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Exhibition Details

Exhibition Name:

Quest for the Three Kingdoms: Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

Description: This fascinating story, spanning more than a hundred years beginning in 1688 explores one dynasty, the Stuarts, divided into two courts by religion, politics and war, each fighting for the throne of three kingdoms: Scotland, England, and Ireland. Defeated and forced into exile, four Jacobite kings became pawns in a much wider European political game. Despite mounting five Jacobite challenges they never regained their throne. By the late 18th century their influence and power had eroded, support in Europe evaporated, and the Jacobite cause lay in ruins. However, the romance of the Jacobite legend endured, and over the ensuing centuries the Jacobite kings have been immortalized by writers, painters and poets. The Jacobite story is incredibly compelling. It has had an enduring and romantic fascination for many generations, from Sir Walter Scott’s novels, Waverley and Rob Roy, to the current Outlander TV series.

This exhibition will challenge the myths and misconceptions surrounding this turbulent episode in British history. Spanning three centuries, spectacular treasures from National Museums Scotland’s collections will be brought together to present a story more layered and complex than even the romantic Jacobite legend. Showcasing a magnificent collection of Jacobite treasures, and featuring comprehensive historical and material cultural research, the exhibition provides a broad European perspective of more than a hundred years of political and military strife. Objects from National Museums Scotland’s collections include rarely-seen costume and textiles, Jacobite glass, jewellery and tokens of loyalty, and weaponry used by both sides at the last battle on British soil – the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Highlights include Bonnie Prince Charlie’s exquisite silver traveling canteen, found in the Jacobite baggage wagons when they fled Culloden. A tartan frock coat associated with Bonnie Prince Charlie, his shield and his broad sword presented to him in Rome.
Category: History
Primarily Consists Of: Objects, 3-Dimensional (in cases/vitrines)
Cost: Please contact us for more information
Size: 3000 - 4000 square feet
Venue Length: Minimum 3 months preferred
Availability: From March 2018
Special Requirements: High spec display cases are required and will need to be approved by National Museums Scotland.
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Organization: National Museums Scotland
Contact: Alanna Davidson
Address: Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF Scotland
Phone: 0044 131 247 4284
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