Banffshire Coast News
McPherson mural to hang in Banff again
A Fife businessman hopes to return a 1970s mural depicting one of the most notorious episodes in Banff's history - the Hanging of McPherson at the Plainstones on November 16th 1700. The mural has been discovered in the house of a relative. Painted by former Banff Academy art teacher John Stewart, the original version of the famous and humorous mural used to hang in the Fife Arms Hotel until the Low Street premises underwent a major refurbishment some 20 years ago.
The mural is massive and unique, and a colourful piece of Banff's history. The mural was painted with a keen satirical eye by John Stewart, who recreated the theme in the 1980s with a second iteration which currently hangs in Banff's Broken Fiddle Cafe on Strait Path. A major tourist attraction in its own right, the 1980s mural features characters who bear familiar faces with many a local, Scottish and national celebrity, including a young First Minister Alex Salmond, local councillors and business people. A self-portrait of the artist is also included in the 1980's painting, which features John Stewart on horseback, assisting the hangman.