Game of Crowns : The 1715 Jacobite rising


Treachery, power struggles, royal in-fighting and religious wrangling are all reflected in ‘Game of Crowns’ — the winter exhibition at the National Library of Scotland.

The exhibition tells the story of the 1715 Jacobite rising as the 300th anniversary approaches. Using contemporary records, books, maps, portraits and songs, it explains this turbulent period of British history.

‘Most people will know bits and pieces of the history of the time but may be less familiar with the full story,’ said Robert Betteridge, the curator who has worked on ‘Game of Crowns’. ‘What we hope to do is paint a picture of what Scotland was like at this time.’

One of the documents on display will be the order for the massacre of Glencoe, when 38 members of the clan MacDonald were slaughtered because of their suspected Jacobite sympathies.

The exhibition looks in detail at the period from 1688 to 1715, showing how the Stuarts were removed from the throne and replaced by the Hanoverians, and the fierce contest for the Crown of Great Britain.

Defeat in the 1715 rising was not the end of the Jacobite story, and the exhibition closes with a look ahead to the attempt of Bonnie Prince Charlie to reclaim the throne for his father.


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