The Lewis Chessmen and the Harry Potter connection

Surrounded by myth, mystery and some controversy, the Lewis Chessmen are beloved. Found on the sands of Uig Bay in 1831 six now reside at Museum nan Eilean in Lews Castle in Stornoway, eleven at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and the remainder at the British Museum in London.

But you may have seen them on the big screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where replicas of the Lewis Chessmen are seen when Harry and Ron play Wizards Chess. Lesser known is that the Lewis Chessmen made an appearance in Hoshino Yukinobu’s graphic novel Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure. And even Lego has had its time with the Lewis Chessmen when the National Museum of Scotland created a 6 foot replica!

Uig is the ancestral home of the Lewis MacAulays.

Wallking with Charlie: Treading in the Footsteps of the Bonnie Prince

NTS Visitor Centre at Culloden at 1:30 PM on Friday, April 12th 2019

This year’s NTS / 1745 Association Lecture, held on the eve of the annual Culloden commemoration, will challenge the caricature of Prince Charles Edward Stuart as the effete figure represented in the notorious 1964 “docudrama” Culloden and more recently in the TV series Outlander. Continue reading


The Association of Highland Clans and Societies

Invites you to Attend

The Jacobite Army Revealed

Friday, April 12, 2019

Glen Mhor Hotel

7-17 Ness Bank

Inverness IV2 4SG Phone 01463 234308


THE JACOBITE ARMY REVEALED – What they really looked like – presented by Jenn Scott, author of Better is the Proud Plaid

  • Lecture starts at 7.30 p.m.  Arrive from 7.00 p.m. for tea or coffee and a chat (Nicky Tam’s at the Glen Mhor serves an early dinner between 5-6.30 p.m and this can be booked directly with the hotel)
  • Ticket price: £10 (does not include dinner)
  • Email to book with the names of all in your party.

Jenn will tell us about the weapons, clothing and accoutrements of the army of Charles Edward Stuart.  She will cut through some of the myths and give us a picture of what the army wore and fought with throughout the campaign leading up to Culloden.

“Jenn Scott is an historian, researcher, and writer based in Edinburgh where she works as Secretary and Archivist for the Stewart Society. Jenn is a re-enactor primarily of the 18th century and the late 15th century.

She is interested in the period from the Wars of the Roses to the Jacobite Risings, and is actively involved in the interpretation, promotion and protection of Scottish battlefields as a trustee of the Scottish Battlefield Trust. She has spent over 20 years developing her understanding and knowledge of the clothes and material culture of the past. Jenn studied politics at the University of Edinburgh and has an MA in Heritage from University of Surrey. “

Copies of Jenn’s book will be available to purchase at the event.  Price £15.95.