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Mrs John Hay, Countess of Inverness, died 1766

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Mrs John Hay, Countess of Inverness, died 1766 about 1725


  • Scottish Art
Lady Inverness was at the centre of the crisis which shook the Jacobites in 1725. Born Marjorie Murray, she married John Hay of Cromlix and followed him into exile after the failure of the 1715 Rising. Marjorie, her husband, and James Murray, her brother, dominated the king and his divisive court, but the queen, Clementina, detested all three of them. So much so that Clementina’s main reason for leaving her family in 1725 was Murray’s appointment as governor, although she also suspected her husband of having an affair with Marjorie. Such rumours, which were probably untrue, damaged the reputation of the Jacobites. Some also suspected Marjorie of being a secret agent for the British government.

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1715 Rising

This was an attempt by the exiled Prince James Francis Edward Stuart to regain the throne of Great Britain and Ireland for the Stuart dynasty. It failed and in 1716 the prince sailed back to Europe.


Jacobitism was a movement to restore the descendants of the Stuart King James VII and II to the British throne. The first claimant, Prince James Francis Edward (known as 'the Old Pretender') was exiled first in France, then Italy, from where he planned unsuccessful attempts to claim the throne. His son Prince Charles Edward (known as 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' or 'the Young Pretender') famously invaded Britain in 1745, but after some military successes was finally defeated at Culloden in 1746.

1715 Rising, Jacobite


  • Acc. No. PGL 2310
  • Medium Oil on canvas
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  • Credit Long loan in (The Earl of Mansfield, Scone Palace)