Royal Stuart and Jacobite Collections

Denys Bower was fascinated by the Stuarts and the Jacobite cause, and was not only a member of the Stuart Society, but was rumoured to have thought himself a reincarnation of Bonnie Prince Charlie. His passion for the subject resulted in a fascinating, varied collection consisting of a number of high quality portraits, many prints and original royal documents, as well as numerous interesting relics and medals.

Some of the key features of the current exhibition are:

  • A segment of the heart, hair, blood and garter ribbon of James II
  • Two portrait miniatures of James II and Charles II by Samuel Cooper
  • Broadswords used in the Battle of Culloden
  • A drinks bill written to Prince Charles Edward (Bonnie Prince Charlie)
  • A number of artefacts with hidden Jacobite symbols including drinking glasses, snuff boxes, a pincushion and a compass

Information for researchers: Chiddingstone Castle is committed to providing access to its collections. Further information can be provided on request to curator@chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

The Castle holds an extensive collection of Royal Stuart and Jacobite papers which can be made available to researchers on request:

  • Documents and letters signed by the Kings and Queens of the Royal family
  • Privy council documents (mainly Charles II)
  • Documents and letters signed by or dealing with the adherents of the Royal House of Stuarts
  • Manuscripts

About Us

Chiddingstone Castle is an historic house, set in 35 acres of Kentish countryside, filled with treasures collected over a life time by Denys Eyre Bower.

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Opening Times

From April to October we are open on the following days and times, with last entry at 4.15pm.

Monday: 11am - 5pm

Tuesday: 11am - 5pm

Wednesday: 11am - 5pm

Thursday: Closed

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

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