Trunk, associated with General John Cope

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Postcard of Trunk, associated with General John Cope.
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Trunk, associated with General John Cope

This wooden hide-covered trunk is said to have been carried by General John Cope when he fled south on horseback from the battle of Prestonpans in 1745.

The trunk, which is internally lined with wallpaper, has two iron hinges and a simple lock plate but no key. There is an iron ring at either end.

In September 1745, Prince Charles Edward Stewart captured Edinburgh and defeated General Cope at Prestonpans. The Jacobites continued into England as far as Derby but after their initial success, they were eventually massacred at Culloden in April 1746.

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Online ID: 000-100-001-760-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NT 199
Date: 18th century
Material: Wood covered with hide
Dimensions: 610 x 260 x 280 mm
What: Trunk
Subject: Miscellaneous (NMAS Classification)
Who: General John Cope (associated)
Prince Charles Edward Stuart or Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charlie)
Description: Wooden trunk with outward curving sides and a rounded lid, covered with hide, except for the base
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