Bonnie Prince Charlie’s sword and shield go on show

Backsword made by Charles Frederick Kandler of London, 17401741, presented to Bonnie Prince Charlie by James, 3rd Duke of Perth. PIC NMS.
Backsword made by Charles Frederick Kandler of London, 17401741, presented to Bonnie Prince Charlie by James, 3rd Duke of Perth. PIC NMS.
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A sword and targe belonging to Bonnie Prince Charlie and recovered following Culloden have gone on public display.

The items are on show at the Gifts for a Prince exhibition at Perth Museum ahead of a major National Museum of Scotland show to open next summer.

Detail from dress targe presented to Prince Charles Edward Stuart by James, 3rd Duke of Perth. PIC NMS.

Detail from dress targe presented to Prince Charles Edward Stuart by James, 3rd Duke of Perth. PIC NMS.

The targe, an elaborately decorated small shield with a silver Medusa at its centrepiece, is said to have been recovered by Ewen MacPherson of Cluny, a Jacobite colonel, following the 1746 battle with the item remaining in his family until the 20th Century.

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The sword, a high-status item as opposed to a weapon of war, is said to have been found by government soldiers following Charles Edward Stuart’s crushing defeat near Inverness and presented to the Duke of Cumberland as a spoil of war.

The items are thought to have been gifted to the Prince by James Drummond, 3rd Duke of Perth, a committed supporter of the Jacobite cause.

Now the items have returned to Perth as part of a display where they can be seen until February 25, 2017.

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The exhibition also highlights the role of Perthshire in the Jacobite risings with a focus on the 3rd Duke of Perth and his role in the uprising.

Raised near Crieff, the Duke became lieutenant-general of the Highland army and participated in the Jacobite victory at the Battle of Prestonpans before marching into England and laying siege to Carlisle Castle in 1745.