Royal Stuart and Jacobite
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Please contact us for more information or to book a private viewing.