So, what would Effie think about Scotland as an independent country? She was staunchly loyal to the place of her birth. And she returned home to Bowerswell, her family house just outside Perth, when she knew she was dying. She always relaxed in the Scottish hills. The Trossachs held special associations for her. It was at Brig o’Turk that she came to realise that her first marriage, to John Ruskin, was over. Ruskin ‘had no intention of making her his Wife’. Here she began to wrestle with the possibilities for her future. The young pre-Raphaelite, John Everett Millais, fell in love with Effie on this Scottish holiday. He drew her obsessively in the cramped cottage he shared with Effie and Ruskin throughout the wet summer months.
John Everett Millais, Highland Shelter, 25th July 1853