The two boys, James on the right and Alexander on the left, were the sons of Sir Alexander Macdonald of Macdonald, a great Highland chieftain with estates on the Isle of Skye. James is shown with his gun, Alexander is playing golf. Golf was already a well-established pastime in Scotland by this time. The children wear three different patterns of tartan between them, as individual family or clan patterns did not become widely established until the end of the eighteenth century.

Sir James Macdonald 1741 – 1765 and Sir Alexander Macdonald 1744 – 1810