A collaboration between Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) and National Museums Scotland sees a new online course begin this September on the Jacobite rebellion. Professor Viccy Coltman, Professor of Eighteenth-Century History of Art here at ECA, will be teaching on the course.

Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites is a three-week-long, online course, available for free and open to all. The course will cover the dynastic crisis of 18th century Britain, its art and its history.

Students on the course will be taught by Professor Viccy Coltman (History of Art), as well as by staff at the National Museum of Scotland - Adrienne Hynes (Assistant Curator in the Late Modern section of the Department of Scottish History & Archaeology at National Museums Scotland), David Forsyth (Principal Curator, Scottish Medieval-Early Modern Collections at National Museums Scotland) and Lyndsay McGill (Curator in the Department of Scottish History & Archaeology at the National Museums Scotland).


The Jacobites, loyal followers of an exiled king, sparked political upheaval in Scotland. From the Glorious Revolution of 1688 to the Battle of Culloden in 1746, their story is one of rebellions, plots, espionage, tartan-clad heroes and bloody defeat.

This course is suited to anyone interested in the history of the Stuart dynasty, their exile and the series of Jacobite campaigns carried out to regain the throne of Britain. It is a companion course to the current exhibition of the same name which is running at National Museums Scotland until November 2017.

Anybody is welcome to sign up and no previous knowledge of the period is required.



Viccy Coltman is a Professor of eighteenth-century History of Art at the University of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

She has international reputation for her original, archival-based research, specialising in visual and material culture in the eighteenth century. Her previous work on the reception of the antique focussed on histories of collecting ancient sculpture, while her ongoing projects consider various themes relating to Scotland and identity formation, including Scots in Europe, London and Empire. 

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