Mitre cap

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Postcard of Mitre cap.
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Mitre cap

This mitre cap was worn by a grenadier officer of the Royal Ecossais, a regiment of the French army largely made up of exiled Jacobite Scots. The officer was captured on the French ship 'l'Esperance' on the 25 November 1745 when it was seized by the Royal Navy. The ship was transporting the Royal Ecossais, a Scottish regiment of the French Army, to Scotland to support the Jacobite Rebellion.

The mitre cap has embroidered thistle emblems indicating the Royal Eccosais's Scottish connection.

The Act of Union failed to bring peace to Scotland. Jacobites - supporters of the exiled James Stewart's claim to the throne - continued to fight for the Stewart dynasty's return to the throne. As the dominant power, the established government could use the strength of the Royal Navy and the new British army against the Jacobites

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Online ID: 000-180-002-178-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  M.1996.59
Date: Around 1745
c. 1745
What: Cap, mitre
Subject: Uniform : headwear
Who: L' Esperance (Ship)
Royal Ecossais (Non-British forces, inc. Imperial and Colonial)
Where: France
Event: Jacobite rebellion
Description: Royal Ecossais - Mitre cap of a grenadier officer, captured on the French ship l'Esperance' on their way to Scotland to support the Jacobite Rebellion, 25 November 1745
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