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