Field Marshal Earl Douglas Haig – before the War

15th December 2015 will mark the 100th anniversary of Field Marshal Douglas Haig taking command on the Western Front. Earl Haig’s role as Commander-in-Chief of the British forces during the Great War has been a topic of enormous discussion, analysis and interpretation.

Earl Haig

His life before the war however, has received less attention. Yet it was these years that moulded Douglas Haig into the man he was to become in the First World War.

The latest exhibition on Capital Collections showcases never-before-seen personal photographs from the Museum of Edinburgh’s collections. They show Field Marshal Earl Douglas Haig’s formative years from child, to Oxford University student and through his rise up the ranks of the British Army.

Young Haig dressed in kilt

The images bear witness to the life and career of a man who rose through the ranks of both the military and the public systems of the Victorian/ Edwardian establishment.

Browse these unique photographs made public for the first time on Capital Collections.

You can also visit the Museum of Edinburgh to see a fascinating permanent exhibition on the life and career of Field Marshal Earl Haig.


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