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Kirkcudbright, Earlston Banner of the Covenant

 
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Location: St John's Town of Dalry

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:00 pm    Post subject: Kirkcudbright, Earlston Banner of the Covenant Reply with quote

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Located in the Stewartry Museum, Kirkcudbright at OS Map Ref NX 683 508.

Laid up Regimental Colours are counted as war memorials and so, by analogy, I include this banner. The explanatory poster says quite a bit, and this from the Scottish Museums website………..

“A rare and nationally important painted silk banner which was raised against the Jacobites in 1715 and which has been in Australia for the past 90 years has been repatriated, conserved by the SMC Conservation Service in Edinburgh and unveiled in its new home, The Stewartry Museum in Kirkcudbright. Dumfries & Galloway Council Museums Curator David Devereux coordinated the project, which was largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Alex Fergusson, MSP for Galloway and Upper Nithsdale, unveiled the banner, donated to the museum by its owner Sir Robert Gordon.
Joseph Robison, Honorary Curator of The Stewartry Museum in the early 20th century believed that the Gordons had used the banner during the Covenanting troubles of the 1670s and 1680s although a panel with the date 1715 appears in the top left corner of the banner. Robison assumed this was probably added later, when Sir Thomas Gordon raised his followers to defend Dumfries against the threat of the ‘Old Pretender’ and Jacobite forces.
During the conservation work, by SMC Conservation Officer Tuula Pardoe, it became apparent that the banner’s painted inscriptions were all executed contemporaneously, indicating that 1715 was in fact the year it was made.
Sometime between 1913 and 1920, the banner was sent to Australia, after a branch of the Gordon family who had emigrated there in 1850 inherited the Baronetcy of Earlston and Afton.
Since 1920, the Earlston Banner, as it is known, became a treasured exhibit in the Hall of Remembrance in the Scots Church in Sydney. When the church, located in Sydney’s central business district, was scheduled for demolition in 2001, Sir Robert Gordon and the church authorities were anxious to find it a new home. They contacted The Stewartry Museum and, following the award of an HLF grant under the ‘Your Heritage’ scheme, the project to transport, conserve and finally display the banner in the museum was successfully undertaken.”

Earlston is just to the North of Dalry (on my jogging route!).





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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is now WMR/UKNIWM report 71879.

I agree with you that this is a war memorial. However the wording of the national rules is vague (doesn't really envisage this, which is a bit of a one off).

Rules cannot cover every eventuality, and sometimes a judgement call has to be made.

So time will tell whether I am over-ruled by my Supervisor.
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