Stirrup cup, associated with James VI (I of England)

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Postcard of Stirrup cup, associated with James VI (I of England).
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Stirrup cup, associated with James VI (I of England)

A stirrup cup is used for a farewell drink taken by a mounted rider about to depart. This is said to be the stirrup cup from which James VI drank at Dunfermline in 1603 before setting out for London and the English crown.

Made in a style known as 'fa├žon de Venise', the cup was probably the work of migrant Venetian glassworkers in the Netherlands. It is an example of the commercial and cultural exchanges between Scotland and the Low Countries in the 16th century.

The cup later passed into the hands of the Halkett family of Pitfirrane by Dunfermline.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-402-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.MEN 69
Date: Late 16th century
Material: Glass
Dimensions: 250 mm H
What: Goblet / wine glass / stirrup cup
Subject: Glass, including wine bottles and bottle stamps (NMAS Classification)
Who: Halkett Collection
Halkett of Pitfirrane (Owner)
James VI
Where: Italy, Venice
Scotland, Fife, Dunfermline, Pitfirrane
Southern Netherlands
Description: Glass of facon de Venise said to have been James VI's stirrup-cup as he set out from Dunfermline for London and the English crown in 1603, subsequently owned by the Halketts of Pitfirrane
  • Marshall, R. K. (ed). Dynasty: The Royal House of Stewart. Edinburgh: NGS & NMS, 1990 
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