Bonnie Prince Charlie & the Jacobites - The Four Peers ring
From Fiona Buckland
What is it?
This is a gold and enamel ring, possibly made by Ebeneezer Oliphant – the silversmith who made Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s silver canteen.
It is commonly referred to as the ‘Four Peers ring’ as it commemorates the death of four Jacobite noblemen and 17 Jacobite officers who were executed during the period 1746 and 1747.
Why is it important?
Remember the Hanoverian powder flask, with inscriptions about the 1715 rising?
This ring is a collective memorial and a poignant record of some of those who took part in the ‘45 and their fate following the Jacobite defeat at the battle of Culloden. It is also a remarkable example of mid eighteenth-century craftsmanship on a minute scale.
In this short film, Curator Lyndsay McGill talks us through the names of the Jacobites commemorated on this precious object.