West Highland Museum, Fort William

Highland Objects podcast series has hit 1000 downloads!!! And to celebrate, we bring you podcast 14 - The Strange Plate, brought to you by @WestHighlandMuseum. Who, in a nice bit of symmetry, also gave us our very first download, with The Secret Portrait.

The Strange Plate is an engraved copper printing plate It was made by Sir Robert Strange in 1746 on the instruction of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, and was intended to produce bank notes during the Jacobite Rising to fund the Jacobite cause.

It was made on the eve of Culloden, and so money printed from the plate was never issued. When the Jacobite army was defeated at Culloden in April 1746, the army fled and the plate was abandoned at Loch Laggan. It ended up in the care of Clan MacPherson and remained in private hands.

The Museum purchased the plate in 1928 and it has been on display in our Jacobite exhibition ever since.

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