An innovative video celebrating one of Sir Walter Scott’s lesser-known poems has been released to mark the 300th anniversary of the 1715 Jacobite uprising.
Scott’s ‘On the Massacre of Glencoe’ commemorates one of the darkest incidents in Scottish history the Massacre of Glencoe which saw more than 70 Highlanders killed for alleged treason. The attack came after the Highlanders were accused of being too slow to declare allegiance to the new Protestant monarchs, William and Mary, who had forcibly removed the Catholic James VII from the throne.
Robert Betteridge, Rare Books Curator at the National Library of Scotland, said: “The massacre of Glencoe is still seen today as one of the most shameful moments in Scottish history. This video is a unique way to commemorate an event which is known to people all round the world.”
Game of Crowns: The 1715 Jacobite Rising runs until Sunday 10 May 2015 at the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh and the video by Double Take Projections will be available to view between 2pm and 5.30pm in the National Library’s boardroom on Friday 13 February.
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