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Digital Subscriptions > History Scotland > History Scotland Sep -Oct 2019 > THE SOBIESKI STUARTS AND THE GARDE-ROBE OF SCOTLAND


Julie Holder provides a new assessment of the celebrity brothers John and Charles Edward Sobieski Stuart, whose assertion of descent from Prince Charles Edward Stuart has tended to overshadow their important work in the study of tartan and the history of Gaelic culture
The two brothers – John and Charles Edward Sobieski Stuart, photographed by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson TAP HERE TO WATCH Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland
Background: Plate of Dunbar tartan from the brothers’ book Vestiarium Scoticum

The illustrated volume Vestiarium Scoticum (the Garde-Robe of Scotland) is one of the objects displayed in the National Museum of Scotland exhibition Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland. Vestiarium is accepted as the creation of John Sobieski Stolberg Stuart and Charles Edward Stuart – previously known as John and Charles Carter Allen and then Hay Allan. This article explains how important these men were in the study not only of the history of tartan, but also in preserving and identifying sources for the history of the highlands and Gaelic culture.

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Don't miss Sep/Oct History Scotland and the launch of our Insider BONUS CONTENT! Highlights of this packed issue include: · The Sobieski Stuarts – new research on the remarkable brothers who popularised tartan and fooled a generation with their book Vestiarium Scoticum · New findings relating to the Traprain Law hoard – discovered in East Lothian 100 years ago this year · The Aberdeen Doctors – six men who dared to oppose the National Covenant · Lords of the Isles: a striking reconstruction of a medieval Islay power base * HISTORY SCOTLAND INSIDER: Exclusive interview, new video on the north east slavery legacy, exclusive discounts from heritage partners.​