A Date with Destiny: Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh, 12:30 PM on December 5th
December 5th 2017, at The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD. Gallery No 4, “The Jacobite Gallery”, at lunchtime between 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
On December 5th 2017, to mark the anniversary of the Jacobite Council of War held on December 5th 1745, Michael Nevin, Chairman of The 1745 Association, will tell the story of the events leading up to it, the debate between the Jacobite leaders on that day, and the tragic aftermath.
“Before December 5th, the Jacobites had never retreated. After December 5th, they were never again to advance.”
Millions of words have been written about the military and political events that led up to the Rising of 1745. This guided tour will focus instead on the psychology of the leading actors. What was going on in the minds of the last Stuart monarch Queen Anne, her half-brother James Francis Edward Stuart – the putative King James VIII – his Queen Clementina Maria Sobieska and their two sons, Prince Charles Edward Stuart a.k.a. Bonnie Prince Charlie and Prince Henry Benedict Stuart, the Cardinal Prince? Why did they take the decisions that they did? What clues are offered to their character and motivation by the great portraits of them that hang in Gallery No 4 of the Scottish National portrait Gallery? And what lessons does their fate offer for us today?
Admission is free and open to all.