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 on board the French ship 'l'Esperance' when it was captured by the Royal Navy on the 25 November 1745. The ship was transporting the Royal Ecossais, a Scottish regiment of the French Army, to Scotland to support the Jacobite Rebellions.

This is the back of the mitre hat. The base of it is embroidered with a fleur-de-lys and thistles, indicating the French and Scottish connections of the regiment.

The Act of Union failed to bring peace to Scotland. Many Scots were Jacobites - supporters of James Stewart's claim to the British throne - and continued to fight for the return of the Stewart dynasty to power. The division of loyalty in Scotland presented an ideal opportunity for Britain's enemies to attack their rival at its weakest point. The campaign, known as the Jacobite Rebellions, were fought between 1688 and 1746.

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Online ID: 000-180-002-179-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  
Date: Around 1745
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