Saturday, December 13, 2014

Game of Crowns: The 1715 Jacobite rising - An Exhibit at the National Library of Scotland

18th century, Glencoe, McDonalds, Glencoe Massacre, Karin Bowie
Image: "GlencoeOrder". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

An exhibit to coincide with the three hundredth anniversary of the 1715 Rising, has opened at the National Library of Scotland. The Game of Crowns, open until May 2015, charts the power struggle that began with the arrival of William of Orange in 1688. A key item in this exhibit is the letter ordering the massacre of the MacDonalds at Glencoe. Other documents have are on loan from the National Records of Scotland.

If like me, you are unable to make it to Edinburgh to see The Game of Crowns, you can read a bit about it from  History Scotland here and The Scotsman here. You can listen to a podcast about the Glencoe Massacre from In our Time with Melvyn Bragg featuring Karin Bowie, Murray Pittock and Daniel Szechi. And finally you can read Ryan Littrell's search for his MacDonald ancestors.

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