The Jacobite legend has an enduring fascination and now renewed global interest due to the Outlander books and television series. Drawing on a rich wealth of material, the exhibition will tell a compelling story of love, loss, exile, rebellion and retribution and will challenge many of the misconceptions that still surround this turbulent period in European history.
In the summer of 1745 Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart landed on the Isle of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, he would be the Jacobite Stuart’s last hope in the fight to regain the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland.
The Stuart dynasty had ruled Scotland since 1371. In 1603 they inherited the three kingdoms. Their reign lasted until 1714 but during that time religious and political instability led to civil war, rebellion and exile; by 1688 the dynasty had fractured in two.
The deposed Catholic monarch, James VII and II, went into exile and his Protestant daughter, Mary, and her Dutch husband, William of Orange, accepted the crown. James, his heirs and their supporters known as Jacobites made five attempts to regain the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. The fifth and final attempt was made by James’s grandson, Prince Charles Edward Stuart. Despite a catastrophic defeat at the hands of government troops at Culloden, the legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie has driven the Jacobite story for centuries.
Featuring exceptional material from our own Scottish collections and spectacular treasures from across the UK and France, the exhibition reveals who the Jacobites were and explores the cause that drove their campaigns.
Child (12–15) £7 (under 12s free)
National Art Pass holders: 50% discount
Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites is sponsored by Baillie Gifford.
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