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TITLE
Harp of Mary Queen of Scots
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_1438_P322
DATE OF IMAGE
1831
PERIOD
1830s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31447
KEYWORDS
harps
clarsach
Mary Queen of Scots
music
Harp of Mary Queen of Scots

The illustration is of a harp that is said to have belonged to Mary Queen of Scots. It is similar in design to the Brian Boru harp of Ireland. It is unlikely, however, that either harp was played by their namesakes. Mary, Queen of Scots played the lute rather than the harp.

It is said that the harp, a Highland brass strung harp, was gifted to Beatrix Gardyne of Banchory by Mary, Queen of Scots, while on a hunting trip in Atholl.

This illustration is taken from 'The Scottish Gael or Celtic Manners' by James Logan

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Harp of Mary Queen of Scots

1830s

harps; clarsach; Mary Queen of Scots; music

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

The illustration is of a harp that is said to have belonged to Mary Queen of Scots. It is similar in design to the Brian Boru harp of Ireland. It is unlikely, however, that either harp was played by their namesakes. Mary, Queen of Scots played the lute rather than the harp.<br /> <br /> It is said that the harp, a Highland brass strung harp, was gifted to Beatrix Gardyne of Banchory by Mary, Queen of Scots, while on a hunting trip in Atholl.<br /> <br /> This illustration is taken from 'The Scottish Gael or Celtic Manners' by James Logan