slight resemblence ...!
Added by Jeremy Price on 14 April 2012
Could this be a connection to the Sandy Wood of St. Regulus fame? Looks like an early version of sprouts.
Added by Dennis Manson on 15 April 2012
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