After Culloden, the Jacobite cause quickly became the subject of romantic nostalgia, expressed through poetry and song. Bonnie Prince Charlie's doomed challenge continues to fuel the imagination today, through fiction, film and television, and in particular through Diana Gabaldon's best-selling Outlander series.

In May 2017, author Diana Gabaldon visited the National Museum of Scotland to go behind the scenes with our curators and conservators as they prepared the Jacobites exhibition. 

  • Diana Gabaldon with a tartan suit that belonged to English Jacobite Sir John Hynde Cotton.

    Diana Gabaldon with a tartan suit that belonged to English Jacobite Sir John Hynde Cotton.
  • Diana Gabaldon and Principal Curator David Forsyth investigate a tartan suit bound for the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition.

    Diana Gabaldon and Principal Curator David Forsyth investigate a tartan suit bound for the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition.
  • Diana Gabaldon and David Forsyth examine a map from the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition.

    Diana  Gabaldon and David Forsyth examine a map from the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition.
  • Diana Gabaldon with a silver travelling canteen that was gifted to Bonnie Prince Charlie on this 21st birthday.

    Diana Gabaldon with a silver travelling canteen that was gifted to Bonnie Prince Charlie on this 21st birthday.
  • Diana Gabaldon and David Forsyth examine Bonnie Prince Charlie's silver travelling canteen.

    Diana Gabaldon and David Forsyth examine Bonnie Prince Charlie's silver travelling canteen.
  • Diana Gabaldon with Bonnie Prince Charlie's travelling canteen, a replica of which will appear in the third series of Outlander.

    Diana Gabaldon with Bonnie Prince Charlie's travelling canteen, a replica of which will appear in the third series of Outlander.


You can hear Diana in conversation with thriller writer Lin Anderson in this podcast, talking about her work, the origins of Outlander, and how she brings historical characters to life. Please note the recording includes adult themes and one use of strong language. You can download a transcript of the conversation here.


'Incredible… anyone who's a fan of the show must come and see this!'

That's what Outlander actor Andrew Gower had to say about our Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition when he visited. Andrew plays the Prince in the TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon's best-selling books. Find out what he thought of the exhibition and how he felt coming face to face with objects connected to a historical character he knows so well.

Header image: Actor Andrew Gower in Bonne Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition.

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