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Reference WMO/274601


Stewartry Museum

St Mary Street




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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Flag
  • Other Fabric
Lettering: Other
  • Jacobite Rebellions (1708-1746)
About the memorial: “A rare and nationally important painted silk banner which was raised against the Jacobites in 1715 and which has been in Australia for the past 90 years has been repatriated, conserved by the SMC Conservation Service in Edinburgh and unveiled in its new home, The Stewartry Museum in Kirkcudbright. Dumfries & Galloway Council Museums Curator David Devereux coordinated the project, which was largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Alex Fergusson, MSP for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale, unveiled the banner, donated to the museum by its owner Sir Robert Gordon. Joseph Robison, Honorary Curator of The Stewartry Museum in the early 20th century believed that the Gordons had used the banner during the Covenanting troubles of the 1670s and 1680s although a panel with the date 1715 appears in the top left corner of the banner. Robison assumed this was probably added later, when Sir Thomas Gordon raised his followers to defend Dumfries against the threat of the ‘Old Pretender’ and Jacobite forces. During the conservation work, by SMC Conservation Officer Tuula Pardoe, it became apparent that the banner’s painted inscriptions were all executed contemporaneously, indicating that 1715 was in fact the year it was made. Formerly in the Hall of Remembrance at The Scots Church, Sydney, Australia, which was demolished in 2001
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