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Online: Navigating Bounds of Loyalty – London Luminaries

7 November @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm GMT

In 1715, two former Twickenham neighbours faced each other at the Battle of Sheriffmuir. Find out how architect James Gibbs and Secretary of State for Scotland James Johnston responded to the outcome of the battle.

On 13 November 1715, two commanders, former Twickenham neighbours, faced each other across the remote elevated plateau of heathland at Sheriffmuir. The outcome of the Battle of Sheriffmuir would decide nothing less than the crown of Great Britain. Would it guarantee the stability of the newly arrived Hanoverian monarchy, or return the crown to the deposed Stuarts, its court at the time in exile at Saint-Germain-en-Laye?

Nervously waiting for news of the outcome of the battle was the Scottish architect James Gibbs (1682-1754). For Gibbs, this was a no-win situation as both John Erskine, Earl of Mar (1675-1732) and John Campbell, second Duke of Argyll (1680-1743), were two of his most important patrons. But James Gibbs was no stranger to the injustices suffered from politics and religious intolerance.

This talk will look at all these aspects of betrayal, conspiracy and double-dealing and place them in a framework of self-preservation at a time when religion, politics and dynastic loyalties were fluid and when backing the losing side could lead to self-ruin, destitution, incarceration, exile or even execution at the end of a rope or the blade of an axe.

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Thursday 7 November 2024, 7pm – 8pm

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