Documents never before seen by the public are to go on show at Braemar Castle when it opens for the 2015 season next month.
The community-run castle reopens on April 4 with a new Jacobite exhibition illustrating the role Deeside played in the uprisings. Now, 300 years on from the Earl of Mar’s disastrous attempt to restore a Stewart king to the throne, the exhibition tells the stories of the Deesiders who rallied to the Jacobite cause.
On show for the first time, will be the begging letter which secured the release of John Farquharson, 9th Laird of Invercauld, the Earl of Mar’s fellow collaborator in 1715.
In a grovelling petition sent from Marshalsea prison in London in 1716, Farquharson claims he had been forced against his will by his feudal Superior and owner of Braemar Castle, the Earl of Mar, to join the Jacobites .
Reports from the pages of the London newspapers on Farquharson’s pardon tell how, on his release from prison, he travelled to Hampton Court to kiss the hand of King George I. With the Earl in disgrace and in exile, Farquharson then seized his chance to buy Braemar Castle.
Also on display will be a broadsword used by the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden with leather scabbard and the original faded red silk still lining the basket.
We are looking forward to our eighth season under community management.Laura Meekin, Castle Manager
The castle will have extended opening times this year and will offer visitors a choice of personal guided tours or the opportunity to make their own way round the Castle with the new audio guides.
Castle manager Laura Meekin said: “We are looking forward to our eighth season under community management. A great deal has been achieved; we are now wind and watertight with freshly repaired chimneys but now need to raise funds to tackle the harling and the installation of heating.
“We have a busy events programme planned and the highlight will be our weekend of Jacobite activities from Friday, July 24.”
The Jacobite exhibition opens on Saturday, April 4, and on Sunday the 5th the castle will host special children’s Easter activities.
Free pancakes will also be served in the drawing room in front of a cosy open fire.
For more information about Braemar Castle and about upcoming events and exhibitions visit the website at www.braemarcastle.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.