an artist at Stobs

George Bain came to Stobs Camp from the summer of 1904 as a volunteer soldier in the Queen's Rifle Volunteer Brigade, Royal Scots.

He trained as an artist in Edinburgh and whilst at Stobs produced many sketches of army life there.

Now over 100 years later, some of his these sketches are shown here by kind consent of his family.

They add a real human touch to life in the camp and capture bygone days.


The Dry Orderlies

A few types of Varsity Coy in fatigue dress


Icelandic pony for carrying ammunition in the field


Preparing for Hawick - 1905

Runaway Transport

A wet day in camp

A faint on a route march


Women sightseers, Stobs 1905

Sergeant's Mess smoking concert

Friends in Camp



My thanks to Ali Pringle and his family for permission to reproduce some of George's sketches on this page.

(all images are copyright to his family)


George served in Macedonia during the First World War and returned to take up the position of Principal Teacher of Art at Kirkcaldy High School, Fife, remaining in this post until his retirement in 1946.

He was an accomplished artist in his own right and is best known for his work in Celtic art and the study of all its various forms and constructs. He is still usually referred to as the father of modern Celtic design.

Much of his work can be found at Groam House Museum in Rosemarkie.

More detail on his life/career can be found at this link: