George IV Bridge – celebrating 50 years

Jacobite journal: acquired in 1972

One of the most appealing Jacobite relics in existence is a journal written on playing cards by Captain O'Neil, an officer in attendance on Prince Charles Edward.

Captain O'Neil's journal was received by the National Library of Scotland in 1972. It describes the Battle of Culloden and the subsequent flight of the 'Prince in the Heather'. Pictured here is the eight of diamonds. You can also see this image in Scotland's Pages, our timeline of Scottish history.

The text of the journal was included by Bishop Robert Forbes in his compilation of Jacobite materials, 'The Lyon in Mourning'. The published text of 'The Lyon in Mourning' is available on Scottish History in Print, and is fully searchable.

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