A sword and targe belonging to Bonnie Prince Charlie and recovered following Culloden have gone on public display at Perth Museum. Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s intricately decorated sword and targe (Highland shield) are touring ahead of the opening of the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The targe, is an elaborately decorated small shield with a finely sculptured head of Medusa at its centre. Also on display will be “The Battle of Culloden”, a mid-18th century manuscript poem narrating the musings of Prince Charles Edward Stuart following the Jacobite defeat on Culloden field. The items will form part of a display at Perth Museum and Gallery where they can be seen until February 25, 2017.
Prince Charles Edward Stuart, (31 December 1720 – 31 January 1788) The Young Pretender, affectionately known as Bonnie Prince Charlie was the grandson of James VII of Scotland and had led the second Jacobite Uprising of 1745 to overthrow King George II. The Jacobite cause was supported by many Highland clans, both Catholic and Protestant. Prince Charlie and his forces were defeated at the Battle of Culloden (Scottish Gaelic: Blàr Chùil Lodair) in 1746. The aftermath of the Battle of Culloden was extremely brutal with British forces roaming the battlefield stabbing any of the defeated Scottish soldiers who were still alive.